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Chop Shop IPA | Aviator Brewing Company

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3.54/5
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11 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Aviator Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
aviatorbrew.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by superspak on 06-26-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,611
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
11
pDev:
12.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of robebo44
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JayQue
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have had three other Aviator beers and was not that impressed with any of them. Two were actually fairly bad. This one was much better!!! Pours a hazy honey yellow color from a 16 oz can into a pint glass. Big bubbly and frothy head that lasts a long time. Good thick bands of lacing too. Aroma is strong piney hops and some floral hops in the background. Taste includes harsh and resinous bitterness with the bready malt definitely taking a back seat. After the initial blast of bitterness, the palate settles down and a steady more subdued bitterness takes over. Very impressive flavor for a pretty low .abv beer!!! Mouthfeel is crisp, resinous and bitter. Good stuff for a hophead. I liked this beer, a simple hops blast. Impressive flavor in a beer less than 5% abv!!!!!

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Photo of PA-Michigander
2.25/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Amedlin18
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad, but typical to a lot of the offerings in this style with a malt bill that has been lightened to decrease the ABV resulting in a backbone that cannot support the higher IBU's

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teromous
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't see any date listed on the bottom or the sides of the can.

Appearance: It has a hazy golden orange body with ample visible carbonation. It has a large thick white fluffy and rocky head that lasts forever.

Aroma: The aroma is very spicy and flowery. It has this almost soap-like flowery quality. I've been in gardens that didn't smell this flowery. It is a strong aroma and it is a bit humorous that, given the artwork on the can with an angry butcher with a cleaver chopping a hop cone, the beer smells so dainty.

Taste: Up front it has a very strong bitter hop flavor that is highly resinous (hop resin, not pine) and it has this extremely potent flowery taste. If you ate a bar of flowered soap it would likely taste like this.

Mouthfeel: It does have a strong bitterness but the flowery character of the beer gives it a bit of a complex yet difficult flavor to drink comfortably. It is the kind of beer that you would drink, and ponder, and lick your tongue across your palate after the sip in an attempt to cleanse it. Although the beer claims to be a session ale (as indicated by the can) it is not something you could just sit back and easily drink.


Overall: As a forenote I should mention that the flowery nose on this beer could give you a headache if you don't like that sort of aroma. It has a floral presence that is both strong in the aroma and character. It is literal proof that a session ale can claim the flag via alcohol by volume without a sacrifice to overall character...as this beer has loads of it. If you could turn a botanical garden into a beer this would be it; loads of flowers. I would recommend this beer. It really tastes and smells like the brewers put a lot of effort into making it push the limits. With the flower-shop bouquet infused in this beer it is likely to be an acquired taste but as a counterpoint it has an unmistakable flavor and aroma. As odd as this beer is I would probably drink it again.

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Photo of hophugger
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden, mostly clear color with a solid finger of slightly off-white head and nice spotty lacing. Aromas of pine and citrusy hops. Taste is bitter hops, very crisp feel and a nice refreshing feel. Some citrus remains till the end and overall, all is left at the end is a bit of citrus peel and an overall good feeling.

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Photo of kell50
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mothmanscott
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chill hazed amber producing 3+ fingers of super frothy, beige, moderately lasting head that leaves chunky, bubbly, webby lacing on the sides of the goblet. Nice eye appeal. A geyser flow of tiny bubbles erupts from the bottom, lasting well into the pour. Aroma is weak floral, citrus & sweet caramel malt notes. Taste is earthy with floral, dank herbal & caramel malt tones backed by melon & citrus with a plastic like hint in the resinous, spicy finish. There is a delicate toasty hint that seems out of place but I find it interesting. Finishes bittersweet developing a moderately bitter hop bite in the slightly chalky aftertaste. Decently balanced before the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation, lightly slick with a nice spicy prickle & slightly astringent aftertaste.

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Photo of rallyr32
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Chop Shop IPA from Aviator Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 11 ratings
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