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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

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Added by comat0se on 04-28-2003

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Ratings: 572 |  Reviews: 345
Photo of auxiliary
4.36/5  rDev +21.1%
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 barefootbrewer
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured an amber color with a nice head – tight bubbles; some lacing. The aroma is of malt and slightly sour. When tasting the hops are noticeable immediately, followed by the mellowness of the malt. They compliment each other well. The mouthfeel is full and works for the beer. This is a nice brew that I’d consider highly drinkable.

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

This came from a 12 oz bottle purchased in Ashland, Oregon and poured a copper color with a nice foamy white head and good lacing. Nose of malts and hops. Good clean mouthfeel and lots of nice flavors of malts and hops with some spices. Finish long and slightly bitter. Good brew.

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Photo of monkeybeer
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A very nice golden red

S- A caramel hoppy bouquet

T- A distinct malty hoppy flavor slight spice bite to it

M- Tends to linger little too long with a bitter after taste

D- Not bad a little too hoppy for my liking, but if you like that then it would be for you.

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Photo of Vancer
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#4 of 4 beers in the 12er sample pack. ALL nice beers; Sundance Amber, Pass Time PA, Planet Porter and Never Summer ale.

Poured a deep mahogany brown, frothy lil' ivory head on top. Whoo, a spicey lil' brew - tons of corieader and malt in the whiff. By the impact of the quaff - this would make a good winter warmer, but it needs a bigger pop of alcohol to really make it a strong ale. Still, another solid brew from Boulder Beer - I hope to find more of these in the mid-west. (Had it in Orlando).

edit - 12/16/09 Yepper, now available here in the area ! Nice !

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Never Summer poured a nice copper red color with a creamy head. The head did however diminish but hung to the sides to lace as it goes down the side. The smell was nice and malty with just a hint of hops. The flavor matched the nose with a great malt taste up front and a strong backbone on the tongue. The finish is clean and leaves just a hint of bittering hops. The mouthfeel is smooth for a beer boating 5+% alcohol and with so much malt, a pleasant surprise! A drinkable beer do to its smooth feel and soft taste, just watch the ABV! Enjoy!

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

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. 2006 vintage. Label describes it as "dark, ruby red, assertively hopped and brewed with dark caramel malts."

Appearance: Pours with 1 inch of creamy, light tan head. Settles slowly to a thin coating leaving a fair amount of lacing. Beer is a deep copper color.

Smell: Resiny pine hops. Caramelized malts with a slight sweetness.

Taste: Medium citurs and pine flavor upfront. Solid backbone of caramelized sweet malt. Finish is mildly bitter with a nice lingering hops flavor.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Good body.

Drinkability: Good balance between hops and malt. A nice beer overall.

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Photo of notoriousdav
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a nice ruby red with a big creamy head. Smells of malt and maple sugar. Taste is somewhat flat; I get the malt, but not much of the aggresive hops that label claims the beer has. I really can't detect any other flavor profiles in this beer. The carbonation is nice for this style. Certainly a winter warmer that you dirnk all night long. Not too bad...not too great.

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Photo of BlackAngus
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep garnet color, with a nice big fluffy tan head.

S - Malt, sweetness, with a kiss of hops.

T - Caramel malt, slight hops, with a kick of hops at the finish.

M - Medium body, Very nicely carbonated. Cleaner than I expect from the style, with just a faint metallic aftertaste from the hops.

D - I could drink this again.

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Photo of ballenc
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber brown with a touch of red color. Two fingers of off-white rockyhead which dissipates into a tremendous amount of lacing as you drink it down.

Not the most overpowering of strong ales when it comes to the smell. Mostly roasted malts with little hoppiness.

Decent taste but not the best strong ale I've ever had - definitely not on the par with Arrogant Bastard. Caramel and malt on the front end with a slight spice of hop on the back end. Lighter bodied than a typical strong ale.

