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RATINGS: 553   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Red-copper body, keeping a white head. Flora/perfume hop aroma. The flavor was weaker, with a long bitter and slightly metallic finish. Biggish carbonation with lots of life in the body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 28, 2003
Bottle. Reddish brown color with an off-white head. Strong spicey malt and hop aroma and flavor. A nice body and enjoyable beer. Thanks to Nuffield for bringing this to Minnesota for Christmas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Hazen deep ruby brownish color with a soft tannish head about a finger high that sits briefly, lace gets some spots sticking as it goes. Smell is inticing with a nice mingling of dark caramel malts and spicy/herbal hops that has a touch of pineyness to it and woodish notes. Taste is all together bland and characterless, lacks depth, richness, and above all taste. The front is upheld in some light mild maltyness and roasty tones, thin, with metallic notes, the hops come through in the finish which were nice and had some spicy hints and pine but had a watery taste that always seemed to keep getting in the way. Which didn't help the feel at all, very thin and watery. There's nothing warming or "assertively hopped" as it states about it. Its got hops, thats for sure, assertively? Nah...another look in the looking glass series they need to do with this one. Never Summer is never good. Average all the way, borderline boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 26, 2003
malts but mostly hops, slightly acidic in the nose. Dark brown, thin to medium head with cool white bubbles. Lots of malts in the taste but still good balance with hops. Hints of molasses and cream.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2004 The beer departs the 12-ounce brown bottle a deep garnet color with the head modest, creamy in texture and a nice light tan, as it slowly dissolves; the lace forms a tight sheet to conceal the glass. Malt dominated nose, just a hint of spice, fresh, clean and sweet with the start nicely malted and lightly sweet, top was a bit thin for my liking which detracts much, just not enough body,. Finish is well hopped, spicy and pleasing to the palate, very dry aftertaste and a drinkable brew, maybe just a tad above average, if it only had more body?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Has a IPA hoppy aroma. Golden cherry red color. Definite hop bite but it overpowers much of the taste. The spices really don't shine through enough. Minimal malt chracter, still fairly full bodied. Not what I was excpecting in a winter brew. Just an assertive ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11533) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Clear reddish-brown body with small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, coriander, some pine, light caramel. Taste is chocolate and grapefruit/earthy. Watery medium body. Nice flavorful and rather drinkable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Nice reddish-brown body with an off-white, creamy head. Very visually appealing. Aroma is a mixture of spices. The taste was good but nothing impressive. A little sweet but not much. The finish was also a little sweet but not significantly. A decent winter brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dankitydancer (58) - Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2003
nice winter beer,good spices and a head tate nice head and a smooth tate with agod tectrure and a good bite cheers

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