Muskoka Twice As Mad Tom IPA - Muskoka Brewery

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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 17
Gots: 40 | 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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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 355ml bottle poured into a snifter

Appearance - Beer pours a bright golden-yellow colour. A white head forms but dissipates quickly enough, leaving behind a slight amount of lacing. The brew is quite clear.

Smell - Having a difficult time pinning down exactly what I'm smelling here. It's definitely appealing and it's definitely sweet. I'm thinking some light toffee or caramel, some grains, maybe even a light hint of fruits and flowers.

Taste - Pretty bitter, but to be expected given the style. The bitterness isn't overbearing by any means. It's rather pleasant. As the nose indicated, there is some toffee comming through in the malt. After that there is a 'bready' or grain flavour, followed by some light fruit notes. A wonderful hop-kick coming through at the very end.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is pretty low...and to be honest I forgot about until this point. It could be a combination of low-carbonation or the fact that there's so many other things going on in this brew...but the bubbly is understated. The body is medium...on the light side even (again, given the style).

Overal 4.5/5

Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not allowed to eat grapefruit because of meds, never thought I'd experince a feel so close as this. Absolutely awesome.

Photo of BeerStoreTop10
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Definitely not your father's mad tom. This one is approximately twice as mad, if not more than the original. Twice as much hops, twice as long kettle time and twice as much Tom make this beer a winner. THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN VERIFIED FOR ACCURACY BY MUSKOKA BREWERY.

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

300th review!

Appearance - Pours a pale amber with a finger width of frothy, bubbly white head.

Smell - Earthy and floral hops, passionfruit/tropical fruit, caramalts, little bit of honey.

Taste - Strong earthy hops followed by the tropical fruit and honey flavours. Touch of caramalts. Very nicely balanced. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A nice twin to the original Mad Tom IPA. Nice touch by having honey and an array of tropical fruit flavours. Well balanced brew.

Photo of djoprahwinfrey
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - a hazy golden yellow pour which is almost glowing with some light, 1/2 finger of big bubbled creamy white head which slowly dissipates but hangs around in moderate lacing the entire time

S - strong hops, candy sweet, green forest, honeydew, mango, pineapple, enjoyable, sweet and busy

T - strong floral hops right at the start followed by a sharp bitterness, mango, honey, pomegranate, burned marshmallows via campfire, cotton candy, this is deep and delicious

M - sharp, creamy, crisp, wet, lubricating, medium carbonation, full bodied

O -Delicious. Deep, complex aromas and flavors. Every time i took a sip of this i got something new on taste and smell. I have sampled this before on 3 or 4 separate occasions including the FlatLander's beer festival but the two bottles reviewed tonight have amplified my enjoyment of this fine beverage greatly. Excellent !

Photo of Kremlock
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear copper colour. Pours a nice 1/4 inch foamy head that then settles to a thin white layer. Lacing is low.

S: Unripened pineapple mixed with pine needles. hints of caramel is present.

T: In your face bitter grapefruit followed by malt sweetness. Later in the sip you get some nutty flavours. The bitterness and malt are very well balanced throughout.

M: Med body, good carbonation, a bit silky and oily on the palate.

O: This is a very well balanced DIPA. Sweetness to bitterness is perfect, you get a nice bitter finish, flavours are great and nothing takes away from anything else.

Photo of mick303
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice towering soft creamy white head. Colour is an amber orange, visible carbonation and pretty good clarity on it. Head retention and lacing are excellent. 4.25

S – lots of tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, red fruits, apples, with a baked cinnamon spiciness. A caramel backdrop with an earthy edge, tons of complex hop character. 4.25

T – a piney start, nutty and a big hop character, tangerine peel, grapefruit, rich oily texture. Big rich fruitiness and strong florals, lots of zesty hop flavour, balanced with a dry maltiness. Some caramel-y sweetness and a rich citrusy hoppiness with herbal and earthy aspects, then a crisp lingering aftertaste with a slow herbal spice hop burn. 4.25

M – Big coating feel, with a smooth hoppy oiliness, and a dry slickness with a smooth spicey finish. Carbonation is appropriate and this is quite refreshing and delicious with a big smooth body that drinks very easy for the 8.4% ABV. 4.25

