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Never Summer Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Never Summer AleNever Summer Ale

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554 Ratings
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Ratings: 554
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 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 rousee
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

rousee, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of roblowther
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

roblowther, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle thanks to jhammerly

Pours a clear chestnut brown with a cream tan head that thins. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is largely dominated by piney hops with a light malt backbone containing some nuttiness and a slight smell of spice.

Piney hops upfront give way to a nutty malt base with a distinct spiciness. finishes with a medium bitterness and lingering spiciness.

Medium body, mild carbonation.

A decent brew, just a little too much spice for my taste. Still, I had no problems finishing the bottle.

MaltyGoodness, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of RBorsato
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown-ish copper color with a big tan head, good carbonation, and good lace sheets. Spicy malt aromas dominate over light spicy, piney hop, and citrusy hop notes. Definitely a malt driven example of the style despite the apparent IBU level; nutty grains and a touch of chestnut character. Maybe some cinnamon and nutmeg too ?!? Medium-full bodied and smooth with a nice balanced finish.

A nicely balanced Winter Warmer.

Per Label: "Looking Glass Series - 3rd Release"

Per BOM notes: 45 IBU.
Malts: British Dark Caramel, US 2-row Malted Barley
Hops: Nugget, Willamette, and Cascade

Per BBC website: OG 15.2P
- Top Secret Brewmaster's Spice

'291006' lasered on bottom
Tasted: 01/04/06

RBorsato, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Selection iof the Beer-of-the-Month Club.
Poured a medium red-garnet color with lovely tannish-colored creamy head. Great retention with nice lacing.
Smell is dominated by grassy and piney hops with a touch of caramel malt also present.
Taste combines the malt and hops very nicely to form a nice flovot sensation.
The ending has a somewhat strange dryness that leaves a not overly pleasant sensation in the mouth.
Overall a very nice beer.
Thanks to fellow BA mtanji for the gift.

tgbljb, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle, received as part of a beer of the month club.

Crystal clear, light copper color. Medium size, light tan head.

Very mild aroma. Bit of caramel and some grassy hops.

Taste is much more hoppy than aroma lets on. Citrus and herbal character. Biscuity in the middle. Overall taste is more sweet than anything else. Caramel and wheat bread?

Medium in body and carbonation. Fairly drying.

Quite good and very sessionable. Nice winter offering.

, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours ruby-red - nice color/clarity - poor head retention, other than a small swirl.

The smell is bready with pine and caramel.

The taste is of dark caramel balanced by citrus and pine. It has an underlying lemony zest. Just enough alcohol comes through to make it a winter beer, but mild and non-interfering. Hops stay just ahead of the sweet, caramel-ish malt. Nicely textured with a medium to full body. Smooth for the style.
One of the better winter brews out there. Not the most "warming" or spicy but tasty and "sessionable" for the style.

jwc215, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of Minkybut
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured beer into tumbler at 50 degrees. beer was a nice red/brown about the color of gasoline years ago. Smell was slightly nutty bready with a light hoppy taste, but not too overpowering. Head was fast decaying with slight lacing. Was a interesting beer to try but will not purchase again.

Minkybut, Dec 26, 2006
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 Procrastinator
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: deep, ruby red color with beige colored head which
recedes and then maintains a constant 1/8" depth that follows the beer down all the way to empty. Constant lacing clings to the sides of my glass.

Smell: sweet and definite winter spice, piney with definite alcohol
scent in the background.

Taste: sweet maltiness with mild spice balanced well with hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: nicely carbonated and medium bodied. The mouthfeel along with the flavors become better emphasized with warming.

Drinkability: allow this one to warm up. I could drink several of these in one sitting. Not overpowering.

Procrastinator, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of Reidrover
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber . Nice smart and tidy looking ale, dark bronze with a nice sized tan head to begin with ,however this fades fast leaving slotchy lace. Spicy hop aromas but rather subdued somehow..pine accents. Malty dark bitter flavour, then resinous pine notes , and a taste of spice before it finishes. Rather dry and quick finish , but feels rather invigorating in the mouth. Quite a nice laid back beer. well worth a pint!

Reidrover, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear copper in color with a 1" head that lingers around a while. No lacing develops.

Smell: very light caramel and fruit sweetness are barely detectable.

Taste: caramel and a nice piney bitterness are up front, with some plums and pears rounding it out. The sweet and bitter balance is pleasant and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and smoother towards the finish. Caramel and pine tones stick to the tongue briefly after swallowing. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: easy to quaff and could be a nice staple in the refridgerator for the winter months.

Gavage, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of bigdeuce
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boy, this is a quality brew. A nice top of the line strong here. Nice craggy head, stays with the beer throughout. Nice esthery cherry/plum flavors on the nose with a smooth hoppy kickback at the end. Almost like a red ale/ipa, similar to Troegs hopback amber. Highly recommended and resonably priced. Nice session beer.

bigdeuce, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of uconnalum2
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

uconnalum2, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of SuperSpy
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A dark copper, very clear appearance with a one inch head that dies down to a small cap with a bit of lace.

S - Pine, caramel malt... The hops really stand out but the malt comes in on the background.

D - Sweet caramel maltiness with pine, citrus and a bitter finish. A great caramel base for the hops to work from. As I drink more and become more accustom to the hops the beer is becoming much sweeter.

M - Medium/Heavy bodied with a nice tounge tingling carbonation.

