Paddle Wheel Pale Ale
Bent River Brewing Company

Paddle Wheel Pale AlePaddle Wheel Pale Ale
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Pale Ale - American
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3.45 | pDev: 11.88%
Bent River Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Paddle Wheel Pale AlePaddle Wheel Pale Ale
Notes: Compared to a pre-prohibition American style beer. A medium bodied ale with a well balanced hoppy finish.
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a small shaker pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a half finger light off-white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of mild caramel and light biscuit malt, grassy and piney hops. Flavor follows, with caramel malt with a little dry biscuit, citrus and piney hops with a pleasant piney bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. This was a little darker than I expected from a pale ale and had a more robust aroma than expected. The flavor was quite good, with a nice pine dominated hop bill with hints of citrus and grassy hops. Although it might have been darker and more robust than the style, I thought this looked, tasted and smelled quite good. A good introduction to the brewery. From a friend's "Beer of the Month" club shipment.

Aug 28, 2016
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a lagunitas mason glass.

L: Pours a dark golden color... cloudy with lots of sediment. Two fingers of off-white head... good retention and sticky lacing.

S: Malts and citrus... some floral hop notes.

T/F: Malty and semi-sweet up front. Biscuits and orange marmalade... citrus notes with a mild clean hop finish. Very thin/light in body... almost watery.

O: A pretty tame pale ale... looks great on the pour, but a little on the weak/watery side and you could probably drink a lot of these. Not unpleasant and reasonable flavor but nothing terribly exciting either.

Jul 23, 2016
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DaneBramage from Illinois

3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy amber/copper.

S: Malty, slightly citrusy, not very hoppy.

T: Kind of bland, not bad but not great either. Citrus but not as hoppy as I'd like in an IPA.

M: Average.

O: Just nothing noteworthy about it. Good but not great, probably would not buy it again because I prefer a more aggressive IPA.

Oct 23, 2015
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is Citrusy hops and graham cracker malts.
Pours aPale amber creamy head. Taste was relatively bland, not well balanced and not much happening either. A very average selection. Would not look for again.

4, 4.25, 3.5, 4, 3.75

Aug 30, 2015
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy amber color with a one finger head of off white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heavy of a caramel and bready smell. Mixed with these aromas comes some lighter notes of a citrus and pine hop smell as well.

Taste – The taste begins just as one may anticipate from the nose with a rather strong showing of a caramel and a bready flavor. Upfront these are the dominant flavors, with these two tastes later being joined by some other tasted of a light earthy and pine nature. With a little bit of sweeter citrus as well as some lighter herbal hop flavors that comes to the tongue at the very end, one is left with a rather malty and sweet, very lightly hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is rather low. For the malty and rich flavors of the brew the feel is rather appropriate with them helping to accentuate the lighter hop tastes nicely all while upholding the sweet malty flavors well.

Overall – For a pale ale it is a little on the sweeter and more malty side with not quite enough hop for my taste. It certainly is not off in flavor by any means, but I was expecting a pale ale, and to me this seems much more like an amber ale. It is very tasty, but not really a great example of the style.

Aug 02, 2015
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BigDaddyWarbuxx from Iowa

3.09/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A bit of a disappointment. It has a bit of a bitterness to it, but it tastes like it's coming from fruit rinds as opposed to any added hops. As a result, it leaves an empty and hollow aftertaste.

Jun 06, 2015
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lazy8 from California

2.35/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 Oz bottle poured into a point glass. Beer was chosen for me by beer of the month club. Amber color with thin white head. Mild malt and sour nose. Malty flavor with biscuit and bread malts coming through. Very mildly hopped. Not what I expect from a pale ale, but the label suggests it is like a pre-prohibition style American beer. I guess I'm glad I wasn't sick in that time period. Not my style.

Apr 05, 2015
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle. Label art is not appealing. Pours a dark Amber with a very mild head. Aroma? Nah. I'm just sticking my schnoz into a glass with zero payback. Not worth the physical effort to crane my neck into the position to sniff. Sorry, too aggressive. It smells mild and slightly sweet and bready. Flavor is equally as mild. Smells and tastes like home brew. Medium bodied. Not every beer has to be all dynamic and unique. I will try to keep this in mind.

Mar 14, 2015
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CraigS119 from Florida

3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

Came in a Beer of the Month club my fiance got me for Christmas. 26.6 IBUs. Hailing from Rock Island, IL. Pours a mahogany/amber, unfiltered goodness right here. Vinegar in the nose, some coriander, grass, floral notes as well. Taste very similar, but with more of the Belgium (yeast, perhaps?) coming through. Has kinda a wet wet/malt/sour mouthfeel that I feel would go great with fish and chips. Overall, I feel this beer beckons the old southern proper ways of life to the modern, international harmonization with it's Belgium influences. Definitely a beer I wouldn't mind at a tailgate or outdoor cocktail party of sorts.

Feb 26, 2015
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ThaneMcC from Germany

3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A golden,amber color with a nice creamy white head, resolves to fine lacing .

