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

358 Ratings
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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 19
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Muskoka Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: heebes on 05-26-2011

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
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Photo of DaveBar
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO as a single. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Nice pop and pour. Excellent head that does not last long as expected. Nice dark gold. Unfiltered

S- Not a lot of nose but good hops present. Nice malt

T- Pretty good malt backbone on a decent C hop base. Good little blend but would add a touch more bittering hops to bring this baby up to a solid 4.25 overall.

M- Good and dry. Nice IPA bite on the tip of the tongue

O- Nice little IPA. You can tell it's the little brother to Twice as Mad Tom. Overall a nice one that I will buy again for sure

Food Pairing

This nice little beer went well with...... Curried goat east Indian style. This nice brew cut through the heat and curry believe it or not.

Enjoy

Photo of bendythumb
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Splendid IPA. The balance of Chinook and Centennial hops lusciously licks my palate with each swallow. The citrus undertones illuminate the heavy hops with a incandescent glow. A staple of the Ontario IPA scene, Mad Tom will not fail to warm your loins!

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Swedes21
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of BGDrock
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of blaje
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Dna_Infinity
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - fully hazy golden orange, thumb of white head retained well leaving a consistent crown of lace
S - perfume, pine, and orange citrus hop notes, mild toasty malt
T - resiny hops dominate from start to finish, lighter pine and citrus, toasted bread malt with a tart finish
M - heavyish body with a medium carbonation kick, strong bitter, finishes full with an oily aftermath
O - the punch of the dry hopping is prominent and pleasant, a hop bomb for sure not for the faint of heart

Photo of heebes
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle.
Final market version of draft only Cabin Fever which went through many variations.

Pours a deep clear golden with a rocky, bubbly white head. Nose is dank, resiny hops, citrus comes out at the end. Taste is bold and bitter upfront. Strong sense of pine needles and citrus, light bready malt flavour in the finish but overall this is about bitter hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry.
Overall, a relief to finally find a worthy IPA from Ontario worth having in the fridge! Kudos to Muskoka for getting this into the market real quick, great looking rebranding/packaging too.

Photo of jbonapar
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muskoka seems to be delving into more interesting beers than many of the other "Ontario Mircobreweries" these days.. Love it.

Pours a nice, golden ever so slightly cloudy ale. Wonderfull head with lacing ta'boot.

SMell is slightly subtle for an American IPA. Oddly, i just percieve the slightest amount of early hops. I am assuming they went more towards the bittering hop than the aroma/dry hop... but hard to tell.

Taste is wonderful, as an American IPA Should. Rich and bitter. Perhaps a bit less sweet than most AIPA's but still, a backbone of malt with a strong building hoppiness. Citrus and earth...A bit strong on the "bitterness" with perhaps slightly less flavor of the hop. Nevertheless, nice and enjoyable for the style.

Overall a really nice A-IPA, not my #1, but up for an Ontario Brew, very good indeed.

UPDATE: Had on tape, actually much better with way more hop flavor and aroma.

Photo of eat
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light cover of white head tops a hazy golden body. Spotty lacing. Head could be better.

Nice tropical citrus and pine on the nose, with a little grass, grapefruit and strong mineral character. Nice not-too-sweet caramel underneath.

Generously hopped, though not at all over the top. Tropical and pine blend transitions into a lightly-drying earthy grapefruit pith finish. Malt sweetness is sitting a little under where I'd prefer but at least doesn't have the opposite problem as so many Canadian IPAs do. Nice bit of toastiness. No alcohol shows.

I feel the body is a bit too light but at the same time I'm not really minding that at all. Light-moderate carbonation.

Very decent IPA. Maybe a little on the light side in flavour and body but this only aids drinkability. As an Ontario-brewed IPA I think I prefer Smash Bomb overall but not by much; it's too bad I moved back to Quebec right as these two were released as there are no bottled IPAs of this quality here.

Photo of ChrisCage
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy, yeast supended brownish copper colour with a subpar head, that starts out promising but quickly dissipates into a patchy layer and ring around the glass. Many fine columns of carbonation lumber their way to the top of the beer, and the lacing is very decent, with many strings of foam sticking to the glass!

S- Mad Tom was here! Plenty of citrus hop presence on this one.....lemon/lime/orange zest is definitely noticed! Behind this, there is a hint of balancing malt sweetness that reminds me of butterscotch, and helps to enrich the overall aroma profile!

T- There is a distinct citrusy tartness that unlike the aromas, leans towards Texas grapefruit flesh and rind! The leafy bitterness of the Centennial and Chinook takes a backseat to the refreshing nature of the flavors. The malt sweetness pokes through rather well too, and the finish lingers rather long with pine/cedar resins. It isn't an overpowering flavor either which I appreciate!

M/O- Thin/Medium bodied and very smooth carbonation keep this a fulfilling yet refreshing beer. Will go very well with a greasy meal and/or something spicy.....think fried Sichuan style noodles. Pleasantly on the milder side of the IPA spectrum, but with all of the quality and characteristics that it should embody! I would get this again for sure!

