Paddy Pale Ale | Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.

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Paddy Pale AlePaddy Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Spring

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Added by rhoadsrage on 05-04-2006

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Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 138
Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.1/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: hazy golden orange to light amber, smallish creamy head.
S: citric, floral, resiny hops, doughy pale malts. a bit muted.
T: an off sourish, astringent character overshadows the lighlty sweet biscuity malts and moderate hop bitterness.
M: puckering and dry. light bodied, moderately carbonated.
D: something is off with the sourish character of this. a drain pour, sick that i had to suffer through an entire sixer of this.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.46/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Mostly clear orange copper with a thin white head that disappears quickly.

Nose: Not much. Grass and a touch of citrus fruit.

Taste: Toast with a pinch of grapefruit marmalade and some pine.

Mouthfeel: Light, slick, wet.

Drinkability: Why bother?

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.56/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz can poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a hazy to almost muddy light brown/amber. Head is small and light brown, theres some light sediment on the bottom. Nose is quite good, it's fruity, fresh and hoppy.

This is super bland, it's like carbonated water with some hop extract or something. After a bit it starts to have a bit of body but a lot of it is just the carbonation. It's not offensive or bad there are just no good qualities either.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
2.67/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz can poured into standard pint.

A- A nice cloudy orange that has a quarter inch of head that dies down quickly but leaves some good spotty lacing around the glass.

S- Big hops for a pale ale. Immediately reminds me of Furious. Nice biscuit presence and some white bread. Pretty balanced in the smell.

T- The comparison to Furious stops here. The hops are much more muted but there is still a nice breadiness and a little bit of wet cardboard.

M- Thin bodied and pretty much no carbonation. Seems quite watery. I know they are new to canning so this could be the issue.

D- Initially I was excited when I cracked the can but that was short lived. I think I would reach for this after I have had a few and couldn't taste anything.

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Photo of trbergman
2.76/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a pale orange with one finger of rocky off-white head.

S - Toasty, biscuit malt with herbal/floral hop aroma. Somewhat subdued.

T - Palate basically follows from nose, with the addition of a tea-like flavor and astringency. The beer also has an odd sour note. Hop flavor is grassy and floral and there's a low level of bitterness.

M - Medium body, astringent.

D - Not particularly bad, but nothing much going on, either.

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Photo of portia99
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz impulse buy - a new can I hadn't seen before - figured what the heck, give it a try. Poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a muddy and yeasty, particulate laden dirty amber color. Very minor attempt at forming a head which ultimately falls short and creates only a sticky collar of white foamy bubbles and some lacing on the glass.

S - Cool, spearminty hops with some citrus and grass. Malt presence is light with a hint of sugary sweetness. Interesting overall with a fairly unique hop aroma...a little odd, but I kinda like it.

T - A bit of hop bitterness up front kissed with sugary sweetness. Hop flavor is bland at best with only the faintest of citrus. Really not much there to the flavor. Thought it might be a bit cold coming out of the fridge, but it just doesn't change as it warms.

M - Medium bodied with a fizzy carbonation of medium strength. There is a certain coolness from the minty hop real flavor, just a feel association more than anything.

D - Not really one I'd go back to, but it isn't offensive either. Just simply not that much flavor here. It really has a very low sensory involvement here. Drinks like water more than anything else.

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Photo of u2carew
2.99/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz can.
A) Pours with a finger thick white head. Tight and good retention. Settles slowly, leaving a nice lacing at the edge of the glass. Bronze in color. Murky body with visible sediment. Thin lacing and semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Peach. Pineapple. Quite the fruity aroma.
T) The flavor profile on this is a bit weak. Very little at first then half way through picks up some pleasant malt sweetness liken to caramel, but is quickly taken over by a hop bite that rides out to the finish and lingers in the aftertaste.
M) A bit thin up front, feels watery. Light side of medium. Very fizzy - masks over some of the flavor and dominates the mouth feel.
O) An alright brew. I don't think I'd go back to this one unless in a bind. The body is weak. Too much fizz.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy, somewhat milky orange sort of color. Not much carbonation visible. Little aroma-hoppy enough and grassy to make itself noticed but not much more. Ok hop bite and a malty presence for sure. Rather pedestrian and almost has a "homebrew" like quality to it. Soapy tasting. Body seems a bit thin. Overall rather average. lacks the little umph that would make this a better US. Overall has a long way to go. Maybe a good beach beer in cans-not much more.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours from the can as light amber. Is slightly hazy in appearance. Smell is light. It has a little hop odor, but it is surprisingly lighter than anticipated. Mouthfeel is a little lacking. Not much body as it is a little thin. Taste is nice and hoppy. Taste is lighter than you might expect. Flavor is pretty somewhat balanced, however it seems to be a little lacking in towards the end.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a very hazy deep copper body with a creamy beige head that boils away before I get the glass to my lips. The beer is a bit too dense to see much carbonation.