An excellent balanced IIPA. The bold hoppy fruity flavor with enough body to back it up works excellently. I will be trying to pick up more for sure. This is one tasty beer, fair bit of complexity lurking here. Delicious. 4.5

Photo of ericj551
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Twice as Mad Tom pours a light amber with a decent head and beautiful lacing. Citusy, piney hops fill the aroma with some nice caramel malt. More grapefruity pine in the flavor, with plenty of malt backing it up. The sweetness is moderate and well balanced by a heavy, slightly resiny bitterness. I was impressed by Mad Tom, and I can say the same thing about Twice as Mad Tom, really a nice DIPA.

Photo of Groulxsome
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Bellwoods snifter. I bought the bottle two weeks ago at the Beer Store, before they hit the LCBO shelves.

Appearance: It's a very clear orange-hued amber. Light off-white, broken head.

Smell: Earlier this year I was in Southern California for a week and while there I drank about two world class double IPAs a day, much to the protest of my liver. So the first thing this beer smells like to me is California. I digress. The first thing is a pineapple and tropical fruit mix (I always say mango) from the hops, but after that it's really malt-driven with a light toffee sweetness. A little pinecone, like the normal Mad Tom, is there too.

Taste: Rich piny hops on the start, followed by some of those more fruity pineapple and mango west coast hops. I get that familiar honey sweetness with a little caramel in the very formidable malt body. The bitterness leaves a little light for me. I almost feel like the regular Mad Tom's got a richer grapefruit bitterness. This bitterness is a little more smooth, with just a little hint of coppery-ness.

Mouthfeel: Fairly low carbonation with a very rich and thick body. There is very little heat on the beer too.

Overall: I really enjoy this beer. My only fault with it is that I would like a little more bitterness, because, as it stands, the regular Mad Tom seems a little more aggressive in that department. Aside from that minor quibble, this beer is outstanding. It's got that great hop-forward aroma with a strong, thick, malt-driven body. As far as DIPAs go, this is right on the money. A beer Ontario can point to without saying that "it's really good... for Ontario." It's just really very good.

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Afterthought: In the "Smell" section I mentioned a DIPA binge in Southern California in February, 2012. After I came home from that I did sit down with a Mad Tom (just off the plane) and wrote a review of it while still in IPA shock (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/661/69458/?ba=Groulxsome). Overall I said "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." Now I'm drinking this beer, which I think is exceptional, so I'd like to thank Muskoka Brewery for making my little wish come true (though certainly not because of me!).

Photo of wordemupg
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 27/11/12 from notes

A slight haze in a orange body, just a few slow moving bubbles but a dense long lasting two finger cream colored foam leaves several rings of lace followed by some random patches, were off to a good start

S some hop candy going on here with a nice tropical blast, tangerine, pineapple, guava, with just a little pine and caramel malt, very nice nose with no booze at all

T more toffees and a little less tropical compared to the nose, a little sweet and a little citric rind I didn't notice, very tasty but I loved the nose

M she's not a palate wrecker but has a nice bitter kick but its in check, leaning towards full bodied with more bubbles felt in the mouth then visible in the glass, not heat and I'd believe it was a 6%er

O drinkable DIPA that's doing well in all areas, I still have enamel on my teeth but shes a bitter one alright but it goes down easy, dangerous booze and I'm smelling an empty bottle

Very stoked that this want just came to me, I love Alberta some days. Its not just Mad Tom on steroids there's more going on here and I have a new brew in my regular rotation

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

Slightly hazed amber beer under a chunky head that leaves lots of lace. Head settles to about half a cm.

Piney resinous nose, lots of hops, some citrus, sweetness, grain. Big hop taste, lots of pine, grapefruit peel. Lots of flavour. Finishes with a hit of sweetness and lingering bitterness. A really nice drinking beer. No rough edges. Mouthfeel is also resinous, fairly heavy, but not distracting.

A well made beer, quite enjoyable.

