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RATINGS: 558   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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3.3
Travlr (24799) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Draft. Amber color, off white head. Aroma of caramel and light spice. Taste is straightforward malt, some bread dough and biscuit. Not bad.

2.2
Oakes (17680) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2006
Bright copper colour. Toasty, with slight graham cracker malts and full sugary sweetness. Standard amber ale taste...caramel, light wood, vague bread and dull Willamette hops. Uneventful.

2.8
TBone (17535) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2013
[email protected] Deep clear amber color, creamy off-white head. Light bodied, watery palate. Ryeish sweet maltyness, grass and spices. Not summery!

3.5
bhensonb (15195) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 6, 2007
Bottle from John’s Market. Darker malt aromas packed by some resiny hop. Reddish amber color with a beige head that froths and laces. At least medium bodied. Lightly carbonated. Turns creamy as the foam departs. It has Xmas spice flavors, malty sweetness, some background bitter. The bitter stays to the finish, but I can’t characterize it, as the malt and spice stay around. It is really good, and not so sticky as many winter ales.

2.7
Ratman197 (14838) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2006
Bottle poured a clear copper brown with a small diminishing amber head. Aromas of roasted malt spices, cocoa and a bit of fruitiness. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of roaszted malt, toffee, a hint of cocoa and light spices with a crisp lingering finish.

3
DSG (14784) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 27, 2011
Bottle. Beer of the month club. Clear deep amber color with a medium beige head. Aroma of piney hops, some flowers, malt, caramel, cookie notes, and light fruitiness. Flavor starts with some chewy caramelly malt sweetness with light spicy notes in the background, and continues to a bitter hoppy finish, slightly resiny, with some pine and citrus notes. Medium-bodied. Not too bad but doesn’t really feel like a spiced beer or a winter warmer.

3.7
Tmoney99 (14490) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Bottle. Clear dark amber with a large light brown head. Well balanced malt and hop aroma. Medium body. Medium bitter and light sweet flavor with a small bitter finish of average duration.

3.6
argo0 (14127) - 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.

3.6
Lubiere (13911) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2006
Dark reddish hazy brown with a thin light moka head. Aroma of good c-hops, and fruity esters, with predominant prunes and vinoues notes. In mouth, not too sweet, light nutty malt, with a good dose of c-hops. Now, would the secret spices be coriander and cinnamon? Nice!

3.4
Drake (13738) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2008
12 ounce bottle. Cannot recall from where, but it would be somewhere in Charlottesville or Richmond, VA. Pours a clear and dark ruby color with a tiny head and decent lacing. Nutty and hoppy aroma with some caramel notes. Very bitter taste with some odd but not off flavors going on. Caramel, grain and something that is almost like a savory green apple jolly rancher. Strong hop presence. Medium bodied. Interesting and quite nice.


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