Paddywhack IPA | Nelson Brewing Company

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Paddywhack IPAPaddywhack IPA

Brewed by:
Nelson Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The perfect premium organic ale that will definitely satisfy the most knowledgeable beer lover. Heavenly hopped to the edge but beautifully balanced, this India Pale Ale is the beer for the hardiest hop connoisseurs. Paddywhack is the NBC staff favourite. Try some nestled with spicy curried prawns. GOTTA THIRST ATTACK CRACK A PADDYWHACK!

Added by MAB on 10-15-2002

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Photo of RJLarse
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I bought a six-pack of Paddy Whack IPA in a BC liquor store. $12.50 which is about $9.25 US at the current exchange rate. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a shiny copper color, clear, with a substantial foamy off-white head.

Smell is a balance of sweet bread aromas and some light citrus notes along side. Neither scent really dominates the other.

Taste is also well balanced. It's not a hop bomb like some west coast IPAs and sweet malt flavor has a presence on the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. slightly cloying, but generally a drinkable brew.

Overall I would say this is a very well balanced IPA. Malt and hops compliment eachother, woothout the intense pine flavor of some. I wish I had bought 2 six-packs.

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Photo of BcCraft710
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Sathanas
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kenmac19
4.15/5  rDev +15%

Photo of souvenirs
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$12.25+deposit for a 6-pack at the BCLS.

A: Copper, with lots of head gradually receding to a few millimetres, leaving lacing around the glass.

S: Straight up West Coast IPA. Tropical fruit, especially melon and citrus.

T: Balance of malts and hops. Nice and bitter. Pine, grapefruit. Caramel malts.

F: Medium body.

O: Solidly good beer that I definitely wouldn't turn down. Still, I can think of better IPAs.

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Photo of ZachT
4.11/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of rogerdandy
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of maplesyrup76
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of toddomundo
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ericj551
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of KalanM
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of bcchris
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of LampertLand
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of fizzyted
3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Noxious26
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured in a pint glass.

Beige head is a huge poofy 1.5 inches on the pour. It's also fairly dense. My wife said it looked like a yorkshire pudding on top of the beer. It's a hazy copper colour with more carbonation streams than you'd normally see in an ale. Lots of gobs of sticky lacing.

Caramel malt is the predominant scent in the nose. Touches of floral and herbal hops with some citrus in the background.

A rush of hops from the start, then the caramel malt comes forward for balance in the middle then into a long hoppy finish. Herbal and citrus off the start. Caramel/malty middle. Floral and grapefruit finish. There's a slight metallic tinge from the middle through the finish that puts me off a tad.

Medium bodied with a little more carbonation than usual for an ale. Slightly oily mouthfeel.

Pretty much average for an IPA. May be because it's about a month after the best before date. There aren't any off flavours (other than the metallic tinge), but like most beers, it's probably fair to say it'd do better fresh.

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Photo of scott451
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fairly aggressive pour into a glass beaker produced a thin bubbly off white head which soon diminished to a thin layer. A clear dark amber. Some lacing.

Floral hops over malt smells. An interesting taste. Floral notes up front. Well balanced malts with some citrus. Moderate hop finish with a slight metallic aftertaste.

Medium light body. Light carbonation. Moderate drinkability.

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Photo of berley31
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a large, frothy white head that had some nice lasting power before dropping to a thin film. Left some thin lacing on the glass. Body is dark amber, and very clear.

S: Fairly strong caramel aroma, with a moderately-striong citrusy/woody hop smell coming through as well.

T: Sweet caramel taste, balanced nicely by a strong hop presence. However, the caramel seems to win out a bit, which doesn't seem appropriate. Moderate bitterness.

M: Light-medium bodied, with high carbonation.

D: Not the best example of the style I've had (too much caramel flavor and too high carbonation), but not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of EskimoDave
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paddywhack is quite dark for an IPA. More deeper copper than an average pale ale. If used a hex code to describe the amiable lace leaving head it would be FFF8. The dominant aroma was that of toffee followed by quiet hops flavours of grass, spices, and citrus. The taste is a prominent toffee mingled with a touch of caramel. WHOA, quite the bitterness for such an unassuming aroma. Your mouth is coated in that piney-resiny way some hops work. Yet it stays nice and smooth with obligatory drying finish.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle. I haven't seen this IPA around for a few years, but now it's back, so giddy the fuck up!

This beer pours a clear medium bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of foamy, chunky, and dense off-white head, which leaves a curtain of spackled snow rime lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of meaty and musty citrus rind, bready, biscuity caramel malt, and further floral, herbal, and perfumed hops. The taste is more slightly biscuity and bready caramel malt, a floral and understated grapefruit and orange fruity pithiness, and a somewhat late-arriving, subdued, and almost gagged, leafy pine bitter hoppiness.

The carbonation is pretty moderate, but more than the basic frothiness bubbles up here and there, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth despite the probing hop twinges. It finishes off-dry, the bready Anglo-friendly malt holding fast, and the mixed-heritage hops kind of rearing up at the end. Oh, and the extra point and a half of alcohol is nowhere to be found (at least until the third or fourth round of this sixer is well underway, I would imagine).

A decent Canadian IPA - British-style malt backbone, and Pacific NW hops. Too bad this beer has such a spotty attendance record on the shelves around here. Maybe it's all a ploy to engender demand and an aura of scarcity - nah, we're not like that up here, are we?

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Photo of Shadman
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Felt like I needed a hop fix and haven't seen this one in these parts b4...

Very impressive looking ale. Rch copper gold in color with a very robust off-white head and incredible lacing.

Nice mix of cascade hop and caramel malts, especially after the beer warmed a bit.

Big hop profile dominates the opening few seconds. Malts struggle to over come the game of whack-a-mole the hops are playing here.Bit of mineral water twang in the profile as well.

Decently medium bodied, ABV is well masked and doesn't kill the palate.

Decent AIPA, could be a bit better balanced.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into 400ml DAB glass nov11 2009

A clear copper with a thumbs width of head that quickly falls to a 1/4in film that leaves a decent amount of lace

S light hops and caramel are overpowered by something I can't quite put my finger on

T again there's something I can't quite place and it's not a good thing, it's taking away from my ability to focus on anything positive about this beer

M good carbonation gives it a slightly creamy feel

D poor taste hurts its cause more then anything(makes sense eh)

If I could place what it is about this beer I don`t like I would, but I can`t and it frustrates me just a little. oh well find out for yourself

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