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Nutcracker Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
84
good

684 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 684
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.83%
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

cmwilliq, Jan 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

rozymegs, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of sweemzander
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Best by 02/07/14.

(A)- Pours a hazy bronze colored amber. Some good off-white to tan colored froth. Good retention and lacing.

(S)- A very sweet caramel and honey malt base meets very subtle toasted nuttiness and fig.

(T)- Again, very caramel and honey sweetness with a lightly toasted nuttiness and fig.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A touch sweet, but not very complex.

(O)- A slightly richer and sweeter beer, but nothing that really reminds me of the holiday season.

sweemzander, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of bernat1971
3/5  rDev -19.4%

bernat1971, Jan 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

mattmarka1, Jan 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

ncstateplaya, Jan 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

justinm4bama, Jan 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

krome, Jan 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Skillz, Jan 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Pug, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%

Appearance - a tannish colored head, with a dark amber body.

Smell - It is a piney/hoppy smell, with a bit of malts.

Taste - a hoppy bitterness to it, with some spices; not as sweet as I was expecting it to be.

Mouthfeel - a good bodied beer.

Overall - A pretty decent beer, although it wasn't that sweet.

Captain_Komamura, Jan 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Chirpie, Jan 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

PaulUH, Jan 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

sleuthdog, Jan 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

cdragos, Dec 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

kinmundy77, Dec 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

KevinGordon, Dec 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

ssarah, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of Chiefy770
4.59/5  rDev +23.4%

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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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Punisher, Dec 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Goosehunter75, Dec 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Theogre83, Dec 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

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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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

PaulMc, Dec 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Chucker17, Dec 20, 2013
Nutcracker Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 684 ratings.