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 akdo
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: I bought this beer from the LCBO. Once poured into my Cervoise glass, the beer had a transparent amber body akin to that of honey. The head was one finger high. Once it dissipated after 2 minutes, it left a ring and marks on the glass as you drink it.

Smell: The aromas match the taste. I smelled oranges, their peels, strong hops and a little bit of grapefruit.

Taste: The beer had notes of wooded homemade marmelade jam on the front end, which means it is already bitter. The notes of sweetness is extremely low-profile compared to its citric notes. Once the beer enters your wind pipe, the hops' bitterness explodes and stays for a few seconds. I loved the taste.

Feel: The body is not thin and travels on your tongue a little slowly.

Overall: Although Muskoka Mad Tom IPA might not be the most bitter of its kind, it is a beer I would recommend.

Photo of nyyfanatic213
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pleasantly surprised with this one, a good balance of pine to citrus bitterness with just enough of a malt backbone to keep things in check overall. On the downside, the body was a little thin for me, and the fact that these bottles are 11.5 oz instead of the standard 12 oz was a minor annoyance, but neither of which are enough to prevent me from recommending this beer

Photo of utopiajane
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nose opens up with earthy grapefruit some bright fresh orange and a slight hops herbal. Sweet touch of biscuit and honey from malt. Color is hazed golden orange amber with yellow sunshine hues. A white head that fell fast but kept refreshing. Minimal lace. Mouthfeel is a lighter side of medium. The herbal on the palate steals the show in this one. It has such a good strong green with not too much sweetness and a hint of spice. The orange is subtle but resides on the palate gently as a moderate and pretty clean bitter takes the finish to show you a bit of sticky honey on that biscuit and that fresh orange to linger. Balanced,tight and very well done.

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 Roby923
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned from the LCBO. Smooth and refreshing. Chinook and centennial hops provide a citrusy smell and taste. Highly recommended.

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 Logan12321
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange, very short lived head. Smells inviting, grapefruit and citrus on the nose. Tastes like the smell, sweet and yet also bitter. Caught a few tastes of pineapple in the finish. Leaves that bitterness on the tongue to keep you for the next sip. Very low carbonation, has a crisp bitterness that goes even with the taste

Photo of PorterPro125
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 355 mL Bottle

A- Pours Orange-Gold. Topped by a 1 1/2 finger head that fades away to a thin skim fairly quickly.

S- Grapefruit backed up by lots of resiny pine aromas. Pleasing and inviting.

T- Similar to the smell but a little more intense on the pine side of things. Starts of citrusy and finishes with a pine bitterness. Gives enough bitterness without being overpowering.

M- Nice and dry. Medium feel and low-medium carbonation.

O- One of the solid IPA's from Muskoka. Excellent aroma and satisfying taste. Definitely will be buying this one again.

Photo of Bunman3
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A good friend of mine swears by Mad Tom and I completely understand why. It is a nice looking IPA. The hazy orange body and finger of foam set you up, and the faint grapefruit nose help pull you in. The flavour is crisp, dry and refreshing. There is a evergreen finish that leaves you ready for another. This is a quality brew from a solid Ontario brewery!

Photo of BillT916
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The best of their IPAs, but average at that.

Photo of FRANKIE65
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Muskoka Detour's big brother.
A - very nice, slightly cloudy, good head that holds at one finger.
S - citrus, pine, hoppy
T - smell x 2
F - good, definitely bitter, but, not overly so
0 - A great IPA from a great Ontario brewery

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 endovelico
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose: Pronounced hop and malt aromatics battle it out to delicious effects with notes of tropical fruit, caramel, orange peel, tangerine, grapefruit and piney nuances.

Mouth: Follows on the nose with a higher protuberance of the citric aromatics and an enjoyable piney linger. Feels pretty chewy on the palate due to the lower than usual carbonation, medium to medium high bitterness and medium body. Don't love the relatively hollow palate, if i'm honest.

Tale of the tape: Outstanding aroma, so complex. It's a nice sipper as well, but it lacks some depth in the mid-palate and some oompth overall.

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 Lunardr0ne
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle from a Muskoka Survival Pack bought from the LCBO.

A - cloudy golden orange, lots of sediment floating around in the glass. Good amount of white foam, dissipates slowly and leaves nice lacing.

S - grapefruit, pine, orange, caramel, some sweet tropical fruits.

T - similar to the smell, grapefruit, pine, orange, orange peel. Strong malt backbone, not just the caramel from ther smell but also darker malts and little bit of yeasty bread as well.

M - medium carbonation, body feels much thicker than I remember. Probably something to do with this being unfiltered now. Whatever it is this feels great going down, leaves somewhat bitter aftertaste of sweet malt, pine and grapefruit.

O - easily one of my favorite IPAs, this keeps getting better and better as my palate improves. I remember this used to be a bit strong on the bitterness and hops when I got into craft beer few years back. Now it's hard to not crack open another bottle right away.

Photo of WunderLlama
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%

Good beer served with dinner

Photo of CaledonCountryBoy
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Mad Tom IPA has decent marketing and comes from a decent craft brewery. Said to have a 62 IBU. My guess would have been in 30s. Nice colour. A 1+ finger head. Several raters go places in their reviews I did not experience. I'll have to try again.

