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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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115 Reviews
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Reviews: 115
Hads: 389
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 23.59%
Wants: 18
Gots: 83 | 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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Reviews: 115 | Hads: 389
Photo of tbeckett
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Re-reviewing this one after drinking it a fair bit lately.

A - Poured a nice copper colour with a two finger fluffy white head. Bits in suspension. Good carbonaiton, good lace rings, and a finger of retention.

S - Piney, pineapple core, citrus. Pleasant.

T - Quite piney. Citrus and pineapple. A bit less strong than the aroma, but enjoyable and the pine comes out nicely.

M - Good bitterness, good carbonation, medium body. Good feel to it.

O/D - A pretty drinkable and enjoyable IPA. Upon first trying this I enjoyed it, but after a few years of drinking it, I realize its quality and recognize its importance in the Ontario brewing scene.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Review from notes from the summer.

Pours copper with a frothy off white head that lasts a good while. Lace chunks drape the glass on the way down. Pine and floral hops mix with specialty malt roastyness in the aroma. The taste is of pine and white grapefruit hops - a big bitterness up front - and a roasty, caramelly malt flavor. The hops dominate and have a bit of a coarse bitterness and a lack of aromatic subtlety. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a prickly, moderate to high carbonation level. The finish is moderately bitter with some chocolate malt sweetness.

A nice IPA with a big hop presence, but lacking in hop aroma and juicyness. The use of lots of dark malts also distracts a bit from the hoppiness. Still worth a try, especially on tap.

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Photo of Subliminal64
1.81/5  rDev -53.6%
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.


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Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I found this to be a little one sided on the hops dept vs the malt. I love hops but this was a too bitter at times and really hoped for more balance. Still not bad for an Ontario IPA but not on the same level as Smashbomb for complexity or balance...

So It finally arrives in BC and I have to say that is a much improved beer than the last tasting. Lots of hops but totally integrated with the malt . I could drink a lot of this which in the IPA world is a sometimes iffy thing.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of ksolomon
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a huge fan of IPA's (or overly bitter beers in general), but this one works really well for me. Not overly bitter, but enough to hold up the IPA label. Well-balanced, great mouthfeel. It easily unseats my previous "go-to" IPA (Alexander Keith's IPA).

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Photo of decimator
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 6.4%.

A - Poured a clear copper gold with a 1.5cm white head, heda slowly reduced to a long lasting thin cap, good lacing.

S - Upfront are the hops: citrus, some pine, hint of spice, some tea. Caramel malts are in the background.

T - Caramel, citrus fruit, hint of pineapple, some tea, pine, assertive bitter finish but with an aftertaste that doesn't overstay its welcome. ABV is well hidden.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, sticky, dry finish.

O - Pretty good IPA. When I need a sixer for a party or BBQ this is one of my go to choices.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

473 ml can poured into a pint glass from LCBO for $2.95CDN.

Enjoy before 5 jan 14.

Appearance - Dark golden and amber color, orange hues. Pour yields 1 finger of head with solid retention and a nice creamy white appearance to the head. Nice lacing left around the glass.

Smell - Grapefruit, pine, a little bit of earthiness. Hops apparent as well. Nice, but slightly subdued, especially when compared with the taste.

Taste -Big hop flavor, Pine notes and grapefruit that resonates. In a surprising turn the grapefruit is less prevalent than the nose but the hops are more dominant. Bitter aftertaste that lingers and is a bit overdone. However as an aside to the point above, the hoppy taste really hits given that the nose is subdues relative to the taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-high carbonation, which gives a smooth richness to this IPA that isn't always there with others in the style.

Overall - Quite a nice beer, a great locally brewed Canadian IPA with substantial kick to it. (6.4%). But, if you’re going to go with Mad Tom why not go all the way to hop-land with twice as Mad Tom?

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tall boy into a true pint, the beer is a crystal clear, copper coloring with a steady flow of carbonation and a tall, frothy, big bubbled, bright white head that sits a solid inch and a half after the pour. Aromas of tangy sweet caramel, passion fruit, citrus sweet and tart, and some pepper spice. Flavors are citrus tart and piney on the forward tongue, with a blast of bitterness quickly following. Resiny and rich through to the end of the palate, with a dry, bitter build at the back of the tongue. Tropical fruit sweet blend slowly builds, too, helping to keep a good balance on the palate. Resin and piney characteristics win out, all the way through to the aftertaste, where they are joined by a pepper spice and alpha acid to wrap everything up in a clean, dry bow. Finish does leave a slight bitter linger, but otherwise dry and clean. Solid IPA, and very drinkable.

