Red Hammer - Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ChrisCage:
3.05/5 rDev -16.4%
A- The first thing noted with this beer is the apparent lack of head....there is a film that retains well but nothing more. The color is coppery red with some slight chill haze. There appears to be lots of carbonation and lacing is minimal. A below average looking beer for this style, in my opinion.
S- The aromas are very much what they should be for a Marzen. Malt sweetness dominates, and has a nutty and or toffee like smell...very nice! Hop bitterness is minimal, as it should be, and I also get a very slight whiff of alcohol.
T- The booziness of this one comes through right up front, of which I'm not really a fan of. After this, there is a dryness about the beer, and the malt sweetness I find, is muted. Overall, this is a clean tasting beer and doesn't have the robust flavor that I was hoping for.
M- The carbonation isn't offensive, as it is rather creamy with just a bit of zing. The body is medium but it is on the soft side of that description. I don't get much from this on my palate, other than a mildly roasty brew that is more bitter than I would like.
O- Sorry, but I don't find this to be a very good version of an Oktoberfest style beer. Slightly to boozy, and with muted flavor, I find this to be an underachieving beer that has more to offer. Very average overall!
08-18-2012 23:13:03 | More by ChrisCage
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4.1/5 rDev +12.3%
355ml bottle. Convincing Soviet-era workers' imagery depicted on the label.
This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with one finger of somewhat puffy, and mostly foamy beige head, which leaves some sudsy lace around the glass as it steadily settles.
It smells of sharp, candied orchard fruit, rich bready, and mildly biscuity caramel malt, a soft nuttiness, and floral, somewhat herbal hops. The taste is a nice biscuity, grainy caramel malt, a touch of seasonal (pick any one this time of year) spice, mild earthy dark fruit, and decent herbal, grassy hops.
The carbonation is fairly sedate, but still supportive in its playful stabs at frothiness, the body a comfortable medium weight, and pleasantly, simply smooth. It finishes with a surprising, and entirely welcome, wafting caramel/vanilla updraft, tempered yet by the enduring biscuit malt and grassy/herbal hop notes.
Well, this is most definitely an Oktoberfest/Marzen, its sweetness pushing it beyond the initially tempting ESB red herring markings. If this is "Old World Style" for a red beer, then more red beer brewers should follow Paddock Wood's lead in looking to the past - but I'm sure it's not just the historical context that's responsible here...anyways, glad I have the rest of the six-pack for the next, imminent holiday party through which I must navigate - looks like I'm in good hands.
12-11-2011 00:40:48 | More by biboergosum
3.93/5 rDev +7.7%
A - hazy red-brown, one finger of tan head dissipated to a thin cover, fairly consistent lacing around
S - big nutty malt aroma, some earthiness and light brown sugar, touch of leafiness
T - strong mix of nutty and blood-like flavours more consistent with a dunkel, light toffee, grains, and leafy hops in the background
M - medium body with a smooth feel and appropriate carbonation, starts sticky and finishes with a bit of a mineral mouth coating feel
O - this beer grew on me the more of it I had, definitely a hearty type brew that brought me back to dark brews I had in Munich at Oktoberfest, well worth a purchase
03-15-2013 03:31:40 | More by joemcgrath27
3.85/5 rDev +5.5%
This was the rotating Paddock Wood tap, when I visited Craft Beer Market, in Calgary.
Clear, dark reddish / coppery color, short head without much staying power of lace.
Smell had much more hops than I was expecting, fruity and herbal, with some malt behind.
Taste was also pleasantly hoppy as well. Nicely balanced blend of earthy hops and malts. A bit of toasted, nutty flavor at the end. Medium body, full moputhfeel. Sweet (but not overly)aftertaste.
Well done, another solid Paddock Wood offering.
01-15-2012 04:21:21 | More by BigBry
3.85/5 rDev +5.5%
355ml brown bottle with pry-off cap poured in a pint glass. This was from a "Big Box o Beer" 12 pack mixer also with London Porter, Loki and 606.
Amber red and cloudy. Beige head is 3/8 inch on the pour. Recedes to a few islands with spots of lacing here and there.
Aroma is malty and juicy. Sweet malts, fruity, kinda like malt & juicy fruit.
Nicely balanced. Caramel malts with citrus hops off the start and smoothly, slowly evolves to a semi-bitter hop finish. Also has hints of pecans and grass.
