Saturday, December 20, 2008
Never Summer Ale, Boulder Beer Company, Boulder Colorado
Our next beer comes from somewhere that definitely knows something about winter. The Boulder Beer Company is advertised as Colorado's first brewery. They have an assortment of beers with a decent amount of distribution around the US.
The Never Summer Ale pours a deep red with a thin tight head.
The aroma is earthy hop and mildly sweet.
The taste is bright hop, fairly aggressive from the get-go, but the bitterness is balanced out in the body by the malt. It mellows to a soft malty and very subtle finish. It is a little creamy and very smooth. There is a slight sweetness with the malt in the finish. The hop mellows over drinking and the beer becomes a subtle winter warmer that is easy to drink and very easy to pair.
The aftertaste is mildly bitter with mild malt. The palate resets quickly.
This is an easy party beer - a little something for everyone in it's hop and malt. Not too extreme, so it is a safe bet -
From their website:
Bitish Dark Caramel Malt & U.S. 2-row Barley. The hops are: Nugget, Willamette, Cascade and "Top-Secret Brewmater's Spice"