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Paddy Pale Ale - Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: rhoadsrage on 05-04-2006

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Ratings: 129 | Reviews: 60
Photo of Trombone69
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured the can into a pint glass. Orangy-Brown with chunks moving both up and down within the brew. You have to be a pretty serious beer geek to like the look of this. A pretty good amount of lacing. The tiny bubbles keep coming.

Nice mouthfeel, the right carbonation. Nicely hopped without being overpowering.
Good, not great. At 5.6%, it's in the range I that I like.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%

-can. spiegelau ipa glass.

(3.40) A: Feverish effervesce with dancing macro-particulate matter within an princeton orange colored body. Bready, one inch oatmeal tinted head has an average rate of retention. Capping dissolves with no lace stickage on vessel.

(3.20) S: Aroma was caramel-orange with a hint of wild onion grass. Less then moderate strength and weakens rather quickly.

(3.60) T: Flavor was caramelized orange and onion grass hopping as with the nose. Resinous spruce and pine, sweet floral orchard hops, spicy tarragon alcohol with buttered toast. Malt sweetness with warming cypress and some briary-stemmy notes.

(3.25) M: Average mouthful, spicy with average carbonation.

(3.55) O: Overall interesting flavor, keeps you guessing with a spicy, herbal hopping with an intriguing combination.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, with no apparent freshness date present. Acquired this oddity as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. I have had other beers from Wild Onion Brewing Co. before and I remember enjoying them, so I'm excited to have this.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a big bright beautiful orange colored body with some tiny specks of sediment and two and a half fingers of fluffy creamy doughy off-white head. Very nice scattered lacing. I gotta say, this looks pretty damn good.

S - Smell is very fruity and floral. Lavender, honey, yeast must, bread dough, some herbal pine, and a slight anise sort of spice in there somewhere.

T - Taste brings in more of the same: dry earthiness, honey, biscuit malt, herbal / floral Cascade hop bitterness, & some lemon / pine citrus zest.

M - Feel is smooth & creamy, crisp & light, with some dry herbal piney bitterness on the finish. Extremely light-bodied and easy drinking, with good carbonation.

Overall, I thought this was a great pale ale. Definitely everything I think a pale ale should be - light, crisp, refreshing, & hoppy. I'm not sure why this has such poor ratings. I guess Wild Onion is pretty small though, and not many people are able to try their beers. I however, will look forward to more.

Wild Onion Brewing Paddy Pale Ale ---4/5.

Photo of soju6
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy dirty bronze color with a head that fades slowly to some lacing.

S: Aroma of pine, bit of citrus and mild malt sweetness.

T: Taste of citrus, bit of pine and mild malt sweetness. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Moderate body, crisp and refreshing.

O: Decent beer for the style.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy golden orange in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some orange + amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the surface of the beer with a couple of small slightly thicker patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts with some light aromas of pine hops and some citrus/orange hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel malts without a lot of sweetness along with some moderate flavors of citrus/orange hops (sort of a mandarin orange flavor). There are some lighter notes of pine and herbal hops as well. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which fade pretty quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and smooth.

O: Probably closer to the IPA end of APAs, there is a little more bitterness and hop flavor than I expected for the style. Enjoyable and pretty easy to drink but nothing about the beer really stands out. Slightly strange how the citrus/orange have a slightly syrupy sweet taste.

Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, golden/orange color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, slight sweet malt, slight alcohol, and a hint of pale malt. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, hops, hint of earthy malt, slight sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, and decent blend.

Photo of zeff80
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear copper color with a one-finger head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - Very citrusy nose. Some sweet caramel.

T - It tasted of citrus - mostly orange. Some toasty malt flavors.

M - Crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale.

O - This is an okay pale ale. Very citrusy.

Photo of BierStein711
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into pint.

Three finger off white head; mild carbonation, straw gold body.

Smells: grapefruit, pine, and resin.

Taste: pine, hop, grapefruit, and a nice bitter finish is at the end.

Mouthfeel: superb

Overall: this is an excellent beer that showcases dry hopping. I do not think I would commit to a six pack though.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This seems to cross pretty close to the IPA territory. Fairly intense characteristics. Hops and malts are both there in abundance. The flavor kind of thins out rather quickly. Nice to drink. Could have done with a more rounded out flavor profile, but this is still pretty nice. Always down to try a new canned beer. And a new brewery to top it off.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Hazy orangish-amber in color with a two finger foam head that lasts for a minute or two but leaves no lacing behind at all.

