Angry Angel Kolsch | Big Boss Brewing

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Angry Angel KolschAngry Angel Kolsch

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Big Boss Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by cvstrickland on 06-13-2008

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Photo of pbrplease
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.42/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Soonami
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of cvstrickland
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12-ounce bottle with a clearly notched bottled on date, poured into a weizen glass yields a pale golden straw colored body capped with a finger of bright white rocky foam that retains at a sheet and leaves nice fuzzy patches of lacing.

Smells of lightly-toasted, but rich malts with a nice floral character and a dash of apple peel.

Taste is biscuity and dryly malty with a solid mineral element and a nice dose of bittering hops. The drink is very dry throughout with an excellent crispness and a light, clean finish. Light-bodied with nice carbonation; this is a superb hot weather brew I could drink all day.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Federal in Durham. Poured a slightly cloudy straw color with almost no head, almost no obvious carbonation and excellent lacing.
Mild malt in the nose, along with very mild grassy and citrus hints, but nothing outstanding.
The taste was what I expect from a Kolsch; sweet and bready with butter and caramel malt. Very mild hop presence.
The initial bite is mild carbonation but this quickly fades to sweet buttery smoothness; caotes the tongue and has a logn aftertaste.
I liked this a lot, and was impressed with the take on the style that in my mnd very few do well. Good, job, BB.

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Photo of Deadheadbill
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Angry Angel is a clear light gold color with a thin white head that leaves good lacing down the glass.

The aroma is floral and grassy hop character behind pale malt sweetness.

The taste is sweet up front followed by herbal hop character that is quite pleasing and fades somewhat quickly.

The mouthfeel is rather well carbonated and crisp. Overall, this is an easy drinking Kolsch that will please the average beer drinker. A good gateway beer to craft--and a good session beer as well.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
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."


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.

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Photo of PrinceofPastures
4.09/5  rDev +15.2%
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!

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Photo of CBlack85
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a semi-hazy light orange/straw color with two fingers worth of foamy white head. Decent head retention and lacing.

Nose is of bready grains and light floral hops. There is also a vague fruity aroma, consiting mostly of lemon and grape, although I do get a faint hint of apple as well

Surprisingly flavorful. A nice toasty malty backbone with a light floral hop flavor. There is also a mildly sweet, fruity flavor as well. Medium bodied and moderately carbinated. Really quite nice

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Photo of mentor
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GCBrewingCo for the opportunity. Bottled Aug 08. Pours a half finger nearly white head over a very cloudy dull light-straw liquid. Smells wet, notable hops aroma, with mild lemony fruity, dash of sour and dash of zing.

Tastes wonderful. Wet is mild, but enough to carry notable hop flavor, mild hop bitter, and strong dancing hop zing. Hop zing isn't quite as sharp as I'd like, but the carbonation sting steps in at just the right time in the right way to contribute in a pleasing manner. Earthy hops countered by lemony (could be hops, could be esters). A little bit vegetal as the beer warms. Md-light body and some dextrinous with strong carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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