The New Beligum Brewing Company is the same company that has brought “Fat Tire” onto this great earth. I love, love, love, Fat Tire and decided to give another one of their incarnations a shot. I figured that since it is February, I’d go with a winter themed beer (even though it was 75 degrees here today).
The beer is brewed in Ft. Collins Colorado and claims to be a “warming blast of Sterling and Liberty hops along with tawny roasted malts. By pushing our beer 2 degrees BELOW into a final, nearly freezing state, its ample structure develops a brilliant clarity.” Indeed the beer is what you’d expect from an ale, a nice rich amber color that pours very smoothly and settles quickly. I hope it can compete with Fat Tire.
The initial taste is very good. It’s a nice hoppy bitterness that isn’t overpowering. It’s a beer that tastes like a beer, something I’m always searching for and referencing. There’s good body to it and the advertised malts (which I have learned make a beer sweeter) definitely softens the flavor and leaves you with a very smooth and tasty brew.
The more I drink of it, the more I’m loving how smooth and delicious it is. It’s not an exotic flavor but that’s what makes it so good. There’s something familiar about the body and taste of the beer but I can’t say exactly what it is. It’s distinct enough to stand apart from any old recycled domestic beer but isn’t so different that you wouldn’t want to drink it often. It’s also relatively light and you could drink a couple of them without wanting to burst.
Overall, I must commend the New Belgium Brewing company, they have produced a stellar companion to Fat Tire and I most certainly give this beer my seal of approval and recommendation. Regardless of your beer drinking experience and preference, I’d be surprised to hear you say didn’t like this one.