Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Aviator Red | Flying Bison Brewing Company

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
82 Reviews
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by shirfan on 03-24-2003

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 82 | Ratings: 139
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ruby red hue, thick pure white head. Nose is pleasant – some fresh baked bread, dark roasted malts. Thin bodied, but not in the way of flavorings; some coffee/espresso notes, dark roasted malts, rather dry. Vienna malts come to play, rather over carbonated, minimal hop presence. Non-offensive, but average at best. Freshness may be an issue here.

 348 characters

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

A: Dark brown mahogany with reddish hues. Small tannish head that recedes quickly and becomes thin layer with minimal lacing.
S: Big malt up front, followed with some stone wheat and other dark bread scents and some slight earthy scents. Also on subsequent quaffs some slight bitter hop scents in there towards the end.
T: Average flavor profile that is dominated by sweet malts, dark stone wheat bread flavors, and a generic dark, dry bready flavor. Some bitter hops peeking through towards the end that display very slight citrus pulp flavors. The dry and sweet malt flavors dominate.
MF: medium light that finishes slightly dry.
Overall: An average amber that displays some irish red flavors. The dry, bready malts become a little too much as it warms.

 761 characters

Photo of Rudgers73
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First had this beer in the old college bar. Noticed it was from the buffalo area so I figured I'd try the "locally brewed stuff". This beer pours a deep orangish, copper, red. Nice color. The head is creamy, airy, and white with just a tinge of yellow. This beer a very malty. Strong malty smell and taste, the hoppy bitter shows through more and more as it warms up.

The beer was good, but not really my style. If you're in to Irish Red's I'd give this a try.

 464 characters

Photo of BeerTruth
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a rich amber hue with a huge khaki colored three finger head that takes a very long time to die down to a good layer of lacing throughout. Stickiness is great, holds on all over the glass. Smell is of a sweet brown sugar malt sweetness with a tiny bit of dirty hops. Taste seems off to me. I detect iced tea with a smokey malt background, not very appealing taste. Aftertaste is a nutty malt flavor with some bitterness from some hop. Mouthfeel is light with a good amount of carbonation. I take away from the drinkability because of the strange taste. I wouldn't seek this one out.

 631 characters

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a garnet-hued body with a bubbly, off-white head.

Smell: A simple, straight-forward aroma of dark caramel and toasted grains.

Taste: Dark caramel maltiness with a slight sweetness. Lightly astringent toasted graininess. Earthy hop character and medium bitterness. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Eh, it's just an average red at best.

 397 characters

Photo of plaid75
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark amber/ruby hue with a very thin glaze of a head.

The aroma was 100% malt. A sweet aroma with hints of buttery popcorn.

The taste was a clean but sweet malt. A decent toasted grain flavor as well. Needs a bit more hops. Finished suprisingly dry.

The mouthfeel was nice and light considering the serious malt body. Could have used a bit more carbonation.

Overall a drinkable amber. Not necessarily my first choice, but it gets the job done.

 465 characters

Photo of Risser09
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz Bottle Poured Into A Wine Glass - No bottling date

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish red with a 2.5 inch tan head. Excellent retention with some laving on the sides of the glass. Dimples are occuring on the head.

Smell: Sweet strawberry and malt. Vanilla pudding and overripe cherries. Fruity.

Taste: Toasted malt. Candied walnuts, almonds, and/or pecans. Coffee-like drying bitterness in the finish. Not overly complex and stubbornly drying.

Mouthfeel: Almost (and perhaps so) too much carbonation for me. It got the point where it was soapy. Otherwise, pleasantly smoothe and drying which got me drinking more.

Drinkability: This would get greater marks here but the carbonation is becoming overwhelming. All around, a good, solid drinker that could be sessioned.

 786 characters

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.

 225 characters

Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the old pink:

A: Relatively dark amber in color, hard to contrast with the dark interior. Frothy foam head that stays around for most of the trip. Lacing is a timepiece in itself.

S: Caramelized malts

T: Sweet on the intake, the sweet malts take over...

M: Semi-medium bodied, little sticky, pleasant withdraw

D: Good local brew at best. Recommended to those who want to embrace local bohemia. My favorite Flying Bison beer, their staple, my gateway into craft...

 488 characters

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- dark red/brown body with light tan head. great head retention.

S- malty, carmel, nuts, maybe hints of chocolate.

T- nuts, carmel, and malt up front. Bitter hop aftertaste. Hints of chocolate may be in the background.

M- medium weight body and very fizzy.

D- this was interesting and worth a try. Quite complex taste to it. The carbonation gets in the way of the character though.

 394 characters

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

Solid beer. Pours a medium red color with a slight, white, foamy head. Smell was malty with hints of caramel. The taste matched this, with a dry finish. The carbonation is moderate and this would be a great session beer. Had this in Buffalo for Thanksgiving. Would have it again.

 279 characters

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a rusty, dried blood red with a wispy tan head that fades quickly, but keeps a thin blanketing throughout drinking. The nose and taste are all malt and NO hops or spice. There is big upfront caramel and a slight bite from the alcohol. The aftertaste is slightly tangy and bitter, but it's way overpowered by the malt. I
t's still a pretty drinkable beer while waiting for food...Probably would pass on this beer in the future.

 441 characters

Photo of TheTrevor
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark brown with purplish-red highlights and a big beige head. The smell is lightly toasted malts with a tiny bit of hops. The taste starts off with some slightly smokey sweet toasted malts that gives way to a kick of hops that stay through to the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly watery with some crisp carbonation. This beer is pretty drinkable and even though it's a bit one-note it's still worth snagging if you can find it for cheap.