S. Light levels of citric and pine hopping on top of a light toffee malt aroma.

T. Flavor is more floral and caramel than the nose would suggest. Well balanced and refreshing, if not terribly complex compared to other PAs on the market.

M. Medium body and carbonation.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wendall for this can!

A: Pours a hazy orange with a billowy beige head, huge head, largely because the can had been in the mail the same day. Lasts for a few minutes and then reduces to a thin cap on top. Lacing forms all around the glass.

S: Very nice, hop forward nose for a pale ale. Very floral with plenty of citrus fruit. A little bit of biscuity malt and caramel as well.

T: Not as hoppy as the aroma lead on, but there is still some citrus fruits including orange peel and a little lemon. Some light caramel and biscuit malt.

M: A little thin, but easy drinking with moderate carbonation.

O: Solid pale ale, would have like the aroma to translate to the flavor a little bit, but an easy pale ale from a can? I am always a fan of that.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Paddy Pale Ale from Onion Pub is a refreshing american style pale....not too East coastie and not too west coastie....a great tweener. The beer poured a orangish copper with good slightly off white head. The smell includes fresh piny hops. The taste is a decent balanced beer with slight piny twangs. The mouthfeel is medium body beer with good carbonation...overall NICE!

Photo of areich6
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Fairly dark compared to most IPA's. Pour resulted in quite a bit of head, a little more than an inch. As the head recedes it barely leaves any lacing and settles down to form a pleasant looking white, foamy film over the beer.

S: The smell is quite good I think, the hops shine through and are pretty strong, in a good way.

T: Disappointment given the promising smell. Barely hoppy at all, a very short bit at the beginning that quickly gives way to more corny, light beer flavor in the middle and end. The taste does not linger in the mouth at all afterI swallowed it

M: Light, with very slight carbonation. Not much else to say.

O: Not terrible, but very below par compared to many other APA's one could buy.

Photo of pschul4
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up this can in a mix 6 from binnys, not expecting much

A- Looks great so far! Nice murky orange with a 1" white head

S- Whoa. People hate this? This smells amazing! Tons of big citrusy hops attack my nose, hopes are at an all time high right now

T- ...what? I don't know what this tastes like but I do know that it is a big let down compared to the smell. Some hops mixed in with a weird medicinal taste, perhaps from the can? Almost tastes a little sour

M- Tons of carbonation which might be whats ruining the flavor of this beer. Could be a little smoother

O- Looks and smells great, it's down hill from there. This is worth a one time experience but won't be buying again

Photo of Duff27
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright white thin head on a cloudy orange body. Nice head retention and spotty lacing.

Yummy orange citrus smell to it, I like it.

More citrus from the hops, more lemony than oranges though. Overall the malt flavor profile is a little weak.

A little thin on the mouthfeel, good carbonation.

A decent offering from the Onion Brewpub, good drinkability anyway. Not worth seeking out, there are better Pale Ale options available.

Photo of matjack85
4.42/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got a 6 pack of these as a gift, so I can't comment on the price or value. 12oz aluminum cans with no freshness date. The Wild Onion Brewery's website says that this is their company's signature beer.

The beer poured a slightly murky bronze color with a nice 2½-finger white head that lasted several minutes. Lacing was awesome.

The beer has an apricot smell to it with a touch if pine and grapefruit, along with plenty of malt.

Wow, this is full of citrus hop flavor - mostly grapefruit and tangerine. Plenty of biscuity malt for balance and a touch of pine for bitterness. I really liked this.

Light to medium mouthfeel with medium high carbonation that keeps it crisp.

This is a nice refreshing and sessionable beer.

Photo of vicsju1991
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12 oz can into pint glass
A - pours a hazy light amber colour, with two finger white head, stays fro a bit, little lacing
S - piney, citrusy, a little light, but perfect for a pale ale
T - light, with a nice hop bite, and a bit of pine as well, nothing too intense, but really good fro a pale ale
M - light, crisp, very easily drinkable
O - a very nice pale ale, wild onion again does not disapoint

Photo of dexterk1
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours from the can as light amber. Is slightly hazy in appearance. Smell is light. It has a little hop odor, but it is surprisingly lighter than anticipated. Mouthfeel is a little lacking. Not much body as it is a little thin. Taste is nice and hoppy. Taste is lighter than you might expect. Flavor is pretty somewhat balanced, however it seems to be a little lacking in towards the end.

