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HogWild IPA - Aviator Brewing Company

HogWild IPAHogWild IPA

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187 Ratings
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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:
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(Beer added by: atsprings on 03-03-2009)
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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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nUgZ

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2012 20:19:36 | More by nUgZ
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 22:06:26 | More by dbrauneis
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cosmicevan

New York

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 18:56:03 | More by cosmicevan
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Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 21:14:38 | More by Gavage
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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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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a 1/4 gallon fliptop growler at Growlers on Hilton Head...
Was unsure about the glassware situation at our condo so I also picked up an 8 oz taster half pint glass into which I've begun pouring the previously aforementioned growler.

Very nice clear golden body. Good pale color here! Whitish head of a foamy finger. Nice retention and solid lacing in a thick sticky ring.

Smells citrusy, mainly grapefruit, but there is a little candied pineapple note that almost certainly comes from a mingling of sweet malt with fruity hops-- however it is accomplished, I admit I like it. Quite a bit.
The overall beer is very dry and highly bitter on the finish. Not exactly the most refreshing, thirst-quenching beer, but a very good flavor. Some light toast/bready malt holds a touch of sweetness before the hops own this thing; grapefruit, pine, and even a little floral grassiness.

Feels pretty spot on; medium body, good carbonation.

Overall-- put this in a can and I'd bring a case home with me. As it is, I'll probably look for a 6pack of bottles (is it in 12 oz bottles, or just the bombers?).
This is a very solid ipa. Enjoyable daily drinker for sure.

Serving type: growler

09-22-2012 01:23:52 | More by AleWatcher
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busterwhite

Georgia

4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle picked up at the Beer Dispensary in Apex, NC. Pours a dark gold with a rocky 2 finger head and a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of pine, citrus and some sweetness from the malt.

Grapefruit rind on the front followed by oranges and tangerines. Malt is not too sweet but balances the hops perfectly. Leaves a nice dry bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

Overall this is a very good IPA. Great citrus flavor balanced just right by a solid malt backbone.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 12:56:42 | More by busterwhite
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turnerk3

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an impeccable dark golden coloration accompanied by perfectly matching true white head. The retention is spot on for the style.

S: There is a barrage of deep citrusy aromas. A subtle floral essence eventually prevails, which adds excellently to the citrus.

T: Hops definitely provide the correct grapefruit zest common in most IPAs. The malts really do not influence the taste as much as they do the aroma. The main aspect is definitely focused on the hops.

M: The lack of influence from the malts leaves a dry bitterness on the back of the palate. The carbonation is exceptional and does an excellent job a distributing the flavors, but there could be a pinch more malt characteristic to alleviate the dryness.

O: This is a relatively commendable brew. Very easy to drink and bestows a beer that any hop-head would enjoy.

Serving type: growler

08-06-2012 23:03:36 | More by turnerk3
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5thOhio

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a frothy head that almost, but not quite dissipates, leaving a thin film of foam. Slight delicate strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma is fresh and mildly citrus.

Taste surprises me---mostly pine, herbal and a hint of styptic pencil. From the aroma I expected more citrus. I had this on tap in Raleigh a few months ago and remember it being much more citrus with a finish that carried that hint of sweetness a citrus IPA will bring. This one starts and ends assertively bitter.

Mouthfeel is strong on carbonation with a medium body.

If you like a good, bold astringent IPA, this one's for you. I'd definitely drink this again, preferably on tap.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 21:39:57 | More by 5thOhio
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Onenote81

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on-tap at Red Robin in Mooresville. Spent a day on the lake and needed some red meat and beer close it out. Glad to see this one on tap in the midst of below-average beer. Came out poured-to-the-brim a deep orange/gold. The nose was ripe with fresh hops. Carried with it a mild toasted finish.

Moderate-to-full feel. Carbed up well. Hops are king in this one. Bitter goodness, with a subtle sweet kiss, takes over. Peppery and spicy as well. I've got to take a bite of burger to calm my tastebuds down after sipping this one. A really bitter one here. I like it. Not the most refreshing IPA out there, but this gets it done. Nice work, Aviator.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2012 14:28:43 | More by Onenote81
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oberon

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 20:31:47 | More by oberon
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avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 12:10:51 | More by avalon07
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date. The body was bright golden and clear with active carbonation. There was an irregular, barely off white, creamy head. There was clumpy lacing and solid cap throughout.

The smell was candied citrus and tea. Slightly of wheat bread. Fresh and nice.

The taste was orange rinds and caramel malt sweetness. The long lingering grassy bitterness outlasts the clean sweetness. Flavorful and very drinkable.

The mouthfeel was medium to thin with a smooth, slickness that gave way to gentle carbonation. Overall very nice IPA, well constructed.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 02:47:29 | More by Cresant
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largadeer

California

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 04:32:08 | More by largadeer
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daliandragon

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, I think i really like this. Golden copper color and bushy head with great lace. Cloudy body with plenty of floaties. Par for the course but nice. Sweet on the nose at first but then its a little more hop centered. Caramel, citrus, and pine.

The flavor is not so much balanced as split. Initially some nutty malts. Earthy but not weak hops follow in equal strength. There is definitely a heavy dose of booze in each pint glass of this so I could see some cap to the drinkability. Overall, a really impressive growler from these local brewers. Can't believe that I haven't tried this one yet.

Serving type: growler

04-13-2012 03:28:21 | More by daliandragon
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2012 22:58:48 | More by brentk56
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nataku00

California

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a clear orange with a finger and a half of bright white soapy head. Head dissipates after a few minutes, leaving a thick layer of lacing to some soapy film. Carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is fairly mild, some sweet citrus hops, orange and grapefruit, and floral aromas. Some lightly toasted grain sweetness.

Taking a sip, grapefruit peel and pith bitterness, some sweeter orange following. Finishes with some lighter floral hop flavors and toasted grains. Lingering citrus pith bitterness on the tongue.

Light bodied and very carbonated, though not too prickly on the tongue. Pretty easy to drink, pleasantly bitter IPA. Glad I was able to try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 02:23:44 | More by nataku00
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2012 01:24:23 | More by tdm168
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Paincane

Georgia

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden amber appearance when poured into Imperial pint glass. Thin white head leaving behind moderate lace.
S: Floral and pine aromas strike the nose in anticipation of flavors that are similar.
T: Very hoppy, piney flavor that finishes clean with lingering bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: Nice IPA that I would definitely enjoy again given the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2011 00:15:09 | More by Paincane
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at the FV draft house. Huge hop aroma but the malts easily back up and support the hops. Smells slightly sweet with loads of citrus and pine hops. Really nice bitterness. The caramel malt certainly cedes and leaves the way for the hops to shine. Again, more biscuitiness without any oversweetening from any caramel malts. Bitter yet quite balanced. Medium bodied on the tongue with perfect carbonation. Great balance between malt and hop. There must be some English hops thrown in there as well because there is some earthiness and mustiness found in the English counterpart style. Perhaps a Limey married a Yankee? Definitely a solid beer for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 20:50:33 | More by SaCkErZ9
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a touch hazy golden amber. Thick white head descended slowly.
S- Herbal hops, a touch of grass, and a bit of pine.
T- Same here, herbal hops being the key player with some evergreen flavors in the background. Well balanced with bready malts poking through.
M- Moderate carbonation, smooth body, maybe a touch light, but that's all good.
D- Not a complex beer, but it's easy drinking and paired well with pesto-base pizza. Would drink another.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2011 03:42:03 | More by jsprain1
HogWild IPA from Aviator Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.