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RATINGS: 558   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerathon (1536) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2013
I like the hops in this, especially for a winter ale. Big white fluffy head and burnt orange color. Not overly spiced, which is nice. A bit of a sweet malt backbone with a slightly floral nose.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maekchu (2667) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 14, 2013
Bottle from Village Wine and Spirits in Athens. Very gentle coffee nose. Reddish/brown, 2cm rocky tan head, and lotsa carb. Heavy dark caramel initial / harsh resiny hop bites and some spice in mid / goes to sweet malt, and leave a powdery choco note on the tongue. Medium body. Not bad. Very malty. Has a dirt sort of feel to it.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (6504) - Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Draft to taster. Looks solid; a transparent amber with foamy off-white head that dissipates into lacing. Smells and tastes of caramel and spices with a touch of chocolate. Average on the palate. Alright.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
devman171 (1217) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2013
pours amber from a bottle, little head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, spice, herbs. Taste is malt, some bitterness, but a crisp mouthfeel. not tasting much spice, which is good. Unique and tasty, cant place the style.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (3742) - Xalapa, MEXICO - FEB 21, 2013
Nice and strong. Alittle bit tiring after a while. Nice to drink in a couch whie watching some good tv show.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sodakotakid (230) - Belle Fourche, South Dakota, USA - FEB 17, 2013
pours a lighter brown with a minimal tan head. This beer is sweet with some bitterness and caramel malts.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadRobin (2340) - Silver Spring, USA - FEB 8, 2013
On tap at Trattoria La Festa in Stowe, VT. Hazy, dark ruby brown with tan head and excellent lacing. Aroma of bread, dark fruit, spice, hops and roasted malt. Taste of dark fruit, spice, roasted malt, grapefruit, floral hops and brown sugar. Medium body and high/medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfontain (834) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2013
12 oz bottle, Whole Foods Columbus. Lovely color between ruby and garnet; head dissipates into a thin white ring. Aroma sweet malt and predominantly caramel; sweet cracker and just barely some rotting veg; also some orange zest and pepper. Flavor candy sweet, caramel, light piney bitterness through the finish. Medium to medium-thick, lower carbonation; sticky and even a little oily. Took me a little while to warm up to this but this is a nice little winter warmer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 21, 2013
12oz bottle. Rusty brown with a medium off white head. Aroma of toast, caramel, vanilla and light holiday spice. Flavor is bready/doughy malt with some zesty spice and faint bitterness. Medium body with a zesty mouth feel. Decent beer, not over spiced and fairly drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GarrettB (1203) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2013
December 24th, 2011 - I’m not entirely sure what the Brewmaster’s Top Secret Spice, but I am not convinced that it adds spice to Boulder Brewery’s Never Summer Ale. More notable in this brew is a eurhythmic balance between the malts, barley and hops, producing a smooth and well rounded winter warmer that I’d be pleased to bring to a party and share with friends who may not be as avid about craft beer as me. Through the looking glass, this brew is a shade darker than the median amber, with a clarity like a nice, after blizzard winter day. A whole grove of pine trees meets the nose in the aroma with a bit of hops bitterness, and a deep and abiding brown sugar sweetness. In aroma, at least, this smells like your typical winter warmer brew. More exceptional is the flavor, were a tempered sweetness (pine melded with graham cracker) is once more coupled with hops, most acutely detected in the aftertaste. Raisins lend some of their deep fructose syrup too, providing a general flavor that tastes of balance and depth of flavor. Boulder Brewery’s Never Summer Ale is at least one cut above the rest of the winter drinking variety pack.


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