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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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Brewed by:
Muskoka Brewery
Ontario, Canada | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

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

Added by heebes on 05-26-2011

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Photo of Noxious26
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
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 +11.1%
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
well-balanced
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 +3.1%
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 +11.1%
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 +4.1%
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 +2.8%
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 +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.

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Photo of Kremlock
3.25/5  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.

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Photo of leaddog
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of mick303
4.1/5  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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Michaelf318is
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of pieman25
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.75/5  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

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of kjyost
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
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...

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Photo of Rutager
4.12/5  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.

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Photo of Stocean1
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of papat444
4.12/5  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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
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

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of bryehn
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Muskoka Mad Tom IPA from Muskoka Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.