 457 characters

Photo of jtell
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/red. When held to light the red really comes through. Not much head to speak of and no lacing left behind. Smells of sweet malts - some chocolate and dark fruits. Tastes of similar but not as rich as I would have expected. Good drinking beer but dont have to worry about savoring. Mouthfeel is thinner than I would have expected and was disappointed. Drinkability is very good. No overpowering flavors and is not too complex. Bought a full 6-er and will happily finish them. Probably wont get again though.

 525 characters

Photo of SwillBilly
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Phatz for bringing this down. Poured from 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a deep, hazy amber with very thick and foamy off-white head that lasts forever. Lacing slides down the glass with little "stickiness".

Smell: Slightly sweet with brown sugar and caramel dominating. Very faint citrusy hoppiness tries to break through the rich malt nose.

Taste: 1st sip and this beer is slightly oxidized. Has the tell tale taste of wet carboard. After further inspection, this beer was bottled back in January. Once you get past the slight oxidation and nice malty beer breaks through with hints of caramel, bakers chocolate and brown sugar. The middle moves along to a finish that is more the sweet caramel like malts but also this where the hops finally shine through with a distinctive citrusy rind like bitterness that lingers long on the tongue after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Rather dry and crisp for a malty beer with ample carbonation.

Drinkability: Wish I had a fresh bottle to see what this beer is really like. The oxidation aside, I can see this being a nice Irish Red. Plenty of malty sweetness that is balanced out by some really nice citrusy hops to round things out. A decent beer all around and one a wouldn't hesitate to order or buy if available. Worth seeking out if fresh.

 1,295 characters

Photo of yesyouam
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(On tap at Top of the Falls in Niagara Falls, NY)
Aviator Red is a solid, slightly sparkling red ale with a small, soft off-white head that is fully diminishing. The aroma is of fresh wooden hops, some resin, a bit of caramel malt and peppery alcohol. It is soft and smooth in the mouth; medium bodied and a bit flat. It is well bittered with a wooden resin flavor. The malt is tart and a bit sour. It is a slightest touch sweet when it first touches the tongue. It's pretty well balances but perhaps a bit raw. It leaves the mouth with a chalky feeling. I thought perhaps this was a Scotch ale, but with more hop presence than I would expect from one of those. Not bad at all.
(rated Jul 7, 2007)

 697 characters

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.

 240 characters

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Mildly sweet caramel malt aroma. Small light tan colored head fades quickly to a thin film. Transparent deep brown colored beer with an amber hue. Toasted, biscuit malt flavor up front mixes midway with a bit of hop tea and finishes slightly bitter. Light bodied beer with a soft mouthfeel. Flavor is a bit strong and strange up front, but otherwise a nice beer.

 362 characters

Photo of Tucquan
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-11-22 in Columbia, PA

A - Pretty clear mahogany with a 1-finger head that fades quickly and leaves little lacing.

S - Caramel, bread and minty spice.

T - Raisin and prune, medium-roasted astringent malt hinting at caramel and chocolate. Not much citrus flesh but there's a breath of mint and some zest bitterness as it dries.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Watery feel.

O - Not a bad. There's a fair amount of flavor for this 5.25% ABV brew but it's not a flavor profile that really grabs me.

 523 characters

Photo of match1112
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a beautiful ruby red color. an inch of thick creamy tan head slowly settles into a patchy sea foamy cap leaving minimal lacing. nose is very sweet and malty, some chocolate, dark fruit and hops. taste is also very sweet from the malts used. not overly hopped or bitter. unfortunatly there is a certain something in there that gives it an astringency that makes the after taste unfavorable. almost like i let an asprin dissolve on my tongue. mouthfeel seems a tad thin for the style. carbonation is good.

 509 characters

Photo of kabonski
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is brewed localy here in buffalo. Aviator Red has just recently become available in six packs wich is great. Before that is was only available at select bars on tap or by going to the brewery and purchasing a growler. Personaly I prefer to drink this red ale by the draft.

It is a malty red colored beer with a bit of a nutty flavor. Its has a slight hint of hemp tast to it. A very smooth beer with not to much carbination.

This is a better beer for the fall or winter seasons.

 496 characters

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a Deep ruby red with a caramel toned head leaves nice full bands of lacing around my pint. Aroma contains a full nutty caramel malt profile with a touch herbal hop character. Flavor has creamy nut edge with soft chocolate and nut undertones low bitterness with some herbal tones in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied creamy edges with even carbonation. Drinkability is a solid all around drinking Irish Red that goes down smooth.

 441 characters

Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear dark amber color. A nice thick and fluffy 3" head lingers around a while. Spotty lacing develops.

Smell: malt sweetness and a touch of earthiness is easy detectable by the nose.

Taste: a hearty malt base is up front and dominates, and is followed by some softer red fruit sweetness, a hint of nuts, and a nice balancing bitterness.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Very brief aftertaste as the malt sweetness leaves the tongue quickly. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: nicely drinkable but I didn't find this in the "session beer" of red ales. A bit too malty for that.But this beer is worth giving it a try.

 655 characters

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.

 265 characters

Photo of dogfishandi
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pulled from the fridge. split with my father, poured into a standard pint. a local staple here in buffalo. pretty much the only brewery in the city that bottles there beer. bottle says its brewed in the "irish" style.

the pour reveals a clear bodied brown, ruby red color. small layer of biege colored head with average retention. tiny bits of lace.

the smell is quite malt forward. various kinds of caramelized malt, toasty, a touch biscuity, and a bit of a fruit like aroma, similar to that of a brown ale.

the taste follows suit, mostly toasty, caramel malts, a little fruit, and a little buttery biscuit. small doses of herbal hop bitterness in the finish.

light to medium bodied, carbonation is decent.

i could drink this all night, nothing extraordinary, but its a well crafted local staple. definatly a nice session choice if you live in the buffalo area.

 879 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Aviator Red from Flying Bison Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 139 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!