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Aviator Red - Flying Bison Brewing Company

Aviator RedAviator Red

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117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.02%

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:
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(Beer added by: shirfan on 03-24-2003)
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Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 20:51:50 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of ThePorterSorter


3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a rusty, dried blood red with a wispy tan head that fades quickly, but keeps a thin blanketing throughout drinking. The nose and taste are all malt and NO hops or spice. There is big upfront caramel and a slight bite from the alcohol. The aftertaste is slightly tangy and bitter, but it's way overpowered by the malt. I
t's still a pretty drinkable beer while waiting for food...Probably would pass on this beer in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2012 21:45:54 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of match1112


3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a beautiful ruby red color. an inch of thick creamy tan head slowly settles into a patchy sea foamy cap leaving minimal lacing. nose is very sweet and malty, some chocolate, dark fruit and hops. taste is also very sweet from the malts used. not overly hopped or bitter. unfortunatly there is a certain something in there that gives it an astringency that makes the after taste unfavorable. almost like i let an asprin dissolve on my tongue. mouthfeel seems a tad thin for the style. carbonation is good.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 13:36:44 | More by match1112
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a nice mahogany color with a white head. The head faded relatively fast to leave a persistent film on the top of the brew with some moderate lacing.

Smell – The smell was largely of roasty malt with some toffee and caramel sweetness.

Taste – The taste is very similar to what was detected in the nose. There was a roasty malt flavor up front. Some sweeter flavors of toffee and caramel develop in the middle of the taste. These sweeter flavors persist, but toward the end are again dominated by a more roasty flavor which lingers on the tongue well after the brew is gone from the mouth.

Mouthfeel – Creamier then the average beer of its strength with a lighter to moderate level of carbonation. The body feels nice on the tongue and allows the roasty tastes to really permeate the tongue.

Overall – Easy drinking and affordable. It is somewhat one-dimensional, but overall makes for a good session brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 00:29:24 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Tucquan


3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-11-22 in Columbia, PA

A - Pretty clear mahogany with a 1-finger head that fades quickly and leaves little lacing.

S - Caramel, bread and minty spice.

T - Raisin and prune, medium-roasted astringent malt hinting at caramel and chocolate. Not much citrus flesh but there's a breath of mint and some zest bitterness as it dries.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Watery feel.

O - Not a bad. There's a fair amount of flavor for this 5.25% ABV brew but it's not a flavor profile that really grabs me.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 17:40:02 | More by Tucquan
Photo of gabedivision

New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz to a snifter glass.

Pours a dark amber red with hints of brown and orange and big healthy 2 finger head. Sweet bready malts hit the nose with touches of chocolate, cherries, almost a fudge brownie kinda smell with a smokey touch on the finish. A not too overwhelming caramel and chocolate, big malts on the tongue mixed with touch of bittersweet spice from the hops, again a little bit of a smokey/roasted feel. Medium to full bodied in feel, yet very easy to drink. This is Flying Bison's best year round beer, its an excellent choice if your in the Buffalo area.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 02:33:39 | More by gabedivision
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear mahogany with a sturdy, three-finger head; nice stickage leaving clumps of lace

Smell: Caramel malt and grain, with a hint of mint

Taste: Caramel malt, up front, with the bitter grainy character arriving in the middle; the mint in the aroma turns into an astringence on the tongue that clobbers the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The astringence was a real setback, as I liked the other elements of the beer

Thanks, silverx, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 21:14:40 | More by brentk56
Photo of Stoutman88

New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle with bottled on date.
"A malty red ale, brewed in the Irish tradition."

Appearance: Deep red color, very little transparency. Good head retention.

Smell: Not much on the nose with this beer. Smells faintly of grains

Taste: Malty sweetness that ranges from caramel, to vanilla. Some biscuity notes. Hops have a spicy note, with some bitterness and citrus. possible floral notes.

Mouthfeel: A light body. Good carbonation

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Light body with balanced taste aromas goes down smoothly.

