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Never Summer Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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548 Ratings
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Ratings: 548
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: comat0se on 04-28-2003)
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Reviews by roblowther:
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roblowther

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +18.8%

Had on tap at Untamed Steakhouse in Winter Park, CO. It is a dark red/brown beer, with a dense but thin tan head. The smell is very intriguing. Wassal and hops. Definitely a winter beer. The taste is spice and hops up front, with a caramel malt back and then a hop finish. The hops are more flavoring than bittering and the beer strikes a nice hop/malt balance. The mouthfeel is silky and light, with a nice carbonation. Drinkability - it doesn't get much better. The balanced flavor is not too aggressive, not too bland. It's the kind of beer you could really settle into a cold winter's night with.

01-16-2007 03:42:04 | More by roblowther
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oberon

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

I believe this is my first Boulder Beer offering even while living in Denver did I ever try any of their products.Anyways a nice pour from this beer,a deep rich amber with 1/2 finger white head,aromas were malt dominant mainly brown sugar and a touch of vanilla.A winter warmer in its big sweetness with brown sugar really hitting strong with notes of caramel and spiced cherry the hops have little presence with a light drying herbal effect in the finish.Nice flavors but I think it could be a little cloying after one or two and "generous" hops per the bottle were not there,still a decent beer.

04-05-2006 01:17:20 | More by oberon
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Shakerman

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

12-20-2012 20:49:53 | More by Shakerman
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otvomadeut

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-07-2012 06:54:43 | More by otvomadeut
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JMD71

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

Prior to starting the review, I should state that I bought this beer as part of a 12-pack in July. As it is a Winter release, it was not fresh & may not have tasted as it should have. That being said:

Appearance: Deep ruby red, with a small white head. Thin layer persists after a few minutes. Very little carbonation noted.

Aroma: Malt & caramel prevalent. Little hop profile noted. Slight fruitness detected.

Taste: Big malty flavor with offsetting bitterness in the finish. Dried fruits. A bit sour in the middle could be caused by the age & handling of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Crisp, but slightly cloying. The bitterness sticks in the mouth for a while.

Drinkability: Medium. A bit too bitter to have more than one, A good sipper, though...

Comments: A hearty ale with a solid dose of malt with a bit too much bitterness, I would try again, but would like to try it fresh. As their 12-pack packaging does not indicate a bottling date, this makes it difficult. The bottles are marked, but not the outer packaging.

08-03-2006 15:07:13 | More by JMD71
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skybluewater

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

Pours a dark copper color. Smells of malt, in a very generic way (not bad, just average). Taste isn't alll that bad. Hints of just baked bread and sometimes a bit of fruitiness pokes through. (This actually seems like the lost malt half of Hazed and Infused.) While there's no date on the bottle, I think this may be an older sample.

Not a bad brew here, just not one I'd buy again.

12-20-2004 04:19:49 | More by skybluewater
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Beaver13

Colorado

4/5  rDev +10.5%

The Never Summer poured a ruby red, with a thin head that dissipated quickly to a collar. It had a pleasing sweet malt smell with a hints of spices. It has a sweet malt start with a spicy, hoppy finish. The tastes are well balanced. The palate was a little on the thin side. Overall, a nice winter brew...great tasting, and very drinkable.

01-19-2004 05:11:14 | More by Beaver13
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Dark mahogany in color and less than 1/4 finger of bright white head...attractive lacing forms as I work my way thru the pint.
Faint aromas...cherries, mild spice and dark malt.
Taste is real nice for the style...I consider this a winter warmer at 6%. Roasted flavor, a hint of smoke, slight sweetness and a generous hop profile to add to the balance.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is just a touch too high...either way, it is very enjoyable and just what I need on a cold winter evening. Another good one in the Looking Glass Series from Boulder. Give it a try...

01-08-2006 23:26:46 | More by warriorsoul
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uconnalum2

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a reddish-brown color with a foamy one-finger head that leaves some lacing. The smell is sweet, citrusy and of hops. The taste is a nice balance of malt and hops. There is also some berry flavor and a bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Pretty good drinkability. Overall, this is a decent winter seasonal.

11-06-2006 02:39:05 | More by uconnalum2
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

22oz. bomber courtesy of Blatzman. Thanks, Art!

Poured a clear and dark amber in color. Thin layer of tannish-colored head died quickly yet managed to ring the glass with lace. Aromas are a somewhat subdued mix of sweet malts and citrus/piney hops. Flavor is more of the same. Had a nice "winter" brew flavor. Good dose of spicy hop flavor mixed with some caramel and dark fruits. Nice zap of hoppy bitterness at the end. Fairly creamy smooth on the palate and drinkable.

An easy-to-drink winter beer that doesn't beg to be contemplated.

08-09-2004 21:25:32 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear brownish-red with thin off-white head and some light lacing.

Smell: Cherry, caramel and spicy, floral English hops.

