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Never Summer Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Never Summer AleNever Summer Ale

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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:
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(Beer added by: comat0se on 04-28-2003)
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Photo of sweethome
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour a dark amber color, pretty much a red. Very sweet malty nose - a bit spicy, a bit of freshly mowed grass. Nice head - about an inch. Lasts quite long also. The mouthfeel is rather thick, quite sweet. A bit of a spicy character mid mouth, hops just provide a bit balance to sweetness, but the grassy smell in the nose never comes through in the taste.

A straightforward, english style winter warmer.

sweethome, May 28, 2006
Photo of CRJMellor
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brightly colored light crimson with a thin, wispy dull-white head.
Aroma has a sort of soft citrus and toffee note with some roasted nuts.
Flavor was subdued with some caramel/toffee sweetness on a bed of very light floral hops.
Mouthfeel is almost thin and way too light for the style. Solid carbonation but almost watery.
Drinkability is OK but this is not what is advertised. Pretty weak version of a Winter Warmer. Just no solid malt backbone or hoppy grit. I'd call it a slightly above average amber and a pretty weak strong ale.

CRJMellor, May 18, 2006
Photo of taez555
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

American Strong ale @ 5.94%? Maybe their definition differs from mine. :-)

This beer poured a reddish/brownish/tan body with a small white head.

A very fruity, bready, strong sweet caramel nose. There are slight earth and even pepper tones as well. A little bit more hops in the back end but it's very muted with no bite. Mostly just this really strong overpowering and very prominent caramel and toffee smell.

Taste was medium bodied with a smooth caramel briskness. Caramel, bread, lots of toffee. Hops are much more present in the taste than in the nose. Some mild piney with touches of earthy hops with a slightly mild but present hop bitterness. There's a slight lingering bitterness in the finish.

A nice beer. It's another micro brewed beer trying to scratch at the surface of the craft big boys without offending it's core audience. Beyond that, a nice session beer that I wouldn't hesitate having again.

taez555, May 18, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper. Head quickly dissipates to a thin ring with slight lacing.

Smell is sweet malt, lightly fruity with an inviting spice hop aroma.

Taste is carmel malt and dark fruit up front. Nutmeg and cinnamon make an appearance. Finish has a nice peppery hop bite. Flavors are balanced and interesting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

I thought this brew was well crafted and tasty. It's not a big beer, but that's fine by me. A good change of pace as a session seasonal.

Blakaeris, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of bashiba
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clear copper color with a creamy off white head.

Smells of light caramel malts and a bit of citrusy hops with a bit of a sweet alcohol note as well.

Has a nice strong semi sweet toasty malt flavor with a good shot of floral and lemony hop bitterness to balance this out quite well.

Mouthfeel is a little bit on the thin side.

Overall a pretty decent drinkable beer.

bashiba, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I believe this is my first Boulder Beer offering even while living in Denver did I ever try any of their products.Anyways a nice pour from this beer,a deep rich amber with 1/2 finger white head,aromas were malt dominant mainly brown sugar and a touch of vanilla.A winter warmer in its big sweetness with brown sugar really hitting strong with notes of caramel and spiced cherry the hops have little presence with a light drying herbal effect in the finish.Nice flavors but I think it could be a little cloying after one or two and "generous" hops per the bottle were not there,still a decent beer.

oberon, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of patrick16o
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice pour with a medium amber hue and moderate crown. A few streams of bubbles rize through a slightly hazy body. The aroma is malty, but very faint. The taste is somewhat complex, a strong caramel malt presence. At the same time, it was quite hoppy with a somewhat bitter, but long finish. The beer has a good mouthfeel and a nice medium body.

patrick16o, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber, cystal clear brew with a rather sticky off white half inch head with good lacing and rentention. Aromas are mostly the caramel sweet malts with a light hopping backbone. A little alcohol is detected but not much. Drinks a light body with low carbonation. A very balanced brew with the hops and malts both making a good presence. To me, it's like an amber pale ale (strong ale?). This is an extremely drinkable brew, could be enjoyed at all times of the year. The alcohol and hop tinge hits you a bit in the end, pleasant. Nothing stellar; the body is a bit weak, somewhat watery, but easy to drink and flavorful nonetheless. Would pair well with most fast foodesque fair.

dreadnatty08, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a dark ruby color with an average tan head. The smell is bready with some hops,but nothing really great. The taste has a sweet malt,nutty,carmel flavor that's pretty good. The hop presence gives this a slightly bitter aftertaste,but leaves the beer with malt and hop flavors very well balanced. This is a tasty brew that I would pick up again.

jmz62565, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of swid
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As other reviewers have noted, this is NOT a Strong Ale, notwithstanding any claims as such on the Boulder Beer Web site. Classifying it is an APA, an IPA or an ESB would make much more sense, but I digress...

