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Never Summer Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Never Summer AleNever Summer Ale

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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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Photo of drtth


4/5  rDev +10.5%

The beer was served in a shaker/pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. (Beer actually reviewed in January of 09. The review was misfiled and only posted today.)

Appearance: The beer is a deep dark ruby red with a ½" tan colored head that is thick and creamy, leaving some some rings of lacing and some patches of lacing after sipping.

Smell: The aroma is easy to pick up and consists roasted caramel malt along with some citrusy and spicy hops.

Taste: This is a reasonably strongly trongly flavored beer with the taste of caramel malt, brown sugar and citric hops (predominantly grapefruit) in a nice balance between sweet and bitter, However I have no idea what the brewer's secret spice might be.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with a soft creamy feel from the carbonation. The finish is fairly long and slowly loses its sweetness, leaving behind a dry hoppy bitterness to the gentle end.

Drinkability: This is a nice well made beer and I'll keep and eye open for it in the future. If given a choice I'm not sure I'd pick it over some of the other winter warmers to be found during the cold weather, but it is certainly worth a return visit.

05-21-2009 00:46:07 | More by drtth
Photo of uwmgdman


3.8/5  rDev +5%

This one pours fairly clear dark red with an off-white head and a bit of haze. The aroma is moderate-high caramel with moderate floral hop. The flavor is high sweet caramel that is quickly replaced by moderate citrus hop flavor and drying hop bitterness, which lingers in the mouth. The body is medium-full, rather smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a tasty winter brew worth a shot, although unlikely to drink a lot in one sitting.

04-26-2009 03:12:06 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of albern


4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

This is a very enjoyable and quite sweet winter warmer, a little on the thin side for the style, but very good. The beer pours a nice dark amber, ever so slightly murky color, with a nice off white head that just disappears. There is no lacing here, and the head retention isn't much. The nose on the beer is wonderful crystal malts, huge bready sweet malts underneath, some caramelized florals, maybe a touch of a nutty hop aroma too. The breadiness is quite pronounced and very enticing.

The taste won't disappoint. It is a sweet, slightly cloying beer, but the slight molasses flavor, slight brown sugar, definite roasted caramel malts are very nice. There is a nice bready, sweet, caramelized malty base underneath that is very enticing. The hop is present just enough to insinuate itself. The hop is a bit dry, a bit leafy. There is an ever so slight sweet nutty flavor to the beer. The mouthfeel is quite sticky sweet and the aftertaste is very mild. This is a lighter bodied winter warmer, with a fairly modest ABV. There is not a lot to be disappointed with in this beer. Worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

04-19-2009 21:04:38 | More by albern
Photo of mhatters


3.08/5  rDev -14.9%

Served in a standard pint glass on tap at my house.

Coppery and ruby colored, nice lace and head, head is tan to white

Lots of spice in the nose, almost overpowering all else, clove and cinnamon come through first then the caramel malt at the end - little to no alcohol in the nose

Malty and spicy flavor - almost competing - no alcohol in the flavor

Malt flavor outlasts the spice in the end, slight carbonation feel, mostly a malty mix

OK beer, not bad, but would not tap again

04-19-2009 02:51:07 | More by mhatters
Photo of wchesak

South Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -16.3%

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"

04-19-2009 01:37:31 | More by wchesak
Photo of cdizinno

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into chalice. No freshness date. Purchased as 6-pack from Wine & More for a ridiculously low price of $2.99. That was the whole 6-pack!

A: Ruby red color with off-white head.

S: Caramel sweet with light spice scents.

T & M: Flavor is mildly sweet. Mostly malt but a slight hop bitterness. Medium bodied and a decent winter ale. (I definitely can't complain for the price)

04-03-2009 23:45:17 | More by cdizinno
Photo of argock


3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Batch number near bottom of bottle under label but no decipherable freshness date. Purchased as 6-pack from Whole Foods Market (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Ruby (as advertised), clear, with thin 1/2-1 finger of off-white head leaving a few streamers of scant lace.

S: Musty dark and caramel malt, hint of nutmeg, vanilla, and spicy hops but not very distinguishing

T: The flavor is a bit murky and muddled as well. Malts are the strongest with caramel, dark malt, and buttery flavors. Hop flavors are not overly strong or sharp and instead lay in the background and add spice. The nutmeg in the aroma is not apparent in the flavor. No alcohol is detected.

M: Pleasant due to the low carbonation to give a nice coating action. Aftertaste is long and malty.

D: Drinkable and pleasant but that's about as strong a recommendation as I can give. Either more sweetness or more hops would help out this brew -- it doesn't know which way to go so it doesn't get very far.

04-01-2009 02:24:51 | More by argock
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear, ruby amber hue with a stiff and rocky and dense, slightly tanned head. Generous lacing down the side of the glass.

Aroma is somewhat lacking. Slightly sweet and chalky. Fruity with some large caramel malt presence. Some chocolate aromas; kind of brown ale like. Not much in the way of hops.

Good flavor. More sweetness and a good dose of fruitiness (dates, figs), estery. Pretty balanced and overall pleasant.

