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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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HopintheSouth

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 00:10:49 | More by HopintheSouth
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KajII

North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a murky medium orange with an average (1-2 finger) off white frothy head that receded slowly, down to a large fluffy cap which lasted throughout and produced full sheets of sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a biscuit malt, floral and spruce hops and a cheesy yeast with notes of citrus (orange and lemon peel), a light fruity ester (pineapple I believe) and caramel.

The taste was mildly sweet with a hint of caramel at first, but quickly became extremely hoppy and lightly fruity with a bold citrus peel bitterness that had a nice bite right at the end. The flavor hung around for a very long time after the swallow with everything else finally giving way to a long lingering citrus peel bitterness.

Mouthfeel was almost medium in body and extremely dry in texture with a carbonation that just past medium in intensity.

Overall this was an exceptional IPA with a strong bold bitterness, which was balanced nicely by a light fruitiness and a mild caramel sweetness giving it a smooth and easy drinkability…

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Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 21:10:08 | More by KajII
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 01:19:03 | More by WoodBrew
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 00:14:29 | More by Damian74Shensky
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear light copper in color with moderate to significant amounts of visible carbonation and some orange highlights. The beer has a huge four finger dense bright white head that slowly reduces to a huge finger tall cap in the center with a full half finger covering the remainder of the surface of the beer. Very significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/orange rind and pine/resin hops with a much lighter amount of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate amounts of caramel malts with just a touch of sweetness followed by big amounts of hop flavors - mostly citrus/orange rind and pine/resin. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness but it fades rather quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront and very dry in the finish.

O: This is a very enjoyable American IPA - probably the best one that I have had from NC. There are really great hop flavors and aromas but there is also a nice balance between the sweetness from the malts and the bitterness of the hops. Easy to drink and one I would definitely grab again.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 22:06:26 | More by dbrauneis
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cosmicevan

New York

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Visiting family in NC and saw a bomber of this at a local shop so picked it up for the giant game. Enjoyed from a spiegelau glass.

a - brew poured a classic orange with visible carbonation and a generous few fingers of frothy head that slowly dissolve leaving massive chunks on the glass. Quite attractive.

s - nice dank fresh hops. Some piny bitterness on the nose. Good sweet stickiness. Nice pine notes. A bit of butterscotch and caramel, almost barleywine like. Towards the end I started picking up some tangerine notes on the nose.

t - bitter hops. A bit of grapefruit. Their is some sweet citrus from the hops but they are a bit hidden from the bitter bouquet.

m - medium bodied, bitter finish. A bit of heat.

o - overall, decent IPA. Looked awesome, but fell a bit short on the flavor as the mix of hops seems to hide the wonderful favors under lots of bitterness and a touch of alc heat. Glad to try.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 18:56:03 | More by cosmicevan
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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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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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5thOhio

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a frothy head that almost, but not quite dissipates, leaving a thin film of foam. Slight delicate strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma is fresh and mildly citrus.

Taste surprises me---mostly pine, herbal and a hint of styptic pencil. From the aroma I expected more citrus. I had this on tap in Raleigh a few months ago and remember it being much more citrus with a finish that carried that hint of sweetness a citrus IPA will bring. This one starts and ends assertively bitter.

Mouthfeel is strong on carbonation with a medium body.

If you like a good, bold astringent IPA, this one's for you. I'd definitely drink this again, preferably on tap.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 21:39:57 | More by 5thOhio
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oberon

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 20:31:47 | More by oberon
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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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Cresant

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 02:47:29 | More by Cresant
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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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nataku00

California

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 02:23:44 | More by nataku00
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humuloner22

North Carolina

3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is an alright IPA, but it was different than the ones I have been drinking lately. It had the hop presence there for sure, but it had something that was off putting to me which I will get to in a minute. But first...

Appearance: Nice golden straw color, lots of frothy head that never seemed to go away. It was served on tap and was extremely cold, which may have been some of the problem.

