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Angry Angel Kolsch | Big Boss Brewing

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Angry Angel KolschAngry Angel Kolsch

Brewed by:
Big Boss Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cvstrickland on 06-13-2008

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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 151
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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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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Photo of Luigi
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Woody's @ City Market, Raleigh, NC

Served a nice rich clear golden color, darker than expected of the style, with a decent thick and dense white head with decent retention that left a small thin cap. Also noticeable carbonation streaming to the top of the glass.

Light aroma, good balance between the malted barley and the floral hops with perhaps a hint of a biscuit as well.

The taste was better than the aroma led and to be honest the taste was better than expected. A lot of times with beers of this ABV you expect a watered down, no real taste kind of beer. This beer had a really good, stronger than expected taste with a nice balance of malted barley and hops. The beer also had a little spice to it that really kicked it up a notch.

The beer was light and smooth with a dry aftertaste. The beer had the right amount of carbonation and was very drinkable.

Overall, I think that this is a style that is very much unappreciated and often over-looked as it does not have that "kick you in the teeth" kind of powerful flavor or appearance, for that matter, but this beer would be a good starter if you are interested in trying the style.

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Photo of wedge
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly clear pale straw color with a big, fluffy head that leaves behind patchy lace as it fades. Mild warm biscuity malts make up the bulk of the aroma. The taste is very similar, a light doughy sweetness. Not too much in the way of hops. Light bodied, but not overly thin. Pleasant, somewhat dry finish. Very, very easy to drink as it should be. Well done.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now to rate a bottle of this. Looks a nice golden straw color topped by an extra white fine fuzz head. No lasting lace but a nice 1/8" layer remains over the beer once the head dissipates. Aroma is made up of spice, pepper, dry grape, and toasted malt. Easy and enjoyable to inhale. Taste matches very well. Nice light bitterness, and dry briskness. Feels smooth, sliiiightly resinous, with good pepper-like tingly carbonation, and a refreshing but unexpected cooling sensation through the finish. Perhaps a mint-like feeling but not a flavor or smell. Very very drinikable to say the least.

I'll certainly pick up more bottles or growlers of this in the next few hot spring + summer months.

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Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of atsprings
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served a nice crisp dark gold with very little head that quickly diminishes. The aroma is a nice blend of sweet malts and very mild earthy hops. The taste is more of the same, with a slight untertoned citrus coming from the hops, very nice complement to the sweet bready malts. The beer is light bodied and is certainly refreshing. This one is enjoyable and one of the best ones of this style I've had.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of gabe23
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear golden color with a big white head. Dissipates slowly and leaves behind nice lacing.

S - Mild smell with a little grain mixed with a little hops. There is a honey like sweetness to the smell that is hard to place.

T - Interesting malt profile. The opposite of toasted whatever that is. Hops are present but muted by the malt. Finishes sweet without much dryness.

M - Well carbonated but goes down smooth. A bit thicker that I expected.

D - In warmer weather, this is a beer I could easily drink several of. I don't think it would be my first choice for a lighter beer, but it's a nice change from standard pale ales, wheat beers and lagers.

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Photo of towersfall
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice golden yellow with a nice head that goes away rather quickly.

Smell: Slight floral hops and malted barley. Not a strong scent but it's still impressionable.

Taste: Malty goodness that provides a high amount of flavor for such a low ABV.

Mouthfeel: Very light with a nice amount of carbonation. Leaves a somewhat bitter but nice aftertaste.

Drinkability: Very easy to down and it extremely light without tasting like a horrible light beer. Quite impressed.

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Photo of burnstar
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold with lots of visible carbonation. Medium sized head. Aroma is muted. Herbal hops. Light fruit. Taste has very little malt sweetness. Fairly assertive herbal hops. Finishes dry. Some grape notes- white wine. Toasty and hoppy aftertaste. Light to medium bodied. Well carbonated. Easily drinkable. A nice beer for the summertime. Another solid entry from Big Boss.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at horniblows tavern (Big boss brewery).

The body of this kolsch is crystal clear, with a golden-straw hue. Lots of carbonation bubbles up to supply a half-inch of eggshell-colored head that retains well and leaves thick spackles of lacing down the sides of the pint. The aroma is faint; part of this I blame on the smokey tavern, the other on the kolsch style (as I didn't have any trouble picking up the aroma of their Coffee Stout). What I can smell are slight notes of wheat, pale malts, floral hops, and banana.

The flavor is really, truly exceptional for the style. Crisp, clean hoppy profile with a strong malty-sweet backbone. The mouthfeel is perhaps a bit thick for the style, but no matter, as the uppity carbonation level is perfect. The bubbles seem to give some liveliness to the grain-rich malts. Aftertaste is hoppy and sweet. All in all, BB Kolsch is a satisfying brew, and at a flavorful 4.5% ABV, it's definately one I could drink all night and not lose interest.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a light yellowy gold, not quite crystal clear, with a fine white head. Dissipates to a film.

Smells grainy and mildly sweet.

Tastes grainy, with some barley bitterness, and a bit of sweet malt.

Feels moderate with mild carbonation.

Good, easy to drink and sessionable. Refreshing after a warm day. Another winner from Big Boss.

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Photo of blackie
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: served into my Allagash wit-type glass, gives a slight white head with low retention, the beer is a clear golden hay color

s: clean pale barley gives an aroma of fresh cut grain and grain husk, lightly sweet with a light and spicy noble hop aroma

m: just under medium, light-medium body, nice but the carbonation could be a touch livelier

t: very clean pale grains dominate, this beer has the flavor and aroma of a fresh-cut barley field, hops noble and on the light side, not a whole lot to this one (it's a kolsch) but it's quite refreshing...just comes across a bit watery in flavor

d: session

sixer from Harris Teeter on Creedmoor, smuggled back to NoVA, bottled July 2008

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Angry Angel Kolsch from Big Boss Brewing
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