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

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Ratings: 127
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: 127 | Reviews: 60
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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.46/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Mostly clear orange copper with a thin white head that disappears quickly.

Nose: Not much. Grass and a touch of citrus fruit.

Taste: Toast with a pinch of grapefruit marmalade and some pine.

Mouthfeel: Light, slick, wet.

Drinkability: Why bother?

Photo of kingcrowing
2.56/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz can poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a hazy to almost muddy light brown/amber. Head is small and light brown, theres some light sediment on the bottom. Nose is quite good, it's fruity, fresh and hoppy.

This is super bland, it's like carbonated water with some hop extract or something. After a bit it starts to have a bit of body but a lot of it is just the carbonation. It's not offensive or bad there are just no good qualities either.

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 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 GDBEERMAN
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Imperial pint glass

A: Deep amber color , with good head retention, which is light white with a thin head. Slight sediment is present.

S: The aroma is subtle, but complex, with flavors of layered hoppiness.

T: A malt presence is presented after the first hops are detected. The balance between malts and hops, rank this with other great APAs. A good session mild bodied beer.

M: A good bitterness, witch is finished with a creamy mouthfeel.

D: The drinkability of this beer is great, lighter than other bigger APAs, but a nice mild bodied taste. The cans help to.

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 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 Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a very hazy golden copper, with 2 fingers of foamy dirty looking white head. This settles down into about a ¼ finger of retention, leaving back a spotty cascade of soapy lace. The aroma is grassy and citric, with some fresh notes of bitter fruit coming out, along with a touch of spice and light herbal accents. Some gentle bready sweetness sits in the back but mostly hangs with the citrus flavors.

The taste is bitter with citrus peel, and to a lesser extent grapefruit, with a backing of grainy sweetness from those pale malts. This definitely has a bit of a dirty aggressiveness to this that you can really feel on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied overall with a crisp and relatively smooth feel. I think that the herbal textures here actually thin the body out a bit but this still retains enough of a presence in the mouth and stays readily drinkable.

This was actually pretty decent and brought a bit of a down & dirty grittiness that helped this rise above your standard Pale Ale. At first I felt like this wasn't giving up enough flavor but it eventually won me over some more by the end of the glass.

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 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 emerge077
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

review #1400

Can from local Whole Foods.
Happy to see another local brewer canning!

Into a 12 oz. pint-shaped glass, it has a hazy russet orange tone. Darker in the center, and almost fading into yellow at it's edges. There's not much in the way of lacing, but there's some. Five minutes after the pour, a broken skim hangs on the surface.

Bready pale malt in the aroma, lightly sweet and biscuit-like. Vague earthy, grassy hop note that could be more assertive.

Lightly bitter from the hops, which come across mostly grassy and herbal, with a minor twinge of citrus peel. The pale malt dominates, but it isn't overly sweet or heavy. Some tea leaf and toasted barley husks. Carbonation is even but moderate, giving it a subtle bite. 2-3 on a warm day sounds about right.

Local easy-drinking session alternative to SNPA.

Photo of jsh420
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

pours hazy amber orange with a big 2 finger white head that left lacing all down the glass

smell is out of this world for a 5.6% pale - tropical fruit hops mango, citrus, and pine

taste is a minor let down (tad thin and a tad sour) - good balance between the hops and malts -first your hit with the frutiy hops that are not bitter at all then the pale slightly sour malts come through next and end with an ashy aftertaste

mouthfeel - this is my second beer from this brewery and again this beer is very close to flat - maybe they shoud change to bottles and bottle condition

drinkability is very good - this beer is low abv - will not destroy your tastebuds but has the flavors that rival some ipas - i would drink this over a SNPA everytime

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

12 oz can poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 5.6% ABV, no date.

A - A bit too hazy, Paddy isn't see-through (but that could be protein chill-haze) but otherwise offers a good golden-orange color. The head is an off-white pile with an initial two-finger stature and good retention. A thick collar of lace is left on the glass.

S - Paddy has a distinctive nose of floral and citrusy American Cascade hops with nice underlying complexities of biscuity pale malt and caramel notes. The hops smell nice and fresh with a small green finish.

T - The maltiness falls away a little bit leaving only some pale flaky biscuit notes. The hops are left to fend for themselves but the largely lemon citrus and floral kick needs backing up.

M - The malt lacking in the flavor leads to a drop in mouthfeel quality. It's medium-light bodied and feels a bit thin on the tongue. Some nice bitterness comes across the finish but even with the carbonation it just seems flat.

D - The aroma is good but this needs a little more clarity and a lot more malt presence. The hops are good and it's drinkability is decent. It's a good start but needs some work.

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 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 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 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 cbutova
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Saw this for the first time in MA last week, why not give it a shot?

A- Chunky copper-orange with a ton of sediment/particles floating around. A frothy white cap builds up to a decen size and has good retention. A nice coat of creamy lace.

