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Never Summer Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Reviews: 344
Hads: 568
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: comat0se on 04-28-2003

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Reviews: 344 | Hads: 568
Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -54.4%
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

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Photo of JBIII
2.04/5  rDev -43.6%
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.

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Photo of shlub
2.36/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

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Photo of williamherbert
2.38/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

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Photo of FRivard
2.41/5  rDev -33.4%
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

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Photo of BigPlay1824
2.61/5  rDev -27.9%
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

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Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

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Photo of aquatonex
2.71/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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Photo of Jayli
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

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Photo of ChuckD
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.74/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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Photo of chaunur
2.76/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. It poured a med cloudy brown with a thin light tan head that quickly disappeared. As another reviewer stated it looked like old cloudy iced tea. It had no aroma. I was expecting a more malty spicey beer but this was much hoppier than I expected. Some hint of malts but the beer was overall a bitter brew. Felt ok in the mouth with very little fizz. I had bought a 6-pack to take to a party, took 4 home, had to switch to the house beer. Overall just a very average beer, couldn't drink more that 1 or 2 at a time, have a feeling these are going to linger in my beer fridge for awhile. Disappointed

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Photo of mklinger
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance -- pale brown color. Bit less depth of color than I might want. Crystal clear with a creamy tan head that dissipated fairly quickly but left very nice lacing behind.

Smell -- I get mostly crystal malt sweetness with a touch of bready malt. Not much else going on here.

Taste -- There's caramel sweetness up front with some lingering bitterness on the end. A hint of spice -- mostly cinnamon? -- in thew middle & end. Largely this tastes like a fairly ordinary amber (e.g., Redhook ESB) with a small spice addition.

Mouthfeel -- fairly thin but the carbonation does help some as it foams up in the mouth making it both a bit sharper & creamier.

Drinkability -- Well, it's easy enough to drink. Wouldn't be hard to drop back a few pints, but I wouldn't be excited or all that interested in doing so. Not a beer I'll be seeking out.

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Photo of nvsblman
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice ruby red color, not much head. The aroma has mostly molasses with some citric hopiness. Not the "aggressive" hopiness I expected from the bottle description. The taste seems mostly malty upfront - carmel and molasses flavor are dominant. There are some hops in the finish, though also a little bit of a metallic finish. Medium bodies with nice carbonation. It doesn't seem to be anything too special, I could drink it at a party or something, but I would look for something better first.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.84/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-deep amber with a sticky white head

S-malty caramel creamy hops. very faint

T-comes in with a spicy hoppy taste of malts and caramel. reminds me of an aged IPA. matching after-taste. there's a touch of citrus. seems a bit unbalanced

M-creamy medium carbonation with a creamy finish

O-this drank more like a red ale than a winter warmer to me. it was more malty and flavorful, and it just wasn't well balanced. it was still a decent an easy to drink beer, but its not something i'll be ordering again!

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Photo of rousee
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark amber with almost no head. No murk at all and it does retain a small wisp of foam mostly around the sides of the glass and a small film on top.

Smell is a strong malt profile with almost no hops. Reminds me of barleysugar. Taste is much the same--very sweet and somewhat sticky in the mouthfeel. There are maybe some slight fruit elements on the palate. Not in a hurry to try this one again.

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Photo of cokes
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Auburn-shaded copper with a thin beige skim.
Nose of caramel malt and light piney-floral hops.
Taste is much of the same. Begins heavily caramelized, then shifts more towards toastedness. Maybe even some vague cocoa hues. Graininess is noted, and joins with a big salty, astringent blast. The astringency lingers through the remainder, not hidden in the least by the floral hops.
Light bodied.
I sort of liked this intially, but the astringency proved to be too much. By the end, it was difficult to drink, and even worse with food.

Thanks anyway, Huge

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Photo of monkeybeer
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

A: Clear, amber-brown, light off-white head.

S: Bready, nutty, roasted malts.

T: Lightly roasty malts, kind of unspectacular for a beer labeled as a winter warmer.

M: Medium body. Some carbonation.

D: Smooth, and easily drinkable, but disappointing if you were expecting flavor and/or spiciness of a winter warmer.

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Photo of avalon07
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color and a totally clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of head and some OK lacing.

S: The aroma was barely noticable, though there were traces of malt.

T: Taste consisted of a biscuity quality and a mild malt, but mainly it was thin, watery and average.

M: A fair amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is just a terribly average beer without much character or taste.

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Photo of BigRedN
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark ruby red, thin off-white head which soon faded. Traces of lace down the glass to the finish.
Smell: Hoppy, spiced yet slightly sweet with a touch of caramel.
Taste: Nothing exciting. One dimensional. Hoppy, bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Slightly carbonated. Light to medium bodied. Relatively easy going down.
Drinkability: Not the best seasonal beer I have had.

Final Thoughts: Part of a mixed six, this was not the most enjoyable beer of the bunch. Would have guessed by its one-dimensional profile that it was a strong/old ale, not a herb/spiced beer. Slightly disappointing. I guess I expected too much.

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Photo of cadenwhitaker
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yeah I agree with the other reviewers in that this beer is average. The taste is smooth with a bitter hop finish with not much else really exposing itself. I really didn't pick up much from this beer to suggest that it is a "Winter Warmer". If handed this with no label I might assume it is just a hopped amber of no particular origin.

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Photo of budgood1
3.01/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out a beautiful dark ruby red colour, with a thin fine head and sparse rings of lace. pleasant hop and candy spice in the nose...smells nice. sweet and sugary taste...lots of candyish aspects to this one...and a small dose of x-mas spice. there is a fair amount of hoppiness to round out the profile, and a hint of alcohol bite in the end. the body seems a bit thin for a brew that touts itself as an "aggressive winter seasonal". the mouthfeel is slick and oily and this beer as a whole is a bit cloying at times. drinkability suffers from the fact that this brew isn't as good as advertised. a nice attempt at intermingling flavours of holiday cheer.

worth a six pack every winter, just not worth a case or two of the winter seasonals i enjoy more.

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Photo of wchesak
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Got it at my local beer shop on closeout.

A - ruby brown color with a slightly brown tinted cream colored head that leaves good lace after the poor

S - nutmeg and cinnamon, caramel malt, barely noticeable spicy hop

T - caramel, toffee malt, small hop bite at end, pick up a bit of hotness from the alcohol, which is weird with its 5.94

M - alright carbonation, flavors coat the inside of the mouth and linger, particularly the malt sweetness

D - rather easy to drink, pretty consistent with most winter warmers, however "i've had better"

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Never Summer Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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