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Loki - Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Paddock Wood Brewing Co. visit their website
Saskatchewan, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: IronDjinn on 01-18-2010)
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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely superb example of an imperial IPA that strikes a near perfect balance between malt and hop attack. Its a hop bomb, redolent with citrus and herbal aromas, but this DIPA focuses on integration and balance rather than a pure leafy attack. Toffee malt warms the palate followed by grapefruit and bitter orange, medicinal herbs, wood, and an earthy depth. A syrupy sweetness lingers along with a satisfying bitterness. The alcohol is well concealed but does appear as you go in the form of a persistent slow heat. If there's a knock on this brew its the absence of more complex tropical fruit hop aromas and flavors but Paddock Wood still works a form of magic with good old Cascade and Columbus. Citra might add another level but why tamper with this sort of balance?

CalgaryFMC, Aug 17, 2013
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FadetoBock, Mar 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

chickenm, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle. I'm recently off for 3 weeks on bizness to Toronto, and while I'm away, 2 new DIPAs (Wild Rose's included), made right on the Prairies (hey, Saskatoon is 'local', out here) show up in Edmonton? Stellar!

This beer pours a hazy orangish amber colour, with one finger of weakly foamy, and mildly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some frilly wallpaper lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of buttery toffee malt, sweet vanilla, a cake-like breadiness, pungent, somewhat bitter, and mostly generic citrus and pine hops, and a softly herbal booze warming. The taste is more hop-forward, the acrid pine and fruity citrus essences leading off, while the heady caramel/biscuit malt and butterscotch sweetness does well to quickly catch up and put a major stamp on the whole affair, and a soft earthy, grassy essence squeaks out, almost unbeknownst to all observation.

The carbonation is on the low side, just a middling frothiness, the body medium-full in weight, slick, and generally smooth. It finishes still quite hoppy, in a reserved piney and citrusy blended sentiment sort of way, kind of rising over the heretofore dominant maltitude.

Paddock Wood has up to this point, to me, at least, leaned heavily toward the British way of things, and this is no exception, but in a whole new way. Who has ever heard of an Imperial English IPA? Well, folks, exhibit A, in all its glory, and a bit of a shape shifter at that, but not exactly the end of the world.

biboergosum, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of jcubz
3/5  rDev -24.1%

jcubz, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a dark brown amber, short tan head dissipated to a decent lacing
S - hops galore! spicy, citrus, leafy, and floral, some roasty malt notes, also getting a bubble gum smell
T - Hop Bomb! floral and grassy up front, leading to a more bitter citrus and spiciness, malt is light, and there is a sweet finish that to me is a bubble gum flavour
M - medium bodied, nice bitter and spicy mix, and a light dry finish
D - so good, multiple hop flavours in a nice balance, bitter and dry feels just right, a double in terms of hops but you would never guess 8.7% ABV

joemcgrath27, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of eat
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle courtesy of wordemupg from CanBIF6. Thanks Chris!

355ml, strange sized bottle. I like the fish; I can't think of another beer with a fish on the label. Poured into an over-sized wine glass, Loki is opaque and copper coloured. An oddly lumpy blanket of misty off-white foam rests on top and leaves some alright lacing. This looks fairly DIPA-like.

The smell is an odd blend of lightly-tropical hops, canned mandarin oranges, dust, subtle pine, caramel and gorgonzola. I wouldn't say it smells bad but it's definitely strange.

Up front there's a pretty strong hit of ethanol along with some fairly characterless bitterness; just kind of bitter and alcoholic. Once that calms down, you can notice some earthy hops, a touch of pine and grapefruit rind, light minerals and some sweet malt. The malt could be stronger for my liking, as is its left a little thin. To me, the alcohol comes on too strong and the malt could be increased in relation to the bitterness. There's no date on the bottle but I'm thinking this bottle is probably not at its freshest. There seems to be some decent IBUs (maybe 60 or 65?) but not much character to the hops. Fairly short finish, subtly drying.

The body is a little thin for a DIPA. Not bad, but it could use some more viscosity. Lightly carbonated.

It's always great to see another Canadian brewery brewing up a DIPA but this one is a little off. For me, the main flaw is the over-present solventy alcohol, but the hops could also use some more character and the malt could be stepped up. All that said...I'd probably drink this if I lived in Saskatoon. Especially since I'd imagine it's at least a little better when fresh.

eat, May 15, 2010
Photo of elricorico
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Jim from Sherbrooke for providing me this sample. Ruddy bronze in colour with a whole bunch of floaties, despite this being a pretty fresh bottle. Not something I expected, and a little bit of a turn off for this style. A finger of creamy beige head that seems to have great staying power. Good amounts of lacing as I drink.

Great hoppy citrus punch to the nose. Very distinct grapefruit aroma. A bit of honey sweetness buried underneath all that hoppiness, but it struggles to stick out.

Big brash hops to the taste as well. To the tongue, the citrus gives way a little to a bit of herbal hops as well. There is a base of malt to ground the hops, but it certainly doesn't make up a big part of the taste.

Body is on the light side, but has an oily quality. The carbonation is a little coarse, but overall it isn't a bad mouthfeel.

I'm a little torn on this one, it has some great qualities and some just okay qualities. I really like the hop profile, but long for just a bit more balance. Definitely worth trying, but I'm not sure I'll be getting any more for myself.

elricorico, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of Rutager
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Deep copper-amber, almost clear after a careful pour. Good 2 finger headof thick, sticky pale yellow.

Smell. Fruity hops and booze. Peaches, pineapple, grass, and grapefruit. Some toasty grain too.

