Boulder Never Summer Ale

Boulder Never Summer Ale

Rated 3.500 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Boulder Beer Company

Boulder, CO, United States

Style:  Spiced Beer

6% Alcohol by Volume

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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.

ID: 9882 Last updated 9 years ago Added to database 16 years ago

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Overall Rank3064
Overall Percentile93.4
Style Rank62 of 1203
Style Percentile94.8
Lowest Score3.1
Highest Score4.2
Average Score3.568
Weighted Score3.500
Standard Deviation0.275

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  • AIRFORCE1 680 reviews
    rated 3.1 8 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Pours a dark golden amber with a nice 3 finger head that takes its time. Aroma is slightly hopped and you can detect some citrus. Taste is an odd one, very grassy with hints of hops, honey, and spices. Minimal carbonation with a little lacing. Sticky after taste. Not bad but would like to try on a fresh pallet.

  • CHOPZ 5242 reviews
    rated 3.6 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Pours a clean amber colour with a big foamy beige head, great retention and decent lacing. Smells like caramel malt, dark fruits, alcohol, with hints of molasses and spices. Smooth mouthfeel with no burn at all. The taste is pretty close to the aromas, with the added hops (which gets better as you drink it). No cinnamon and ginger as I was expecting it, but a little burnt wood in the finish. The caramel is well-balanced with the molasses. Pretty good (and refreshing) at room temperature, even during summer.

  • DOGFOODMAN 373 reviews
    rated 4.0 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A beer of the month club entry for Dec/jan2011. Had this one for breakfast today and glad I did. Nicely fruity with an artfully tasteful helping of full citrus hoppy flavor. Will miss this one when the supply runs out!

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.0 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Growler from Bearden Beer Market: Nice clear copper amber pour with a adequate two-finger creamy head leaving copious amounts of lacing throughout. Decent carbonation. Malty aroma upfront with some caramel, sweet floral, very slight orange, and hint of hops. Taste is lightly sweet, caramel malty, with a slight spicy floral hops end. Very nice and subdued. Thoroughly enjoyable.

  • HONKEYMOFO 1000 reviews
    rated 3.5 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    It pours a shiny brown-red color(dark copper) with thin off-white head and some lace. Fresh aroma of caramel malts, light hops, peanut, lemon/citrus, and mild spices. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich. Flavors of the caramel malts, hops, lemon/lime, some nuttiness, and mild spices. Good stuff!

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.2 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    A bright reddish colored ale. Fairly big frothy tannish head rises above. But disappears quickly leaving a fairly impressive sudsy lacing. The hops (citrus) dominate with a faint background of sweet malt. The body is smooth and moderate to heavy. Carbonation is adequately balanced. The spices are in the taste and they impact the big citrus hops. Not as spicy as I’d expect of the style, but the it is a good beer.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 3.7 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    This was a good winter ale, sort of like Blue Moon's Full Moon Winter Ale, but a little bit smoother. Tried it shortly after sampling Boulder's Hazed and Infused, which seemed a little bit better to me, but a different style. Maybe not one of Boulder's best brews, but nice for a seasonal change of pace. Worth the try, may get again when in season.

  • R.ROUX 395 reviews
    rated 3.6 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Received in a Winter Brews box (?) as a Christmas gift. Pours a dark amber color with a small head with some nice lacing. Citrus and a bit of pine on the nose. Tastes like a somewhat subdued IPA. On the mild side with tangerine, pine and caramel taste. A bit thin, but this is nothing what I expected it to be. A Winter Brew? Spiced Ale? I think not. More like an IPA. Pretty tasty stuff. A pleasant surprise. I would probably seek this out as a spring/summer beer.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    smooth and complex...and pleasantly hoppy, this was my best new find of the 2007 holiday season. missed it this year, but it's worth searching out. Good stuff! Recent years, 2012 included, a little lacking.

  • CHANGEUP45 864 reviews
    rated 3.6 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    I drank this on a warm day. Haha, yeah, it says NEVER Summer on the label but whatever. Deep amber colored with a small head. Aroma is malts, caramel with some honey and a little hops in the background. It's actually a nice aroma. This beer is rich with a pretty full mouthfeel and quite warming. A very nice malt, bitter hop bite balance to the flavor with some caramel and spices mixed in. The beer is quite good and next time I will have it on a cool day and I'm sure it will be just that much better.

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