Nutcracker Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
85
very good
896 Ratings
Nutcracker AleNutcracker Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-11-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
896
Reviews:
349
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.64%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
139
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 896 |  Reviews: 349
Photo of Suds
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer is light brown, hazy (murky), with a small off-white head. Nice lace. The aroma is a little malty, with some nutty and vanilla scents. The taste is moderately sweet, with a very malty balance. Full in body and quite warming. It's a great winter warmer.

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Photo of djrn2
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jelitikasez
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lovely orange peel tones, nicely spicy without being gimmicky. Pretty deep warm Amber. I like this the best of my limited experience with boulevard.

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Photo of CreekyJarls
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbcb
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of prototypic
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JustinSparks
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of schoolboy
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very nice surprise from Boulevard - a quality, unique holiday brew at popular prices.

It's pretty in the glass. Brown, with stuff suspended. A fine head continues throughout. The aroma is a yeast funky, slightly hopped smell. Very nice.

The taste is yeast dominated. It's somewhat dry and slightly Belgian tasting. It does not have that spice taste nor much sweetness. A very interesting and unique taste.

Ah, it tastes slightly boozy too, and that lingers. Quite a great holiday brew.

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Photo of chloelundquist
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of buckyp
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjohns73
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mkanne3616
4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lukass
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of torwart68
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BPMeyer27
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IckyT2012
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cih26d
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simple but really solid winter brew. Doesn't have the spices or fruit sometimes seen in holiday beers. Nice Amber with subtle hops and good finish. Enjoy

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Photo of Skillet
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 2/16/16.

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, pine needle, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice flavors, but the aromas on this one work together slightly better to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of sd123
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Briken
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twonder23
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nutcracker Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.78 out of 5 based on 896 ratings.
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