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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: 571
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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Photo of Tschnab
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- a dark red, maroon almost, with a big chunky white head that sits on top and leaves lace at the top of the glass.

S- smell is of carmel, toffee, and tons of malt. Warming esthers are coming off the nose too, and a bisciuty sweetness lingers.

t- a great malty flavor here, and I say this because it gets balanced well with a touch of piney hops, and the malt is rich and carmely, with a nice candied sugar finish.

o- definetly a very tame winter warmer but it is still quite sessionable and overall really nice.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasing and soft malty offering.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Blue winter label with a snowy mountain scene with the recognizable and somewhat annoying Boulder Beer typography… Not much of a design to remember it for. Side note with narrative about its intent, and characteristics. Shows best by date Jan 11 2012. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear deep amber-ruby pour with a nice creamy head, good retention and surface memory with rich lacing.

S - Soft malty nose, toasty notes, caramel, and a fruity hint…

T - Gently malty, almost not a trace of hop or bitterness… and a toasted caramel soft range. Hint of fruit in the background…

M - Medium body with small if adequate carbonation. A tad thin early on with a smooth finish.

O - Nothing remarkable but pleasing as a bit of a generic winter warmer.

Notes: Decent if a bit forgettable malty offering. Worth the repeat if there were not may more options around.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Winterhook Winter Ale.

A: Clear copper color with one-finger, off-white, foamy head that lasted a few minutes. Great lacing.

S: Dark fruit, caramel, and nutty.

T: Light sweetness and moderate to high hop bitterness. Hints of toasted malt and caramel, but hops are more noticeable to me.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Slightly dry and warm.

O: Very comparable to the Winterhook. The appearance of this ale gave it a slight edge, but I feel like it's a tie.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice red and amber color, almost leaning into light brown territory, but with a 1" off white head to it, she's a looker. Aroma, a little bitter harshness, doesn't really come across like a winter warmer, but more of your standard red ale.

Taste, better than the smell, the somewhat acrid bitterness now is right where it should be, complimenting the mild malt bill of a red ale, the alcohol is very much lower than most warmers, this is like a hybrid session red warmer or something. I'd guess around 40 ibus, enough hop and bitter presence. Kind of a sweet caramel sweetness to it as well. Can't make out what the spice is, if its anything at all, maybe a ginger presence.

Not bad stuff, something I can't put my finger on, but a unique enough brew, and as far as mystery beers go in a variety 12 pack, this one is legit.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by 1/11/12, and we're well within that date.

Appearance: rich mahogany hue with a clear body. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam, demonstrating pretty good retention and a nice lace. I like it.

Smell: malty aroma with a nutty, biscuity character. There's also some crystal malt aroma thrown in; overall, well-composed, but just not among my favorite aroma choices.

Taste: caramelly malt flavor with just a hint of the biscuit found in the aroma. I find the flavor much more appealing than the aroma; it is sweet and heady, with just a touch of toasty character. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: medium body with an unexpectedly good level of carbonation. Creaminess on this beer is quite nice, and complements the style well.

Overall: I am somewhat surprised. Winter warmers are not always my favorite beers, but this brew has found a niche within my palate. I'd definitely quaff this again.

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Photo of Amalak
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really have no idea what to think of this offering. The initial taste leaves me saying, "Not so much"...but there's an interesting pale ale spiciness to it that follows. The malts are tamed, and create for an almost sourish beginning, but there's a clean finish that makes up for it. I think that I am a fan, but I leave my option open to change that opinion.

Clear redish brown, but deep color. Minimal lace and head.

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Photo of bobhits
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This one is red in color, a bit of carbonation going on here to keep it from being flat. There is a creamy and thick brown head, but lacing isn't really apparent.

A very aromatic beer! There is a lot of sweet brown sugar like malt and a huge shot of citrus hops. I think I"m detecting a bit of spice, but that could be just a nice impact of the hops used.

There is enough hop presses here to call this and IPA. There is more than enough malt here to call it well a LOT of things. Sugary sweet caramel and brown sugar off set by fruity and citrus hops.

Never Summer would win me over but despite the appearance the body is rather lacking in carbonation. There's a good bit of weight to this one give the style, but more carbonation is needed.

There's no doubt this is a good beer, but it really could have been on another level with a bit of a tweak.

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Photo of akk101
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

Great alternative to spiced winter ales for those who like hops. Dark amber red color with short lived head. Hop presence isn't overpowering. A tasty beer but nothing really stands out as great. I will be drinking more of these this winter.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
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 notsoprobeer
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish orange in color with an off-white head. It's a gorgeous color. It's clear and the bubbles of effervescence sparkle as they float to the top. Aroma of sweet toasted malts, and hops (though not overpowering). I didn't smell or taste the "secret" spices. Flavor of rich caramel malt is front and center. Hop flavor is not strong. Medium bodied, with a smooth mouth feel, with a bit of sweetness in the finish.

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Never Summer Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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