Never Summer Ale pours a light amber color into my pint glass. Atop the clear liquid sits a 1/4", off-white head that quick dissappears into a soapy ring. Moderate carbonation, little lacing. The smell of this beer is pretty simplistic: there's a sweet caramel aroma and a citrusy hop aroma, with a hint of alcohol sweetness as well. The aromas are fairy well-balanced with each other.

The taste is initially citrusy, with a slightly sour bitterness, then quickly becomes very sweet, as the caramel malts take over. A moderate spiciness is evident, and the whole shebang becomes bitter once again. While both are, once again, well-balanced, I just expect something a bit more intense from a Strong Ale. This lack of intensity is also evident in the mouthfeel; it's wet, surprisingly light, and quite smooth. Finishes crisp, with a mildly bitter aftertaste.

It's tasty enough, but there's tastier beers than this to be had.

swid, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of sraimondi
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not much aroma, but a very nice color. Taste was pretty balanced with a bit of malt sweetness. Overall I liked this one. This is the first beer I have tried from Boulder. Based on this one, I'll have to try some of the others that we can get in CT. The website says that a secret spice is added, but I cannot really taste any spice. Maybe I'll figure it out by the time I finish the six. Good brew.

sraimondi, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of neonbrown82
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Picked this beer up off of one of my co-workers. First off... just let me say: "American Strong Ale? 5.94% ABV? WTF?" Other than the obviously misplaced style, I kind of enjoyed this beer.

The appearance is good. A clear and glowing amber color with fine jets of carbonation shooting up to feed the nice tan head. Has a very spotty lacing.

The smell is almost totally lacking. Just a very feint caramel malt smell. Maybe some hops?

The taste is good, though. A nice rich and toasty caramel malt flavor with a bit of a noble hop backing. Even though the alcohol content is listed low on this site, there is a hint of an alcohol finish. Still seems to be quite a low ABV though, since the body is so weak and it's uber crisp and refreshing.

Overall I liked it, I just wish it had a bit of a smell to it, and maybe a tad more body.

neonbrown82, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of hanco005
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass

A—dark, cloudy reddish amber color with 1 ½ inch off-white foamy head. Head slowly diminishes and is gone about 2/3 through the beer, leaves decent web like lacing

S—strong caramel malt and hop aroma, a little bit black peppery and spicy as well

T—caramel malt dominates this one with good hop flavor bitterness that kicks in, starts bitter and finishes bittersweet

M—crisp and sharp, a bit bolder than I anticipated knowing that it was a winter ale

D—I like this one. Not a lot of competing flavors, but a nice combo of caramel malt and hops. I think I will have another one...or two.

hanco005, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served up at Fuel and Fuddle in Oakland the other night while listening to the "Saturday Night Special" Don Zjak playing his style "whiskey blues" good mix of everything switching it up between his ol' Gibson acoustic and Fender backed by his boy Frank George on the sax and harmonica. Now that I set the mood here's this seasonal outta Colorado appears dark caramel amber ruby with a tan two finger sized head leaves even amount of lace. Aroma contains pine cone scented hops caramel doughy dosed malt backbone. Taste is pretty even not as aggressively hopped as the label claims it is, still solid hop flavor and bitterness the pine and caramel mix to form a nice Christmas seasonal. Mouthfeel is medium bodied evenly carbonated smooth finish goes down quite nicely. Drinkability solid hoppy winter warmer not my favorite for the season but definitely a beer I would revisit in the right setting.

WVbeergeek, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of Drew966
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured nice amber color from a twelve ounce bottle. Has a nice smell, can definitely smell the hops. The hops definitely are out front in the taste, but nice malt tastes too. I think this is a nicely balanced ale, I would buy it again. This is definitely worth a try.

Drew966, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper color, clear. Relatively thin slightly off-white head. Good lace.

Sweet sugary smells of high levels of malt--mostly crystal. Some alcohol aroma, but not overwhelming like some strong ales.

Surprising amounts of hop--provides for very nice balance. Normally I'm not a fan of strong ales, but this one has some depth. Expectedly full bodied (like cream), although the carbonation is a touch low. The malts are interesting and quite dry. The aftertaste is mostly hop bitterness.

