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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Reviews: 82 | Ratings: 139
Photo of mjarosz
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown, almost reminds me of motor oil...The label says its a red ale brewed in an Irish tradition, but it almost reminds me of a non-bitter stout. Tastes like a light stout. Mouthfeel is slightly thick. I would call this an enjoying beer. Rather thick and creamy. Hard to drink quick. Overall a very good beer I will gladly drink again.

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

A: Pours an odd very dark red, almost brown, with a one finger white head. Slight retention.
S: Classic red ale aromas with a hint of caramel. Slight hop presence also. A bit sweet smelling too.
T/M: Caramel and chocolate malts cross the palate first, which was unexpected but definately cool. Ever so slight grassy hop presence, but only when you smack the lips a bit. Dry aftertaste. Very smooth and crisp through the mouth. Goes down almost like water, but gets a bit creamier as it warms up.
D: Worth a try if you're a amber/red ale fan. Good interpretation of the style.

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Photo of edskirk3
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap last night, it was recommended by my friend.

Served to me in a pint glass. Deep mahogany red with a creamy beige head.

Smelled malty as hell! Biscuity, grainy, and caramel notes a plenty. Also a bit of smoke. Very inviting. Once tasted, there was plenty of bitterness from hops, but not before the mighty parade of malts. There more I drank, the more smokiness lingered on my tongue. Everything was pretty well balanced, too, as no particular feature of this beer seemed to dominate over the others. Heavy-side-of-medium bodied, nice and sticky from all the malts, altogether satisfying.

Pretty darn good. I would certainly drink it again if the opportunity arose.

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Photo of Albertv05
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. Poured a nice deep red color with a nice thick head that thined out pretty quickly. Smell was malty but mild with little hops and notes of carmel. Very tastely brew, malty, smooth, and true to the style. Definitly something I'd get again! Cheers!

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Photo of drumenigma
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bought a Six pack on a whim, felt like trying a new red style.

In the glass the beer has a pleasent redish amber color. The beer didn't pour much of a head probably because I have my beer fridge quit cold and poured in to a frosted glass. Otherwise this beer would probably pour a nice head.

The beer smells mostly of malt and a nice hint of hops to complement it.

Taste wise this beer is one of the better red ales I have tasted. I liked the malt flavor and the hops were added in just the right amount to complement the malt flavor.

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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 Hibernator
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aviator Red
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a thick, crimson red color. Dark, ruby highlights with a massive (too much) head with even the most passive pour. Appears to be bottle conditioned.

Pleasant nose with whiffs of malts, cloves and a slight background of hops.

Mouthfeel is nicely balanced and mighty smooth. A tad creamy with strong malts flavors. Juicy caramel and chococlate malt blasts with a funky rye bread flavor. Nice hop profile on the finish.

A nice red ale, but was expecting more.

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

On tap at Sunset in Allston 4/19/06 during Flying Bison night. Poured into a pint glass.

This is a pretty nice beer. It is very malty. My only criticism is the lack of hops. It is pretty smooth going down, nice and fruity/caramely-sweet, with a slight chocolate finish. There is no bite to it, which makes it easy to drink, but not really all that satisfying.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into an american pint glass. Not too much head. Lacing remains throughout beer. Has a nice dark brownish red color. Not as red as most red ales are in color. Hoppy aroma. Smell really tells you whats in store. Hops is the dominating flavor, but not too hoppy. Good roasted malt after-taste. Very clean in the mouth. Overall a nice enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Foxman
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It came to me a rusty ruby, brown in places, reddish in others, depending on the light. A stubborn finger-plus of light tan head pillowed the top, and lacing was plentiful and pretty.

The aroma was dominated by a bready yeast note, all but masking, at least initially, a well-roasted malt character bearing flashes of dark cherry, light coffee, and even cocoa. A mild hops presence presented at the fringes.

Upon sipping, the malt took over, coming togther in a mix of dark cherry, blackberry, mild coffee, and a more vague dark chocolate pleasant bitterness. The yeast doughed the center, but more compatibly here than in the aroma, and the slightest floral bitterness of hops came through toward the close. The finish was residual malt and hops bitterness, lingering warmly for a time. The flavor was busy, but well-blended and interesting.

