Angry Angel Kolsch - Big Boss Brewing

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137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: cvstrickland on 06-13-2008)
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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a modest head that leaves a few dots behind

Smell: On the malty end for the style, with a bready character

Taste: Biscuity, up front, and slightly sweet, with a developing hint of caramel; after the swallow, a vague sense of floral hops appears but fails to make much of a stand, as the finish is still rather sweet

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Drinkability: Enjoyable, and if you don't mind the sweetness and lack of hops, it is a very pleasant drinker

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."

--Michelangelo

Rich gold with a fine yeasty haze; a much darker hue than is typically seen in a beer of this style. Several fine bubble streams are maintaining a thick slice of ivory colored foam that has a wonderful, mousse-like texture and is doing a bang-up job decorating the glass.

Kolsch is one of those styles that often struggles to impress where aroma is concerned. All the more surprising that this one does just that. It's pale malty, with a modest amount of muskiness and a floral-spicy hoppiness. I'm now expecting good things on the palate.

Angry Angel is one of the better kolsches that I've had in quite some time. It's a winner primarily because the brewers didn't go easy on the ingredients. There aren't too many 4.5%'ers with this much flavor. I'm sure it helps that the bottle is barely four months of age.

Biscuity pale malts (with a suggestion of something a wee bit darker) provide a surprising amount of underlying sweetness for the style. A malty kolsch is often a good kolsch. The hops add a balancing bitterness and the same musky-floral-spicy quality that is present in the nose. I'm thinking something German. Tettnang perhaps.

It's impressive any time a beer with an ABV less than 5.0% has a mouthfeel this full, this plush and this expansive. It looks like the BBB boys know what the hell they're doing around a brew kettle.

First Bad Penny Brown Ale and now Angry Angel Kolsch. Both are excellent and incredibly drinkable examples of their respective styles. Big Boss may not be the best of the North Carolina craft breweries, but they're on the first page of the leader board.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey body with a thin, wispy, white head.

Smell: Light, slightly sweet-smelling grainy scent with an addition of a crisp white wine.

Taste: Subtly sweet pale maltiness with a touch of grains. Light hint of fruit. Dash of white wine. Spicy hops with prominent, medium bitterness that lasts till the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: I could stand to see more carbonation here, but it's fairly on track for the style, but also pleasant, tasty beer in it's own right.

Photo of oberon
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a cylinder glass a clear dull light golden with a thinner white head atop,very clean aromas just a hint of white grape and some toasted grain.Flavors are much different than expected,white grape and a butteriness that I dont think should have been there but it wasnt all that bad just not supposed to be that way.Its gotta decent toasty cereal-like finish but I cant get over the buttery-caramelly flavors,this is a kolsch style right?

Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a stange.

Pours a crystal clear gold, with a finger of frothy bright-white head. Thin yet still rich retention yields a strong cascade of creamy lacing. The aroma is fresh and pleasant in the nose, with a floral perfume-like character and notes of lemon zest and sweet grains.

The taste is sweet with lightly toasted biscuit character which mixes in with some gentle fruity flavors. Dry spicy hops prickle the tongue, lingering into the finish and parching the palate a little. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied but still has a decent amount of presence in the mouth, with a firm crispness to the carbonation which keeps this refreshing.

This was a quality take on the Kölsch-Style, that while not being most flavorful I've had, still brought enough to the table to stay interesting and quite drinkable.

Photo of mactrail
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
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 DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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 akorsak
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle picked up at Chip's in Kill Devil Hills, NC last month.

A: The ale pours with a lighter yellow color but as it sits in the glass it takes on a hazy, dirty tang color. Not much head to speak of.

S: The aroma is malty, fruity with a toasted warmth. Nops add some crispness but not a lot.

T: The body is rather full, reflecting a fruity flavor that is a nice by-product of the yeast. The bready malts, toasted and biscuity, mask most of the hop presense, allowing only a touch of bitterness to emerge.

M: I am impressed by the fullness of the malt body, it made the ale for me.

D: I am pleased with this one, a solid ale that packs a nice flavor. Definitely underrated.

Photo of smakawhat
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
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 brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  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 tdm168
3.15/5  rDev -10%
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 plaid75
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy light copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light husky grain and a touch of herbal hops.

The taste was a bit on the sweet side for the style with some graininess and a light noble hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a servicable ale. Nothing too exciting though.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.7/5  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 tone77
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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 ccrida
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
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 Haybeerman
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw color with a slight haze. Poured a 1 finger shite head that dissipated to a thick skim. Some sticky lace in spots.

S: Sweet, bready malts. Even, subdued bitter.

T: Biscuity malts up front; slightly sweet. Wet grains and muted flavoring hops. Sweet malt lingers through an even bitter.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Crisp, with a lingering sweet malt flavor.

D: Easy to drink, just a little sweet that minimizes refreshment.

Photo of Axnjxn
3.14/5  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 ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev 0%

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Angry Angel Kolsch from Big Boss Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.