Aviator Red | Flying Bison Brewing Company

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Aviator RedAviator Red

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

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by shirfan on 03-24-2003

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Photo of wailingwench
4.8/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Eye Candy: Beautiful garnett red, brown swirls with a creamy white head.

The Nose Knows: Crystalized brown sugar, caramel, sweet malts, cocoa roasted grain, faint peppery hop background.

Tongueland: Nutty front, rich malt middle, milk chocolate, toasted grains and nuts, honey sweet finish with a "twist" of hop to balance and dry out the finish. Amazing malt depth and complexity.

This is a standout Red. Rogue, Red Rocket, Red Seal, etc are all too hopped up to be a red.should be considered a "India Red" as Landmark has properly done. Regardless, I would purchase Aviator over all of these, even without the homestate nod.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden color with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is remarkable for a light spiciness and a bit of sweetness.
Taste presents with a bit of citrus combined with some spices.
Finishes a bit thin the mouth, but acceptable.
An enjoyable beer, but nothing great.

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Photo of tempo013
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type- drank from a bottle on a thursday night with nothing better to do but sample a new beer
Appearance- As the name implies its a dark red color with an almond head
Smell- deep breathe and smell brings the malty aroma to mind
Taste- tastes very much like Oharas but with more flavor
Mouthfeel- very stong taste which makes the tongue tingle, tons of flavor
Drinkability- I could drink about a six pack of these delicious beers before it gets too strong

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Photo of twelvsies
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears about what you expect from a Red Ale, but a little nicer. Nice vibrant ruby red color with a nice head, good retention. Wow, smell is great. Really strong coffee or espresso bean character pops right out at you, interesting and a little bold for a red ale. Also a nice mixture of malt and hops in the scent, balance is key. Taste is equally good. The mentioned espresso taste is more subtle in the taste, nice. Big carmel malt notes up front with a nice milky creamy taste. This is a solid beer all around - excellent smooth mouthfeel, medium to big bodied. Great complexity without being too much. This red ale is a bit "bigger" and bolder than most, a great interpretation of the style, one of my favs, when they're good. A great first experience with Flying Bison, I have to seek out some more.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark, juicy looking red colour with a nice, ample head of white foam. Aromas are of juicy, fruity hops. Caramel malts, bread, and pine. The taste is very juicy with a subtle hop flavor that is very juicy in nature. The maltiness is apparent but somewhat subdued as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and VERY refreshing which gives the drinkability of this brew a very clear edge.

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Photo of drumenigma
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bought a Six pack on a whim, felt like trying a new red style.

In the glass the beer has a pleasent redish amber color. The beer didn't pour much of a head probably because I have my beer fridge quit cold and poured in to a frosted glass. Otherwise this beer would probably pour a nice head.

The beer smells mostly of malt and a nice hint of hops to complement it.

Taste wise this beer is one of the better red ales I have tasted. I liked the malt flavor and the hops were added in just the right amount to complement the malt flavor.

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Photo of Albertv05
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. Poured a nice deep red color with a nice thick head that thined out pretty quickly. Smell was malty but mild with little hops and notes of carmel. Very tastely brew, malty, smooth, and true to the style. Definitly something I'd get again! Cheers!

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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real nice offering from a small brewery in Buffalo and am very glad I found it.Pours a great deep red with a creamy sticky a real pleasure to look at,aroma was all malt,toasted malt and biscuity.Taste was also very toasty with nice sweetness a nice toasted malt aftertaste made this a real winner.Normaly I cant drink to many reds but I was able to have a few of these with ease,a very nice beer.

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Photo of kkosmoski
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. longneck into a pint glass

A - Dark ruby red in color. Almost have to hold the beer up to the light to bring out the redness. Otherwise it kind of looks like a brown ale. A decent off-white head sticks around for a while with some lacing.

S - Sweet malt, baby. A huge, complex, semi-roasted malt aoma attacks the nose when this is brought in for a sip.

T - Starts off malty, with some roasted barley notes and sweet carmel flavors. Lots of dextrine malts to lend the big robust sweet malt profile to this red ale. The malt flavors last through to the end, where a definate bitterness takes over. The hop bitterness combines with the roasted malt bitterness to intensify the bitter aftertaste, which I felt was a little to high.

D - This is a beer to savor for its complex malt flavors. The intensity and quality of the flavors make it a beer to enjoy slowly and in small quantities.

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Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark ruby color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a kick ass malty scent. It is complex and full of pale and crystal malts. It has a dry feel and a creamy finish. The taste is good. It has a dry, yet malty flavor with a bit of bitter hops in the aftertaste. It goes down smooth and finishes bitter. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a damn fine red ale. It has great aroma and complexity; an awesome brew from Buffalo's finest.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What ho? Buffalo beer? On this evening of session drinking, this puppy fits the Bill. Get it, Bill? Bills? No? OK. Pours a deep chestnut colored brew; I'm picking up some toffee and Starbucks coffee in the nose. Interesting for the style. Very malty profile, with a good wallop of bitter dark chocolate in there to balance the malt sweetness. Hop bitterness is subtle but noticeable in the aftertaste. Mild carbonation, chewy and coating, a real nice drinker. Certainly not "wide right"...closer to down the middle.

