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Never Summer Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by comat0se on 04-28-2003

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Reviews: 345 | Ratings: 572
Photo of phishsihq
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear, ruby-red color, and a thin off-white head sits atop the brew but dissipates rather quickly. Bready and caramel malt aromas start things off before moving to a pleasant citrus hop-kick. Caramel malt and spice begin to warm the palate before a biting hop-twang balances everything out. The spices throughout the tasting really add an intriguing dimension to this medium-bodied, moderately carbonated brew.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber in color, this seasonal brew offers a nose of cocoa, toffee, and bread and a good pour will produce a nice looking topper of foam that holds its own for a reasonable amount of time.

This beer offers a decent level of complexity, with flavors of sweet caramel, toffee, and a light spice- perhaps nutmeg or cinnamon. Some bready notes are present as well, along with earthy notes, a hint of chocolate and some citrus. The body of the beer is medium to light and seems like it is going to finish a little weak, but then a last minute zing of hops hits the palate and keeps it real.

I like the variety of flavors in this beer. Oddly enough, most people do not seem to pick up on any chocolate notes. Maybe my palate is a little different, but I can certainly taste some chocolate and I also noticed it in the aroma. It isn't an overwhelming chocolate presence, but it is still there.

Never Summer isn’t the type of beer I expected it to be, but it is still a good brew overall. I was looking for a maltier, spicier taste, but this beer is still good in its own way. It cannot substitute for the more traditional winter ales in taste, but it is actually a good tasty beer in its own way. It could be consumed during any season

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Photo of ZachKelly
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint.

nice copper color with a head a little darker than the beer. The head lingers throughout the drink.
Gives off a nice malty smell with some citrus and bitter notes with it.
The taste has a nice bitterness that works well with the cold weather. Paired well with a nice salty snack.
Did not leave a bitter aftertaste and did not dry out my mouth like some bitter beers do.
I would recommend it if you are looking for a change of pace or a good winter beer. Not available to me locally on the East Coast like most Colorado beers but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a nice dark copper color with an espresso foam head that leaves good rings of lacing.

The beer smells malty and sweet, faint toffee and spices.

Taste profile consists of sweet warm malts, cinnamon, and sweet fruit notes with a hop finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Overall, a pretty good brew. Good malts and spices.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brick red brew with astounding head retention and lacing. Big fluffy sepia-white head looks gorgeous as it slowly unravels.

Interesting aroma seems to be dominated by English malts and some orange peel. Nothing visionary, just mild and toasty with a kiss of Noble hop. Some light caramel meets with some citrusy hops and lots of earthy aromas.

Roasty malts of the English variety with some tannins and toffee notes. Still getting some orange peel, as well as some grapefruit from the hops. More caramel and toffee come through with just a touch of spice, although barely an afterthought. Very supple flavor that isn't particularly complex, but it makes for a decent winter seasonal.

Easy drinkability. Dextrinous, but lighter-bodied. Carbonation is at a respectable level.

Not enough alcohol to characterize a warmer, might be best shelved among English Milds. Very similar to Mild Winter by Goose Island, although not as good. Still a worthy order on-draft or as a single purchased among a mix-six (or, in my situation, as part of a mixed Xmas case). Cheers!

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice winter seasonal. Shared a pint with a friend at Gainesville House of Beer. This one pours reddish brown with very little head. Aroma is pine hops that are mostly subdued by heavy mlats Lots of hop flavor without bitterness, aggressive biscuit and toffee malts take this over a good bit. Warming with a clean finish. Won't seek it out but nice to try.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber, with a thick head of off-white foam. Beautiful lace!

Nose is sweet and malty, with definite caramel and toffee tones.

Taste is heavy on the toasty malts, with more caramel and sweet toffee. Seems heavy on the body, almost thick & sticky in mouthfeel. Finishes with a slight dryness.

Overall, a decent Winter Warmer, but not one I'd return to.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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 claspada
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish brown color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves some minimal lacing along the glass.

The aromas begin with and odd herbal spiciness (maybe some Columbus or another pungent American hop). Then there is some dark caramelized malts, toasted bread and some light fruitiness.

