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

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Added by comat0se on 04-28-2003

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Ratings: 572 |  Reviews: 345
Photo of biggred1
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coppery red with a thick tan head of foam that leaves scraps of lace on the glass. Caramel malt and faint holiday spice in the nose. Sweet caramel maltiness balanced with plenty of cascade hop flavors. Brown sugar and candied grapefruit with a touch of cinnamon and clove. Medium light bodied for the style. Not the biggest Winter warmer in the world but a darn tasty and well hopped lightweight.

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Photo of RedSpecial1
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a reddish amber with a thick tan head that leaves behind thick lacing. It smells strongly of hops and faintly of citrus. This is a moderately hoppy beer for the style, but it's well balanced with some caramel malts. This is a pretty tasty beer, but I don't know that I could do a session of it unless it was in the middle of winter.

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Photo of backfat
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a pretty, dark ruby with a one finger khaki head. smells of fresh grapefruit hops with hints of caramel malt. the taste is a bit watery. toasted biscuit tones with a caramel and nutty flavor. sweet piney hops and a bitter finish. all in all, a good winter warmer with familiar flavors, just not bold enough for me.

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Photo of Stimack
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this brew up since most of the offerings from Boulder I have had in the past where pretty good. This brew poured to a clear vibrant amber color with a thick off white to tan head that had great retention and left lots of lacing throughout. Caramel and a slight biscuit aroma come to mind from the malt. Nice amount of hop aroma comes through the nose from this one, seems to me that the Willamette and Cascade hops really show up and mix together quite well. The flavor is a very good mix of malt flavors, which really create the backbone as the flavors are always there - caramel and toasted flavors come to mind. Hops give a real nice flavor profile here, while not in your face they are on the dominant side. For me the spices do not really come out at all but maybe I am just missing them. Overall this is a very nice brew, easy drinking - not really sure why this is considered just a winter warmer, it is an overall good brew.

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Photo of justincolts
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger head, and a dark amber in color. The smell is actually hinting at chocolate aromas. The taste is ok, kind of a nutty, chocolate malt flavor. Not as chocolate as a chocolate stout or such, but more a subtle nut brown taste. An ok mouthfeel, nothing spectacular, but drinkable nonetheless and certainly nothing offensive.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber, brown. Good tan head, little lacing.

S: Spices and malt.

T: Hoppy and malty up front. An aftertaste of spice and citrus. A very tasty winter warmer.

M: Nice smooth and creamy texture.

D: High, can definitely drink this throughout the winter months and then some.

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Photo of kshankar
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a "deep ruby red" as the bottle indicates with a nice foamy white head.

Aroma is of caramel, mildly, and hops.

Taste is hoppy with a good caramel malt backing. Balance is good between the hops and malts on this one.

Mouthfeel is medium. Drinkability is good, low ABV, tastes fine, etc. Its a good beer, but not extraordinary. Recommended

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

A- A clear , deep orange liquid with a thick bone white head and nice retention. Not too shabby.

S- Faint citrus, caramel, oats. Pretty faint, but what is there is enjoyable.

T- Some fruity notes such as watermelon and citrus fruit along with some sweet caramel. Very subtly flavors.

M- Smooth with some drying aspect at the end.

D- A fairly bland beer but what is there is enjoyable.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Deep amber body under a medium white head. Some spotty lace and good retention.

S: Good hop aroma, mix of pine and citrus. Malt background is there.

T: Hops here again, but more toasted, slightly roasted malt which can be a little off balance.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation is a bit high. Drinkability is fine. A solid beer.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this one cause I've had solid beers from Boulder in the past. Amber color with a small off white head that dissolves fast and leaves a touch of lacing. Quiet toffee malt nose. Very mild - not much going on. Taste is similar, mostly a grainy toffee malt taste. Some light dried fruit. A little citrus maybe. Fine body, good carbonation. Good beer, kind of a standard malty winter brew. Probably would go with Anchor or a couple others over this, just for something with a little going on.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a really nice looking deep amber color with a tiny head, it looks really good. smell is not very potent, some caramel aromas are the most prevalent but nothing else is really overpowering. taste i pretty good, has a nice malt body to it that gives it most of its taste, but there is still a nice hop flavor to it. mouthfeel is nice and somewhat thick, drinkabily is pretty good, its a tasty beer and good on a cold night like tonight

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Photo of atsprings
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass pours a crisp dark orange with a decent off-white diminishing head that leaves just a slight bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma is slight caramel malt and just a hint of spice. The taste is a decent balance of burnt caramel and pine hops with just enough spices such as cinnamon and brown sugar to make this a respectable Winter warmer. The beer is fairly light bodied with decent carbonation. This is a very respectable Winter warmer, one I likely would have again.

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Photo of Brettster
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured a pretty deep amber color that produced a one finger off white head that faded to a nice foamy ring. The pour immediately relased a hoppy sweet aroma. After the initial aroma, I thought it would be quite hoppy, it isn't. It is pretty smooth and well balanced. Has a little piney flavor with an alcohol after taste. A pretty drinkable beer.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wife picked this up for me at CBE. I read the label and saw that it was assertively hopped and malted, so I was thinking it was going to be a bit hoppier. To me though, it was well balanced between the two. The hops are up front, but then fade out to the malts and spices. Not one of the best WWs I've had, but still pretty decent.

