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HogWild IPA - Aviator Brewing Company

HogWild IPAHogWild IPA

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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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Photo of Cylinsier


4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours amber gold with a touch of lacing after the head goes down.

Smells of rich floral hops with a honey sweetness.

The flavor is of hops, but dry and more bitter. Clover and citrus follow subtly.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Pretty tasty IPA, like the hints of honey to offset the bitter hops. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2011 02:26:06 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of callisbeers

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at home. Hazy with a nice golden orange color with nice head and lacing. Slight citrus/grapefruit smell. Taste is a bam of hops that leaves a slight bitter taste in the mouth for a couple of minutes after a swig. Hopheads will love this beer, it may be too bitter for others. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good if you love hoppy bitterness. One or two might be the limit here.

I really enjoyed this beer. It is probably one of the hoppiest, maybe not the most flavorful, IPA in the local area. I had also tried this from a growler a week or so before buying a keg (just to make sure I liked it) and got a much more distinct flavor profile from the growler. It was like you could almost taste each and every hop. Not sure why that was but it was. I was also happy with this beer because I had not had an Aviator beer in a while and had decided to give it another go. I frequented this brewery when it first opened and soon discovered that almost all the different beer styles had a very similar taste. Not sure if it was a certain yeast strain or sanitation or what, but there was very little difference in taste. I think now with there new location and new brewing tanks things have definitely changed for the better. I am looking forward to retrying other styles.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2011 12:05:21 | More by callisbeers
Photo of drabmuh


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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2011 20:23:57 | More by drabmuh
Photo of blackie


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: shaker pint serving, slightly hazed golden in color with average retention of the bone-white head

s: lots of citrus hops with a light dose of fresh pine, pale malts with a subtle toasted malt aroma, bready, just fine

m: carbonation moderate, lively, with a body ranging around the lower side of medium

t: fairly standard pale malt structure with a light dosing of toast, mostly on the cleanly grainy, drier side, hops bring plenty of bright citrus without being particularly vivid or juicy, big bitter in the finish, definitely a hop-bruiser without much malt sugar to balance, but it seems to work out alright

d: big on the hop end of things, a cleansing bitterness keeping things moving

draft at Flying Saucer, Raleigh

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2011 23:52:39 | More by blackie
Photo of ghunterck


4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had the chance to try this on tap at a bar.

A: had a cloudy appearance and from what i hear from the bartender this is an unfiltered IPA

S: heavy piney hops smell. A combination of hops....not one dominating.

T: what i always look for in an IPA. It is about the hops and not the malt body. The pale malts are in there to support the hops but not to compete.

M: hoppy! and light on the malt.

D: I had a heavy head the next day cause i drank alot of this and look forward to more when in the area! The hop balance make this a very tasty beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2010 21:36:06 | More by ghunterck
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at The Wooden Nickel serve in a slim glass a murky yellow with a nice frothy khaki head. Aroma is slight crisp citrus hops an sweet malts. The taste is a nice amount of crisp citrus hops alongside sweet caramel malts. The beer is quite light, crisp and smooth with mild carbonation. This is a great beer in cask, one I would order again in a heartbeat!

Serving type: cask

10-02-2010 22:20:10 | More by atsprings
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: growler

08-22-2010 21:11:10 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of glid02


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

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.

Serving type: growler

07-28-2010 01:09:02 | More by glid02
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2010 23:39:07 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of mechamifune

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another very strong effort by aviator. Very strong hop profile and a relatively heavy, unfiltered IPA.

Not that that's a problem. Even with strong hoppiness, it still retains a sense of balance (unlike say, some of the green flash IPA i've had on tap).

Very pleasant to drink, but to me comes across as not much of a session beer or something you would drink a few of casually (like say, the Carolina IPA made a few miles down the road). While this is, overall, a very stong beer, I still think the Pale Ale is the best thing Aviator has made so far.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2009 23:14:22 | More by mechamifune
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HogWild IPA from Aviator Brewing Company
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