Edenton Big Boss IPA | Edenton Brewing Company

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Edenton Big Boss IPAEdenton Big Boss IPA

Brewed by:
Edenton Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by oberon on 05-03-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 67
Reviews by HopasaurusRex:
Photo of HopasaurusRex
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange hue with lasting foam stand. Well-carbonated.

Notes of spicy pine and citrus in nose. Clear American hop character.

Aggressive peach/apricot/orange hop flavor up front subsides into a prickly bitterness. Malt character is a lttle thin.

Overall, decent and eminently drinkable West Coast style IPA. Hard to believe that this is over 6% ABV.

Cheers to brentk56 for sharing this North Carolina treat!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from a well wrapped week old growler from my buddy Al and still fresh hot damn!Pours a rich copper color with a big fluffy head that leaves nice sheets of lace behind.The hops jump out at ya in the aroma lots of pine and grapefruit smells like a Pacific NW brew,this beer was more balanced than what I had thought it would be sure there are loads of resiny,piney hop but there is enough of a fim malty backbone to hold up to it.Not as hoppy as the Goose Island IPA I drank right before but still very nicely balanced and good drinkin,hope to find it when it comes out in bottles.

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Photo of blitz134
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden amber color with nearly a half inch thick white head. Reduced to a single bubble thick layer.

Aroma is citrus dominated, a good kick of grapefruit along with a pine kick as well all over a floral backdrop. Sweet maltyness throughout the nose.

A good amount of bitterness for this low octane brew. Citrusy up front and then some dry resin in the finish. Malt comes across almost a little toasted which adds to make this a unique flavor. Good balance overall.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin but still goes down smooth. Drinkability is key for this beer. Easy to put back with a nice smooth flavor.

A solid west coast inspired IPA from the east coast. Glad to have it in my neck of the woods, although a little wider distribution would be good.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, found a six pack of Big Boss in Asheville, a few months after enjoying a couple of sampler glasses on tap at the Hickory Hops Fest.
Appearance: Clear, radiant orange body with lively carbonation apparent in the glass. Small, offwhite head falls into a cap and leaves behind a considerable amount of clingy, patch lace on the sides of the glass.

Aroma: A plethora of leafy, fresh hop aromas tease the nose. Pine cone and grapefruit rind arrive first, followed by an inviting accent of freshly sliced Valencia orange, and a hint of malty caramel.

Mouthfeel: Light medium body with good carbonation, and an oily hops bite.

Tatse: Bitter, leafy hops are front and center, with assertive pine, rind, and some grassiness. Some juicy orange and and gentle caramel sweetness soften the harsh hoppy impact. Finish is dry, bitter, and leafy hop. Plenty of assertive hoppiness, but not overdone.

Drinkability: This is a well constructed, American IPA that has excellent drinkability. Good balance, overall, with the assertive hoppiness not overly bitter. Seems a bit less hoppy than the tap version I sampled in the spring, but I didn't take notes to compare. This is, perhaps, North Carolina's hoppiest beer, but I prefer Mash House Hoppy Hour for overall flavor.

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Photo of fdrich29
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Silver0rlead for this bottle.

Pours a dark orange with a nice creamy white head.

Smells of hops with a surprisingly strong maltiness.

Very unique taste. Malt up front followed by a mellow, lingering hoppiness.
Takes a few sips to get used to the mix of flavors. Not unpleasant in the least, but definitely takes some getting used to. That aside it's a smooth, easy to drink IPA and definitely worth a try if for nothing else but it's uniqueness.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to silver0rlead for this one...one solid trader and an awesome BA.
Pours a dark, cloudy copper color w/ two full fingers of fluffy, off-white head...lacing is real tight and has incredible cling to the side of my shaker glass.
Not an incredibly aromatic brew at first...some floral hops and hefty dose of malt to balance it out in the nose.
Much better in the taste...packed full of sweet malt, but a nice bitter hops to tag along. More fruity hops than I was expecting...and the hops taste real fresh. I believe it was bottled not too long ago...hell yeah!
Mouthfeel is perfect...not too thin and the alcohol is totally hidden.
Carbonation decent and makes this an easily drinkable IPA....glad I have a couple more of these.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle courtesy of your source for NC Beer: AKSmokedPorter.

I'd been wanting to try this offering from Edenton, given all the talk about it on the SA message board and AKSP was kind enough to throw a few in when he sent me my growler of Nosferatu.

Pour reveals a slightly hazy seared copper in color, with a finger-thin layer of off-white lace. Good head retention and modest glass lacing. Aromas are awash with crushed pine cones splashed with fruit juice (grapefruit mostly). There's also some malt sweetness, maybe some honey, and some zippy-spciy-peppery notes as well. Flavor, interestingly, found more of a grassy/earthen hop bitterness than I'd expected. Full-force on the palate, this is not a beer for the non-lover of hops. The hops finally thin out and an undertow of malt sweetness creeps forward, but ends up being no match for the long-lasting bitterness that sits upon your palate. Solid mouthfeel and wonderful drinkability. Chalk up a winner for Edenton.