Notes: This beer was very well balanced and flavors were complimentary. Not the most complex beer, but delightfuly simple. A good beer from Buffalo, where I live. An Irish style drank in an Irish City.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 07:28:38 | More by Stoutman88
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 20:10:22 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear ruby red with a thin head of tan foam. Malty, caramel aroma, toast, coffee and dark fruit. Caramel flavour with maltiness, hints of plums and cherries and a moderately bitter finish. On the sweeter side, slightly astringent, and medium carbonation. Fairly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 22:35:53 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark brown with purplish-red highlights and a big beige head. The smell is lightly toasted malts with a tiny bit of hops. The taste starts off with some slightly smokey sweet toasted malts that gives way to a kick of hops that stay through to the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly watery with some crisp carbonation. This beer is pretty drinkable and even though it's a bit one-note it's still worth snagging if you can find it for cheap.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 02:24:34 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger

New York

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the old pink:

A: Relatively dark amber in color, hard to contrast with the dark interior. Frothy foam head that stays around for most of the trip. Lacing is a timepiece in itself.

S: Caramelized malts

T: Sweet on the intake, the sweet malts take over...

M: Semi-medium bodied, little sticky, pleasant withdraw

D: Good local brew at best. Recommended to those who want to embrace local bohemia. My favorite Flying Bison beer, their staple, my gateway into craft...

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2009 07:54:58 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
Photo of penguinjive7

New York

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a nice deep brown with a substantial, fluffy head. Lacing carries all the way to the bottom of the glass.

The smell is initially of toasted malt with a hit of caramel.

The toasted malt again comes through first in the taste followed by some earthyness provided by the hops. The flavors are balanced well to create a smooth finish.

This brew is light in the mouth, yet full of flavor and the carbonation is done well.

This is a very drinkable brew. I could easily session this one. Nothing overly complex here. But it does what it does very well.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2009 04:12:57 | More by penguinjive7
Photo of yesyouam

New York

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(On tap at Top of the Falls in Niagara Falls, NY)
Aviator Red is a solid, slightly sparkling red ale with a small, soft off-white head that is fully diminishing. The aroma is of fresh wooden hops, some resin, a bit of caramel malt and peppery alcohol. It is soft and smooth in the mouth; medium bodied and a bit flat. It is well bittered with a wooden resin flavor. The malt is tart and a bit sour. It is a slightest touch sweet when it first touches the tongue. It's pretty well balances but perhaps a bit raw. It leaves the mouth with a chalky feeling. I thought perhaps this was a Scotch ale, but with more hop presence than I would expect from one of those. Not bad at all.
(rated Jul 7, 2007)

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2008 13:44:19 | More by yesyouam
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a garnet-hued body with a bubbly, off-white head.

Smell: A simple, straight-forward aroma of dark caramel and toasted grains.

Taste: Dark caramel maltiness with a slight sweetness. Lightly astringent toasted graininess. Earthy hop character and medium bitterness. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Eh, it's just an average red at best.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 03:36:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Did the brewery tour and liked this one fresh from the tank, picked up a 6er sample at the store. Poored deep copper in color with about 1/4" of cream colored head that dissipated quickly but had bits hang on around the edge of the glass that left nice lacing. Taste isn't quite what I remember but I was drinking it straight from the tank they were bottling the next day so... typical of other red ales I've tried. Very easy to drink and may have to go straight to the source next time...

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 17:29:13 | More by sliverX
Photo of ffejherb


3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 8/8/08.

A - Deep ruby red body with cranberry highlights and light tan head that receded into some patchy retention and left spotty lacing.

S - Prominent toasted grain aroma with just a touch of mild char and earthy hops that are countered with caramel and toffee sweetness, and even a trace of butterscotch candy and vanilla. This has a really strong grainy aroma with lots of sweetness.

T - Much like the aroma, there's lots of toasted grain flavor paired with sweet caramel and toffee as well as an underlying bready maltiness that emerges late in the game. Hops are mild and possess a dark, earthy quality.

M - Medium body with syrupy texture and average amount of carbonation. Residual sweetness on the tongue with very minimal bitterness.

D - I tried this based on a recommendation from a friend from the Niagra Falls area (thanks Doug), and this was a pleasant surprise. This is a nice red ale with tons of grainy flavor complemented by plenty of bold sweetness. I will definitely try other offerings from Flying Bison in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 23:48:12 | More by ffejherb
Photo of number1bum


4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a scarlet red color with a soft and very creamy two fingers of khaki colored head. Head retains very well and leaves lots of stick.

Big malt aromas in the nose, caramel especially but a hint of chocolate, as well. Some pine hops, too.

