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Nutcracker Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Nutcracker AleNutcracker Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

792 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 792
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 24
Gots: 81 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-11-2002

Nutcracker Ale is Boulevard’s holiday gift for real beer lovers. This hearty, warming brew is a classic winter ale, deep amber in color, with hints of molasses balanced by the “spiciness” of freshly harvested Chinook hops.

38 IBU
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Ratings: 792 | Reviews: 338 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cody4prez
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aphamer
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

$5.99 six pack, alright.

It looks : quiet, foamy head like an old fashioned root beer float. It's about two fingers tall, beige, and leaves moderate lacing behind. Pretty stable head. Body is a dark blood orange color.

It smells : Cranberries, walnuts, blueberry, peach pit,with a faint orange hop note ghosting it.

It tastes : complex. Pale hop hits first and then it morphs into a blueberry and peach cobbler flavor, ending with nutty walnut, dried cranberry, currant, and orange peel. It is very robust and many flavors are to be had here. It wraps itself up in an orange peel at the end. The pale note does clash with the fruity malt flavors unfortunately, so I will dock the score from a 4 to a 3.75.

It feels : medium bodied, lightly carbonated if a bit prickly, ends slightly dry and creamy.

Overall : I've got 5 more of these and I'm not sorry.

Photo of Mortarforker
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nathanmiller
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of ovaltine
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBrewo
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This was enjoyed at the Crescent Moon Ale House in Omaha, Nebraska on their Tuesday pint night. They have one beer for special, and then give you, to take home, the corresponding glassware. This was that offering on a week in late November of 2014. The beer arrived in a Boulevard Nutcracker Ale pint glass showing a ruddy, burnt chestnut coloring. It held a finger’s worth of a creme brûlée colored head, holding onto some nice retention. Wet blobs of lacing were left dripping down the glass. A haze cut clarity, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be moderately active. The aroma gave a wintry blend of soured booziness, toasted amber and caramel maltiness, cleanly citric and herbal hop overtones, cranberry fruity sours, chestnut shells, fruit roll up sugary fruitiness, clam sauce, light buttery diacetyls, soy sauce, and nail polish remover. The flavoring to complement gave, upfront, a robust showing of freshly plucked nectary and floral hop sweetness, massive biscuity pale and amber malt graininess, molasses twinge and spice without that dark dankness, cherry oils, and phenolic clove spiciness. The end and after took a deeper turn, churning up mineral earthiness, more citric hop oiliness, dried pine cones and potpourri, old and moldy red and amber maltiness, soured yeasty breadiness, and heavy tannic twinge. The body was medium, but thick around the edges, and carbonation felt to be only mildly active. The mouth was crisply coated and warmed, with tannic dryness for days amongst the curious fruity pucker from the cranberry inclusion. The abv was appropriate, and the beer disappeared like any $2.00 pint night special would.

Overall, this was a nicely spiced winter warmer. The flavoring is savory enough to keep you coming back for more, and the spice is certainly there, but the wonderfully decreased pint night special pricing also helped quite a bit. The beer went well with our jalapeño burger and chicken Caesar wrap, respectively, helping to quell any spice or savoriness from the meal. Really, rather standard, but flavorful, aromatic, and hearty enough for season.

Photo of jordanian2
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of snarygare
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ristaccia
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joe_hurd
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LennyBound
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

First offering from Boulevard that I haven't liked. Way to hoppy of a winter warmer for my tastes.

Photo of buschbeer
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 fl.oz. bottle
Served in a pint glass

L - It is copper in color with tiny bits of suspended yeast. A normal pour yields several inches of tan head.

S - I get a nice citrus aroma. Spiced orange tea comes to mind. I little bit of caramel malt rounds it out.

T - It tastes like a pale ale. I get a solid caramel malt backbone with generous amounts of citrus from the dry hopping. It leaves a fruity aftertaste.

F - Medium

O - It is not a bad beer. It is a nice change of pace from a little of the heavily spiced winter warmers. It is nothing to trade a kidney for, but I would be happy to have it each winter.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber to brown in color with a lot of suspended minuscule sediment within the body gives it a murky complexion. A half inch of tightly knit beige head is present. I smell light malt and perhaps hazlenut. The flavor is more of a nutty fare with gentle citrus dry hopping. The body is fairly smooth and dry.

Photo of EdFed
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Scott17taylor
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Washuffizi98
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beejay
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boone757
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chris_beesley1010
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of strandm
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BuddyZ
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Nutcracker Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 792 ratings.