Notes: I've seen Edenton in Richmond at OUAV, so (hopefully) I'll be able to score some more of this.

Thanks again to AKSP for this one.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass,creamy white head about an inch,stayed through the beer ,clung to the glass.Reddish-orange color,sediment at bottom of bottle.Nice citrusy aroma,slight smell of yeast.Well carbinated,clean,refreshing taste,nice sharp grapefriuty aftertaste.Light mouthfeel,makes your mouthwater for more,very good I.P.A.

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Photo of ByTor2112
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very carbonated, poured a beautiful amber orange color. Nice head that closely matches the color of the beer. Killer hoppy aroma with piney and floral hop aromas, I smell a healthy dose of cascade. Nice mouthfeel, hops dominant at first then a nice pale malt flavor is present. Hops get aggressive towards the finish-nice! Tastes like there are many different hop varieties layered throughout. Great IPA, and I would bet it is excellent on tap.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange mahogany color and a light tan head. Nice sheety lace and a healthy layer of retention. Smells like a yummy treat. Various aromas fill my head with happiness. Among the thick gluey resiny, leafy, grapefruit, melon, (there are certainly more) hop aromas there's a good amount of sweet malts to hold a balance. Taste has all of the above with a good quality mouthfeel. Nice hop bitterness. Not overpowering but delicious. Drinkability is sweet.

I need to pick this up again.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery orange hue with a small creamy white head. Not a whole lot of carbonation. Pleasant aroma of spicy floral hops with some black pepper and citrus notes. Palate is dominated by the same sharp, spicy Centennial (curiously spelled Centeniel on the 6-pack holder) hops. Some balance from the sweet malt quickly develops into a subdued hoppy bitterness on the finish. Body is sturdy but a bit still. A decent effort from a local NC brewery.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

got a sixer of these at peace street market in Raleigh

appearance: copper, foamy head that dissapears, somewhat clear

smell: slight pine, grapefruit, bitter hops, slight caramel in the nose. Not very potent all thing considered

taste: not quite as hoppy as i prefer...taste starts out sweet and finishes very bitter, mild citrus fruit comes through. I was a little let down by the taste but I am particular about my IPA's

mouthfeel: a little thin, bitter hops

drinkability: too bitter to be a session

a lot of people talk about Big Boss as the premiere IPA in NC and I will have to disagree. Edenton is a fine brewery and this is a pretty good beer but the nod goes to the mash house and hoppy hour IPA

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper/amber color with a thick, 2 finger white head that leaves lacing down the glass. Aroma is a citrusy, grapefruit oily hop stickiness with a mild caramel malt background Taste is big NW hops, this could almost be one of the big west coast IPA but it's from my hometown in Raleigh. The taste is a big citrus, grapefruit hops taste followed by a thick, resiny hop oil flavor that is followed by a light malt balancing that is slightly sweet like molasses. The finish is quickly ovetaken by the hops with a creamy, yet sticky hop oil bitterness that lingers on the tongue.Truly a superb IPA, Edenton has outdone themselves yet again with a massive IPA, drinkable yet extremely complex.

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Photo of akorsak
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber orange color with a small ring of head.

S: Grapefruit nose that also has hints of biscuity malts.

T: Flavor is a citrus explosion. Grapefruit flavors are abundant and really shine. Finish is long and the hops remain the centerpiece well after the sip is gone.

M: The hops are bold and strong, giving the beer a very enjoyable taste.

D: A very drinkable ale, even with a higher 6.8% abv. Well worth checking out.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another enjoyable Christmas present.

This beer poured a hazy golden orange color with a one finger white head that collapsed to lace.

Aroma is one of inviting hops -- citrus esters (grapefruit) and a hint of pine. Nice American hops. A bit of toastiness indicates some malt in the background.

Great hop taste, matching the aroma pretty well with grapefruit and some pine and even some pineapple. Balance is definitely favoring hops, but there is enough malt to provide a good balanced beer. Finishes rather dry.

Medium body with good carbonation.

A very nice IPA. A beer for hop lovers. Quite enjoyable. I'll have another very soon.

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Photo of lou91
3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Its been a while since I had a NC beer so I wasn't sure what to expect. It poured big and rich with nice hop and caramel notes as well as orange, opaque and lively. The taste did not match the look and nose. Unbalanced with not enough hops for the style. As it warmed, the imbalance was more pronounced. Thanks to Aksmoked Porter for throwing this in as a bonus beer.

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Photo of wedge
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazed caramel color with a feathery, fluffy head with decent retention as a creamy beige top. Broken lacing. Tenacious, juicy citrus hop aroma with sticky sweet malts on backup. Awesome, satisfying hoppy flavor: bright, oily citrus bitterness with a beautiful rich malt balance. Goes down with a sugary finish...medium mouthfeel and solidly bitter.

Yeah baby...I already found a top-notch local IPA! If you like loads of "C" hops and loads of balance, this is for you.

