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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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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 13
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 02:50:45 | More by biboergosum
Photo of leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

300th review!

Appearance - Pours a pale amber with a finger width of frothy, bubbly white head.

Smell - Earthy and floral hops, passionfruit/tropical fruit, caramalts, little bit of honey.

Taste - Strong earthy hops followed by the tropical fruit and honey flavours. Touch of caramalts. Very nicely balanced. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A nice twin to the original Mad Tom IPA. Nice touch by having honey and an array of tropical fruit flavours. Well balanced brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 04:26:43 | More by leaddog
Photo of Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a two finger off white head that subsided to a nice collar of fine suds, amber copper body, sticky patchy lacing. Scent is caramel malt, pine, tangerine citrus. Taste follows the nose, some mango, pineapple, fresh bread, prickly pine lingering finish, really quite nice. Medium body, some carbonation, nicely bitter, slick oily feel, medium dry. Mad Tom with more booze, more hops, more malt, more good!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 00:57:46 | More by Stocean1
Photo of EgadBananas


4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 01:17:09 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 21:01:19 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 08:24:56 | More by wordemupg
Photo of shagal

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-07-2012 05:15:30 | More by shagal
Photo of Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

12-06-2012 23:18:42 | More by Molson2000
Photo of cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -25.4%

12-06-2012 01:27:38 | More by cfalovo97
Photo of jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-03-2012 03:28:59 | More by jsnoek
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 02:23:14 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-29-2012 23:59:02 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 21:49:51 | More by korguy123
Photo of heebes

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 19:13:15 | More by heebes
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 12:14:22 | More by papat444
Photo of MTLChris

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-29-2012 04:52:05 | More by MTLChris
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 03:34:21 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of Kremlock

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear copper colour. Pours a nice 1/4 inch foamy head that then settles to a thin white layer. Lacing is low.

S: Unripened pineapple mixed with pine needles. hints of caramel is present.

T: In your face bitter grapefruit followed by malt sweetness. Later in the sip you get some nutty flavours. The bitterness and malt are very well balanced throughout.

M: Med body, good carbonation, a bit silky and oily on the palate.

O: This is a very well balanced DIPA. Sweetness to bitterness is perfect, you get a nice bitter finish, flavours are great and nothing takes away from anything else.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 00:56:00 | More by Kremlock
Photo of DarkHorse83

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-26-2012 02:15:20 | More by DarkHorse83
Photo of rappmann

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle into duvel tulip
A - Deep orange coppery pour with 2 fingers of bright white head, big sticky bubbles. nice lacing on the glass

S - Just massive piney in your face nose with a sweet smell. Little bit of pineapple, but a really nice smelling beer.

T - Really nice hoppy beer, I usually find DIPA's to be too malty (other then FFF's) but this one is extremely well balanced. Not too much malt and a great hoppy bite.

M - Nice mouthfeel nice carbonation, but not too bubbly. Medium bodied beer. Can't taste the alcohol.

O - Happy to finally have a good DIPA being made in Ontario. This is a huge movement in the right direction for our province.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 04:45:03 | More by rappmann
Photo of Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 00:19:05 | More by Digimaika2
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 19:40:25 | More by biegaman
Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 12:48:16 | More by peensteen
Photo of Groulxsome

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Bellwoods snifter. I bought the bottle two weeks ago at the Beer Store, before they hit the LCBO shelves.

Appearance: It's a very clear orange-hued amber. Light off-white, broken head.

Smell: Earlier this year I was in Southern California for a week and while there I drank about two world class double IPAs a day, much to the protest of my liver. So the first thing this beer smells like to me is California. I digress. The first thing is a pineapple and tropical fruit mix (I always say mango) from the hops, but after that it's really malt-driven with a light toffee sweetness. A little pinecone, like the normal Mad Tom, is there too.

Taste: Rich piny hops on the start, followed by some of those more fruity pineapple and mango west coast hops. I get that familiar honey sweetness with a little caramel in the very formidable malt body. The bitterness leaves a little light for me. I almost feel like the regular Mad Tom's got a richer grapefruit bitterness. This bitterness is a little more smooth, with just a little hint of coppery-ness.

Mouthfeel: Fairly low carbonation with a very rich and thick body. There is very little heat on the beer too.

Overall: I really enjoy this beer. My only fault with it is that I would like a little more bitterness, because, as it stands, the regular Mad Tom seems a little more aggressive in that department. Aside from that minor quibble, this beer is outstanding. It's got that great hop-forward aroma with a strong, thick, malt-driven body. As far as DIPAs go, this is right on the money. A beer Ontario can point to without saying that "it's really good... for Ontario." It's just really very good.


Afterthought: In the "Smell" section I mentioned a DIPA binge in Southern California in February, 2012. After I came home from that I did sit down with a Mad Tom (just off the plane) and wrote a review of it while still in IPA shock (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/661/69458/?ba=Groulxsome). Overall I said "Maybe if there was a double Mad Tom (Crazy Tom? Committed Tom?) where the tastes could be ramped up beyond what might be expected in Ontario this might help bump this "good" beer into the "exceptional" category." Now I'm drinking this beer, which I think is exceptional, so I'd like to thank Muskoka Brewery for making my little wish come true (though certainly not because of me!).

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 03:49:23 | More by Groulxsome
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 02:58:37 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Muskoka Twice As Mad Tom IPA from Muskoka Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.