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Muskoka Mad Tom IPA - Muskoka Brewery

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Muskoka Mad Tom IPAMuskoka Mad Tom IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

279 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 16
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Muskoka Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Inspired by late night stories around the fire, Muskoka Mad Tom will instantly grab your attention. Dry-hopped with Chinook and Centennial hops, this IPA has a vibrant aroma, depth of flavour, and crisp citrusy undertow like no other. So brace yourself, and crack one open for old Mad Tom. This is an awakening in craft beer that gets more enticing with every sip.

62 IBU

(Beer added by: heebes on 05-26-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

KeKeKumba, Jul 05, 2013
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3alli, Aug 16, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

Picked up a sixer of this for the long weekend. Not sure how this one slipped under my radar - I've been eagerly awaiting the first real six pack of IPA in the LCBO for a long time.

Poured into a nonic. On the paler end of the India Pale Ale spectrum, a nice amber-golden with a decent fluffy head and some lacing patches.

Nose is a friendly citrus and earthy hop blast with a bit of orange peel, grapefruit, pine and caramel.

Powered my way through this six pack with great pleasure - this is one fine IPA. A bit more English than I'd expected, but still a damned tasty brew. Good lingering earthy bitterness, with the citrus and caramel at the forefront.

Slightly creamy, a bit of oil, nice zippy carbonation.

Muskoka has really done itself proud recently with its Summer Weiss and Chocolate Stout, and this brew is another fine addition to the family. Hopefully Mad Tom will keep lurking on the LCBO's shelves, because this could well become my default sixer. While not as juicy and potent as some of the big American brews, this is certainly on par with many an American IPA offering south of the border. Great stuff.

JohnnyBarman, Jul 04, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

andrewdanks, May 07, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

Appearance - pours a gorgeous almost clear ale colour, very nice carbonation right up the middle of the beer, nice white head about 2 fingers and quickly drops to one, some minor lacing.

Smell - Hops, pine, some citrus and then the faint hint of sweetness from caramel. this is exactly what i would expect from an IPA, just not truly found in Canada.

Taste - very mild tasting at the start, but as the glass progressed there was more flavours to enjoy. i tasted the pine and hops along with a little sweetness. the bitterness came through in the end with the citrus aspect.

Mouthfeel - some decent volume added, brought the pine and hops fwd. also found a little malt in the mouthfeel, very nice.

Overall - finally, an Ontario IPA that has gotten it right. I sure hope this is a sign of the times and Ontario/Canada starts to produce some of these fine IPA's . Thanks to spinrsx for the trade, now off to enjoy the 6 pack!

Swedes21, Jun 10, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

chickenm, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

From notes:

Appearance: clear; deep gold turning to amber; good head that lasts several minutes

Aroma: sweet citrus - orange, tangerine; hint of spice

Taste & Mouthfeel: clean, crisp, with a pleasing hop bitterness - less like the citrus aroma, but again there is some tangerine flavour; herbal spices, like coriander, maybe some pepper; caramel malts make an appearance too

Overall: easy-drinking with an above average variety of flavour for an IPA; a refreshing beer to enjoy on the cottage deck

BGDrock, Mar 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%

355ml bottle, courtesy of tbeckett - thanks, man!

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of densely foamy, and somewhat bubbly dirty white head, which settles on a firm, agreeable schedule, leaving some front-row splash-victim lace around the glass.

It smells of semi-sweet caramel malt, hard toffee, equally sugary orange cream, obligatorily bitter grapefruit/pine hops, further muddled tropical fruit notes, a touch of aerosol pepper spice, and subtle hints of the underlying booze. Wow - is this really made in Ontario? The taste is strong grapefruit rind and bitter pine resin right up front, followed by a tamer bready malt, more biscuit than caramel, a dry tropical fruitiness (think pineapple cores), and a slightly differentiated lemon citrus zing, one rolled into a Limoncella-esque essence through forced association with the circling alcohol measure.

The carbonation is moderate, showing some palate-zinging frothiness here and there, the body a stolid medium weight, and as smooth as allowable under the hop alert circumstances. It finishes still pretty damned hoppy and bitter - I know there's some under-appreciated, rounded malt sweetness in there, waiting for word from the outside world, but at this point, I just don't notice (or really care, frankly).

4 years of work trips to T-dot, and I never encountered anything really quite resembling a west coast IPA, at least not from the craft brewers of Ontario (Beer Bistro or Volo's stellar imports notwithstanding). My hotel bar, on one occasion, had all the Muskoka offerings at the time on tap, and I tried them all, once. If they had offered this, then, they would have had to call the porter to drag my over-imbibed ass up to my room, every night I was a guest there. Anyways, a very good, big-boy IPA, I'm so finally glad to say.

biboergosum, Jun 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

RBM, Nov 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Griffith, Jan 26, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev -1.3%

Decent serviceable IPA. Golden orange colour with initial foamy white head. Mild amarillo hop citrus orange smell. Smooth mouth feel, though carbonation is right there. Above average orange citrus flavours. Nice one, though unexceptional. The Beer Store. Good drinkability.

Sammy, May 29, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev 0%

Courtesy northyorksammy (thanks!). Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Nearly clear amber body with a small but lasting ivory head. Faint amoebic lacing, thin fast running legs.

Tangerine zest, evergreen, and mint in the nose - the C-hops come to the front - along with very faintly toasty pale malt notes.

Malty palate entry accompanied by woodsy/earthy/spicy hop flavors. Gentle astringency with lemon pith and vague pine coming on next. Slow moving, increasing bitterness offset by dry bready malt notes in the finish.

Medium-light bodied, rather creamy, with good carbonation.

Similar to many good NW versions of the style - is best served with food (a well made burger, salmon, etc) - but satisfying on it's own as well.

augustgarage, Sep 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours golden yellow, nice foamy and creamy white head.
Looks like an ordinary beer but the smell...
Hum, the smell... For a Canadian IPA an perticularly outside of Québec,it's a pure delight. Finaly a real american style IPA above the 48th parallel. Very nice nose, let see what this beer reserve.
N: Like a good'ol AIPA. Citrus is bursting out of of the glass. Grapefruit, ripe tangerine on the sweet side
M: Dry, oily, bitternes is biting upfront. It leaves a long aftertaste.
A very nice discovery.

blaje, Oct 27, 2012
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jcubz, Jul 17, 2013
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Can to Glass

Appearance - Copper orange colour with a large white head

Smell - Tropical fruits, grapefruit, pineapple, pine, hops

Taste - Tropical fruits, citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, dank pine, hops are present as well

Overall - A well made IPA

Dna_Infinity, Jun 23, 2014
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Thunderchief, Aug 13, 2012
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zimm421, Feb 28, 2013
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Muskoka Mad Tom IPA from Muskoka Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.