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Photo of shippos
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

big thick tan head and settles to a .5" thick, deep brown mahogany color. toffeeish butter biscuity toasted malt and some earthy chocolatly characters in the aroma, complex and wonderful. rich malty taste silky mouthfeel. this has a excellent mouthfeel to it slightly thick but so very drinkable doesn't become heavy after drinking a few. does have a distiinctive musty earthy character found in some scottish beers.

now the first bottle i had was awesome but the second seemed a little off and had some chunks of yeast in the bottom of the glass. so this beer might vary a little due to QC, still give this beer a shot.

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Photo of shirfan
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of Flying Bison's year-round offerings.

Pours a fairly dark but clear garnet, with amber highlights around the edge of the glass. Frothy off-white head that lingers to the bottom of the glass.

Smell is all about malt, with an almost stouty aroma.

Taste is exceedingly fresh and drinkable. Starts smooth and just faintly sweet, moves to a well-rounded and balanced malt profile. If there was ever a moreish beer, this is it. Roasty and cleaner malts mingle, giving way to a lightly bittersweet finish. So inoffensive and clean, but at the same time tasty and quality-crafted.

I may be partial to a hometown brewery, but the overwhelming freshness of this makes it oh-so-good.

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Photo of number1bum
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just had the Aviator Red during a black friday lunch at Cooper's in Scranton, PA. I know, Scranton, but it is a very good beer bar. The beer pours a nice slightly light brown color with a nice head in the glass. I can pick up some slightly toasty notes to this one, nice and malty with a bit of chocolate as it goes down. The malt in this red ale is a nice touch and makes this beer a good one to have a few of without a problem. For $3.75 a bottle, not a bad deal. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of sliverX
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
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...

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Photo of NEhophead
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle.

A creamy burnt white 1" head that settles to some decent lacing that holds for most of the pint. Surprisingly a deep mahogany/light brown in color with a very faint reddish tint. Also some sediment in the glass.

The aromas are roasted malts with bits of toffee, cherry, caramel, and burnt almond or walnut qualities.

A caramel/toffee sweetness; the malts are the main attraction here and they don't disappoint. A chocolate cherry taste with a very pleasing burnt aftertaste. Finishes nice and dry given the malt based flavors.

The mouthfeel is a bit heavy for the style for my liking. Definitely a great tasting 'red', but for the style it almost overpowers the palate.

A very good drink, but the heaviness definitely becomes a factor in terms of drinkability. A great version of the style and one to seek out of your partial to 'reds'.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into an american pint glass. Not too much head. Lacing remains throughout beer. Has a nice dark brownish red color. Not as red as most red ales are in color. Hoppy aroma. Smell really tells you whats in store. Hops is the dominating flavor, but not too hoppy. Good roasted malt after-taste. Very clean in the mouth. Overall a nice enjoyable beer.

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Photo of edskirk3
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap last night, it was recommended by my friend.

Served to me in a pint glass. Deep mahogany red with a creamy beige head.

Smelled malty as hell! Biscuity, grainy, and caramel notes a plenty. Also a bit of smoke. Very inviting. Once tasted, there was plenty of bitterness from hops, but not before the mighty parade of malts. There more I drank, the more smokiness lingered on my tongue. Everything was pretty well balanced, too, as no particular feature of this beer seemed to dominate over the others. Heavy-side-of-medium bodied, nice and sticky from all the malts, altogether satisfying.

Pretty darn good. I would certainly drink it again if the opportunity arose.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear dark red (but not blood/brown red) body, topped by three fingers of tight level off-white foam.

Mild bread/yeast aroma, nice but rather small.

Malty start, but overly sweet, more like the semi-sweet chocolate of a good Octoberfest. Plenty of bread in the taste. Solid but not non-aggressive hop presence, curbs the sweetness, provides a nice bite, but doesn't overwhelm the the maltiness.

Mouthfeel is a mix of creamy and bubbly which might sound at odds but comes together quite well. Very good drinkability.

Might not soar like an F-14, but provides a nice solid workmanlike flight. Good everyday kind of beer. And makes a fine ale substitute for an Octoberfest.

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Photo of gabedivision
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much better bottled. Fresh within days if not hours courtesy of brewmaster Tim. More generous hops for distribution made it more assertive in mouth. Bit of mint also noticed mid-sip. Much more drinkable.

Nice ruby red and beautiful creamy head. Various flavour including chocolate malt and a total of 5 malts.

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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a good amber/red color with some head. A good, hearty amber that still makes for a great session beer. Nice, rich caramel malts with citrus hops to match. Reminds me of Rogue's Amber. This is a great beer to have in the fridge for drinking or meals. Cheers.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. longneck brown bottle, a blurb about the ale on the back of the label. Small gold foil over the cap, and the cap itself oddly enough says "Gringo light". Too cryptic for me to decipher. A robust chestnut in colour, it becomes a radiant cherry oak hue when held to the light, quite stunning in fact. Decent off-white head that settles to a ring. A great deal of sweet malts on the nose, toffee, chocolate, small dose of coffee, hell, I can even pick up bubblegum. The malts dominate the flavour as well, caramel, dry dark chocolate, toasted malt, with some coffee on the aftertaste, with a minimum appearance of hops, although the hops become a bit more prevalent as the glass warms up. Light mouthfeel, a bit of carbonation on the finish. A very rich red ale, it could have easily fooled me for a brown, it could use a stronger dose of hopping for my tastes, so as not to be so overhwhelmed by the plethora of malts. Many thanks to northyorksammy for the fresh sample.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Aviator Red from Flying Bison Brewing Company
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