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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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181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 15
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Muskoka Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: CAMRAhardliner on 10-28-2012)
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Photo of SebD
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

SebD, Apr 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

GoHabsGo, Apr 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

polloenfuego, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of bigox420
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

bigox420, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev +6%

beerhunter13, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of 4ster
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

4ster, Apr 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

MFAnderson, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of timiskin
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

timiskin, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of decimator
3.78/5  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.

decimator, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

MylesMac, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

IanSpindler, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of thehyperduck
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
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: 4.16, 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.

thehyperduck, Feb 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

JMBSH, Feb 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

RedAleMan, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of DaPan
4.25/5  rDev +6%

DaPan, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of Mit
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Mit, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of HATS4BATS
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

HATS4BATS, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of mintjellie
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Burnt orange colour with light haze. Creamy, tightly formed, beige head. Good retention and lace. Grapefruit rind and floral aromatics with nuances of toasted bread and pine. Juicy tangerine and grapefruit flavour up front, followed by delicate toasted nuts and a strong citrus pith bitterness that lingers into the long finish. Medium-full bodied with low carbonation. Feels smooth and substantial in the mouth with a resinous stickiness between gulps. And gulp this delicious beer you will. This is a solid, decent hop fix for anyone in Ontario who finds themselves in need of one. Nice beer!

mintjellie, Jan 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

KrisDLSmith, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Yoozeo, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Long813
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Long813, Jan 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

mjacquard, Jan 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

epicd3, Jan 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

oldp0rt, Jan 05, 2013
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.

biboergosum, Jan 03, 2013
Muskoka Twice As Mad Tom IPA from Muskoka Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.