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Hot Rod Red - Aviator Brewing Company

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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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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djre4orm

Virginia

3/5  rDev -16.7%

06-13-2013 18:05:45 | More by djre4orm
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wolfpack87

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Simply put, an outstanding red ale from Aviator Brewing. Had usually stuck with Red Oak for my red ale desires, but a friend of mine told me to try this and I found it at a local beer shop in Boone.

Taste was easily near the top of any red ale I've ever had. The pour was not near as smooth as I would normally like, but the flavor made it easy to forgive the foam after the can opened.

Serving type: can

06-11-2013 20:53:50 | More by wolfpack87
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maxwelldeux

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-04-2013 05:12:48 | More by maxwelldeux
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kindestcut

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-31-2013 21:18:31 | More by kindestcut
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
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
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MikeyRiles

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-25-2013 02:27:42 | More by MikeyRiles
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Harlock

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-24-2013 01:20:01 | More by Harlock
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devilben02

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Every single f^#@ing can in this six-pack has overflowed from the pour spout upon cracking, resulting in a stupidly over-foamed pour. The beer does have a nice amber color, though, under that ridiculous head. The obnoxiously overflowing pour also filled the area with lovely beer aromas of cereal grains, lemon pith, and a clean yeastiness. In the flavor, sweet caramel malts are subdued by an earthy, dry, somewhat roasty bitterness, but it all comes through just a bit thin. The light texture has some substance and energy, providing a fine complement to the flavor profile. Overall, the overflowing cans pissed me off, but after my rage subsided, I had to acknowledge that this beer is quite nice.

Serving type: can

05-20-2013 19:19:04 | More by devilben02
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dcbeers

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

05-15-2013 02:36:06 | More by dcbeers
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-04-2013 02:11:28 | More by Gonzoillini
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fastrodney

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

04-30-2013 22:32:14 | More by fastrodney
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JimKal

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark red brown with a tan two finger head. Leaves a lot of lacing as you drink it.

S: Malty aroma

T: This just didn't work for me. I do like this style but I think this one doesn't come close to the style. It does promise a hoppy taste and it delivers on that. But, it just didn't taste right to me. The hops and the malt just seemed to clash.

M: Decent medium to full mouthfeel.

O: I've had three of these on different days to see if my impression changed but this is one I won't be buying again. I had high hopes for it but it just doesn't work for me.

Serving type: can

04-28-2013 13:51:03 | More by JimKal
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OldhouseRecs

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-20-2013 01:51:26 | More by OldhouseRecs
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted 6 April 2013.

Pours a deep, rusty orangeish red. Mostly clear, letting a lot of light through it. I can see the bubbles on the far side, but it's not like looking through glass. One finger of off-white head, decent retention and nice lacing. A solid ring of bubbles and half-cap on the surface.

Smell is really toasted, like a marzen. The most obvious thing I get in the nose is those biscuity toasted malts. It's not bad, but there's not a whole lot to it. Can says it's supposed to be hoppy; it is not. There's a faint herbal nudge in the back, but that's it.

Taste is more interesting. Has more of the Scotch ale twang. Earthy, not exactly peaty, but the mildly bitter black earth or black tea flavor that I get from a lot of Scotch ales. Also has an interesting honey-like sweetness, right in the middle, that fades out. There's a little bit of unpleasant bitterness that I'd like to wash away, and slants more towards that in the finish, but mostly I like it.

Feel is pretty flat. Ends up feeling like uncarbonated soda. Lasting, too. Flat to lightly syrupy/oily to watery.

Interesting beer. I like the taste, where that earth/tea flavor really shines, and the sweetness adds a lot of complexity to it.

Serving type: can

04-19-2013 06:38:44 | More by zeledonia
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csparace

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance (4.00) – From a 22oz to a Matilda (my favorite glass ever). Pours a slightly hazy red amber. Epic amounts of carbonation coming to the top. Generous 2 finger head that hugs the sides as it fades. Really thick lacing coats the sides, honestly detracting from the appearance.

Smell – (4.00) Orange, malt, and mild hops present. A yeasty overtone to the combination. Roasted character is defnitely present.

Taste – (4.25) Initial impression is that of a roasted barley. Something seems really familiar but its hard to put a finger on it. There is a slight chocolate impression that comes later. A harsh caramel – that's it. The finish is surprisingly hoppy and you get a late crunch. Long after the sip you still have some crunch lingering.

Mouthfeel (4.50) Great carbonation level – it feels as it looks. Its has a medium to light heaviness to it. Lips are as sticky as if I were drinking a stout. There is a slightly sweet quality to it. Very satisfying to drink.

Overall (4.25) – This is pretty interesting to me. Its got a really awesome roasted flavor to it but then finished with the familiar hop crunch. Perfect carbonation levels. The appearance is quite nice too, except, the lacing it out of control. Its like an insulating lining on my glass.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 03:39:49 | More by csparace
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blackie

Virginia

4/5  rDev +11.1%
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
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-11-2013 02:42:28 | More by Daniellobo
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oline73

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-09-2013 00:26:03 | More by oline73
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

04-04-2013 01:04:48 | More by BigTrubble
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium garnet red in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some dark amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a mottled surface of thin film with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts with light amounts of caramel sweetness and slightly stronger aromas of pine hops. There is a touch of citrus/orange rind hops as well once the beer warms up a little.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of toasted malts with some caramel, toffee, and brown sugar sweetness - but not overly sweet. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of pine/resin and citrus/orange rind hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness which do not linger for too long.

M: Medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Overall this is an enjoyable beer and it hides the ABV pretty well, I enjoyed the hoppiness but still found it relatively easy to drink. Nothing exceptional but a better American offering in the Irish Red Ale style than I normally come across.

Serving type: can

03-27-2013 23:32:53 | More by dbrauneis
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Shatter

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-17-2013 11:57:44 | More by Shatter
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Duvel

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

03-08-2013 15:32:59 | More by Duvel
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baklo

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -16.7%

02-20-2013 23:16:26 | More by baklo
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

02-06-2013 23:14:55 | More by Haybeerman
Hot Rod Red from Aviator Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.