Muskoka Twice As Mad Tom IPA - Muskoka Brewery
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4.08/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
11-04-2012 02:17:41 | More by Sammy
3.98/5 rDev -1%
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.
12-10-2012 21:01:19 | More by Phyl21ca
4.1/5 rDev +2%
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.
01-03-2013 02:50:45 | More by biboergosum
4/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
08-21-2013 03:22:16 | More by MasterSki
4.2/5 rDev +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.
11-24-2012 19:40:25 | More by biegaman
3.84/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
12-23-2013 22:23:29 | More by smakawhat
4.18/5 rDev +4%
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.
11-13-2012 01:28:56 | More by liamt07
4.16/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
06-29-2013 01:09:34 | More by GarthDanielson
4.23/5 rDev +5.2%
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
12-09-2012 08:24:56 | More by wordemupg
3.58/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
11-16-2012 02:58:37 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.1/5 rDev +2%
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.
11-03-2012 00:36:12 | More by spinrsx
3.61/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
04-24-2013 01:32:12 | More by tbeckett
4.15/5 rDev +3.2%
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!
12-19-2012 01:17:09 | More by EgadBananas
3.93/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
09-23-2013 18:20:29 | More by Jeffo
British Columbia (Canada)
4.24/5 rDev +5.5%
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!
04-18-2013 01:50:21 | More by Rutager
4.1/5 rDev +2%
Don't see a date on the bottle, but this couldn't be much more than a couple of weeks old.
Beer is a clear copper/amber colour. Small off-white head. Head does not last long but there is a good amount of lace.
Nose is focused on citrus hops. Orange, tangerine, grapefruit. Quite juicy. Pine resin. Caramel malt. Quite a full nose. Nice.
Taste is very good. Grapefruit, tangerine and orange are all strongly present. Some pine. The malt presence is fairly strong, with a big caramel flavour accompanying the hop profile. Booze is rather noticeable, but not in a bad way. Fairly bitter, but not absurdly so.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Oily.
Overall, very good! I like the regular Mad Tom. but I definitely prefer this one. Pretty amazing that this is now a regular (?) listing at the LCBO- first of its kind and a great start.
11-06-2012 01:15:28 | More by jrenihan
4.18/5 rDev +4%
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.
11-20-2012 12:48:16 | More by peensteen
Muskoka Twice As Mad Tom IPA from Muskoka Brewery
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