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HogWild IPA - Aviator Brewing Company

HogWild IPAHogWild IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

187 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: atsprings on 03-03-2009)
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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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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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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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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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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a clean light copper pour with 2 fingers of frothy head which gave off excellent lacing and dissipated very slowly. smells of fresh hops (piney, grapefruit, garlic) and caramel. the flavor is a bit on the herbal side of hops, some light garlic spicyness, a lingering bitterness throughout with a kiss of grapefruit citrus flavor towards the finish. slightly sweet caramel bready flavor for the aftertaste. medium body, slightly creamy mouthfeel, moderate amount of carbonation.

a really nice ipa. wasn't expecting much from this one, but i'm quite happy with it.

Serving type: can

04-23-2013 00:23:26 | More by facundoCNB
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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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chinchill

South Carolina

3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: can

03-27-2013 00:10:37 | More by chinchill
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dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into pint glass

A: Nearly totally clear light orange, pale in shade, head sticks easily, white and chunky head

S: Pine but hints of fruit as well, good mix

T: Similar to aroma, but with a decent malt backbone, alcohol is present a little too much, ends with a much more resiny taste than the aroma hinted at, malt isn't caramel at all

M: Dry, lower carbonation, medium mouthfeel

O: Good qualities but some how it doesn't quite live up to its potential

Serving type: can

03-20-2013 01:34:31 | More by dpodratsky3
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tone77

Pennsylvania

2.6/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

Serving type: can

03-14-2013 11:39:19 | More by tone77
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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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SconesSPE


2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: very cloudy, had a tablespoon of sediment in one pour. The rest were less than a teaspoon.
S: a nice piney smell, a little bit stale.
T: light bodied but crisp.
M: a bit over carbonated, however light for an IPA
O: needs a lot of work. The pour was difficult because of the over finished product. The sediment in the bottom was not expected from a craft beer. Really unacceptable.

Serving type: can

02-09-2013 02:01:23 | More by SconesSPE
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wyatt13

Illinois

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

A gift from my friend Chris, who picked it up while he was back home in South Carolina. Poured from the can into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a stratified yellow to golden to caramel color, with a towering head that is dense and pillowy.

S - Citrus and hops, with a hint of spiciness.

T - More of the same, with a dry finish. Some lemony, piney notes with a refreshing bite.

M - Medium, standard for an IPA.

O - A lack of freshness may have hurt this beer, but I wish the other characteristics would have been on par with the beautiful appearance. Thanks for sharing, Chris!

Serving type: can

01-06-2013 18:39:09 | More by wyatt13
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, no date
Alchemist pint

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color. Tons of off white head. Marshmallow like, with rocky peaks. Lots of tiny bubbles. Head sticks around forever.

S: Good nose out of can. Smells of fresh kettle hop additions. Very clean. Herbaceous tea leaf aroma actually. Mild malt bill.

T: Tip of the tongue, I get some fruit and pine bitterness on the tip of tongue. Minimal male bill like the label says. Fairly thin in the mid mouth, like a pale ale. Crisp clean and dry finish. Nice simple brew. Good offering.

M: it's a light medium on the body. Easy drinking for sure.

Serving type: can

12-21-2012 16:14:42 | More by inlimbo77
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: can

11-30-2012 22:22:34 | More by KYGunner
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PDXHops

South Carolina

2.23/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 ounce can poured into an Eau Benite glass. They've got the appearance dialed in; this stuff is unfiltered way past the point of haziness and there's a huge soapy head that throws the lace left and right.

Otherwise... there's some work to be done here. An odd cardboardish aroma overpowers more appropriate smells of leafy and citric hops. The cardboard continues to rear its ugly head as the dominant flavor. Perhaps something went wrong with this particular can; there's a nice pop of bitterness and what seems to be a decent beer somewhere in there, but the off flavor just can't be overlooked. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I'm inclined to give this a shot another time, perhaps in a bottle or on tap instead.

Serving type: can

10-30-2012 17:50:56 | More by PDXHops
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fmccormi

New York

3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: can

10-18-2012 02:57:11 | More by fmccormi
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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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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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HogWild IPA from Aviator Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.