HogWild IPA - Aviator Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev +7.6%
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
04-04-2012 22:58:48 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
05-03-2013 19:07:12 | More by BEERchitect
3.65/5 rDev -1.4%
A lovely day up in the mountains that let me try a huge sample of some new NC locals. Always thrilled when a day works out like this one did.
The first one I actually came up to on this day, I needed something quick and clean and it delivered. Huge foamy pour yielded three inches of white on the top of the glass that only gradually decided to settled down and come back to earth. Still though once it did the nice medium golden amber shined through quite well and left a nice look overall on the glass. Aroma is light citric hops, grapefruit, pineapple, and a touch of bready grains as it starts to warm. A little but light on the palate the flavors just do not seem to have the punch they need, but it comes across as light and refreshing with a healthy dose of bitter, drying finish.
Overall a nicely done, and very easily session able IPA. I would have no issue at all with having more then one of these.
06-07-2010 23:39:07 | More by mikesgroove
3.93/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
06-12-2012 20:31:47 | More by oberon
3.98/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
04-22-2012 04:32:08 | More by largadeer
4/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
02-01-2011 20:23:57 | More by drabmuh
4/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
11-03-2012 21:14:38 | More by Gavage
4.39/5 rDev +18.6%
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.
04-09-2013 20:21:44 | More by woodychandler
3.85/5 rDev +4.1%
Pours an orange/amber with a fairly decent head given that it's from a growler. Smells quite grainy and with an herbal bitterness that slowly develops. The taste has more of that thin, slightly sour graininess up front, followed by a very small touch of firmer malt, and then an almost aspirin-like bitterness at the finish. The herbal hop notes float through the whole. Quite dry, and pretty pleasant, but a little bit thin and grainy, and could use a touch more malt.
08-22-2010 21:11:10 | More by Georgiabeer
3.93/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
11-24-2012 22:06:26 | More by dbrauneis
4/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
07-27-2013 17:16:34 | More by smakawhat
4.35/5 rDev +17.6%
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.
02-19-2013 23:22:25 | More by LXIXME
4.08/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
03-03-2012 01:24:23 | More by tdm168
3.36/5 rDev -9.2%
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.
03-27-2013 00:10:37 | More by chinchill
4/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
07-28-2010 01:09:02 | More by glid02
3.49/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
10-28-2013 03:17:03 | More by GarthDanielson
4/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
05-07-2012 12:10:51 | More by avalon07
3.18/5 rDev -14.1%
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.
06-10-2013 01:19:03 | More by WoodBrew
HogWild IPA from Aviator Brewing Company
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