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

12 oz bottle, bottled 6/08

A: Clear pale golden under a small white head. No lace, no retention.

S: Smells of a rawish, sweet malt and a grassy, flowery hop.

T: A little sweet up front, definite grape character in the middle. Hardly any bitterness at all in the finish. A certain sour character as well.

M/D: Crisp carbonation, light bodied, fairly smooth even with the crispness. Pretty drinkable as well. A pretty straight forward, simple beer. I've had this a few time at the brewery and I have to say that I actually enjoyed this out of the bottle a little more.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date of June 2008. Pours a hazy deep gold/medium amber. Has a 1 finger head, OK longevity and decent lace. Not a ton of aroma but honey and rich malts come through. Nice malt flavors mixed with honey and a touch of citrus. Hop flavor and a touch of bitterness come through in the finish. Somewhat rich. Not a great beer but quality made and tasty.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

** Note: I mentioned my tasting experience to a friend who encouraged me to take another stab at Angry Angel. I'm glad I did. The first bottle I tried was just off. The second was very enjoyable and the notes below are from the second tasting. This is a revised review. **

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Orange gold color, slight haze, with an attractive uneven foam head of about 2 fingers or so. Head has some good retention and leaves behind some heavy lacing. Nice to look at.

The aroma on this was different than anything I recall having experienced before. It has a sort of a blend of significant butterscotch and some faint yeast & malt smells. It's a little different from most but it works.

An interesting experience. A good long pull yields a good smooth slightly musty sweet malt with just a hint of an astringent twist. The hops are very... earthy. Balance is present but tips toward the malt. The carbonation helps with a bit of creaminess - fine but persistent bubbles that remain prickly on the tongue. The finish is relatively quick with a slightly watery linger.

A reasonably flavorful and thirst quenching brew. Nice tones of grainy malt and some interesting hops but the star of this show is in the malt. That slightly watery finish makes you want to take another pull and experience the flavor all over again. I'm glad I tried this a second time because I enjoyed it much more on the second round.

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Photo of Strix
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden with some head.

Smell was fairly weak for me, sort of bready.

Taste is subtle, but pleasant. Cereal grains, breadiness, and a kiss of hops somewhere.

Mouthfeel crisp and refreshing.

Nothing wrong with this at all. Easy drinking here.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. A rather dark, almost copper colored beer emerges and is topped with a mostly white head. Not much retention and very little lacing. This one seems to have a little too much "color" to it as most Kolschs are quite pale.

Nice aroma. Some caramel aromas and some toffee as well which I assume are not typical of the style. A slight cola smell as well with white grapes. Different for sure.

I like the flavor although I dont think it is really to style either. More caramel flavors followed by some sweetness. Very clean on the palate but not overly dry. Slightly watery and thin but that is expected with a 4.5%abv beer. A nice beer and a definite quencher for summertime consumption. Slightly recommended.

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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 oberon
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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?

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Photo of daliandragon
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the latest from the former Edenton brewery in downtown Raleigh, now operating under the Big Boss moniker. The first two I tried, Hell's Belle and Bad Penny, were decent but nothing spectacular. I thought they had a pretty good thing going with most of their old beers, I'm hoping they find their form and hoping for an IPA soon.

This pours a pale golden color with little head and a sweet, malty nose with light hopping and floral and grapeskin notes.

I can see how this is marketed as a summer brew. It is light, not overcarbonated and shows reasonable balance. A biscuit or bread note is key in the malt, along with medium hop bitterness.. Similar to a lot of German pilsners but a little more complex malt profile, less bubbles, and a bit sweeter in aftertaste. Still, refreshing and worth trying.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Angry Angel Kolsch from Big Boss Brewing
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