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RATINGS: 554   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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2.7
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Red/Amber Coloring. White Head. Definitly a bit different for winter ales. Spice. Bitter? Not too bad.

3.6
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Reddish amber hue with a small creamy head and good lace. The aroma has currents, pear, toasted buttery malts, fruity and floral hops, caradmom, anise, and earthy yeast esters. Starts sweet and fruity with a change to some bitterness and spice on the finish. The mouthfeel is lively and fizzy, yet smooth. I very nice brew and fully quaffable.

3.7
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - APR 26, 2004
I like it. Pours amber with a creamy beige head. Has a malty aroma with subdued hops. Flavor is mostly malt with light hops. Nice lacing. A good beer. Thanks Eric.

3.6
Terminus (3686) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 23, 2004
12 oz bottle-pours a very nice garrnet hue with smooth off white head. Aroma of roasty malts, piney hops, wood-similar to Full sail amber. palate is medium and represents the aroma very well. A well built beer from an average brewer.

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hotstuff (5173) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Bottle. This beer formed a small sized ivory head that was slightly frothy with fine-medium sized bubbles that mostly diminished. The body was transparent and uncarbonated with a reddish-brown hue. The nose was hoppy and sweet with a sweet and hoppy taste. The mouthfeel was somewhat smooth and the lacing was fair.

2.9
thedm (6214) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2004
This bottled brew poured a medium sized head of off-white colored mostly lasting fine to medium sized bubbles that left behind a poor lacing. The body was a uncarbonated transparent brown color. The aroma, which could be smelled from a distance, was mildly hopped a spiced. The mouth feel was initially spicy and mildly harsh with a lingering spice/metal/acidic combination finish. The flavor is a combination of spices hops caramel malt and a barnyard like doughy note.

3.5
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.

3.7
TAR (2776) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, 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.

3.4
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.

3.7
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.


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