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Nutcracker Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Nutcracker AleNutcracker Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

677 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 677
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 20
Gots: 17 | 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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saheider


4/5  rDev +7.2%

03-01-2012 03:33:29 | More by saheider
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TheCondor

Missouri

4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this brew when I had it around Christmas time. Lo and behold, I’m in this ghetto little liquor store I’ve never been in the other day, and I ask the guy for some Boulevard. He points me in the right direction and says “I gotta get rid of this Nutcracker Ale s*it, or it’ll go bad. I’ll give you half price.” Ok. Did you really have to twist my arm? Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance – Pours an awesome looking dark amber/toffee color with a nice three finger head and excellent lacing for the entirety of the glass. It’s everything I remembered this beer to be.

Smell – The nose on this brew is interesting. At first whiff it kinda smells like a pale ale, but after a few sniffs there is certainly a malty presence and even a subdued spice in the smell. Got a nice pine, citrus hoppiness.

Taste – Malts and spices up front, on target with the winter warmer style. What I really like about it is the citrusy and pine hops at the finish to balance it out. A good combination, not like many other winter warmers I have had. I really enjoy this brew, kinda wish they did it year-round.

Mouthfeel – Light bodied with some decent carbonation to it. Not too bad at all. Finishes with some bitterness that will stay with you a minute.

Overall – Like I said, I really like this beer, and wish they would do it year round and just call it something else. It’s got a decent ABV, tastes good, just presents a taste and style combination that you don’t see every day, which I think is what makes it so fun. I could easily drink a copious amount of this brew while I read a book by the fire in between runs for logs. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 04:02:03 | More by TheCondor
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mechanicalprints

Arkansas

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-21-2012 00:24:07 | More by mechanicalprints
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tdmccarthy

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

02-19-2012 19:36:29 | More by tdmccarthy
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Onioncreek512

Texas

3/5  rDev -19.6%

02-18-2012 03:12:56 | More by Onioncreek512
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kclegends03

Kansas

3/5  rDev -19.6%

02-17-2012 03:13:29 | More by kclegends03
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Cramerican

North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-16-2012 05:49:56 | More by Cramerican
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jwmarcum

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-15-2012 21:22:31 | More by jwmarcum
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alalvarez75

New York

4/5  rDev +7.2%

02-13-2012 00:25:41 | More by alalvarez75
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Ericular

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -19.6%

02-10-2012 04:28:32 | More by Ericular
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thomismydad

Illinois

3/5  rDev -19.6%

02-09-2012 17:20:45 | More by thomismydad
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freduardo

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-09-2012 05:19:11 | More by freduardo
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paxchristi

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-06-2012 01:22:06 | More by paxchristi
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smithmd4

New York

4/5  rDev +7.2%

02-02-2012 06:26:43 | More by smithmd4
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jimdkc

Missouri

4/5  rDev +7.2%

02-02-2012 03:59:52 | More by jimdkc
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beergoot

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Trinity Brewing in Colorado Springs...

The beer was a dark, ruby red with a creamy white head. The scent was of sweet malts with earth and grass notes. Taste was lightly spiced with malt tones and had a soft bitter finish. Mouthfeel hovered between light to medium, kind of velvety overall.

In the end, this came across as a mediocre holiday ale, ultimately fair but non-distinct. It's worth drinking, but not worth too much effort to hunt down.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2012 01:55:01 | More by beergoot
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6demonbag

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-29-2012 02:28:57 | More by 6demonbag
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MichaelBurns

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-25-2012 19:48:56 | More by MichaelBurns
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-24-2012 20:26:50 | More by Whiskeydeez
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -46.4%

01-24-2012 18:24:11 | More by sgttibbs
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substanceD

Missouri

4/5  rDev +7.2%

01-24-2012 04:53:55 | More by substanceD
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Birdlegs

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-24-2012 04:21:20 | More by Birdlegs
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LordBleull

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.2%

01-23-2012 02:56:13 | More by LordBleull
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barbellsNbeers

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

01-21-2012 02:03:24 | More by barbellsNbeers
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Hmhmurphy

Oklahoma

2/5  rDev -46.4%

01-20-2012 08:13:41 | More by Hmhmurphy
Nutcracker Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 677 ratings.