Posts Tagged ‘Paddock Wood’

Well, it was yet another scorcher of a day here. In my mind that calls for an ice-cold beer. I was lucky enough to make my way down to the Craft Beer Market to enjoy a couple of cold ones with a couple of my good friends. Oddly enough the CBM had Paddock Wood’s seasonal Bramling Cross. This British style bitter has ties to the prairies thru cross breeding of British male hops with Manitoban female hops.

Once the beer finally found it’s home on the table in front of me there was little to no head as you can tell from the photo. The little head that was there was a light ring of white along the edge that didn’t leave any lacing. The beer also appeared to be a golden coppery color. The aroma comes off with heavy bitter tones and a sweetness, caramel I’d wager. The taste obviously has it’s heavy bitter tones, but along side that there is a distinct lemon zest with the possibility of a little bit of the rind as well. Flowing along with these flavors is a constant, yet subtle, caramel smoothness.

4.5% Bitter

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Paddock Wood’s Bête Noire is an Oatmeal stout. They say it’s a Black Ale… Which they use oats to smooth the profile of the beer. Tomato… Tomato… Wait, that saying doesn’t work when typed out… Oh well, I’ve come to far to go back now.

This oatmeal stout pours so pitch black, that no light passes through it when it is held up to a light. The head is thick, yet light and fluffy with a distinct mocha coloring. The smell comes off smooth with hints of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. The flavoring is also very smooth, with heavy flavors of chocolate, coffee, and a light sweetness, which if I were to point my finger at something I believe it to be toffee. Despite the huge head this stout isn’t overly carbonated and has an almost oily feel to it. Very tasty and easy to take down.

5.4% Black Ale

I am now trying my second beer from Paddock Wood. The first didn’t thrill me but we shall see where this goes. For the hop heads out there this IPA features Cascade, Amarillo, and Willamette hops. From what I’ve been able to find they also appeared to use a solid malt base. What does that mean you ask? Well, at this time, I haven’t a clue.

It pours a nice light copper color with an off white head that quickly dissolves. There doesn’t appear to be much carbonation. I looked for a bottling date to see if it was an old batch, but there wasn’t one on the bottle or the box they came in. The smell has some grassy notes along with a lot of citric hops. There is also a sweetness, possibly the malts. The taste has a huge kick of pine hops that was hidden in the smell. When the pine finally mellows out I can taste a toffee style malt which is very tight and crisp. There is also a mild grapefruit tasting hop the presents itself at the end. This is an excellent example of an IPA.

5.4% IPA

Well, this a first micro-brewed beer out of Saskatoon for me. Paddock used European pilsner malts and Czech hops to brew this particular beer. I tried to find out more about the brewery but the website is quite uninformative and there wasn’t much else online.

Colored a golden-yellow with a white head. The head faded quite quickly with very light lacing on the glass. Smells of a very slight malt with some light hops. The taste is very crisp, yet grainy, and dries out the palate. Flavors I’m finding are flowery hops, slight malt and slight banana. This beer has an intensely bitter taste, as bitter the taste left in my mouth from Michael Bisbing’s win over Jorge Rivera using his “strong punches in bunches”. I’m currently on the fence with this beer. It could be that I’m just not in the mood for this kind if beer. Honestly, I’m having a tough time choosing if I like it or not.

5.2% Pil