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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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BA SCORE
80
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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rhoadsrage on 05-04-2006)
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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +14.9%

t0rin0, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at the brewpub.

Paddy should open up his own Irish-themed pub. I hear there's some prime real estate in eastern Pennsylvania... His namesake pours a slightly hazy amber-straw topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises caramel, light pine, mandarin oranges, and light onion. The taste holds notes of light mandarin oranges, lighter lemon zest, flowers, and a hint of sourdough. Somehow, mixed together, it comes out pretty damn bland. The body is a hefty light, with a light carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a kinda flaccid brew, nothing that really stands out in any way whatsoever. As someone else said, it tastes like a decent homebrew, so to speak.

TMoney2591, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

emerge077, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +2%
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.

zeff80, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Kegatron, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Al's of Hampden -poured chilled into a willybecker.

A tanger color with some floaters, but thick rocky cap has very good retention and lace stickage is good, the clarity is hazed and slightly murky with golden hues. The smell is good - citrus and floral aromas compliment the beer, the only reason for the low score is it seems muted. The feel is ok, highly carbonated and seems a bit on the astringent side, but mild sweetness and medium body with ample bitterness for the style.

I think the flavor is pretty solid on this Pale, nice mellow lemon and orange rind flavors from the hops, but nothing extraordinary either. The malt does its job, but doesn't really add much to the overall flavor. The beer seems to be slightly astringent for the style -kind of lemony, but not overbearing, just a little off. the overall is pretty decent as I didn't find a huge amount of flaws and it fit the style ok, it just didn't go much further than your run of the mill Pale ale for me.

Slatetank, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

jlindros, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

DrunkinYogi, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very cloudy with an orange-dark gold color. Starts with a modest head which leaves some lace streaks on the glass.

Predominant aroma is modest hop. There's some light malt and, interestingly a plastic smell in the background.

Tastes very similar to a homebrew, meaning that I can taste a stronger than expected yeast bite. There's also the raw hop pellet finish. The malt component is thinner than many APA's. I would call this a rustic pale ale, like one I'd make on my own stove.

smcolw, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

woodychandler, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

stakem, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

dbrauneis, May 02, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz CAN into a pint glass after work.

A- A hazy orange rust color with some gold around the edges. Foam rises up to about 1/2 in inch of off white cream colored foam, dies quick, no stick.

S- Very weak pale malt, barely disernable, hops are in a word, light, some earthy and grass, nothing large. Not pungent.

T- Very relaxed pale ale here. Not much to explain here except faint pale malt and a whimper of earthy hop taste, that barely exists.

M- Light bodied, light carb, went down smooth, could use a jump start, falls flat.

D- I tried it and it is what it is, easy drinking light and refreshing and a good beer to start your down and dirty drinking, a stepping stone.

This just came into Philly a day ago, there is no dating of any kind on here, is it supposed to taste like this?

BARFLYB, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

mdaschaf, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of Tone
3.76/5  rDev +8%
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.

Tone, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of scruffwhor
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can.

Hazey copper and burnt sienna color with a little bit of sediment floating suspended. The head starts out at two fingers, then mooves an island of film in the center of the beer.

Very mild sweet sugar aroma first. Then medium roasted orange peels and heavy toasted biscuits. With maybe an earthen sprinkle of grass.

The taste starts and finishes dry on the palat through and through. The front of the flavor profile is a little yeasty and malty. Toasted caramel malts, a little grass, and some chalk. The middle is a little more singed orange bitterness, but still a little yeasty fruit and some chalk. The finish is jus yeast and chalk with lingering bitterness.

Not a bad APA, but not one I will be buying on a regular basis.

scruffwhor, May 18, 2010
Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  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!

WoodBrew, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of Duff27
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Duff27, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of barnzy78
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

barnzy78, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of drpimento
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can opened with only the sound of the breaking metal. Was hoping it wasn't flat. No problem there. With a vigorous pour, i got a smallish, cream colored head and a little lace. Color is a slightly hazy, medium amber. Aroma is mainly malt and caramel with a little hop. Flavor shows the hop more as well as accenting a little citrus and matching the malt sweetness to the bitter. Very good mouth and carbonation works, Finish is bitter enough and yet has enough sweetness to bring you back for another. Could be session if you didn't have a better choice or just wanted a mild PA.

drpimento, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into an imperial pint. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one!

(A)- Pours a very cloudy orange color that produced a minimal tan head.

(S)- Some citrus of lemon/lime and pineapple. Some damp wood components.

(T)- Same as the smell. Some good citrus, but otherwise has a very prominent woody profile.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Good citrus, but with an overpowering damp wood notes. Some bitterness.

(D)- Not a bad pale ale. Drinkable and easy to put down, but needs some balance instead of all the wood-like characters.

sweemzander, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of Florida9
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Florida9, Sep 18, 2010
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Paddy Pale Ale from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.