The taste is malty up front with flavors of caramel, toffee, some fruity yeast, but it's not overly sweet. There is a decent bitter hops presence that doesn't mesh as well as I thought it would have.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is slightly sticky from the dark caramelized malts and hops.

Overall this is an average winter warmer at best. Something just doesn't gel here with the darker malts and earthy, rustic, almost herbaceous hops. One and done for me here. I like my winter warmers much more balanced and less "Americanized" if you catch my drift.

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Photo of Rhynes2
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a nice ruby color but there is almost no head to speak of on this beer. I can smell the caramel malts immediately and get hints of the hop aroma. It has a nice warm character to it which i like. It is balanced well with the hops and i detect a little bit of nutmeg. It really brings me back to winter months but unfortunately it just tastes kinda average. I'm not sure if i'll be buying this one again but if you like winter warmers it is worth a shot.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

tap. This beer was advertised as being flavored with cardamom. I don't know if that's normal for this one or if I get a special limited run of it.

Pours hazy orange with a white lacing for a head.

Smells of cardamom and brown sugar malts.

Flavor has notable cardamom. Some dark sweet malts and a hint of hop bitterness. Maybe some cinnamon.

Medium body with very little carbonation.

Very unique, the cardamom is a love-it-or-hate-it affair, but I'm digging it. I don't normally like winter warmers but I could get into this brew.

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Photo of tdm168
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, ruby red with a big layer of soft, dense, off white head that has great retention. The nose has notes of light bread, caramel, and a mild hop aroma. The flavor is sweet caramel, fruit, baked apples, and mild, piny, bitter hops. The mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, a bit syrupy and chewy, and well carbonated.

This is a good beer, but rather run of the mill for a winter warmer. It's your typical over spiced ale, but rather a more simple, malty ale that in some respects resembles an amber ale. I wouldn't turn this down, but I wouldn't seek this out.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a carmel to copper brown with a very slight tan head.
S: all kinds of spice and malty notes. Perhaps some cinnamon/nutmeg in there. Very appealing.
T: malty notes up front joined by the spices. Shockingly, this fades into a hoppy middle to back. A little too much for me for this style of beer. Not the best finish.
M:Meduim bodied, slightly creamy, bitter hang.
O: not a bad beer, but not the best representative for the style. Not quite the warming, spicy, malt bomb I was looking for.

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Photo of PatDreadful
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Nonic Pint

Appearance: A very nice dark nutmeg color that is really what I look for in a winter warmer. A tan one finger head rises and slowly fades leaving minimal lacing throughout.

Smell: The aroma is of winter spices and caramel malt. I also detect a small amount of hops.

Taste: I'm hit with the hops initially which is a surprise because I'm used to Winter Warmers being big malt bombs. After the hops initially fade I get the caramel malt with some earthy spices. I really like the idea of incorporating the hops into the overall flavor but it just seemed a little disjointed. Not bad but not really what I am looking for in a Winter Seasonal.

Mouthfeel: A very creamy feel that lingers heavy in the mouth which is very nice for the style. There is also very little carbonation which again was very pleasant.

Drinkability: Nothing was really overpowering and the mouthfeel was pleasant so I could certainly see this as a drinkable Winter warmer

If this was the only winter warmer available to me I certainly would drink it but with other options out there I think I may reach for another.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a Deep rich mahogany and had about a finger of creamy off white head.

S - Faint smell of mixed spices and caramel.

T - Smooth balance of maltiness and spices with a faint touch of hops.

O - This is the best beer I received in the first month of the "amazing Beer Club" collection. I love it and wish I could get my hands on a sixer. This is a nice winter warmer that reminds me of my favorite winter warmer (Old Fezziweg).

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Photo of legalpete19340
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a vibrant red with no head.

S: Crisp apple cider with mulling spice, hint of cinnamon, and maybe coriander. Definite bready notes and some grapefruit. Smells like St Bernardus Christmas ale to me.

T: Starts out with loads of caramel and malt which is quickly erased by spicy herbal hops. The bitterness is welcome and mitigates the sweetness. Some spice notes and then the malt and caramel are back. Interesting.

M: Thinner than medium without fizz.

