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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (9150) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2009 Deep red and brown. Quite sweet and thick aroma of wood, hops, scotch and spices. Alcohol in the nose as well. Strong and bright up front, then duller but roasty and woody over the tongue. Finally it’s just a bit dry in the finish leaving a cherry fruit and wood flavor coating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2003
Clear amber. Medium,pillowy head. Airy aroma of cascades and spice,with strong malt undertones. Hops are big in aroma and standout. Fizzy mouth. Medium body.Watery texture. Empty up front,with caramel malt following. Lightly metallic lingering in the mouth. Finish is hoppy,with lingering malt. Malts are one sided and not enough hops to balance it out. Luckily though,the spices were measured perfectly. I barely noticed in the taste.Not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Deep crimson hue, and a scarce amount of head. Flavor initally subdued, with a tiny bit of bite to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - NOV 12, 2003
Spicy, hoppy aroma, some candied apple sweetness. Clear, medium reddish-amber color, with a fading head and barest lacing. Citrusy, fruity, sweet and spicy flavor profile, with a hint of butterscotch and the spices really coming on pretty strongly there towards the end, a bit too much in fact. Peppery, hoppy, acidic finish that also has just a hint of roastiness. Body is medium, palate is seemingly fizzy and dry. Fairly average among other winter spice beers. Does seem a little disjointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2761) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2003
Perhaps my least favorite so far of the "Looking Glass" line of beers. Starts with a nice complexity, with aroma that hints of orange-chocolate, caramel, earthy and spicy hops. But the flavors never meld: unbalanced orangey sweetness up front, unbalanced earthy bitterness in the finish. A cinnamon or nutmeg muted spiciness is in there somewhere but doesn't add much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
igneous1 (1533) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 8, 2003
she's a copper/amberish color..slight head at best. aroma is filled with lots of piney hops and lots of spices too and even a little caramel in there as well.. the same in the flavor...except the hops in the flavor taste as human perspiration smells, but as always, in a good way. quite tasty indeed

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2003
Dark copper; very little head. Hoppy dryness. Bold malty characters develop towards the middle. A hint of coconut rises also.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2003
Deep, reddish-brown in color with a big, lasting head and draping lace patterns. Charismatic nose is spicy, with cinnamon and allspice being most evident. Mouthfeel is lightish and easy to quaff, but smooth with a noticeable texture. Malts are roasty, nutty and sweet. Hops are spicy and only slightly bitter, though the bitterness seems to build in the finish. Peppery and dryish. Funny that ecrvich calls it "the little brother of Killer Penguin," as I was thinking the same thing while drinking it. Good stuff; a pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (7373) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2007 2007 bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is clear dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel, malt syrup), lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of clove and orange peel. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation. A bit raw and ordinary, but not bad.

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