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RATINGS: 777   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - OCT 15, 2006
floral/peachy and slight hoppy aroma. nice ipa’ish bitterness upfront with slight fruityness finish. Decent body but could use a little more thickness somehow. Pretty decent though, i would buy again.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2006
clear amber body, thin white head, floral hop nose, delicate flavor very non threatening and friendly, sweet grassy finish, somewhat flat feeling (really low carbonation)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (2397) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 10, 2006
Nice burnt orange beer with a small off white head, pretty clear, no carbonation visible. Lovelly aroma piney,resinous hops with a good spiced background Taste is nice also , quite malty to start then a great hoppy , dry bitterness takes over and is only broken by peppery spice then a great after taste. Quite good on the palte, does not get boring, semi-dry finish. A nice simple winter warmer type beer in the English style IMO.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2006
GABF 06. Aroma fruity, estery, and sweet. Taste is the same with a lighty bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saint386 (4) - Lancaster, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2006 does not count
Growler that was given to me by Fretless. Thanks! This was quite a surprise as it doesn’t quite fit into any Belgian style ale I’ve ever had. Don’t get me wrong, I thought it was great. Nice balance of malt and hops. Never heard of a Belgian ESB, though. Poured very nice golden with white cap on top. Went excellent with porkloin dinner. Wish they would distribute to western NY. Add to that that this is a seasonal and it just makes it that much tougher.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bgoguen (53) - Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2006
This was an interesting ale. Interesting is perhaps the best way I can describe it. Definite floral aromas and some other things going on. It was decent for an ESB style, crisp, hopy, but I found it to be a little blah for lack of a better word. Red Hook ESB is superior. Plus I drank a hefty sized mug on tap during the middle of the day after class and it gave me a bit of a headache. Of course, the headache could have had nothing to do with the beer, but I got the feeling that it did. Maybe it was just a bad day for beer drinking before dinner.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (3034) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Poured a nice amber-red brown color with very little head, but decent lacing. The aroma was sweet and malty, some bread, and light floral hops. The flavor was rich malty with some rose floral flavors to help balance things out. Mouthfeel was a little thick with minimal carbonation. Alcohol didn’t seem to be any higher than the usual 5%ABV. Not a bad beer on draft.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boyce (3) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2006 does not count
On tap in Columbia, Missouri at Sophias. Nice amber color with a mediocre head. Slightly fuity like most offerings from New Belgium, it was a delicious marriage of hops and malt. Perfect for a relaxing evening.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2006
On Tap at the Falling Rock Tap House, Denver 02/10/2005 Dark red coloured with some alcohol present. Fruity aroma and flavour. Bitter slightly dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jzzbassman (1588) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2006
I always like this style so I was excited to try this, and it is a good example of the style. On a cloudy evening, it just made me want to hang in front of the fire with a good pipe, book, and light conversation. A touch too sweet, and could have had some more in terms of hops, but quaffable nonetheless.


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