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Aviator Red - Flying Bison Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Bison Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: shirfan on 03-24-2003)
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Reviews by Illinick:
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Illinick

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -16.4%

A: Dark brown mahogany with reddish hues. Small tannish head that recedes quickly and becomes thin layer with minimal lacing.
S: Big malt up front, followed with some stone wheat and other dark bread scents and some slight earthy scents. Also on subsequent quaffs some slight bitter hop scents in there towards the end.
T: Average flavor profile that is dominated by sweet malts, dark stone wheat bread flavors, and a generic dark, dry bready flavor. Some bitter hops peeking through towards the end that display very slight citrus pulp flavors. The dry and sweet malt flavors dominate.
MF: medium light that finishes slightly dry.
Overall: An average amber that displays some irish red flavors. The dry, bready malts become a little too much as it warms.

01-19-2007 21:08:05 | More by Illinick
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oberon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

A real nice offering from a small brewery in Buffalo and am very glad I found it.Pours a great deep red with a creamy sticky a real pleasure to look at,aroma was all malt,toasted malt and biscuity.Taste was also very toasty with nice sweetness a nice toasted malt aftertaste made this a real winner.Normaly I cant drink to many reds but I was able to have a few of these with ease,a very nice beer.

11-06-2003 13:38:25 | More by oberon
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%

Rust in color w/ some copper edges in the light, which just barely passes throught. A full two fingers of tan head that goes nowhere...some thick, creamy lacing sticks to the side of my shaker glass.
Nice aroma of carmelized malt and a hint of licorice.
Taste is not at all what I was expecting...this ale has many characteristics of a porter...tons of malt, chocolate, and a subtle smokiness. Minimally bitter in the finish...decent dose of hops.
Mouthfeel is above average and the drinkability is decent...no hint of alcohol at all.
A solid offering from Flying Bison.

08-10-2005 23:49:41 | More by warriorsoul
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

served into a guinness pub glass from a 12oz. brown bottle with a crimp-on cap.

Cloudy,medium coppery color,reddish hue.White head dissapating to a layer of soapy bubbley foam,with spotty lacing down the glass.

Moderate malty aromas very roasty and carmelly with hints of chocolate.A little fruitty,not any hop aromas present.

The taste was a lot better than the smell and appearance would indicate.Complex malt tastes very roasty and carmelly,also nutty/chocolaty,very good malty taste.The finish was a clean,sharp bitterness with a nice spiceyness.

A medium mouthfeel,slightly cloying,a bit grainy.a nice hop swell on the palate. A very good beer overall,very pleasing and tasty.Could drink the one all nite long.

12-03-2006 04:04:32 | More by jcdiflorio
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mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-15-2011 04:53:47 | More by mjtiernan
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dogfishandi

New York

3.6/5  rDev -3%

12oz bottle pulled from the fridge. split with my father, poured into a standard pint. a local staple here in buffalo. pretty much the only brewery in the city that bottles there beer. bottle says its brewed in the "irish" style.

the pour reveals a clear bodied brown, ruby red color. small layer of biege colored head with average retention. tiny bits of lace.

the smell is quite malt forward. various kinds of caramelized malt, toasty, a touch biscuity, and a bit of a fruit like aroma, similar to that of a brown ale.

the taste follows suit, mostly toasty, caramel malts, a little fruit, and a little buttery biscuit. small doses of herbal hop bitterness in the finish.

light to medium bodied, carbonation is decent.

i could drink this all night, nothing extraordinary, but its a well crafted local staple. definatly a nice session choice if you live in the buffalo area.

11-06-2010 20:10:22 | More by dogfishandi
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%

Appears a Deep ruby red with a caramel toned head leaves nice full bands of lacing around my pint. Aroma contains a full nutty caramel malt profile with a touch herbal hop character. Flavor has creamy nut edge with soft chocolate and nut undertones low bitterness with some herbal tones in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied creamy edges with even carbonation. Drinkability is a solid all around drinking Irish Red that goes down smooth.

10-13-2006 22:15:56 | More by WVbeergeek
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CloudStrife

New York

3.69/5  rDev -0.5%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep ruby brown with a mild off white head. Dissipates in a minute or so, doesnt leave much lacing.

S: Chocolate malts come to mind when I smell this beer. Nice roasty quality to it. Dark fruits also come into play.

T: This beer comes across as a malt forward, roasty red ale. Hops take a back seat as the malt dominates the profile. A pretty sweet beer. Touch of a metallic taste.

