HogWild IPA - Aviator Brewing Company

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HogWild IPAHogWild IPA

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318 Ratings
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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 8
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Aviator Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: atsprings on 03-03-2009

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Photo of BeerNinja85
4.67/5  rDev +26.2%
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;)

Photo of KajII
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a murky medium orange with an average (1-2 finger) off white frothy head that receded slowly, down to a large fluffy cap which lasted throughout and produced full sheets of sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a biscuit malt, floral and spruce hops and a cheesy yeast with notes of citrus (orange and lemon peel), a light fruity ester (pineapple I believe) and caramel.

The taste was mildly sweet with a hint of caramel at first, but quickly became extremely hoppy and lightly fruity with a bold citrus peel bitterness that had a nice bite right at the end. The flavor hung around for a very long time after the swallow with everything else finally giving way to a long lingering citrus peel bitterness.

Mouthfeel was almost medium in body and extremely dry in texture with a carbonation that just past medium in intensity.

Overall this was an exceptional IPA with a strong bold bitterness, which was balanced nicely by a light fruitiness and a mild caramel sweetness giving it a smooth and easy drinkability…

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Photo of GJ40
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of Mojo
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
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

Photo of tone77
2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

Photo of LXIXME
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pilsner glass.

A- Pours a touch hazy amber. 2 finger white head descended slowly with little lacing.
S- Herbal hops and pine.
T- Herbal hops with some sweet malts.
M- Moderate carbonation, light body.
D- Not bad, like the higher ABV. A very drinkable beer. Would get again.

Photo of SconesSPE
2.82/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

Photo of wyatt13
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Photo of inlimbo77
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of KYGunner
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of nUgZ
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of PDXHops
2.25/5  rDev -39.2%
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.

Photo of fmccormi
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

HogWild IPA from Aviator Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.