1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Paddle Wheel Pale Ale - Bent River Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Paddle Wheel Pale AlePaddle Wheel Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
80
good

50 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bent River Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.99% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Compared to a pre-prohibition American style beer. A medium bodied ale with a well balanced hoppy finish.

(Beer added by: Reneejane on 03-01-2004)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 50 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Ginepiece
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Ginepiece, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of BobbyOlson
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

BobbyOlson, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of Coopersbeer
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Coopersbeer, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of nightcrawler
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bent River has a Sunday $4 large mug special, so I decided to finally try this beer. The color was a dark gold that invited me to take a sip. Wow. Next to Schlafly's Pale on tap, this is one of the best pales I've had.

Sure. There is nothing radical going on with it. The smell is just that of beer, with a little grass scent. It isn't really hoppy, but I don't always want hops with my pale ale. The straw taste is obvious on the back end. The beer feels good going across the tongue and is easy to drink, maybe too easy.

nightcrawler, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of Ragingbull
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at the Quad Cities River Bandits baseball game. Did I look like a dork scribbling notes about beer with front row seats? Probably, but the dugout made a nice table. About the beer. . . it was a cloudy amber color with a light wispy head. Very limited number of large bubbles. The beer had a malty nose and a clean malty flavor with a very slight hops character. Some minor bite at the finish. Nice malty character and pleasant mouthfeel. Some lemony notes. To give an idea of the color/appearance the usher at the ballpark asked me if it was iced tea. I graded it a B+ myself.

Ragingbull, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of jimmah120
4.04/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date

look is a great unfiltered amber-orange with lots of specks of sediment, errwhere. smell is pale malts and skunky european hops. light crisp feel, taste is pale and bitter, fruit skunk and pine tree sap.

hoppy, but not typically so. great beer.

jimmah120, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of nickapalooza86
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with a half finger of off white head

Smell is earthy, bready, slight pine and musty fruits, pale malt

Taste is more of the same, earthy hop, bready, musty pear, pale malt, slight and I mean slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, average carbonation, slightly drying.

Well it is more of a earthy apa, which Is fine it is actually a nice change of pace from the citrus pine APA/IPAs. Give it a shot if you see it. Good stuff, could go through a 6 of this with no problem.

nickapalooza86, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of jackpritchard
4/5  rDev +15.3%

jackpritchard, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Gints316
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Gints316, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of kplooki
4/5  rDev +15.3%

kplooki, Wednesday at 03:10 AM
Photo of AceMan
4/5  rDev +15.3%

AceMan, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Reneejane
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was a clear amber color with a heavy white head. It had a malty aroma with a hint of an earthy bouquet. It had a balanced flavor that slightly leaned towards the malt. We found out that it was hopped with a lager hop, Saaz, which left a unique, mild, and somewhat bitter character to the beer.

Reneejane, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bent River's Pale Ale is a very flavorful pale ale. It has a darker color than I was expecting, like a dark burnt orange almost. I was also surprised by the flavor. It was a little stronger than I thought it would be, which turned out to be a good thing. This was my first time at Bent River and I can't wait to go back and try other beers. If you're ever in the QC area, hit up Bent River.

Cubsfan1087, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of Asmitty210
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Asmitty210, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of Bpierso1
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Bpierso1, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Giggy
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Giggy, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of muddyh2oblues
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

muddyh2oblues, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

smithj4, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy orange amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that rapidly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel and pale malts are present in the nose along with notes of pine resin hops.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that there is a better balance between the malts and the hops. The hops stand out a bit more in the finish and contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a really nice balance in the taste between the malts and hops.

metter98, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of schoon
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

schoon, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

jheezee, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of dexterk1
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

dexterk1, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of beersdmf17
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

beersdmf17, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of Lukebell15
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Lukebell15, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of ffshore545
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

ffshore545, Jul 03, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Paddle Wheel Pale Ale from Bent River Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.