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HogWild IPA - Aviator Brewing Company

HogWild IPAHogWild IPA

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187 Ratings
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%


Brewed by:
Aviator Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: atsprings on 03-03-2009)
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BeerNinja85

North Carolina

4.66/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is very hoppy and also tastes great. Aviator hit a homerun with this one! I was surprised the first time I had a taste of this tasty beer because the hops were strong. After drinking I could not drink too many other IPA's as they tasted more bland. I think that once you try this full flavor IPA you will enjoy the robust taste. The other positive note is that it is made in North Carolina and our state has the best beers;)

Serving type: can

10-13-2013 12:34:51 | More by BeerNinja85
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daliandragon

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, I think i really like this. Golden copper color and bushy head with great lace. Cloudy body with plenty of floaties. Par for the course but nice. Sweet on the nose at first but then its a little more hop centered. Caramel, citrus, and pine.

The flavor is not so much balanced as split. Initially some nutty malts. Earthy but not weak hops follow in equal strength. There is definitely a heavy dose of booze in each pint glass of this so I could see some cap to the drinkability. Overall, a really impressive growler from these local brewers. Can't believe that I haven't tried this one yet.

Serving type: growler

04-13-2012 03:28:21 | More by daliandragon
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Mojo

Alabama

4.46/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can -> Dogfish Head Glass

A - just beautiful. Pour up a slightly hazy very full gold with a one and a half finger head, great retention, and loads of lacing all up and down the glass.

S - smell is very nice, but is not in your face. Mostly pine, resin, citrus, and bread.

T - OMG!!! The first noticeable taste is the grapefruit, powerful and assertive, but not unbridled and out of control. The finish is a big bitter hop presence that knows exactly just how bitter to go without being too bitter.

M- kind of thin, but has a nice level of carbonation. No real aftertaste.

O - what a surprise!!! I bought this at a Total Wine in NC in a mix a six deal. Had I known, I would have bought more.

Serving type: can

07-29-2013 02:18:51 | More by Mojo
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ghunterck

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had the chance to try this on tap at a bar.

A: had a cloudy appearance and from what i hear from the bartender this is an unfiltered IPA

S: heavy piney hops smell. A combination of hops....not one dominating.

T: what i always look for in an IPA. It is about the hops and not the malt body. The pale malts are in there to support the hops but not to compete.

M: hoppy! and light on the malt.

D: I had a heavy head the next day cause i drank alot of this and look forward to more when in the area! The hop balance make this a very tasty beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2010 21:36:06 | More by ghunterck
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big ups and major props to my local, in-person trader, tone77, for keeping The CANQuest (TM) in mind during his recent visit to North Carolina! I CANnot CANvey how excited I am to try some of these CANned beers!

From the CAN: "A golden brew made with Pale Ale and Vienna malts. HogWild is a veritable fest of hops. The beer is designed to let the hops shine through; the flavor is not hidden with sweet malts. HogWild is brewed with Chinook, Columbus, Cascade and dry-hopped with Magnum and Willamette. Hoppy and refreshing ale."; "SRM: 5.4".

I was so excited on the Crack to see another brimful CAN that I went with an inverted Glug and ended up with overflow for the first time in a long while. Whoops! In the meantime, my kitchen smelled like a hops processing facility - citrus (primarily grapefruit) and pine forest were prevalent. The massive, rocky, eggshell-white head slowly fell, leaving a load of lacing in its wake. Leaning in, the nose was like the proposed name of my bar - Woody's House of Rabbit, Kangaroo and Frog. Hops, hops and more hops! When I say that the head was massive and rocky, I mean that it looked like it had been sprayed out of a non-dairy whip CANnister or taken off the top of a lemon meringue pie. Color was a hazy orangish-yellow, so I was unsure about their SRM rating as I do not have a chart. The smell was starting to drive me mental! I am reading Irvine Welsh's latest, "Skagboys" and although my hop habit is not what it once was, I still occasionally get the screeching monkey on my back and this was one of those times. Mouthfeel was medium and the bitterness of the grapefruit hops was prevalent on the tongue. With all of the other data provided, I wonder why they did not tell us the IBUs. Some reviewers have taken them to task for this being unbalanced, but I say that is truth in advertising and caveat emptor! It is meant to be a hop bomb for hop heads and as a self-avowed lupulin lover, this was in my wheelhouse. Finish was dry, bone-dry, dry as the Zephyr winds blowing across the Sahara Desert dry. When I talk of a beer being gaspingly dry, this is to what I am referring. I need some water! And maybe a hit of oxygen. Whew! Good, but not for everybody.

