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HogWild IPA - Aviator Brewing Company

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HogWild IPAHogWild IPA

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very good

75 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 332
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 24.01%
Wants: 9
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Aviator Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: atsprings on 03-03-2009

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Reviews: 75 | Hads: 332
Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish amber in color—too hazy to see if there is any visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with hints of tropical fruit hops.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of caramel malts, although the hops are a little stronger and contribute notes of tropical fruits and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a malt-forward IPA, but the tropical fruit hops make this a little interesting and don't taste like an IPA from the early 2000s.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Jason
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

The hop character this beer wields is pretty crazy, very aromatic with piney, citric, and tobacco. The palate is a mouthful of grapefruit rind with a evergreen undertone. Just enough malt to keep it balanced. Slightly warming but still very quaffable.

A very well put together IPA.

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Photo of JayQue
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good IPA. Pours a clear golden color with a big frothy white head. Good head retention and thick lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus hops, not bad smell. Taste is moderately bitter with floral and citrus hops. There is some balancing biscuity malt. Mouthfeel is medium richness, crisp with some mild bitterness. There are better IPAs out there, but this one is fairly good.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. Canned on 2015-04.

A: Hazy amber. Poured with large amount of foam and moderate retention.
S: Pineapple, peach, and grapefruit.
T: Pineapple and grapefruit. Moderate bitterness. Somewhat caramel flavor. Dry.
M: Medium bodied. Smooth creamy.
O: pretty nice fruity IPA.

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Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a tulip. The brew appears a clear copper color with yellowish stained cap a finger strong.

This smells citrusy and fruity/floral. Some rindy/pithy and grassy herbal hop notes mixed in with minimal alcohol and maltiness to be noted.

This tastes bitter and rindy with some herbs. A slightly cheesy appeal with pine-like hop resin and stale grain/grapefruit aftertaste.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. Overall a decent IPA.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The aroma is a nice blend of pine, citrus, malt and yeasty bread. The color is a murky bright orange with a large white head. The flavor is big on hops and is very refreshing with a nice aftertaste bite. An excellent beer in my humble opinion.

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Photo of charlzm
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 - 4.00)

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 - 3.25)

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

3.57 | 81 | B

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Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of ABOWMan
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of humuloner22
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of HopintheSouth
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of CodyOnTap
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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
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...

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Photo of SFNC
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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Photo of Treyliff
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
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

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

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Photo of cottonkoozie
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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HogWild IPA from Aviator Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.