M: Medium body with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Finish is clean enough to keep this sessionable.

Overall not a bad beer. Lots of good malt flavor going on. Give it a go if your into red ales.

09-15-2013 20:51:50 | More by CloudStrife
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +10%

Just had the Aviator Red during a black friday lunch at Cooper's in Scranton, PA. I know, Scranton, but it is a very good beer bar. The beer pours a nice slightly light brown color with a nice head in the glass. I can pick up some slightly toasty notes to this one, nice and malty with a bit of chocolate as it goes down. The malt in this red ale is a nice touch and makes this beer a good one to have a few of without a problem. For $3.75 a bottle, not a bad deal. Definitely worth a try.

11-25-2005 23:27:56 | More by ggaughan
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SMark

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%

Beer was poured from a 12 ounce bottle at 43º with a bottled on date of 070207. The beer poured with a nice head. Coloring was a clear, reddish brown.

The aroma was loaded with malt and a hint of hops. These malts also displayed characteristics of roasting and/or browning.

There was a slight taste of coffee probably attributable to the roasted barley. Taste was very satisfying and fulfilling.

I felt this was a bit watery at time but the aftertaste made up for that.

Flying Bison made another good one with this effort. Again, thanks to my sister for picking this one up for me on her trip out east.

09-06-2007 01:50:00 | More by SMark
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%

Much better bottled. Fresh within days if not hours courtesy of brewmaster Tim. More generous hops for distribution made it more assertive in mouth. Bit of mint also noticed mid-sip. Much more drinkable.

Nice ruby red and beautiful creamy head. Various flavour including chocolate malt and a total of 5 malts.

07-11-2004 04:03:32 | More by Sammy
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

This fairly innocuous ale pours a slightly hazy, dark chestnut body beneath a creamy head of dark tan that holds well and leaves some tenacious splatterings of lace about the glass.
The nose is yeasty and fruity over a caramelish malt with a background of hops (Fuggles perhaps?).
The body is decidedly medium, and it's gentle carbonation leaves it somewhat creamy and smooth across the palate.
The flavor is more malty than the nose suggests, with a wide bready, caramel, and even slightly nutty character that's laced with hops, and backed by a firm bitterness. It finishes mostly dry with some residual malt, a smear of leafy and earthy hops, and a lingering bitterness.
Overall, this is a fairly basic, but still very good beer that would work well in a wide variety of situations; and pair with a decent range of basic foods.

09-14-2005 22:16:32 | More by NeroFiddled
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours a good amber/red color with some head. A good, hearty amber that still makes for a great session beer. Nice, rich caramel malts with citrus hops to match. Reminds me of Rogue's Amber. This is a great beer to have in the fridge for drinking or meals. Cheers.

10-18-2006 01:35:48 | More by tempest
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mjarosz

New York

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours reddish brown, almost reminds me of motor oil...The label says its a red ale brewed in an Irish tradition, but it almost reminds me of a non-bitter stout. Tastes like a light stout. Mouthfeel is slightly thick. I would call this an enjoying beer. Rather thick and creamy. Hard to drink quick. Overall a very good beer I will gladly drink again.

08-20-2006 03:06:26 | More by mjarosz
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%

Dark amber with slight golden influences, I wasn’t expecting such a deep color. It is off to a good start. The head was beige, at the apex the foam was one finger in height but it faded quickly to a thin cap. There wasn’t any subsequent lacing. Frankly, there isn’t much to say about the appearance beyond the darker then expected color. It is pleasant enough to look at, in a straightforward kind of way.

The nose surprised me, I was expecting a thin biscuity aroma but I found roasted malts similar to a good Brown Ale plus there was a smattering of chocolate. Nice! There are also kisses of caramel and some toffee candy. The hops don’t say much, maybe a suggestion of pine. Lightly woody. At the very back of the bouquet is a hint of rubbing alcohol. Bummer. I like the nose, flaw and all, mainly because it surprised me greatly; to bad the potency wasn’t higher. Still the bouquet is inviting.

The palate is solid; there is great balance between the roasted, chocolatey malts, toffee and piney, earthy hops. The depth of the malts is much tastier then, say, Fat Tire. However, I would like more bitterness from the hops and a tad more flavor. The hints of pine and earthy wood are enjoyable but I wish they were more articulate. At the back is warm alcohol; this seems misplaced. The finish is moderately long and this leads me to believe this beer would work very well with a burger. In other words, the palate, on the whole, is tasty but too straightforward and simplistic. This is not a knock against this beer because it is enjoyable. Friendly.

