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Old 11-13-2012, 03:00 AM   #16261
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Boulevard Nutcracker Ale

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Old 11-13-2012, 03:04 AM   #16262
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Definitely one of my faves, really good beer. SkeezerPleezer has a wicked clone of it in the recipe forums, may actually be a tad better than the real deal. Anyway ya go, it's hard to beat FW brews.


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Old 11-13-2012, 03:08 AM   #16263
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Recently went down to Michigan for an afternoon to take my SWMBO birthday shopping and only had time to jump into a Meijers to grab a couple of beers. Since when did New Belgium begin to sell in quantities that would supply a national grocery chain?

Fat Tire, Ranger, 1554, Snow Day, Trippel, etc. etc. They were all there!

I'm not complaining. I'm drinking enjoying a Fat Tire that I would not otherwise get here in Canada.
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:10 AM   #16264
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Definitely one of my faves, really good beer. SkeezerPleezer has a wicked clone of it in the recipe forums, may actually be a tad better than the real deal. Anyway ya go, it's hard to beat FW brews.
I don't usually follow recipes, but I will check that one out. It might be my next brew.
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:13 AM   #16265
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I haven't seen that one available to me, but I'm real excited to try it. Those guys are amazing.
My parents live in Chicago and I had my mom bring me that one and the Reserve Porter last time they visited. Having out of state parents that visit often comes in handy.
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:21 AM   #16266
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:48 AM   #16267
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Since when did New Belgium begin to sell in quantities that would supply a national grocery chain?

Fat Tire, Ranger, 1554, Snow Day, Trippel, etc. etc. They were all there!
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I've seen New Belgium in plentiful quantities at a lot of Safeway, Albertsons, Kroger, and Fred Meyer stores for years. That was both in WA and in TX. I'm sure they've increased their ability to ship more of a variety to more places- it used to be just mostly Fat Tire, 1554 and maybe Tripel.

It's a pity I'm not more of a fan cause I see them everywhere.
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:50 AM   #16268
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Ok cracked this Wrangler IPA that someone sent me. Never heard of it before. It's...ok. The bitterness level is a bit higher than I'd like in terms of balance, and it has some citrusy hops aroma but it is rather muted compared to many other offerings out there.
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:59 AM   #16269
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Cool bottle though. Shame it's not better.
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:07 AM   #16270
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Hmm well I looked it up on BeerAdvocate and apparently this is a Belgian IPA. That totally makes sense...some of the phenolics that I had originally attributed to some kind of "interesting" hops addition (e.g. Saaz or Sterling) are actually due to the yeast.

I guess I'm still in the "ok" camp, although I really have a hard time judging this particular style as it's not really a favorite of mine. I do like Houblon Chouffe, though. This one is quite bitter...not really in balance with the malt IMO.


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