Aviator Red
Flying Bison Brewing Company

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Flying Bison Brewing Company
New York, United States
Irish Red Ale
Ranked #41
Ranked #23,986
3.71 | pDev: 11.86%
Nov 13, 2022
Mar 24, 2003
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at Nine Eleven Tavern in Buffalo, NY.

This one pours a medium amber red color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like toasty malt, some light smoke, roast, and lightly bitter hopping.

This was a pleasant surprise. I wasn’t entirely expecting the light wisp of smoke here – was that intentional? It’s more richly malty than I expect red ales or beers in general from Flying Bison to be.

This is medium bodied, creamy, and quite drinkable.

I only ordered this because it was the only other beer on the menu I hadn’t tried. Nonetheless, I was pleasantly surprised.
Nov 13, 2022
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Reviewed by Djburger56 from New York

4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Recently in Ireland. This is as good as any Irish there. Excellent taste. Well balanced. Very drinkable stronger than many. But not overpowering. Can safely drink a few. Worth going out of your way to try.
May 01, 2019
Rated: 3.71 by LeftHanded666 from New York

Feb 10, 2018
Rated: 3.3 by DaveCash from New York

Apr 16, 2017
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Rated by Den7854 from Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
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.
Apr 08, 2017
Rated: 3.93 by generallee from Virginia

Apr 07, 2017
Rated: 3.86 by nater919 from New York

Aug 31, 2016
Rated: 4.53 by RyanKininger from New York

Jul 07, 2016
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Reviewed by Rock_Glenn from New York

3.56/5  rDev -4%
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.
May 29, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by Almasi_ from New York

Jan 05, 2016
Rated: 3.1 by Flyjetz from Louisiana

Sep 25, 2015
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Rated by timfelix from New York

4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
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
Sep 18, 2015
Rated: 3.4 by deonreds from New York

Aug 06, 2015
Rated: 3.3 by Sabre311 from Texas

Jul 02, 2015
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Reviewed by BeerAdvocate from California

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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%

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
Jun 19, 2015
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Reviewed by TheBeerMaster1 from New York

3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
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.
May 20, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by Iamjeff6 from Virginia

Apr 14, 2015
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Reviewed by Kevuas from New York

3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
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.
Mar 24, 2015
Rated: 3.58 by masonstorm from New York

Jan 09, 2015
Rated: 3.91 by fishguyac from Virginia

Dec 20, 2014
Rated: 3.44 by McLoad17

Dec 08, 2014
Rated: 3 by trxxpaxxs from New York

Oct 06, 2014
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Reviewed by Carolvs from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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.
Sep 13, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Ctruskey from New York

Jul 19, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by scripna from Florida

Jul 10, 2014
Rated: 2 by davidwhatshisnam from New York

Jun 19, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by icw70 from New York

Jun 17, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by gbgreg1 from New York

May 01, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by nodder from New York

Mar 23, 2014
Rated: 4 by jpd026 from New York

Jan 03, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by pottergator from New York

Nov 10, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by Wortman1998 from New York

Oct 16, 2013
Rated: 3 by tsp247 from New York

Oct 10, 2013
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Reviewed by CloudStrife from New York

3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
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.
Sep 15, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by YeastEnthusiast from New Jersey

Jun 23, 2013
Rated: 4 by Johnnyv310 from New York

May 29, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by Dmbphoenix from New York

May 20, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by Carlton1964 from New York

May 01, 2013
Rated: 3 by GoodOldDuke from New York

Apr 19, 2013
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