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Nutcracker Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
84
good

682 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 682
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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sweemzander

Illinois

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.

01-19-2014 21:23:18 | More by sweemzander
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bernat1971

Washington

3/5  rDev -19.4%

01-17-2014 16:33:59 | More by bernat1971
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

01-13-2014 20:24:59 | More by mattmarka1
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -19.4%

01-11-2014 13:23:09 | More by ncstateplaya
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justinm4bama

Alabama

4/5  rDev +7.5%

01-10-2014 02:28:09 | More by justinm4bama
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krome

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

01-09-2014 02:25:23 | More by krome
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Skillz

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

01-07-2014 05:00:56 | More by Skillz
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Pug

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

01-06-2014 21:31:57 | More by Pug
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Captain_Komamura

Illinois

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.

01-06-2014 05:42:37 | More by Captain_Komamura
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Chirpie

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

01-05-2014 18:21:11 | More by Chirpie
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PaulUH

Texas

3/5  rDev -19.4%

01-03-2014 16:31:32 | More by PaulUH
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sleuthdog

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

01-02-2014 04:07:55 | More by sleuthdog
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cdragos

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

12-30-2013 00:33:03 | More by cdragos
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kinmundy77

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

12-29-2013 22:58:19 | More by kinmundy77
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

12-29-2013 16:59:27 | More by KevinGordon
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ssarah

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

12-29-2013 04:40:06 | More by ssarah
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Chiefy770

Illinois

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.

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

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

12-26-2013 04:50:32 | More by Punisher
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Goosehunter75

Missouri

4/5  rDev +7.5%

12-25-2013 19:26:59 | More by Goosehunter75
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Theogre83

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

12-25-2013 18:09:04 | More by Theogre83
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haggadah

Missouri

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.

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

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

12-21-2013 07:01:45 | More by PaulMc
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Chucker17

South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

12-20-2013 04:57:12 | More by Chucker17
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a0lbudman

Alabama

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

A-dark amber in color with a large off white head that fades slowly
S-at first smell it was a piney hops with a touch of spice and molasses
T-spicy hop and malt with a molasses flavor that goes to a warming hop bitterness that sweetens as the finish comes around
M- light body and high carbonation
O- one of the likable winter warmers. Looking forward to next years

12-19-2013 00:39:47 | More by a0lbudman
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Canti4341

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

12-17-2013 22:15:50 | More by Canti4341
Nutcracker Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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