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Paddle Wheel Pale Ale | Bent River Brewing Company

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110 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bent River Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
bentriverbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.99%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Compared to a pre-prohibition American style beer. A medium bodied ale with a well balanced hoppy finish.

Added by Reneejane on 03-01-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,966
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
110
pDev:
12.24%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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0
Gots:
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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of craigbelly
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

Photo of nwhittin
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of rclangk
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy, honey color. Very flavorful, but I'd put it more in the category of an IPA than a pale ale.

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Photo of Bendover80
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Yancey82
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EMV
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerOps
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of corybills
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MrUse
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaneBramage
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of JMili
4.14/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tankg
2.81/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GregStoner
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bplabernie
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Ravenz98
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Antg8989
3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
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

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

Dark for a pale ale
Nose not very strong
Ordinary taste
Malt dominates
Not a typical pale ale

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

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Paddle Wheel Pale Ale from Bent River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 110 ratings
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