Never Summer Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Never Summer AleNever Summer Ale
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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 dreadnatty08
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber, cystal clear brew with a rather sticky off white half inch head with good lacing and rentention. Aromas are mostly the caramel sweet malts with a light hopping backbone. A little alcohol is detected but not much. Drinks a light body with low carbonation. A very balanced brew with the hops and malts both making a good presence. To me, it's like an amber pale ale (strong ale?). This is an extremely drinkable brew, could be enjoyed at all times of the year. The alcohol and hop tinge hits you a bit in the end, pleasant. Nothing stellar; the body is a bit weak, somewhat watery, but easy to drink and flavorful nonetheless. Would pair well with most fast foodesque fair.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a dark ruby color with an average tan head. The smell is bready with some hops,but nothing really great. The taste has a sweet malt,nutty,carmel flavor that's pretty good. The hop presence gives this a slightly bitter aftertaste,but leaves the beer with malt and hop flavors very well balanced. This is a tasty brew that I would pick up again.

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

As other reviewers have noted, this is NOT a Strong Ale, notwithstanding any claims as such on the Boulder Beer Web site. Classifying it is an APA, an IPA or an ESB would make much more sense, but I digress...

Never Summer Ale pours a light amber color into my pint glass. Atop the clear liquid sits a 1/4", off-white head that quick dissappears into a soapy ring. Moderate carbonation, little lacing. The smell of this beer is pretty simplistic: there's a sweet caramel aroma and a citrusy hop aroma, with a hint of alcohol sweetness as well. The aromas are fairy well-balanced with each other.

The taste is initially citrusy, with a slightly sour bitterness, then quickly becomes very sweet, as the caramel malts take over. A moderate spiciness is evident, and the whole shebang becomes bitter once again. While both are, once again, well-balanced, I just expect something a bit more intense from a Strong Ale. This lack of intensity is also evident in the mouthfeel; it's wet, surprisingly light, and quite smooth. Finishes crisp, with a mildly bitter aftertaste.

It's tasty enough, but there's tastier beers than this to be had.

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

Not much aroma, but a very nice color. Taste was pretty balanced with a bit of malt sweetness. Overall I liked this one. This is the first beer I have tried from Boulder. Based on this one, I'll have to try some of the others that we can get in CT. The website says that a secret spice is added, but I cannot really taste any spice. Maybe I'll figure it out by the time I finish the six. Good brew.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Picked this beer up off of one of my co-workers. First off... just let me say: "American Strong Ale? 5.94% ABV? WTF?" Other than the obviously misplaced style, I kind of enjoyed this beer.

The appearance is good. A clear and glowing amber color with fine jets of carbonation shooting up to feed the nice tan head. Has a very spotty lacing.

The smell is almost totally lacking. Just a very feint caramel malt smell. Maybe some hops?

The taste is good, though. A nice rich and toasty caramel malt flavor with a bit of a noble hop backing. Even though the alcohol content is listed low on this site, there is a hint of an alcohol finish. Still seems to be quite a low ABV though, since the body is so weak and it's uber crisp and refreshing.

Overall I liked it, I just wish it had a bit of a smell to it, and maybe a tad more body.

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Photo of hanco005
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass

A—dark, cloudy reddish amber color with 1 ½ inch off-white foamy head. Head slowly diminishes and is gone about 2/3 through the beer, leaves decent web like lacing

S—strong caramel malt and hop aroma, a little bit black peppery and spicy as well

T—caramel malt dominates this one with good hop flavor bitterness that kicks in, starts bitter and finishes bittersweet

M—crisp and sharp, a bit bolder than I anticipated knowing that it was a winter ale

D—I like this one. Not a lot of competing flavors, but a nice combo of caramel malt and hops. I think I will have another one...or two.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served up at Fuel and Fuddle in Oakland the other night while listening to the "Saturday Night Special" Don Zjak playing his style "whiskey blues" good mix of everything switching it up between his ol' Gibson acoustic and Fender backed by his boy Frank George on the sax and harmonica. Now that I set the mood here's this seasonal outta Colorado appears dark caramel amber ruby with a tan two finger sized head leaves even amount of lace. Aroma contains pine cone scented hops caramel doughy dosed malt backbone. Taste is pretty even not as aggressively hopped as the label claims it is, still solid hop flavor and bitterness the pine and caramel mix to form a nice Christmas seasonal. Mouthfeel is medium bodied evenly carbonated smooth finish goes down quite nicely. Drinkability solid hoppy winter warmer not my favorite for the season but definitely a beer I would revisit in the right setting.

