Muskoka Twice As Mad Tom IPA - Muskoka Brewery

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Muskoka Twice As Mad Tom IPAMuskoka Twice As Mad Tom IPA

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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 17
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CAMRAhardliner on 10-28-2012

While the legend of Mad Tom is laden with mystery and intrigue, one thing remains clear - Mad Tom did things his own way. Twice as Mad Tom is an aggressively twice dry-hopped Imperial India Pale Ale, that delivers a definitive hop aroma and unabashedly big bold flavor. We brew this beer with the road less traveled in mind, and in the spirit of old Mad Tom, we make no bones about it.

71 IBU
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Ratings: 203 | Reviews: 59
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Photo of Tilly
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Exceptional beer from Muskoka Brewers. Unfiltered amber color! Obvious citrus with tonnes of hop. Taste is not disappointing. Grapefruit, malt flavours. Relaxing feel. Some bitterness. Great showing!

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle. A double eye pee eh from Ontaria, ya do say? Well, if there ever was, it would surely be these fellers doin' it.

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, silky, foamy off-white head, which leaves some low-pressure inversion layer lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of bitter orange and grapefruit rind, acrid pine resin, bready caramel malt, a touch of musty toffee, and some further lemony, earthy hop notes. The taste is more bitter generic citrus pith, pine sap, lemon cleanser (in a good way, I swear!), lightly honeyed caramel malt, and some mowed down and beaten tropical fruit esters.

The carbonation is a tad prickly, but mostly just supportive, the body a sturdy medium weight, and actually fairly smooth, just a few barbs from the persistent bitter hops getting in the way. It finishes off-dry, the bread and the caramel tones still jousting with tangy, fruity, zesty hops.

A pretty bang-on example of the style - big-ass hoppy, but balanced enough without making one too award of the sweetness required to actually accomplish this feat. I am pleased as punch to have the rest of this reasonably priced four-pack yet to enjoy.

Photo of mintjellie
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Burnt orange colour with light haze. Creamy, tightly formed, beige head. Good retention and lace. Grapefruit rind and floral aromatics with nuances of toasted bread and pine. Juicy tangerine and grapefruit flavour up front, followed by delicate toasted nuts and a strong citrus pith bitterness that lingers into the long finish. Medium-full bodied with low carbonation. Feels smooth and substantial in the mouth with a resinous stickiness between gulps. And gulp this delicious beer you will. This is a solid, decent hop fix for anyone in Ontario who finds themselves in need of one. Nice beer!

Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle just arrived at the LCBO. A good drinking DIPA. Millennium, Chinook, Cascade, Columbus and Aurora hops. Orange and tangerine, a complex and interesting melange. Smooth for a DIPA, not a palate eraser. Something I would certainly drink again, and again.Hazy orange.

Photo of beersnewb
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great IPA that adds to the quality offering of the muskoka brewery. keep up the good work guys.

Photo of Dna_Infinity
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to Glass

Appearance - Poured a hazy copper/orange, a lot of hop haze, a nice white head

Smell - Tropical fruits, pine as well, strong smell

Taste - Same as the smell, tropical fruits, pine comes through, good amount of bitterness

Overall - A well made DIPA

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - clear dark golden, one finger of white head retained respectably, good amount of random lacing as I took it down
S - hints of grapefruit, tangy lime, subtle perfumes, sweet bubble gum, and a faint hint of caramel
T - earthy with sweet citrus, quickly followed by a distinctive bubble gum or cotton candy type thing, light mineral quality, and mild sweet malt
M - medium to light body with ample carbonation, although no real hop bitter or dry to speak of, very easy drinking just missing a bit of the punch that I enjoy in a DIPA
O - gentle but diverse hop flavours with a crazy and inviting sweet candy flavour that makes it tough to put down, I will be buying more of this for sure

Photo of heebes
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, copper, clear. Off white, light beige head. Nose is pungent hops, lots of fruit, citrus, sweet pear, sugary. Twice tastes pretty hoppy upfront, sweetness comes into the middle, caramel lingering balance. Distinctly Mad Tom, a good hoppy beer when fresh. A Nice attempt at an underrepresented style for Ontario.

Photo of DaveBar
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good Canadian attempt at an IPA. Pretty expensive though which brings down it's value for the money a bit. 4 pack at The Beer Store for just over $13.00.

A- Nice copper colour. Good head on pour.

S- Rather nice bouquet, hints of floral.

T- Moderately good example of an DIPA/IPA. As a Canadian brew not bad, as an international brew, not so good.

M- Typical IPA

O- Again very good for Canada, pretty mediocre for the world

Thx for looking

Photo of Boozecamel
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received in CANBIF 2013. Thanks Peensteen! There should be more DIPA’s in small format. I haven’t had the Mad Tom IPA to compare.

Apperance: 2 fingers of pure white head. Well carbonated, golden orange amber, no cloudiness. Good looking beer.

Smell: Sweet, piney hoppiness, bit of citrus. Had me drooling.