S- The aroma of caramel malt is dry with a green hint in the finish. Otherwise it is a pretty clean nose.

T- This beer has a watery taste with dry Munich malt and biscuit hints with a grainy note to follow. There is a bitter green hop finish that lacks much flavor, but lingers for a bit.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a flat texture on the tongue but a tight fizz in the finish.

D- This beer has a dry caramel note that takes on a bit of a cardboard hint but that is about the extent of the flavor. The aroma is a little better but there just isn't much hop flavor at all.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into an imperial pint. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one!

(A)- Pours a very cloudy orange color that produced a minimal tan head.

(S)- Some citrus of lemon/lime and pineapple. Some damp wood components.

(T)- Same as the smell. Some good citrus, but otherwise has a very prominent woody profile.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Good citrus, but with an overpowering damp wood notes. Some bitterness.

(D)- Not a bad pale ale. Drinkable and easy to put down, but needs some balance instead of all the wood-like characters.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: hazy amber color with a half finger of white head with some decent lacing.

S: Floral hops with just a touch of citrus. I read portia99's review and he said spearamint hops and I thought he was crazy. He is not. It is there and weird but not bad.

T: The flavor is not as good. Starts off with a little sweetness and then goes into just bitterness for balance. You do not get any of that floral hop or citrus taste. You get the malt but not much else. Kind of bland.

M: A little bit thin and the carbonation was kind of weird but not in a bad way. Soft is how I would describe it.

D: This was a hey there is a beer in a can I have not tried purchase. Only got one. A decent beer but nothing about it makes me want to have another.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz CAN into a pint glass after work.

A- A hazy orange rust color with some gold around the edges. Foam rises up to about 1/2 in inch of off white cream colored foam, dies quick, no stick.

S- Very weak pale malt, barely disernable, hops are in a word, light, some earthy and grass, nothing large. Not pungent.

T- Very relaxed pale ale here. Not much to explain here except faint pale malt and a whimper of earthy hop taste, that barely exists.

M- Light bodied, light carb, went down smooth, could use a jump start, falls flat.

D- I tried it and it is what it is, easy drinking light and refreshing and a good beer to start your down and dirty drinking, a stepping stone.

This just came into Philly a day ago, there is no dating of any kind on here, is it supposed to taste like this?

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at the brewpub.

Paddy should open up his own Irish-themed pub. I hear there's some prime real estate in eastern Pennsylvania... His namesake pours a slightly hazy amber-straw topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises caramel, light pine, mandarin oranges, and light onion. The taste holds notes of light mandarin oranges, lighter lemon zest, flowers, and a hint of sourdough. Somehow, mixed together, it comes out pretty damn bland. The body is a hefty light, with a light carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a kinda flaccid brew, nothing that really stands out in any way whatsoever. As someone else said, it tastes like a decent homebrew, so to speak.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can poured into my pint glass.

A: Bright yellow gold with a just a touch of orange. Full three fingers of bright white head. Thick gobs of lace remain. Solid retention.

S: The aroma is great. Lots of citrus and pine. Very fragrant. Just a hint of malt can be picked up. This nose reminds me a lot of Furious. That's a huge compliment in my book.

T: Well the flavor sadly didn't follow the nose at all. Very bland. Mild pale malt with an acrid bitterness in the finish that seems off.

M: Rather thin and almost flat. Hardly any carbonation.

D: Overall this one needs some tweaking. I understand this is their first attempt at canning so hopefully they iron out the kinks.

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Photo of JustinMatthew
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a can to a common pint glass. Hazy appearance.. Dark orange to light brown in color. Pretty thick off white head. Smell is light in piney hop character. Taste a little sweet, citrusy, and piney with not much else going on. This beer is very light and easily a seasionable brew. Slight bitterness but not much lingering. A little to light in my opinion for an apa but not bad overall.

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Photo of Trombone69
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured the can into a pint glass. Orangy-Brown with chunks moving both up and down within the brew. You have to be a pretty serious beer geek to like the look of this. A pretty good amount of lacing. The tiny bubbles keep coming.

Nice mouthfeel, the right carbonation. Nicely hopped without being overpowering.
Good, not great. At 5.6%, it's in the range I that I like.

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Photo of gatornation
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 12 oz can no date to be found on can

A-hazy orange amber color with a fresh 1 finger head that stays with decent lacing it looks good

S-light citrus and grass smell with bread abd grain

T- it has a slight citrus hop taste with some pine and floral followed by some grainy malts bread taste all faint

M- was decent it was sort of crisp with good carbonation a little watery

d-its drinkable but not a great taste was thin

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Photo of Slatetank
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Al's of Hampden -poured chilled into a willybecker.

