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RATINGS: 552   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Hoppy aroma of light cinnamon fused with malt. More hops mixed with decidedly caramel popcorn notes in body. Nutty, tingly finish. Whenever i drink this from now on, I will think of my father (a proud non-beergeek) who proclaims this beer as delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Shiny copper. Dense and creamy off-white foam. Round, slick, flowery hop aromas coupled with anise, spruce, citrus, and toffee whispers. Firm, slick body. Creamy carbonation. Fresh flowery hops gain support from spicy anise and chewy passion fruit. Soft, syrupy undertones flirt with a light leathery malt twang. Hops go from being citrusy to herbal at the core of the brew. Somewhat peppery finish as the hop pungency persists alongside a layer of muted malt sweetness. Passion fruit flavors remain with a relentless spicy hop leaf and tangerine rind note. Gotta love the unique hop bill. Interesting but delicious winter seasonal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2004
Dark amber/red color,small white head that faded quickly but left a tiny lace behind.The aroma was Malt and citrus with a slightly sweet side.The taste was malty and sweet at first with a decent mild citrus,then a change to a mild bitter hops and malt with a decent hop after taste.Very nice brew in fact i didn't expect mush better then less then mediocre but it turned out much better.Well worth trying if you can find it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2004
In the aroma, I get rich malt at first, followed by piney, citrusy hops. Color is copper-red, off-white head leaves some lacing. A nice blend of hop flavors dominates the taste, with caramel malt coming out next, and it finishes with a good kick of hop bitterness. Medium-full body. I can't make out any spices in this one. Prett good winter warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Dark and clear amber-copper color, nice foamy off white head that leaves some lace in the glass, malty caramel aroma, sweet malty nutty flavors, medium bodied with a soft and light mouthfeel. It does finish with a nice and clean dryness , not bad at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beaver (1219) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2004
The Never Summer poured a ruby red, with a thin head that dissipated quickly to a collar. It had a pleasing sweet malt smell with a hints of spices. It has a sweet malt start with a spicy, hoppy finish. The tastes are well balanced. The palate was a little on the thin side. Overall, a nice winter brew...great tasting, and very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
haddon90 (1385) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Deep ruby pour with a nice tan head. Mild aroma. Caramel, spice, and a tad bit of hops. Hoppy taste. Some spice in the taste as well. Overall pretty good. Not what I expected and I was impressed!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2004
Well-carbonated red-amber body and soft beige head. Aroma of caramel, herbs, and Cascade hops plus a hint of cheese. Flavor suggests a decent amber actually. Hop quality is subdued but fresh and interesting. Spice and tangy notes as well. Medium, malty body. A fair beer but the least of the three "Looking Glass" beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4362) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Bottle. A spicy nose. Taste is largely hops with some of those spices coming through. Not a typical North American winter ale (i.e. dark and heavy on the nutmeg or cinnamon-type spices), but spices nonetheless. Odd finish, with a bit of a 'tang' on it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2004 Hoppy, reminds me of the Hazed and Infused but not QUITE so hoppy. Has a Hog Heaven thing going on there too, although that's a different brewery.

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