Never Summer Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Never Summer AleNever Summer Ale

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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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Photo of karengarys
4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
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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Photo of sloppysocks
4.57/5  rDev +26.2%
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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Photo of CalhounJohn
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
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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Photo of scruffwhor
4.46/5  rDev +23.2%
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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Photo of ranger60
4.39/5  rDev +21.3%
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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Photo of Gavilan
4.38/5  rDev +21%
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%
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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Photo of TastyTaste
4.38/5  rDev +21%
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 +20.4%
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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Photo of tugdriver7
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
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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Photo of Gehrig
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
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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Photo of DarrellK
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
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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Photo of roblowther
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
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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Photo of dakid618
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
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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Photo of AgingWarrior
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark amber color with a one finger caramel brown head with traces of lacing. Loved the smell of this winter warmer while pouring into a slightly frosted mug. Tasted a hint of citrus in the hops and other spices that my palate couldn't differentiate. Excellent mouthfeel and after taste. This is one of my favorite winter warmers. This review based on my fourth bottle of the my original six pack.

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Photo of pat61
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am drinking this the same month as its best by date. It has an earthy spicy hop nose, and some cardamom to cola. It pours brilliant burn amber to garnet under an off-white foam cap. The palate starts creamy and malty and then there a little tanginess arises followed by some smooth malt flavors that fade as it dries out in the finish and lingers with a mingling of malty and bitter after tastes with just a touch of pepper. A hint of heat, very faint roast, medium body and medium to a shade less on the carbonation.

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Photo of TAMU99
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

in short, it's rated high because it's a tasty, drinkable beer.

Pours a clear reddish oaken color with a light tan head that retreats to a thin foam and leaves a sweet lace on the glass. Scents of are of alcohol, hops and burnt sugar with maybe some bread aromas too. Taste is brisk - the hops are perfectly bitter. There is a beery sweetness underlying the hops that makes them more flavorful. Goes down easily with a lingering alcoholic heat and tasty bitterness on the back of your tongue. Smooth mouthfeel with just enough carbonation.

Very drinkable - great session beer and definitely worth buying again and again.

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Photo of corcoram
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While having dinner at the bar of PF Changs, I noticed what turned out to be this beer in the cooler. I actually thought I was getting a Summer Ale, which I thought would have been odd for this time of year. I was very glad to see that it was a winter ale.

As such this beer had the rich amber color I've come to expect from winter ales. The distinct taste of the hops was pleasantly apparent, but not over powering. I thought this was very similar to the Spanish Peaks "Winter Cheer".

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Photo of Kendo
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pint glass, the body is dark coppery-red with a 1-finger beige head with good staying power. Some splotches of lacing left behind.

S: Roasted and caramel malt, a hint of spice and citrusy hops.

T: Caramel and roasted malt again. Also some brown sugar, maybe a touch of cinnamon. Finishes nice and bitter, however -- slightly piney and more citrusy hops (grapefruit). Nice balance.

M: Active carbonation. Weight is just light of medium.

D: Very good.

Notes: Unfortunately I only bought a single of this at Olivers as I'd never heard of it before; while drinking it I couldn't help but wish I'd bought an entire 6-pack, as I would've like to have had another (and maybe even another after that). . . . Flavorful with a nice hop/malt balance to it and just a hint of spice. I wouldn't characterize it as an over-the-top spiced-up "winter warmer" in style, but more like an "American Winter Pale Ale," if that makes any sense. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of timmos1
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought it at total wine here in Sacramento.
I like it. Tasty good malt sweetness balanced with hops. Great on a cold night.
Having it for dessert. What I want to say about this beer is that it's very much like jubelale by Deschutes. If you like that beer you'll like this one.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a reddish brown with a dense tan head that slowly recedes into a small pool. It looks the part
S: A touch on the hoppy side with some caramel sweetness. This may not be your typical malt bomb winter warmer
T: Starts off a little toasty and then the first wave of hop goodness washes over the taste buds. It gets thrown back with a vast amount of caramel sweetness with a slight toasted biscuit flavor. The aftertaste is a slightly oily hoppiness with some residual sweetness. I like the balance this beer has
M: Good carbonation and a delicate mouthfeel. Definitely not watery.
D: pretty good. this is a solid beer and I'd drink a few more given the chance

Overall: One of my favorite winter beers. It's well balanced and possibly a little heavy handed on the hops for the style, but I love me some hoppy goodness.

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Photo of jwc215
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of Tolnik
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this deep red slight copper beer into a beer mug. Its flavorful aroma of cloves, caramel, malts that are sweet to the nose. Its taste follows suit in the sweetness and it also haves a great earth tones taste. Overall a great beer to enjoy when it is cold out.

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Photo of Phatz
4.2/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of filabrazilia
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with amber hues and a full light brown head. Beautiful sheets of lace drape the glass.

A sweet malt aroma dominates the nose with an almost barleywine like quality.

The taste is slightly sweet with a roasted malt quality that is balanced by a sharp hop finish.

The mouthfeel is full and sweet with a rich hop balance. The hops linger past the finish to provide a vivid memory of the last sip.

I was really suprised with the balance and complexity of this beer. It reminds me of a subdued American style barlewine. A very good brew indeed.

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