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Angry Angel Kolsch - Big Boss Brewing

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BA SCORE
80
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139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: cvstrickland on 06-13-2008

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Ratings: 139 | Reviews: 67
Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Darker than expected, this beer is a hazy dark yellow. The white head isn't large but is sustained by the champagne-like effervescent activity and holds up creamy and firm. Lace that's just as creamy sticks well to the glass.
It's fairly dry, certainly biscuity and almost crackery in the malts, but could have a bit more dryness. Pale, juicy and zesty fruits abound, along with underlying must that's not quite vinous and a gentle peppery bite.
Hops adds a bit of leafy dryness and a musty earthiness. Sweetness is kept in check and the hops add more balance than the nose has, but it never goes dry enough.
The body is in the medium range, creamy with some heft. Spiciness bite gently, crispness is firm, and the body lightens nicely as it goes.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, crystal clear, straw coloring with a frothy, foamy, tall, white head. Aromas of toasted grain and very subtle bitterness. Light nose. Flavors are toasted forward, with a bitter and slightly resinous hops character. Light, slightly effervesced body with a crisp, clean finish. The aftertaste is toasted, slightly buttered, and hoppy.

Photo of PrinceofPastures
4.09/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I moved to North Carolina, I must admit that I was disappointed by the first few local beers I tried. So I owe Big Boss Brewing a big boss thanks for restoring my faith in NC brews, and it's largely because of this beer. I thought their Bad Penny was average for a brown ale (not particularly fond of the style though, to be fair), but this Kolsch just hits the spot on a warm summer evening, or perhaps simply paired with a gourmet sandwich at lunch.

The beer itself was light and welcoming, like any cold-fermented and processed brew should be, and was the color of a cloudless horizon just 15 minutes after sunset - a feather-light orange, but with lots of life. Big Boss claimed "bisquit malt flavors" and "floral hop notes", citing an intentionally dry finish, and I'd say they met their assertions with vigor. The Angry Angel is indeed angry, as she'll twist your palate a hair more than your average Kolsch (though we both know there's no such thing as an average Kolsch), but you'll love her for it.

Big Boss created a new favorite summer beer of mine, and they'll certainly be receiving my regular business. On that note, the race begins to try all of their seasonals!

Photo of Axnjxn
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at Sam's in Durham.

Pours a golden color with a light head. Very light, almost nonexistent aroma of malts. taste isn't much better, drinkable but nothing at all to write home about. very dry and very "light" taste. not much flavor to speak of. it goes down easy enough though.

Overall would not have this again. it's not impressive in any way. Maybe better for non craft beer drinkers to introduce them to something other than Bud Light.

Photo of jrstamp
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Golden, clear, light carbonation.

S: Very estery, fruity banana, kinda over the top. Good hop / malt balance. Get some English hop character.

T: Tastes more like an English Bitter, but a little too estery for that. Really feel like this is fermented with an English ale yeast.

M: Low to medium moulthfeel. Fairly dry

O: Would not give this high marks as a Kolsh. Malt and hops would be good for a bitter, but even still would be a little estery.

Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some breadiness. Taste is crisp, hops, floral notes, some malts, bitter at the finish, refreshing. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Photo of RWLawman
2.76/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Goldenrod, with almost non-existent head.

S- Smells of white grape, citrus, and grain.

T - Grape, apple, citrus, bitter fruit. Light grain profile. Dry aftertaste.

M - Moderate, to maybe a little watery.

O - Not my favorite beer by any stretch. Not repulsive, but definitely not even close to something I'd look for again in the future. Maybe it's the style, being more of a fan of malty, dark beers. However, I do enjoy a good pale ale from time to time. This Kolsch was a no-go for me.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with brighter yellow highlights and some moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a small thin patch of larger bubbles, a very thin film covering about three quarters of the surface, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts with a slight hint of graininess and light fruits (white grape and apple).

T: Upfront there is a moderate amount of biscuit malts with a light amount of sweetness with a faint hint of honey. Light amounts of grassy hops that contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades rather quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing, a nice flavorful kolsch though perhaps a little lacking in hop presence. I could definitely have a couple of these in a session.

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a crystal clear pale straw color. A fingers worth of pearly white foam quickly dissipates to a ring around the rim. Leaves a bit of spotty lacing along the glass.

