Nutcracker Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by bogeypro64:
4.08/5 rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass
Creamy eggshell color head settled quickly into a dense film akin to the froth on a cappuccino. Nice amber brown color. Very cloudy from bottle conditioning. Foam clings to glass well all the way down to the last sip.
Smell is of mulling spice and hops- has a very nice "Christmas-ey" aroma (that pine and spice character) Not much sweetness in the initial scent.
Slight bready malt that struggles to break through the hops and spice. Spice flavors are present but not overly pronounced and it is difficult to distinguish exactly what they are. Taste is vaguely akin to mulled cider spice. The finish is hops with a citrus peel and fruit component.
As with a lot of Boulevard ales, I find this one slightly overcarbonated. It tingles on the tongue and I would much prefer a finer and creamier texture for this type of flavor profile and style.
This is not a beer to drink casually. While I would likely drink a second, I would be a while getting to it as it helps to savor this one slowly allowing flavors to develop as the ale warms. Overall, this is a very good beer that does evoke a holiday cheer.
Serving type: bottle
12-30-2010 02:39:31 | More by bogeypro64
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3.93/5 rDev +5.4%
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 677 ratings.