I do really like Muskoka's Dark Ale.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

473 mL can BB 16 Nov 14 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of conifers
Head average (2.5 cm), off white, creamy, slowly diminishing to irregular layer varying from 1 to 4 mm with all size bubbles
Lacing fair – partial rings and islands of tiny to medium bubbles
Body medium orange, cloudy
Flavor begins with pine hoppiness which rapidly dissipates, leaving a weak floral after taste; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.5625. Final weighted score: 3.675.
Unfortunately the cloudy appearance coupled with the medium orange coloration makes this brew look like iron-rich acid mine drainage. However, the hoppiness of both the aroma and the flavor rehabilitate this brew.

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 CalgaryFMC
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a single bottle poured into an English pub glass. I quite enjoyed this brew's bigger brother Twice As Mad Tom (see that review) and this one has many of the same charms. These guys have a pretty unique take on IPAs. A light golden yellow color with several inches of billowing white foam, this beer's aroma hits you with a ton of rich malt that almost evokes plums as opposed to the more typical caramel or toffee, mango and papaya spear tropical notes, sweet ripe smoky pineapple, and orange/tangerine rind along with some pine sap. Smells tropical yet rustic at the same time. Tastes like a classic Centennial hop bomb, with some orange juice, overripe peach, pineapple, white pepper, and vitamin tablet with aggressive pine that builds and builds as you go. Perhaps less sweet than Twice As Mad Tom but still massively tropical and piney, with the citrus and floral elements downplayed compared to many other IPAs. The malts make me think sweet graham cracker and a little campfire marshmellow (cool, a smore!) and like Twice As, this brew manages to couple pungent hopping and darkish malts particularly well. Semi-chewy body, a little prickly on the tongue, with a moderate degree of carbonation. Finishes long and wet, with lingering citrus, spice, and medicinal pine flavors as a calling card. Recommended to those who like their IPAs tropical, resinous, and a tad smoky.

Photo of RyanPollock
4.64/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers available in Canada. The beer has a very rugged "outdoor" taste and the first mouthful is a strong reminder that this is not a typical beer you buy at the beer store. Strong sweet citrus taste at first that quickly reveals a hoppy flavour that fills your mouth and lingers for quite some time. The beer almost has a warming quality to it and it tastes great after a cold night. The slightly sour undertones remain in your mouth and the more you drink the more you become accustomed to the taste as your pallet gets used to it. Surprisingly refreshing the more you keep drinking and by the end you will be wanting more. Drink from a class for optimal smell and flavour, great beer for a night around the campfire or to have after shovelling snow. Refreshing with the perfect balance of hop, citrus and a flavour i cant really explain. I will keep buying as long as it is available!

Photo of tbeckett
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Re-reviewing this one after drinking it a fair bit lately.

A - Poured a nice copper colour with a two finger fluffy white head. Bits in suspension. Good carbonaiton, good lace rings, and a finger of retention.

S - Piney, pineapple core, citrus. Pleasant.

T - Quite piney. Citrus and pineapple. A bit less strong than the aroma, but enjoyable and the pine comes out nicely.

M - Good bitterness, good carbonation, medium body. Good feel to it.

O/D - A pretty drinkable and enjoyable IPA. Upon first trying this I enjoyed it, but after a few years of drinking it, I realize its quality and recognize its importance in the Ontario brewing scene.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Review from notes from the summer.

Pours copper with a frothy off white head that lasts a good while. Lace chunks drape the glass on the way down. Pine and floral hops mix with specialty malt roastyness in the aroma. The taste is of pine and white grapefruit hops - a big bitterness up front - and a roasty, caramelly malt flavor. The hops dominate and have a bit of a coarse bitterness and a lack of aromatic subtlety. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a prickly, moderate to high carbonation level. The finish is moderately bitter with some chocolate malt sweetness.

A nice IPA with a big hop presence, but lacking in hop aroma and juicyness. The use of lots of dark malts also distracts a bit from the hoppiness. Still worth a try, especially on tap.

Photo of Subliminal64
1.81/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

I was expecting a lot from this beer. It was a local brand, microbreewed and using the finest ingredients.

While I'm sure no corners were cut on ingredients and the brew process, this just wasn't the beer for me. Maybe all the years drinking Alexander Keith's "IPA" has wrecked my taste for a true IPA.

I took 3 sips from the can, gave 1 to my wife, and had to stop. Poured myself some Erdinger Weissbrau instead.

The smell was awefull. Very potent almost sour smell.

The taste was about the same. VERY bitter, almost sour taste. The aftertaste was horrendous.

It had a good amount of carbonation though.

Needless to say I will not be buying this beer again.

Proceed with caution when trying this beer.

MB

Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I found this to be a little one sided on the hops dept vs the malt. I love hops but this was a too bitter at times and really hoped for more balance. Still not bad for an Ontario IPA but not on the same level as Smashbomb for complexity or balance...

So It finally arrives in BC and I have to say that is a much improved beer than the last tasting. Lots of hops but totally integrated with the malt . I could drink a lot of this which in the IPA world is a sometimes iffy thing.

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Muskoka Mad Tom IPA from Muskoka Brewery
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