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: 59
Hads: 224
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 6.19%
Wants: 17
Gots: 44 | 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 Dna_Infinity
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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 (268 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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. (641 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 Derek69
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (272 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 BeerStoreTop10
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (274 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 DaveBar
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 (453 characters)

Photo of Brianhophead
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Twice as Mad as Tom is slightly hazy and just shy of copper in color with hints of peach. Streams of CO2 support a packed, cream colored head.

S - The aroma is malty up front with notes of tobacco. These lead into a center with a lot of depth. Here there's a little bit of earthiness and subtle dry fruits lending the nose support and structure. Hops emerge in the finish lending a presence of peppercorn.

T - Twice as Mad as Tom is medium full in body and shows a strong malt presence. Here I find flavors of caramel and supporting nuttiness. Malt flavors lead into a spicy center coupled with a light, spritzy carbonation. Earthy tobacco shows up here again, more subtly than they did in the nose. Finish is an assertive, woodsy bitterness.

O - Twice as Mad as Tom is pretty well put together. It's rich, malty, assertively bitter and not overly heavy and malty. Well done. (882 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 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 mick303
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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 (1,175 characters)

Photo of ericj551
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (397 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 GarthDanielson
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazy, orange-copper coloring with a thin, sparse, white surface coat of head. Nose of caramel sweet, mango and passion fruit, floral and roasty hops, and an overall roasty/toasty character. Smells rich and balanced. Flavors of bitter and tangy blend on the forward tongue, with a heavy citrus tart and sweetness riding an effervescent body right behind it. Pineapple, passion fruit, and mango all blend together for a fruity and sweet overall character. Bitter and peppery hops bring some balance, but the beer still leans towards the sweet and malty side. Hops bitterness opens the door into the aftertaste, with floral and piney characteristics joining the tropical fruit cup that has been present on the palate. Crisp, clean, slightly drying finish. Solid, tasty, robust brew. Big fan. (860 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.16/5  rDev +3%
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! (997 characters)

Photo of ssmack
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of TerryW
4.24/5  rDev +5%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
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 (1,121 characters)

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Muskoka Twice As Mad Tom IPA from Muskoka Brewery
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