Photo of JustinMatthew
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a can to a common pint glass. Hazy appearance.. Dark orange to light brown in color. Pretty thick off white head. Smell is light in piney hop character. Taste a little sweet, citrusy, and piney with not much else going on. This beer is very light and easily a seasionable brew. Slight bitterness but not much lingering. A little to light in my opinion for an apa but not bad overall.

Photo of Chaz
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dusky tangerine-orange in color, topped with an off-white/tan head of good duration. Nice lacing here, too, pretty favorable first impression.

I caught a blast of pineapple-hops right upon opening and deCANting this one, so I'm looking forward to what it has to offer on the palate. Cascades and something else here? It's got something that makes me think British-style, that's for sure. Hint of yeast, plenty of fruit on the nose, it's lookin' like a winner...

Much more dry on the first sip than I was expecting (lighter fruit and a more pronounced biscuit malt character as well), and that's a good thing to my mind. Oily hop presence here, which I can appreciate in the style. Rather brisk mouthfeel and scrubbing on the palate while not feeling "light". It's perhaps a little bit bigger or the style at 5.6%, but it's got great balance and drinkability.

Clean, well-balanced, plenty of hops, and very good drinkability overall -- Folks, we have a winner! Another one to add to the list of 'disc golf' beers for those so inclined ; )

Photo of spunk509
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not sure what all of these other reviews are so unhappy about. Paddy is a light American Pale. It is not an IPA.

The appearance is pretty standard - light amber with a thin cream head that drops pretty fast.

Smell is obvious cascade. Lots of floral and citrus notes right away.

Taste is mild bitterness. Clear low alpha acid hops added throughout the boil. It's definitely on the lighter side as far as body goes, but this makes it very drinkable. Combined with being in a can makes this a perfect summer drink.

Mouthfeel is a little light. There is a light mineral / biscuit taste in the background but it doesn't balance the hops as well as it could.

Overall I think this is a solid beer. It won't get the everyday craft brew hophead very excited, but it's a beer you could drink several of without being unable to taste your food for a week.

Photo of u2carew
2.99/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz can.
A) Pours with a finger thick white head. Tight and good retention. Settles slowly, leaving a nice lacing at the edge of the glass. Bronze in color. Murky body with visible sediment. Thin lacing and semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Peach. Pineapple. Quite the fruity aroma.
T) The flavor profile on this is a bit weak. Very little at first then half way through picks up some pleasant malt sweetness liken to caramel, but is quickly taken over by a hop bite that rides out to the finish and lingers in the aftertaste.
M) A bit thin up front, feels watery. Light side of medium. Very fizzy - masks over some of the flavor and dominates the mouth feel.
O) An alright brew. I don't think I'd go back to this one unless in a bind. The body is weak. Too much fizz.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in the regional GIF. Thanks

Poured into a shaker pint. Nice eggwhite head with decent lacing. Cloudy orange color. Could benefit from a cleaner fermenting yeast or a filter.

Aroma is nice and hoppy. Cascade mostly. Citric for sure. Smells great for a pale

Taste is good. Don't know about all these other reviews. But I feel it's one of the better pales I've had. Amost like an IPA though. Pretty hoppy. Citrus hops. Nice dry finish. No yeast flavors like others have reported.

Mouthfeel is dry in the finish. Good carb.

Overall a tasty pale. Wish I could buy this in 6ers by me.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a very hazy deep copper body with a creamy beige head that boils away before I get the glass to my lips. The beer is a bit too dense to see much carbonation.

S- The aroma of caramel malt is dry with a green hint in the finish. Otherwise it is a pretty clean nose.

T- This beer has a watery taste with dry Munich malt and biscuit hints with a grainy note to follow. There is a bitter green hop finish that lacks much flavor, but lingers for a bit.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a flat texture on the tongue but a tight fizz in the finish.

D- This beer has a dry caramel note that takes on a bit of a cardboard hint but that is about the extent of the flavor. The aroma is a little better but there just isn't much hop flavor at all.

Photo of TheSarge
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yea, more craft beer in a can.

Makes a vast amount of light off white colored foam, and has a cloudy copper colored body.

The aroma is citrusy in the way of grapefruit, with a hint of a malt backbone.

Nice balance between the grapefruity hops and caramel sweetness. There is a chalky feel to this brew, due to the residual yeast.

Overall a good pale ale. Needs to have the yeast a bit more filtered though.

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Paddy Pale Ale from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.