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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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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-13-2012 14:44:11 | More by bigfnjoe
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - fully hazy golden orange, thumb of white head retained well leaving a consistent crown of lace
S - perfume, pine, and orange citrus hop notes, mild toasty malt
T - resiny hops dominate from start to finish, lighter pine and citrus, toasted bread malt with a tart finish
M - heavyish body with a medium carbonation kick, strong bitter, finishes full with an oily aftermath
O - the punch of the dry hopping is prominent and pleasant, a hop bomb for sure not for the faint of heart

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 00:18:03 | More by joemcgrath27
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-06-2012 04:32:20 | More by ucsbmullet
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Orbex


4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-04-2012 15:30:00 | More by Orbex
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

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

On tap at the Black Tomato Ottawa, Ontario.
Poured into pint glass. Pours a healthy golden orange hazey color with a bit of white head. The head turns sticky and clumpy with nice lacing. Great fruity pine and bitter hop aromas. Taste is of crisp fresh hops, slightly piney. A bit of a malty aftertaste, but still really nice. Slightly thin and bitter mouthfeel, but overall a nice IPA. Worth a try if you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2012 00:02:27 | More by DrinkSlurm
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased as fresh as the MLCC can procure it. Poured at ~5C into a Tigger sleeve.

A: Lighter copper and hazy with a nice white head that drops quickly and left surprisingly little head.
S: Initially a really big hoppy nose with tons of fruit in there. Grapefruit, citrus, light mango. Some grainy malts come to the forefront over time.
T: Some light sweet caramel malts giving the beer some body atop some hop flavours that are a little lighter than I would like... I am a big fan of the hops :) The hop flavours are fruity with a slight bitterness that is biting and somewhat piney over time.
M: Finished dry, with light bitterness. A little too light for the style IMO.
O: A solid Ontario IPA that is easily accessible? Can it be? Egad. A nice solid beer that was a real solid representation of an IPA when fresh...

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 02:57:13 | More by kjyost
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Recieved in the CANBIF. Thanks liamt07!

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold colour with a finger of almost white head that leaves some decent lacing.

Smell. Toasty light grains and big citrus fruits, piney wood and some tropical fruits. Smells good.

Taste. Bitter yellow grapefruit rinds, some lightly toasted grains, a little bit of orange and lemon. Oily bitterness lasts a while.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice flavourful IPA. Enjoyed this one.

Serving type: can

05-24-2012 00:26:17 | More by Rutager
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

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

one finger white well retained head with patchy lacing on a honey hued semi-clear body, the scent is papaya and pineapple with a handful of pine shavings tossed in for good measure, some sweet malt for sure, taste follows the nose with the citrus punch up front followed by the resinous pine and malt backbone, mouth is medium with some carbonation, nice bitterness for the style, sweet and dry, very drinkable and refreshing (crisp!), overall a spectacular IPA from Ontario which I prefer in the can (just seems a tad fresher) - ecstatic it is in cans, do not grab enough because I like to mix it up and prefer to buy one versus six, will grab a can every trip if it is available.

Serving type: can

05-16-2012 20:52:37 | More by Stocean1
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

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

Thanks to grub for this one.

Poured from a 473ml. can, best before 30 Aug 12.

Appearance: A creamy, milky head with a slightly hazy honey colored body and some nice lacing.

Smell: Real fresh fruit, citrus, pineapple, mild papaya. Very nice.

Taste: Mix of pineapple & grapefruit upfront with a peppery/spicy finish of pine and some juicy tangerine thrown in the middle.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied and well balanced.

Overall: A very tasty and well done IPA. My favorite of the recent IPAs i've had.

Serving type: can

05-08-2012 11:17:46 | More by papat444
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batmanbach

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

05-07-2012 16:57:39 | More by batmanbach
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Wordslinger

Ontario (Canada)

1.75/5  rDev -54.8%

05-05-2012 09:31:50 | More by Wordslinger
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

473ml can poured into tulip 26/4/12 I gotta thank liamt07 for the top 100 Canadian tic

A clear golden liquid with just a few slow bubbles feeding a pinky finger of off white foam that just sits there. I turn my head and type all retarded like, slowly that is, I look back and wonder if time actually passed, a bathroom break finally reveals the surface of the liquid through the thin foam and leaves a thick triangular streak of foam on the no sip side of the glass

S the nose is impressive, guava, tangerine, pineapple with some spruce not pine a little lemon rind and a floral aspect add to the tropical citrus, I hate to do it but the five bomb's getting dropped

T not nearly as strong as the nose but still tasty, everything's still there but mellowed out just a little, a little bready malt but still pretty lopsided towards the hops, lemon rind I didn't smell

M medium bodied but its a little foamy, that being said that aspect seems to spread the rind throughout the mouth, leaves a slightly slick feel on the gums

O the perfect nose and something needs to be said for downing a pint of IPA before getting this deep in a review

smelling the empty can like a smoker scrapes resin for that last hit before bedtime only seems appropriate. this ones a bad ass IPA up there with my fav's from BC, thanks again liamt07 for this fresh gem

Serving type: can

04-27-2012 08:35:43 | More by wordemupg
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jmarkryckman


4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-25-2012 18:15:48 | More by jmarkryckman
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473ml Can from the LCBO for 2.95$

Appearance - Clear copper colour with a large size frothy off white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges, apricot

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and hops. As well there is some fruity notes - oranges, apricots, and some grapefruit. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with a medium amount of hop bitterness.