Taste. Thick sweet caramel and light grains. Pears and pineapple with bitter, grassy, herby, piney hops. Lots of citrus rind in the end. Pretty complex for an ipa.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, medium-low carbonation. Some warm alcohol.

Overall. A decent sipper. A little boozier than I personally like my IIPAs, but works with the balanced complexity.

Rutager, May 04, 2011
Photo of WillAndSarah
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

WillAndSarah, May 29, 2014
Photo of mtomlins
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass

A vigorous pour yielded 2 fingers of tan bubbly head and a very clear (filtered?), deep caramel colored body leaving some nice lacing as the head slowly settles. The nose is dominated by a massive malt profile of toasted sweet caramel malt with a secondary focus on floral and spicy hops. On the palate, the toasted malts dominate again sweet, caramel and biscuits that transitions to a relatively one-dimensional hop profile…bitter, dry and slightly astringent. The body is medium with standard carbonation, but the result is slick and a bit heavy. Overall, this is DIPA that is much more focused on the malt profile, which is super tasty, but overpowers the 1-dimensional hop profile.

mtomlins, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of IronDjinn
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke and Steve from Paddock Wood for the sample!

This beer was brewed to show support for Saskatoon's The Ultimate Power Duo getting invited to perform at the Olympics in Vancouver Feb. 17-19. You know you've made it as a band when you get to play such a high profile event AND get a beer brewed for you as well in the same year, let alone a few month's time.

Comes in a 341 ml brown bottle. Pours out a cloudy orange/light amber, like a marmalade. Tall loose creamy off-white head that slowly settles to a thin frothy cap.

Sweet creamy smooth aroma, biscuity malt, faint toasted notes, orange citrus, floral and grassy hops. Faint butterscotch diacetyl, but it doesn't detract.

Impressive balance in the flavour, the hops almost immediately kick in, but the malt backbone is strong enough to keep it in balance. Rich bready malt up front is immediately joined by citrus and floral hops, pine resin picks up in the middle, herbal and earthy on the finish, although in the aftertaste it sweetens up again with bready, biscuity malt and floral, orange notes. Low-lying character of grapefruit rind pith.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, low carbonation, smooth and creamy for the most part, some thin spots.

Probably the smoothest and most approachable of the Canadian DIPA's I've yet to sample, ringing in at 80 IBU's it is balanced, with an equal presence of malt and a fairly refined hop bill. Definitely not a runaway train of hop madness, this DIPA is civilized.

IronDjinn, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of CurtisD
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

CurtisD, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of ritzkiss
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle just received from wordemupg as an extra, thanks man!

Pour a deep burnished orange that has some sediment haze that drift in from the bottom of the bottle. A finger of head doesn't stick around long except for the odd spot of lacing.

Nose has a light pineapple and floral hop profile, just a hint of herbal grassiness in there. Biscuity malt with some caramel sweetness. Not trying to blow you away.

Kind of an odd duck this beer is. Nice smooth biscuity, caramel malt sweetness, light pineapple and citrus hopping with a touch of Golding thrown in as well. Touch of buttery diacytyl hiding in there, not uber noticable. I've had American Pale Ales with as much hopping as this one. Yet, the malt base doesn't drown it, it's smooth in it's own way, not the bold stickiness most would be accustomed to in a DIPA. Like no DIPA I've ever had, not sure it really is one. Maybe more like an English Strong Ale if such a thing existed.

Not a terrible beer but not one I would go to. Too high an ABV to be sessionable, not enough hopping to meet that craving, sort of an in-the-middle-spaces brew. Thanks again Chris!

ritzkiss, Apr 08, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

DamageCase76, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of mdevonshire
4/5  rDev +1.3%

mdevonshire, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of BigBry
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Catching up on more reviews from notes.
Draft pint at Beer Revolution in Calgary.

This beer is slightly hazy, amber-orange colo. Foamy, off white head, which leaves some thin lace around the glass as it recedes. It has lots of citrus hop smells, but also some toffee or caramel malt. The taste has the same caramel malt, and lots of bitter citrus, earthy, leafy hop goodness. Low level of carbonation, smooth, slick (but not flat). Piny hop finish. Medium pushing towards full body.
More woody, earthy hops reminded me of an English IPA.
Good, I will have again.

BigBry, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Idrankthat
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Idrankthat, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of Tom_Servo
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Tom_Servo, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of david_wolf
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I will be biased on this review, as Loki is by far my favorite Imperial IPA. It manages to perfectly balanace it's ABV and hops to deliever a truly expectional brew. It might just be my personal palate, but I've tried quite a few other Imperial IPA's and none of them manage to find the balance that Loki delivers. If you manage to find this on tap, make sure you order a few pints.

david_wolf, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

bumchilly25, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Edgerrin32
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Edgerrin32, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of PJT
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

PJT, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of Noxious26
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml brown bottle with pry off cap poured in a pint glass. From a Big Box o Beer 12 pack mixer with 606, Red Hammer and London Porter.

Copper/orange/amber in colour and clear. Offwhite head is very thin on the pour and quickly recedes to just a thin ring around the edge. Little pieces of lace here and there.

Strong aroma. Citrus hops, herbal hops, caramel malt and alcohol.

Strong citrus hops off the start, quickly morphs into big chewy malts before the alcohol burn hits right before the finish.

Medium bodied with minimal carbonation. Has a bit of an oily quality to the mouthfeel.

Overall, one of the more balanced Double IPAs I've had. It's so drinkable that the alcohol kind of sneaks up on you.

Noxious26, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of KeeganRohovich
4/5  rDev +1.3%

KeeganRohovich, Nov 11, 2013
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Loki from Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.