Sunday, December 27, 2009

Boulder Beer, Never Summer Ale

Never Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Never Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Boulder, Colorado

Winter Warmer
5.94% ABV

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. (

The beer pours a clear dark amber with reddish hues. There was an off white head that diminished fairly quickly. This beer is highly carbonated with lots of tiny bubbles raising up form the bottom of the glass.

Toasted malts and spices on the nose. There is also a noticeable hop presence on the nose as well.

The sweet caramel malt sweetness is quickly replaced in mid sip with bittering hops and high effervescence. The finish is spicy and hoppy with a different finishing hop than what I tasted in mid sip.

All and all this is a very spicy and hoppy brew. I’m not quite digging it. It’s not bad but It’s more of a spicy IPA then a winter warmer or Christmas Beer. For me it is a little too hoppy for a winter warmer. Typically winter warmers are a smoother maltier brew than his  one.

Sorry didn’t really care for this one. It’s a better IPA then a winter warmer and It’s a mediocre IPA at best. It does have a nice spicy flavor but that’s not enough to carry the beer. It’s a mediocre C- for me.

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