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Hot Rod Red - Aviator Brewing Company

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141 Ratings
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.68%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | 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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3/5  rDev -16.9%

jaswilson2, May 20, 2014
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sendbeer, May 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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

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

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

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

ben4unc, Feb 25, 2014
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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

ChadA83, Jan 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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

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

MarkyMOD, Dec 18, 2013
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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
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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

Kegatron, Oct 29, 2013
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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
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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
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Soto, Oct 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Falcone, Oct 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

TheDoak, Oct 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

egrace84, Oct 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

ToddThompson, Oct 04, 2013
Hot Rod Red from Aviator Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.