Taste: Strong piney bitterness with sweet citrus notes. Really tasty, big beer. Alocohol well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, with a slight/moderate level of oilyness.

Overall: Really enjoyed this beer. Tastes as good as it smells. Would be happy if I could get this locally.

Photo of Stocean1
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a two finger off white head that subsided to a nice collar of fine suds, amber copper body, sticky patchy lacing. Scent is caramel malt, pine, tangerine citrus. Taste follows the nose, some mango, pineapple, fresh bread, prickly pine lingering finish, really quite nice. Medium body, some carbonation, nicely bitter, slick oily feel, medium dry. Mad Tom with more booze, more hops, more malt, more good!

Photo of Rutager
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thank you to Caudalie for this want inside my CANBIF box.

Appearance. Pours a rich gold with a little amber and a light haze. Topped with a finger of white head.

Smell. Oranges, grapefruit, mango and pineapple, a bit of cedar and light grainy malts, and just a faint whiff of green onion.

Taste. Nice tropical fruits, mainly papaya and mango, some candied pineapple and yellow grapefruits, and nice malts with a touch of caramel.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, below medium smooth carbonation.

Overall. A great IPA with lots of fruit flavours going on and still not too sweet. Great stuff, thanks again, Caudalie!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and earthy hops is quite dominant. Taste is also dominated by loads of caramel malt with maybe a tad too much sugar and some notes citrus and resin hops that are quite powerful. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed though I think I actually prefer the regular Tom over this one.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle reviewed on 11/11/12. Poured in to tulip.

A - Translucent medium orange. One finger of tan coloured head with good retention.

S - Sweet caramel malts up front that immediately give way to a moderate hop bitterness and some grapefruit, pine and orange peel aromas. Fairly well balanced nose.

T - Sharp bitterness at first that is followed by a big caramel malt sweetness. Some grapefruit, pine and lighter lemon zest flavours are present. Well balanced.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation. Lots of sticky hop oils.

O - A well made beer but not my kind of DIPA. Would like more hop assertiveness.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent tawny orange colour, with a slightly off white finger of head leaving nice lace behind. The aroma was citrus notes, with a crisp mango note, noticeable pine, and hints of caramel sweetness. Taste kicks it up a notch with a nice medium bitterness level, citrus and tropical fruits and a doughy malt sweetness. Feel is a bit under carbonated on the tongue, with a creamy, slick feel.

Overall, a nice well drinkable DIPA!

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

Poured from the bottle into a tulip pint glass, no obvious bottle dating.

Slightly hazy orange amber body, but there's a nice cherry hint towards the top. Thick and very symmetrical bleach white creamed head that forms three fingers with clumpy lacing and great retention. Solid looker.

Interesting nose, not a huge hop blast but a good mix of thick alcohol and caramel sweetness and citrus rushing hops. Chewy and leafy citrus orange and tangerines thickness abounds.

Palate has a noticeable sweetness and heavy alcohol thickness with good tolerable hop bitterness. Slightly leafy green and minty mouthwash coating, and toothpaste breath finish. Large thick malt caramel and sweetness with some syrupy orange qualities. Thick alcohol sugars but not horrifically sweet actually, and quite a good sense of buried boozy qualities.

Interesting take, but the mix is sort of fighting just a little with each other between hop and malt, and it's also noticeable on sugar first. Very easy drinking though and pleasurable.

Photo of ssmack
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A deep golden honey colour with slight cloudiness. Half an inch of greenish medium head. Good lacing from top to bottom.

Delicious aroma of toffee and citrus.

Hops dominate the taste but there is a sweet cake malt base. It tastes as if there are hops growing in your mouth. Not like the aroma at all. Grapefruit and lemon bitterness. An earthy pine taste at the back of the mouth.

A solid refreshing mouthfeel.

A good double IPA. Enjoyable but not distinctive. One of the stars of Ontario craft brewing.

Photo of Derek69
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass, perfect amount of head. Immediately smelled of pineapple juice, tasted quite sweet and like a hoppy version of pineapple. Very palatable, not off-putting at all. Very drinkable, lots of hops, nice colour, minimal lacing. Nice IPA for the cottage.

Photo of papat444
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jrenihan for this one.

Poured from a 355ml. bottle, enjoy by 22 Mar13.

Appearance: A honey colored rather clear body with a nice mountainous head and strong lacing afterwards.

Smell: Floral a bit, shy at first but then clementines come in strong and vivid. Like peeling one open and the release of the aroma after.

Taste: Slightly sweet but more of a tangerine/clementine sweetness rather than sugar. Bit of honey, caramel nut. The ripe and fresh fruit is again present like the aroma and actually gives me the craving for clementines!

Mouthfeel: Strong upfront, medium body, restrained bitterness and fairly smooth.

Overall: Well balanced, not a bitter DIPA but loved it. The fact that this is a year-round offering is even better.