S - bright and concentrated aroma. White grapes at the forefront. Some floral notes and hints of stalky plants. Whisps of white flour crackers.

T - dry on the tip of the tongue. Lots of white grape flavor and some green apples with a hint of acidity which sways between grapey and lemony. Herbal character in the center giving an extra but of depth. Quick and crisp finish.

M - light bodied with a slightly watery texture. Medium carbonation keeps it surprisingly crisp.

O - i love a good kolsch. thought it is on the cooler side this it still hits the spot. Just awesome overall.

Photo of JayQue
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as part of a "make your own six-pack" at the Bayou Smokehouse store in Banner Eagle NC. Not bad for a Kolsch. Poured into a pint glass...a hazy dull gold color. Small white head with average retention and some lacing.

Smell is mild...grassy hops and a little bready malt.

Taste is pretty good. Aside from the basic lager flavors - mild maltiness and hops, there is a little lemon zest and funkiness going on....kind of like a Saison-very-Lite" that adds a bit of complexity to the beer. Goes beyond "at least it is better than Bud" as far as flavors go.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Just right for a summer refreshment, session beer/lawnmower beer. The amount of bitterness is just right for the style and the extra flavors give it a nice boost.

Overall one of the better Kolsch beers I have tried.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.09/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, rather wan straw yellow with a typical and not persistent white head. Malty aroma is more hopeful, though, with hints of apple, butterscotch and hops. Flavor is malty with subtle fruity and hoppy notes, nothing special. Texture has below average body and average fizz. Guess this isn’t Big Boss’ best, or maybe my bottle came from a bum batch.

Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated July 2011 (production date).

pours a hazy yellow straw color with a small, fragile white head. Some sediment was left on the bottom of the bottle; a portion of this was added mid-tasting.

The aroma is faint but pleasant, featuring pale malt with a hint of floral hops. ... yes, there is more than a trace of hops here, leaving a reported IBU of 20. The flavor largely follows the aroma. However, this is very mildly bitter although it smells a bit sweet. Also, a lightly baked biscuit flavor and a hint of citrus come out in the taste.

M - light bodied; semi-dry finish

O - as expected for style, this is not very flavorful or aromatic. This Kolsch is well-balanced and easily recommended if you like this style. It is refreshing and thirst quenching.

Photo of Luigi
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow with a great two finger head. Head retention stays until the last drop.

The aroma is full spicy hop yet still has a hint of sweet malt. Great balance!

The flavor is clean yet you get a taste of spicy hops, a little pine like in the finish. The hops are balanced out with a clean grain like and sweet malt bread flavor. Now, these flavors are not over done, they are just great for the style.

Light in body with a mild carbonation. Very easy to drink!

Over all the brewery did justice to this style of German ale and during the hotter months I feel this ale will be a regular in my fridge.

Photo of ccrida
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark gold with a big bubbled, small white head that quickly dissipates, leaving very light lace.

Smell is light, sweet, a hint of herbal hops.

Taste has a light, fruity ester, some hop bitterness on the finish, a hint of tobacco leaf. A little generic though.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp.

Drinkability is pretty high, a light session ale, on the sweet side, just nothing interesting.

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color with a white head.

S: Citrus and floral hops to begin with. Some bready malts and a hint of grass follows. Light lemon peel notes and a little bit of straw. Just a little bit yeasty and fairly crisp.

T: Starts off somewhat sweet and malty with some nice bread flavor. Despite their prominence on the aroma, there is only a light citrus hop note. A touch of straw, mild grass, and a soft bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Usually random kolsches are not beers I expect to be any good, but this was pretty decent.

Photo of tdm168
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery's tasting room.

Pours a clear gold with no head. Smells faintly of straw. Taste wheat/straw with very light bitterness. The flavors are so light as to almost call it nondescript. Little carbonation and light bodied.

Too thin and light. There are better Kolsch-style beers out there.

Photo of smakawhat
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pilsner glass as a slender makeshift stange.

A pale lemon yellow body clear as all get out with constant rising carbonation. Very good retention foamy cap of white and even some sticky clumps on the glass.

Smell is predominantly baked bread, as buttered on with sweetness from a bakery, maybe even like a white cocoa. Interesting.

Taste is really weird, but with a big toasted bread sense on the finish. Palate is just dry DRY and grain, extremely medicine bitter, with grassy sense and not tasting hop bitter. Light bodied almost wet but dry palate scorching extremely dry in feel.