Serving type: can

04-09-2013 20:21:44 | More by woodychandler
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Serving type: can

02-19-2013 23:22:25 | More by LXIXME
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busterwhite

Georgia

4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle picked up at the Beer Dispensary in Apex, NC. Pours a dark gold with a rocky 2 finger head and a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of pine, citrus and some sweetness from the malt.

Grapefruit rind on the front followed by oranges and tangerines. Malt is not too sweet but balances the hops perfectly. Leaves a nice dry bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

Overall this is a very good IPA. Great citrus flavor balanced just right by a solid malt backbone.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 12:56:42 | More by busterwhite
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a 1/4 gallon fliptop growler at Growlers on Hilton Head...
Was unsure about the glassware situation at our condo so I also picked up an 8 oz taster half pint glass into which I've begun pouring the previously aforementioned growler.

Very nice clear golden body. Good pale color here! Whitish head of a foamy finger. Nice retention and solid lacing in a thick sticky ring.

Smells citrusy, mainly grapefruit, but there is a little candied pineapple note that almost certainly comes from a mingling of sweet malt with fruity hops-- however it is accomplished, I admit I like it. Quite a bit.
The overall beer is very dry and highly bitter on the finish. Not exactly the most refreshing, thirst-quenching beer, but a very good flavor. Some light toast/bready malt holds a touch of sweetness before the hops own this thing; grapefruit, pine, and even a little floral grassiness.

Feels pretty spot on; medium body, good carbonation.

Overall-- put this in a can and I'd bring a case home with me. As it is, I'll probably look for a 6pack of bottles (is it in 12 oz bottles, or just the bombers?).
This is a very solid ipa. Enjoyable daily drinker for sure.

Serving type: growler

09-22-2012 01:23:52 | More by AleWatcher
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tap

Pours amber gold with a touch of lacing after the head goes down.

Smells of rich floral hops with a honey sweetness.

The flavor is of hops, but dry and more bitter. Clover and citrus follow subtly.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Pretty tasty IPA, like the hints of honey to offset the bitter hops. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2011 02:26:06 | More by Cylinsier
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BeerDocT

Georgia

4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

Serving type: can

12-10-2013 05:42:31 | More by BeerDocT
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at the FV draft house. Huge hop aroma but the malts easily back up and support the hops. Smells slightly sweet with loads of citrus and pine hops. Really nice bitterness. The caramel malt certainly cedes and leaves the way for the hops to shine. Again, more biscuitiness without any oversweetening from any caramel malts. Bitter yet quite balanced. Medium bodied on the tongue with perfect carbonation. Great balance between malt and hop. There must be some English hops thrown in there as well because there is some earthiness and mustiness found in the English counterpart style. Perhaps a Limey married a Yankee? Definitely a solid beer for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 20:50:33 | More by SaCkErZ9
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2012 01:24:23 | More by tdm168
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Onenote81

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on-tap at Red Robin in Mooresville. Spent a day on the lake and needed some red meat and beer close it out. Glad to see this one on tap in the midst of below-average beer. Came out poured-to-the-brim a deep orange/gold. The nose was ripe with fresh hops. Carried with it a mild toasted finish.

Moderate-to-full feel. Carbed up well. Hops are king in this one. Bitter goodness, with a subtle sweet kiss, takes over. Peppery and spicy as well. I've got to take a bite of burger to calm my tastebuds down after sipping this one. A really bitter one here. I like it. Not the most refreshing IPA out there, but this gets it done. Nice work, Aviator.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2012 14:28:43 | More by Onenote81
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callisbeers

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at home. Hazy with a nice golden orange color with nice head and lacing. Slight citrus/grapefruit smell. Taste is a bam of hops that leaves a slight bitter taste in the mouth for a couple of minutes after a swig. Hopheads will love this beer, it may be too bitter for others. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good if you love hoppy bitterness. One or two might be the limit here.

I really enjoyed this beer. It is probably one of the hoppiest, maybe not the most flavorful, IPA in the local area. I had also tried this from a growler a week or so before buying a keg (just to make sure I liked it) and got a much more distinct flavor profile from the growler. It was like you could almost taste each and every hop. Not sure why that was but it was. I was also happy with this beer because I had not had an Aviator beer in a while and had decided to give it another go. I frequented this brewery when it first opened and soon discovered that almost all the different beer styles had a very similar taste. Not sure if it was a certain yeast strain or sanitation or what, but there was very little difference in taste. I think now with there new location and new brewing tanks things have definitely changed for the better. I am looking forward to retrying other styles.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2011 12:05:21 | More by callisbeers
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glid02

Georgia

4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-28-2010 01:09:02 | More by glid02
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drabmuh

Maryland

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is yellow with a mild haze, big white head of small and medium white bubbles, lacing is moderate, looks good.

