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 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 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 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 oberon
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.01/5  rDev 0%
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.

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 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 GarthDanielson
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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 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 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 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 tbeckett
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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

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.

Photo of Jeffo
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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
90 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.