Double Low Key Loki
Brewery: Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches
Style: Specialty IPA (21B)
Package: 16oz Can
Purchased: Beer To-Go!
Canned Date: April 1, 2020
Consumed Date: April 22, 2020
Details From the Brewer
Double IPA with Galaxy, Topaz and Citra
Aroma – 11/12
Huge whiffs of weed roll off this as it’s poured. Resinous with a touch of skunk, but it quickly blends with a orange citrus and mango. A white bread and fresh bread dough malt character intermixes at a moderate level. Some strawberry and B.O. notes come out as well. Alcohol is barely detectable.
Appearance – 3/3
Pours a light yellowing tan colored liquid. There a very strong haze, completely opaque. Small, stark white bubbles make up a dense head that lasts with good retention.
Flavor – 16.5/20
Sharp dank flavors hit the tongue first. Moderate amounts of citrus, tangerine and passionfruit join in quickly. Just under medium bitterness with a bit of sweetness to balance. Fresh bread dough and honey come into the midtaste at a low-medium level. Balance is greatly in favor of the hop expression. Towards the finish, a bit of green vegetal comes out. The flavors fade evenly on the finish leaving a dry bitterness and citrus.
Mouthfeel – 4.5/5
Medium full bodied. Moderate carbonation hits the edges of the mouth. Extremely soft and pillowy mouthfeel, but not thick and chewy. Light hop-derived astringency on the finish.
Overall Impression – 8/10
This is a really unique IPA. The Topaz really brings another level to the dankness. This drinks like a pulpy, resinous, but bitter orange juice and it’s delicious. The only thing I’d improve would be to clean up the bit of vegetal that creeps out on the end of the taste.
Rating – 43/50
While I didn’t get to try the normal version of Loki, I’m glad I was able to dry this. Batch has low key had one of the strongest starts for an Austin brewery. This is probably the dankest IPA I’ve had come out of Austin.