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HogWild IPA - Aviator Brewing Company

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HogWild IPAHogWild IPA

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86
very good

69 Reviews
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Reviews: 69
Hads: 321
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 8
Gots: 49 | 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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Reviews: 69 | Hads: 321
Photo of Cresant
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (792 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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 (398 characters)

Photo of nataku00
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of Paincane
4/5  rDev +5%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tap

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. (333 characters)

Photo of callisbeers
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (1,282 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +5%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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 (728 characters)

Photo of ghunterck
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of atsprings
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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! (360 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +5%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (911 characters)

Photo of mechamifune
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (553 characters)

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HogWild IPA from Aviator Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.