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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: 113
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 sdonegan
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

sdonegan, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%

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 PopnLoads
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

PopnLoads, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of mdillon86
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

mdillon86, May 18, 2012
Photo of countchunkula
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

countchunkula, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of Hurkie70
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Hurkie70, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of fergster75
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

fergster75, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.48/5  rDev 0%

Reviewed from notes.

A. Hazy orangish-amber in color with a two finger foam head that lasts for a minute or two but leaves no lacing behind at all.

S. Light levels of citric and pine hopping on top of a light toffee malt aroma.

T. Flavor is more floral and caramel than the nose would suggest. Well balanced and refreshing, if not terribly complex compared to other PAs on the market.

M. Medium body and carbonation.

WastingFreetime, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%

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 WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%

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 areich6
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%

A: Fairly dark compared to most IPA's. Pour resulted in quite a bit of head, a little more than an inch. As the head recedes it barely leaves any lacing and settles down to form a pleasant looking white, foamy film over the beer.

S: The smell is quite good I think, the hops shine through and are pretty strong, in a good way.

T: Disappointment given the promising smell. Barely hoppy at all, a very short bit at the beginning that quickly gives way to more corny, light beer flavor in the middle and end. The taste does not linger in the mouth at all afterI swallowed it

M: Light, with very slight carbonation. Not much else to say.

O: Not terrible, but very below par compared to many other APA's one could buy.

areich6, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of pschul4
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%

Picked up this can in a mix 6 from binnys, not expecting much

A- Looks great so far! Nice murky orange with a 1" white head

S- Whoa. People hate this? This smells amazing! Tons of big citrusy hops attack my nose, hopes are at an all time high right now

T- ...what? I don't know what this tastes like but I do know that it is a big let down compared to the smell. Some hops mixed in with a weird medicinal taste, perhaps from the can? Almost tastes a little sour

M- Tons of carbonation which might be whats ruining the flavor of this beer. Could be a little smoother

O- Looks and smells great, it's down hill from there. This is worth a one time experience but won't be buying again

pschul4, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Beezee
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Beezee, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of hilgart1
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

hilgart1, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Duff27
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%

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 matjack85
4.43/5  rDev +27.3%

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.

matjack85, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of vicsju1991
4/5  rDev +14.9%

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

vicsju1991, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -13.8%

jenray, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of patford100
4/5  rDev +14.9%

patford100, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of barnzy78
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

barnzy78, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of dexterk1
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%

Pours from the can as light amber. Is slightly hazy in appearance. Smell is light. It has a little hop odor, but it is surprisingly lighter than anticipated. Mouthfeel is a little lacking. Not much body as it is a little thin. Taste is nice and hoppy. Taste is lighter than you might expect. Flavor is pretty somewhat balanced, however it seems to be a little lacking in towards the end.

dexterk1, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of JustinMatthew
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%

From a can to a common pint glass. Hazy appearance.. Dark orange to light brown in color. Pretty thick off white head. Smell is light in piney hop character. Taste a little sweet, citrusy, and piney with not much else going on. This beer is very light and easily a seasionable brew. Slight bitterness but not much lingering. A little to light in my opinion for an apa but not bad overall.

JustinMatthew, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Chaz
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours a dusky tangerine-orange in color, topped with an off-white/tan head of good duration. Nice lacing here, too, pretty favorable first impression.

I caught a blast of pineapple-hops right upon opening and deCANting this one, so I'm looking forward to what it has to offer on the palate. Cascades and something else here? It's got something that makes me think British-style, that's for sure. Hint of yeast, plenty of fruit on the nose, it's lookin' like a winner...

Much more dry on the first sip than I was expecting (lighter fruit and a more pronounced biscuit malt character as well), and that's a good thing to my mind. Oily hop presence here, which I can appreciate in the style. Rather brisk mouthfeel and scrubbing on the palate while not feeling "light". It's perhaps a little bit bigger or the style at 5.6%, but it's got great balance and drinkability.

Clean, well-balanced, plenty of hops, and very good drinkability overall -- Folks, we have a winner! Another one to add to the list of 'disc golf' beers for those so inclined ; )

Chaz, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of spunk509
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

spunk509, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of u2carew
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%

12oz can.
A) Pours with a finger thick white head. Tight and good retention. Settles slowly, leaving a nice lacing at the edge of the glass. Bronze in color. Murky body with visible sediment. Thin lacing and semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Peach. Pineapple. Quite the fruity aroma.
T) The flavor profile on this is a bit weak. Very little at first then half way through picks up some pleasant malt sweetness liken to caramel, but is quickly taken over by a hop bite that rides out to the finish and lingers in the aftertaste.
M) A bit thin up front, feels watery. Light side of medium. Very fizzy - masks over some of the flavor and dominates the mouth feel.
O) An alright brew. I don't think I'd go back to this one unless in a bind. The body is weak. Too much fizz.

u2carew, Jun 17, 2011
Paddy Pale Ale from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.