Nutcracker Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Chiefy770:
4.59/5 rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: Light brown body with a nice reddish-orange glow. An off-white fluffy head formed and left a modest amount of lacing throughout.
Smell: A blend of citric and pine hops really stand out... almost thought I was about to sip an IPA. Rich and sweet notes of caramel are also present, making this smell a bit more like its style.
Taste: The pine-rich hops from the nose are front and center on the first sip. The malts follow up almost instantly and even out the taste with sweet and toasty malts. The balance between the malts and hops is near perfection. The bitterness and sweetness are both present and linger around for just the right amount of time in my opinion.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. The carbonation carries the hops nicely but there is a great base on here for the malts to sit on.
Overall: I was very impressed with this offering from Boulevard. My only suggestion is that they turn down the hops just a bit. There are great moments when this beer evens out and is nearly perfect but there are also many occasions when the hops dominate the taste. I would recommend this to any and all beer lovers. Definitely a brew I am looking forward to having next winter.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2013 23:18:55 | More by Chiefy770
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3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured deep amber/copper with lightly tanned, very creamy head. Holds the head well.
Nose: Spicy, slightly piney. Not too overpowering on the hop aroma, but that is almost all you get.
Taste: Medium bodied, well-balanced at the front end. However the hops linger on the tongue after the malt sweetness fades away. Lingers for a while, drying out the mouth slightly.
Overall: A good beer experience. The flavor really changes with the temperature. In my opinion, a bit smoother at lower temps. With higher temps, you get more of the hop/alcohol bite, not necessarily a negative thing.
Serving type: bottle
06-18-2014 17:03:37 | More by nem2006
Nutcracker Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 680 ratings.