Not bad in terms of drinkability but I'd probably look elsewhere if I was in the mood for a couple of strong ales - Stone Arrogant Bastard or even Great Divide's Hibernation Ale are more complex beers than this one.

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Photo of mattd017
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer. Nice balanced. Pours a deep brown with a nice white head that leaves beautiful lacing around the glass, and beautiful designs with every sip draw from the glass. Smells sweet, spicy, malty. Tastes delicious, very well balanced, tiny bubbles make my tongue happy. Has a nice hop bite at the end. Possibly my favorite session beer out.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as part of the beer of the month shindig:

Pours a light browm/amber with a reddish hue. huge offwhite head.

very mild nose and flavor. bit of caramel sweetness, low malts and hops. it is very light-bodied. bit of crystallized sugar. mild spiciness.

i wouldnt really call it a strong ale - not sure what i would call it, but it is way too mild for that classification. nevertheless, it is quite a quaffable brew, and highly drinkable. make it a six-pack night.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has a deep clear amber with a nice head that is very well retained. The aroma is dominantly citrusy smelling American hops with a faint trace of malt. It has an initial hop flavor that goes quickly to a tea-like spiciness followed by the malt and then a faint hop finish. It's a very unique and interesting flavor. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

This is a very tasty winter seasonal beer. It's very unique and distinct. I like it.

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

Pours a coppery, deep amber in color, and nearly brilliant. Off white head of medium duration and moderate lacing doesn't seem to promise what I'm looking for on this sub zero, windy weekend. I let this warm a bit, as I've learned from several visits that this taste better a bit warmer than 'straight from the 'fridge.". Nose is malty, offering up notes of plum, prune, and ripe apple, along with plenty of citric hops for the style. Smooth and a bit creamy from the outset, with more sweet than sour at first. Seems to achieve better balance with subsequent sips, with the fruit notes of the mildy robust dark malts blending well with some light, biscuity malt, and a very easy-going balance of sweet and tangy. Some diacetyl, but it's not intrusive. Hop bitterness is pretty minimal, but the aromatic aspects are very rewarding. A little bit yeasty, in a good way. Reasonable good mouthfeel and drinkability: it tricks you a bit into thinking it's a 'bigger' beer, when it at first seems thin for the style. I like my strong ales a bit stronger, but overall this has a filling, substantial heft and drinkability. The alcohol is mildly warming, and all but invisible on the palate. Never Summer isn't one of those mind-blowingly weird spiced winter ales that people seem to avoid, but is instead a very easy going yet full-flavored seasonal offerings. It's well worth a try. NOTE: After trying Boulder's "Killer Penguin" barleywine last year the Never Summer seems more and more like that beer's stylistic precursor, not a 'small beer' version by any means, but they definitely have a lot in common! Of the two I prefer Never Summer: it's a well-executed rendition of the American Strong Ale style.

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

Received in early January as part of the December MicroBeerClub offering.

Beer poured a deep red with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is bready and a tad bit grassy. Taste is of caramel malts, dry hops, and it almost seems like an ever so slight hint of Christmas spice is included to make this a somewhat unique taste. Mouthfeel is smooth going down and somewhat creamy. Overall drinkability is good as the abv does not knock one down in round one. This is quite the enjoyable beer!

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

Red-orange body, leaning towart the red. Good clarity. Some mild carbonation streams. Three fingers of level off-white foam, drops to one finger of lunar surface. Good lacing.

Aroma is heavy on biscuits, a loaf or two of bread, and a sweet candy coated sugar cookie.

Taste begins with some deep and sweet caramel, a hint of dark chocolate. Earthy hops cut the sweetness and take a quick bow at the swallow, but the malt hangs in there until the end. Mild spiciness from the middle to the finish. Not overly dusty by any means. Spice tinged earthy hop aftertaste.

Good mediumish mouthfeel. Good drinkability - you might not want to throw back a sixer in one sitting, but two or three is certainly agreeable.