Photo of patre_tim
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Copper, hazy, little carbonation of a few small bubbles rising evenly throughout the brew, a finger of off white head. Good lacing.

S: Caramel, malt, orange candy, caramelized onions. All very subdued compared to some, present and strong but not knocking me out.

T: Caramel, orange candy, caramelized onions, big bitterness, balancing sweetness, much more pronounced in the taste than the smell.

M: Thick and bready, syrupy, and resinous all in balance, but it finishes smooth and dry.

O: Excellent double IPA. Its overall a great brew on all accounts, and one that I could drink repeatedly. Drank on by 41st birthday, May 15th, 2014.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you to cattersley for including this in our Canbiff 2013 package.

A: A rich copper IPA just south of hazy and topped with a creamy white rocky head.

S: Honey and pales malts with a herbal, piney and grassy hop chaser. Clean and refreshing, the smell suggest pale yellow fruits of apricot and nectarines. Sweet, yeasty and creamy like a sweet bread.

T: Piney hops wash through first mixed with clean malts and sweetness of fresh fruit. Malts are syrupy and compliment the pine, grapefruit & lemon rind hops. Despite the hops, it's a expertly balanced with the malts. Bitter rinds hold on the tongue well after the last sip, like a delicious haunting.

M: Creamy mouth feel with a think syrup feel that coats the palette throughly. Carbonation is very low and only ad to the frothy creaminess.

O: An excellent DIPA, reminds me of my favourite season - Naughty Hildegard. Creamy and malty with a punch of bitter at the end which holds onto the tongue, delicious! Wish I had a dozen more!

Photo of spinrsx
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the Ottawa LCBO - 12.95$ for a 4 pack

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. There an average amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, grapefruit, resin

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops and malts mixed with an apricot sweetness. There is also some resin and some grapefruit and a touch of guava/strawberry. It ends with sugary sweet aftertaste with a medium amount of hoppy bitterness.

Overall - Very west coast tasting and definitely the best DIPA the LCBO has ever seen. I'd like more hoppy bitterness though. Special thanks to Muskoka for getting a readily available DIPA into the market here.

Photo of liamt07
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO, into a tulip.

Slightly darker orange, filtered with off white head. Good retention, excellent lace. Nose has apricot, honey, some peach and juicy hop notes. Mild herbal, but mostly sweet malt and tropical hops. Taste has apricot, honey, cedar, sweet malt, oranges and more tropical hop notes. Malt has some Dreadnaught-like flavours (albeit not as immense), and hopping has character mildly reminiscent of Red Racer. Medium full feel, moderate bitterness and no alcohol. Will regularly stock this in my fridge.

Photo of SebD
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, piney hops, sweet caramelly malts and a touch of breadiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus, some piney resins and sweet caramelly malts. Nice balance and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of thehyperduck
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355 mL bottle from a 4-pack picked up at the LCBO; best before May 18 2013. This is one I've been wanting to try since I first heard the publicity blurb announcing its release, but as usual it took a few months for any stock to reach my area. Frankly, I'm just impressed there's actually a DIPA available in town in the first place. Served in a wine glass, slightly chilled.

Pours a clear amber-orange colour, topped with a dense, creamy, off-white coloured head that gradually seeps away over the next few minutes. It leaves behind a nice, continuous swath of lacing around the edge of the glass, as well as a frothy collar and thin cap. Quite reminiscent of regular Mad Tom in terms of appearance, although the head does prove to be less resilient (understandable with the extra ABV). The aroma is dominated by lots of tropical fruit hop notes - pink grapefruit, mandarin orange, and mango all cross my mind, with a solid dose of pine sap for good measure, all underlain with a pleasing caramel sweetness. Pretty enticing - more intensity would be nice, but I like what is there.

The taste does not disappoint at all, with plenty of juicy, fruity character in what seems to be an ensemble cast - with orange, grapefruit and pine sap taking the leading roles, and notes of strawberry, pineapple, mango and papaya rounding things out. The caramel malt is detectable at first beneath the sea of hop notes, but is quickly drowned out by their overpowering bitterness, which extends into a long, dry finish with some accompanying sweet fruit notes. Medium-bodied with mild carbonation; not especially heavy on the palate, but a little oily/slick from the hops. Quite drinkable for the style, with very little heat from the alcohol, but two would probably be my max for the night.

Final Grade: 4.15, a solid A-. Muskoka's Twice as Mad Tom is a very well-crafted double IPA that is right up my alley. It's relatively light on the booziness, with lots of hop bitterness being bolstered by just enough sweetness to balance it out. I might like regular Mad Tom a bit more, but that's just personal preference: I tend to like beers in the 6-7% range vs. higher. DIPAs aren't beers I tend to consume terribly frequently, but in my amateur opinion this is a solid one. It's exactly what I want from a DIPA - a bolder version of an IPA, rather than a hopped-up barleywine. This stuff is well worth a try, and I hope it remains widely available for a long time to come.

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Muskoka Twice As Mad Tom IPA from Muskoka Brewery
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