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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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274 Ratings
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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 16
Gots: 32 | 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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Photo of eat

Quebec (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

A light cover of white head tops a hazy golden body. Spotty lacing. Head could be better.

Nice tropical citrus and pine on the nose, with a little grass, grapefruit and strong mineral character. Nice not-too-sweet caramel underneath.

Generously hopped, though not at all over the top. Tropical and pine blend transitions into a lightly-drying earthy grapefruit pith finish. Malt sweetness is sitting a little under where I'd prefer but at least doesn't have the opposite problem as so many Canadian IPAs do. Nice bit of toastiness. No alcohol shows.

I feel the body is a bit too light but at the same time I'm not really minding that at all. Light-moderate carbonation.

Very decent IPA. Maybe a little on the light side in flavour and body but this only aids drinkability. As an Ontario-brewed IPA I think I prefer Smash Bomb overall but not by much; it's too bad I moved back to Quebec right as these two were released as there are no bottled IPAs of this quality here.

12-16-2011 03:16:35 | More by eat
Photo of jbonapar

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

12-03-2011 22:49:27 | More by jbonapar
Photo of kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

11-30-2011 16:41:46 | More by kelvarnsen
Photo of yerocdiamond

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +28.9%

11-28-2011 15:03:38 | More by yerocdiamond
Photo of bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +28.9%

11-28-2011 07:03:04 | More by bigox420
Photo of G33kyCanuck

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +28.9%

11-23-2011 06:00:42 | More by G33kyCanuck
Photo of RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-21-2011 01:09:08 | More by RedAleMan
Photo of NightINgale

Russian Federation

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%

355ml bottle...

A - Hazy medium amber/gold colour to the body. White fluffy head. Impressive lacing and head retention. From the way it looks, I'm getting a feeling it will be a nice IPA.

S - Aha! The scent is very citrusy, with a hint of pine and caramel. Definitely smells hoppy.

T - It starts with a hop kick, bringing a lot of citrus notes to your taste buds. Then you get a little bit of caramel sweetness. Hints of pine and tropical fruits in the juicy yet bitter after-taste. Very nice!

M - Light-to-medium body. Moderate level of carbonation. No alcohol in the taste. A little astringent, especially in the after-taste. Definitely very sessionable, for it does not get hefty nor too dry.

O - I'm impressed. This is an almost flawless, quality American-style IPA. Unlike many other Canadian IPA's, this one is virtually indistinguishable from real American IPA's, which can often be a good thing. Nothing crazy, nothing unique, BUT it's a very solid drinkable beer!

11-20-2011 21:15:36 | More by NightINgale
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-20-2011 16:40:32 | More by oldp0rt
Photo of chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

11-20-2011 02:48:06 | More by chickenm
Photo of jimctin

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-17-2011 20:22:16 | More by jimctin
Photo of LoveBeerNo7

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

11-15-2011 23:20:41 | More by LoveBeerNo7
Photo of abraxel


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

A - Pours a very slightly hazy, golden yellow, with a prodigious white head that drops very slowly. and leaves generous lacing down the sides.

S - Some light, pleasant, pine and citrus hop flavor. Smells crisp and clean.

T - Nice hop bitterness, with that same citrusy pine flavor. For some reason it also reminds me of sugar snap peas, but I don't know why. The bitterness is at a great level, but I think it lingers a little too long after I swallow.

M - Thin-to-medium mouthfeel, lowish carbonation (in contrast to the voluminous head).

Overall, this is definitely above-average, but I've had plenty better. I'll enjoy the the rest of the glass.

10-19-2011 21:03:03 | More by abraxel
Photo of GabesAles

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +14.7%

Appearance: very nice looking orange IPA with some haze, which is typical in many american IPAs... nice head, usualy stays till the very bottom

Smell: very nice nose to this brew, you can smell the cascades come right through

Taste: one of my favorite canadian IPAs... very nice citrusy hop profile, nice strong bitterness.. beautiful balance of strong flavors.

Mouthfeel: good mouthfeel, although i have had better, i'm still very satisfied with it's mouthfeel

Overall: great brew, commonly found in my fridge!

10-19-2011 20:46:53 | More by GabesAles
Photo of Intrinsic


4.28/5  rDev +10.3%

MT IPA almost has the same colour as a Belgian IPA. Its very light looking with plenty of carbonation. The head doesn't last very long, but it leaves nice lacing.

Its only very lightly scented with hops characterized by a zesty citrus and pine quality. Nothing particularly amazing here, but it all comes together very nicely.

This may be one of the most refreshing IPAs I've ever had. The pine and citrus flavoured hops are mingled together in a way that doesn't overpower at all. In fact, its reminiscent of Stone. I'm quite impressed.

The body is very light and leaves a not-too-dry bitter finish - honestly, this beer has a lot going for it. I think its underrated and I would recommend it to any fan of IPAs.

10-15-2011 01:55:50 | More by Intrinsic
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Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%

From a six-pack picked up at the LCBO; best before January 2012. I have been meaning to try this one for a while.

Pours a slightly hazy amber-brass colour, topped with a thin off-white head that lasts for a surprisingly long time. It eventually wilts, leafing a soapy film on the surface and plenty of lacing on the sides. Great smell on this - totally dominated by grapefruit and lemony hops, with a bit of mango and pine needles. The malt aromas are very hard to detect through this, but they're of a biscuity caramel nature.

