Paddywhack IPA
Nelson Brewing Company

Paddywhack IPAPaddywhack IPA
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IPA - English
Ranked #159
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3.64 | pDev: 9.62%
Nelson Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
Paddywhack IPAPaddywhack IPA
Notes: 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!
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Garin from Canada (AB)

3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a crystal-clear copper gold, with a thin bubbly head that shrinks fairly quickly. On the nose, I find maltiness first, with some fruity/citrus hops underneath. Sweetly floral hops aromas drift up.

The flavour starts out with a malty sweetness and carries a good toasty/bready body through the middle. Solid but not excessive bitterness floats in for the finish.

It's definitely a respectable IPA.

Sep 15, 2004
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MAB from Canada (AB)

4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent beer, true to it's style. It is a beautiful copper color and has a long lasting head, owing to the extra hops used. It is quite bitter but has a buttery undertone. The aroma is very hoppy and adds greatly to the taste.
They often go to beer shows and feature cask conditioned Paddywhack that has been dry hopped. Do not miss it if you have the chance!
Definitely worth seeking out, it is available throughout British Columbia (the Canadian west coast) but only there, I believe.

Oct 15, 2002
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canucklehead from Canada (BC)

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lately I have retasted Nelson beers and found them to be much improved. This beer to my memory was unbalanced but I now find it very drinkable.Nice big hop nose with a full mouth feel followed by a smooth hop finish. Not actually as hoppy as Tree or Phillips this still is big for a BC IPA. I really like this beer now and will sub it in with Hophead and Phillips.

Oct 02, 2005
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IronDjinn from Canada (AB)

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 6 pack I picked up in Vancouver. Nice copper hued body, capped by one finger width off-white foam on the pour, which leaves small traces of lacing. A blast of cascade hops on the nose, but it then gets tackled by the overpowering smell of old fashioned style strawberry licorice whips--no fooling here. Strong presence of both hops and sweet malts in the flavour, but they still continue to wrestle one another, the balance seems off by this power struggle. Still an okay IPA because of that, I'm still enjoying in. Medium bodied mouthfeel, no oily texture present. Perhaps a gateway beer for those interested in trying IPA's, the malt is user-friendly and prevents the hops from overwhelming the uninitiated at first. Through the hops I'm still smelling strawberry licorice though...

Jul 14, 2004
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saskguy from Canada (SK)

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A moderate hop level for an IPA. More an American IPA than an english styled one. The flavours were clean with no off tastes. The carbonation seems fine. Not a heavy smell, but ok.

The Nelson brewery is one of the better micros in Canada, not spectacular, but good.

Nov 21, 2003
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good hops. Amazing amount of lacing.Nice balance with fruity hops and some malt. Not too carbonated. Bit aggressive crisp initial jump of hops and a little citrus taste spurred by the alcohol (which is masked) that fades at end. Good but not exceptional IPA, an introduction IPA. Better than average craft beer. Thanks Irondjinn for the sample.

Aug 01, 2004
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ericj551 from Canada (AB)

4/5  rDev +9.9%

May 07, 2013
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a 1/2 pint sampling glass)

A- Warm brown color with a red tint. Yellowish white head that is rocky with big bubbles.

S- Floral hops with a bit of grassiness but very strong hops smell waft from the glass

T- Pale malt taste with a god hop bitterness lots of citrus hops and a pretty clean dry finish.

M- Medium body with a just slight astringent aftertaste.

D- Good solid AIPA nice aroma and the hopiness is not bad. It doesn't have the explosion of hop flavor that I expect with AIPAs but it is pleasant non the less.

Mar 10, 2005
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2roosters from Canada (BC)

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lovely example of IPA.

Amber Gold colour with a rich creamy head that holds well before fading to lace.

Lots of citrus and evergreen in the nose.

Big bang of hops finishes off citric and malty. Nice long finish.

A very good Food beer but not one I am likely to drink in quantity. Certainly worth an occasional buy and a nice example of an underappreciated style. Difficult to find "on premise" - should be a good restaurant beer but not much in evidence.


Sep 14, 2004
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Knuckles from Washington

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nelson is the great city in BC where Steve Martin filmed his classic 'Roxanne', so I immediately had a soft spot in my heart for this brewery when I first spotted them at the Great Canadian Beer Festival. There I had an Oatmeal Stout that wasn't particularly notable, but they remained in my mind ever since and only because of the Steve Martin connection.