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Photo of Drew966
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured nice amber color from a twelve ounce bottle. Has a nice smell, can definitely smell the hops. The hops definitely are out front in the taste, but nice malt tastes too. I think this is a nicely balanced ale, I would buy it again. This is definitely worth a try.

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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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Photo of orfeu
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Clear copper, dense beige foamy cap. Decent lacing. Carmel malts and piney floral hops in the nose. Something of a sweetish spice (cinnamon?), too. Caramelly malts and a round cinnamon sweetness, followed by a mildly (definitely not "assertive" as claims the label) piney hop bite. Moderately bitter finish. Slight mineral aftertaste. Light body, somewhat juicy mouthfeel. Flavor is not very strong, for a "strong ale" at least. Easy enough to drink, but I don't know that I'd seek this out again.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1" tan head over the clear dark copper brew. Head fades slowly, with heavy full-coating lacing. Aroma is lightly malty, lightly hoppy, kind of boring for a strong ale. Taste is light on the grains, then the fruit and hops kick in a bit, and then the alcohol comes on at the end, with a bitter somewhat detracting aftertaste. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both pretty good, but nothing earth-shattering. Sonewhat standard strong ale here.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany in color and less than 1/4 finger of bright white head...attractive lacing forms as I work my way thru the pint.
Faint aromas...cherries, mild spice and dark malt.
Taste is real nice for the style...I consider this a winter warmer at 6%. Roasted flavor, a hint of smoke, slight sweetness and a generous hop profile to add to the balance.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is just a touch too high...either way, it is very enjoyable and just what I need on a cold winter evening. Another good one in the Looking Glass Series from Boulder. Give it a try...

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in New England on my way home from the party at the Harpoon Brewery last month. I liked the other beers in Boulder's looking glass series, and yeah, I'll admit that the label and name were pretty cool too. I didn't like this as much as their other offerings, but this wasn't a bad choice that I made either.

Pretty good pour from this puppy - nice, tall head, a very nice red that was just a bit too brown to be the ruby that the side of the bottle claimed, and the lacing was fairly decent too. This beer tastes a bit more like and Octoberfest than a winter, er, never summer beer would seem to be. Notes of caramel and cinnamon can be found here, and it has a pretty spicy and malty aftertaste. There is a hop taste here, but it's not very strong and it's balanced out pretty well by the aforementioned flavors. It warmed me up, but it wasn't anything outstanding and the aftertaste had the odd effect of a "spicy hop" combination that lingered for quite a while.

This could be a session beer, since the ABV tips in a just under 6%. I don't think I could have more than two of these at a time, but it's worth a shot once. Definitely different than other winter beers that I've had, but nothing groundbreaking. A fair choice for those tired of the more common seasonal offerings and looking to expand outward a bit!

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Photo of RoBotGod
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I get a ton of malt out of this one. Not a bad sign. Heavy caramel flavor is good. Not as dark as most of the winters season ales out there. That part I liked to. The hops dry out the heavy malt to add a really good balance. Another good looking glass series beer.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, clear copper amber color with a not so much head but ok lacing. Smells... has a carmelized malt aroma with traces of hops bordering on piney. Tastes... like winter; lots of malts and lots of hops. The floral hops and malts are pretty well balanced, and finishes a little bit oily with traces of raisins. But its also a bit skunky, maybe because its a llittle old, so I might be compensating a little, because I can tell its a good beer, but don't believe what I'm tasting is intended or normal. Even so, its a very drinkable beer, and would buy it again.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a clear amber color with an off-white head that diminishes to a ring. The aroma is of sweet caramel malts and a bit of toastiness. The flavor is sweet of caramel malts and a bit toasty. The hops are light in the flavor. It is light-medium in body, and easy drinking...okay, but nothing too good.

