Loki | Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by IronDjinn on 01-18-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
25
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
9.69%
 
 
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7
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6
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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of wordemupg
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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

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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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Photo of Howlader
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Rutager
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of canucklehead
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Brewery Creek on recommendation from the staff. Really nice to see limited release beers from other provinces show up in BC. This beer looks a little like a barley wine with a slightly reddish tint and a cloudy tinge. The head is small and the nose is hopy but takes awhile to develop. Not as in your face as Half Pints version but still complex and very hoppy this is a nuanced beer. There is almost a sourness to the finish that makes this very different to most DIPAs( good sourness not bad sourness)

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.39/5  rDev +12%
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

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Photo of BigBry
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

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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 IronDjinn
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jmg480
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leaddog
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of BDTyre
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 kjyost
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
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?

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Photo of CurtisD
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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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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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Loki from Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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