Boulder Never Summer Ale

Chilling out on a Sunday morning. About to head to church and then a baptism, so I need to get this week’s Silvio Saturday Sunday post up. Oh, and congrats to Silvio for finally moving into the new house. Silvio…

Boulder Never Summer Ale

After all the house-hunting, mortgage shopping, painting, backyard DIY preparations, and packing, yesterday was the big day: time to move! Of course the movers took three times as long as they estimated, so I finally sat down, exhausted, at 9:30 p.m. after an all-day move. It was too late to write a review, but never too late to drink a review beer and take notes. I promised Josh an early-morning delivery, so here we go – first review in my new house!

Boulder Never Summer Ale

I reviewed Boulder Brewing Company’s Never Summer Ale. This is actually last year’s Winter seasonal from the brewery, but it’s been sitting in my queue for quite some time. It’s billed as an aggressive Winter warmer seasonal brewed with caramel malts, so I was expecting some kind of spicy/sweet mix.

The beer pours a deep ruby red color, almost as dark as root beer, and has a nice two-finger foam head. I smelled the aromatic sweetness almost immediately, but didn’t really smell caramel, just an overall mellow sweet scent.

Boulder Never Summer Ale

Tastewise, this brew is sweet and smooth. It has a clear caramel flavor from the very start, which hangs around from the first sip through the middle of the taste. I got a bit of a metallic aftertaste, just a tinge of iron, but it’s not enough to detract from the really nice caramel malts. As sweet as the Never Summer is, it still tastes very light and there’s none of the heavy stickiness sometimes present in sweet malty beers.

Overall this is a really nice, if simple beer. Not much complexity here, just sweet caramel malts at a low 5.9% ABV. I would have liked something else, like maybe some of spiciness consistent with warmer beers, but I’d still recommend this to any member of LIBA nation.

-Silvio

Boulder Never Summer Ale

Author: Silvio

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