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

Very nice pillow head, with a medium copper color. Smell was subltle all around...light malt, hop and yeast elements. Taste was slightly off balance...initial string malt blast, bitter on mid-palate with a mild finish. Mouthfeel was very good, with a slightly dry quality. Drinkability was also enhanced by the slight dry quality.

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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.

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Photo of SMark
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer was poured from a 12 ounce bottle at 43º with a bottled on date of 070207. The beer poured with a nice head. Coloring was a clear, reddish brown.

The aroma was loaded with malt and a hint of hops. These malts also displayed characteristics of roasting and/or browning.

There was a slight taste of coffee probably attributable to the roasted barley. Taste was very satisfying and fulfilling.

I felt this was a bit watery at time but the aftertaste made up for that.

Flying Bison made another good one with this effort. Again, thanks to my sister for picking this one up for me on her trip out east.

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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.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice looking dark and murky amber to brown colour with a mid-sized off-white head that dissolves fairly quickly but leaves a good amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is a hearty rigged dirty malt wit hsome caramel sweetness thrown into the mix. Perhaps some berries as well. Faint hop notes here and there.

The flavour is much like the aroma, but with a bit more kick to it. Caramel definitely stands out a bit more here, even against an increased malt presence. The earthiness of the malt also gives way a bit to a bit of a nut flavour that provides for a nice finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit hearty with some slickness to it.

This one isn't half bad, but it's just not the type of red ale I prefer. It's good stuff all around but I'm more of a hoppy red ale fan. If malt is more your thing, you'll enjoy this one for sure. Worth a try regardless.

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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.

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

12oz bottle -> pint
botted on: (a blank white box appears in the spot where the date should be printed)

Pours half beer half head off a gentle pour. Pours a light copper with red highlights. The tan head settles down a forms a pulsating one inch blanket. Dotted bits of lace. Carbonation appears out of control.

Nose: Sweet malty nose, caramel

Thick malt presense delivers caramel, a fine nutty quality, and some sweet molasses. A chalky chocolate emerges as the beer warms. A nice quick bitterness tries to lend some balances. Finishes slightly dry.

A creamy medium/full mouthfeel, drying.

Seems that the carbonation levels on these Flying Bison brews is kind of out of whack. Got these samples off my bro who was experiencing the same effect. Damn drinkable, once the foam settles.

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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 orfeu
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on date box is blank. I'm pretty sure this is very fresh, though. Pours dark copper into my nonic, with a modest, creamy light tan head. Caramelly malt aromas, with a nearly butterscotch character (but not quite). Faint floral hop scents. Sweet caramel maltiness up front on the palate, with a slightly spicy and floral hop interlude right before a surprisingly long toasted biscuit finish, which is probably my favorite aspect of this beer. There is a slight melon/pear/kiwi fruitiness somewhere around the middle of the sip, but overall this is a malt-based Irish red ale. Light body, moderate sparkle and tactile piquancy. This is nowhere near outstanding, but it is a damn good session brew. Downright quaffable. Flaship beer ahoy!

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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.

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Photo of ski271
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium-dark reddish-brown with a small, creamy, light tan head that slowly diminishes to a tenacious film. Some short-lived lacing. The smell is quite wonderful. Full and malty backed by a mild hops presence. Dark bread and caramel most notable along with a hint of earthy peat. The taste is actually a bit of a let down. It’s not bad, but following such and attractive nose it just doesn’t live up to expectations. It starts and finishes nicely but I find the middle pretty dull in both flavor and mouthfeel. It has a medium body, lightly dry texture and low carbonation. It definitely has a lot of qualities I admire, but it needs some tweaking to make it something I’d recommend seeking out.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served into a guinness pub glass from a 12oz. brown bottle with a crimp-on cap.

Cloudy,medium coppery color,reddish hue.White head dissapating to a layer of soapy bubbley foam,with spotty lacing down the glass.

Moderate malty aromas very roasty and carmelly with hints of chocolate.A little fruitty,not any hop aromas present.

The taste was a lot better than the smell and appearance would indicate.Complex malt tastes very roasty and carmelly,also nutty/chocolaty,very good malty taste.The finish was a clean,sharp bitterness with a nice spiceyness.

A medium mouthfeel,slightly cloying,a bit grainy.a nice hop swell on the palate. A very good beer overall,very pleasing and tasty.Could drink the one all nite long.

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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.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-When I first poured this the head was like 5 inches,I must have shook the bottle up at some point but anyway.The dark red body looks good with the off white head(very thick).Some lacing on the glass.

S-All I smell here is malt and something sweet.

T-Sweetness taste and some malt.

M-Creamy head with a medium body.

D-I like this beer,Ive had Killians irish red and it almost taste alike.Ide try this beer again but not anytime soon,there are plenty of other beers out there that I wanna try more.Good though.

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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 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 foureyedgeek
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Bottle says its a 'Red Ale brewed in the Irish tradition'. Clear ruby red color, nice finger of head that recedes to small ring of foam for the duration of the beer.

Smell is malty and rich and the taste matches it well with a subtle hop backbone coming on at the end, but something tastes a little 'off'. There's alot going on in those malts, so I can't quite place it.

Light in the mouth too, not watery at all, not too heavy at all. Would make for a nice session beer.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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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