HogWild IPA - Aviator Brewing Company

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HogWild IPAHogWild IPA

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316 Ratings
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Ratings: 316
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 8
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Aviator Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: atsprings on 03-03-2009

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Photo of Danny1217
2.86/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Apparently a below 3 rating needs a review cause I'm an outlier. It's a subpar beer. That's all. Not memorable at all and not very good.

Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see that I can get Aviator stuff in bottle now over here in Greensboro.Poured into an imperial nonic a deep rich golden with a great two finger sticky crown that settles very slowly into a creamy-like mass.Citric and leafy hops in the nose although not real strong,a faint biscuit malt note is there as well.Leafy and grapefruit rind hop flavors with dryer bready malt base,the hops are the main attraction as they should be.A solid NC IPA,not in your face but the hops are the main attraction.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, fridge temp, snifter, no freshness info.

Pours a hazy deep orange color. Really, big, dense, billowy head, off white in color. Good head retention, but as it fades it leaves some really nice lacing and a nice rocky appearance.

Pretty balanced aroma. Bready, biscuity malt seems to come out first. Resin, grapefruit, pine, a touch floral.

The balance of the taste leans more to the hoppier side of things. You can tell your simple, classic c hops were used in this one. Pine resin, grapefruit citrus, a bit floral with some nice bready malt to round it out. Quite a bitter beer which lingers well after the finish.

Medium bodied, easy drinking.

This is a run of the mill "good" IPA. If this were a local beer or something, I could see consuming lots of this. As it is, I probably wouldn't buy this again, but worth one try atleast. Beers that come to mind that remind me of this might be 60 minute or two hearted.

Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Mixed reactions to this 12 oz can of Aviator IPA. There was too much foamy head, even with a fairly gentle pour. The medium body was about right for style and it seemed smoother than average, but there was also an astringency that I felt even on my lips.It has a very good citrus aroma from the hops followed by a relatively disappointing nad much more earthy/herbal (but good) flavor.

O: Decent but too many unflawed IPAs out there to recommend this one.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Brodie - much obliged!

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with good amounts of earthy and lightly herbal hops. Also present are very light hints of vanilla.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth pale malt flavors kick things off before being joined quickly by herbal and slightly floral hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hops fade a bit, segueing into mild vanilla flavors. The vanilla carries through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass with no problems and could have another.

Overall this is an IPA that's slightly better than middle-of-the-road. Not worth writing home about but certainly worth a shot.

Photo of LXIXME
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As usual i let the glass sit on the table and I pour the beer into it from about half an inch above the rim of the glass, in doing so this beer ends up with a nice two inch light tan head that ever so slowly settles into a nice thick biscuity lacing above a honey golden colored beer.

Pine hops aroma with some hints of herbs/floralness to it. Very nice in the first minute or two and then seemed to diminish slightly as I drank this glass of Hogwild.

Nice pine hops taste with just bits of floral hops making its presences known as this glass empties.

A light dryish aftertaste with some hops taste and slight bitterness on this medium bodied IPA.

This beer was damn tasty, good hops presence without overkilling it.

Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room in 3/2/12.

Pours an light, clear orange color with a soft, thin layer of creamy, white head that has decent retention. The nose is big, floral, and very citrusy. The flavor is lightly malty, bitter, and piny up front and finishes with a smooth, floral, citrusy hop bite. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, and smooth.

This is a well balanced, smooth, easy drinking beer. In my opinion it's the best beer that Aviator has to offer.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I unfortunately got an over-primed bottle....so the taste and smell are affected severely. The beer poured hazy orange with massive fizzy head. The smell and taste as mentioned above are similar to other over-primed beers. There is that bitter citrus and sweet malt base. The mouthfeel was medium in body with huge carbonation. Overall, I'm disappointed...hopefully others have found joy in this beer.

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pilsner glass.

A- Pours a touch hazy amber. 2 finger white head descended slowly with little lacing.
S- Herbal hops and pine.
T- Herbal hops with some sweet malts.
M- Moderate carbonation, light body.
D- Not bad, like the higher ABV. A very drinkable beer. Would get again.

Photo of bisonfort
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can at beach. Can taste higher alcohol. Very hoppy. After taste slightly off

Photo of SFNC
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden with a white head that rises like a thuderhead. The foam slowly recedes leaving some nice lacing and small foam curds. The smell is floral, resiny hops, slightly sweet, not very strong, but pleasant. The taste is grapefruit, pine and somewhat bready. Bitter, but not too much, sweet in the middle, then bitter on the finish. Not too carbonated and a bit dry when it comes to mouthfeel. a tad thin perhaps. Overall, much bette than I had expected. A solid to satisfying IPA, not an All Star, but definately Big League. I'll revisit this one again.

