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

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Paddy Pale AlePaddy Pale Ale

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60 Reviews
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Reviews: 60
Hads: 133
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 20.23%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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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Reviews: 60 | Hads: 133
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very cloudy chill haze, almost opaque, that clears significantly as the beer warms. Beer itself if a pale tannish orange in color. Pours with a rocky finger's worth of white head. Some decent lacing.

S: Mild amount of pine, grapefruit, and malt.

T: A good balance between pale malts and pine and citrus hoppiness. Moderate grapefruit bitterness.

M: Medium body with appropriate carbonation.

D: An easy drinking Pale Ale that is not offensive, but likewise doesn't offer much in the way of a unique character either. Overall a decent, sessionable, beer.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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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Photo of stakem
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can care of Kegatron, thanks Heath!

Poured into a SA sensory glass this brew appears a hazed orange color with 2 fingers of slightly offwhite head. Not much visual sign of carbonation except for the initial pour that created the head. Little to no bubbles rising from the etching on the bottom of the glass. The head slowly receeds leaving a bitch of spotty lace on the glass.

The aroma of this brew is pleasantly hoppy. Grapefruit like citrus character and a bit of floral aspect are upfront before becoming a bit herbal in the back of the nose. A faint bit of grainy malt is present in the background and changes the scent of this brew a bit to come across like orange-rind.

The taste of this brew is primarily about the hops which come across herbal with a lasting pleasant bitterness somewhat reminescent of grapefruit rind. Very light toasty grain backing to this brew but overall it is quite crisp and finishes dry. The herbal hops last inside the mouth and the abv is well masked.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. More hoppy and bitter than I am use to in an APA but that is a welcomed surprise.

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Photo of crossovert
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can.

It pours a hazy golden orange with a frothy off-white head.

The smell is pretty good, it has a nice bit of citrus hops.

The flavor is decent but could be better It has a light bitterness to go with a malty base. The hops are basic with hints of pine, herbs, and citrus.

It isn't a bad brew, nothing special however.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color with a small off white head that settles to a thin layer with a creamy ring of lacing.

Scent of caramel, apples, a hint of sugar, and mild dry, spicy hops. More malt forward than I prefer, but that does not mean it is bad.

Taste of cereal, caramel, a hint of honey, and mild, somewhat spicy hops. I could drink this often, and I just might end up doing that. I will definitely be supporting local canned beer as long as they can keep turning them out with this level of quality.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a touch of creaminess and a good level of carbonation.

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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.

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

A 12 ounce can picked up at Beer Stop for around $1.75. Poured into my nonic pint glass. The ale appears a murky greenish yellow with about an inch of off white foam. Nose and flavors consist of white grapefruit, orange, sourdough bread, a bit of lemon. Prickly carbonation and barely medium bodied. Quite astringent throughout. I bought this since it just came into the PA market and I figured it was fresh. Without any dating on the can, I'll pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of tapman
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light tan whipped cream head sits atop a body the dark yellow autumn leaves. Body is also hazed.

Fresh hop aroma with grassy, vegetal dry hop aroma as well. A light graininess supports the bright hops by not being too sweet smelling. I'm guessing dry hopped with one of the Cs. I would guess Centennial, but I know most don't dry hop with that one so I'de probably be wrong. Mild soapiness in the aroma.

I will say this was dry hopped with Centennial since I did a pale that tasted similar to this one; hops are soapy and almost medicinal while the grain bill is mostly pale with some vienna or something less than 15 L thrown in. I would have gone with a different dry hop, regardless if my guess is right or wrong, and/or some darker specialty grains to boost the sweetness. Also a lower attenuating yeast may work well with this one, too.

Creamy texture with plenty of body. Carbonation is velvety.

Hop taste is too soapy for me. I would prefer something brighter with less vegetal flavors and aromas. I know that there are a lot of amarillo brews out there today, but this one tells me why: a less subtle hop makes up for the flaws of the brew a little better.

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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.

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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.

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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.
80 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.