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
Ranking:
#43,317
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
113
pDev:
11.95%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 113 |  Reviews: 20
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

Photo of chasmandocharles
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.09/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of Chucker17
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Braz
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks nice. Deep amber color with nice white head. Bitter biscuit notes with a smooth finish. It's a touch flat on the carbonation.

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Photo of Celtics76
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of lazy8
2.35/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

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Photo of Bwalkertxranger
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Frozetoes
2.64/5  rDev -23%
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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Photo of 1KEVIN1
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VelvetExtract
3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of WhitmansNiece
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CraigTravor
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ComeAtMeBrew
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CraigS119
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of Mikestaf
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of moot2142
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jasonkyeager
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of CRWiley
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HiWire
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of obrienc
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThaneMcC
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
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 dcall384
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Paddle Wheel Pale Ale from Bent River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 113 ratings