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RATINGS: 746   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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Pull on your wool socks and crack open a 2° Below Ale. This tasty winter warmer started life as a small batch beer brewed for the Al Johnson Uphill Downhill – a telemark ski race in Crested Butte, Colorado. The Uphill Downhill celebrates the exploits of Al Johnson, letter carrier extraordinaire, who delivered mail by ski in the late 1800’s. Dry hopping during fermentation creates a floral nose with a hint of pepper and spicy, subtle undertones. 2° Below provides a bright, hoppy palate and a cheery warm afterglow.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Tap at JPs
Pours a subtle sappy amber with nice lace. Aroma is apple, melon, and malt. Taste is a malted IPA. Palate is a bit thin, but does the job. I’ve had this beer before, but I can’t place the name.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tejas (872) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Like the majority of New Belgium beers, this is plenty drinkable to the masses but not to those who like really good beer. Fruity strawberry / cherry flavors with a respectable hop finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Tap. Not quite what I expected a Holiday ale to be. It is golden - almost coppery, with a modest head. It smells flowery, maybe even a little hint of coriander. It has a hoppy taste to it, not sweet at all. Again the hops is noticeable on the palate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2005
What a lovely surprise. I enjoyed this wintery ale at the Flying Saucer in Little Rock, AR. Attracive amber color with a head that just didn’t last at all. Interesting hoppy and malty aroma with some alcohol hints. The flavor felt really malty with lots of citrusy and spicy hop flavor, but not much bitterness. The alcohol provided much warming. Great use of dry hopping brought this one some great flavors without bringing in much bitterness. Probably made it feel more aged than it was, and I mean that as a compliment. Good, and I’d order it again, but then again, I’m glad I didn’t get a six of it, unless I was sharing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Draft. Amber/copper color with a nice off-white head. Rich malt aroma with some cocoa. Flavor has some malt, toffee, and a bit of cocoa. Body is a little wattery.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2187) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2005
WOw, what a pleasent surprise. Though I think it is a strange style to present for Winter, it was spot on. Very pretty copper color with no head. Reminded me of what I wish FT had always been- great maltiness without the breadiness or that signature biscuit flavor.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Draught. Copper colored liquid, below a thin covering cream. Vibrant floral hop nose, with hints of grapefruit and orange, combined with an aromatic, but uninteresting malt contribution, which provides light notes of husky malt, nuts and caramel. The malt composition is fairly simple here, but the body is fairly lively, full and creamy. Hints of toffee, fruit and caramel come from the malt, and become much more vibrant as it warms. The hops are very substancial, providing a nice blend of fruit, as well as a hint of flowers, along with a lingering flavor and bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Tap small white head. dark gold with some spice. another good beer for NB.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 8, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2007 Draft. Clear, dark golden with a sizable white head. Grainy, toasty aroma. Flavor is very grainy as well with tons of toastiness. Very different , I Ilike that. But I didn’t enjoy this beer. Re-rate. Bottle. Rosy, copper color with a frothy ivory head. This beer has a very toasted malt aroma that seems somewhat off to me. Toasted malt flavor with a good bitterness. A good tasting beer. I actually drank 2 beers directlly from the bottle and enjoyed them more than the beers I poured into a glass. This beer has a good flavor but I can’t get into the off aroma.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 7, 2005
On tap at Old Chicago in Lincoln. Poured amber with a foamy white head. Aroma had some slight hints of citrus and hops. Decent malt body. Tastes very similar to fat tire, but has a little more flavor and some hop character. Very smooth and too watery for me.


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