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High Roller IPA - Big Boss Brewing

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High Roller IPAHigh Roller IPA

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BA SCORE
82
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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Boss Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: blackie on 02-02-2007)
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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to get this beer now in Greensboro.Poured into a nonic a hazed burnt orange with a great one finger tightly formed head that left a broken ring of lace as it settled slowly.A nice mix of grapefruit hop notes and caramel malt in the nose,the hops win out but the malts make for good complexity.Not very bitter on the palate but you do have some sharpness from the grapefruit rind-like hops that are balanced with a bit of tangerine-like hop and slight resiny flavors ,a sweetish caramel base holds up well.A very well made local ipa in my mind,true to hoppy form but with a bit of a change up.

oberon, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of codysjb
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

From a bottle into a pint
A: Orange yellow with a tiny head. Dissipates almost instantly. OK lacing.
S: Lemon, straw, not really any detectable hops.
T: Some mild malt, a little bit of straw... not much.
M: Kinda bland and watered down, lots of carbonation.
O: Not great, just kinda a bland craft beer.

codysjb, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of Funky-Brewster
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Funky-Brewster, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Mantooth, May 30, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

This one is dusky amber-orange and thick in the body, a darker and what's become more the norm for the style. The head is just a shade or two from white, a foamy half-finger that holds up well and leaves good lacing in its wake.
The aroma and flavor are good, and this is a solid IPA that just needs more punch. Grapefruit with some orange rind zest balances caramel malts, with a bit more juicy hops in the taste along with light resinous bitterness.
The mouthfeel is fluffy and pretty creamy in the medium body, and that without sacrificing crispness, but a graininess that builds up keeps it from being as clean as it could be.

Brenden, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of tastybeer
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks straight up copper amber with a good sized white fluffy head. Aroma is nicely malted and fresh with a good healthy amount of juicy pine, citrus, and grassy hops to IPA-afy it. Sweet malt balances the dank hoppy smell well enough to hold up. Taste is dry and hoppy. Plenty of bitter hops and a pleasant amount of aroma and flavor hops. Very piney hops. A yummy resinous coniferous forest comes to mind. A touch of dry grape-peel feel mingled in the bitterness. Easy drinkin.

I'm left with hoppy lips and plenty more growler to go. Not bad at all.

tastybeer, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Griffith, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of twowheelssoar
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

twowheelssoar, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery's tasting room

Pours an orangish amber with a thin lacing of head. Nose is mostly citrus with a faint floral aroma. Taste is of a grapefruit citrus with flowers. There is a nice contradiction in this beer between sweetness and bitterness. This beer has nice carbonation and is lighter bodied, though a little watered down.

tdm168, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of SteveMi
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally tried this during a craft beer festival. Reviewing based on 12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Golden orange in color with a good, long lasting white head.

S - Malty sweet smell with citrus (orange and grapefruit maybe?) pushing through.

T - Hoppy and citrusy as one would expect from the smell. It's hard for me to put my finger on it but it is balanced differently than many of the other IPA's I've tried.

M - Slightly lighter feel than the average IPA. Maybe it's the extra citrus but I feel like it's a little drier as well.

O - A fine choice for an IPA. By taste I would have thought this to be a lower ABV beer. Good in bottle, good at the festival and I can only assume it's better on tap. No complaints.

SteveMi, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of Larrydoherty
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Larrydoherty, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of gr8zehaman
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

gr8zehaman, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Renegawam
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Renegawam, Sunday at 10:26 PM
Photo of SFNC
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

SFNC, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of nimrod979
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. No bottled on date marked.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy orangish-coper. One finger white head with some decent retention and some spotty lacing here and there.

Aroma: Earthy mild floral hops. Reminds me of an English style rather than American. toasty grainy malt.

Taste: Taste backs up the aroma. Definitely feels more like an English IPA. Plenty of dry biscuity malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Lingering grainy and maltiness. Not much as far as bitterness in the finish.

Overall, wasn't entirely impressed with this. it was okay.

nimrod979, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of swills
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%

swills, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

dvmin98, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of KevinGordon
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

KevinGordon, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of cubfanbudman81
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

cubfanbudman81, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of mobrockman
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

mobrockman, May 26, 2014
Photo of buzzy
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

buzzy, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of HipHopinHooligan13
4/5  rDev +11.7%

HipHopinHooligan13, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

BeerBuzzGuy, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of wedge
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this many times, but this is my first bottle experience...

Orange colored liquid with some suspended sediment with a tight bubbled, nice looking head. Mild grass and citrus peel aroma blends with a little caramel sweetness. Oily hops, bitter pine sap, grapefruit rind, and some malt. Nicely bitter and medium bodied.

Much better on tap; I had one last night and it was fruitier and more aromatic. I don't know how old the bottle is (there are dates on the label, but nothing is notched), but that might be a factor. Still, not bad at all and I'll likely revisit this in the bottle sooner or later.

wedge, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of blackie
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the regular Big Boss, dry-hopped in the cask for about a month.

appearance: Poured by Mr. Wynn himself into something like an ~8 oz. tasting glass. The beer is topped with a creamy, tan colored head. After the initial recession, a pretty layer of bubbles persists atop the liquid. Moderate lace is left behind as the glass is emptied. The beer is a hazy, deep amber in color.

smell: Fresh, juicy-green hops as well as some darker, muddled(?) hop aromas blended with moderately sweet caramel grains. Loads of tropical fruits and tempered citrus all over the place. Strong and flavorful, but mellowed and well blended by the cask aging. Big fruits, big hops...I'm diggin' it.

mouthfeel: Light, ultra-smooth carbonation. The body is medium, and seems to bee more full thank usual...presumably from the lowered carbonation. Smooth and creamy all around, as a cask should be.

taste: Very similar in character to the standard Big Boss, only much more mellow and complex. The dry hops seem to manifest themselves in the form of a bigger, juicier hop flavor...though I won't stand by that comment. Great balance of grainy caramel with the bevy of tropical fruits provided by the hops. This one might be a little more malty, or at least taste that way, compared to the standard. Soon after swallowing, all the grain sweetness disappears; and a building, near mouth-puckering bitterness begins to take over.

drinkability: Quite easy to "put back" the two downsized glasses I ordered.

I hope to see more of the same in the future. Maybe a year-round cask? Maybe Coffee Stout on cask? Is anyone even reading this?

blackie, Feb 02, 2007
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High Roller IPA from Big Boss Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.