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Hot Rod Red - Aviator Brewing Company

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145 Ratings
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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.68%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | 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 Mojo
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is review number 400 <w00t!!>

12 ounce can poured into a New Belgium globe glass

A - Wow, as soon as I popped the top foam began to ooze of out the can. I wonder if my son shook it up and put it back in the fridge because he is just weird that way. The color is a nice apricot red and there is a towering frothy light tan colored head that just lasts and lasts. It took me five minutes to finally get all the beer poured into my glass. Retention and lacing are legendary. I'm giving this a 2.75 though because I don't like to wait ten minutes before being able to take my first sip.

S - The smell is sort of weak to my nose. Maybe a little grainy with a slight alcohol note.

T - This beer had a very sweet malty flavor with a dry finish. Maybe some roasted flavors there too. There is a bit of a punch to the flavor that was somewhat unexpected.

M - sort of thin, but lots of carbonation.

O - refreshing enough, but I did not dig the foam geyser.

Mojo, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of rudabegga9
3.5/5  rDev -3%

rudabegga9, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of brandoncun
3.25/5  rDev -10%

brandoncun, May 23, 2014
Photo of slimpickens101
4/5  rDev +10.8%

slimpickens101, May 22, 2014
Photo of jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -16.9%

jaswilson2, May 20, 2014
Photo of dogfishandi
3.5/5  rDev -3%

dogfishandi, May 18, 2014
Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

sendbeer, May 11, 2014
Photo of woodchip
3.5/5  rDev -3%

woodchip, May 10, 2014
Photo of hmmmbeer10
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

hmmmbeer10, May 07, 2014
Photo of robebo44
3.25/5  rDev -10%

robebo44, May 02, 2014
Photo of Greasy
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Greasy, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of ben4unc
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

ben4unc, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of dave317
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

dave317, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Dave1999
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark red colour with a white head.

The smell is soapy, with some sweet malts. The soapy smell is a bit weird.

The taste is very nutty with some sweet malts. Simple but very tasty.

The mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.

This a simple yet tasty beer. The smell was a bit off but didn't detract from the overall beer too much.

Dave1999, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Lare453, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of ChadA83
3/5  rDev -16.9%

ChadA83, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of Kappakoosh
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Kappakoosh, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of JohnBender
3/5  rDev -16.9%

JohnBender, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -3%

MarkyMOD, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

When you are a dedicated CANQuester (TM), people will go to great lengths to further your cause. Case in point - some beer friends were coming up from North Carolina and brought some CANs with them to hand off to me.

From the CAN: "Draft Ale"; "Be Green Please Recycle"; "Based on the classic Irish Red, this ale is feisty and a bit hoppy. This beer has a malty sweetness that ends with a somewhat dry finish. A dash of roasted barley gives this ale a nice deep red color and a backend roasted grain flavor. MALTS: 2-Row Pale, Crystal, Munich, Wheat, Roasted Barley HOPS: Cascade, Centennial, East Kent Golding IBU: 48 SRM: 15".

I put this baby in gear with a squirting Crack and employed an inverted Glug, producing a massive three fingers of dense, light-tan head with excellent retention. Color was, indeed, a deep brick red (SRM = 15, hey, who am I to argue, plus it works as a calibrator) with NE-quality clarity. The Cascade hops were prevalent on the nose and allow me to plug "Hops" by Stan Hieronymous, printed by the Brewers Association. It is a brilliantly written tome and VERY helpful for this non-brewing hophead. Warming, I was also getting a toast-like smell, probably from the roasted barley. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not bad, but not great, either. Forget that. The taste was great, since the hops were forward, which is a knock that I usually have with the (usually malt-driven) style. It had a grassy mintiness along with a light biscuit flavor, just right for this Baby Bear. Finish was closer to semi-dry than semi-sweet and I was CANtacting my friends for more. I really dug this twist on the style and would certainly CANsider it for inclusion in my cooler.

woodychandler, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of ejohnson654
4/5  rDev +10.8%

ejohnson654, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Kegatron, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
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.

GarthDanielson, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of I3eck
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can -> Wine Glass

A: 3/4" khaki head, slight haze, cranberry juice red with a slight brown toasted hue, stumpy and spotty lacing.
S: Chocolate, cherry, toasty malts, slight hop undertones, candy apple.
T: Toasted/smoky malts, chocolate, coffee, cherry/cranberry, lingering bitterness.
M: Medium to full bodied, good CO2, bit of alcohol warmth which is appreciated, bitterness wraps around the tongue and hangs out in a good way.
O: Didn't know what to expect from this beer but I am impressed. Most Irish reds I've had have been poor attempts and can't even touch this beer on a complexity level. This beer packs a lot of flavor, aroma, and alcohol and delivers it in a nice little aluminum package for you. Well done.

I3eck, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of Soto
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Soto, Oct 19, 2013
Hot Rod Red from Aviator Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.