S- Pleasantly nice hops. Good notes of citrus and tropical fruit, slight floral and pine. Good strength overall. Reminds me a bit of SNPA. Fades a bit with time.

T- Once again hop forward. I would say the floral and citrus fruit notes take center stage here. There is also more pine. The finish brings some yeast bread notes and light caramel malt.

MF- Light end body that feels fairly watery. The carbonation isn't that low there is a lack of substance. Fair bitterness in the finish.

DB- I would say that it is a refreshing, drinkable ale. The hop profile is nice and on par with many other hoppy APAs. I also picked up another one of their beers, I guess it's nice beers like this in cans.

Photo of gatornation
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 12 oz can no date to be found on can

A-hazy orange amber color with a fresh 1 finger head that stays with decent lacing it looks good

S-light citrus and grass smell with bread abd grain

T- it has a slight citrus hop taste with some pine and floral tastes..it followed by some grainy malts bread taste all faint

M- was decent it was sort of crisp with good carbonation a little watery

d-its drinkable but not a great taste was thin

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.

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 jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pale ale from a can, I hope it's decent.

A fizzy and lightly creamy head rises to about 1/2 a finger and fades semi slowly over super hazy nectar orange color.

The nose brings some nice bright hops, a little pungent and sticky, some light grassy, touch of spicy, and hints of musty resin. There is also a light toasty malt, and strange plasticy like aroma, perhaps this has Simcoe in it.

The taste is creamy and malty, with some decent hops. A little spicy and grassy hops, touch of musty resin, and more of the light plasticy taste, but very light, again I think Simcoe hops. Some light fruits, hint of apricot and tangerine. Some light toasty malts, and some light sweetness. It dries as it finishes but doesn't get too bitter, somewhat crisp, with a hint of lingering musty hop.

The mouth is lighter bodied with lower carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly good, dries well, and leaves a hint of spicy hops and musty hop resin. A very slight sticky quality too.

I was a little surprised by this, better than I expected from a brewery I've never heard before. A decent pale ale from a can, hell yeah!

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

The CANQuest keeps bring me new and interesting beers. CAN you dig it?!?

From the CAN: "Over 100 years ago, two hard-working Irish immigrant railmen mused over a pint about building a brewery. Today, we honor our ancestors' dream with a robust session ale. This AmeriCAN pale ale celebrates the artful blend of imported malts and floral Cascade hops. Alc. 5.6% by Vol. Come visit our pub and restaurant, located 45 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. Grab a pint of Paddy beneath the old-growth timberframe and enjoy the time-honored tradition of the local pub." Editor's note: I have been there and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Oooh, another beer anxious to get out of its CAN! I allowed the foam to settle a little bit before pouring. Sure enough, there was plenty of head to go around, creating two-plus fingers' worth of thick, tawny head with very good retention. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. I could definitely smell the Cascade hops on the nose. It makes me darn glad to be reviewing something in a CAN other than AmeriCAN Adjunct Lagers, I'll tell you! Mouthfeel was medium with a heavier malt presence on the tongue than the nose had led me to expect. Finish continued to be more malty than hoppy, but it was still eminently drinkable, plus knowing where it came from makes me more of a fan than something from some gigantic corporation. Cooler worthy, but not worth seeking out.

Photo of Wisconsinality
2.67/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz can poured into standard pint.

A- A nice cloudy orange that has a quarter inch of head that dies down quickly but leaves some good spotty lacing around the glass.

S- Big hops for a pale ale. Immediately reminds me of Furious. Nice biscuit presence and some white bread. Pretty balanced in the smell.

T- The comparison to Furious stops here. The hops are much more muted but there is still a nice breadiness and a little bit of wet cardboard.

M- Thin bodied and pretty much no carbonation. Seems quite watery. I know they are new to canning so this could be the issue.

D- Initially I was excited when I cracked the can but that was short lived. I think I would reach for this after I have had a few and couldn't taste anything.

Photo of Bubba83
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This can was traded to me by the ever-generous Kegatron.

Fairly vigorous pour at about 45 degrees, it left me with a 1.5 finger width bright white head. Tiny bubbles rise from the glass forever, a nice effect. Good head retention and some quality lacing exist. The beer is a slightly hazy light orange.

Big dose of citrus in the nose, with some sprucey flavors, caramel, and stale bread. Bit of a spicy/herbal hoppy aroma at the end as well. More complex than I expected.

Front end brings a good deal of sweet and sticky caramel, which blends up into some good citrus in the mid-range, and then the aftertaste is full of pine/spruce. Pretty strongly flavored for a pale, but could be a little more cohesive on the whole.

Mouthfeel seems about the right consisty, it's a bit oily... I had imagined that it maybe should have been a little more poppy on the tongue though. Still, pretty good.

Fairly enjoyable to drink. It's not shy or introverted, it's bold and wants to tell you what it's all about. Overall I was pleasantly surprised, as it is better than the "Random Pale Ale from a brewery I've never heard of" usually is. No alcohol presence is really here, either.

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Paddy Pale Ale from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.