Beer #3 of the winter seasonal mix-pack. This one actually is a winter seasonal. I open this bottle knowing nothing of the beer, assuming that it is a winter warmer style beer. Then again, boulder puts out some unique beers, so I never really know what to expect Boulder give’s the following description:
NEVER SUMMER ALE
Never Summer Ale is our “aggressive” winter seasonal. Deep ruby red in color, assertively hopped and brewed with dark caramel malt. For the drinking town with a skiing problem.
GOLD MEDAL WINNER, STRONG ALE, 2004 WORLD BEER CUP.
Grains: Britich Dark Caramel Malt, U.S. 2-Row Barley
Hops: Nugget, Willamette, Cascade and Top-Secret Brewmaster’s Spice
Original Gravity: 15.2
Alcohol By Volume: 5.94%
A- Clear amber color, with a thin tan head.
S- Caramel malt followed by a sweet hop aroma.
T- Caramel and dark or roasted malt flavor hits first, then followed by the sweet hop flavor, accompanied with a kick of bitterness.
M- very smooth, medium carbonation, medium thickness- right down the middle of the road in terms of body/carbonation.
D- I could throw these back all day like a darker EPA. Slight bitterness with out lots of floral hops. Nothing very outstanding in the beer’s character, but nothing to disagree with, very well balanced. It reminds me of Summit’s Winter Ale, but with less spice and not quite as dry.