Loki - Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Paddock Wood Brewing Co. visit their website
Saskatchewan, Canada

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

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: IronDjinn on 01-18-2010)
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Photo of sasky7777
4.78/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Two words describe this beer: complex and balanced. Pours an amber colour with white head. Malt and bready flavours up front followed by citrus hops and finishing with a refreshing resin aftertaste on the palate. The alcohol is not overpowering and lingers in the background, the hops are the star, but there is enough sweetness from the malt that this is not a one note song. Smooth, drinkable, and polished. Nice to see a IIPA that is not just 10 lbs of hops and nothing else. Don't drink it too cold and a world of complex flavours and aromas will open up.

Photo of david_wolf
4.64/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of FadetoBock
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
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

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
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?

Photo of ImJared
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of andrenaline
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice hazy dark brown, no real head and no real lacing. All in all a little disappointing on the pour.

S - Citrus lemon hops, earl grey tea with woody cedar spriggs on the finish. Delicious!

T - Pine and cedar with lemon iced tea citrus hops. Alcohol is only slightly noticeable, but by no means offensive. Some woody and grassiness also noticeable. Mild caramel malts come through on the finish and the bitterness lingers on the tongue. Very nicely balanced.

M - Could use a tad more carbonation to give it a bit more of a full feel, as it is a bit on the syropy side. Finishes only a touch on the dry side, so is quite nice in that respect.

D - Overall, a very tasty DIPA and worthy to any hop lover. Alcohol is relatively well hidden and the flavours are nicely balanced.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of demcorhip
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mom for bringing this treat from the prairies east. Its relatively dark, a deep murky amber. Despite sitting in the fridge for days there is quite a bit of suspended yeast and sediment. A thin head formed on a relatively vigorous pour, and quickly subsided. The thinnest collar persists, but im not going to be holding out for much lacing here. Im pleasantly surprised though, the thinnest and most intricate webs of lace are forming.

A very nice nose. Somewhat tame for an IIPA, but also has more depth and complexity than most. The grapefruit character from the Cascades is quite apparent, and predominates. The Goldings are also quite evident, and play well with the malt to help produce an intriguing woodsy character, the hint of toffee and pale malts is quite inviting.

This is a damn tasty brew. It is certainly quite hoppy, although not an all out hop assault. The taste doesnt have any surprises which werent hinted at in the nose. What im really enjoying here though is the interplay between the Goldings and hint of rich malt with the nuances of toffee. This is an interesting strong ale that shapeshifts, displaying the character of american and english IPAs and american and english barleywines. I suppose thats about what one could expect from Loki.

A hop forward ale that is just bitter and hoppy enough to qualify as an american IIPA. Certainly bitter, a nice touch of resinous resinous hops and a nice tongue stripping feel. The touch of rich malt and english hops are an interesting touch, and has me hoping that PW brews us a barleywine one of these days. If the malt body was a touch richer and more substantial this would be one fine barleywine. Im almost tempted to try cellaring this, while considered a beer crime for most IIPAs, i suspect Loki could be more forgiving and just take on a new form with tasty results.

A very interesting brew that i certainly recommend to anyone who likes exploring the twilight zone at the border of IIPA/barleywine. Quite drinkable, im thoroughly enjoying this multidimensional, complex shapeshifter in the guise of the IIPA. When mom goes home ill send her back to PW for another 6 pack. I want to see what a little time will do to Loki, although if readily available id certainly go back for more fresh samples.

Photo of wordemupg
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into Unibroue glass feb8 2010

A amber with lots of suspended particles being slowly moved around by a few bubbles popping up at random, a thumbs width of off white head falls fairly quickly and leaves a few patches of lace

S mild grapefruit with a butterscotch/toffee smell that's unexpected but rather pleasant

T again mild citrus and a little earthy spice with just a tad of booze and a sweet toffee flavor that at first confused me but it grew on me as the glass emptied

M fairly thick with decent carbonation that comes from nowhere

D a well rounded brew and unique if you ask me, and I wouldn't have guessed it's 8.7%alc either good thing I read the label

a little different from what I was expecting but not a bad thing just not what I thought a DIPA would be like. to me it tasted like a West Coast/English hybrid IPA, try it for yourself it deserves your opinion

Photo of Noxious26
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of mdevonshire
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Tom_Servo
4/5  rDev +1%

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Loki from Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
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