Taste: Caramel and cherry malt backbone, with some nice English hops providing a light spicy bitterness on the finish. Fairly nice balance but leans a little to the sweet side. Thankfully does not have a medicinal, metallic aftertaste, as the smell had me concerned about that.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, slightly too thin body with a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Pretty good English Strong Ale that could use a titch more body, as well as a little more hops to balance the sweetness. Still, quite enjoyable.

02-04-2011 05:39:34 | More by bsp77
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Tabni

Florida

4/5  rDev +10.5%

12-14-2011 15:21:33 | More by Tabni
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

07-12-2013 20:19:45 | More by doremite
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monkeybeer

California

2.8/5  rDev -22.7%

A - A very nice golden red

S- A caramel hoppy bouquet

T- A distinct malty hoppy flavor slight spice bite to it

M- Tends to linger little too long with a bitter after taste

D- Not bad a little too hoppy for my liking, but if you like that then it would be for you.

03-31-2007 02:18:40 | More by monkeybeer
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

Nice red and amber color, almost leaning into light brown territory, but with a 1" off white head to it, she's a looker. Aroma, a little bitter harshness, doesn't really come across like a winter warmer, but more of your standard red ale.

Taste, better than the smell, the somewhat acrid bitterness now is right where it should be, complimenting the mild malt bill of a red ale, the alcohol is very much lower than most warmers, this is like a hybrid session red warmer or something. I'd guess around 40 ibus, enough hop and bitter presence. Kind of a sweet caramel sweetness to it as well. Can't make out what the spice is, if its anything at all, maybe a ginger presence.

Not bad stuff, something I can't put my finger on, but a unique enough brew, and as far as mystery beers go in a variety 12 pack, this one is legit.

11-24-2011 05:21:57 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-14-2014 09:32:05 | More by williamjbauer
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

Part three of the "Looking Glass" series...

Clear dark copper color, yellowish head of two bubble sizes but not much height. Vertical dot and string lace. Neutral aroma, leans toward maple syrup with some black pepper background. Mouthfeel is medium as is carbonation, malt is heavy on cinnamon and brown sugar, some black cherry, but hauled back by floral and somewhat ashy hopping. Hits the back of the throat thickly, with a little bit of heat. Overall, a better-than-average beer, but a little too tight and underspiced for my expectations, came off almost as an ESB...

11-30-2003 18:55:00 | More by ADR
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

Served up at Fuel and Fuddle in Oakland the other night while listening to the "Saturday Night Special" Don Zjak playing his style "whiskey blues" good mix of everything switching it up between his ol' Gibson acoustic and Fender backed by his boy Frank George on the sax and harmonica. Now that I set the mood here's this seasonal outta Colorado appears dark caramel amber ruby with a tan two finger sized head leaves even amount of lace. Aroma contains pine cone scented hops caramel doughy dosed malt backbone. Taste is pretty even not as aggressively hopped as the label claims it is, still solid hop flavor and bitterness the pine and caramel mix to form a nice Christmas seasonal. Mouthfeel is medium bodied evenly carbonated smooth finish goes down quite nicely. Drinkability solid hoppy winter warmer not my favorite for the season but definitely a beer I would revisit in the right setting.

02-01-2006 00:47:24 | More by WVbeergeek
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timontheroad

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

05-26-2013 02:13:05 | More by timontheroad
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DarrellK

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +19.6%

A pretty complex brew that is called a seasonal ( winter brew ) and it really fits the style. It really needs to be served at no more than 50-55F, otherwise all the character is lost. Once at the right temperature the malty nose comes out to complement the clear brandy color and fairly full head for the style.
Nice balance of dark malt and hops in the mouth with malt slightly in control, with hops coming in at the finish.
A whiskey drinker might think of this as a Jack Daniels without the alcohol content.

01-22-2005 23:02:32 | More by DarrellK
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

02-16-2014 00:16:45 | More by LXIXME
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Fuzzycuffs

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

12-30-2012 01:23:35 | More by Fuzzycuffs
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Brenden

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

Never Summer is a warm and inviting, rich-looking red in color with deep copper infused. A light tan head just over one finger tall drops a thick ring at the top, then leaves a broken sheet of thick lacing that, if it remained consistent all the way down, would be stellar. It's still quite good, though.
The aroma offers a malts and hops balance with primarily caramel and grains giving way to a bit of pine and citrus. A mildly grassy aroma lingers beneath. It's a little hard to draw out, a good aroma that ought to have a little more strength.
All of the elements are found in the flavor, but warming draws out some toast and a touch of dark fruits along with more citrus hops and a light roastiness coming through just at the end.
This beer is fairly thick and rich, a touch filling in a smooth medium body with medium levels of carbonation.
I like this Winter Warmer, not spiced per se but with a touch of sweetness and very good balance.

04-14-2011 16:09:15 | More by Brenden
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RDW

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-03-2012 20:23:56 | More by RDW
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DCHritz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

01-17-2014 20:16:29 | More by DCHritz
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Never Summer Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
82 out of 100 based on 548 ratings.