Overall - I had to try this one from a can to see if it tasted any different. It really didn't taste that much different than the bottles I've had in the past. Regardless, it's still a very good IPA - especially considering what is available to me locally. My one gripe would be that it is a little too sweet to drink more than a few of, and the price is a tad high. For my money I'll stick with the Crazy Canuck Pale Ale which is 2.50$ a can and a little less malty/sweet and a little more citrus driven.

Serving type: can

04-18-2012 14:28:39 | More by spinrsx
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bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

473 mL Can. Wide-Mouthed Wine Glass, 8C. BB: Aug 19, 2012. $2.95.

Pours a caramel brown colour with a bright amber tone. Large and soapy, off-white head that leaves a nice amount of lace and sticks around as a filmy collar.

Smells very fresh. Aromas of tangerine and grapefruit, with a solid, biscuit-like backing.

The taste has a solid, grainy body with extra bright citrus notes and a hint of chocolate. Nicely embittered finish that ties everything together.

Full-bodied mouthfeel with a medium carbonation. Very biscuit or bread-like on the tongue and then oily. Aftertaste has a lingering citrus bitterness and a subtle honey-like note.

Yeah, I don’t think I’ll ever buy this in bottles again if I can help it. It simply smells and tastes fresher and I can add a couple to my beer order without having to break the budget (and carrying space) on a 6-pack.

Serving type: can

04-15-2012 02:07:56 | More by bryehn
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ism

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 00:16:34 | More by ism
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traumaqueen


4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-03-2012 06:27:29 | More by traumaqueen
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Appearance: clear; deep gold turning to amber; good head that lasts several minutes

Aroma: sweet citrus - orange, tangerine; hint of spice

Taste & Mouthfeel: clean, crisp, with a pleasing hop bitterness - less like the citrus aroma, but again there is some tangerine flavour; herbal spices, like coriander, maybe some pepper; caramel malts make an appearance too

Overall: easy-drinking with an above average variety of flavour for an IPA; a refreshing beer to enjoy on the cottage deck

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 18:06:53 | More by BGDrock
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beerbuddah

Ontario (Canada)

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

Have been drinking this for quite some, figured I should review it. Had many american IPAs, this beer definitely holds a candle to them, although it's one of a select few brewed up in Canada.

Appears like an IPA should, golden yellow with a hint of orange. The head is frothy and lacy, and it sticks around.

Smells like hops, some grapefruitiness there.

Taste is great. Very much like grapefriuts during the aftertaste. Bitter, yet drinkable.

Mouthfeel is very important to me. This beer has the right amount of carbonation.

overall, a delicious beer, and to me - the best of it's kind (would like some more to compare them to) in Canada.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 01:04:51 | More by beerbuddah
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MattPS

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

03-04-2012 00:25:39 | More by MattPS
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Groulxsome

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok, this review is a bit of an experiment. I just got back from Southern California (drinking Firestone Walker, Pliny, Green Flash, Hercules DIPA - all beers with exceptional and above ratings on here) so I'm trying one of these straight away while those are still my standard be(e)rer. In a recent blind taste test (several weeks back) I preferred this over several Ontario IPA's (Duggins, Smash Bomb) and even Central City's Red Racer (which surprised me). Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Here goes:

A - It's got a great head which started really pillowy and came down only slightly with nice lacing. The color is a nice clear copper with a little orange, which is where I think it ought to be.

S - Pine, hoppy-grapefruit, some light sweet-honey malt. It doesn't have the big tropical fruits of a west coast IPA (mangos, passion fruit, melons, or papaya), but it's nicely balanced and there are a few hints of some of those fruits.

T - It continues with the piny grapefruit which gives way to some malty sweetness and hop sweetness (honey and tropical fruit). It's a little faint, maybe I'm looking too hard. It finishes with a great, deep grapefruit bitter. On the par, the best part of the taste is the rich grapefruit bitter.

M - A little lighter than I'd like, but with a nice sharp carbonation. A little alcohol burn to help with the grapefruit bitter.

O - Overall, this is a solid IPA that is certainly among the best of the style in Ontario. I think it straddles the line between being drinkable (which is really, really is) and being a top-tier IPA which could maybe help Ontario play (even field a player!) with the bigger guys in the North American beer-review world. Maybe if there was a double Mad Tom (Crazy Tom? Committed Tom?) where the tastes could be ramped up beyond what might be expected in Ontario this might help bump this "good" beer into the "exceptional" category. As it stands, an under-rated beer which should help break the unfortunate excuse "it's a great IPA for something brewed in Ontario."

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 01:09:08 | More by Groulxsome
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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a riedel red wine magnum beer glass

A: Pours a clear golden color, with a small persistant white head.

S: REally hoppy, grapefruits and orange peels. Nice

T: Pretty fresh, and dry, with a good balance. Hoppy, with lots of citrus fruits, and a good bitterness

O: Textbook american style IPA, this is well done. I'd drink this pretty often if it was available in quebec

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 01:38:42 | More by Caudalie
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slowfade

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

01-30-2012 05:06:51 | More by slowfade
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Rlombardi75

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-18-2012 04:28:06 | More by Rlombardi75
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-16-2012 16:36:04 | More by irishkyle21
Muskoka Mad Tom IPA from Muskoka Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.