Medium in body, the carbonation is low, a bit too much so. The mouthfeel is sluggish but this doesn’t hurt the beer too much. Workable.

Drinkable? Yes… very much so in fact. I could sit back and kill a six-pack of this. Hell I might kill to try this beer on cask. If this beer were a local I would drink it often. As is, I need to thank shippos for including this bottle in the Secret Bunny Exchange!

04-24-2005 15:01:17 | More by bditty187
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drumenigma

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Bought a Six pack on a whim, felt like trying a new red style.

In the glass the beer has a pleasent redish amber color. The beer didn't pour much of a head probably because I have my beer fridge quit cold and poured in to a frosted glass. Otherwise this beer would probably pour a nice head.

The beer smells mostly of malt and a nice hint of hops to complement it.

Taste wise this beer is one of the better red ales I have tasted. I liked the malt flavor and the hops were added in just the right amount to complement the malt flavor.

06-20-2006 15:08:59 | More by drumenigma
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -17%

Ruby red hue, thick pure white head. Nose is pleasant – some fresh baked bread, dark roasted malts. Thin bodied, but not in the way of flavorings; some coffee/espresso notes, dark roasted malts, rather dry. Vienna malts come to play, rather over carbonated, minimal hop presence. Non-offensive, but average at best. Freshness may be an issue here.

12-04-2004 03:03:27 | More by GeoffRizzo
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JaredStone


4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

08-27-2012 01:39:45 | More by JaredStone
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edchicma

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

Very nice pillow head, with a medium copper color. Smell was subltle all around...light malt, hop and yeast elements. Taste was slightly off balance...initial string malt blast, bitter on mid-palate with a mild finish. Mouthfeel was very good, with a slightly dry quality. Drinkability was also enhanced by the slight dry quality.

01-06-2008 21:49:15 | More by edchicma
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Carlton1964

New York

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

05-01-2013 03:09:13 | More by Carlton1964
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tempo013

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +20.5%

Serving type- drank from a bottle on a thursday night with nothing better to do but sample a new beer
Appearance- As the name implies its a dark red color with an almond head
Smell- deep breathe and smell brings the malty aroma to mind
Taste- tastes very much like Oharas but with more flavor
Mouthfeel- very stong taste which makes the tongue tingle, tons of flavor
Drinkability- I could drink about a six pack of these delicious beers before it gets too strong

09-28-2006 23:23:44 | More by tempo013
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spark3148857

California

4/5  rDev +7.8%

02-13-2012 11:31:41 | More by spark3148857
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charlesw

New York

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%

Huge head of tiny bubbles. Deep reddish brown color - clear enough but not easy to see through.

Smells faintly of chocolate malts and strongly wet leaves and old cepes that you've just picked on a nice fall day (uh, those are mushrooms - but it really is the smell of the older ones - just past and probably damp from the wet leaves)...

Tastes like chocolate malt.

Nice and smooth in the mouth...

I see why this one has a higher score than, say, the casco bay riptide. It's much smoother - nicer to drink (well, especially if it's not hot out - and when is it hot in Maine?). If they cut back on the chocolate malts and maybe upped the hops a bit this would be an awesome beer...

12-07-2004 21:50:38 | More by charlesw
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hustlemuscle

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

Bottled 9/27/04, purchased mid october, drank 12/29/04. A buffalo import, I wish these guys well and hope they expand their bottled beer line-up.

Strong coffee malts with a tiny touch of chocolate. Nice and smooth as it warms, exceptionally so. Ruby brown, with not much of a head. Hardly any carbonation. The alchohol overpowers the otherwise ok malty, earthy smell. Coffee sneaks out from the alchohol. Very heady coffee malts-at first, but dies out quickly. A bit watery, a touch of alchohol, a touch of chocolate. Very smooth, but a bit thin. Drinkable, easy and smooth.

06-12-2005 16:06:34 | More by hustlemuscle
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MmmIPA

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

A-When I first poured this the head was like 5 inches,I must have shook the bottle up at some point but anyway.The dark red body looks good with the off white head(very thick).Some lacing on the glass.

S-All I smell here is malt and something sweet.

T-Sweetness taste and some malt.

M-Creamy head with a medium body.

D-I like this beer,Ive had Killians irish red and it almost taste alike.Ide try this beer again but not anytime soon,there are plenty of other beers out there that I wanna try more.Good though.

11-09-2006 22:51:10 | More by MmmIPA
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Aviator Red from Flying Bison Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.