Loki - Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

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59 Ratings
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: IronDjinn on 01-18-2010)
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of bobsy
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Loki of Norse myth is a shapeshifter, and likewise this Loki moves between one personality and the next, but never really decides what it wants to be.

Pours a clear orange with a finger of white foam, that left a few spots of lace. While the appearance is fairly standard, its reassuring because I've heard of possibly spoiled bottles full of particulate matter. Weird nose is in an instant full of noble, west coast and herbal English hops, with a compliment of diacetyl. Sage, grapefruit and cream spring to mind. Already I see the whole shapeshifter thing going on, and I'm not sure I like it... some flavours just shouldn't be paired together, and this is no PB and chocolate.

So it's a weird mix. They've made a beer that's an American style, used mostly American hops in the boil, but then dry-hopped it with East Kent Goldings. The dominant character comes from the goldings, which provide an earthy, herbal overlay and the perfect compliment for the biscuity malt. The American hops aren't as noticeable as they could have been, but their presence still makes for a bizarre marriage... I feel like someone's put grapefruit into a traditional English bitter. Added to this we have some diacetyl and we've got one disappointed Bobsy. Actually, perhaps I'm being a little harsh - this is certainly drinkable, and it doesn't taste bad, just wrong.Medium mouthfeel and carbonation are neith add nor detract.

If I had to nail this beer down I'd say its an imperial IPA in the English style. Regardless, its not really what I look for from an imperial IPA.

Thanks to Eric for sharing a bottle.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
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!

Photo of DamageCase76
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of eat
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of mtomlins
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of BDTyre
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper amber with a decent, slightly creamy white head. Citrus, sourdough, yeast and malt in the scent. Nothing terribly spectacular, but what I expect from this style.

A bit maltier taste than expect. Not to say the hops aren't noticeable, but the malt is actually quite strong in this. Bready, toffee yeast flavour with a solid bitter, citrus malt backing. Probably one of the more malt heavy DIPAs I've had.

Mildly strong carbonation, but not overly done. A little bit overwhelming with the ABV, the alcohol burn and the carbonation, but not a bad beer. The bottle size is just right.

Photo of tbeckett
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from biboergosum. Thanks for this one.

A - Pours with a nice two finger, cream coloured head. Seems creamy. Slightly hazy with stuff suspended there. Medium carbonation. Copper colour. Good lacing with good retention with a half finger.

S - Mango, pineapple. Good grapefruit, breadiness.

T - Sweet up front with lot's of tropical fruit. Prickly pineapple and a little sugary.

M - Full body with good carbonation and slihgtly bitter.

O/D - Not too shabby. Not over the top but pretty standard and well made.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of pnkHoody
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A guy at the Brewery Creek beer store in Vancouver pointed this one out to me, and I was immediately drawn to its exceptional label -- featuring a simple monochrome fish profile with "Loki" written in medieval, blood-red calligraphy.

I served it at about 10c into a wine glass. The beer is russett-tinged bronze, just this side of clear. What head the double IPA possesses clings sweetly to the glass in a sparse lacing that looks to be there for the night.

The smell is a restrained dose of fruity hops, leaning toward the grapefruit side of the spectrum, but also a deep briney aroma emerges if you get your nose right in the glass. Marmalade too.

First taste is a bit muted, the blend of hops has been carefully selected for balance rather than impact. By my second pour Loki is proving to be a very well rounded DIPA. It has sweet notes, a tart acidity and very complex bitterness than shifts from sip to sip. Main flavour notes are dates, grapefruit, clotted cream and delicate hints of pepper -- alcohol is largely absent. A mildly oily mouthfeel contributes to the evolving flavours.

This is an exquisitely balanced DIPA. It has a somewhat undecidable character -- I couldn't write my flavour notes until I'd slurped and circulated pretty much the whole bottle. An unkind reviewer might say "nondescript", given Loki's reluctance to put its eggs in any particular basket, but I'm inclined to call it enigmatic.

Photo of Shadman
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark in colour than most I've sampled. More of a orange brown. Very hazy, with no real head and only spots of lacing. Looking a the picture of it, pretty much par for this course.

Sweet toasted pale malts, hint of pine floralness and loads of cirtic grapfruit peel.

Malts dominate the front end with just a hint of pine. Flavour moves quickley to a battle between citrus hop and malts, hint of sourness, and then a dry citric hop finish. High ABV is noticeable, but is masked well by the other flavours.

Slick, slightly oily mouthfeel.

Certainly different than say Lagunitas' Hop Stoopid which I had the oppurunity to taste side by side. Nice Canuck example of the style.

Photo of snoqualmie
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

been eyeing this one up for a while... and hey, figured it's worth my first review.

as soon as i opened opened it, the room was immediately filled with mouth-watering citrus-y, floral hoppiness. poured a nice, clear copper-orange. after reading the write-up on the box i was expecting something a little crazier, but loki stands as a nicely balanced DIPA coming from a part of canada where you're hard-pressed to find anything besides rickard's or keith's. love the citrus notes... centennial hops? at 8.7% ABV it's hardly sessionble... but bonus points to paddock wood for hiding the alcohol so well. doesn't shine a light to red racer IPA but is still worth a try if you like the style.

Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of elricorico
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of BigBry
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of leaddog
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a cloudy brown sugar hue with 1/2 finger width of bubbly head.

Smell - Citrus, pine, sweet aromas like caramel. Hops are mild in the smell.

Taste - Welcomed by a nice citrus flavour, followed by powerful hops. Touch of sweetness is detected. Pleasant bitter aftertaste from the hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Creamy and a touch silky.

Overall - A pleasant DIPA from Paddock Wood. I quite enjoyed the balance of citrus and hops flavours, along with the touch of caramel sweetness. This is some potent stuff! Definitely worth a try for those familiar with the style. One of the better DIPAs I have had.

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Loki from Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.