Photo of Treyliff
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours golden and clear with a slight haze, creamy and foamy white head with good retention after the pour

S- peppery and grassy hops, metallic, toasted bready malt, earthy tones

T- there's actually some sharp hop bitterness on the tongue up front, but not really picking up any distinct hop flavors. There's a mesh of grassy, herbal and maybe fruity. Malt takes a back seat but does come through with some bread and vienna flavors. Finish is dry and earthy

M- medium body with medium prickling carbonation, foamy mouthfeel leads to a smooth finish

O- a bit raw and rough around the edges, but a good dose of hops

Photo of KYGunner
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a canned six pack after visiting the brewery and thought a review was more appropriate when trying several. They poured a heavy creamy head each time that stood almost two inches in height. The color is an iridescent orange, almost glowing in the right light. I smell Christmas each time as the aroma is a sweet pine tree scent. A touch of lemon in the nose it follows with a nice hoppiness. The taste is smooth but
not subtle, you get a strong pine/hop flavor and a slight metallic finish. This IPA is light, easy to drink and overall a nice addition to the genre.

Photo of tone77
2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, pine. Taste is very bitter, some pine, unbalanced and not very good. Feels medium bodied and very bitter in the mouth and overall I did not care so much for this beer.

Photo of HopintheSouth
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.
A- golden amber and light orange hue
S- Citrus and an overwhelming amount of floral hops, I'm assuming the Willamette on the dry-hop. Almost too floral for me, much like dryer sheets
T- Creamy and thick malt following by a pleasant hop bite. Spicy, piney hops and a small amount of tangerine and citrus fruit that lingers.
M- Slick and creamy. Hangs around the mouth and coats everything in it's present. Well carbonated and just enough bitterness without leaving your tongue numb.

Not my favorite IPA, not a big fan of Willamette hops or this combo. A good choice if it's the only IPA around though.

Photo of nataku00
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a clear orange with a finger and a half of bright white soapy head. Head dissipates after a few minutes, leaving a thick layer of lacing to some soapy film. Carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is fairly mild, some sweet citrus hops, orange and grapefruit, and floral aromas. Some lightly toasted grain sweetness.

Taking a sip, grapefruit peel and pith bitterness, some sweeter orange following. Finishes with some lighter floral hop flavors and toasted grains. Lingering citrus pith bitterness on the tongue.

Light bodied and very carbonated, though not too prickly on the tongue. Pretty easy to drink, pleasantly bitter IPA. Glad I was able to try it.

Photo of smakawhat
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. No noticeable dating on can.

A real nice looking body color. Opaque and a perfect tangerine dark orange color, matched with a nice fluffy off white four finger head with clumpy retention. Nice thin hard to see rising carbonation, and some soapy lacing to match. Real nice.

Real nice mellow hop mix. Some faint earthy pine, and soft grapefruit like angles coming out, maybe even some hidden tropical pineapple to match as well. There's also some very noticeable dank quality to this as well. No perceived sweetness either.

Palate hits with a real nice grapefruit angle. Big and juicy with a good mix of pine and spruce dried bitterness on the finish. Light malt with a warm faint slight brown sugar. Palate is a little thin mouthfeel wise, but luckily not by much, as the flavors manage to still stand up. Hop angle is forward but not overpowering which is nice to see, but also in control. There's a little bit of tight fizz in the front palate to make it just a little fun. Some biscuity action comes as the beer warms up.

Overall, a good simple solid American IPA, real easy drinking as well.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lovely day up in the mountains that let me try a huge sample of some new NC locals. Always thrilled when a day works out like this one did.

The first one I actually came up to on this day, I needed something quick and clean and it delivered. Huge foamy pour yielded three inches of white on the top of the glass that only gradually decided to settled down and come back to earth. Still though once it did the nice medium golden amber shined through quite well and left a nice look overall on the glass. Aroma is light citric hops, grapefruit, pineapple, and a touch of bready grains as it starts to warm. A little but light on the palate the flavors just do not seem to have the punch they need, but it comes across as light and refreshing with a healthy dose of bitter, drying finish.

Overall a nicely done, and very easily session able IPA. I would have no issue at all with having more then one of these.

Photo of blackie
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: shaker pint serving, slightly hazed golden in color with average retention of the bone-white head

s: lots of citrus hops with a light dose of fresh pine, pale malts with a subtle toasted malt aroma, bready, just fine

m: carbonation moderate, lively, with a body ranging around the lower side of medium

t: fairly standard pale malt structure with a light dosing of toast, mostly on the cleanly grainy, drier side, hops bring plenty of bright citrus without being particularly vivid or juicy, big bitter in the finish, definitely a hop-bruiser without much malt sugar to balance, but it seems to work out alright

d: big on the hop end of things, a cleansing bitterness keeping things moving

draft at Flying Saucer, Raleigh

Photo of largadeer
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Generous extra from jpmclaug. Thanks!

Appearance: Pale amber pour with a dense and lasting two finger head.