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Photo of dookstout
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six at Sam's for the weekend.

Appearance - The pour produced only a lacing of head. But the beer had a nice clear amber color. A second attempt at a vigorous pour Jim Koch style didn't even overflow a shaker pint.

Smell - For the amount of bittering, would have liked a little more aroma.

Taste - A nice bitter hoppy IPA. A nice sweet malt to start, but do these hops ever linger - I have to like the 3 C's of hops in an IPA. I'll be tasting this tomorrow.

Mouthfeel - Could use quite a bit more carbonation for my tastes but a decent malty body.

Drinkability - Many of these could go down easily. Wouldn't mind picking up a few more of these, but I'd like to find it on tap to compare.

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Photo of blackie
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour into my snifter creates an 1/8" white head that quickly dissipates to leave only a ring around the glass and a small island of bubbles in the center. The beer is a slightly hazy, bright copper color.

smell: Nice, big, resinous and floral hop profile with a considerable malt backbone. Aromas of sticky sweet citrus and tropical fruits. Little ethanol is present. Smells great.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and the body a light medium.

taste: Much the same as on the nose, as expected. Nice balance going on between the hops and malt. Plenty of light citrus and a pleasing bitterness from the hops to balance the flavors of light fruits provided by the malt. An increase in both malt and hops would be nice, but I like this beer as is.

drinkability: Well done, little ethanol noticeable, and exceptionally drinkable for the style.

I picked this six pack up fresh at the brewery a few days ago.

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Photo of Brent
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sample courtesy of NClifestyle. Bottle art depicting a gorilla in a suit smoking a cigar is classic Land of the Apes - Charleton Heston would love it. Poured a coppery gold. Resinous hops aroma - less so in the flavor. Hopping was a bit blunt, more in line with what I think of as the English style. Hops splashed at the front, but tended to fade at the end, without as much lingering bitterness as I would have expected. A touch of almost, but not quite, coppery metallic twang wafted in at the very end.

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Photo of buckiflyer
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle a dark amber color. White medium sized head. Strong all hop smell, slight piney scent. Clean smooth strong hop taste. Not quite as hoppy as I expected. Thick mouthfeel. Overall a fine IPA. Can't beat it at the brewbup on Mondays for $2.50 a pint!

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - wow, gorgeous looking beer; cloudy burnt orange color with a good sized fluffy white head, decent retention, beautiful lacing

s - tropical fruits, particularly pineapple, grapefruit, slightly piney hoppiness

t - great amount of hops, for this hophead that is, sweet fruitiness up front, soon to be followed by hop bitterness that is fairly sharp, long bitter finish that fill the mouth

m - lots of carbonation in the mouth, coats the mouth very well..feels like it's still there after you swallow

d - very drinkable if you like your hops, which i do; the smell is great and the taste is very complex...makes me want to keep on drinking to figure it all out

I'm pretty disappointed that I've been in Durham for a year and just now got around to trying this great IPA that's brewed about 25 miles away. This will certainly become a regular for me.

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Photo of Sayson
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on tap and in the bottle. Big Boss is a beer sponsored by the letter "C" for the Chinook, Cascade and Centennial hops that are so prevalent. Appearance is orangey-gold. Poured with a nice head. Smell is all hops. Big and citrusy. I didn't get a lot of grassy flavors. Taste is again all hops with enough of a malt backbone to support the hops. The after taste persists for a good long time. Mouthfeel is full. As far as drinkability goes, an IPA this big is totally drinkable, because after you've had one, your tastebuds will be so sandblasted that other beers will taste like Bud.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Horniblow's Tavern. It was the first pint poured from a keg that wasn't real cold. This was probably the warmest beer I've had on tap, but it wasn't too warm. It really brought out the hop flavor.

This clear amber body with beautiful bubbles continously flowing to the top to meet a 1" white head. The smell is strong floral hops with some spiciness to it. The taste is loads of hop flavor along the sides of the tongue. This beer was great, but may be a bit one-dimensional. Overall, I'll probably grab this one on tap where I can find it.

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Photo of mntlover
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium amber/copper mixed with a small one finger off white head that falls to clumps of foam and bubbles laces well for a smaller head.

Aroma is lots of hops west coast big citrus bitter hops with touches of pine on a decent caramel malt background. Citrus dominates orange, sweetened pineapple and grapefruit.

Taste is great fresh anyway fresh citrus fruit to start soon dominated by grapefruit bitterness big juicy flavorable bitterness. Some caramel malt makes it thru but not much. This beer was just bottled in June I believe so it should mellow some in a couple of months but it is great right now run out and buy some.

Mouthfeel is good a nice medium can't taste much malt at this point but its there hidden under the hops.

Drinkability is great a nice local IPA thats loaded with hops, Hoppy Hour is nice but no hop monster this is the Big Boss of Hops don't argue with the Gorilla!!!

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Edenton Big Boss IPA from Edenton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 68 ratings