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 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 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 CAMRAhardliner
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 pack of this at the Beer Store's new 'Beer Boutique' in Liberty Village. Its exciting to see a locally made DIPA. This might be the second one brewed commercially in Ontario, after Black Oak's Ten Bitter Years. Exciting times for Ontario brewing!

Its 71 IBUs and will be brewed year round (awesome!).

The pour reveals a clear rustic orange liquid with a frothy just off-white head. It recedes quickly but coats my pint glass in sheets of foam. The aroma is not the pungent room filling hoppiness I was hoping for, but very nice and citrusy nonetheless. Boom! loads white grapefruit rind and pine needles fill the first sip. Hop bitterness is high, but balanced out with toasty, toffeeish malts. Tangerine and perfumey floral notes fill out the hop flavors. The finish is bitter with some sweet fruityness. the mouthfeel is pretty light-bodied for the ABV with a light carbonation. Hops are not as mouthcoatingly ruinous as I would like. I like DIPAs to take over my palate. ABV is kept well in check throughout.

I recently went to Southern California on vacation - trying some of the hoppiest (and most perfect:) ) beers in the world, so I reviewed this against a very high bar. It is indeed like a super charged version of Mad Tom, very similar hop flavor, just more intense. Still conservative by Cali standards - it could benefit from even more bitterness and hop complexity, but that's coming from a debauched hophead.

Seek this out. Kudos to Muskoka for brewing something for the hopheads.

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

Twice as Mad Tom pours a medium brassy amber colour that is neither entirely clear nor entirely hazy. Despite a good deal of head being generated initially, what is actually retained amounts to little more than a bold ribbon. Perhaps suiting, however, Mad Tom leaves lacing that looks like 'outsider art'.

Imagine someone sliced an over-ripe papaya down the middle, opened it up and shoved your nose right into the center of it. They then did the same with an over-ripe grapefruit and an over-ripe mango and an over-ripe pineapple. And a perfectly ripe nectarine. That's pretty much the experience here. It is citric and tropical but also bitter and a bit rank. At this point malt hardly factors in to the equation.

The taste offers a fine replay of the aromas - papaya, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, nectarine - but also features a zesty note of orange peel, pine serum and a chamomile-like herbalness. Beyond all the hoppy, fruity notes lies traces of nutty, toffee-ish malt and a baled hay graininess. While these are appreciated easily enough, the primary tropical juiciness forms the principle theme of the beer.

The mouthfeel is possessed of an uncompromising bitterness, the result of oily hop resins that are sticky as wet clay. What I like about it, however, is that it's not superficially bitter - notes of bread pudding, peach preserve and baked honey-apple accompany on the finish, lending a medium-sweetness that helps to slightly offset the long and lingering resins. Wonderfully balanced!

Muskoka Twice as Mad Tom is the brand of DIPA that allows you to really get in touch with your inner fruit vendor. It offers a dazzling array of hoppy, citric flavours that is sure to refresh (provided one is comfortable with the bitterness). It's the kind of beer I grab intending to have just the one... but then can't resist opening another. The entire four pack will disappear in no time.

Photo of peensteen
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden-amber colour, cap of white head, some ligh lace here also. Smell is full of citrus as well as pine, tropical fruits, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, a bit of sweet malt, really quite a vibreant and fruity nose. Taste is citrusy and tropical like the nose, orange, grapefruit, a bit of white grape, a bit of sweetness, malt there, pine toward the finish as well. Light carbonation, oily, medium bodied. A solid DIPA here, something will keep in my fridge pretty often, very drinkable.

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 rappmann
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle into duvel tulip
A - Deep orange coppery pour with 2 fingers of bright white head, big sticky bubbles. nice lacing on the glass

S - Just massive piney in your face nose with a sweet smell. Little bit of pineapple, but a really nice smelling beer.

T - Really nice hoppy beer, I usually find DIPA's to be too malty (other then FFF's) but this one is extremely well balanced. Not too much malt and a great hoppy bite.

M - Nice mouthfeel nice carbonation, but not too bubbly. Medium bodied beer. Can't taste the alcohol.

O - Happy to finally have a good DIPA being made in Ontario. This is a huge movement in the right direction for our province.

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 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!

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Muskoka Twice As Mad Tom IPA from Muskoka Brewery
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