A tanger color with some floaters, but thick rocky cap has very good retention and lace stickage is good, the clarity is hazed and slightly murky with golden hues. The smell is good - citrus and floral aromas compliment the beer, the only reason for the low score is it seems muted. The feel is ok, highly carbonated and seems a bit on the astringent side, but mild sweetness and medium body with ample bitterness for the style.

I think the flavor is pretty solid on this Pale, nice mellow lemon and orange rind flavors from the hops, but nothing extraordinary either. The malt does its job, but doesn't really add much to the overall flavor. The beer seems to be slightly astringent for the style -kind of lemony, but not overbearing, just a little off. the overall is pretty decent as I didn't find a huge amount of flaws and it fit the style ok, it just didn't go much further than your run of the mill Pale ale for me.

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Photo of Duff27
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright white thin head on a cloudy orange body. Nice head retention and spotty lacing.

Yummy orange citrus smell to it, I like it.

More citrus from the hops, more lemony than oranges though. Overall the malt flavor profile is a little weak.

A little thin on the mouthfeel, good carbonation.

A decent offering from the Onion Brewpub, good drinkability anyway. Not worth seeking out, there are better Pale Ale options available.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The CANQuest keeps bring me new and interesting beers. CAN you dig it?!?

From the CAN: "Over 100 years ago, two hard-working Irish immigrant railmen mused over a pint about building a brewery. Today, we honor our ancestors' dream with a robust session ale. This AmeriCAN pale ale celebrates the artful blend of imported malts and floral Cascade hops. Alc. 5.6% by Vol. Come visit our pub and restaurant, located 45 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. Grab a pint of Paddy beneath the old-growth timberframe and enjoy the time-honored tradition of the local pub." Editor's note: I have been there and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Oooh, another beer anxious to get out of its CAN! I allowed the foam to settle a little bit before pouring. Sure enough, there was plenty of head to go around, creating two-plus fingers' worth of thick, tawny head with very good retention. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. I could definitely smell the Cascade hops on the nose. It makes me darn glad to be reviewing something in a CAN other than AmeriCAN Adjunct Lagers, I'll tell you! Mouthfeel was medium with a heavier malt presence on the tongue than the nose had led me to expect. Finish continued to be more malty than hoppy, but it was still eminently drinkable, plus knowing where it came from makes me more of a fan than something from some gigantic corporation. Cooler worthy, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

cloudy honey colored beer with a big foamy white head.
Some pineapple hop aroma over a solid malt base.
Flavor is very weak in that I don't pick up any real hop flavor although it does have some desent bitterness. Malts have a slight roasted qualitiy leaning towards a red.
In this beer there is also some diaceyl iin low amounts.
This beer is about an average brew in my opioion.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GDBEERMAN for the can

A - Pours an orange-copper with a thin white head, retention is minimal, slippery lacing

S - Nose is grainy, with bits of corn husk and some toasted malts with a floral hop background

T&M - Hop to malt balance is nice, a bit grainy with the corn husk notes coming through strong. Medium bodied with nice carbonation that makes it a bit "zippy". Hints of caramelized malt with just a touch of buttery flavor. The floral hops make themselves most known in the finish.

D - Not a bad brew at all, with a lot of flavor for a lower ABV beer. A bit on the grainy side for my taste, but not bad.

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Photo of areich6
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Fairly dark compared to most IPA's. Pour resulted in quite a bit of head, a little more than an inch. As the head recedes it barely leaves any lacing and settles down to form a pleasant looking white, foamy film over the beer.

S: The smell is quite good I think, the hops shine through and are pretty strong, in a good way.

T: Disappointment given the promising smell. Barely hoppy at all, a very short bit at the beginning that quickly gives way to more corny, light beer flavor in the middle and end. The taste does not linger in the mouth at all afterI swallowed it

M: Light, with very slight carbonation. Not much else to say.

O: Not terrible, but very below par compared to many other APA's one could buy.

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Photo of Chaz
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dusky tangerine-orange in color, topped with an off-white/tan head of good duration. Nice lacing here, too, pretty favorable first impression.

I caught a blast of pineapple-hops right upon opening and deCANting this one, so I'm looking forward to what it has to offer on the palate. Cascades and something else here? It's got something that makes me think British-style, that's for sure. Hint of yeast, plenty of fruit on the nose, it's lookin' like a winner...

Much more dry on the first sip than I was expecting (lighter fruit and a more pronounced biscuit malt character as well), and that's a good thing to my mind. Oily hop presence here, which I can appreciate in the style. Rather brisk mouthfeel and scrubbing on the palate while not feeling "light". It's perhaps a little bit bigger or the style at 5.6%, but it's got great balance and drinkability.

Clean, well-balanced, plenty of hops, and very good drinkability overall -- Folks, we have a winner! Another one to add to the list of 'disc golf' beers for those so inclined ; )

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Paddy Pale Ale from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
3.46 out of 5 based on 138 ratings.
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