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Nutcracker Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
84
good

685 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 685
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 19
Gots: 19 | 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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2/5  rDev -46.4%

sgttibbs, Jan 24, 2012
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2/5  rDev -46.4%

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2/5  rDev -46.4%

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2/5  rDev -46.4%

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2/5  rDev -46.4%

Hmhmurphy, Jan 20, 2012
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2.3/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottle pour into a tall glass

A: Dark amber color, too hazy to see through. Darker where the foam is. Finger-width head dissipates to leave behind some lacing.

S: Smell is malty with some fruitiness to it. Has a bit of an apple scent to it.

T: I seem to detect the piney and fruity tastes above all. Some hops add bitterness, but nothing overwhelming. The tart lingers.

M: Good amount of carbonation, but not so much that it dominates. Medium-bodied, but a thickness does linger to an extent.

D: While not overly heavy, the combination of the feel and the taste go together for a beer that would give me trouble drinking multiple. Not a bad beer, but I have had a number of winter ales that, in my opinion, are superior, particularly for the season. Good try, but not one I'll actively seek out.

ScorpyX, Dec 20, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

rkcrozier, Dec 06, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

schnay90, Jan 18, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

ScaryHarry3, Mar 02, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

barnzy78, Nov 22, 2011
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2.6/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz bottle served in a pint glass (a winter warmer at 5.9%? I'm skeptical) :

A - Pours a deep, orange amber color with a tall 2.5 finger head. Retention is very good and the head is decently creamy.

S - Grassy lemon, caramel, grapefruit, and musky hops. Really pretty muddy, though, I hope the flavors are more defined.

T - Overbearing citrus hops open and stay throughout. There's a buried caramel and toasted malt foundation, but it's hard to find. Even with the low abv, it finishes with an ethanol aftertaste. Uninteresting and uninspired.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet. Meh.

D - It's not bad, but far from anything good, especially when there are many, many better choices in this style.

blakelive784, Dec 07, 2011
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2.65/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

thanks to vancer for the chance to try this offering. appreciate the opportunity.

Pours a dark reddish almost maroon color with a one finger cream colored head. Quite fluffy with nice retention. Sweet malt notes with hints of dark fruit and sweet caramel. Lightish pine and grapefruit hop notes. Biscuity and bready malt profile.

Dark fruits come first. Toasted grains with a nutty characteristic. Bitterness stings the tongue. Leafy and spicy hop notes. Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is a bit too much. grassy hop notes come through as it warms. A bit more pleasant when it's colder. I'd pass again.

bjohnson, Apr 26, 2007
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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Punkyg0608, Dec 21, 2012
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Nutcracker Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 685 ratings.