Mep3222 (1641) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2016
Bready malty base with a bit of hop balance. Some slight spice, and an almost lagerish hop funk. Has a good amount of body and overall a descent winter beer, but the lagerish funk hops get to me the more I drink. Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2016
Bright citrus notes and caramel through the aroma, pours a clear amber with no head. Slightly sweet caramel notes, with some biscuit mixed in as well. Earthy hops, with very little bitterness. A solid and drinkable winter ale. BeerRenter76 (1038) - Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2015
Originally rated on 1/10/08. I am not normally a big fan of winter brews,but the N.B. 2 below is pretty decent. Smiliar to an IPA with its hops, slightly dry and citrus hints. pours a nice copper color with a good head which lasts until the end. rdixon77 (3037) - Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2015
Old rating. Red brown color. Big sweet and spice, malt, citrus bite, new Belgium yeasty taste. Okay winter beer. Lanny (10) - - FEB 21, 2015
Very rich, spicy, caramel flavor. Great for taking home and relaxing. Something to sip on after dinner
JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 1, 2015
12oz purchased at Whole Foods for about $1.40... enjoyed from my FW tulip. Listening to John Kelley High Desert Soundsystem.
CRYSTAL clear orange lite amber.... very nice color... decent head but goes away quickly.
Very distinctive nose, I swear I could pick it out of a lineup. Toasted grains are all over the place ... still hops are there, but are definitely not of the American varieties... noble hops all the way here ... they just don’t work well together.
Flavor is aromatic and toasted malt (Victory??) ... clean very vibrant noble hop balance. The malt flavor is like chewing on a small teaspoon of brewers biscuit malt... the hops really muddy it up. Edit: The taste is also very earthy, like a cigar humidor, sorta reminds me of a fresh hop brew... I just can’t put my finger/palate on it.
Wow.... this is a back and forth review... I have, would and will buy this beer again here and there just because it is soooo freaking different ... and damnit, I want to figure it out.
CJ_Pain (221) - Georgia, USA - JAN 7, 2015
Certain brewers have a signature taste, don't know what it is, but u can always tell u are drinking one of theirs and New Belgium is one of those. This beer frankly is not an ESB as advertised IMHO. Don't know what it is honestly but it is a good tasting easy drinking ale, a variation of fat tire in my opinion and that is not a bad thing but definitely not an ESB.
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12 oz bottle. Gold pour with white head. Minimal aroma. Taste is dry, bitter hops. Pine and citrus. Kinda plain and boring. Not bad but could be better. OK csaso (2322) - Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle - fair size foamy head, clear light copper color, pretty well balanced with mildly sweet biscuity malt and earthy hops, good overall
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