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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Photo of thagr81us
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured straw yellow with a one finger pure white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, and earthy notes. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, earthy, nutty, and subtle spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a nice brew. It was not awe-inspiring by any means, but still good. It had a fairly weak aroma to it, but the flavor was pretty complex and refreshing for a Kölsch. I would recommend this to a person coming to the craft beer scene, but not for a die-hard craft beer junkie though.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.62/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright golden color with a bright white head, no lacing apparent.
Smells of hops and fruit.
Tastes like a blast of bitterness that never settles down at all.
Not a very smooth beer either, with a somewhat thin feel.
Fairly drinkable, for those who can deal with it, it could be a session beer.

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Photo of tchenery
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a nice golden color, has a lot of haze though. There is really no head to speak of.

It has a distinct light bread malt smell with a bit of fruit sneaking in there too. It's not unpleasant.

The beer has a very dry mouthfeel and tastes highly carbonated. It has a pretty smooth taste, but I can't really put my finger on what it tastes like. It's kind of like white raisins or almost an English pale ale flavor. There is a nice bitter kick at the end that works well with the dryness of it.

Beer is not as clean as I'd like, but it's good.

It's no wonder breweries choose this style frequently for their summer brew, pretty delicious.

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Photo of Walkersan
1.67/5  rDev -53%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

If you gave me this beer and didn't tell me what the style was, Kolsch would be the LAST thing I would ever guess. It's cloudy and has heavy biscuit flavor. I don't mind those two things so much, but they have no place in a kolsch.

In addition, the beer is very inconsistent. I've had it on several occasions now, and it has been very notably different every time. Last night I had two in a row, at the same restaurant, as an experiment. They tasted the same, but looked like totally different beers.

In all fairness, the beer itself isn't TERRIBLE (which is why I gave it an above average drinkability rating), but as a representative of the Kolsch style of beer, it is a complete and utter failure. My ratings for smell, appearance and taste are based on how far off the Kolsch target this thing was.

Bud Light is more like a Kolsch than Angry Angel is.

SUMMARY: the beer is decent if you stand it alone. it' fails hard when you try and call it a kolsch.

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Photo of Naugros
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A hazy, lemony yellow with a thin layer of foam that spreads out to a ring and a film of white. There's a sickening green tinge to the beer that is unsettling. The general impression is of urine with a bit of froth on top, you know in the bottom of the urinal after you've broken up the cigarette butts.

The smell and the taste are identical so I see no reason to write about them separately. The flavor is very familiar, but I'm having trouble putting my finger on it. The hops and the malts play together to bring this flavor about and the closest I can come to figuring it out is to liken it to butterscotch. That's not right, so I'll just speak to the different elements. The hops are floral as good Noble Hops are, and leave some bitterness. The malts bring a buttery sweetness with a bit of biscuit. There's a slight spice tone, perhaps cardamom.

The mouthfeel is not that of a kolsch. If I were reviewing this as another style of light ale then I would have been more favorable, but a kolsch is characterized by a nice clean, crisp mouthfeel. This has a bitter wash that lingers a bit.

Senator, I knew kolsch and you sir are no kolsch. Okay, well maybe it is a kolsch, but not a particularly well-executed one. It missed on the one key element of a kolsch and that was the mouthfeel. This is not a beer I am likely to try again.

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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 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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Photo of Haybeerman
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of cbros
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving type- 12 ounce bottle poured into a tom collins glass.

My friend brought this to me from the brewery in Raleigh. The beer pours a straw pale yellwo with a small one finger lace that doesn't seem to stick around for very long. There is alsol very little cling to the glass which makes it seem to be a rather weak looking beer. The smell and taste of this beer are light and noncommital. I am getting some of the hop presence but rather weak in nature. This beer does finish with a dry, almost champagne like taste. This is a different tasting beer and not a style I usally go for but I must admit the differences in this beer are intriguing. I probably wouldn't pick up a sixer of this on a regular basis, however with the summer months approaching this is an alternative to the usual fair and a decent session beer offering.