Kind of a strange one, seems like it would have been alright but this is pretty strange tasting Kolsch. I'll pass.

Photo of jgalbjr
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice nose, starts out easy drinking. Something on the back end though...a sourness that is not proper for this type of beer. Instead of crisp fruitiness, I get crisp lemon. I like Kolsch ales, but this one doesn't quite do it for me. I think the ABV is a bit low also, doesn't quite carry the beer on the finish.

Tasted on 2 different occasions from an establishment that goes through alot of beer, including this one.

Photo of mactrail
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pleasant pale spritzy beer.

Big foam up but retains a lot of head. Quite carbonated on the tongue. Almost not beer colored. Chill haze. Hoppy initial taste, extremely light bodied. Bitterness fades but leaves a faint dishwatery taste. Rather tart.

When there is not a lot of flavor to deal with, it ought to be more pleasing. I would not want a big schooner of this. I wish it had an interesting aftertaste, at least.

Photo of raszputini
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle to a pils glass. Pours a very light amber with a light foamy head that sticks around. Solid malt backbone with a little fruitiness. Light and crisp mouthfeel - missing the creaminess I would expect. Finishes slightly bitter after a slight blast of hops. This is a very easy drinking ale, but I question its pedigree as a kolsch.

Photo of KajII
3.14/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Kolsch glass]

The pour was a hazy medium amber, almost gold in color with a very small white fizzy head that disappeared in a matter of seconds and had some really poor lacing.

The aroma was very mild of a light bread malts, a light floral hop and had a slight scent of an earthy yeast with a hint of citrus (lemon).

The taste at first was slightly bitter and mildly acidic with a nice malt characteristic, it then became a bit bitterer and had a nice dose of wheat and just a very light touch of citrus at the end with the flavor lasting only a short time on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was creamy and a little dry in texture with a light to medium body and a nice soft carbonation.

Overall a mild/flavorful tasting brew that is very easy to drink...

Photo of Deadheadbill
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Bottle to a Pils glass.

A - Nice golden color with about an inch of fine white head which left medium lacing on the glass as it dissipated.

S - yeasty with a slight fruitiness to it.

T - Like the smell, Malty and slightly fruity mid palate followed nicely by medium hoppy bitterness.

M - Towards the upper spectrum of light-bodied, crisp mouthfeel, but with more of a lushness than most Kolsch's.

D - Nice, crisp beer with appropriate hoppyness and more flavor than your typical Kolsch. Very drinkable.

Photo of jpro
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A few bottles picked up at Carrboro Beverage Co. by the little lady... poured into a stange...

A: Pours a slightly hazy, pale gold; snowy white, 1-inch head leaves some specks of lace and manages some thin foamy retention.

S: Very doughy... almost too much; wet bread; some light grains and a touch buttery.

T: Bready malts; nice, surprisingly crisp bitterness on the finish that follows up the malty sweetness.

M: Close to medium-bodied; medium level of carbonation; crispy and smooth.

D: A very drinkable brew. Good for long days of grilling, watching football, etc.

Photo of Soonami
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big Boss Angry Angel is a beer I received as part of a mix of local beers from a friend for Christmas. I only just now got to reviewing it because I've been on a diet, but tonight I decided I deserved a beer and I figured this would be light and not too bad of a cheat.

The beer is yellowish amber, not as pale as I am used to for a Kolsch, but not bad. It was a bit hazy and there were little bits floating in it, which should not be in a light lager like this. There was also very little head, which is disappointing and it kept the aromas from really being expressed. The zesty noble hops are apparent as is a sweet yeasty bread in the nose. The beer is slightly sweet with a pear or grape-like fruitiness with a crisp bitterness that does a good job of balance. The beer is definitely on the light end, but very refreshing. The aftertaste is dry with a little bit of toasted grain that persists and there is a nice bit of acidity and bit from the carbonation.

This is a very excellent, easy drinking beer that readily quenches my thirst. Definitely not the most complex beer, but for the style, this is a very good example and one I would definitely welcome more of.

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Big Boss Brewing, Raleigh, NC

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that slowly faded away and left lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are aromas of biscuit malts and fruit in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a slight amount of sweetness as well as a mild to moderate amount of hop bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink and is quite refreshing. It's much more flavorful than a typical kölsch.

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Angry Angel Kolsch from Big Boss Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.