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RATINGS: 559   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Boone, 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 (1667) - 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 (1619) - Newport Beach, California, 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 (4887) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (4083) - 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 (2669) - 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.

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