Taste is extremely smooth. Lots of caramel malt flavor, and again a hint of chocolate, but the level of sweetness is very appropriate. Some bitter, piney hops are most apparent through the finish.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, and this is very easy to drink, as well.

This is a tasty and solid brew. This one is even a bit past what would probably be a best by date (has a brewed on date, not a best by date) and so the hops have mellowed a bit, but it still drinks very well.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 20:46:03 | More by number1bum
Photo of HopDerek


3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with ruby highlights, thin tan head has little retention and some spotty lacing. Smells of sweet and roasted malt and citrus hops. Taste is very sweet, brown sugar and caramel mixed with roasted malts with a citrus rind dry finish. Medium in body and low in carbonation. Semi-crisp with a dry finish. A good effort by Flying Bison, very sweet but with a good roasted kick as well as a nice dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 18:49:41 | More by HopDerek
Photo of geexploitation


3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark for an Irish Red, with dark, mahogany highlights and little head or carbonation. Mostly malty smells here, but there's a slight stony or sulphury element lurking in the background. On the palate, juicy caramel malts and a bit of a roasted character balance with a bit of hop bitterness and dryness at the finish -- but only a bit; the beer is rather sweet overall. Mouthfeel is still and heavier than expected due to the low carbonation level. Overall, this is a pretty delicious Irish red that would make a great session(ish) ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 04:37:04 | More by geexploitation
Photo of edchicma


3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 21:49:15 | More by edchicma
Photo of SwillBilly


3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Phatz for bringing this down. Poured from 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a deep, hazy amber with very thick and foamy off-white head that lasts forever. Lacing slides down the glass with little "stickiness".

Smell: Slightly sweet with brown sugar and caramel dominating. Very faint citrusy hoppiness tries to break through the rich malt nose.

Taste: 1st sip and this beer is slightly oxidized. Has the tell tale taste of wet carboard. After further inspection, this beer was bottled back in January. Once you get past the slight oxidation and nice malty beer breaks through with hints of caramel, bakers chocolate and brown sugar. The middle moves along to a finish that is more the sweet caramel like malts but also this where the hops finally shine through with a distinctive citrusy rind like bitterness that lingers long on the tongue after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Rather dry and crisp for a malty beer with ample carbonation.

Drinkability: Wish I had a fresh bottle to see what this beer is really like. The oxidation aside, I can see this being a nice Irish Red. Plenty of malty sweetness that is balanced out by some really nice citrusy hops to round things out. A decent beer all around and one a wouldn't hesitate to order or buy if available. Worth seeking out if fresh.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 21:01:07 | More by SwillBilly
Photo of SMark


3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 01:50:00 | More by SMark
Photo of Risser09


3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz Bottle Poured Into A Wine Glass - No bottling date

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish red with a 2.5 inch tan head. Excellent retention with some laving on the sides of the glass. Dimples are occuring on the head.

Smell: Sweet strawberry and malt. Vanilla pudding and overripe cherries. Fruity.

Taste: Toasted malt. Candied walnuts, almonds, and/or pecans. Coffee-like drying bitterness in the finish. Not overly complex and stubbornly drying.

Mouthfeel: Almost (and perhaps so) too much carbonation for me. It got the point where it was soapy. Otherwise, pleasantly smoothe and drying which got me drinking more.

Drinkability: This would get greater marks here but the carbonation is becoming overwhelming. All around, a good, solid drinker that could be sessioned.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 01:34:58 | More by Risser09
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice looking dark and murky amber to brown colour with a mid-sized off-white head that dissolves fairly quickly but leaves a good amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is a hearty rigged dirty malt wit hsome caramel sweetness thrown into the mix. Perhaps some berries as well. Faint hop notes here and there.

The flavour is much like the aroma, but with a bit more kick to it. Caramel definitely stands out a bit more here, even against an increased malt presence. The earthiness of the malt also gives way a bit to a bit of a nut flavour that provides for a nice finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit hearty with some slickness to it.

This one isn't half bad, but it's just not the type of red ale I prefer. It's good stuff all around but I'm more of a hoppy red ale fan. If malt is more your thing, you'll enjoy this one for sure. Worth a try regardless.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 01:54:44 | More by guinness33
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Aviator Red from Flying Bison Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.