A nice medium range winter warmer, it might not get the big "Wow", but it's a nice every-winter-day kind of brew.

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Photo of goschool
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was in the first months package from the beer of the month club that my friend enrolled my in for Chanukah.

Appearance: The pour is clear dark amber with a medium-sized tan head that shrinks a bit, but has good retention.

Smell: The nose is has earthy and piney hops in front of toasted malts, spices, and yeast.

Taste: Contrary to the aroma, this is not hop-forward. Toasted and bready malts lead the way. Pine, spruce, caramel, and yeast gives this a tea-like character that's similar to Alaskan Winter Solstice. Earthy hops come in to balance out the malts and spices towards the finish. The aftertaste is sweet and long-lasting.

Mouthfeel: It's light to medium-bodied with soft carbonation.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this beer, but the tea-like flavor just isn't my thing, so I couldn't drink a whole lot of this stuff.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
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 aquatonex
2.71/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BOTM option, sounds interesting...

Pours medium brown, no head, tiny bit of lacing, lightly carbonated. Smells of caramel malts and a little bit of alcohol. Taste is mediocre, not very malty, but very alcohol-y. For a strong ale I would highly expect a lot more ABV and some more powerful flavors. This one hits a little below the mark for a strong ale.

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Photo of rousee
2.86/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark amber with almost no head. No murk at all and it does retain a small wisp of foam mostly around the sides of the glass and a small film on top.

Smell is a strong malt profile with almost no hops. Reminds me of barleysugar. Taste is much the same--very sweet and somewhat sticky in the mouthfeel. There are maybe some slight fruit elements on the palate. Not in a hurry to try this one again.

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Photo of roblowther
4.32/5  rDev +20%
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 MaltyGoodness
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle thanks to jhammerly

Pours a clear chestnut brown with a cream tan head that thins. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is largely dominated by piney hops with a light malt backbone containing some nuttiness and a slight smell of spice.

Piney hops upfront give way to a nutty malt base with a distinct spiciness. finishes with a medium bitterness and lingering spiciness.

Medium body, mild carbonation.

A decent brew, just a little too much spice for my taste. Still, I had no problems finishing the bottle.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown-ish copper color with a big tan head, good carbonation, and good lace sheets. Spicy malt aromas dominate over light spicy, piney hop, and citrusy hop notes. Definitely a malt driven example of the style despite the apparent IBU level; nutty grains and a touch of chestnut character. Maybe some cinnamon and nutmeg too ?!? Medium-full bodied and smooth with a nice balanced finish.

A nicely balanced Winter Warmer.

Per Label: "Looking Glass Series - 3rd Release"

Per BOM notes: 45 IBU.
Malts: British Dark Caramel, US 2-row Malted Barley
Hops: Nugget, Willamette, and Cascade

Per BBC website: OG 15.2P
- Top Secret Brewmaster's Spice

'291006' lasered on bottom
Tasted: 01/04/06

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

Selection iof the Beer-of-the-Month Club.
Poured a medium red-garnet color with lovely tannish-colored creamy head. Great retention with nice lacing.
Smell is dominated by grassy and piney hops with a touch of caramel malt also present.
Taste combines the malt and hops very nicely to form a nice flovot sensation.
The ending has a somewhat strange dryness that leaves a not overly pleasant sensation in the mouth.
Overall a very nice beer.
Thanks to fellow BA mtanji for the gift.

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

12oz. bottle, received as part of a beer of the month club.

Crystal clear, light copper color. Medium size, light tan head.

Very mild aroma. Bit of caramel and some grassy hops.

Taste is much more hoppy than aroma lets on. Citrus and herbal character. Biscuity in the middle. Overall taste is more sweet than anything else. Caramel and wheat bread?

Medium in body and carbonation. Fairly drying.

Quite good and very sessionable. Nice winter offering.

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Never Summer Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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