Aviator Red | Flying Bison Brewing Company

BA SCORE
84
good
142 Ratings
Aviator RedAviator Red
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Bison Brewing Company
New York, United States
flyingbisonbrewing.com

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by shirfan on 03-24-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
142
Reviews:
82
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
11.8%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 142 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of DaveCash
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Den7854
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Nothing special. Had a draft at the Anchor Bar downtown Buffalo, NY. Easy drinkability but lacked any substantial character.

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Photo of generallee
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nater919
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RyanKininger
4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Red Ales are just plain hard to pull off. This one smells and tastes pretty average, but the beauty of this beer is the texture. Unlike most Reds they got the body on this perfect, it's not too light (and therefore weak tasting) and it's not a heavy mess like many.

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Photo of Almasi_
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Flyjetz
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of timfelix
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

very nice! balanced and flavorful. If you like a bit of hop bite, it's there along with some broad malty flavors. A tough one to pass by

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Photo of deonreds
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sabre311
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #84 (Jan 2014):

A serious and tasty little Red Ale here, with a high level of drinkability. Perhaps more to style than the mass-produced, over-processed Irish Red Ales of today. Quaffing back a pint or few would be the only proper way to approach this ale. We swear it was daring us to pair it with some crubeens ...

STYLE: Irish Red Ale
ABV: 5.5%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Dark chestnut hue, thin layer of lacing

SMELL: Bready, toffee, baked apples, brown bread, hint of alcohol

TASTE: Tight crispness, layered smoothness, dried hay, toasted bread, apple skin, herbal, balancing hop bitterness, toasted grain, caramel; drying, grainy finish

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not overly carbonated. Some chocolate mid-taste with a Soggy bitter and heavy malty finish. It's a little of everything but not much of anything. Decent red ale, have had much better. Wouldn't buy on my own, got in the flying bison variety.

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Photo of Iamjeff6
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kevuas
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aviator Red poured a deep ruby to brown with a spirited head that laced down the pint glass. The aroma of Aviator Red is predominantly caramel sweet malt with a touch of spice. The taste of Aviator Red was as expected from an Irish style red ale with malt shining through. Where I think Aviator Red excels is the blend of other flavors surrounding the malt character, including Kent Golding hops. The mouthfeel of Aviator Red is light and the carbonation level is on target.

Aviator Red is certainly malt-centric, but I found Aviator Red to be not as malty as other Irish red ales. I feel there is a unique balance achieved by Aviator Red: malt dominance is balanced exceptionally well with hop modesty.

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Photo of masonstorm
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fishguyac
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of McLoad17
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Carolvs
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Tending more to the malty side than hoppy side, with mild notes of sweet chocolaty malt. Poured from a bottle, which yielded hardly any head no lacing at all. Entirely drinkable beer, but nothing remarkable at all about it.

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Photo of Ctruskey
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Buffalo_hop_head
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of davidwhatshisnam
2/5  rDev -46.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

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Aviator Red from Flying Bison Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 142 ratings.
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