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

358 Ratings
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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 19
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of mick303
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Michaelf318is
3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Photo of TheHammer
3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Photo of pieman25
4.09/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of kjyost
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
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...

Photo of Rutager
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of Stocean1
4.32/5  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.

Photo of papat444
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
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

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of bryehn
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of ism
3.57/5  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.

Photo of BGDrock
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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

Photo of beerbuddah
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of Groulxsome
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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."

Photo of Caudalie
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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

Photo of Derek
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber-bronze with an off-white head, good retention & lace.

S: Big American hop aroma, plenty of grapefruit, some pine and grass.

T: This is an assertive IPA, I believe it's over 60 IBU, though the rough bitterness from the chinook is often perceived to be more. It has some solid malt to back it up, but certainly not as sweet as some Ontario renditions.

M: Fairly full-bodied for an IPA, with a nice hop acidity.

D/O: Definitely one of the more assertive IPA's in Ontario. Good stuff!

Photo of JOaikido
3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355 ml bottle.

A- Flat and slightly cloudy. Pale amber colour. Some lacing.

S- Grapefruit, sour fruits. Faint watermelon.

T- Strong grapefruit hops, fruity and bitter. Light malt giving an acceptable balance.

MF- Light body for the alcohol level.

O- OK, but not my style.

Photo of eat
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jbonapar
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of NightINgale
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of abraxel
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Muskoka Mad Tom IPA from Muskoka Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.