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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: 559
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | 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 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
Photo of Mitchster
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with British Dark Caramel malt and US 2-row barley. Hopped with Nugget, Willamette, Cascade and a "Top-Secret Brewmaster's Spice"

OG=15.2, 5.94% ABV.

Sparkingly clear deep ruby, forming a modest llight yellow-tan head with average retention and good lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is of fresh citric and pineous hops with a fresh floral sweetness, mixed with modest amber malts and a touch of amber grain husk. Obviously dry-hopped and/or hop-backed. Alcohol is slightly perceptable in the nose. Mouthfeel is not too chewy, smooth with a medium body. The taste is not as aggressively hopped as the aroma would suggest. The bitterness is mild, and there is raisins through the middle and into the aftertaste. The choice of ingredients kinda reminds me of a VERY mild version of Arrogant Bastard. Alcohol is barely perceptable in the middle. The finish is semi-sweet, herbaceous and slightly dry with a slight twinge of cardboard and off-kilter over-extracted crystal malt husk.

This is a good beer, but doesn't quite stand up to "an aggressive winter seasonal" as the label would have you expect. It's easy to drink and has few faults, but it's just not very exciting. Perhaps it shouldn't be.

Mitchster, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Named after a mountin range. Poured an amber deep red color with great clairity. The head rention, an off egg white color, is good and lasting but leaves little lace.

The smell is mostly a generic malt aroma with a more prominent caramel and crysatl smell. Some nutty nutty notes that is almost specific to walnuts. A light yeast character but mostly smooth.

Although it's considered an pale by the brewery, it fits more closely to a Winter Warmer/Christmas Ale IMO. The taste starts off with a sweet caramel with stronger malty flavor. A lingering sweetness last until the finish but is blended by a nice mix of spices. Some cinammon and nutmeg with a light vanilla. Maybe a bit too sweet with a molasses and brown sugar combo, which would be closer to a X-mas ale. There is a bit of diactyle and buytric on the back end but overall mostly clean.

The body is limited with more of a mid moderate feel. The sweetness helps but would like more depth. There is a slight alcohol/fusel note but light. Overall a good beer but would like a bit more complexity.

Oxymoron, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber with aromas of sweet malt and resiny hops. Malty flavor up-front along with some spices (cinammon and maybe allspice?), then some woody hop character at the finish. Surprisingly light bodied for a beer with a somewhat "festive" flavor profile. Overall, it's drinkable stuff, but nothing too spectacular.

fisherman34, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of WesWes
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts along with mild hop aroma. The taste is decent. It has a toasted caramel flavor that goes down easy and finishes light and slightly warm. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good seasonal beer. It has good aroma and a nice malty flavor; a good drinker.

WesWes, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep caramel color with a very thin brownish head of tiny bubbles that dissipates quickly.

Smell is deep sweet malt, caramel, nuts, and spice. Not too much hopping, but there's a light piney smell in there.

Malt really comes through in the flavor, too, with a spicy caramel taste that plays well off of some of the citric notes in the hops. Overall, though, it's a bit too malty for me for the style. The mouthfeel especially is a bit thick, and even with the somewhat interesting nutmeg spice notes, I don't really like this one.

whartontallboy, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: Nice and malty. Combined with a hearty dosage of caramel and nuts. Mild spiciness perhapse from the hopping.
Appearance: Deep Copper to medium brown. 1 inch head that shrank quickly to about a quarer inch and stayed. Off white head, tight bubbles. Moderately carbonated. little to no belgian lace.
Taste: Definate caramel and nutty flavors on the nose. Hops become more prevailant in the body to create a nice balance. Finishes a bit metalic and weak. But must say, a nicely balanced winter beer.
Aftertaste: Most weak and metalic. Hops stick around and clear your throat for the next sip. Tacky mouthfeel, but enjoy the sweetness.
Impression: A nice winter beer. More hoppy than most, but that is my preferrence. Good beer for the money.

BEERchitect, Jun 05, 2005
Photo of nvsblman
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

nvsblman, Jun 03, 2005
Photo of LPorter33
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nice deep, thick looking amber, minimal head, doesn't seem overly carbonated

Smell -Alcohol cuts through mixed in with a blend of spices:.

Taste - fairly well balanced with a mild undertone of sugar and syrup that balances nicely with the hops, malt and spices. Similar to a lot of other Winter ales.

Overall - A respectable brew that I have no major problems with although I'd recommend others over it.

LPorter33, Mar 31, 2005
Photo of texashammer
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark red color and reasonable middle-thick, almost creamy head. Head stays a good while but not forever. Definitely nice to look at. I like the darker color red. Red beers often scare me.
Smells nothing at first; too cold. When it warms, can smell some floral hops, sweetness (molasses?) and yeast. Yum!
Taste: Good flowery hops and also caramel and candy-suger sweetness. Finishes clean fairly quickly. Very drinkable. This beer could get someone in trouble; it's easy to drink especially for almost 6% alcohol. Doesn't taste that high. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth. Lively carbonation but still smooth. Body is a little thin for my tastes generally but it suits this beer.
As my native Coloradan friend (who is contributing to this review) says, this is a very typical good Colorado microbrew. "Everything that's good about Colorado microbrews" he says. Certainly no Avery, say I. But I like it.

texashammer, Mar 30, 2005
Photo of beercollector
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color with a creamy lace head that stays for a bit thenm drops and clears. A light malty smell but very light.

