8:19 PM, Mar 8, 2005
Never Summer Ale
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I decided to stay at the Blind Pig for another beer, as their selection is just second to none in Central Illinois. Careful not to get anything too strong, as I still had a 40-mile drive ahead of me, I spotted the alcohol content on Boulder Brewery's
"Never Summer" Ale. 6%. I also thought of the extremely complementary words for this beer on the part of my friend Dave
, and that was that.
I asked Charlotte to pour me one as soon as she had a moment.
It pours a deep brown color, as with any quality winter beer, promising a delicious fifteen to twenty minutes. Unfortunately, those minutes are up before you notice.
Not eager or ready to be tossed out on my butt just yet, I ordered a Two-hearted ale off their very impressive row of taps.
Ah, Bell's. Is there any time you don't come through when I travel in the Midwest outside Missouri?
(note: the Midwest is composed of Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri)
(out of ten):
Aroma: 7 (Chocolatey, with hints of maltiness)
Flavor: 8 (Had a strange fruity flavor that I can only identify as "inverse bitter," with fruity undertones in its relatively bitter finish)
Body: 8 (Fruit-propelled thickness retreats soundlessly down your throat)
Smoothness: 6 (It goes down easily, but because of its fruity flavor, one is enough)
Price: 7 ($3.50; Not terrible, but still more than I'd expect to pay in Champaign)