A: Malt dominates with mild hoppy floral aroma.

T: Sweet malt forward, biscuit, bready in the middle followed by hint of hoppy bitterness mid taste and rather sweet but clean finish.

M: Medium dry mouthfeel, sufficient carbonation to highlight the hops and keep the malts from becoming syrupy

O: I thought this was a rather good Pale Ale, reminded me more of an English Pale Ale with the malt characteristics dominating the hops. I tend to prefer maltier beers, so this is in line with my flavor preference – definitely not the extreme hopped IPA more typically associated with American Pale Ales. I enjoyed this beer and would definitely not turn it down if offered (or if I could find at a reasonable price point).

Feb 17, 2015
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jadpsu from Georgia

3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

At daughters in Laurel MS.
Pours a hazy very light amber with a tan head that has very good retention and some decent side glass clinging.
SMELL: Grassy, a little nutty, maybe pine nutty, but not much else going on.
TASTE: More malts than hops little bit of bitterness with a dry bite.
This beer does a great pour.
It's characteristics more to me like an Amber Ale than a Pale Ale.
It was a good decent beer that I would never turn away from.

Dec 17, 2014
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moysauce from Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -4.3%

Growler into snifter

A: Beautiful deep copper color with a slightly disappointing head. 4/5

S: Pretty malty on the nose. Don't get much hops here. 3/5

T: Meh. Again, pretty malty which isn't what I look for in APAs. You get a little bit of hops peaking through, but still a pretty malt driven pale ale. 2.75/5

M: Feels good in the mouth. Not really heavy at all. Not too thin, either. Sits well. Not much carbonation to not. 3.5/5

O: An okay beer. Too malty for an APA in my opinion, but it's not bad. Probably would't drink very often if again, but really not bad. Just not what I look for in an APA. 3.25/5

Aug 16, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy orange amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that rapidly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel and pale malts are present in the nose along with notes of pine resin hops.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that there is a better balance between the malts and the hops. The hops stand out a bit more in the finish and contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a really nice balance in the taste between the malts and hops.

Dec 13, 2013
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Minkybut from Virginia

3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this just okay beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured a nice head actually. The beer was a light amber kinda cloudy looking brew. The smell was like beer, or maybe fresh beer with a not too hoppy smell. The taste was just so so with a slight hop finish. Just nothing here great or really bad, but I will not buy again.

Dec 08, 2013
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nickapalooza86 from Wisconsin

3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with a half finger of off white head

Smell is earthy, bready, slight pine and musty fruits, pale malt

Taste is more of the same, earthy hop, bready, musty pear, pale malt, slight and I mean slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, average carbonation, slightly drying.

Well it is more of a earthy apa, which Is fine it is actually a nice change of pace from the citrus pine APA/IPAs. Give it a shot if you see it. Good stuff, could go through a 6 of this with no problem.

Nov 10, 2013
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date

look is a great unfiltered amber-orange with lots of specks of sediment, errwhere. smell is pale malts and skunky european hops. light crisp feel, taste is pale and bitter, fruit skunk and pine tree sap.

hoppy, but not typically so. great beer.

Jul 06, 2013
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Cubsfan1087 from Iowa

3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bent River's Pale Ale is a very flavorful pale ale. It has a darker color than I was expecting, like a dark burnt orange almost. I was also surprised by the flavor. It was a little stronger than I thought it would be, which turned out to be a good thing. This was my first time at Bent River and I can't wait to go back and try other beers. If you're ever in the QC area, hit up Bent River.

Jan 13, 2010
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nightcrawler from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bent River has a Sunday $4 large mug special, so I decided to finally try this beer. The color was a dark gold that invited me to take a sip. Wow. Next to Schlafly's Pale on tap, this is one of the best pales I've had.

Sure. There is nothing radical going on with it. The smell is just that of beer, with a little grass scent. It isn't really hoppy, but I don't always want hops with my pale ale. The straw taste is obvious on the back end. The beer feels good going across the tongue and is easy to drink, maybe too easy.

Sep 09, 2009
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Ragingbull from California

4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at the Quad Cities River Bandits baseball game. Did I look like a dork scribbling notes about beer with front row seats? Probably, but the dugout made a nice table. About the beer. . . it was a cloudy amber color with a light wispy head. Very limited number of large bubbles. The beer had a malty nose and a clean malty flavor with a very slight hops character. Some minor bite at the finish. Nice malty character and pleasant mouthfeel. Some lemony notes. To give an idea of the color/appearance the usher at the ballpark asked me if it was iced tea. I graded it a B+ myself.

Jul 25, 2008
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Reneejane from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was a clear amber color with a heavy white head. It had a malty aroma with a hint of an earthy bouquet. It had a balanced flavor that slightly leaned towards the malt. We found out that it was hopped with a lager hop, Saaz, which left a unique, mild, and somewhat bitter character to the beer.

Mar 01, 2004
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