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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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88
very good

114 Reviews
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Reviews: 114
Hads: 383
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 18
Gots: 77 | 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 Subliminal64
1.81/5  rDev -53.7%
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 (713 characters)

Photo of cyrenaica
3.12/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml draught
6.4% ABV
I tried this beer on June 24, 2011 at "The Beerbistro" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a hazy golden orange colour with a creamy white head. Aroma was lemony, citrus, pine, and grainy malt. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavour was citrusy hops with a lemon lolipop taste to it, some grains, and a bitter finish. (371 characters)

Photo of slitherySOB
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A relatively decent IPA, this beer pours an amber colour with about a little over one fingers worth of head that slowly dissipates. Smells floral, citrusy, and grassy. Big lemon and grapefruits. Tastes a little bit paler than the aroma. Lemon, grapefruit, orange zest, floral flavour and a touch grassy. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. I did notice a slight metallic taste as the beer warmed, leaving an odd flavour in my mouth. (424 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
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. (1,051 characters)

Photo of JOaikido
3.22/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355 ml bottle.

A- Flat and slightly cloudy. Pale amber colour. Some lacing.

S- Grapefruit, sour fruits. Faint watermelon.

T- Strong grapefruit hops, fruity and bitter. Light malt giving an acceptable balance.

MF- Light body for the alcohol level.

O- OK, but not my style. (276 characters)

Photo of Michaelf318is
3.22/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Lovely copper color, sllightly cloudy with carbonation and next to no head lingering after the pour

Smell: citrus as expected very fresh and light. Quite inviting.

Taste: orange zest and lingering grapefruit. Kept waiting for some malt to chime in some balance but it was faint. Disappointing but did improve as things warmed. The hops backed off and so I'd drink this next time a bit warmer than the usual IPA.

Overall: Well worth drinking anytime but the overall major hops forward may get old (this even from an IPA lover). Locally I' d choose a Flying Monkeys Smash Bomb IPA over this for the same money. However, you won't go wrong on a night out by trying this one. (686 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
3.24/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Half a finger of head that doesn't retain and barely produced any lace at all. The body however is that cloudy IPA orange/yellow with low carbonation.

Smell: Dry hops are the obvious culprit, as they have a almost wheaty smell to them. There some citrus notes and a light malt far in the background. As with most IPAs, warming was not needed.

Taste: Starts with a bit of an orange taste with a light malt that seems to step away as a completely separate dry hop kick comes into play. Lots of pine and dry grass here. It's strong but not overwhelmingly so.

Mouthfeel: This is one of the few IPA's I've had where the hop oil doesn't leave an oily texture, probably because of how dry it comes across as. It leaves you with that dry hop taste, but not the texture. Points however get deducted for the lack of head.

Drinkability: It's pretty dry, so I don't know if I'd really want it frequently. The bitterness of the beer is a bit too high for my liking, but it's an IPA so I got to cut it some slack. Light on the system though, so sure.

Final Thoughts: All in all Mad Tom kept things interesting and I didn't feel cheated by it. Warming really seems to help it's case as the hops seem to mellow out a bit more and more of the orange and malt takes over. That all being said though, it's not my cup of tea and I reviewed it because it is one of Canada's top beers right now. (1,390 characters)

Photo of Kremlock
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: 1/4 inch white head. Head is very bubbly and stays.

S: GRAPEFRUIT!, citrus, fruity.

T:, Grapefruit, bitter, a very softtoffee flavour with more grapfruit.

M: Carb is lighter in the mouth then it looks, smooth and has a bitterness that lingers for awhile.

O: Great beer and great IPA. Good balance of malt to bitterness but you've got to like grapefruit as this flavour does come through. (395 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extra from peensteen. Best before October 11th? Or October 2011? Hard to tell, as the ink is smudged. Served in a CCBW pint glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of creamy white foam that has excellent retention and settles to a thick cap, leaving behind chunky lace. Transparent golden body with lots of visible bubbles.

S - Lemon, pine, grass, toasted grain. Somewhat understated, and very English in character. I don't get nearly any of the citrus mentioned by the other reviewers - maybe very faint grapefruit peel.

T - Taste is a little better, with some orange zest and light sugary notes. Bitterness in the aftertaste is medium. Otherwise grainy and bready malt dominate. Not bad, but a bit dull.

M - Very resinous, with a dry finish and lots of residual hop oils. Carbonation is moderate and pleasant, and the body is medium and slightly grainy. No obvious alcohol.

