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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 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 micromaniac129
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

cloudy honey colored beer with a big foamy white head.
Some pineapple hop aroma over a solid malt base.
Flavor is very weak in that I don't pick up any real hop flavor although it does have some desent bitterness. Malts have a slight roasted qualitiy leaning towards a red.
In this beer there is also some diaceyl iin low amounts.
This beer is about an average brew in my opioion.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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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

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep orange, mild yellow cloudy hue, 1 finger head, fair lacing

S: pine, earthy, hint of grain/malt

T: sweet pine and grain up front, slow puff of mild bitter finish

M: med/light body, mild tongue prick, mild bubbly feel

D: Nice local Pale Ale and from my hometown, but I still hold Half Acre Daisy Cutter as THE standard for me. This is solid and could most definitely down a 6 pack of these gems.


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Photo of BARFLYB
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
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?

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: hazy amber color with a half finger of white head with some decent lacing.

S: Floral hops with just a touch of citrus. I read portia99's review and he said spearamint hops and I thought he was crazy. He is not. It is there and weird but not bad.

T: The flavor is not as good. Starts off with a little sweetness and then goes into just bitterness for balance. You do not get any of that floral hop or citrus taste. You get the malt but not much else. Kind of bland.

M: A little bit thin and the carbonation was kind of weird but not in a bad way. Soft is how I would describe it.

D: This was a hey there is a beer in a can I have not tried purchase. Only got one. A decent beer but nothing about it makes me want to have another.

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Photo of portia99
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can...an impulse buy - a new can I hadn't seen before - figured what the heck, give it a try. Poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a muddy and yeasty, particulate laden dirty amber color. Very minor attempt at forming a head which ultimately falls short and creates only a sticky collar of white foamy bubbles and some lacing on the glass.

S - Cool, spearminty hops with some citrus and grass. Malt presence is light with a hint of sugary sweetness. Interesting overall with a fairly unique hop aroma...a little odd, but I kinda like it.

T - A bit of hop bitterness up front kissed with sugary sweetness. Hop flavor is bland at best with only the faintest of citrus. Really not much there to the flavor. Thought it might be a bit cold coming out of the fridge, but it just doesn't change as it warms.

M - Medium bodied with a fizzy carbonation of medium strength. There is a certain coolness from the minty hop character...no real flavor, just a feel association more than anything.

D - Not really one I'd go back to, but it isn't offensive either. Just simply not that much flavor here. It really has a very low sensory involvement here. Drinks like water more than anything else.

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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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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 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.

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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.

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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 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 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 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.
80 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.