The first taste cold is light and malty. As the beer warmes there is a slight bitterness and then a herb flavor.

It has a smooth quick mouth with little after taste just a slight hop bitterness. It is good for a short session of one ore two beers. Not light but not that strong either.

beercollector, Mar 28, 2005
Photo of FenwaySquid
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle (nice artwork) poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber color, average head that dissipated into a generous amount of lacing.

Aroma: Not too strong, somewhat hoppy

Taste: A great blend of malt and hops initially. The malt flavors take over in the middle, and the hops come back for the finish.

Overall: Well balanced, an excellent winter brew.

FenwaySquid, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

jdhilt, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of oracle
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served in a nonic pint glass

Beer poured a clear medium copper color with thin foam that left a minor amout of lacing in the glass.

I like this beer quite a bit. Nice hop bite up front, with a sweeter than expected middle. Some quite nice carmel flavor playing of the citrusy hops.

Medium bodied with a clean finish.

quite nice

oracle, Feb 14, 2005
Photo of DarrellK
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty complex brew that is called a seasonal ( winter brew ) and it really fits the style. It really needs to be served at no more than 50-55F, otherwise all the character is lost. Once at the right temperature the malty nose comes out to complement the clear brandy color and fairly full head for the style.
Nice balance of dark malt and hops in the mouth with malt slightly in control, with hops coming in at the finish.
A whiskey drinker might think of this as a Jack Daniels without the alcohol content.

DarrellK, Jan 22, 2005
Photo of Shaw
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This looks like an American Pale Ale: it's ruby in color with a short off-white head. It has a nice smell of hops. Gotta like that.

The taste is good, too. Nice and hoppy with good bitterness but with a noticeable sweetness in the aftertaste. This bottle I'm having now is the last of a six pack. For some reason this one seems better than the others. Maybe it's because I finally looked up the style? I guess I was expecting a barleywine at first.

The body is smooth. Man, this beer really hits the spot.

Shaw, Jan 21, 2005
Photo of waughbrew
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty ruby red with creme head with some lacing. Smells of oranges and cherries, with an impressive melding of hop aroma and esters. Tastes a great dark caramel, but not dark fruit or roast. Good rounded american hop flavor. Medium-thin, well-balanced, easy drinking.

Overall very nice. Like a more balanced SNCA with darker caramel flavor and muted flavor and aroma hops. Pleasantly surprised.

waughbrew, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of Tballz420
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a deep amber/brown color, small tan head on the top. Thick caramel malt scent, some bitter hop undertones. The taste is more like a amber ale than a PA, caramel malt front, some decent bittering hop in the finish. Medium mouth. Like i said, i would call this an amber before i called it a PA, overall its alright but nothing amazing.

Tballz420, Jan 08, 2005
Photo of Kookiekwan
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours orange/amber has a 1/2 finger head with no retention or lacing to speak of. The aroma is faint but of roasted malt with hints of pine. The taste is malty caramel and smooth. The beer is medium bodied and quite drinkable.

Reflection: If your looking for a good winter seasonal this isn't it. This beer doesn't stand out in any way, it's not a bad beer but I was expecting more.

Kookiekwan, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of freed
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hippy looking logo on this twelve ounce. Nice colors though. Pours a rum and cola brown with a garnet glow. Slight fizz that wanes quickly. Almost no carbonation, which might have been a bottle issue since there was some residue around the cap.

The aroma is nearly flat and barley suggests that its a malt beverage at all. Nothings stands out on the hops front.

The taste mimics a slightly astringent amber ale with just a tad of spice to it, but the aftertaste is very sweet and suggestive of LME. Its not bad, just not unique or spicy liked I'd hoped.

Maybe some hop spiciness from an old-country variety would be enough, but it doesn't really stand out as a winter ale.

freed, Dec 31, 2004
Photo of karengarys
4.6/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours deep clear dark mahogany, leaving a slight head, and a foam ring.

Smells wonderful. Sweet. Spicey. Cinnamoney. Malty. Hoppy. Honey.

Tastes wonderful. Sweet. Carmeley. Spicey, like cinnamon. Maltey. And a nice clean dry hop at the end. This doesn't have that overburdoning correander edgey taste, rather it is very smooth instead.

Mouthfeel is great. Creamy. Hangs on throughout the drink.

Finish starts syrupey, and the hop leaves a nice crips cleanliness in the mouth.

This is one wonderful brew. I'm not much of a correander person, and that would be typical of many winter beers. This isn't like that. Instead, Rockie's choice of flavors makes for what I consider the most enjoyable winter brew I have experienced. Kudos!

karengarys, Dec 27, 2004
Never Summer Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
82 out of 100 based on 559 ratings.