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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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327 Ratings
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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 18
Gots: 51 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Beerbistro in Toronto.

A: Crystal clear pale amber body under a finger of fine off-white head that recedes slowly and leaves solid lace behind. Stunning.

S: Predominantly hoppy, and fairly complex: spice, citrus (both lemon and grapefruit), floral, and very slightly malty - in an almost gingerbread kind of way. Fascinating and enticing.

T: Perhaps a bit less fascinating here, but quite tasty in a straightforward way. The citrus hops absolutely dominate, with grapefruit standing out in a big way. The malt is almost entirely absent, and the finish is dry and very bitter. Slightly spicy aftertaste, with a touch of alcohol (surprisingly enough). Quite tasty, but not as memorable as the aroma.

M: Frothy medium body. A bit too diffuse, but not bad.

O: Really enjoyable IPA, and worth the price of admission for the aroma alone.


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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Converge
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a Yankee pint.

A - Handsome lookin' IPA. Crisp and clean amber body, with absolutely 0 haze detectable. Lots of lively carbonation flowing up the glass, effervescent and bubbly. Dense head of foam, slightly off-white, and a tad light in color for an IPA. Head retention is well above average, as the dense creamy foam doesn't let up all glass! Though the lacing is still quite little.

S - I could smell the hoppy goodness the moment the cap popped. Citric and piney notes upfront, with some pronounced tropical fruit nuances and a sweet bready caramel malt backbone. Very reminiscent of a West Coast style IPA. Maybe some subtle grapefruit in there as well, but overall the hop profile feels more sweet than bitter in the aroma.

T - Just a solid, straight forward IPA. A nice malty base of crystal malt, with notes of toffee and buttery biscuits. Hop profile is crisp upfront, with citric fruits and pine leading the way, and fading into a lasting finish of earthy and mildly herbal notes. There's a subtle English character to the malt profile, likely coming from the pronounced sweetness. Bitterness is assertive but more than manageable. Well balanced and very drinkable.

M - Carbonation is very nice here; lively and crisp, but not overdone at all, just right. Body is about medium, with a subtle dryness that keeps it from becoming at all oily form the hops. Smooth for an IPA, but crisp enough for the style.

D - Exceptionally drinkable ale. Not the most hopped up IPA, but a delicious and well balanced one at that. Probably won't be my first choice next time I'm looking for a hoppy Canadian brew, but this won't be my last Mad Tom; one to revisit and enjoy again for sure.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fresh, thoughtful and bold. Shows clear candy orange with restrained well-laced carbonation. Unusually powerful citrus-hop nose with notes of caramel. Sharp, biting hop taste followed by deep, satisfying toffee; both held in pleasant balance. Finishes a dry lingering resin finish with hint of lemon.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not my first Mad Tom, but hadn't prepared a formal review.

A - Pours a clear golden colour, finger of head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet citrus and caramel, buttery sugar notes, and peppered grapefruit on the finish.

T - More bitter than implied by the nose, sour citrus, grapefruit, lemon rind, lemon drops, buttery caramel, and bitter citrus lingers on the palette.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - A quality IPA and one of the better ones to come out of the Ontario craft scene. Easily sessioned and well worth a try. Another go-to brew for the arsenal.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a little snifter. Really thin white head recedes pretty quickly, no lacing. Golden orange in color, translucent.

Smells of sweet citrus and floral notes.

Taste is similar, but drier and less sweet.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, with a citrus finish.

Overall not a bad Canadian IPA. It's refreshing and serves as a nice starter beer. Cheers.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Muskoka Mad Tom IPA from Muskoka Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.