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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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Reviews: 60
Hads: 233
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 6.19%
Wants: 17
Gots: 48 | 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 Franck
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Nose of fresh hops and sugar. It seems to be a typical and well balanced dipa.
In mouth, that' an other thing... An uppercut of bitter hops followed by a resinous taste. In final, hint of caramel and pine resin with a small astringency
Bitterness is long and fruity (orange zest) (279 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a nonic a clear brass color with a hlf finger white head that settles quickly.Alot of caramel and toffee in the nose with some piney hops about even with the malts,seems like par for the course for the style here.Lemony and citrusy with a big sweetish caramel and alcohol element,there is some butteriness in there as well wich you don't find much in a DIPA.Not bad but it's too sweet for my liking really. (417 characters)

Photo of HATS4BATS
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dry and restrained. Pours clear and bubbly with ample carbonation. Subdued citrus, malted toffee nose. Taste equally restrained with flat body with some citrus development leaving a big, dry hoppiness on palate but little else. Body unsure; equal parts watery doing little to mask ABV; missing freshness of lighter version. (323 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy Before 29 June 2013.

A - Pours dark gold and bright with good carbonation. One finger creamy off white head. Good lace chunks and a finger of retention.

S - Grapefruit and pine hops. Soapy, pinesol, grapefruit, candied orange, pineapple.

T - Citrussy, grapefruit, lot's of pine. Some alcohol. Balanced, but restrained. Peach and stone fruits. Lot's of pinesol.

M - Medium bitterness, nice carbonation, full body.

O/D - Like so many other well done American iterations of the style. Too bad we're so far behind. Well crafted and tasty. Seems to lack some of the finer points of better versions of the style though. This is quite simply an amped up version of Mad Tom and doesn't seem to get into serious DIPA territory. (730 characters)

Photo of heebes
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear and amber with a stately orange hue. Cream colored head that fell lazy and left a ring and some lace. Nose is very light with tropical and floral. No real malt scent on the nose. Taste is a juicy tropical with an herbal backing. As light bit of pepper and a little citrusy zing. Bitterness is balanced well. The mid palate is tart and earthy with grapefruit and bitter pith. Malt gives up a bit of cracker before the finish. medium mouthfeel with a touch of slickness. Bit of pepper and spice on the finish. (526 characters)

Photo of decimator
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 8.4%.

A - Poured a clear burnt orange with a 1cm white head. Good amounts of lacing.

S - Loads of grapefruit, peaches, citrus & pine with a backing of caramel malts.

T - Caramel malts followed by loads of citrus & tropical fruits and pine resin. Similar to the aroma but not quite as distinct as it's a bit more muddled. A hint if alcohol is noticeable as the beer warms up. Lasting bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-heavy body, slick, sticky, oily, some heat in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

O - Decent DIPA. It's affordable so I might pick this one up again. (630 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although an excellent Ontario beer, not as good as the draught version I remember trying at Bar Hop during Toronto Beer Week, and not (yet) up to the (extremely high) level of Californian DIPAs.

Bottle pours a beautiful clear and copper amber with impressive lacing. Well balanced aroma of caramelized malts with a pine undertone; resiny but smooth. The taste starts with a tropical flavour burst that transitions into a surprisingly mellow / mild finish, albeit with a nicely lingering bitterness. The 8.4% ABV is scarily well hidden: lots of flavour and much less "warmth" than I'd typically expect.

Genuinely think Muskoka is one of the best things to happen to the Ontario brewing scene and continues to be a brewery I will support any way I can going forward... (769 characters)

Photo of ChrisCage
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Very hazy flat copper color, with a modest white head that also flattens out into a thin layer over the beer. There are several columns of carbonation rising to the top but appear to be relatively fine looking. Lacing is good, with lots of small foam patches clinging to the side of the glass.

S- Bittering hops preside as the main aroma found here. Very Earthy as well, with smells of soil, fresh leaves and hints of citrus. Smooth smelling as well....

T- This is malty sweet and citrus fruit hit the palate right up front, with very bittering floral flavors hitting the back of my throat. I do find that the alcohol is noticeable even though it isn't harsh or anything. There is a hint of caramel milkiness about it as well....

