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High Roller IPA - Big Boss Brewing

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High Roller IPAHigh Roller IPA

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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | 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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oberon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 21:33:07 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clear looking golden color, The head was white and had a pretty good retention and lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has some light hoppy aromas but nothing too dominant. The malts come through more on the nose. The taste of the beer is malty upfront with a decent transition to the bitter finish. The hops do leave behind a nice subtle lingering flavor in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is drinkable, nicely carbonated and medium bodied. Overall it's a pretty standard IPA, I've had better and I've had worse.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 20:06:29 | More by Knapp85
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oline73

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a slightly cloudy amber color with close to a finger of fluffy white head. There is some good retention and very nice lacing.

Smell: Very mild overall. There is a hint of malt with some citrus peel hops.

Taste: A nice balance of malt and hops. A touch of sweetness with some citrus peel hop bitterness. I'm also getting some sweet citrus fruit, maybe apricot.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light and fluffy carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer, the balance and the contrast between the bitterness and the sweet citrus notes were very nice. I would have another.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 00:04:00 | More by oline73
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured amber with a decent head. Nice but nothing special. The smell has a light grassiness with some floral hop smells on the finish. Somewhat light but quite pleasant. The taste is quite balanced. A firm malt foundation supports some grassy, citrusy hops. A little grainy and could have some more bitterness or juiciness for my liking, but solid. Mouthfeel is substantial, but features more graininess as well. Solid regional ipa, but not a lot to distinguish it from its bretheren.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2007 14:31:48 | More by Georgiabeer
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

06-10-2012 14:20:55 | More by DrunkinYogi
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2011 11:51:50 | More by tdm168
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

06-03-2012 17:30:46 | More by PEIhop
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle opened on 5.8.12.

A - Pours a golden, clear orange with a one finger yellowish head that slowly fades.

S - Very malty, carmel and sweet.

T - Sweet malts and carmel with a hoppy orange finish.

D - Good carbonation and a lighter body.

O - Sweet and oranges and carmel. A bit on the sweet malty side for me. I like my hop bombs.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 04:51:11 | More by HuskyinPDX
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blackie

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
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?

Serving type: cask

02-02-2007 00:23:56 | More by blackie
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with OldGrowth (thanks!).

Poured a medium and slightly hazy amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, pine, and a little on the fruity side. Tastes of citrus, bready, caramel, and light pine. Semi-sweet with a lighter bitter finish.

Notes from 10/25/06

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 16:25:48 | More by hopdog
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -16.4%

03-18-2014 21:19:51 | More by Axnjxn
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-25-2013 04:25:40 | More by KevinGordon
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buckyp

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

03-12-2013 23:07:47 | More by buckyp
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the brewery's Tavern served in a standard pint glass a nice hazy orange with a nice frothy khaki head. Aroma is a nice amount Earthy citrus hops in front of sweet caramel malts. The taste is a wonderful amount of fresh citrus hops with a nice sweet malt balance. The beer is on the light side of medium with just a hint of carbonation and slight dryness. This is a very tasty cask beer, one I will try to rarely miss when it's available.

Serving type: cask

06-24-2010 21:48:05 | More by atsprings
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wedge

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 23:04:00 | More by wedge
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Falcone

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

05-27-2012 22:10:32 | More by Falcone
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3/5  rDev -16.4%

10-05-2012 21:41:47 | More by 2dogbrew
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lupercmda

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

07-17-2013 02:07:57 | More by lupercmda
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Amalak

New York

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-20-2012 21:54:38 | More by Amalak
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jak

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-11-2011 17:20:25 | More by jak
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -16.4%

11-04-2013 17:29:20 | More by ncstateplaya
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

06-29-2014 14:51:48 | More by UltimateLivewire
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Lantern


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

02-20-2013 20:36:56 | More by Lantern
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daliandragon

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Back in the day these guys were called the Edenton Brewery and they made good beer, especially IPAs and pale ales. Then, about five years ago they closed up shop for a year plus and returned as Big Boss. This is the first IPA from Big Boss that's been put in a bottle.

Murky medium brown with a thin cap of head and minute lace. Nose is salty, spicy citrus hops and a touch of underlying malt.

This is full of flavor, particularly of the pine and grapefruit variety. Some malt earthiness and bread but the hops are in charge. Light alcohol tinge at the finish, but it's actually pleasant. Tight, oily texture that really helps draw out the aftertaste, which is a nice touch.

This one has grown on me and I expect it to be among my most commonly chosen local IPAs over the next few years, along with Aviator HogWild.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 00:39:54 | More by daliandragon
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MacQ32

South Carolina

3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an orange copper color with a finger of light tan/orangish tinted head, fantastic lacing, ok retention.

S - Decent bit of sweet caramel malts, ripe resinous grapefruit, lemon and orange.

T - Hoppy and citrusy but not overly bitter, not resinous. Nice thick malty backbone balances this out well. Really nice mix of maltyness and bitter hops.

M - medium bodied, especially for an ipa. Thick and super smooth. Moderate carbonation, interesting mouthfeel.

O - Pretty enjoyable, not what im looking for in an IPA with the maltyness and thick creamy mouthfeel but solid if I didnt have style expectations.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 23:32:26 | More by MacQ32
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High Roller IPA from Big Boss Brewing
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