New Belgium Brewing 2 Below Winter Ale

Happy Super Bowl Sunday Funday ya’ll! Now that Dry January is over, I’m back a few pounds lighter and ready to crack into new beers!

The wife and I have been busy so far with booking a bucket list trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, taking a charter this past weekend to slap the Pompano, and planning a few other trips.

This winter has been much colder than usual. It got so cold last week, I even had to scrape the frost off my windshield before going to work. Thankfully, I was able to pick up a New Belgium variety 12 pack that has a few winter ales to help shake the frost! Review of 2 Below is … below.

Appearance: This pours a tangerine orange with a short but dense white head.

Slayed the baby Pompan!

Aroma: I’m picking up banana and lighter malts like a Hefewizen with a touch of clove spice. It is surprisingly light on the aroma.

Taste: Just like the aroma, it is lighter than expected. It’s mostly bready malts with a touch of banana and clove on the end. Not a whole heck of a lot going on in the complexity department but its definitely sippable.

Mouthfeel: Again, for billing itself as a “Winter Ale” it is light and I could crush this all summer long. There is a sharp astringency at the end of each sip, but it helps cleanse the palate and stop the flavor from lingering.

Value: At $15 for a 12 pack of craft beer, you can’t beat $1.25 a brew!

Overall: I would give this a 7/10. While this wouldn’t be great for a cold, Northern, winter, it really is hitting the spot for a surprise 70 degree day here in FL.

It is flavorful but light and won’t hit you over the head with brash and heavy booziness like many Winter Ales do. This is very similar to a Belgian Ale or a stronger Witbier. Definitely check it out if you see it around.

Until next time, tight lines and cheers!

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