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Hot Rod Red - Aviator Brewing Company

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Aviator Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Loki on 12-04-2008)
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Photo of smakawhat


4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

05-31-2013 00:32:51 | More by smakawhat
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: can

02-18-2013 23:49:12 | More by LXIXME
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2011 22:44:40 | More by tdm168
Photo of sendbeer


2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

05-11-2014 18:17:42 | More by sendbeer
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the Tap House and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a caramel brown coloring, with a thin, sparse, filmy white coating of head. Nose of roasted nut, caramel, and toffee. Very rich aromas on the nose. Flavors are rich and roasted caramel forward, with a subtle resinous hopped backbone. Chocolate notes into the aftertaste to join the toffee, caramel, and nut, with a building bitterness to balance. Rich, smooth bodied, with a sweet linger into a smooth finish. Good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2013 02:55:46 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A good amount of hops and a very noticeable caramel presence in the aroma.

T: Tasted of hops, malt, a little citrus and some caramel in the finish. Not quite as dynamic as I would have liked, but an OK flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry, earthy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not too bad of a beer, but doesn't particularly separate itself from the herd.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 13:33:32 | More by avalon07
Photo of Haybeerman


3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-06-2013 23:14:55 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of Durge


3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark, copper colored brew with a healthy off-white head and major walls of lacing. The aroma brings sour mash malt, a little pine hop and fruit nougat and a touch of grassy yeast alcohol. The flavor closes the deal with deep grassy malt cider. There's a vague floral edge, slightly perfumey vegetable ideas. It has some bock-like qualities. A little skunky. A very solid red ale, easily recommended with medium body and a dry feel, smooth and modestly carbonated. Nice!

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2012 06:01:14 | More by Durge
Photo of blackie


4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

draft at Chow, Raleigh

a: draft served in a 20 oz nonic pint, the beer is a deep reddish amber in color, arriving with a healthy topping of eggshell white head, retention and lacing average

s: grainy breads and nutty toasted malts on a nose of mid-sweet caramel, nice roast, earthy hops, enjoying the complexity and deep toasted notes here

m: carbonated to about a moderate level, body around medium

t: bready with a caramel sweetness upfront, followed quickly with deeply toasted red malts, and then nutty toast continuing into the finish as things try out, earthy hop flavors with a balanced bitterness

o: a well above average red here, the deep toasted character courtesy of the roasted malt adds a great underlying complexity to the sweet caramel, pleasantly interesting for the style, drinks well

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2013 03:11:45 | More by blackie
Photo of Lare453


3.5/5  rDev -3%

01-19-2014 04:06:50 | More by Lare453
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.8%

10-05-2012 03:24:46 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of Pencible


3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: This poured a clear dark mahogany with chunky sediment.
S: It smelled like dry roasted barley with a little earthy copper hops.
T: It tasted like earthy copper and nutty malt, with a little roasted barley. It had a clean dry and somewhat bitter aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with some carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a decent Irish red ale. Nothing exciting, but very traditional scent and taste and body. It had a clean and mellow finish, so it was really easy to drink. Not bad to try once, but I prefer something more interesting.

Serving type: can

07-01-2014 17:28:17 | More by Pencible
Photo of KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

01-08-2013 06:12:15 | More by KevinGordon
Photo of buckyp

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

12-21-2012 02:03:40 | More by buckyp
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -3%

04-11-2013 02:42:28 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at The Wooden Nickel served in a slim pint glass a crisp dark amber with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is crisp citrus hops in front of burn caramel malts. The taste is a nice balance of burnt caramel malts and citrus hops. The beer is light, crisp and quite smooth. This is a great cask beer!

Serving type: cask

10-02-2010 22:51:20 | More by atsprings
Photo of egrace84


3.25/5  rDev -10%

10-05-2013 01:29:27 | More by egrace84
Photo of Falcone

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

10-16-2013 21:51:29 | More by Falcone
Photo of lupercmda

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -16.9%

01-27-2013 02:53:21 | More by lupercmda
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

12-22-2013 23:32:03 | More by JohnBender
Photo of ncstateplaya

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -10%

05-16-2012 18:05:35 | More by ncstateplaya
Photo of UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

03-11-2012 20:40:17 | More by UltimateLivewire
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3%

05-18-2014 20:29:02 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft at the FV draft house. Pours reddish ruddy brown color. Small wispy off white head. Good dose of lacing. Sweet up front with some caramel maltiness and bready backbone. Not much different than the Steamhead. Biscuity and bready with some yeast flavors kicking in as well. More of the chocolate malitness. Not too shabby. Tastes close to a brown ale/amber ale hybrid. Plenty of bread.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 20:46:22 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of Lantern

3.5/5  rDev -3%

08-17-2013 19:24:52 | More by Lantern
Hot Rod Red from Aviator Brewing Company
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