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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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A somewhat classic Irish Red Ale. This ale is feisty and a bit hoppy. There is a malty sweetness and a somewhat dry finish. Traditional East Kent Goldings but with a nice touch of Cascade and dash of roasted barley give this ale a great taste.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2009
Draft at Flying Saucer, Raleigh. The waitress said I was getting Aviator’s ESB (does one exist?) but the board said Hot Rod, so since it matched what others have said about this beer, I’ll assume I had the Red. Reddish/brown color, small but long lasting little white head. Quite noticeable bitter nose. It has a nice malty body but far more hoppiness than is standard for the style. It tasted wonderfully fresh, went down smooth, and left me wanting more. Good beer for my first from this new brewery.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
freekyp (1475) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Aviator has taken a traditionally staid style and added some excitement. Pours a light copper with a pillowy off-white head. Oodles of lacing abountd. Nose mingles caramel, chocolate and resiny pine. Mild spiciness throughout with a dark earthy hop rise in the bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1490) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Mahogany appearance with an average size, off white head and decent lacing. Muted aroma of caramel malts and a hint of floral hops. Mellow, earthy, sweetish flavors with the hop profile developing more in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated mouthfeel with a short lived finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bamsen78 (2958) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2013
Can. Pours slightly hazy reddish amber with stable off-white head. Clear aroma of malt, roast, chocolate and caramel with subtle hoppy notes. Bitter, hoppy flavour with notes of malt and fruit and a hint of dark chocolate. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Draft at the Tap House at the brewery. Pours a reddish brown with a thin off white head. Malty aroma alogn with some hops, sugar and caramel. Pretty distinct taste for this brew. I liked it. Lots of malt, hops, caramel and bitterness. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon - trying the pretty solid selections of a fairly new local brewery.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arventresca (562) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Tap. Good beer here. Best of the bunch I’ve tried so far. The description pretty much nails it. A malty beer with hint of those awesome cascade hops.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (3491) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2012
This pours a red amber with a moderate white head. It has a slightly sweet smell to it, which was a bit unexpected. The taste on it is a bit hoppy. with a hint of roasted flavors.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weissblau (17) - - DEC 14, 2012
This is a fine beer, but nothing special. Low hop profile. Malty but with an extra molasses-like sweetness that surprised.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 7, 2013
12oz can. Medium beige head atop crystal clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some orange/earthy, light spicy. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, orange, some earthy/spicy, roast, light grapefruit. Light-medium body, some chalk, light stickiness.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GTAEgeek (1162) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2014
12 oz. can from Carlson, after climbing the Prow at Table Rock. Pours dark brown, with a fairly big, foamy, beige head. The aroma is a lot of caramel, pumpernickel, light rye, and butter toffee. Very sweet and malty, with a nice, mellow hop bitterness, and a little spice. Medium body, malty, and smooth. Overall, this is a nice, easy-drinking, and very flavorful beer. Could drink a lot of this.


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