I like this one very much. It is multidimensional and full-flavored.

smcolw, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of orfeu
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Clear copper, dense beige foamy cap. Decent lacing. Carmel malts and piney floral hops in the nose. Something of a sweetish spice (cinnamon?), too. Caramelly malts and a round cinnamon sweetness, followed by a mildly (definitely not "assertive" as claims the label) piney hop bite. Moderately bitter finish. Slight mineral aftertaste. Light body, somewhat juicy mouthfeel. Flavor is not very strong, for a "strong ale" at least. Easy enough to drink, but I don't know that I'd seek this out again.

orfeu, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1" tan head over the clear dark copper brew. Head fades slowly, with heavy full-coating lacing. Aroma is lightly malty, lightly hoppy, kind of boring for a strong ale. Taste is light on the grains, then the fruit and hops kick in a bit, and then the alcohol comes on at the end, with a bitter somewhat detracting aftertaste. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both pretty good, but nothing earth-shattering. Sonewhat standard strong ale here.

ppoitras, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany in color and less than 1/4 finger of bright white head...attractive lacing forms as I work my way thru the pint.
Faint aromas...cherries, mild spice and dark malt.
Taste is real nice for the style...I consider this a winter warmer at 6%. Roasted flavor, a hint of smoke, slight sweetness and a generous hop profile to add to the balance.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is just a touch too high...either way, it is very enjoyable and just what I need on a cold winter evening. Another good one in the Looking Glass Series from Boulder. Give it a try...

warriorsoul, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in New England on my way home from the party at the Harpoon Brewery last month. I liked the other beers in Boulder's looking glass series, and yeah, I'll admit that the label and name were pretty cool too. I didn't like this as much as their other offerings, but this wasn't a bad choice that I made either.

Pretty good pour from this puppy - nice, tall head, a very nice red that was just a bit too brown to be the ruby that the side of the bottle claimed, and the lacing was fairly decent too. This beer tastes a bit more like and Octoberfest than a winter, er, never summer beer would seem to be. Notes of caramel and cinnamon can be found here, and it has a pretty spicy and malty aftertaste. There is a hop taste here, but it's not very strong and it's balanced out pretty well by the aforementioned flavors. It warmed me up, but it wasn't anything outstanding and the aftertaste had the odd effect of a "spicy hop" combination that lingered for quite a while.

This could be a session beer, since the ABV tips in a just under 6%. I don't think I could have more than two of these at a time, but it's worth a shot once. Definitely different than other winter beers that I've had, but nothing groundbreaking. A fair choice for those tired of the more common seasonal offerings and looking to expand outward a bit!

JerzDevl2000, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of RoBotGod
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I get a ton of malt out of this one. Not a bad sign. Heavy caramel flavor is good. Not as dark as most of the winters season ales out there. That part I liked to. The hops dry out the heavy malt to add a really good balance. Another good looking glass series beer.

RoBotGod, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, clear copper amber color with a not so much head but ok lacing. Smells... has a carmelized malt aroma with traces of hops bordering on piney. Tastes... like winter; lots of malts and lots of hops. The floral hops and malts are pretty well balanced, and finishes a little bit oily with traces of raisins. But its also a bit skunky, maybe because its a llittle old, so I might be compensating a little, because I can tell its a good beer, but don't believe what I'm tasting is intended or normal. Even so, its a very drinkable beer, and would buy it again.

objectivemonkey, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a clear amber color with an off-white head that diminishes to a ring. The aroma is of sweet caramel malts and a bit of toastiness. The flavor is sweet of caramel malts and a bit toasty. The hops are light in the flavor. It is light-medium in body, and easy drinking...okay, but nothing too good.

BeerBuilder, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of Fugazme
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look of it is copper and red... yes red. Forget that "amber" stuff... this one looks scarlet to me... as in HUSKER red. Like that in Boulder?

Appearance is nice with some white, cream lacing and good legs.

Aroma is very good... strawberry and chocolate, sweet and floral... cinnamon and caramel.

Subtle flavor. Hoppy with citrus. Some nice sweet berry and pine hints. Nothing over the top and flamboyant... A little malt to speak of, but nothing huge to me.

Not bad... would buy again next year.

Fugazme, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of riversider76
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a nice head and lots of lacing.It had a malty/fruity smell. Smell is weak,not that it was bad. Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated, but not too light. If you like the hopped ale taste, this is your beer. I'm not such a big fan of that,but was glad I tried it anyway.

riversider76, Dec 11, 2005
Never Summer Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
82 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.