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Photo of Olek4374
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked up a single can from a specialty beer store in Edmonton. I was tired and all I had was a hefeweizen glass that was clean, so I'm gonna use this. yep.

Beer pours a light amber colour - it's very pleasant to look at and looks much like any other well made IPA would look like. It came out with a LOT of head, like 4 fingers worth of shaving cream, damn. The smell of the beer is just outstanding - massive citrus smell, but this smell tapers off rather quickly. The taste is a lot like another recognizable IPA - Granville Island's Brockton IPA. The taste is immediately bitter as it hits my tongue, but once I let it linger I get some fruity tastes - peach and apricot come ti mind, and there is a good deal of residual bitterness that accompanies the fruity taste.

The mouthfeel is very thin going on, but you get a bit of thickness on the tongue when you swallow, and it is very palatable.

Overall, a very well made IPA - certainly one of the better Canadian craft IPAs I've had a chance to try.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of mattsander
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Excellent clarity, light copper in color with a long lasting loose white head.

S: "Face in a hop bag" leafy freshness, grapefruit and orange zest, some sticky pale malts. A slight metallic vibe in the finish retracts from it, but this is a nice smelling IPA.

T: Very hop-forward, with citrusy bubblegum leading and just enough malt to back it up. Finishes quite dry and with a lingering bitterness.

M: I love the dryness of this, highly quaffable.

Solid IPA from Muskoka.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Photo of Converge
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of HATS4BATS
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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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Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of rodlavers
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Photo of jaz58
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tall glass.

Foamy head which dissipated slowly leaving a Lacey trail on the glass.

Nice gold, orange colour with some carbonation. It then when cloudy.

Lemon and quince nose.

Taste starts with toffee and fresh hops. The bitters roll in creating a dry finish with hints of lemon.

A very decent IPA. Worth enjoying any time of the year

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Photo of Noxious26
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of patdrive
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of the best IPAs brewed in Ontario

copper brown colour
strong bitterness throughout the taste
pleasant carbonation - i.e. not overblown
enough carbonation to give a decent head, yet is an easy pour

would like to find out more about the twice as mad

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Photo of blaje
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow, nice foamy and creamy white head.
Looks like an ordinary beer but the smell...
Hum, the smell... For a Canadian IPA an perticularly outside of Québec,it's a pure delight. Finaly a real american style IPA above the 48th parallel. Very nice nose, let see what this beer reserve.
N: Like a good'ol AIPA. Citrus is bursting out of of the glass. Grapefruit, ripe tangerine on the sweet side
M: Dry, oily, bitternes is biting upfront. It leaves a long aftertaste.
A very nice discovery.

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Photo of featthebeard79beerhead
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick 3 finger head. Very soapy and slightly off white and chunky.

Appeared golded and fairly clear for IPA

Smell of citrus and pine very appealing to hophead

Taste of citrus and pine lots of grapefruit at first has malty Carmel flavours then finishes bitter in a great way.Head is smooth and sweet.

Carbonation is low but suits the style.

I am a huge fan of this ipa. I am new to craft brew but this is my favorite so far. Bitter and citrus but well blended and easy to session. A great brew from Canada and so close to home makes me proud.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a sam adams pint glass.

A classic amber colored body, with some small rising carbonation. Three finger off white head with lots of retention and clumping. Pretty solid and aggressive.

Some very soft hop and malt sweetness. Light orange and herbal tea like action on the nose.

Good mix of malt and hop sweetness, mild sugars and pine hop dryness balanced in the front. Citrus juicy orange comes out with a real good sweet front. Hop angle lingers nicely with a full malt body. Little carbonation fizzy character in feel, quite juicy and fruit punch like also.

Overall pretty solid and a quite fruit juicy palate. Tasty!

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Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium orange colour with an off-white head, some lace, good retention. The aroma is piny, with some sweet citrus and touches of mango. Light peach on the taste, citrus and tropical fruits, some pine and floral hops with a nice assertive bitterness. The feel is medium, slick and pleasant on the palate.

Overall, quite a nice IPA!

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Photo of JamesMN
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Muskoka Mad Tom IPA from Muskoka Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.