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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.


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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jamie3233 (2) - Glenwood Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2007 does not count
My personal favorite. Obvious dry hoppiness. In my experience its a much better beer on tap than from a bottle. Also better to take in a globe glass or a snifter. The aroma dominates the head and enhances the experience.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leah2974 (445) - Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Great beer. Slightly malty, and easy drinking. Sweet. Almost a session beer, but a little too malty.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sextjk5 (10) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2011
YES, I look forward to winter to 1. Ski and 2. Drink this beer. Brilliant hoppy ESB with a nice fruity (subtle) taste.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEvilTwin (13) - Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2005
Excelent beer, this is the hoppiest NBB beer ever reliesed to the public. The dry hopped aroma doninated on the nose with hints of fresh cut grass and carmel. Dry on the palatewith excellent hop flavor. Perfectly carbonated for this style of beer. Excelent lace in the glass and a wonderful lingering hop finish. I also got this from a sample case.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lowry99 (14) - USA - MAR 5, 2008
Deceptively complex beer, best off tap and best (counterintuitively) when freezing cold on a freezing cold day. Seemed to lose rather than gain character when warmed. Extremely drinkable and pleasant, not too much on the hops.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5647) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Draft at Yard House KC: Deep rosy amber, decently laced but thin head. Musty hoppy aroma, but this flavor is more robust and wintery ... earthy hop, with almost a chamomile flourish to it. Filling and very good beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Derrick17 (10) - Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2007
The second time New Belgium has made this beer brought a more malty beer with less hoppiness. This beer is better balanced then in 05-06. Great finnish, perfect for sipping while outside next to a fire on a clod winters night.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - DEC 30, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2008 This is surprisingly nice, being full of not only malt but strong hop flavour without a corresponding bitterness. It is light amber with a medium, dense off white head a fairly nice lacing. The aroma is grain, pine, cypress, toffee and yellow cake batter. The taste was a little odd at first the first time I had it, but it develops into a nice, interesting, full bodied & well-rounded flavour. It has toasted grain, cream soda, hints of caramel and pineapple juice, aromatic citrus-pine-floral hop element with lots of hops flavour but only light hop bitterness. It’s surprisingly oily and silky. It’s a lot like a malty, full-bodied double IPA without the bitterness.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2008
This is very enjoyable. Very nice hop characteristics balanced nicely with some light malts. Hoppy aroma and flavor. Bitter on the palate. Crystal clear orange gold.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hamsterglory (48) - Bryan, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2009
greatness. i look forward to this beer every year. tastes nothing like it smells (amber) or looks (amber). everything about this beer’s initial impression screams FAT TIRE PART 2. not the case. 2 BELOW is far sweeter, much deeper, completely complexier than at first glance. fine lacing on the glass proves that the flavor refuses to surrender. lots of chocolate with a slight hop bitterness to tickle the sides of the tongue washes out with sweetly smooth mouthfeel, lingering around the backhalls of the jawline like the fingers of the beer along the glass edge. this beer is hard to take in moderation.


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