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Tavern Ale - Big Boss Brewing

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Tavern AleTavern Ale

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very good

12 Ratings
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Ratings: 12
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Boss Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: atsprings on 03-16-2007

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Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 8
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Photo of tastybeer
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very appealing looking session-able beer here. Deep warm 'light' mahogany tones. Nice creamy colored top as well, (not that large out of the growler but certainly isn't going anywhere immediately). Lacing is friendly and has nice stick to it also. Aroma is soft, sweet, crisp and unimposing. Tastes very fresh, lightly bitter with an even balance of malts to hops. I could definitely have many of these. This is very easy to drink and holds plenty enough flavor to keep me contained. The hops taste freshly green. Fruity grass, pine, leaves, and some ever so slight citrus.

This has always been one of my favorite Big boss brews, especially as fresh as it is. Its solid and happy. (The Edenton version was very enjoyable too).

Photo of tdm168
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wedge
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed amber under a sturdy off-white head that never fully disappears. Nice lacing. The aroma is a touch of diacetyl, but is otherwise like sweet, toasty caramel malts and bread. Smooth, rich flavors are pretty well balanced, leaning towards the fruity flavors. Some citrus, grape, and tobacco linger after the malts. Smooth, medium body with little carbonation (which seems to suit this well).

Sort of an English/American hybrid. I could do a couple pints of this.

Photo of blackie
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Nice, thick off white head that recedes only partially and leaves heavy lacing. Somewhat clouded rusty brown in color.

smell: Earthy, toasted caramel malts with a moderate green hop aroma.

mouthfeel: Ultra smooth, low carbonation and a medium body.

taste: Delicate, smooth malts and a subtle(ish) hop flavor. Light to moderate bitterness in the finish. Good balance but nothing that stands out.

drinkability: easy enough

Followed this one up with a standard Horniblow's Tavern, and I definately like the cask better. The flavors just seem to be very well blended and balanced.

Photo of Cindirene
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft - Poured a nice dark coppery color - Smell is of sweetish malts with a touch of hops - Taste is dynamite - Extremely well balanced between the up-front bready malts and the finishing bitterness of the hops - Right on - Full-bodied and very tasty - Easy to have more than one despite the 7%

Photo of Amedlin18
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an orange/amber with a decent head that quickly faded but left some decent lacing. The smell is richly malty and grainy with a note of hickory at the end. Taste is quite balanced, and there are some interesting flavors here. The beer is by turns nutty, malty, lightly bitter and fruity. I detect notes of apricot and cantaloupe. Quite good. Good solid body, but not grainy in the mouth. Somewhat unusual, but delicious and drinkable.

Photo of atsprings
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served a nice hazy orange with a great head that was lasting and left great lacing. The aroma was dominated by citrus hops. The taste was well balanced and very complex. The dry hops definitely add a lot to an already great beer. The Beer was very smooth and the alcohol was very well hidden. This was very enjoyable and I hope they choose to do it again for cask night.

Photo of Dave1999
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This drank like a light malty English bitter. I certainly wouldn't call it a pale ale. There are some bitter hops in the finish but this beer is malty.

I was surprised the abv was so high it certainly wasn't noticeable.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint on tap from Horniblow's tavern (how fitting) in Raleigh.

Pours an attractive, copper-orange body with a well-retained, albeit slender head. A piney, hop aroma with a sweet caramel backbone ensues. Notes of cherry and biscuity malts hit the nose as well.

Taste presents a great balance of hops and caramel malts with a touch of bubblegum flavor that Big Boss seems to brew into most of its beers. Hard to pin down, that note is. The mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied, with a crisp finish. Not much flavor on the aftertaste, however. Overall, though, this is a very tasty, intricate brew, and it's easy as hell to put down despite the 7% ABV. Bravo to Big Boss on a ballistic brew.

UPDATED 2/24/2008. The '08 batch isn't nearly as tasty as before. Less heavy on the hops, and it just feels like something's missing.
A-4, S-4, T-4, M-4, D-4

Photo of jak
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutSeth
3/5  rDev -24.1%

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