All sorts of light, juicy fruit flavour on the palate. Grapefruit is again the strongest but there is plenty of citrus in general, alongside peach, tropical fruit and earthy pine. As with the aroma, the malts take the backseat but provide just a bit of caramel sweetness. Grapefruit astringency from those resiny hops lingers on the palate long after my mouth is empty - this profound dryness is a good way to encourage another sip... Medium-thin bodied with minimal stickiness; maybe a bit of slipperiness on the tongue.

Good thing there are five more of these. Delicious stuff, a fabulous IPA that I can't find much to complain about. Definitely something I will pick up again, although they seem to have trouble keeping it in stock... no wonder!

[Updated Jan. 4 2014]

Over the past two years I must have had dozens of cans of this stuff and it is still one of my favourite OCB IPAs - so I decided to try it side-by-side with some of my other domestic favourites (Boneshaker, Red Racer and Baldwin Fisheye PA). Muskoka has a real winner with this one and I'm glad to see it has just as much citrusy, piney goodness as it did the first time I tried it. A quality IPA, definitely one of the best in the country in my opinion, although I'd argue Red Racer still has the edge.

Final Grade: 4.35, an A grade.

09-27-2011 07:53:08 | More by thehyperduck
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3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

09-15-2011 00:48:28 | More by
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Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

Bottle: Poured a medium amber color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops is quite powerful on this one. Taste is a nice mix between some floral notes of hops with some citrus, piney and bitter notes clearly coming out; malt base is dry caramel and strong enough to sustain the malty base. Body is full with good carbonation. Very well brewed and quite pleasant. Probably one of the best IPA to be bottle out of Ontario.

09-12-2011 19:10:04 | More by Phyl21ca
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Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

found one lone bottle sitting on the shelf.
i like the whimsical artwork on the bottle.

pours cloudy pale yellow , huge white head. almost looks like a witbier.

the hops on the nose are gorgeous. the usual suspects of citrus, mango, some malt sweetness. this smells tasty.

a lot of bitterness in this beer, hard to pick out other flavors through the bitterness. the bitterness dominates. its okay, but not awesome.

a little bit of creaminess on the mouthfeel. feels a bit heavy in the stomach.

not a bad beer, but the bitterness kind of overwhelms everything.

09-10-2011 22:12:28 | More by paxkey
Photo of augustgarage


3.88/5  rDev 0%

Courtesy northyorksammy (thanks!). Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Nearly clear amber body with a small but lasting ivory head. Faint amoebic lacing, thin fast running legs.

Tangerine zest, evergreen, and mint in the nose - the C-hops come to the front - along with very faintly toasty pale malt notes.

Malty palate entry accompanied by woodsy/earthy/spicy hop flavors. Gentle astringency with lemon pith and vague pine coming on next. Slow moving, increasing bitterness offset by dry bready malt notes in the finish.

Medium-light bodied, rather creamy, with good carbonation.

Similar to many good NW versions of the style - is best served with food (a well made burger, salmon, etc) - but satisfying on it's own as well.

09-09-2011 23:16:15 | More by augustgarage
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Appearance: It has a nice golden/orange colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderatly and has some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of tropical fruit, grapefruit, piney notes with some caramely malts and a slight skunkiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a citrusy/grapefruit flavour with pine, some caramely malts and a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice balance of flavours.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. So far the best i've tried from muskoka but i'm anxious to try my Summer Weiss.

09-05-2011 23:09:44 | More by SebD
Photo of aletale

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +16%

Purchased as part of a six-pack of bottles poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice amber colour with about a half finger head that seems to want to stick around. A fair bit of lacing. Medium to fast carbonation.

This has got to be one the best smelling IPA's out there. A multitude of sweet fruits come to mind, as well as an underlying hoppiness. It is a lot to take in...

Now this is an IPA! The fruity and hoppy flavours balance out perfectly to leave a tasty, dry, almost graperuit-esque finish which is just fantastic. This beer packs a mighty punch.

Muskoka was not afraid to go all-out on this one, and I couldn't be happier. Probably my favourite brewery in Ontario right now.

08-17-2011 16:40:42 | More by aletale
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

An excellent addition to Ontario's nascent American Pale Ale scene.

Clear golden amber with decent head and carbonation level. Mouthfeel pleasant and lacking the oily slickness found in some of its counterparts.

Aroma is sweet with tropical fruits. Taste adds both citrus and pine elements to those tropical fruits, with a significantly lingering finish of "west coast" hops.

A delightfully drinkable beer and a resoundingly pleasant surprise. Well done, Muskoka!

08-02-2011 00:52:40 | More by hopsolutely
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

07-27-2011 02:21:14 | More by jrenihan
Photo of Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Golden colour with a tall white foam head that recedes promptly. A bit of a creamy blanket forms with a nice ring around the glass. Good lacing down the glass.

S: Plenty of piney hops, bready malts, grapefruit, lemon, and a bit of nut aroma. Quite nice.

T: Piney hops quite potent in this, and I'm liking it. Bready malts are present but kept in the background. Citrus notes are appealing. Nice overall taste but feels pretty "safe", almost like this is being held back.

M: Fairly full mouthfeel for the style with a slightly oily texture (a good thing in my books). About average carbonation.

D: Good offering from this brewery, and I am looking forward to trying their other products. A decent IPA for Ontario and I'm happy to see this in the LCBO. Will be picking up again.

07-24-2011 04:38:16 | More by Digimaika2
Muskoka Mad Tom IPA from Muskoka Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.