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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 rockyfire
2.76/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance: pours a light orange with not much carbonation. The beer had no head.

Taste: It was rather bland followed by a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very light beer. Too light for the style.

Drinkability: This is not a bad beer but I have had better. I will try again, maybe it was a bad batch.

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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

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Photo of farrago
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two finger crest of bleached white microfoam, very whipped up in appearance despite quick dissolve, the lacing glides down the glass sides rapidly. The liquid is filmy which in part masks the relative paleness of the yellow-orange color, gauzy transparency. In the nose both the yeasts and malts are soft and relaxed, there's no competitiveness here, baguette bread, touch of bitters, lemon peel, corn husks, snap peas, no real fruit presence and minimal mixed white citrus. Light to medium-bodied with an expansive carbonation which verges at times on fluffy. More corn, grass, half-cooked yeast and biscuit notes, the apricot, peach fruit steps up to take a chair at the table. Same nondescript citrus, though. Unprocessed grains more obvious as it warms. A cut above the obvious but not much more.

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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 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 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 Onenote81
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a style that I know little about, actually, this is my first experience with it.

Pours a very pale, clear, light gold with a thin popping white head on top. Pops away to nothing very quickly. No lacing. Smells of corn adjuncts, grain, and hints of honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel is poppy and fizzy as well. Pretty high carbonation. Flavor is of roasted grains, and biscuits. Finishes very tame with no lingering aftertaste at all. Slight bitterness, but not much. Drinkability is high, as I could see this being a good summer thirst-quencher. Not bad. I'll have to check out more of this style. I'm now interested.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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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 kkipple
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big Boss breaks into a little known style and I pickt up a bottle. Lesse here....

A. Fizzy pale gold, filtered but not brilliant, lingering small foamy white head. Pretty.

S. "Light" all the way around, but subtlety is the order here. Sweet and pale toasted grain, a touch of lemon sourness and esters, the barest kiss of noble hops. There's a little musty grainy quality here that is ok, but I'm not sure is intended. Still alright.

T. Tenatively sweet, but there's a weird sour-lemonhead things going on that I'm not sure was intended. Otherwise it's light and bouncy and drinkable... but I need to have this again nearer the source.

M. Light, tight, freshy, drinkable.

Decent, not great, the sourness hurts this brew a lot, perhaps an off batch? As with many beers, the solution is obviously to have it again!

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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 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 CampusCrew
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good for a Klosh. Good for the light drinkers that want to try something new. I liked it too.

appearance: light yellow

smell: slight hops to almost zero smell

taste: Little to none, clear

mouthfeel: good carbonation

drinkability: very easy and smooth.

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Photo of sailbretthd
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on a warm autumn day from a bottle given to me by Deaune. First beer I have had the chance to sample from Big Boss.

A--pleasant golden straw color with a thin lacy head

S--little bit yeasty but nothing to offend nor excite here

T--crisp initial taste with a bit of biscuit, some hop presence in the aftertaste

M--smooth and simple, not overdone

D--easy to down a few of these on a warm day, not especially memorable but enjoyable

Overall not my favorite style of beer but this is a good representation of the style and a solid effort, I look forward to trying my bottles of their brown and belgian.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clean blonde... just the slightest bit of haze - not chill haze, but very light.

S: Fruity, toasty malts, light notes of canned pineapple - but not with the big citrus thing going on. Really reminds me of those little Dole fruit tins with the peel back tops.

T: Not so fruity, but there does seem to be alittle tinniness there. Pale malts with a lighter toastiness. Not a lot of depth, really.

M: Somewhat dry, could be a little crisper to come across as more refreshing.

D: Not too bad, but nothing that I'd find myself going out for again. Needs to have a little more refreshing feel to be more satisfying.

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Angry Angel Kolsch from Big Boss Brewing
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