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Photo of Troy518
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Brown and copper, minimal head

S: Floral hops and stale milk, metallic, earth, a slight amount of dark fruits like fig or dates, and berries

T: Floral hops, grain, unsweetened tea flavor in the finish, some caramel sweetness, slight alcohol burn on the finish

M: Pleasing mouthfeel, decent carbonation

D: Could definitely polish off a few of these, its a beer that grows on you

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Photo of bonsreeb85
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out a dark amber hue with a biege head. Good retention and notable lacing

Caramel, dark malt and pine needles are all appearant on the nose

Rich malty backround with piney hops and spruce shine though flavor wise. Nice balance. Sweet finish.

The feel is that of a medium body with moderate carbonation.

This is an excellent winter season session worthy brew. I could easily drink this for awhile without getting sick of it.

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Photo of Stigs
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pint glass

A - pours a nice inch of off white, bubbly and creamy head, lacing nicely. crystal clear burnt amber color.

S - smells of fruity and floral hops with some sweetness. toasted nuts, pine, and spice.

T - carmelly sweetness right off the bat, then floral hops kick in. slight bit of spice here and there. tastes a bit like an IPA slightly past its date.

M - prickly carbonation and sticky tastes. nothing unpleasant.

D - i like that its not overpowering on the spices like most within the style, with a nice subtle hop presence.

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Photo of jsh420
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

best by 02/17/2010

pours ruby with a 1+ finger head that left no lacing

smell of fruity hops some malt

taste is very much fruity hops - no bitterness - decent malt backbone

mouthfeel is light to medium with decent amount of carbonation - still very smooth

drinkability is ok - decent pale ale - but wheres the winter warmer? spice?

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- pours ruby red with one finger of foam that has great head retention.

S - robust sweet aroma, very nice

T -upfront malty sweetness, crystal malt flavor, hop flavor is well balanced within. As it warms, the hops are more pronounced and suit this beer nicely

M - sweet, sticky mouthfeel

D - a bit too much residual sweetness to crave this beer, but this is well crafted and I'll enjoy sipping on one or two on a cool evening.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep copper, almost ruby. Nice thick creamy head and good lacing. A good looking beer (poured into a tall glass)

S- Fruity/hoppy, some roasted malts in there as well.

T- Sweet caramel and dark hops hit the tongue first with some underlying roasted malts, ending in a strong malt presence. Some fruit in the end, long lasting aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, a little sticky. Good for a freezing day (there is snow falling as I write this and drink the beer)

D- Drinkable for a winter warmer, but not so compared to light styles. However, since this beer is not made to drinkable as much as warning, it is good.

Overall: A fine winter beer, a little strong/hoppy for my tastes, but that is a personal opinion and doesn't reflect in my ratings. This is a decent beer, and one that I would recommend.

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Photo of wesl56
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a- pours a dark brown with a reddish tint, thick head that settles and sticks around with some medium lacing

s- smells plain; just of malts, kind of has that metallic scent

t- HEAVY roasted malts, creamy finish... actually tastes like there are some considerable hops present, but the malts over power

m- thick, and leaves your mouth coated with roasty malt residue

d- due to how heavy it is, this is a slow drink, aftertaste hangs around quite a while

overall this is an awesome beer for cold nights, wont need more than 2/3 in a sitting to warm you up and keep your tastes pleased... this is def going on my list for the season!

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Photo of Rayek
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Tulip.

A: The deep copper color has nice clarity and leisurely carbonation. A rocky cream cap starts strong and retains well. Leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Bittersweet toffee and other caramelized sugars dominate the nose. A distinct grapefruit aroma balances the sweet sugars.

T: Starts out with a scorched sugar flavor that's quickly joined by a moderate grapefruit bitterness. There's a woodsy note in the background. Finishes with lingering grapefruit and toffee flavors.

M: The dry medium body feels a touch chalky. The carbonation level feels a tad high.

D: Overall, this is another nice beer from Boulder. It actually drank stronger for me than it really is, which was an interesting change of pace. I'm glad I picked it up.

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Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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 BedetheVenerable
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with a little ditty about the beer, no freshness date

Appearance: Pretty copper colored brew with beige head with decent retention

Smell: Nice balance between malt and hop aromas; dark caramel, toasted biscuit, and nice earthy hops.

Taste: Again, very nicely balanced between malt and hops. The only slightly off-putting thing here is a kind of metallic/aluminum twinge on the finish. Other than that it's all about sweet caramel malts, maybe a touch of dark fruit, earthy hoppiness in the traditional Northern English style, and balance.

Mouthfeel: Maybe just a bit lighter than I'd like but not bad.

Drinkability: Quaffable.

Conclusion: I've kind of split on my opinions of Boulder's beers...this one however is quite tasty and one I'll probably check out next winter as a more affordable alternative to some of my favorite examples from across the pond.

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Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was served in a shaker/pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. (Beer actually reviewed in January of 09. The review was misfiled and only posted today.)

Appearance: The beer is a deep dark ruby red with a ½" tan colored head that is thick and creamy, leaving some some rings of lacing and some patches of lacing after sipping.

Smell: The aroma is easy to pick up and consists roasted caramel malt along with some citrusy and spicy hops.

Taste: This is a reasonably strongly trongly flavored beer with the taste of caramel malt, brown sugar and citric hops (predominantly grapefruit) in a nice balance between sweet and bitter, However I have no idea what the brewer's secret spice might be.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with a soft creamy feel from the carbonation. The finish is fairly long and slowly loses its sweetness, leaving behind a dry hoppy bitterness to the gentle end.

Drinkability: This is a nice well made beer and I'll keep and eye open for it in the future. If given a choice I'm not sure I'd pick it over some of the other winter warmers to be found during the cold weather, but it is certainly worth a return visit.

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Never Summer Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
3.62 out of 5 based on 572 ratings.
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