Medium bodied, it felt creamy and frothy on the palate, and warm, filling nature was a pleasing sensation.

I didn't hold out too much hope after a few strong sniffs, but the engaging flavor was a nice surprise for me. I don't mind yeast, not saying that, but it just came on a bit strong at first, but the flavor more than mitigated what I saw as the sole setback. This is probably a bit more complex than your average session beer, but with the manageable ABV, it is certainly as drinkable as many others, if not more so. Buffalo may not crank out a lot of taste sensations, but you can add this one to the distinguished, if limited, list.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just had the Aviator Red during a black friday lunch at Cooper's in Scranton, PA. I know, Scranton, but it is a very good beer bar. The beer pours a nice slightly light brown color with a nice head in the glass. I can pick up some slightly toasty notes to this one, nice and malty with a bit of chocolate as it goes down. The malt in this red ale is a nice touch and makes this beer a good one to have a few of without a problem. For $3.75 a bottle, not a bad deal. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What ho? Buffalo beer? On this evening of session drinking, this puppy fits the Bill. Get it, Bill? Bills? No? OK. Pours a deep chestnut colored brew; I'm picking up some toffee and Starbucks coffee in the nose. Interesting for the style. Very malty profile, with a good wallop of bitter dark chocolate in there to balance the malt sweetness. Hop bitterness is subtle but noticeable in the aftertaste. Mild carbonation, chewy and coating, a real nice drinker. Certainly not "wide right"...closer to down the middle.

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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 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 warriorsoul
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rust in color w/ some copper edges in the light, which just barely passes throught. A full two fingers of tan head that goes nowhere...some thick, creamy lacing sticks to the side of my shaker glass.
Nice aroma of carmelized malt and a hint of licorice.
Taste is not at all what I was expecting...this ale has many characteristics of a porter...tons of malt, chocolate, and a subtle smokiness. Minimally bitter in the finish...decent dose of hops.
Mouthfeel is above average and the drinkability is decent...no hint of alcohol at all.
A solid offering from Flying Bison.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears about what you expect from a Red Ale, but a little nicer. Nice vibrant ruby red color with a nice head, good retention. Wow, smell is great. Really strong coffee or espresso bean character pops right out at you, interesting and a little bold for a red ale. Also a nice mixture of malt and hops in the scent, balance is key. Taste is equally good. The mentioned espresso taste is more subtle in the taste, nice. Big carmel malt notes up front with a nice milky creamy taste. This is a solid beer all around - excellent smooth mouthfeel, medium to big bodied. Great complexity without being too much. This red ale is a bit "bigger" and bolder than most, a great interpretation of the style, one of my favs, when they're good. A great first experience with Flying Bison, I have to seek out some more.

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

Bottled 9/27/04, purchased mid october, drank 12/29/04. A buffalo import, I wish these guys well and hope they expand their bottled beer line-up.

Strong coffee malts with a tiny touch of chocolate. Nice and smooth as it warms, exceptionally so. Ruby brown, with not much of a head. Hardly any carbonation. The alchohol overpowers the otherwise ok malty, earthy smell. Coffee sneaks out from the alchohol. Very heady coffee malts-at first, but dies out quickly. A bit watery, a touch of alchohol, a touch of chocolate. Very smooth, but a bit thin. Drinkable, easy and smooth.

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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.

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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 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.

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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 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 charlesw
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge head of tiny bubbles. Deep reddish brown color - clear enough but not easy to see through.

Smells faintly of chocolate malts and strongly wet leaves and old cepes that you've just picked on a nice fall day (uh, those are mushrooms - but it really is the smell of the older ones - just past and probably damp from the wet leaves)...

Tastes like chocolate malt.

Nice and smooth in the mouth...

I see why this one has a higher score than, say, the casco bay riptide. It's much smoother - nicer to drink (well, especially if it's not hot out - and when is it hot in Maine?). If they cut back on the chocolate malts and maybe upped the hops a bit this would be an awesome beer...

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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.

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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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Aviator Red from Flying Bison Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 139 ratings.
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