It smells like citrus hops and a little bit of grain.

Beer is medium to light in body and very wet on the palate. It tastes pretty good. It's a little bland and one dimensional. The leadoff is really light on flavor. There is some nice grapefruit hops and a little graininess at the end of the beer. I'd have it again but I wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2011 20:23:57 | More by drabmuh
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Paincane

Georgia

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden amber appearance when poured into Imperial pint glass. Thin white head leaving behind moderate lace.
S: Floral and pine aromas strike the nose in anticipation of flavors that are similar.
T: Very hoppy, piney flavor that finishes clean with lingering bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: Nice IPA that I would definitely enjoy again given the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2011 00:15:09 | More by Paincane
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avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bomber to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Great lacing.

S: Lots of hops in the aroma, with a touch of citrus and malt, too.

T: A very hoppy flavor here. It's very close to being a DIPA, not that that's bad. Also had some malt and citrus (grapefruit). A focused, solid flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a decidedly bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solid, generally well made IPA. Very much drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 12:10:51 | More by avalon07
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turnerk3

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an impeccable dark golden coloration accompanied by perfectly matching true white head. The retention is spot on for the style.

S: There is a barrage of deep citrusy aromas. A subtle floral essence eventually prevails, which adds excellently to the citrus.

T: Hops definitely provide the correct grapefruit zest common in most IPAs. The malts really do not influence the taste as much as they do the aroma. The main aspect is definitely focused on the hops.

M: The lack of influence from the malts leaves a dry bitterness on the back of the palate. The carbonation is exceptional and does an excellent job a distributing the flavors, but there could be a pinch more malt characteristic to alleviate the dryness.

O: This is a relatively commendable brew. Very easy to drink and bestows a beer that any hop-head would enjoy.

Serving type: growler

08-06-2012 23:03:36 | More by turnerk3
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Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a big fluffy 2" head. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: caramel, grapefruits, and some bitterness are easily detectable.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, orange, and a huge dry bitterness creates a flavorful IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and very dry at the finish. The hop oils seem to linger on the tongue forever after swallowing.

Overall: a nice beer for any hophead. Easy to drink the bomber bottle goes down pretty quick. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 21:14:38 | More by Gavage
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With an elegant malt base and a less-strict hop dominance; Aviator's flagship IPA shares an American, British, and somewhat Austrian influence for uniqueness and charm.

Bright goldenrod in color, the beer builds a frothy, creamy head that settles into a somewhat fluid density after a few minutes. Solid retention and subtle haze continue to sing the praises of a well made American IPA.

Bright, zesty, herbal, and and pleasantly fragrant- the nose is chocked full of broad grass, wood spice, pine needles and light citrus. And heading into taste, the aromas bridge over to flavor in seamless fashion. Backed by the supple and elegant malt taste of crackers, bread crust, and thin grain sweetness, the malts support the hops but never try to rival them in balance. The beer turns at middle palate away from the earthen spice and malt sweetness and toward dry malt complexes and deep, sharp and resinous bitterness that's similar to grapefruit and orange peels.

Firmly dry to finish, a return of pine accompanies alcohol warmth and soft hop-derived astringency. Its hop display is very complex and highly variant despite the bulk of flavor resides under the threshold of obvious flavor profiling. Its an easy drinking IPA that's well suited for a vast array of cuisine or occasions.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2013 19:07:12 | More by BEERchitect
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smakawhat

Maryland

4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: can

07-27-2013 17:16:34 | More by smakawhat
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mostly a clear amber liquid when it arrives, there is very little head or lacing

Smell: Citrusy pith aromatics

Taste: Hoppy from the get-go, with pithy citrus up front and a growing bitterness developing, after the swallow; just a vague hint of sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Hoppy and dry; one of the better IPAs brewed here in NC

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2012 22:58:48 | More by brentk56
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largadeer

California

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 04:32:08 | More by largadeer
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at The Wooden Nickel serve in a slim glass a murky yellow with a nice frothy khaki head. Aroma is slight crisp citrus hops an sweet malts. The taste is a nice amount of crisp citrus hops alongside sweet caramel malts. The beer is quite light, crisp and smooth with mild carbonation. This is a great beer in cask, one I would order again in a heartbeat!

Serving type: cask

10-02-2010 22:20:10 | More by atsprings
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HogWild IPA from Aviator Brewing Company
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