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Photo of Fugazme
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look of it is copper and red... yes red. Forget that "amber" stuff... this one looks scarlet to me... as in HUSKER red. Like that in Boulder?

Appearance is nice with some white, cream lacing and good legs.

Aroma is very good... strawberry and chocolate, sweet and floral... cinnamon and caramel.

Subtle flavor. Hoppy with citrus. Some nice sweet berry and pine hints. Nothing over the top and flamboyant... A little malt to speak of, but nothing huge to me.

Not bad... would buy again next year.

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Photo of riversider76
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a nice head and lots of lacing.It had a malty/fruity smell. Smell is weak,not that it was bad. Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated, but not too light. If you like the hopped ale taste, this is your beer. I'm not such a big fan of that,but was glad I tried it anyway.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with British Dark Caramel malt and US 2-row barley. Hopped with Nugget, Willamette, Cascade and a "Top-Secret Brewmaster's Spice"

OG=15.2, 5.94% ABV.

Sparkingly clear deep ruby, forming a modest llight yellow-tan head with average retention and good lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is of fresh citric and pineous hops with a fresh floral sweetness, mixed with modest amber malts and a touch of amber grain husk. Obviously dry-hopped and/or hop-backed. Alcohol is slightly perceptable in the nose. Mouthfeel is not too chewy, smooth with a medium body. The taste is not as aggressively hopped as the aroma would suggest. The bitterness is mild, and there is raisins through the middle and into the aftertaste. The choice of ingredients kinda reminds me of a VERY mild version of Arrogant Bastard. Alcohol is barely perceptable in the middle. The finish is semi-sweet, herbaceous and slightly dry with a slight twinge of cardboard and off-kilter over-extracted crystal malt husk.

This is a good beer, but doesn't quite stand up to "an aggressive winter seasonal" as the label would have you expect. It's easy to drink and has few faults, but it's just not very exciting. Perhaps it shouldn't be.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Named after a mountin range. Poured an amber deep red color with great clairity. The head rention, an off egg white color, is good and lasting but leaves little lace.

The smell is mostly a generic malt aroma with a more prominent caramel and crysatl smell. Some nutty nutty notes that is almost specific to walnuts. A light yeast character but mostly smooth.

Although it's considered an pale by the brewery, it fits more closely to a Winter Warmer/Christmas Ale IMO. The taste starts off with a sweet caramel with stronger malty flavor. A lingering sweetness last until the finish but is blended by a nice mix of spices. Some cinammon and nutmeg with a light vanilla. Maybe a bit too sweet with a molasses and brown sugar combo, which would be closer to a X-mas ale. There is a bit of diactyle and buytric on the back end but overall mostly clean.

The body is limited with more of a mid moderate feel. The sweetness helps but would like more depth. There is a slight alcohol/fusel note but light. Overall a good beer but would like a bit more complexity.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber with aromas of sweet malt and resiny hops. Malty flavor up-front along with some spices (cinammon and maybe allspice?), then some woody hop character at the finish. Surprisingly light bodied for a beer with a somewhat "festive" flavor profile. Overall, it's drinkable stuff, but nothing too spectacular.

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Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts along with mild hop aroma. The taste is decent. It has a toasted caramel flavor that goes down easy and finishes light and slightly warm. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good seasonal beer. It has good aroma and a nice malty flavor; a good drinker.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep caramel color with a very thin brownish head of tiny bubbles that dissipates quickly.

Smell is deep sweet malt, caramel, nuts, and spice. Not too much hopping, but there's a light piney smell in there.

Malt really comes through in the flavor, too, with a spicy caramel taste that plays well off of some of the citric notes in the hops. Overall, though, it's a bit too malty for me for the style. The mouthfeel especially is a bit thick, and even with the somewhat interesting nutmeg spice notes, I don't really like this one.

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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 nvsblman
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice ruby red color, not much head. The aroma has mostly molasses with some citric hopiness. Not the "aggressive" hopiness I expected from the bottle description. The taste seems mostly malty upfront - carmel and molasses flavor are dominant. There are some hops in the finish, though also a little bit of a metallic finish. Medium bodies with nice carbonation. It doesn't seem to be anything too special, I could drink it at a party or something, but I would look for something better first.

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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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