Monday, May 30, 2011

Onion Pub and Brewery's Paddy Pale Ale

The Onion Pub and Brewery graced Illinois in 2003. The name itself derived from the Potowatami tribe. Apparently these rascals were canoeing down rivers in the outer Chicago area and went up to Lou Piniella and straight up told him the place reeked more than the Cubs; like an onion. True Story. Sort of.

The brewery itself is on an old sand and gravel quarry and the framework for the building is made of 250 year old, environmentally friendly, deadfall Douglar Firs; which everyone knows is my favorite wood. I wouldn't mind getting a baseball bat made out of Douglas Fir and beat Elijah Wood, which is my least favorite wood.

Paddy Pale Ale has an ABV of 5.4% and Onion Brewery's flagship brew. It's got some strong hops to it, not as smooth as a Sierra Nevada or Yellowtail, but not as bitter as a Dale's, which is the first one I thought of because its in a can. It has a creamy aftertaste which is pretty surprising, in a good way. It's how I would picture the aftertaste of Genny Cream Ale to be like, if I ever drank it. I'm sort of scared to. I'm not sure why. But this ale is crisp, refreshing, and a citrus taste to it. It runs about $10 a sixer. In the future I'd pick up another pale ale but it's worth trying. If you can get some for free I'd do that for sure.

I'm a fan of the cans though. It's got two drunken, miners or some shit. The one on the left looks like W but I'm still of a fan of the old fart on the right.

Drinkability: 5/10
Taste: 6/10
Value: 4/10
Curb Appeal: 7/10

Overall: 5.5/10

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