So my wife and I were in Courtenay on Vancouver Island for a brief vacation from the boys, and I decided to stop in at BC Liquors to see what they had in the store. I was a little disappointed that I wasn't able to find any McAuslan's, but they did have a nice selection of BC beers so I grabbed a six pack of the Paddywhack and their mild. I loved the mild, and so had high hopes for the IPA. Sadly, it wasn't anywhere near as good as it could have been.

Appearance: Color is right on, deep orange, with negligible head. What little head there was disappeared almost immediately.

Smell: On thing I've noticed with Canadian craft beers (and keep in mind that the beers I've had - other than Unibroue - are almost solely from BC and Alberta) is that they have tended, in my experience, to be less robust than their American counterparts. IPAs aren't quite as full bodied and hoppy as AIPAs, same with stouts, porters, etc. Upon initial pour, this one has a fairly pronounced hop character. Better than what I'm accustomed to compared to the other CIPAs I've had, so I'm pleased.

Taste: Cold, this beer is very solid. Very hoppy finish, decent malt body, I like it. As it warms, however, the malts catch up to the hops and ultimately wipe them out. It becomse far more like a standard pale than an IPA.

Mouthfeel: The malts in this beer are nice, and provide a very nice presence while you drink. Enjoyable.

Drinkability: Have to give this a four, as there isn't really anything bad about it. It's an easy drinking beer, just doesn't have what I look for in an IPA. I'll be saving the last one to give to my father in law.

Apr 21, 2005
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elricorico from Canada (AB)

3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last weekend I picked up my first Nelson beers from my hometown liquor store. Unfortunately, the only ones left were past their best before date. Thought it was still worth a try though. This one was about 6 months past the due date.

Beer pours a hazy dull brown with a faint white head that doesn't amount to much or stick around long. The smell is bready/biscuity malt and citrus hop. It is fairly strong, and relatively nice.

Taste is not much like any IPA I've ever had, though that may be due to its age. It seems that any real hop finish it may have had is gone. The front has a hint of caramel and citrus, maybe a touch of molasses. Altogether a fairly light and smooth taste.

The mouthfeel is about a little less than what I'd call medium bodied, with a light bit of carbonation. The beer goes down quite easily.

Overall this one is not bad, but it no longer tastes like an IPA. I'll have to make an effort to get my hands on some fresh beers from this brewery, as they certainly have some potential.

Feb 08, 2006
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BigBry from Canada (AB)

3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack at the Co-Op Liquor Store on my way home from work. This and FacePlant were new to the store, it was just sitting on the floor still in the pallet. Not yet in the computer, so was charged $10.99 ("the same as that other new stuff" said the check out lady.
Same label, but now with 'Certified Organic' notation and 'British Columbia Certified Organic' Green Checkmark.
Clear, coppery, orange color in the glass. Starts with a thick and foamy head, slowly but steadily fades to a this floating cap of foam. Thin, stringy lacing left down the side of the glass.
Smells are quite strong citrus, but not enough to overpower the bready malts. Well balanced flavor of malt with the citrus and pine from the hops. Slightly dry bitter finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, with good carbonation. Good drinkability, no one element is over powering. Maybe not as strong as some other IPAs and their huge hoppiness). Overall, enjoyed this well made beer.

Dec 23, 2006
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BDTyre from Canada (BC)

3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good IPA, but seems a little odd....

It pours a beautiful orange colour with a thin white head. A little bit darker than some IPAs I've had, but still looks great.

The smell is nice, but not like an IPA. Floral, and grassy but not hoppy. A bit too much of a malt smell for an IPA.

Taste wise, this is much better: a good blend of malt and hops, with the underlying grassiness and spicy hops bite of a good IPA. Malts are present, but not too strong. Good citrus notes; this would go well with Indian curry.

Other than the smell, this is a great IPA. Not the best I've had but among the better ones...BC brewers seem to do a great job with IPAs. Another solid product from NBC....

Nov 23, 2005
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Derek from Canada (BC)

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Copper, but quite clear. Off-white head, not much retention, no lace.

S: Not a lot of nose. A little bready & caramel malt, with a little hops. Nice, but doesn't scream IPA.

T: Bready malt with a little caramel. Has some sweetness, and not enough hop bitterness to back it up. Only a little citrousy flavour, I expected more from a Pacific Northwest brew. It's nicely balanced, but it needs more hop bitterness and flavour for the IPA style. The alcohol is REALLY well hidden.

