Ragnarok - Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by markaberrant:
4.08/5 rDev +1.7%
Picked up a couple 341ml bottles directly from the Paddockwood brewery. I'm just starting to get into "big" beers.
An agressive pour created just the slightest head of large and small bubbles, which quickly dissipitates to a small ring. Colour is an orange-amber hue, a little darker than I was expecting for an IPA.
Smell is mostly of sweet, yet complex malt. I can almost smell the strength, definitely inticing and a good indication of what is to come. I don't detect any hop aroma.
Taste comes through exactly how I expected it to based on the smell. The malt sweetness hits first, followed by a firm hop bitterness. Finishes with a nice alchoholic warmth shortly after swallowing.
Mouthfeel is almost buttery or oily, which seems to make the flavour linger all the more.
Drinkability is average. It's so good, but it's strength requires it to be sipped and savoured.
A great beer that surprised me. For whatever reason, I was expecting an American style "hop bomb," but instead I got a beautiful English-style strong IPA that reminded me much more of an Old Ale or lighter Barleywine. Magnificent, but the IPA name and picture of a hop cone on the label is somewhat misleading.
08-11-2006 21:50:15 | More by markaberrant
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4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
341ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Label has a picture of a hop bud.
Hazy, orange-amber in colour. Thin beige head is only 1/8 of an inch on the pour but quickly recedes to a thin ring around the edge.
Nice fruity, sweet, hoppy aroma. Caramel malt, pine hop, and perhaps a hint of grapefruit all play off one another well.
The start is fairly laid back with caramel, malt, fruit and pine hops and playing together but that fades through the middle into an all out hop blast in the finish. There is still some malt backbone, but it just pokes through here and there for some balance. Aftertaste is hop bitter with a sweet malt accent.
Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Does have a bit of an oily presence, presumably from the hops.
Despite the very bitter finish and high ABV, this is still a surprisingly drinkable beer. I'm also pleasantly surprised to find that the alcohol doesn't really make itself known in the flavour profile, but you sure get a nice warm feeling after awhile. I was a little confused about the style as it's listed on their website as "Ragnarok IPA" and in their literature under "Strong Ales are sometimes called Winter Warmers. Ragnarok - made to fit the final battle of the gods." However, the flavour profile, along with Strong Ale, IPA and 8.5% ABV all adds up to Double IPA to me.
04-07-2006 01:42:03 | More by Noxious26
3.78/5 rDev -5.7%
Just what is this beer? As a strong ale I would have rated it 4's for smell and taste and 4.5 for mouthfeel, but i rated it lower due to its classification as a DIPA. At any rate its well worth trying...
A deep and almost reddish hued amber ale. Very slight head formed on the pour. Scant yet intricate lacings remained once the head subsided in this mildly carbonated ale.
Lightly buttered slightly toasted bread drizzled with a touch of caramel. Very nice malt aroma. Mild hop aroma for the style, but their aroma is present. Floral hops with notes of pineapple and spruce are there, just wish they had more presence.
Very interesting brew. Malts give a nice toasted bread backbone with a touch of caramel. Diacetyl and a strange but very pleasant almost funky sourness follows. Is there Brett in here??? Is it from the hops??? The hop finish is there, but not like any other American DIPA ive had. They produce a very mild resinous spruciness, with hints of the pineapple mentioned before.
Nice medium bodied brew. Well balanced, but not enough hop kick as dictated by the DIPA style. The interesting sour funk plays a great role in this brew, and more than makes up for the lack of a real hop kick, although their mildly resinous bitterness likes to linger.
I found this interesting and unique ale to be incredibly drinkable, even though it was much more complex than expected, even though it was less hoppy. Easily sessionable, and hides the 8.5% alcohol very well. Could serve as a good introduction to hoppier beers for an adventurous beer drinker. Will definately drink this one again next time i make it out west. A very interesting and complex beer that showcases alot more than just hops.
11-17-2006 02:23:24 | More by demcorhip
4.13/5 rDev +3%
Last tuesday I made a day trip to Saskatoon and made a special pit stop at Paddock Wood and bought 1 of each of there brews in stock...reviews to come, stay tuned.
Appearance: Pale amber color. Slight haze. very little head, that quickly dissapates to a thin ring, no retention.
Smell: sweet carmel maltyness. Assertive floral hop aroma, citrus and pine. Alcoholic
Taste: Big Malt, Big Hops,Big Flavour; slightly roasty carmel malt. Assertivly bittering hops, citrus,grass, pine. Alcoholic.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, Rich and creamy. alcoholic warmth, very little carbonation. slightly oily. bitter dry hoppy finish.
Drinkability: wow what a grest brew, packs a real punch (8.5%) Fit to be served in Valhala before the final battle.
11-21-2006 04:10:36 | More by aychbomb
Ragnarok from Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.