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Paddle Wheel Pale Ale | Bent River Brewing Company

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Paddle Wheel Pale AlePaddle Wheel Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Bent River Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

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

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 107
Reviews by nightcrawler:
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4.06/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of Ravenz98
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MrUse
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of zoolou
3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of brock125
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.29/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jasonkyeager
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Very piney for me. Citric? Very drinkable. Pale Ale is not my thing but I appreciate them. This one I thought was pretty good. Would buy if found.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DaneBramage
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
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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3.24/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Frozetoes
2.64/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Color is good, flavor is, well, unexpected. Somewhat citrus, somewhat wheaty, but not overly hoppy.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ThaneMcC
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
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).

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Photo of Asmitty210
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of WhitmansNiece
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
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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3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ragingbull
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Paddle Wheel Pale Ale from Bent River Brewing Company
3.5 out of 5 based on 107 ratings.
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