M: Light to moderate body, with a carbonation that's slightly lower than moderate.

D: Considering the alcohol, you could really pound this back, and REALLY regret it in the morning!

Jan 02, 2006
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allergictomacros from Canada (ON)

3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear coppy with good head and lacing. Aromas of grapefruity hops with a touch of soy sauce and toasted grain. Assertive bitterness is backed by grapefruit flavour and a solid malt presence. Medium bodied, but a little hard on the carbonation for me. A solid, tasty brew, but not particularly exciting.

Aug 31, 2006
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Orrshow from Canada (AB)

3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My buddy Rico (elricorico) brought this one up for me from when he was visiting B.C.

Appearance – Pours an almost light brown color mixed with copper tones. Shows a fair amount of frothy head which falls to a cap quickly. Good amounts of lacing left.

Smell – Citrus and floral hops arise but are dominated by bread malts. There is also a slightly sweet trace to it. This smell is not overly strong despite

Taste – Malt flavors are prominent in this beer. There is a touch of citrus sweetness and a slight dry bitter finish but not as much as I like or expect from an IPA.

Mouthfeel – Thin body with an average carbonation. Feels about right for an IPA when going down.

Drinkability – There is nothing offensive about this beer, yet nothing alluring. It goes down fine.

Apr 01, 2006
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Noxious26 from Canada (SK)

3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Dec 19, 2010
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grub from Canada (ON)

2.77/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

got this one from CBA. thanks chris!

12oz bottle. sampled aug 24/08.

pours deep red, nearly brown, with a small dense off-white head. drops fast with a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. bit of alcohol. caramel. grapefruit and orange. white bread. bit of earthy/woody character.

taste is ok. fairly low bitterness level. bit of cooked vegetable thing going on that i'm not really enjoying. roasted peppers or something. hint of light citrus. bit of bready character. touch watery.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. metium-light body.

drinkability is ok. smelled decent, but the taste really didn't do it for me, kind of ruining the drinkability. overall it was fairly balanced, just not that enjoyable. after a few more sips this one went straight down the drain...

Aug 24, 2008
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MMansfield from Canada (NS)

3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle sent to my by BigBry. Thank you kindly.

Appearance: Pours an amber-copper colour with a massive foamy off white cap. Leaves plenty of lace but settles to a thin layer rather quickly.

Aroma: Pine and floral hops. Fresh grass, caramel, grapefruity citrus smells in there as well.

Taste: Very hoppy with piney and grapefruit notes. Plenty of rich buttery caramel in here. I bit chewy with a pleasent bitter finish. Overall, the flavour doesn't work super well. The piney and caramel flavours don't seem to interact.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of body, creamy, good drinkability.

Final Statement: Like I said, the flavour could work better for my liking, but this is still a decent brew. I look forward to sampling their other offerings. I've had better IPA's, but this is still worthy of a try from any BA.

May 17, 2007
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harpus from Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Jan 10, 2014
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RJLarse from Washington

3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Jul 25, 2016
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vanrassel from Canada (AB)

3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pleasant beer to drink, but I don't think it quite fits the American IPA style. I think it's more of an straightforward pale ale, but anyway....

It poured clear copper with a nice bubbly head with decent retention. The smell defninitely leaned toward the hoppy side with floral, pine and grapefruit scents dominating. There wasn't a lot of malt aroma, and what there was smelled of biscuits.

The taste was suprisingly mild considering how hoppy the beer smells. It was only slightly bitter with a subtle, dry finish. There were some buttery, toffee malt flavours, which is why I think this is more of a pale ale.

Dec 19, 2006
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Shadman from Canada (AB)

3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Nov 21, 2009
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Graham5161986 from Canada (BC)

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a nice looking clear, orange with a frothy, 2 finger, just off-white head that has good retention and leaves a commendable sticky lace.

S: nice BC hops and caramel-honey malts

T: decently hopped, not as much as I hoped, but still nice with a smooth, nutty, sweetness on the finish.

M: light and creamy, good carbonation and a crisp, refreshing finish that goes down very smoothly.

D: This is a good IPA - nice flavour and very easy to put back. I also like to see that it is a certified organic product as well. I would add a tad more hops, nevertheless, I will be buying this beer again.

Feb 26, 2008
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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?

Dec 08, 2009
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