Never Summer Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

Never Summer AleNever Summer Ale
BA SCORE
3.6/5
572 Ratings
Never Summer AleNever Summer Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by comat0se on 04-28-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,051
Reviews:
345
Ratings:
572
pDev:
12.78%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 572 |  Reviews: 345
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half is carmel and X thickness on the tongue, and half is a hopped apple and citrus fruitiness. Somewhat lagerish and also an ale. Some peachy colour, and a maltiness in the aroma. The X could be some wheat or even flour, there may be some cinammon in here. Not a bad one.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a radiant glowing redish with an average off-white head. looks fantastic! nose is candied sugars and perhaps a slight spice infusion, backed up by what is sure to be a sturdy malt body. yup, there it is, not as sweet as the nose might indicate, balanced nicely for the heavier mouthfeel. modest carbonation lets this one gently prickle the palate a bit as it goes down. overall a pretty good start to the winter warmer season here, but with an abv under 6%, i am going to be searching for something "warmer" come the snows.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark red in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of sweet caramel malts in the nose. Some hints of spices become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite malty and has flavors of caramel along with notes of spices and herbal hops. There is some sweetness, but it's not cloying because there are enough hops to help keep things in check.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice beer to sip on a chilly night. It doesn't really provide any heat from the alcohol but the malty nature of this beer helps to warm you up from the inside.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderate, but I do love this style.

A: Colour is a semitransparent dark copper. Head is four fingers of fair cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Appealing.

Sm: Toasted malt is all me broken nose detects. All apologies, lads.

T: Light toasted malt, some caramel, and bland muted spices. Bland, boring, and uninspired. Balanced alright but poorly built.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Suits the flavour generally.

Dr: A mundane beer that never tries to surpass its own self-acknowledged mediocrity. Drinkable but undesirable.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of brentk56
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a modest head that leaves the occasional shard of lace

Smell: Big caramel base aroma with a grassy hop element wafting through

Taste: Opens with a pithy and grassy bitter flavor that is joined by the caramel base and becomes increasingly herbacious by mid-palate; after the swallow, the caramel tones pick up but the finish continues to display a bitter almost medicinal aspect

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: As the beer warmed, it was a little easier to enjoy, but it has a harshness and a lack of balance that is a detraction

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a light burgandy color with a reddish tint. It had atan, bubbly, one-finger head that left nice traces of lace.

S - It smelled of tons of malt and a little spice.

T - It tasted of bittersweet roasted malt. There was also a little nutmeg and cinamon flavors.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice winter warmer. It has a nice blend of malt and spices.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of mothman
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Color is a mahogany brown. Pours a tan head that left thick lace spots.

Aroma is all earthy hops. There is also some carmel malts. Taste is very malty, mainly carmel notes. It has some slight earthy hops with orange zest.

Mouthfeel is over bitter. Goes down creamy, but leaves a very dry aftertaste. Seems a little undercarbonated.

Overall, not the best winter warmer, but not the worst. I could see myself having another quite easily, as it is very easy to drink.

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Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2003 edition, cellared for 8 months or so. Pours a clear, ruby-tinted chestnut beneath a creamy head of ivory foam that holds well and leaves some nice rings of craggy lace at the outset of the glass. Piney and citrusy hops ride atop a delicate caramelish malt in the aroma. The body is medium and it's got a surprisingly fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation that lends a light caress to the tongue before allowing it to fade smoothly away. The hops and malt indicated by the nose are exactly what's found in the flavor. They're well-entwined and work almost as one with the fruitiness of the citrusy hops giving a bit of a spark to its otherwise dry, slightly molasses-kissed malt. Piney hop flavor and a bit of spice (?) appear at the swallow as its bitterness steps forward. It finishes dry and lingering with bitterness, pine, and sublime spice. A decent enough holiday or winter beer that's probably worth trying.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, nuts, spices, some fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is malty up front with flavors of spices, caramel and some fruit, but it's not overly sweet. There's a hearty malt character and a decent hops presence but there doesn't seem to be as good of a balance as there should be. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely several beers within the style that I would choose over this one.

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Photo of oberon
3.61/5  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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderately dark brown color with a bit of red in there. Nose brings forward some caramel malt and a little bit of apple as well as some light hops. Taste is pretty malty without much spice, as would be expected. Caramel and some brown sugar with a bit of apple and lighter fruits. Medium, creamy body with good carbonation. A good beer, and a nice alternative to many of the overspiced editions that find their way around during the winter.

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Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of light brown head on a clear, amber-brown body with some chunks of sediment. Good head retention and moderate lace.

S - Moderate pine hop aroma with notes of caramel and toffee.

T - Pine hops and brown, toasty malt up front. The hop flavor peaks in the middle then settles to a moderate bitterness. Darker malt notes in the finish, lots of toffee, carmel and some chocolate.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Drinkable, though it is a bit too heavy for a session beer. The hop character is ok, but kind of generic. The malt character is very nice and really makes the beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

A: Clear, amber-brown, light off-white head.

S: Bready, nutty, roasted malts.

T: Lightly roasty malts, kind of unspectacular for a beer labeled as a winter warmer.

M: Medium body. Some carbonation.

D: Smooth, and easily drinkable, but disappointing if you were expecting flavor and/or spiciness of a winter warmer.

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Never Summer Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 572 ratings
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