Hot Rod Red - Aviator Brewing Company
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3.58/5 rDev -0.6%
On tap at the Speakeasy in Carrboro.Poured into a standard pint a deep amber/bronze with tight one finger slight off white head that held well.Caramel toffee and brown sugar sweetness in the nose,lighter burnt toast aromas as well,the hops provide some herbal notes.Starts out with caramel malts and brown sugar with hops melding into the beer adding leafy,and herbal hops.A more hopped up red but not as big as alot of American reds.
06-25-2011 22:55:39 | More by oberon
3.73/5 rDev +3.6%
Served on-tap at the Aviator Tap House in Fuquay Varina, NC.
Brought to me in a standard pint glass. Deep orange to red in color, very light head that quickly reduced to a thin layer of bubbles and a heavy ring around the glass. Very light lacing.
Aromas are relatively light. There is some moderate to light malts that mix with herbal grassy hops. Nothing here is overpowering or strong, but rather well matched and balanced.
Flavors of modest malts and light earthy hops are quite well balanced. Slightly heavier mouthfeel than I would have expected and somewhat muted grassy hop notes make this a most enjoyable brew. Finish is more dry than not, and is relatively clean. Linger is short and slightly hoppy.
Nice flavors for an Irish Red, with hints of "English" hops and malts. This really strikes me as something that might be had at an English inn rather than an Irish pub. Just the same it's solid and clean. Nice brew!
12-14-2009 01:31:18 | More by SIRIUS2
3.68/5 rDev +2.2%
Big light tan head settles into a nice lacing above a clearish caramel bronze colored beer.
Rich roasted caramel malt presence in the aroma with just a hint of some hops sticking around the edges.
Roasted caramel malts tastes that seem to almost border on burnt roasted, with also a bit of slight bitterness from its hops sources.
A light dryish roasted caramels hanging around aftertaste on the medium bodied Irish Red.
A decent tasting beer, maybe a little much on the hints of burnt malts but I like how the dryish aftertaste keeps building long after each drink.
02-18-2013 23:49:12 | More by LXIXME
3.58/5 rDev -0.6%
Pours a dark amber with a half inch of head with great retention. Smells of caramel malts and mild hop notes. Taste is burnt, roasted malts with mild, piny hop character. Mouthfeel is crisp with medium carbonation.
Not a bad Irish Red. Definitely more flavor than you're average mass produced Irish Red.
08-19-2011 22:44:40 | More by tdm168
1.68/5 rDev -53.3%
Poured from a bottle into a glass. It has a nice head that maintains a thin layer even halfway through the beer.
Tastes horrible. I detect notes of copper and and a subtle chalky aftertaste. It has a very watery mouthfeel.
I bought this beer because they are a local brewery from down the road. I like some of their other stuff, but this is just awful.
05-13-2012 00:52:10 | More by excoriator
3.64/5 rDev +1.1%
Obvious amber color was soft and clean. The head rose thickly and mounted strongly for a minute or two but disappated to a fine lace.
A weak scent but it's an aromatic scent. Kilned grain, barley, pecan or nut, and a chocolatey maltiness are all subtle but I like it.
The flavors are unfortunately stale, it tastes good but gives off a tainted grain taste. Slight smokiness and roastiness offset a grain, barley and nuttiness. I'm longing for a robust, deep and textured roasted grain and it's there but simply not evident enough to proclaim.
The feel is smooth, lightly carbonated and a bit thick but well presented for a canned beer.
09-27-2013 23:11:36 | More by KYGunner
4.03/5 rDev +11.9%
Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.
This is a real nice looking ale. Big even poured head of off tan bubbles, four fingers large and settles with lots of retention and a big cap. All pinhead even nearly. Real solid red copper body, crystal clear but very dark. Impressive and aggressive looking brew.
Nose has lots of dry ripping grain, and barley sensations. Hits at dry soil and tilled earth soil. Faint sweet caramel in the back. A bit different, but I seem to be enjoying it.
Palate hits with a nice simple body. Light malts and a bit of sticky yeast and a very good herbal grassy bitterness on the finish. Interesting hop angle with a good mix of pine, and herbal grass. Malts and hops seem to balance nicely with a good compliment. Minor caramel, with a dry barley giving a very big toasty nearly wooden like finish.
Pretty interesting take and a memorable brew for the style. Quite different than most Irish Ale's I've had.
05-31-2013 00:32:51 | More by smakawhat
Hot Rod Red from Aviator Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.