I am fairly impressed by this brew. This is a very nice addition to anyone's winter beer menu. The great caramel malt foundation and mix piney, citrusy hops is balanced to the point where the flavors transition well enough to enjoy both equally.

SuperSpy, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a darker than normal completely see through copper color. No head--slight film on top with a bubbly rim around the edge of the glass.
S: Pine and subtle fruit hops with a nice sweet caramel malty background. Intersting blend of pine hops and caramel malts...
T/M: Sweet caramel malts are the most dominant with a bit of toasted grain in there. Pine and frruity hops get lots amongst the sweet caramel. Buttery and an above average thickness in the mouth. carbonation on this offering from Boulder. Slight bitterness in the finish.
D: I think I'd pass on this if it came around again. Maybe I got a bad one as the carbonation was a bit non-existent.

bjohnson, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of TrickKnee
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep ruby red color with about a one inch head. Has some great malt flavor and smelll that reminds me of some caramel. Only has a slight hint of spice, not to much, not to little to make this a find addition to anyones winter. Definitly worth a try, i cant wait to try it again on a snowy day.

TrickKnee, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, creamed-amber colored head that leaves a touch of lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer is brilliantly clear and shows a pretty, deep reddish color when held up to the light. The aroma is certainly hop focused with notes of citrus fruits and herbal pine notes being dominant. Notes of grapefruit, tangerines, & lychees combine to form the citrus component. There is a definite backdrop of malt here though. First off a caramelized malt note is apparent, it is followed by a touch of toasted grain character and perhaps even a hint of roasted character. This has a really nice aroma, it is still quite fresh and hoppy and, while the hops are dominant, I like how the hops interplay with the darker malt notes.

Light and easy drinking, the beer starts out with a touch of malt sweetness and some accentuated hop-like citrus notes of bergamot, candied orange peel and rough ruby-red grapefruit. Herbal notes of pine and menthol mix in the middle and lead to a nicely bitter finish, that lingers on brightly in the finish. Caramelized malt sugars help to give this beer a berry like fruitiness, which combines well with the hop character. As the beer warms up, there is a touch of toasted grain, and even some roasted almost coffee notes noticeable in the finish. As my palate & nose gets used to the beer a strong, fresh berry note becomes quite noticeable.

This beer is eminently drinkable right now, light and quaffable, yet has lots of flavor to keep one interested, but not so much as to distract one from a social session of beer drinking. With an apparent lack of bottle conditioning it will probably deteriorate pretty quickly (like the mojo, which is stellar fresh, but ages quickly), so get some fresh and drink it up.

Gueuzedude, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of SixpointJMH
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a pretty nice deep ruby colour with a moderate head that leaves a fair amount of residue on the glass. Nice appearance overall.

The aroma hits you with caramel and malt, but there is a nice sweet, floral (even piney) hop aroma here as well. Well balanced and well done.

The flavour is malty and a touch hoppy up front and has considerably less sweetness than the aroma. Carmel is intermingled throughout but is more faint than in the aroma, yet still well blended. There's a bit more of a dark berry flavour here and some spice as well. Good stuff. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly chewy and works well with the style.

As is/was the case with the other Boulder beers in their Looking Glass series, I liked this one. Its well crafted and has a nice bit of flavour to it and is quite drinkable. Definitely worth a try at the least and a nice winter brew that I'll likely be going back to.

SixpointJMH, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulder - Never Summer Ale on-tap.

Appearance: Served a dark brown auburn copper color with a small tan head.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt aromas tickle my sweet tooth and begin the salivating while significant pine flavors taunt my hop head tendency and mmm. I'm ready for a sip.

Taste: Big sweet malty flavors of caramel malts and toasty malts lead followed immediately by the typical Colorado Hops =) well balanced tasty brew that seems to show a hint of alcohol despite it's moderate size.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a solid consistent carbonation the slides easily across the palate.

Drinkability: Too much of a good thing does exist. This is a good thing but not a sessioner. Still, try one.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of dfried
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, redish toffee in color, off white head dropped quickly to a film and ring. Grainy aroma, with some dark fruits like raisin and dates, and a brown sugar like sweetness. The taste also has a brown sugar like flavor to the malt, some fruity flavors do linger but are not strong. I was impressed with a decent hop flavor in the aftertaste. Pretty easy to drink, but not all that interesting.

dfried, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of RedChrome
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour resulted in a very nice red colored beer. A half inch thick head was khaki colored. A few large carbonation bubbles. Thin, clumpy lacing.

Roasted malt aroma had only hints of caramel scent. A slight odor of alcohol can be detected.

A taste of light caramel is a bit weak. A nice secondary flavor of toasted wheat is a nice characteristic. The aftertaste has a very slight hint of alcohol taste.

This beer has a very nice body. A decent amount of carbonation bursts against the tongue.

Overall, a nice beer for winter. This would be a perfect addition compliment to a beef stew. Would also work as a nice base for a black and tan, or in this case, black and red.

RedChrome, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of JMD71
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

JMD71, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of cbl2
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No best by date.


Pours a fairly dark brown that is crystal clear, a thin haze of white head on top of this ruby tinted ale.


A tinge of alcohol intermingles with a richly sweet malt backbone that is highlighted by figs and a touch of sherry.


Pure malts! A tinge of hot alcohol up front mixed with some dark ripe fruit and a touch of earth. 12 pack is out of season sporting a winter warmer, but this is tasty.

cbl2, Jul 10, 2006
Never Summer Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
82 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.