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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by shirfan on 03-24-2003

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Reviews: 82 | Ratings: 139
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 brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear mahogany with a sturdy, three-finger head; nice stickage leaving clumps of lace

Smell: Caramel malt and grain, with a hint of mint

Taste: Caramel malt, up front, with the bitter grainy character arriving in the middle; the mint in the aroma turns into an astringence on the tongue that clobbers the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The astringence was a real setback, as I liked the other elements of the beer

Thanks, silverx, for the opportunity

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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 NeroFiddled
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This fairly innocuous ale pours a slightly hazy, dark chestnut body beneath a creamy head of dark tan that holds well and leaves some tenacious splatterings of lace about the glass.
The nose is yeasty and fruity over a caramelish malt with a background of hops (Fuggles perhaps?).
The body is decidedly medium, and it's gentle carbonation leaves it somewhat creamy and smooth across the palate.
The flavor is more malty than the nose suggests, with a wide bready, caramel, and even slightly nutty character that's laced with hops, and backed by a firm bitterness. It finishes mostly dry with some residual malt, a smear of leafy and earthy hops, and a lingering bitterness.
Overall, this is a fairly basic, but still very good beer that would work well in a wide variety of situations; and pair with a decent range of basic foods.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of tea, caramel, nuts and some hops.

T: The taste is very malty, with flavors of caramel, nuts and some smokiness. There's mild and complimentary hops presence. The after-taste is bready, slightly sweet and slightly smoky.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, this beer seems like it probably should be in the Irish Red Ale category, but it's a very good beer and one that I could stick with for an evening.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a nice mahogany color with a white head. The head faded relatively fast to leave a persistent film on the top of the brew with some moderate lacing.

Smell – The smell was largely of roasty malt with some toffee and caramel sweetness.

Taste – The taste is very similar to what was detected in the nose. There was a roasty malt flavor up front. Some sweeter flavors of toffee and caramel develop in the middle of the taste. These sweeter flavors persist, but toward the end are again dominated by a more roasty flavor which lingers on the tongue well after the brew is gone from the mouth.

Mouthfeel – Creamier then the average beer of its strength with a lighter to moderate level of carbonation. The body feels nice on the tongue and allows the roasty tastes to really permeate the tongue.

Overall – Easy drinking and affordable. It is somewhat one-dimensional, but overall makes for a good session brew.

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Photo of Suds
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a cheap single, a last-minute grab while leaving the beer store. I didn’t expect much, to be sure, but found a hell of a good brew. It’s a dark amber, nearly reddish-brown, brew with a beautiful, long-lasting head. It’s really an attractive beer. The aroma is intense and of roasted malts and alcohol. Chocolate, bit of coffee, and somewhat peppery. At times, there’s an intrusive harshness, but I found that kind of enjoyable. Only slightly sweet, and very well balanced. Medium body and very smooth. I really enjoyed this one.

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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 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%

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 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.

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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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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 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.

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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.

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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 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 bditty187
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with slight golden influences, I wasn’t expecting such a deep color. It is off to a good start. The head was beige, at the apex the foam was one finger in height but it faded quickly to a thin cap. There wasn’t any subsequent lacing. Frankly, there isn’t much to say about the appearance beyond the darker then expected color. It is pleasant enough to look at, in a straightforward kind of way.

The nose surprised me, I was expecting a thin biscuity aroma but I found roasted malts similar to a good Brown Ale plus there was a smattering of chocolate. Nice! There are also kisses of caramel and some toffee candy. The hops don’t say much, maybe a suggestion of pine. Lightly woody. At the very back of the bouquet is a hint of rubbing alcohol. Bummer. I like the nose, flaw and all, mainly because it surprised me greatly; to bad the potency wasn’t higher. Still the bouquet is inviting.

The palate is solid; there is great balance between the roasted, chocolatey malts, toffee and piney, earthy hops. The depth of the malts is much tastier then, say, Fat Tire. However, I would like more bitterness from the hops and a tad more flavor. The hints of pine and earthy wood are enjoyable but I wish they were more articulate. At the back is warm alcohol; this seems misplaced. The finish is moderately long and this leads me to believe this beer would work very well with a burger. In other words, the palate, on the whole, is tasty but too straightforward and simplistic. This is not a knock against this beer because it is enjoyable. Friendly.

Medium in body, the carbonation is low, a bit too much so. The mouthfeel is sluggish but this doesn’t hurt the beer too much. Workable.

Drinkable? Yes… very much so in fact. I could sit back and kill a six-pack of this. Hell I might kill to try this beer on cask. If this beer were a local I would drink it often. As is, I need to thank shippos for including this bottle in the Secret Bunny Exchange!

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Simple bottle label of a FB plane soaking in the sunset. This 12 oz. browner poured a slow foamy pour that finally calmed down to drink after five minutes. Dark amber hues, topped with a rock solid khaki tan dense pillowy head cap that makes me hope it wasn't an old six'er I just paid for.

Scents are quite Scotch Ale like and a twinge of peat Earthyness.

First swigs: Robust roasted raw grain and husky vegetal notes. Quite the full flavored puzzle. Rather home-brew-ish for better or worse. Toasted malt, root beer and some cocoa. Discernable yeasty bready middle. That is the home brew touch.

Feel is medium to full bodid with a "straight outta Buffalo" dense taunt carbonation. Quite frothy feel.

Last swigs: Grain waffle and apple butter. Now I wan to root for the Sabres and Bills. Finally was able to try the Yuengling Lager of Buffalo.

Beer is good. Happy local treat beering.

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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.

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Aviator Red from Flying Bison Brewing Company
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