Medium bodied with a bit of chewiness. A good beer overall. Perhaps a little fresher, this might be a real treat. Seemed slightly cardboardy and oxidized but even with that, this was a nice beer.

03-26-2009 18:26:13 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of dfillius


3.3/5  rDev -8.8%

Poured into a wine glass
A: Moderate pour yields little head; more please. Clear red-orange liquid with a glow to it - pretty!
S: Strong malt with Euro/Noble hop spice. Tasty smelling! Estery fruitiness, a note of cascade hops.
T: A tad off maybe? Balanced flavors, though there is an astringent flavor at the junction of the malt and hops. Slightly boozy flavor.
M: Slight sharpness from the astringency. Hot.
D: Okay and not great. I was not a winter beer fan before this one and remain unconverted.

03-22-2009 22:45:39 | More by dfillius
Photo of treehugger02010


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

I had this on-tap at Cantina Dos Segundos in Philadelphia, PA. It was served in a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a dark brown color. The head is super small, thin lacing, tan, and ok retention.
Smell: The aroma's are date and grapes and sweet malt.
Taste: The flavors are dark fruits and a slight earthy hop.
Mouthfeel: This is a very smooth beer.
Drinkability: This is very drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

03-22-2009 21:01:59 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of Risser09


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a transparent ruby red/brown with significant carbonation bubbles flowing to the surface. The head is so short-lived I didn't even notice it's formation and dissipation. A little bit of lace remains.

Smell: Floral hops mix with sweet caramel malt. A fresh hyacinth and apple aroma is nice.

Taste: Very fruity at first with lots of sweet & tart apple and cherry flavor. Hopped with a citrusy & floral variety. Deep caramel malt sweetens the beer. A little bit of residual booze.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, fruity, hoppy and boozy. A medium body. Lingering hoppiness and booze.

Drinkability: Pretty good. Probably one of the better winter beers that I've had this year. Not too malty with some ample hops. Well rounded with good fruitiness. Will revisit and recommend.

03-19-2009 12:15:35 | More by Risser09
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, nuts, spices, some fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is malty up front with flavors of spices, caramel and some fruit, but it's not overly sweet. There's a hearty malt character and a decent hops presence but there doesn't seem to be as good of a balance as there should be. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely several beers within the style that I would choose over this one.

03-14-2009 03:07:19 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Gyle41386

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.5%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark amber, leaning towards red, with some orange highlights at the bottom. Thick, fluffy, two finger head retains well and leaves loads of sticky lacing.

Smells hoppy for a winter warmer. By scent alone, I'd guess this was either a weak IPA or a loaded up amber. Some sweet caramel malts in there, too.

This even tastes like a weak IPA. Grassy hops up front. Some weak malts, then back to the grassy hops in the aftertaste. Nice spice in there.

Feel is good...some spice on the tongue, slight bitter finish. Very creamy in the mouth.

Overall, I think this one is pretty good. It doesn't really follow the other winter warmers I've had stylistically, but I think it tastes pretty damn good.

02-24-2009 05:39:25 | More by Gyle41386
Photo of philbe311


3.2/5  rDev -11.6%

A - Ridiculous slightly off-white tan head from a standard pour which fades to leave a thick lacing... Excellent stickiness along the sides of the glass... Still without any noticeable carbonation...

S - Surprisingly more hops, perhaps Saaz, than I would have expected from a Winter Warmer... Cantaloupe... Faint malts... The scent well pleasant is quite weak and underwhelming...

T - Hops... Faint caramel... Biscuit... Faint spices... Similar to the aroma, pleasant but underwhelming...

M - Light to medium bodied... Thin without much carbonation... Slightly dry bitter finish...

D - An enjoyable brew whose hops are a pleasant surprise on the Winter Warmer scene... A little more in the Scent and Mouthfeel departments would go a long way to making this a much better beer... I would drink again in the future, but not seek our or recommended...

02-24-2009 02:53:35 | More by philbe311
Photo of mikereaser


4.22/5  rDev +16.6%

A - pours a clear mahogany brown with 1/4 inch of foam that quickly disappeared.

S - Nice hoppy aroma with a sweet caramel malt background

T - grassy hops and strong malt upfront with the grassy notes following through in the finish

M/D - very smooth and earthy brew, a very nice balance of malt and hops make this one a definite must try

02-19-2009 02:20:01 | More by mikereaser
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured into pint glass.

Color is a mahogany brown. Pours a tan head that left thick lace spots.

Aroma is all earthy hops. There is also some carmel malts. Taste is very malty, mainly carmel notes. It has some slight earthy hops with orange zest.

Mouthfeel is over bitter. Goes down creamy, but leaves a very dry aftertaste. Seems a little undercarbonated.

Overall, not the best winter warmer, but not the worst. I could see myself having another quite easily, as it is very easy to drink.

02-17-2009 01:41:45 | More by mothman
Photo of Jayli


2.7/5  rDev -25.4%

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.

02-12-2009 03:39:59 | More by Jayli
Photo of RickS95


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

2.5 fingers of beige head that sticks around while you drink it. Light amber in color.