Smell: IPA, floral, sweet a little citrus fruit bouquet going on but not a real piney resinous smell going on. Kind of get a little of that off odor given from wheat beers.

Taste: The same type of flavors are going on but I couldn't figure out if they may have tried to add some wheat beer components to this or what, but I was definitely getting that rotten cabbage thing I get from wheat beers mixed into the hop bitterness, it was present maybe not powerful enough to turn me off, but there was something going on with it that reminded me of a wheat beer. I have not had a wheat beer I liked. It is my least favorite style of all. It seems to be a gateway, or "chick" beer style and I have never been a fan, If you have to add a slice of orange, just order a damn margarita or something out of the slushy alcohol machine. Anyway, this is my only downfall with this beer. Overall it was solid but i was offput by the wheat beer aroma and flavor I detected. Some may love it for that.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2014 04:51:11 | More by humuloner22
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CodyOnTap

North Carolina

3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: A dingy orange glow, a shade of brown hugs the hips.

S: Pine, Grape, mildewed floral.

T: Pine, a hint of grape as if you'd laid a grapevine in the bottom and are experiencing the final hints of flavor
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M: Slick, a tad muddy, I prefer my IPA's crisp or deep bodied, this is stuck in the etheral realm of adequate.

I could session this with ease, but it's not something I would go ahem...Hog Wild over...

Serving type: can

02-06-2014 00:26:20 | More by CodyOnTap
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SFNC

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: can

01-30-2014 23:50:56 | More by SFNC
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Dave1999

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber with a frothy white head.

The smell is very earthy,floral and grassy. Definitely an east coast IPA.

The taste is also very earthy and bitter. It has an almost dirty smoky quality to it.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with medium carbonation.

I'm more of a fan of the west coast IPA's but this isn't bad just average. The earthy dirt flavors are just too pronounced to say it's better than average.

Serving type: can

01-17-2014 03:12:34 | More by Dave1999
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy pale brown color with a lingering two-finger head
S: Somewhat muted, some generic grassy/hop/malt notes
T: A nice hop presence backed by grassy/herbal/earthy tones, the malt is there but backstage
M: Medium bodied, a bit bitter
O: Definitely one I'd like to try again, it's got good hops but the other qualities are unique and add nice secondary characteristics so it's not all about the hops

Serving type: can

01-04-2014 13:51:21 | More by ONUMello
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
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

Serving type: can

12-30-2013 02:29:58 | More by Treyliff
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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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cottonkoozie

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a nice craggy off white head with excellent retention. Great lacing. Color of good honey.

S - Balanced hops and malts, nothing offensive but nothing impressive either.

T - Pretty balanced, but much like the smell, good but nothing impressive really.

M - Good, very easy drinking.

Overall a good session beer.. Got this in a six pack after taking the brewery tour. I think the use of some fresh hops and more varied malts could really elevate this since they tell you there they use pretty much all hop pellets and standard barley malts. Like I said though this is still a good IPA and a good addition to the local market.

Serving type: can

11-24-2013 01:32:38 | More by cottonkoozie
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the Tap House and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a golden, crystal clear coloring with a slow carbonation flow through the body and a big, fluffy, clingy, white head. Nose of resinous hops, caramel backbone, and a subtle bitterness. Smells like an English IPA. Flavors are bitter forward, with a citrus backbone, toffee and roast notes, and a cedar pitch highlight. Smooth, robust, on a light body, with a resinous, building bitter aftertaste. Roast and bitter linger to a slick finish.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2013 03:17:03 | More by GarthDanielson
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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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GJ40

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled in a standard pint glass from a can purchased the same day at the brewery.

Nice aroma. More than I remembered. And nice flavors. Balanced malt and hops yet the hops are very expressive with some nice citrus coming through.

This is one of my favorite Aviator beers.

Serving type: can

09-10-2013 01:02:13 | More by GJ40
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HogWild IPA from Aviator Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.