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HogWild IPA - Aviator Brewing Company

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HogWild IPAHogWild IPA

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86
very good

69 Reviews
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Reviews: 69
Hads: 322
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 8
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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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 charlzm
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed January 6th, 2015 from a can of unknown vintage, poured into a Sam Adams "perfect pint" glass.

Beer pours a slightly hazy dark honey color. A fluffy yellow-white head almost three fingers high forms and provides very respectable sheeting all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is peppery and piney, herbal and fresh.

Flavor is unfortunately dominated by bitterness. Malt presence is thin and light, manifesting more as a wateriness than anything else. No backbone for the hops to ride on, so they're overbearing. Still, if hops are your thing, this will satisfy (if not wow) you. Peppery and piney with citrus peel notes.

Mouthfeel is average: medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Slight prickle when holding a sip in the mouth.

Overall, not as balanced or well-executed as many example of the style, but certainly drinkable. (856 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy darker golden color with off-white head. Citrus, spruce, and some grassy floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a nice hop resin bite. (182 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Total Wine & More in Ballantyne (Charlotte), N.C.
Price: $1.99
Purchased: Sept. 9, 2014
Consumed: Sept. 15, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel, orange , hazy color with 5-to-6 fingers of rocky, off-white head. Tons of streams of bubbles coming up around the glass. Very good foamy lacing along the sides of the glass all the way down. Great retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.13)

Smelled wet Cascade hops, Columbus hops, caramel, soapy pine, light crayon, faint mango, orange zest, floral hops and slight grapefruit juice. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted much different than the nose and the much different wasn’t better. Got vegetable hops, buttery earthy notes, onions, wet Cascade hops, caramel, honey, bitter mango rind, Citra hops, light floral hops and Columbus hops. Buckling bitter finish on the tongue. (Taste - 3.50)

Light-to-medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, astringent, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.38)

Not a big fan of this beer. Too earthy and too much butter veggies. (Overall - 3.50)

3.57 | 81 | B (1,093 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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. (447 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can from Tipples. Pours a pretty, clear amber orange color with a small white head on top. Aroma of strong caramel malts, some bready notes, citrus notes, some mango. Flavor is some stale hop notes, dried grass, light citrus, lots of caramel malts, on the sweet side but still a bit of dankness here. Meh. Body is resinous and a bit juicy with medium carbonation and mild bitterness on the back end. Eh. This isn't terrible but with everything else available in the style that is excellent. out there, I don't know why anyone would choose this one. (548 characters)

Photo of GallowsThief
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a can into a pint glass.

A – Deep golden yellow pour with two big fingers of white foam that sit in top like a ice cream float. Nice looker. Sticky lacing all down the glass.

S – Very floral smell with pine aromas, resin and citrus. Pleasant and stong.

T – Nice amount of hop bite right off. Grapefruit type of bitterness follows along that compliments it well. Not overpowering. Piney and earthy flavors. Finishes off with just a touch of sweetness. Solid all around.

M – Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation rolling around the palate. Finishes cleanly.

O – Very nice IPA. This is a damn easy drinker. Picked up just one can when I was in Savannah and wish I had a couple of more. I can see this being a great BBQ beer or just an easy drinker on a hot day. (800 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: This poured a nearly clear gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like nectarines and oranges and pine, with some sweet honey malt.
T: It tasted like bitter pine and unripe grapefruit, with some oranges and honey. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a nice IPA, with simple but good scent and taste and body. The finish was bitter but otherwise smooth, so not difficult to drink. Nothing special about this brew, but not bad either. (513 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
3.85/5  rDev +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. (933 characters)

Photo of ABOWMan
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice golden amber color with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Moderate lacing was apparent on my pint glass. Head retention was also fairly long lasting.

Some mild hop aroma, but more herbal than flowery. No resinous piney notes were present, but I was looking forward to a taste after a long day working in the yard. Some background aroma of bread, but only very slight.

After several sips, I was a bit disappointed that there were no floral hop flavors of citrus present, but there was a nice malty bitter balance that kept me coming back for more. I would have preferred some aromatic floral hop aromas and resinous flavor, but this ale seemed well balanced as it stood.

The mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side, but it still had enough body to make drinking it a pleasure. Given that, it was a very drinkable ale and would go down very smoothly on a warm summer eve.

I would recommend purchasing this beer, but only if you wanted more of a session style beer in mouthfeel alone. The abv of 6.7% would more than likely curtail any serious consumption. (1,068 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
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. (1,384 characters)

Photo of HopintheSouth
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (624 characters)

Photo of CodyOnTap
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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... (412 characters)

Photo of SFNC
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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 (434 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
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 (621 characters)

Photo of BeerDocT
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
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! (1,136 characters)

Photo of cottonkoozie
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of BeerNinja85
4.67/5  rDev +22.6%
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;) (434 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of GJ40
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of Mojo
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (1,150 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
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. (401 characters)

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HogWild IPA from Aviator Brewing Company
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