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Never Summer Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Never Summer AleNever Summer Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

552 Ratings
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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
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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Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a very clean and clear rubt color with a sticky off white head.

Sweet cookieness on the nose followed by a floral and minty scent. Very complicated nose with layers of aromas. Very nice.

Unfortunately the malt character takes a big back seat to the hops here. There's a slight fruity juiciness brought on by the hops that continues through out the taste into the clean slightly roasted finish. Balance is there and good but where are the malt flavors?

Move of an amber ale than a winter warmer. Not a bad drinker but a weak abv winter seasonal without anything that can warm me up from the cold besides a very subtle spice character and roast finish? eh

jtierney89, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of leinie13
2/5  rDev -44.6%

leinie13, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -44.6%

BGsWo22, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of JBIII
2.03/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

with a name like summer ale, this beer should be a lot lighter. Not a summer session beer, not even any type of sessional beer! Very sharp after taste. Harsh, metallic and does not go down smoothly! Don't even waste your time ordering this beer. You'd waste your money and time! I'd only drink this beer if it was free.

JBIII, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of williamherbert
2.33/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Foamy head. Clear, almost see-through. Very red: not amber -- red. Can't figure out what it's gonna be like from the look of it.

Sweet and spicy smell. Malty. Much sweeter than I expected, with that hint of cherry.

Has a sweet, candy-like flavor. Very sweet malt, with not a single hop in sight. Pungent. Far too sweet for me with an overly sweet aftertaste.

The feel is thick and syrupy. Mediciny. It's hard to drink for me. Has too much of a Robitussin sweetness with no bitter or hop balance. Not a pleasant drink for me.

williamherbert, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of shlub
2.33/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz crown cap bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Poured aggressively, resulting in a 1 finger head of foam. Clear and copper in color, it left a nice lacing. Started with a malty, sherry like nose with an "off" smell I couldn't identify. I started this one out too cold and it little flavor at first, but progressed into a malty, toffee like quality. I thought it finished poorly with a petrol (fusel alcohol?) flavor on the roof of my mouth. I thought it to be thin for the style and didn't care for it. I've liked several of Boulder's other offerings, but not this one.

shlub, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of FRivard
2.35/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

poured from a 12 oz. bottle dated mar 09 2011

poured a deep copper color with a one finger tan head that lingered for a few moments

smelled of robust caramel malt maybe a hint of orange citrus

tastes a definitely malt forward beer rather sweet a bit unbalanced rather one sided and uncomplex for a winter warmer

mouthfeel rather thick for such a low abv beer

although i was very dissapointed with the overall characteristics of this beer i found it to be quite drinkable and the first sessional winter warmer i have encountered

FRivard, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of spelletier
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

spelletier, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of cowineaux
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

cowineaux, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of zachary80
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

zachary80, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Hedonismbott
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

Hedonismbott, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of deonreds
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

deonreds, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of BigPlay1824
2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a crystal clear amber color with no carbonation bubbles and a finger of off white head that dissipates rapidly and leaves a decent amount of lacing
S: not finding much here in the scent at all, possibly pumpernickel, idk, overall not much at all
T: piney in the beginning, then moves into a bit of roasted maltiness which linger on the palate, not a bad tasting brew but really doesn't stand out like the others ive come to enjoy, id call it sub par
M: medium carbonation, leaves the mouth silky and freshened, mouthfeel is probably the best part of this brew
O: unfortunately not even close to what i expect or look for in this style, just doesn't have the depth or interesting notes i have found in anchor, harpoon, or Samuel smiths, just missed on this one, its too bad too because i do enjoy boulder beers

BigPlay1824, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderate, but I do love this style.

A: Colour is a semitransparent dark copper. Head is four fingers of fair cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Appealing.

Sm: Toasted malt is all me broken nose detects. All apologies, lads.

T: Light toasted malt, some caramel, and bland muted spices. Bland, boring, and uninspired. Balanced alright but poorly built.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Suits the flavour generally.

Dr: A mundane beer that never tries to surpass its own self-acknowledged mediocrity. Drinkable but undesirable.

kojevergas, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very nice deep orange reddish color with a small thin head, almost no lacing. Below average carbonation with a fairly strong smell of bittersweet hops. Tastes weak with a very light body. Tad f hop bitterness followed b some sweetness. Not enough flavor to be had again.

ATLbeerDog, May 10, 2008
Photo of aquatonex
2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BOTM option, sounds interesting...

Pours medium brown, no head, tiny bit of lacing, lightly carbonated. Smells of caramel malts and a little bit of alcohol. Taste is mediocre, not very malty, but very alcohol-y. For a strong ale I would highly expect a lot more ABV and some more powerful flavors. This one hits a little below the mark for a strong ale.

aquatonex, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of Jayli
2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours an auburnish/copper with a thin beige skim of a head. Slight head retention, not much lacing to speak of. Nose is of caramel malt and light piney-floral hops. Taste is very, very piney. Begins with extreme piney flavoring and floral hops - a spice that I can't quite put my finger on....then moves to a bit of caramelized flavoring. There is graininess in the mouthfeel and has a big salty, astringent blast. The astringency lingers through the remainder, not hidden in the least by the floral hops. This beer may appeal to some, but was not for me.

Jayli, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of ChuckD
2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle from the sampler pack poured into a chalice. Thin, tawny lacing atop a copper/brown body. The nose is mostly malts - nothing over the top with a slight floral bouquet in the back. The taste is sweet - at times cloyingly so. There is little to no hop balance so this can become a somewhat tedious effort. The feel is full and flavorfull - but all malt. Too little carbonation with a finish that is semi dry and sticky.

Perfect example of why sampler packs are useful. Not a terrible beer - but nothing I'd like again either.

ChuckD, May 17, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two-finger cream head that stays leaving a lot lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts with more hops than malts, hoppy finish with a hint of sweetness, hoppy aftertaste. Typical American pale. $1.45 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

jdhilt, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of ONN8
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

ONN8, Dec 29, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

justinp, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of FINLANDski_1619
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

FINLANDski_1619, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of Whiskeydeez
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Whiskeydeez, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of hozersr
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

hozersr, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of monkeybeer
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

monkeybeer, Mar 31, 2007
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Never Summer Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
82 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.