Smell: Candied orange and grapefruit, a little marijuana and pine. Some malty sweetness is noticeable, but not enough to detract. Faint notes of fresh bread. Smells pretty nice, but it isn't as explosive as some of the better west coast IPAs.

Palate: Grapefruit up front, with an undercurrent of weed and resin. Faintly herbal and spicy. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with a very nicely dialed in bitterness. Malt is present but doesn't interfere with the hops much, contributing a bit of sugar cookie sweetness and lesser notes of fresh bread.

Overall: A pretty damn solid IPA from a brewery that's new to me, coming from a state that isn't exactly known for great IPAs.

Photo of fmccormi
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from 12oz can to a large wineglass; no canning date, but this was JUST released in cans so, y’know, it’s fresh. Bought same day from Sam’s Quick Shop in Durham.

Appearance (4.0): Pours a solid two fingers of fluffy, off-white head that recedes slowly to a chunky ring around the edge of the glass, leaving some splotchy lace evenly distributed around the glass. The body is a nice, warm golden color—no reddish hues at all, just a rich, toasted yellow color.

Smell (3.5): Nice, green hop smell—light pineapple and some red grapefruit, with a nice grassy note. Not overly pungent, but it’s a nice smell. Some nice, lightly toasted bread character underneath.

Taste (3.5): Solid bitterness and some hop flavor both in the herbal-vegetal vein of hop style. The malt bill is bready and understated, lightly toasted and not particularly rich—just hanging out, helping to anchor the hops a bit. Some light citrus pith is in the mix, but the bitterness and hop flavor both lean toward vegetal, but not quite oniony or anything particularly objectionable. The finish hangs on for a bit, but isn’t particularly aggressive.

Mouthfeel (4.0): The carbonation is fine-grained, evenly distributed and tingles modestly—well-done on that count. The beer’s got a medium body, lightly oily feel, and finishes dry but not parched. Pretty well balanced, in the scheme of things.

Overall (3.5): This is a decent IPA. The flavor profile isn’t quite my style but it’s balanced and an easy drinker, for sure. This would be a pretty dependable daily IPA, even if it’s a bit above session strength. Very well-priced, I paid $8.99/ sixer.

Photo of BeerDocT
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance 3.5: Poured out a deep golden color. Completely translucent. Nice 1/4" head quickly faded into CO2 foamy residue.

Smell 4.25: Wow! Amazing bouquet on this beer. Lovely notes of hop-induced citrus, specifically grapefruit and tangerine. On the same level is a wonderful and warm scent of barley malt. Promising.

Taste 4.25: Front is slightly sweet, but a big hit of alkaline bitterness from the hops lets you know what is on deck next. Middle is slightly dry, with a very nice citrus bite from the hops. Finish is where more of the hops hit, but this time it is well balanced with a dry and refreshing grainy kick that reminds me very much of Maris Otter. Aftertaste is delicious: lots of alkaline bitterness that is entirely in the back of the palate and is very refreshing.

Mouthfeel 3.75: Well balanced and complementary to the flavor of the beer.

Overall 4.0: An outstanding IPA. The hops used are all complementary to each other and are expertly balanced with a dry yet assertive barley malt taste. This beer would be an excellent session, but at 6.7%, you had better clear your calendar for the evening. Recommended!

Photo of Cresant
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date. The body was bright golden and clear with active carbonation. There was an irregular, barely off white, creamy head. There was clumpy lacing and solid cap throughout.

The smell was candied citrus and tea. Slightly of wheat bread. Fresh and nice.

The taste was orange rinds and caramel malt sweetness. The long lingering grassy bitterness outlasts the clean sweetness. Flavorful and very drinkable.

The mouthfeel was medium to thin with a smooth, slickness that gave way to gentle carbonation. Overall very nice IPA, well constructed.

Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

A: Golden cloudy with swirls of yeast within, no carbonation, 4 fingers of yellowish head. Spotted lacing.


S: Pineapple, pine, candy, peaches particularly canned peaches. Cereal, Shreddies.


T: Pineapple, pine, good solid bitterness all the way through, a brief yeast bomb, cereal malts as well.


M: Medium thick syrupy resinous body, little carbonation.


O: A solid offering. Got in Asheville, NC, drank in Kunming China Aug 31st, 2014.

Photo of mechamifune
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another very strong effort by aviator. Very strong hop profile and a relatively heavy, unfiltered IPA.

Not that that's a problem. Even with strong hoppiness, it still retains a sense of balance (unlike say, some of the green flash IPA i've had on tap).

Very pleasant to drink, but to me comes across as not much of a session beer or something you would drink a few of casually (like say, the Carolina IPA made a few miles down the road). While this is, overall, a very stong beer, I still think the Pale Ale is the best thing Aviator has made so far.

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HogWild IPA from Aviator Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.