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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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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 59
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 beerwolf77
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can poured into my pint glass.

A: Bright yellow gold with a just a touch of orange. Full three fingers of bright white head. Thick gobs of lace remain. Solid retention.

S: The aroma is great. Lots of citrus and pine. Very fragrant. Just a hint of malt can be picked up. This nose reminds me a lot of Furious. That's a huge compliment in my book.

T: Well the flavor sadly didn't follow the nose at all. Very bland. Mild pale malt with an acrid bitterness in the finish that seems off.

M: Rather thin and almost flat. Hardly any carbonation.

D: Overall this one needs some tweaking. I understand this is their first attempt at canning so hopefully they iron out the kinks.

beerwolf77, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of lackenhauser
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy, somewhat milky orange sort of color. Not much carbonation visible. Little aroma-hoppy enough and grassy to make itself noticed but not much more. Ok hop bite and a malty presence for sure. Rather pedestrian and almost has a "homebrew" like quality to it. Soapy tasting. Body seems a bit thin. Overall rather average. lacks the little umph that would make this a better US. Overall has a long way to go. Maybe a good beach beer in cans-not much more.

lackenhauser, Oct 10, 2010
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 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 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 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
Photo of Bubba83
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Bubba83, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of ZeroSignal
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GDBEERMAN for the can

A - Pours an orange-copper with a thin white head, retention is minimal, slippery lacing

S - Nose is grainy, with bits of corn husk and some toasted malts with a floral hop background

T&M - Hop to malt balance is nice, a bit grainy with the corn husk notes coming through strong. Medium bodied with nice carbonation that makes it a bit "zippy". Hints of caramelized malt with just a touch of buttery flavor. The floral hops make themselves most known in the finish.

D - Not a bad brew at all, with a lot of flavor for a lower ABV beer. A bit on the grainy side for my taste, but not bad.

ZeroSignal, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of paco1029384756
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

paco1029384756, Aug 09, 2010
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 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 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 trbergman
2.73/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a pale orange with one finger of rocky off-white head.

S - Toasty, biscuit malt with herbal/floral hop aroma. Somewhat subdued.

T - Palate basically follows from nose, with the addition of a tea-like flavor and astringency. The beer also has an odd sour note. Hop flavor is grassy and floral and there's a low level of bitterness.

M - Medium body, astringent.

D - Not particularly bad, but nothing much going on, either.

trbergman, Jun 09, 2010
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

GDBEERMAN, May 27, 2010
Photo of MrMcGibblets
2/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: hazy golden orange to light amber, smallish creamy head.
S: citric, floral, resiny hops, doughy pale malts. a bit muted.
T: an off sourish, astringent character overshadows the lighlty sweet biscuity malts and moderate hop bitterness.
M: puckering and dry. light bodied, moderately carbonated.
D: something is off with the sourish character of this. a drain pour, sick that i had to suffer through an entire sixer of this.

MrMcGibblets, May 23, 2010
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 DaPeculierDane
2.45/5  rDev -29.6%
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?

DaPeculierDane, Mar 26, 2007
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Paddy Pale Ale from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.