Loki | Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

LokiLoki
BA SCORE
3.92/5
67 Ratings
LokiLoki
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
Saskatchewan, Canada
paddockwood.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by IronDjinn on 01-18-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,233
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
67
pDev:
9.69%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
6
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 25
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of bobsy
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ritzkiss
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
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!

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3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of eat
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of Grahamdbrown82
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Damacdon
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mtomlins
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
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 profileā€¦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.

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3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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 -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of mistahmojoryan
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pnkHoody
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Loki from Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 67 ratings
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