O: Solid and interesting beer. A good balance of malt, hop and spice perfect for the cold weather. I could drink a couple. Worth a try.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
2.61/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a crystal clear amber color with no carbonation bubbles and a finger of off white head that dissipates rapidly and leaves a decent amount of lacing
S: not finding much here in the scent at all, possibly pumpernickel, idk, overall not much at all
T: piney in the beginning, then moves into a bit of roasted maltiness which linger on the palate, not a bad tasting brew but really doesn't stand out like the others ive come to enjoy, id call it sub par
M: medium carbonation, leaves the mouth silky and freshened, mouthfeel is probably the best part of this brew
O: unfortunately not even close to what i expect or look for in this style, just doesn't have the depth or interesting notes i have found in anchor, harpoon, or Samuel smiths, just missed on this one, its too bad too because i do enjoy boulder beers

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Photo of chilly460
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a redish amber color with a decent white head that leaves decent lacing.

S: Very hop forward, earthy and grassy types. Some dryer malty background, biscuity.

T: The taste follows the smell. The beer starts off with some earthy hop flavor but not overly strong. Malts follow, light and clean.

M: Medium body and carbonation, solid.

O: Nice beer, but not really what I think of with a warmer with the hop forward profile.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.84/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-deep amber with a sticky white head

S-malty caramel creamy hops. very faint

T-comes in with a spicy hoppy taste of malts and caramel. reminds me of an aged IPA. matching after-taste. there's a touch of citrus. seems a bit unbalanced

M-creamy medium carbonation with a creamy finish

O-this drank more like a red ale than a winter warmer to me. it was more malty and flavorful, and it just wasn't well balanced. it was still a decent an easy to drink beer, but its not something i'll be ordering again!

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours a hazy amber...thick foamy head with good lacing. Smells of malt.
Taste is very mild. Very malty, with a touch of hops and caramel. Slightly bitter finish. I like this brew...its not the best warmer ever, but it is deff a good session winter brew. Its not overly heavy for a winter, in fact this would be a great year-round brew. The more I drink, the more I like.
Overall, id buy again, but there are usually better options.

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Photo of iBeer16
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light amber color with a decent amount of carbonation. Pours with a minute amount of foam, that quickly disappears. Leaves nice lacing.

S: There is no real distinct smell that jumps out to me. I can smell the malts, however, although not strong, the smell entices me to drink it. This could be me, but I seem to get a hint of citrus.

T: Surprisingly the taste is a bit hoppy for a winter ale. But, the spices are definitely noticeable. Finishes with the caramel malt taste but could be stronger.

M: Very light in body, it leaves the pallet refreshed and watery , but I wish that it was thicker in body.

Overall, I have had plenty winter warmers that I would rate higher than this. However, it is an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a very clean and clear rubt color with a sticky off white head.

Sweet cookieness on the nose followed by a floral and minty scent. Very complicated nose with layers of aromas. Very nice.

Unfortunately the malt character takes a big back seat to the hops here. There's a slight fruity juiciness brought on by the hops that continues through out the taste into the clean slightly roasted finish. Balance is there and good but where are the malt flavors?

Move of an amber ale than a winter warmer. Not a bad drinker but a weak abv winter seasonal without anything that can warm me up from the cold besides a very subtle spice character and roast finish? eh

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Photo of dorianmarley
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a very pretty deep amber. Head is light and lacing is pretty good.

Nose has plenty of hops and caramel malt.

Taste is not especially pleasant. Hops are light and the malt is muddled. There is a lack of flavor across the board.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but also watery. Carbonation is very weak. Easy to drink, but almost too easy.

Overall, it looks and smells great, but that only sets up for a huge letdown in the taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
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 TroopScoop
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown, almost ruby color. Off-white head. Nice lacing !

S: Malty, nutty goodness. Just from a few whiffs, I can tell it'll be a nice beer.

T: All the regular suspects - it's sweet, nutty, & bready. Given it's higher ABV, however, I expect a little more out of this one.

M: Pretty darn good. Carbonation is flirting on the side of too much, but not bad.

O: Like others have said, I wouldn't exactly call it a winter warmer. Seems to me its more of an amber ale by taste. Not my favorite, but it's pretty good stuff. I'd recommend a half-pint for sure.

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