M/O- Full in the mouth, and super smooth, this is a super flavorful brew that lives up to its style in my opinion! It's not my favorite style but it is a good representation of what it's supposed to be and the alcohol is generally well hidden but it is noticeable....I don't think I'd buy this again myself but for the hopheads out there....get this! (1,093 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (1,018 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Back into IPA/DIPA territory for this review, another Canadian craft brew and another take on a hoppy high ABV brew to combat the bogshite sub-zero temperatures here in Cowtown right now. Twice as Mad Tom is a light orange brew (light for a DIPA?) with ample white head. Aroma is rich and malty with some tropical and citrus hop notes, but the malt stands out. Taste includes some unique elements for a DIPA ... There's some red grapefruit and orange hop flavors that combine with a considerable sweetness to produce an effect like orange breakfast drink crystals, along with some gooseberry, guava, and pine, although the latter is not harshly bitter and medicinal. The aforementioned sweetness is compelling: There are flavors like marshmallow or cotton candy, caramel corn, a hint of strawberry. A roasted (almost smoky) vibe like strong coffee emerges in the finish. Interesting. I am thinking of those molasses kiss candies in your Halloween bag, the ones in the orange and yellow wrapper than you couldn't pay people to take off your hands. I liked them for some reason. Like many DIPAS, the hop punch does add up and the lips do get a bit numb (which is probably the sneaky ABV as well), but overall I was impressed by the smooth and almost subtle approach to bitterness in such a big beer. (1,297 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at the LCBO this past summer. Bought two singles and got charged for two 4 packs. Man, I should really pay attention to the receipt.

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, creamy, off-white head with good retention. Perfectly clear burnt orange in color with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a full, thin wisp and sticks to the sides of the glass. Splotchy wisp remains and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Caramel and toffee on the nose, with honeydew melon, hints of grapefruit and floral notes. Bold enough and quite nice, though not better than the regular version.

TASTE: Caramel and toffee up front, with floral hops and more malty sweetness at the swallow. Bolder and lingering finish with grapefruit, floral bitterness and touches of pine on top of a toffee and caramel malt base. Bigger than the regular version, but not necessarily better per se. Some alcohol lingers after the swallow as well.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes mouth-coating. More residual sweetness than the regular version and perhaps not quite as creamy. Some bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: Another good beer for sure, and a solid bigger version of Mad Tom. That said, I wouldn't say this is any better than the single IPA, but just a little bit bigger. In the end, Ontario is starting to rock it out, and this is a good piece of evidence to support that. Recommended. (1,503 characters)

Photo of Long813
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear amber body with two fingers of white fluffy head. Retention and lacing are good.

S: Strong aroma of citrus and pine with a load of caramel malts. Good mix of flavours.

T: The pine comes through very strong, mixing with the caramel and citrus. A very hoppy tasting brew.

M: Medium-heavy bodied with a lot of carbonation. The texture is very thick and leaves a bitter mind after taste. The alcohol is quite evident in the after taste.

O: Good example of an extremely hoppy bear. Worth a try and at a good price point. (537 characters)

Photo of L-Ray
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of bottles on the way home yesterday. Dreadful day of dealing with troglodytes. Given the lack of West coast style IPAs and IIPAs in this town, was happy to see a new one on the shelf.

A - pours a mostly clear copper orange with little head and some lacing. Looks pretty damn yummy.
S- Definite tropical fruit forward brew. Mango, pineapple maybe. Little pine on the nose. Nice rounded vapours drifting up to happy places in my mind.
T - Quite hoppy, with good dose of dry bitterness. Some pine comes through now, but mostly fruit and citrus. Now more pineapple. Comes through a little more pronounced later.
M - Dry with mild carbonation. Not as smooth as I would like. Alcohol is not hidden, so not a great balance, but pretty decent.
O- a pretty decent offering. Im always on the lookout for IPAs, particularly west coast style. This town is obviously void of hopheads. Too many damn bad beer drinkers here, so the rest of us need to seek out what isn't about. Nevertheless, this is something I'd buy again.
Until then... (1,047 characters)

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a nice tropical dry finish, however I'm sure they didn't double hop chinook and centennial groin contrast to their "mad Tom," which is upsetting to me because those are two of my top five favorite hops. I was foolish to expect this beer to be epically elite, but it still was a good beer nonetheless. (304 characters)

Photo of korguy123
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear copper pour. Two finger, soapy, snow white head. Lacing is fantastic.

Sweet malts, strawberries, bitter pine, grapefruit, mandarin oranges, sweet cookies and a touch of fresh cut grass.

Sweet malts, bitter pine and grapefruit with strawberries and a touch of caramel and digestive cookies. Zero hint of alcohol.

Light body, good carbonation slightly sticky on the lips. (386 characters)

Photo of 4ster
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip, out of the fridge. Picked up as a single at the LCBO in late February, not entirely sure how fresh it is therefore....

A: Bright copper orange, brandy coloured, clear, small bubbles, decent head with pretty quick die off, nice lacing on top and around edges.

S: As with older IPA's, hard to get a lot on the nose. Some citrus, caramel malt, and some pine..

