Never Summer Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Never Summer AleNever Summer Ale
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Never Summer AleNever Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by comat0se on 04-28-2003

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Ratings: 572 |  Reviews: 345
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5/5  rDev +38.9%

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5/5  rDev +38.9%

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5/5  rDev +38.9%

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5/5  rDev +38.9%

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5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of karengarys
4.6/5  rDev +27.8%
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!

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4.57/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Smith's on Worthington st. in downtown Springfield, MA.(This place is turning into a real nice beer bar, they have about ten taps of goodies and 100+ bottles of micros from across the country and world.)

A- Dark Red, on the cloudy side, good tasty yellow head retention.

S- Sweet hop smell, a bit or caramel and yeasty goodness, no offensive spice in this winter.

T- Nutty and Hoppy, again no spicy nastyness.

M- A bit of bitter but still smooth, a nice balance

D- Easy drinkin, washed down a plate of chicken wins with a couple of these, perfect.

Nice to see a winter without the cinnamon and pine and all the other spice that I am just not a fan of. Lucky to get this on tap, the bartender at Smith's told me there were only 4 kegs in mass.

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of CalhounJohn
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another very nice drink from the Boulder Beer Company

Appearance - It poured with a nice, caramel color and had nice "legs" and it stuck to the glass.

Smell - A deep, unexpected smell led to my initial belief that this might be an unexpected surprise.

Taste - An unexpected surprise, indeed!! It was an excellent, crisp, full bodied, hoppy summer ale ... Who'da thought!!

Mouthfeel - It held its flavor and full body as I drank it and the experience was unexpected and very enjoyable.

Overall - I was very happy with the depth of flavor and body this beer had and it's definitely a beer that I hope to have on hand on a more consistent basis!

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of scruffwhor
4.46/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!!!

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4.39/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a 5 oz sample on draft at Tap Room in Warren, NJ.

Appearance; beautiful copper color, with a cream colored head, nice lacing.

Smell: picking up the hops, and some nice spicieness.

Taste: malt and hops are well balanced. good hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: I could let this sit on my tongue...perfect level of carbonation, and slight bitterness that seems well placed.

Overall: very drinkable with strong and complex flavors. It is 15 degrees in NJ today, and this beer is hitting the spot at lunchtime!

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4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of iceball585
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Reddish amber/copper color, semi-transparent, one finger thick fluffy yellow head that lowered slowly

S- Caramel malts, citrus hops, sweet, bready, yeast, slight metallic smell

T- Oranges, spices, toasted malts, nutty, earthy, caramel, bread dough, citrus, hint of hops bite

M- Medium body, low/medium carbonation, very smooth, dry then turns to a watery finish

D- Worth buying again

This isn't your typical overly spiced winter warmer, but that's what I really like about it. Good blend of flavors and decent complexity. I give it a big thumbs up in my book.

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4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mahogany brown color, with sizable tan head. Smell is sweet with floral hops and spices, with hints of cinammon and corriander. Big malt presence, to really balance out this beer. This is a very different APA, if it turely is one. It has a larger malt presence, and a spicier flavor (on top of the normal hoppiness of the style). Very, very good.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.36/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - real nice head on this with some lace. nice copper color here.

smell - Sweet, maley and hoppy too.

taste - Sweet malt taste with an even amount of hops.

mouthfeel - Some carbination, medium body.

drinkability - A good balance of hops and malt here. Loved this beer.

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4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a "Beer of the Month" pack. And if the rest of the months are this great, things are lookin' up! Deep brown color in the glass with nice head and lacing; malt and a definite but delicate hop scent in the nose. Taste is rich malt with a very nice hop "bite" to add a touch of fruity bitterness and complete the formula for what is really a wonderfully drinkable, complex ale. Another winner from Boulder!

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4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.


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4.32/5  rDev +20%
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.

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4.32/5  rDev +20%
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.

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4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of 12 oz bottle into tulip glass. Pours a deep red with a half finger of light tan head. Minimal lacing on glass. Smells sweet with hints of caramel malt and light hop smell. Taste is very good, better than I expected honestly. Biscuit-like hops and smooth malt flavor lead to a clean finish. Perfect combination of hops and malts. Light mouthfeel and not as dry as most hoppy ales. Very drinkable. Probably my favorite beer yet from boulder beer co. Not my first choice given choices but will definetly drink again.

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