Never Summer Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: comat0se on 04-28-2003)
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Photo of bonsreeb85
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out a dark amber hue with a biege head. Good retention and notable lacing

Caramel, dark malt and pine needles are all appearant on the nose

Rich malty backround with piney hops and spruce shine though flavor wise. Nice balance. Sweet finish.

The feel is that of a medium body with moderate carbonation.

This is an excellent winter season session worthy brew. I could easily drink this for awhile without getting sick of it.

Photo of Stigs
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pint glass

A - pours a nice inch of off white, bubbly and creamy head, lacing nicely. crystal clear burnt amber color.

S - smells of fruity and floral hops with some sweetness. toasted nuts, pine, and spice.

T - carmelly sweetness right off the bat, then floral hops kick in. slight bit of spice here and there. tastes a bit like an IPA slightly past its date.

M - prickly carbonation and sticky tastes. nothing unpleasant.

D - i like that its not overpowering on the spices like most within the style, with a nice subtle hop presence.

Photo of jsh420
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

best by 02/17/2010

pours ruby with a 1+ finger head that left no lacing

smell of fruity hops some malt

taste is very much fruity hops - no bitterness - decent malt backbone

mouthfeel is light to medium with decent amount of carbonation - still very smooth

drinkability is ok - decent pale ale - but wheres the winter warmer? spice?

Photo of FickleBeast
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- pours ruby red with one finger of foam that has great head retention.

S - robust sweet aroma, very nice

T -upfront malty sweetness, crystal malt flavor, hop flavor is well balanced within. As it warms, the hops are more pronounced and suit this beer nicely

M - sweet, sticky mouthfeel

D - a bit too much residual sweetness to crave this beer, but this is well crafted and I'll enjoy sipping on one or two on a cool evening.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep copper, almost ruby. Nice thick creamy head and good lacing. A good looking beer (poured into a tall glass)

S- Fruity/hoppy, some roasted malts in there as well.

T- Sweet caramel and dark hops hit the tongue first with some underlying roasted malts, ending in a strong malt presence. Some fruit in the end, long lasting aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, a little sticky. Good for a freezing day (there is snow falling as I write this and drink the beer)

D- Drinkable for a winter warmer, but not so compared to light styles. However, since this beer is not made to drinkable as much as warning, it is good.

Overall: A fine winter beer, a little strong/hoppy for my tastes, but that is a personal opinion and doesn't reflect in my ratings. This is a decent beer, and one that I would recommend.

Photo of wesl56
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a- pours a dark brown with a reddish tint, thick head that settles and sticks around with some medium lacing

s- smells plain; just of malts, kind of has that metallic scent

t- HEAVY roasted malts, creamy finish... actually tastes like there are some considerable hops present, but the malts over power

m- thick, and leaves your mouth coated with roasty malt residue

d- due to how heavy it is, this is a slow drink, aftertaste hangs around quite a while

overall this is an awesome beer for cold nights, wont need more than 2/3 in a sitting to warm you up and keep your tastes pleased... this is def going on my list for the season!

Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Tulip.

A: The deep copper color has nice clarity and leisurely carbonation. A rocky cream cap starts strong and retains well. Leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Bittersweet toffee and other caramelized sugars dominate the nose. A distinct grapefruit aroma balances the sweet sugars.

T: Starts out with a scorched sugar flavor that's quickly joined by a moderate grapefruit bitterness. There's a woodsy note in the background. Finishes with lingering grapefruit and toffee flavors.

M: The dry medium body feels a touch chalky. The carbonation level feels a tad high.

D: Overall, this is another nice beer from Boulder. It actually drank stronger for me than it really is, which was an interesting change of pace. I'm glad I picked it up.

Photo of nickfl
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of light brown head on a clear, amber-brown body with some chunks of sediment. Good head retention and moderate lace.

S - Moderate pine hop aroma with notes of caramel and toffee.

T - Pine hops and brown, toasty malt up front. The hop flavor peaks in the middle then settles to a moderate bitterness. Darker malt notes in the finish, lots of toffee, carmel and some chocolate.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Drinkable, though it is a bit too heavy for a session beer. The hop character is ok, but kind of generic. The malt character is very nice and really makes the beer.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with a little ditty about the beer, no freshness date

Appearance: Pretty copper colored brew with beige head with decent retention

Smell: Nice balance between malt and hop aromas; dark caramel, toasted biscuit, and nice earthy hops.

Taste: Again, very nicely balanced between malt and hops. The only slightly off-putting thing here is a kind of metallic/aluminum twinge on the finish. Other than that it's all about sweet caramel malts, maybe a touch of dark fruit, earthy hoppiness in the traditional Northern English style, and balance.

Mouthfeel: Maybe just a bit lighter than I'd like but not bad.

Drinkability: Quaffable.

Conclusion: I've kind of split on my opinions of Boulder's beers...this one however is quite tasty and one I'll probably check out next winter as a more affordable alternative to some of my favorite examples from across the pond.

Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of uwmgdman
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of albern
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mhatters
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of wchesak
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
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"

Photo of cdizinno
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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)

Photo of argock
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dfillius
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Risser09
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Gyle41386
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of philbe311
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

Photo of mikereaser
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mothman
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Never Summer Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
82 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.