T: Lots of sweet, heavy malts upfront, light citrus but (and again, could be the age), not a lot of complexity coming through the malts at this stage, at least not the tropical fruits others are getting. Finishes with a burst of earthy, piney (slightly bitter citrus rind) and a touch of alcohol at the end.

M: Good amount of carbonation for the heaviness, pretty balanced, only slightly boozy, finishes dry and sticky.

O: Had the day after having the regular mad tom and find this one much more bitter (of course), but find that the increased ABV has hidden the nice hop profile that I got in the regular IPA that I found much more floral and citrus-y. Would like to try this fresher but I'm only in Ontario so often and have to take what I can find... overall a decent DIpa that's worth having for the price and drinkability. (1,210 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A special thanks to “maika” for making a special stop in Whitby and picking this one up for me (and surprising me with a bonus GLB black IPA- Yum).

(3.5) A: Pours a crystal clear amber with a healthy creamy white foam head. Very good retention and similar lacing.

(4.0) S: Fresh baked bread, sticky pine needles, grapefruit, pineapple, hints of banana, caramel, and nutty elements. Nicely balanced and smooth with a fairly gentle overall aroma which is nice.

(4.0) T: Sweet caramel-like malt base with a piney and tropical fruit (banana & pineapple) wave that follows. Some spices in there too providing a nutty quality in the finish. Similar to aroma with an overall balanced taste profile. Alcohol is quite well hidden. Well done.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Quite chewy and resin-like with an appealing oily sheen that coats the mouth. A hefty load of bitterness with very little dryness.

(4.0) D: This is very easy-drinking and well balanced for a DIPA. Rich with malt and not overpowering with the hops, this could find it's way into my fridge rotation. (1,091 characters)

Photo of Tilly
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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! (199 characters)

Photo of Mit
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orangey gold colour with a nice lasting head.

Smell is straight up citrus...a hop bomb....with very little maltyness to it.

Again...hop bomb....lots of citrus coming through....very slight maltiness coming through. Very tasty....a powerful taste profile.

Pours and drinks a little thicker given the higher ABV.

Overall this is incredible...a very solid beer from a very solid Ontario brewer. (408 characters)

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

Picked up in the Fall Brewmaster's Sampler pack Bottle #1 of 6. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy, orange / copper color with a creamy 1.5 fingers of ivory colored head on top. The head looks fluffy and light and lingers for a while leaving some nice streaky lacing in the glass. Pretty impressive. Swirling the glass once well into the beer will re-create am impressive temporary head as well.

Smell - Pine and spruce notes with a bit of lemon. Wooded forest aromas. Also some sweetness that cuts through and prevents complete hop domination.

Taste - Piney and spruce flavors come through again with a smoked wooden undertone especially at the back end. Some coffee flavors in there too but subdued and not as bitter, kinda like a cappuccino. Big malts in the middle of this tasting. Fairly complex flavor that was enjoyable and more complicated than the aromas would leave you to believe.

Mouthfeel - Dry finish, full, robust but also a wet feeling int he mouth that helps quench the thirst. medium carbonation.

Overall - Excellent beer, one of my favorites from the area and has surprising depth to the flavor combinations as the cappuccino on the back end was new to me. Very delicious and a repeat purchase certainly. (1,242 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO. Enjoy before September 8th, 2013. Guessing this is nearly 3 months old. Served in a Darkness tulip.

A - Off-white foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and glass-coating lacework. Transparent dark golden body.

S - Lots of earthy and grassy hops; a tad spicy, with a faint pine note as well. There's some tropical fruits, a blast of orange flesh, and some pleasant doughy malts supporting things. This has held up quite well, likely because it was refrigerated the whole time.

T - The taste is a bit less earthy and spicy, with more citrus and tropical flavors. Nice caramel, dough, and toffee flavors that support but never overwhelm. Fairly high zesty hop bitterness, with perhaps a touch of alcohol in the finish as well.

M - Body seems a tad light and watery for 8.4%, but with a bit of chewiness to it. Carbonation is a tad high for my liking. Dry, with lingering hop oils and resins.

D - A solid DIPA, and one of the best I've had from an Ontario brewery. I had no problem downing a 12oz bottle and I'd love to try a fresher sample. Alcohol and bitterness come through a tad too much, and carbonation is high, but those are only minor flaws. (1,178 characters)

Photo of nyyfanatic213
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange out of the bottle, with a quickly dissipating head, and decent lacing as weak rings cling to the side of the glass. What really stood out to me about this beer were the intensity of the floral and herbal notes. They really mask the alcohol content, and the dry tropical finish makes this a very enjoyable brew. (323 characters)

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Muskoka Twice As Mad Tom IPA from Muskoka Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.