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Nutcracker Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Nutcracker AleNutcracker Ale

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692 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 692
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 19
Gots: 22 | 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:
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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5/5  rDev +34%

kclonin, Jul 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +34%

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4.85/5  rDev +30%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a red brown color. Kind of like tea. There was no head. The smell on this one was rich and fruity. One of the most fragrant, aromic beers i have ever smelled. The taste is much the same with fruity tones. I really can't describe it. I guess kind of like starfruit. This beer has some woody notes as well. Mouthfeel was dry and enjoyable. Drinkability on this one is very high for me. WHAT A GREAT GREAT BEER!

CU570M, Jan 23, 2007
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4.85/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A perfect winter warmer. Starts rather caramel like with hints sorghum syrup, then the spiciness of the hops kick in. I wonder if this beer is the closet thing we produce that is closest to a true Burton Ale, someone needs to ask the Zythophyle. I love this beer by an open fire.

rtrasr, Jul 10, 2013
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4.8/5  rDev +28.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Made w Chinook hops, Nutcracker is a seasonal beer that I look forward to every year. The Chinook hop was developed as recently as 1985. It has a spicy flavor--definitely tasting of grapefruit and pine. About as close as I'll ever get to a spruce beer.

haggadah, Dec 22, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The numerical scores above are from the most recent tasting.

Review of 12-13-2012:

Poured from a bottle in a pint glass. Nice super-smooth/creamy head that leaves lots of lace on the glass.

Excellent hop-laden aroma. Flavor is complex and spicier than I remembered it being. Lots of herbal hops, some raisins, brown sugar, malty grain. Very hoppy but more of a floral tone than a bitter tone. Starts dry but moves towards a little bit of sweetness and finishes again on the dry side of things.

Medium to full mouthfeel. Slightly creamy.

Overall, this beer is a new favorite Christmas beer.

Preview review: 2-25-2008
AP 4.5, AR 5.0, F 4.5, MF 4.0, OA 4.5
a great christmas beer.

poured from a bottle into mason jar.

very fresh tasting with glorious hop aroma. good balance with rich malty wheat breadnotes. just a bit of spices, but I would prefer a bit more spices.

2007 edition. this is much better than I remembered.

jmbranum, Feb 25, 2008
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4.59/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Edition.

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.

Chiefy770, Dec 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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Nutcracker Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 692 ratings.