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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: 126
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: 126 | Reviews: 60
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 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.

Photo of smcolw
3.43/5  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.

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 sweemzander
3.15/5  rDev -9%
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.

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 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 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 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.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of lackenhauser
3/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

Photo of ZeroSignal
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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.

Photo of drpimento
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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 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 trbergman
2.76/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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 MrMcGibblets
2.1/5  rDev -39.3%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Paddy Pale Ale from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.