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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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Reviews: 115
Hads: 389
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 23.59%
Wants: 18
Gots: 83 | 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 jameswaldo
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a 11.5 ounce pretty chair-decorated bottle from a height into a pint glass to get a big head, which lasted several minutes, subsiding to a fine skin of foam as I drank. Looks very turbid and bright, a 6 on my SRM chart. Laced well on its way down. Smells hoppy and fresh bread. Tastes as good as it looks, with an interesting strong yeast balancing malt and hops, carbonation just right, good bitter lingering aftertaste. I had a draft Mad Tom IPA at the Gateway downtown Ithaca and liked it so much I had to get a six pack to take home. Bottled brew was just as tasty as the draft. Good price for a superior IPA!

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Photo of Samuel_Merryweather
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look is somewhere between copper and gold. Head is a bit underwhelming and subsides quickly. Scent is a bit piny with a tiny bit of lemon. Quite floral with a bit of bitter. Great scent.

Taste was a bit of a let down. Not getting as much lemon as the text on the can would suggest. There's a strong hop flavour but nothing that makes it stand apart. A bit jumbled if you ask me.

Wanted more from this. Very curious about the twice as mad Tom.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber/bright orange color with powerful amount of subtle activity. Frothy beige half a finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with very good legs.

Aromas of tropical fruits and caramel. Flavors of pine, orange, coriander, fresh floral and herbal spices. Caramel biscuit feel with a grassy end. Nice balance with a good dose of sugar while having a strong sharpness but not overly spicy.

Smooth creamy medium body with the perfect amount of zesty carbonation. Well intensified medium strength finish, ending with a tongue numbing citrus feel, dash of spicy hops, and a dry piney coat.

Overall this is a good craft offering tasty flavors and a very fresh feel. Good accessibility being a little faint and low intensity.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great ipa that hits with its chinook and centennial hops like a champ. Was thinking their twice as mad Tom was going to blow this out of the water, I was wrong.

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Photo of MacPhergus
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours with slight haze, pale and a good white head. Aroma is moderate citrus/pine. Taste bitter, clean dry; bitterness slightly sharp and a little yeasty. Body a little light, bitter lingers.

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Photo of EricVonStein
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden honey colour with an inch of thick off white foam that clears up quickly. Not a lot of visible carbonation. Unfiltered but almost entirely clear with no residue.

The first scents are nothing but big citrusy hopps, tonnes of em! Grapefruit is very evident. More and more fruits in the scent after several mouthfuls, like some cherry.

Taste is big bold bitter hops, grapefruit again following the aromas, then orange peel on the finish. The bitter stays on your tongue well after. Very little carbonation on the tongue. Some depth comes in the form of small hints of roasty grain, but just a hint.

Overall quite smooth with good body and well balanced for an IPA with a BIG hit of American style hopps - obviously the dominant flavour. I like it more than many American style IPAs and feel like i could have several of these in one sitting without my taste buds getting burnt out!

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Photo of akdo
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of nyyfanatic213
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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

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Photo of utopiajane
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of bendythumb
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

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Photo of Roby923
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
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. One of the best IPAs out of Ontario. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

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Photo of Logan12321
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
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

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

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Photo of FRANKIE65
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
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

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Photo of DaveBar
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
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.


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Photo of endovelico
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of Lunardr0ne
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of CaledonCountryBoy
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

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Photo of Dna_Infinity
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of RyanPollock
4.64/5  rDev +19%
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!

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Muskoka Mad Tom IPA from Muskoka Brewery
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