Photo of Stocean1
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one finger white well retained head with patchy lacing on a honey hued semi-clear body, the scent is papaya and pineapple with a handful of pine shavings tossed in for good measure, some sweet malt for sure, taste follows the nose with the citrus punch up front followed by the resinous pine and malt backbone, mouth is medium with some carbonation, nice bitterness for the style, sweet and dry, very drinkable and refreshing (crisp!), overall a spectacular IPA from Ontario which I prefer in the can (just seems a tad fresher) - ecstatic it is in cans, do not grab enough because I like to mix it up and prefer to buy one versus six, will grab a can every trip if it is available.

Photo of paxkey
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

found one lone bottle sitting on the shelf.
i like the whimsical artwork on the bottle.

pours cloudy pale yellow , huge white head. almost looks like a witbier.

the hops on the nose are gorgeous. the usual suspects of citrus, mango, some malt sweetness. this smells tasty.

a lot of bitterness in this beer, hard to pick out other flavors through the bitterness. the bitterness dominates. its okay, but not awesome.

a little bit of creaminess on the mouthfeel. feels a bit heavy in the stomach.

not a bad beer, but the bitterness kind of overwhelms everything.

Photo of Rutager
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved in the CANBIF. Thanks liamt07!

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold colour with a finger of almost white head that leaves some decent lacing.

Smell. Toasty light grains and big citrus fruits, piney wood and some tropical fruits. Smells good.

Taste. Bitter yellow grapefruit rinds, some lightly toasted grains, a little bit of orange and lemon. Oily bitterness lasts a while.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice flavourful IPA. Enjoyed this one.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a medium amber color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops is quite powerful on this one. Taste is a nice mix between some floral notes of hops with some citrus, piney and bitter notes clearly coming out; malt base is dry caramel and strong enough to sustain the malty base. Body is full with good carbonation. Very well brewed and quite pleasant. Probably one of the best IPA to be bottle out of Ontario.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.17/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasting notes from 6/1/11
Poured in to Hop Cat tulip glass

A - Light, almost straw yellow colour with a hint of amber in the middle and one finger of foamy off-white head that slowly disappeared. Almost transparent; somewhat light for an IPA.

S - Pine and citrus are noticeable up front with a crisp but not overly strong bitterness. Some sweet caramel in the background. A nice nose.

T - Some pine come and light citrus notes come through from the hops initially with a nice overall bitterness. Some sweetness comes through in the middle followed by a dry, bitter finish. The hops don't provide much in the way of flavour but do pack a good bitterness. A decent attempt at a west coast American IPA but this needs some tweaking, specifically with respect to flavour contribution from the hops.

M - Medium body with a slight chew. Light carbonation.

O - A good IPA and definitely a welcome addition to the Ontario craft beer scene. I feel like this one was close to being great but didn't quite get there. Some definite tweaking is needed here.

Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium orange colour with an off-white head, some lace, good retention. The aroma is piny, with some sweet citrus and touches of mango. Light peach on the taste, citrus and tropical fruits, some pine and floral hops with a nice assertive bitterness. The feel is medium, slick and pleasant on the palate.

Overall, quite a nice IPA!

Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a sam adams pint glass.

A classic amber colored body, with some small rising carbonation. Three finger off white head with lots of retention and clumping. Pretty solid and aggressive.

Some very soft hop and malt sweetness. Light orange and herbal tea like action on the nose.

Good mix of malt and hop sweetness, mild sugars and pine hop dryness balanced in the front. Citrus juicy orange comes out with a real good sweet front. Hop angle lingers nicely with a full malt body. Little carbonation fizzy character in feel, quite juicy and fruit punch like also.

Overall pretty solid and a quite fruit juicy palate. Tasty!

Photo of Mlkluther
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange. Nice full finger of head which persists.

Nose is very floral and fruity with some bread notes.

Taste is very fruity with grapefruit predominant. Well balanced.

A very enjoyable beer. Easy to drink and very refreshing.

Photo of GabesAles
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very nice looking orange IPA with some haze, which is typical in many american IPAs... nice head, usualy stays till the very bottom

Smell: very nice nose to this brew, you can smell the cascades come right through

Taste: one of my favorite canadian IPAs... very nice citrusy hop profile, nice strong bitterness.. beautiful balance of strong flavors.

Mouthfeel: good mouthfeel, although i have had better, i'm still very satisfied with it's mouthfeel

Overall: great brew, commonly found in my fridge!

Photo of mrnobody
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear bright orange with a finger of eggshell head. Does not retain but leaves some lacing.

S: Whoah! An Ontario IPA that smells like an IPA! Strikes me as a Red Racer jr. in the aroma dept.: caramel malt, citrus/tropical/piney hops.

T: Taste does not disappoint either: token malt followed by a blast of piney goodness.

M: Medium body with a lower carbonation level which enhances drinkability.

D: Drinkability is high.

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Muskoka Mad Tom IPA from Muskoka Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.