Paddle Wheel Pale Ale | Bent River Brewing Company

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Paddle Wheel Pale AlePaddle Wheel Pale Ale
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
Ratings:
110
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
12%
 
 
Wants:
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Gots:
34
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of JMili
4.14/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of nightcrawler
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 jimmah120
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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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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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of nickapalooza86
3.99/5  rDev +14%
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.

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3.96/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Reneejane
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of Hopmeplease
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Cubsfan1087
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Antg8989
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
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 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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3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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Paddle Wheel Pale Ale from Bent River Brewing Company
3.5 out of 5 based on 110 ratings.
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