Aviator Red | Flying Bison Brewing Company

BA SCORE
84
good
142 Ratings
Aviator RedAviator Red
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
142
Reviews:
82
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
11.8%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 142 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of hockeyfighter19
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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 RWACKO
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of kynap55
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Rlombardi75
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

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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 buffalobeerfan
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of spark3148857
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of jbrumberg
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of electtodefer
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of jpd7374
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of BeerForBuffalo
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of ehnesandrew
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Spiderbeerman
2/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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 tclapper
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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 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 Stoutman88
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle with bottled on date.
"A malty red ale, brewed in the Irish tradition."

Appearance: Deep red color, very little transparency. Good head retention.

Smell: Not much on the nose with this beer. Smells faintly of grains

Taste: Malty sweetness that ranges from caramel, to vanilla. Some biscuity notes. Hops have a spicy note, with some bitterness and citrus. possible floral notes.

Mouthfeel: A light body. Good carbonation

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Light body with balanced taste aromas goes down smoothly.

Notes: This beer was very well balanced and flavors were complimentary. Not the most complex beer, but delightfuly simple. A good beer from Buffalo, where I live. An Irish style drank in an Irish City.

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

Clear ruby red with a thin head of tan foam. Malty, caramel aroma, toast, coffee and dark fruit. Caramel flavour with maltiness, hints of plums and cherries and a moderately bitter finish. On the sweeter side, slightly astringent, and medium carbonation. Fairly drinkable.

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Aviator Red from Flying Bison Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 142 ratings.
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