Paddywhack IPA | Nelson Brewing Company

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Paddywhack IPAPaddywhack IPA

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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 chickenm
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Sammy
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.

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Photo of hreb
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 355ml can of Nelson Brewing Company's Organica Paddywhack IPA while in Canada. 6.0% alc./vol/. means "strong beer". Served in a pint glass, it is quite amber in color, with big soda bubbles, and a big tan head to match. A red IPA, perhaps? It's got a classic American IPA citrus hop profile, and there's definitely a malty backbone to support the considerable IBUs.

Quite drinkable but not excellent. I did also try Bent Pole IPA on draught while in Nelson, but unfortunately I don't have notes to compare the two side by side.

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Photo of fthegiants
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Orrshow
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of bcchris
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of vanrassel
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
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 elricorico
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of maplesyrup76
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Garin
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
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...

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Photo of BigBry
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of BcCraft710
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of grub
2.77/5  rDev -23.5%
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...

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of berley31
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Derek
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

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Photo of Noxious26
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
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 2roosters
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.


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Photo of fizzyted
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of rogerdandy
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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Paddywhack IPA from Nelson Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 47 ratings