A nice easy going highly drinkable red ale. First time I had it was in this 12 pack and I quite enjoy it.
01-19-2013 23:36:49 | More by Noxious26
4.1/5 rDev +12.3%
Appearance - Pours a foggy copper red/brown with a finger width of foamy head.
Smell - Plum, cherry, slightly nutty, syrup aromas.
Taste - Nice balance of syrup/sap flavours with dark fruits. Slightly nutty (like the aroma) and toasty.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Good smoothness and tingle.
Overall - A good representation of a märzen by Paddock Wood. There are some enjoyable earthy flavours that are well balanced, as well as a nice body. Definitely worth a try if you enjoy the style.
03-18-2012 02:29:01 | More by leaddog
4.05/5 rDev +11%
355ml bottle poured into pint glass 9/10/11
A clear dark copper with lots of little bubbles but not much for head or lace
S a fruity nut bar with some hard toffee a little herbal hops and plenty of sweet malty goodness, fairly earthy and right on for the style
T what I smell but a little leafy tea bag and some booze, not quite as nice as the smell but still pretty darn good
M medium bodied with a sweet after taste that lingers
O pretty solid Marzen that's working well with this chilly fall weather and the turkey dinner making me fatter
I didn't even realize this was in the mixed pack I picked up but I'm happy its in there. I didn't even know these guys had this in their lineup. worth a shot for sure
10-09-2011 18:19:27 | More by wordemupg
3.61/5 rDev -1.1%
Poured from a 330 ml bottle into the beery beer type glass.
A-a dark red-brown colour. Looks clear, but dark enough that is difficult to see through. About one finger of tan coloured head drops fast. Not a lot of carbonation based on appearance alone. Spots of lacing left behind.
S-smells like a loaf of fresh bread with a hint of hops. Get whiffs of alcohol.
T-malt forward and a touch of caramel followed by a mild to moderate hop bitterness.
M-slightly creamy with little carbonation.
O-A very balanced beer. With the amount of malt in the taste it migh be reasonable to expect the hops to be lacking, but I think they hit the sweet spot with bitterness. Didn't know what to expect as it doesnt market itself in any given style, but I enjoyed the overall experience.
01-17-2013 03:28:56 | More by Muhly
3.15/5 rDev -13.7%
335ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass. Not totally sure on the style.
A - Thin bubbly head, tan colored. Glowing amber-orange hue to the beer. Very little head. No real lacing.
S - Robust malty character. Caramel is strong. A little one dimensional. I can't pick much more out, but I like what I can. Pretty sweet.
T - Caramel malt is strong upfront, and the finish is comprised of spice and light hop bitterness. Alcohol is detectable, which shouldn't be a problem with a 6% ABV beer... Aside from that, pretty simple, maybe even a bit watered-down feeling.
M - Really full bodied mouthfeel. Decent amount of carbonation. A bit of spice in the finish.
D - Decent, but nothing special. Could have definitely used a little more flavor.
10-02-2011 03:02:08 | More by Converge
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
Enjoyed a bottle from a mixed pack. Paddock Wood is one of my favorite Western Canadian craft breweries and although I've had this beer many times, a proper review involves a specific tasting session (in my view). This beer pours a very dark almost cola-like brown hue with a decent dose of brown foam, considerably darker than many European Marzen/Oktoberfests. This is in fact a red ale rather than an Oktoberfest, although I think the intent is to do a hybrid style, an ale that tastes like a traditional European lager. In a nutshell, it works. Aroma speaks to a rich malty depth and some dark fruits, with a whiff of booze consistent with a higher than average ABV. Taste is consistent with this but not mediocre and well worth sampling. Fruity top notes evoke plums and cherries but there is a rich underlay of dark bread crust, mellow molasses, biscuit, grain husk, a little yeasty funkiness, and brown spice that reminds one of a less sweet cola. Is that a sneaky hint of burnt banana peel? A floral hop perfume like sweet roses and fresh hay. Overall assessment is that this brew features more assertive and bold malt flavors than many European Marzen/Oktoberfests, perhaps less complex but still with ample character that reveals itself as you go. The ale approach also seems to accentuate the fruit, as one would expect.
12-11-2013 03:49:12 | More by CalgaryFMC
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