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HogWild IPA | Aviator Brewing Company

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HogWild IPAHogWild IPA

Brewed by:
Aviator Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by atsprings on 03-03-2009

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Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 366
Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a big fluffy 2" head. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: caramel, grapefruits, and some bitterness are easily detectable.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, orange, and a huge dry bitterness creates a flavorful IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and very dry at the finish. The hop oils seem to linger on the tongue forever after swallowing.

Overall: a nice beer for any hophead. Easy to drink the bomber bottle goes down pretty quick. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.25/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 ounce can poured into an Eau Benite glass. They've got the appearance dialed in; this stuff is unfiltered way past the point of haziness and there's a huge soapy head that throws the lace left and right.

Otherwise... there's some work to be done here. An odd cardboardish aroma overpowers more appropriate smells of leafy and citric hops. The cardboard continues to rear its ugly head as the dominant flavor. Perhaps something went wrong with this particular can; there's a nice pop of bitterness and what seems to be a decent beer somewhere in there, but the off flavor just can't be overlooked. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I'm inclined to give this a shot another time, perhaps in a bottle or on tap instead.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from 12oz can to a large wineglass; no canning date, but this was JUST released in cans so, y’know, it’s fresh. Bought same day from Sam’s Quick Shop in Durham.

Appearance (4.0): Pours a solid two fingers of fluffy, off-white head that recedes slowly to a chunky ring around the edge of the glass, leaving some splotchy lace evenly distributed around the glass. The body is a nice, warm golden color—no reddish hues at all, just a rich, toasted yellow color.

Smell (3.5): Nice, green hop smell—light pineapple and some red grapefruit, with a nice grassy note. Not overly pungent, but it’s a nice smell. Some nice, lightly toasted bread character underneath.

Taste (3.5): Solid bitterness and some hop flavor both in the herbal-vegetal vein of hop style. The malt bill is bready and understated, lightly toasted and not particularly rich—just hanging out, helping to anchor the hops a bit. Some light citrus pith is in the mix, but the bitterness and hop flavor both lean toward vegetal, but not quite oniony or anything particularly objectionable. The finish hangs on for a bit, but isn’t particularly aggressive.

Mouthfeel (4.0): The carbonation is fine-grained, evenly distributed and tingles modestly—well-done on that count. The beer’s got a medium body, lightly oily feel, and finishes dry but not parched. Pretty well balanced, in the scheme of things.

Overall (3.5): This is a decent IPA. The flavor profile isn’t quite my style but it’s balanced and an easy drinker, for sure. This would be a pretty dependable daily IPA, even if it’s a bit above session strength. Very well-priced, I paid $8.99/ sixer.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a 1/4 gallon fliptop growler at Growlers on Hilton Head...
Was unsure about the glassware situation at our condo so I also picked up an 8 oz taster half pint glass into which I've begun pouring the previously aforementioned growler.

Very nice clear golden body. Good pale color here! Whitish head of a foamy finger. Nice retention and solid lacing in a thick sticky ring.

Smells citrusy, mainly grapefruit, but there is a little candied pineapple note that almost certainly comes from a mingling of sweet malt with fruity hops-- however it is accomplished, I admit I like it. Quite a bit.
The overall beer is very dry and highly bitter on the finish. Not exactly the most refreshing, thirst-quenching beer, but a very good flavor. Some light toast/bready malt holds a touch of sweetness before the hops own this thing; grapefruit, pine, and even a little floral grassiness.

Feels pretty spot on; medium body, good carbonation.

Overall-- put this in a can and I'd bring a case home with me. As it is, I'll probably look for a 6pack of bottles (is it in 12 oz bottles, or just the bombers?).
This is a very solid ipa. Enjoyable daily drinker for sure.

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Photo of busterwhite
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle picked up at the Beer Dispensary in Apex, NC. Pours a dark gold with a rocky 2 finger head and a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of pine, citrus and some sweetness from the malt.

Grapefruit rind on the front followed by oranges and tangerines. Malt is not too sweet but balances the hops perfectly. Leaves a nice dry bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

Overall this is a very good IPA. Great citrus flavor balanced just right by a solid malt backbone.

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Photo of turnerk3
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an impeccable dark golden coloration accompanied by perfectly matching true white head. The retention is spot on for the style.

S: There is a barrage of deep citrusy aromas. A subtle floral essence eventually prevails, which adds excellently to the citrus.

T: Hops definitely provide the correct grapefruit zest common in most IPAs. The malts really do not influence the taste as much as they do the aroma. The main aspect is definitely focused on the hops.

M: The lack of influence from the malts leaves a dry bitterness on the back of the palate. The carbonation is exceptional and does an excellent job a distributing the flavors, but there could be a pinch more malt characteristic to alleviate the dryness.

O: This is a relatively commendable brew. Very easy to drink and bestows a beer that any hop-head would enjoy.

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Photo of 5thOhio
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a frothy head that almost, but not quite dissipates, leaving a thin film of foam. Slight delicate strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma is fresh and mildly citrus.

Taste surprises me---mostly pine, herbal and a hint of styptic pencil. From the aroma I expected more citrus. I had this on tap in Raleigh a few months ago and remember it being much more citrus with a finish that carried that hint of sweetness a citrus IPA will bring. This one starts and ends assertively bitter.

Mouthfeel is strong on carbonation with a medium body.

If you like a good, bold astringent IPA, this one's for you. I'd definitely drink this again, preferably on tap.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on-tap at Red Robin in Mooresville. Spent a day on the lake and needed some red meat and beer close it out. Glad to see this one on tap in the midst of below-average beer. Came out poured-to-the-brim a deep orange/gold. The nose was ripe with fresh hops. Carried with it a mild toasted finish.

Moderate-to-full feel. Carbed up well. Hops are king in this one. Bitter goodness, with a subtle sweet kiss, takes over. Peppery and spicy as well. I've got to take a bite of burger to calm my tastebuds down after sipping this one. A really bitter one here. I like it. Not the most refreshing IPA out there, but this gets it done. Nice work, Aviator.

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see that I can get Aviator stuff in bottle now over here in Greensboro.Poured into an imperial nonic a deep rich golden with a great two finger sticky crown that settles very slowly into a creamy-like mass.Citric and leafy hops in the nose although not real strong,a faint biscuit malt note is there as well.Leafy and grapefruit rind hop flavors with dryer bready malt base,the hops are the main attraction as they should be.A solid NC IPA,not in your face but the hops are the main attraction.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bomber to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Great lacing.

S: Lots of hops in the aroma, with a touch of citrus and malt, too.

T: A very hoppy flavor here. It's very close to being a DIPA, not that that's bad. Also had some malt and citrus (grapefruit). A focused, solid flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a decidedly bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solid, generally well made IPA. Very much drinkable.

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Photo of Cresant
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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Photo of nataku00
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Paincane
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.17/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of callisbeers
3.98/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of blackie
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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

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Photo of ghunterck
4.49/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of atsprings
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

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HogWild IPA from Aviator Brewing Company
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