D - Drinks lighter than the listed alcohol. Could use more dry-hop aroma. If this were advertised as an English IPA it'd get a very good score from me (probably an A-). As an American IPA it's pretty bland, particularly in the aroma department. Easy enough to drink though - could definitely have a few bottles. (1,186 characters)

Photo of Columbanus
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light copper colour, good head retention with lacing. Strong hop aroma, perfume and flowers come to mind. Flavour is all about the hops, strong floural and citrus notes, distinctly American (American hops were used). Not much malt body, kind of thin given the 6.4% ABV. A clean, bitter finish. This is labelled an IPA, but is really more of an APA. If you like these American hops it's a very drinkable and flavouable beer. Great to see this brewed in Ontario. (469 characters)

Photo of CaledonCountryBoy
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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. (284 characters)

Photo of WeedKing4
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly dark, golden copper thats quite clear. Decent amount of head in the sam adams perfect pint glass. Very slight tastes of citrus, with some grassy pine notes. Could definately use some more hop character. Its not terrible...but i'm still expecting more flavour for an ipa. (287 characters)

Photo of ism
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355 mL bottle poured into the hotel's mini-tumblers (about 160 mL). Attractive, bubbly white head, one-finger with consistent lacing. Isinglass-clear, dark straw color.

Nose of orange peel, a squeeze of grapefruit, a light floral, almost herbal note, and a biscuit earthiness. Average carbonation and appropriate for the style. Medium-thin body.

High-alpha acid bitters, nice complexity going on here. A pure, base bitter anchors the stage as citrus and herbacious notes dance upon it. Biscuit earthiness balances it out. Grapefruit and herbs in the short finish.

This is the "truest" Ontario-made American IPA I've encountered on my trip. It deserves to be a local favorite. (679 characters)

Photo of Logan12321
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
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 (335 characters)

Photo of Mlkluther
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (245 characters)

Photo of
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - light copper with vigorous visible carbonation and a thick, persistent head.

Smell - Citrus, fresh pine, tropical fruit, and mint.

Mouthfeel - medium body and creamy texture.

Taste - Caramel and toffee, orange, and lots of bitterness, especially on the finish. A bit of the pine comes through as well.

One of the better Ontario IPAs. (350 characters)

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (728 characters)

Photo of MacPhergus
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (191 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at the LCBO this past summer.

From a 16oz can into a snifter.

Note: Tested this one as part of the Great Ontarian IPA Showdown against Nickel Brook's Headstock IPA, Railway City's Dead Elephant, and Double Trouble's Hops & Robbers.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with good retention. Slightly hazy gamboge in color with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a foamy wisp leaving some chunks of lacing down the glass. A little too chunky for my tastes, but nothing wrong otherwise.

SMELL: Pale malt, caramel, honeydew melon, and some piney and grapefruit, citrus hops. The citrus aromas come forward a little more than the rest. Pretty nice.

TASTE: Caramel, butterscotch sweetness up front with some honeydew melon and floral hops at the swallow. Moves into a big, persistent aftertaste of caramel and toffee sweetness, as well as floral and piney bitterness. Not as much citrus as the nose had advertised, but plenty flavorful.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. A little lighter than hoped, but creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate.

OVERALL: This was certainly a solid IPA from Muskoka. While the Nickel Brook stole the show, this finished a solid second in the lineup. Worth checking out if you see it at the LCBO. Thanks guys. (1,339 characters)

Photo of Samuel_Merryweather
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of jbonapar
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (905 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Muskoka Brewery - Muskoka Mad Tom IPA, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a cloudy brown with a centralized amber hue and a large foamy head that stays.

Smell - Caramel malt followed by resiny/piney hops. Textbook but a bit sweet.

Taste - Rich and malty but nice dank resiny hops on top almost redeem my qualms with sweetness here.

Mouthfeel - Rests pine bitter and slightly sticky malt. Medium body, medium carbonation, and good drinkability. Hot malt but not really boozy, which is interesting haha.

Overall - Standard AIPA, better and cleaner than most malt bombs but nothing glorious or spectacular. Generally enjoyed, would recommend if you are in the area and see this brew hanging around. (717 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

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. (775 characters)

Photo of Noxious26
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml brown bottle poured in a pint glass. Purchased at an LCBO in Kitchener-Waterloo Ontario.

Orange-Amber in colour and a little hazy. White bubbly head is 3/8 inch on the pour and recedes to a thin ring around the edge with a line or two of lacing here and there.

Big citrusy-fruity nose. Orange, grapefruit, apricot.

Hop bomb smash in the mouth. Big citrusy hops off the start and all the way through to a wet finish.

Moderate carbonation and medium bodied.

Pretty tasty, but a little heavy handed on the hops for my liking. I prefer some more balance in my IPA, but this is pretty decent. (599 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a murky orange colour, darker at the top. A large amount of frothy white head is on top, and has pretty good retention. Minimal lacing.

Nice citrus smell, fairly pungent. Grapefruit is there, I also get a hint of peach. Somewhat floral. A very slight hoppy bitterness is noticeable. Good smell.

Taste is not quite as nice as the smell. but is certainly a pleasant IPA. A bit of a juicy taste, and a moderately bitter aftertaste. A little bit of pine in the taste as well. The malt is fairly subdued- a bit of caramel in the background, but certainly overshadowed by the hops.

Nice mouthfeel. Light to medium bodied, with a nice subdued carbonation.

Overall, a good addition to the exploding world of Ontario IPAs. Definitely happy to see it in the LCBO. Not one of my favourite IPAs, but I am sure I will be buying more in the future. (847 characters)

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Muskoka Mad Tom IPA from Muskoka Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.