Nutcracker Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

Nutcracker AleNutcracker Ale
BA SCORE
58.5%
Liked This Beer
3.73 w/ 897 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
Ranking:
#23,487
Reviews:
349
Ratings:
897
Liked:
525
Avg:
3.73/5
pDev:
11.53%
Alströms:
3.88
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
140
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 897 |  Reviews: 349
Photo of StoneTSR
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: With just a moderately aggressive pour, the head really foamed up. I was unable to get the entire beer into my Boulevard pint glass at first and had to wait a moment, actually a few minutes, for the head to die down enough for it all to fit. Needless to say, head retention was strong. That led to some nice lacing, thick rings around the back of the glass showing the history of this particular beer. Underneath it all is a very attractive amber colored beer with a touch of haze.

SMELL: At first sniff the aroma is fairly intense, with a good dose of spice, a touch of piney hops and some molasses.

TASTE: Malt hits the front of the palate early along with a good dose of spice. Midway through the sip, the hops blend beautifully with the spice and hit the back of the palate with a grassy, spicy citrus taste. The finish is dry with one last little hoppy bite.

MOUTHFEEL: Perfect. Medium bodied, with a solid carbonation. Sweet at the beginning and end with a dry middle, the Nutcracker never goes too far in either direction.

OVERALL: Really well done, hoppy example of a winter warmer; insanely easy to drink, and dangerous at 7.8%.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

16 ounce pint - Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a relatively clear, dark amber-hued body with a slim, light beige head.

Smell: Moderately spicy with a growing pine resin presence. Toasty, crystal malts. Thin hint of fruit. A bit of alcohol.

Taste: Toasted bread, crystal maltiness with an extra sip of thinned treacle. Scantly nutty. Lightly estery. Woodsy, lightly resiny hops with very light citrus slipping in the taste. Medium bitterness, yet it still finishes a bit sweetish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's fine, but, I'd politely pass it up on a second occasion.

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Nutcracker Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 58.5% out of 100 with 897 ratings
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