Earthy, hops in the nose. Not much going on in the mouth. Very neutral for a seasonal winter beer...not a bad thing. Good lacing.

I picked up subtle flavors in the aftertaste capped off by a slight bitter finish. This is a highly drinkable winter ale.

02-09-2009 01:24:48 | More by RickS95
Photo of Bitterbill


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

I bought this beer locally at The Liquor Shed in Casper.

This pours a clear reddish brown with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is very hoppy. I note a lot of grass and grapefruit but lying beneath, I can sense a strongish background of caramel malt. It will be interesting to see how the taste compares to the smell.

The taste has both grassy hops and caramel malt up front with the result being....pretty darned good balance. Sometimes it tastes more bitter, other times the malt shines through more. There's some bready and toasted tones to join in with the caramel and I think, it pushes the brew over the edge into Malty territory. Good. I like a malty Winter Warmer. Not much spice going on but there's a lot of others of the style that focus on spices so...concentrating on the malty side is aok with me.

The mouthfeel is medium as is the carbonation though it looks pretty spritzy when I look at it in my glass.

Drinkability? Very good. No probs with the lightish alcohol content and it is tasty enough. A nice Winter Warmer if you're not into spices, higher alcohol, and overly hopped brews. I like , and head retention and lacing are above average.

02-07-2009 22:32:07 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of TooleBurger


3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

a: medium brown pour

s: very hoppy smell with a little bit of orange and lemon, nice nose overall

t: delicious for a winter ale, not too bitter with nice fruit notes

m: very smooth, tastes like it smells

d: you could have a few of these in one night. I will be drinking this again during the colder months for sure

01-31-2009 23:44:15 | More by TooleBurger
Photo of Schwarz04


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

Apperance: Medium amber brown with decent head and great sticky lacing. No carbonation

Smell: Very hoppy for a Winter Warmer. Some other grassy notes present. Orange and lemon scents also present.

Taste: Quite hoppy with a mix of assorted citrus notes. Bitterness is not too overwhelming considering the hopiness.

Mouthfeel: A bit of bitterness, but not long lasting. Slight dryness afterward...not too distracting though.

Drinkability: Quite high, overall seems almost more like an IPA rather than a Winter Warmer...good beer no the less.

01-31-2009 22:53:00 | More by Schwarz04
Photo of Gavilan


4.4/5  rDev +21.5%

A: Beautiful amber, head dissipated quickly, no lacing

S: smells like a spiced ESB, odd but appealing

T: Taste just like it smells, great ESB with subtle spicing

M: Nice bitternes with a dry finish

D: At 5.94% a very drinkable Winter Warmer?ESB....nice

01-31-2009 00:50:07 | More by Gavilan
Photo of Gehrig


4.35/5  rDev +20.2%

Clear amber-auburn with two thick fingers of slightly tan froth; good durability and ample lacing on the Yankees pint glass leave me sufficiently impressed. Good aromas, much as a Winter Warmer should be--ample malt, plenty of spice (ginger, pepper, coriander)--nicely done, if a little subtle.

I find the taste anything but subtle. It's very delicious, malty and bold with the spice. Caramel and some chocolate certainly emerge, but the ginger/pepper combination leave me very impressed. It's a very tasty warmer, with an assist from some citrus hops, especially grapefruit. The malt/spice duality ably abets the mouthfeel, as does the inexorable effervescence.

I haven't tried many Winter Warmers of late, unlike last winter when I openly sought out various Warmers to sample. Never Summer was a very pleasant surprise, one I'll seek out next winter for certain.


01-20-2009 05:55:26 | More by Gehrig
Photo of scruffwhor


4.47/5  rDev +23.5%

Brght rusty amber/tobacco hed ber. Good two finger head that recedes to a thick film with heady stickage and lacing. Good bubbling too. Great toasted cracker biscuit aroma with just some faint spice notes. Plus a little citrus from the hops to boot. Good bubbling too. A little ginger and nutmeg blend with some spiced orange peel tea. Plus the dry toasted malt make his one of the best balanced winter warmers I've ever had. Great palate and great sessionability. Highly recommended!!!

01-10-2009 15:55:36 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of CHSLBrew


3.73/5  rDev +3%

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Thick frothy, tan head, reduced quickly to sparse bubbles. On the plus side, this beer was a beautifully pristine dark amber.

S-Light piney hop aromas dance around an underlying toasty malt, with hints of an earthiness here and there.

T-An assertive dank hoppiness provides character to a strong malt backbone of toasty, nutty, and downright tasty malts. Mid-flavor, a bright citrus hop sticks its head out, but retreats quickly to the background again. The strong bitterness provides a very appropriate balancing factor. For a winter warmer, more hoppy and well-balanced than I am used to (in a good way!).

M-Medium body with a subtle, moderate carbonation.

D-Quite drinkable. Though not as warming a winter warmer as some versions out there, the hoppiness in this brew is refreshing in a sea of malt-driven WW's. I'm all for this one.

01-06-2009 17:58:59 | More by CHSLBrew
Never Summer Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
82 out of 100 based on 548 ratings.