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Nutcracker Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Nutcracker AleNutcracker Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

659 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 659
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%


Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-11-2002)
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A moderate pour of this beer produces a huge burnt cream head that takes up almost half of my pint glass. It is hard to tame and retains a good 1 1/2 inch layer all the wat yo the end. Hiding beneath this beastly head is a cloudy, true amber colored beer. There is a never-ending supply of lightning-fast little bubbles racing to the surface to feed the head and they never seem to exhaust thier supply of carbonation.

The nose is sugar, old hops, spicy hops, and honey. This is a very sugary but spicy brew with a subtle medley of spices (notably cinnamon), orange, brown sugar, and spicy/ herbal hops.

The mouthfeel is mid-wieght and amazingly creamy. Despite all the apparent carbonation, it doesn't really come through in the mouthfeel somehow. Another curious quality of this beer seem to concerns drinkability. It seemed like every sip I took of this beer just made me thirstier. Not like "wow that was good I want more" thirsty so much as "bring me some damn water" thirsty. Does this make a beer "drinkable" I don't know.

That aside, this was a really interesting beer anda great approach to the winter warmer. It is complex, warming, and festive without being heavy, thick, slick, or overwhelmingly boozy. Not what I'd call "balanced" but very enjoyable none the less.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2006 22:31:43 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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Nutcracker Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 659 ratings.