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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

257 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 13
Gots: 26 | 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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500MLperWeek


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

09-21-2012 03:55:14 | More by 500MLperWeek
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Translucent pale golden hue with a soapy off-white head.

Aroma: Tropical fruit from the hops. Can definitely tell this one will be hop-forward in flavor.

Taste: Big hop presence and great flavors of pineapple, grapefruit, blood orange, and other tropical fruits. Very much a West Coast influenced IPA. Subtle crystal malt flavor to tie it all together without distracting from the hops. Not overly bitter, which is a feat considering all the hops that must have gone into this thing. At 6.4% abv you don't taste any of that alcohol. Interesting aftertaste of straight pineapple juice (this taste becomes more prevalent the more you drink). Slightly sweet and dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Exactly what it should be for the style, medium effervescence and just below medium bodied.

Final Thoughts: A West Coast IPA out of Ontario? Who knew it would be so good! Very impressed by this one. Sort of a sweeter and slightly heavier version of Stone IPA (one of my go-to's). Be prepared for tons of pineapple and moderate bitterness. This would make a fantastic appetizer before dinner as it really wakes up the taste buds. Nicely done Muskoka.

Serving type: can

09-19-2012 04:39:26 | More by JamesMN
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

09-18-2012 22:44:51 | More by Molson2000
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Kremlock

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 20:11:39 | More by Kremlock
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours and amber copper with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell- Piney hops, grapefruit, passion fruit, other tropical fruits, caramalts.

Taste- Piney hops are nicely present followed by citrus, tropical fruits and caramalts. The piney hops provide a nice bitterness in the taste and linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a pleasant creaminess.

Overall- A great representation of an American IPA by Muskoka. This is up there with many of the other top offerings that I have had in this style. Definitely not a disappointment for those hop heads out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 03:18:54 | More by leaddog
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to Jeff for this extra. 473 mL can poured into DFH Signature glass.

A - Pours a muddy copper color with a half finger of frothy white head. Lacing is unimpressive.

S - Smells of caramel, honeydew, and floral hops. A little bit sweet for my liking, but pretty good.

T - Initially quite bitter with pine hops. As it warms a bit, caramel malt and tropical fruits emerge on the palate. A bit spicy with a lingering earthy pine finish.

M - A middle of the road medium body with good carbonation.

O - This was pretty good, but doesn't stand out from my go-to fridge filling IPAs. Good hop flavors with an underlying sweetness that develops as it warms. I do love the pounder can format, so an A for presentation. I won't go out of my way to score some more, but I won't avoid it either.

Serving type: can

09-12-2012 01:05:58 | More by NoLeafClover44
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

09-11-2012 00:08:39 | More by schopenhauerale
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.6/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: can

08-28-2012 19:39:35 | More by Jeffo
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

473 mL can from LCBO. Pours a nice couple fingers of head that recedes leaving a really nice film and curtain lacing. Colour is a medium honey gold, with active carbonation.

Smell has biscuity malts and a dry hoppiness. A slight citrus and sweetness, and a great underlying complexity. Hops are vibrant, the nose on this is really deep with plenty of dried fruit, slightly earthy, and spice notes.

Taste has an acidic hop bitterness, roast notes. Has a nice strong hop character, with an earthy slightly spiced maltiness. All in all, good flavour and complexity. Finish is hoppy but more on the creamy side (as opposed to expected dryness).

Mouthfeel is fairly medium-full bodied, a slightly acidic touch. Nice coating bitterness in keeping with a more West Coast style IPA. Texture is really full.

This is a good well-made, strongly hopped IPA. I was impressed by how much it has going on. Pleasure to drink. Solid, hoppy style IPA, quite drinkable, enjoyable.

Serving type: can

08-16-2012 03:37:21 | More by mick303
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MylesMac

Manitoba (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

08-14-2012 05:27:02 | More by MylesMac
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

08-13-2012 23:41:50 | More by millerbuffoon
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Thunderchief

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-13-2012 20:45:42 | More by Thunderchief
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium orange gold color with a thick, creamy head, light carbonation.

S - Toasted bready caramel malt and light juicy citrus, and some spice. Nose is mild.

T - Bready malt base along with grapefruit peel, pine, and floral notes, there's a small touch of spice and some tangerine/orange in the middle which ends up lingering on the palette long after the sip. Overall flavor is crisp and bright.

M - Light medium body with lots of prickles from the carbonation.

O - This was a nice find, just happened to be in Canada and picked a few up at a local bottle shop.

Serving type: can

08-08-2012 04:13:55 | More by jzeilinger
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Leafsj


4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-28-2012 04:10:32 | More by Leafsj
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Coastal_Brew

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

07-15-2012 16:43:37 | More by Coastal_Brew
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KrisDLSmith

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-15-2012 03:57:54 | More by KrisDLSmith
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Michaelf318is

Manitoba (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 23:11:06 | More by Michaelf318is
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TheBeermin

New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-11-2012 23:11:10 | More by TheBeermin
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artemh

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-11-2012 04:11:28 | More by artemh
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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BigGruntyThirst

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-08-2012 02:31:51 | More by BigGruntyThirst
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 02:09:10 | More by TheHammer
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pieman25

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle found in the LCBO, into my generic pint glass.

Appearance: Light copper/darker golden colour to it. A small 1/4 inch head came about when poured, it's staying at about 1/16" throughout the drinking period.

Smell: A bit of graininess, with resiny notes and citrusey notes being much more dominant. I like hops, so naturally I like what I'm smelling.

Taste: some nice sweetness to it, followed by a generous amount of citrus and pine flavours, occasionally I pick up an odd hint of black pepper flavour almost. The sweetness lingers a little bit. I think I like everything about the flavour of this beer.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, with a nice big malty body to it, pretty good, but nothing spectacular about the body.

Overall: I am digging this beer, I'd actually say it's an amazing beer and would recommend it to anybody who would like a more hop-forward IPA from Ontario. It's not very well balanced with the malt being significantly less "forward" than the hops, but I'm liking it that way.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 17:38:37 | More by pieman25
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mspang

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-18-2012 03:10:25 | More by mspang
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the_james


2/5  rDev -48.3%

06-14-2012 14:05:35 | More by the_james
Muskoka Mad Tom IPA from Muskoka Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.