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Nutcracker Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
84
good

680 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 680
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 20
Gots: 18 | 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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kclonin

Illinois

5/5  rDev +34.4%

07-15-2012 15:17:58 | More by kclonin
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kckclassic

Kansas

5/5  rDev +34.4%

11-18-2011 15:28:39 | More by kckclassic
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goates

Kansas

5/5  rDev +34.4%

12-10-2011 00:45:15 | More by goates
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SavvyStudent

Texas

5/5  rDev +34.4%

10-29-2012 19:14:57 | More by SavvyStudent
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ashleylake

Florida

5/5  rDev +34.4%

12-03-2011 13:53:21 | More by ashleylake
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CU570M

Washington

4.85/5  rDev +30.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 16:01:30 | More by CU570M
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rtrasr

Arkansas

4.85/5  rDev +30.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 02:42:56 | More by rtrasr
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cschneid138

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

12-26-2012 02:22:37 | More by cschneid138
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ssjkyle

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

07-14-2012 03:46:11 | More by ssjkyle
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haggadah

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +27.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 04:33:57 | More by haggadah
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 03:24:07 | More by jmbranum
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Chiefy770

Illinois

4.59/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 23:18:55 | More by Chiefy770
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Sgbrown78

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +21%

11-07-2013 01:26:48 | More by Sgbrown78
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csgarcie


4.5/5  rDev +21%

09-25-2012 03:23:42 | More by csgarcie
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jharris0624

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +21%

11-13-2012 07:07:19 | More by jharris0624
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lesslikemath

Arkansas

4.5/5  rDev +21%

03-18-2013 22:48:48 | More by lesslikemath
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Rosiex7

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +21%

05-28-2014 17:53:35 | More by Rosiex7
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KimbarkBrewCrew

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +21%

05-12-2012 00:08:19 | More by KimbarkBrewCrew
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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +21%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +21%

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Herky21

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +21%

11-19-2011 04:47:44 | More by Herky21
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JonathanL


4.5/5  rDev +21%

12-02-2012 15:40:09 | More by JonathanL
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DMB

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +21%

12-29-2012 19:22:07 | More by DMB
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MarshallMan

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +21%

01-10-2012 22:12:14 | More by MarshallMan
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears cloudy nearly opaque amber almost marron hued nice sized caramel tan head leaves fine lacing. Aroma contains a great hop profile christmas tree esque piney character nice doughy malt not overly sweet thank god no holiday spices to kill it finishes a bit citrusy sort of celebration like but unique and it's own. Taste is one great hoppy winter warmer once again thanking the beer gods that some brewers leaves out holiday spices and substitue semi sweet caramel malt profiles with yeasty bread chacter blended with a wallop of pine cone and citrus flavored hops, nicely done. Mouthfeel is medium bodied texture is silky smooth of course carbonation is perfect why mess it up now. Drinkability effortless b/c it's so good yet challenging due to the flavors that one could without a doubt crave.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2006 21:50:49 | More by WVbeergeek
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Nutcracker Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 680 ratings.