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RATINGS: 555   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Never Summer Ale is a bold new look at winter beers: gutsy, full-bodied and an aggressive fusion of secret spices. Like the first run of the day, this ale is deep and clean, crisp and drinkable, perfectly blended for a smooth ride...through the Looking Glass. Grains: British Dark Caramel Malt, U.S. 2-row Barley. Hops: Nugget, Willamette, Cascade and Top-Secret Brewmaster's Spice.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
k0mpsa (1353) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - JAN 12, 2014
Tap at rattle n hum, new york. Dark red color, smooth tanned head (nitro version). Aroma is malty sweet and fruits. Taste is malts, sweet fruits. Easy going.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bkurtz (866) - PERU - JAN 19, 2014
Pours copper with a smallish head. It has a lot going on,citrus, winter spices, and well-balanced. All good, but did not finish well.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
"smooth and complex...and pleasantly hoppy, this was my best new find of the 2007 holiday season. missed it this year, but it’s worth searching out. Good stuff! Recent years, 2012 included, a little lacking."

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
MarkSachon (635) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Nitro tap sampler at The BeerHive in Pittsburgh and a 12 oz bottle at home from Giant Eagle. Not much difference between the two. Crisp for sure, but could have had more punch on the spices. Smooth going down with a pleasant aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
flylikeabanana (179) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2014
On tap, amber pour with a thin off-white head. Aromas of brown sugar and hops. Taste is bold and smooth, caramel malt sweetness and cold, slightly bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gmellison (426) - Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2014
On tap at dia. Pours a medium amber boubon color. Aroma is grainy and mildy hoppy. Flavor is caramel and biscuity malts. Solid

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
beerbrains (26) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Aroma: Barely there just a little citrusy. I expected caramel but I cannot sense it Appearance: This is a nice looking beer. Pours red/brown with a nice frothy head Taste: Heavy on the sweetness with just a little caramel flavor Palate: full bodied oily texture Overall: Not very drinkable - too sweet with an odd finish

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6201) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2014
bottle. amberish pour, medium body. caramel maltiness, some winter spices, nothing terribly exciting but drinkable

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkmagus82 (1816) - - OCT 8, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 1-6-14- Served on nitro-tap in a pint glass Appearance – The beer is served with a brownish colored body filed with tons of nitro bubbles. The cascade of bubbles slowly lifts from the bottom of the glass revealing a copper colored body. A thick foamy head sits upon the top of the brew, very slowly fading to leave some foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is biggest of a sweeter caramel smell with some roasted malt aromas. Along with these smells are some notes of hop with a slightly earthy and grassy smell. Taste – The taste begins a roasted malt and toasted cracker flavor mixed with a bit of a caramel sweetness. At the start there are some lighter hop flavors of an earthy nature. The earthy hop grows stronger throughout the taste all while the caramel sweetness seems to fade. Some other hop flavors of grass and pine later come to the tongue at the end, and with a bit of toffee sweetness and a slight increase in the roasted and cracker flavors of the brew, one is left with a slightly drier, moderately hopped, toasted cracker flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel - Being a nitro pour the brew had a nice creamy and thicker feel on the tongue. The thicker and creamier body were fairly nice for the hoppy flavors of the brew, really accentuating them on the tongue, although a bit for prickliness form carbonation may have been slightly better for the malt flavors of the beer adding a bit of excitement to the cracker and roasted flavors. Overall – An alight brew overall, but nothing super exceptional and one I think would actually have been better on traditional tap, not nitro.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rumproasts (3232) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2014
bottle. amber with small head. caramel malt base. some winter spice. i feel like i’ve had variations of this beer dozens of times. averageish.


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