HogWild IPA - Aviator Brewing Company
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3.65/5 rDev -1.4%
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!
01-06-2013 18:39:09 | More by wyatt13
3.63/5 rDev -1.9%
12oz can, no date
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.
12-21-2012 16:14:42 | More by inlimbo77
3.89/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
11-30-2012 22:22:34 | More by KYGunner
3.35/5 rDev -9.5%
Enjoyed on-tap in a pint glass.
A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a 2 finger head and nice lacing.
S: Pine and citrus hops along with a small amount of malt aroma.
T: Like the smell, it starts off with pine and citrus hops with decent bitterness. There's more of a balance between the hops and malts in the taste however. Not bad, but not great.
M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.
O: A solid IPA, but not my favorite by far. I guess I'm just spoiled, but I felt like the balance was somewhat off. The hops and the malts don't blend as well as they should. Worth a try, but I doubt I'll be picking it up again.
11-25-2012 20:19:36 | More by nUgZ
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
3.65/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
11-11-2012 18:56:03 | More by cosmicevan
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
2.23/5 rDev -39.7%
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.
10-30-2012 17:50:56 | More by PDXHops
3.58/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
10-18-2012 02:57:11 | More by fmccormi
HogWild IPA from Aviator Brewing Company
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