Aviator Red | Flying Bison Brewing Company

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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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2/5  rDev -45.9%

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2/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of Den7854
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
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 GoodOldDuke
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of Illinick
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of Flyjetz
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Rudgers73
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of Risser09
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
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...

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of DaveCash
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Aviator Red from Flying Bison Brewing Company
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