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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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Reviews: 62
Hads: 246
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 19.85%
Wants: 20
Gots: 50 | 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:
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.

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Photo of ssmack
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of TerryW
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
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

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Photo of Boozecamel
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received in CANBIF 2013. Thanks Peensteen! There should be more DIPA’s in small format. I haven’t had the Mad Tom IPA to compare.

Apperance: 2 fingers of pure white head. Well carbonated, golden orange amber, no cloudiness. Good looking beer.

Smell: Sweet, piney hoppiness, bit of citrus. Had me drooling.

Taste: Strong piney bitterness with sweet citrus notes. Really tasty, big beer. Alocohol well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, with a slight/moderate level of oilyness.

Overall: Really enjoyed this beer. Tastes as good as it smells. Would be happy if I could get this locally.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

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Photo of SebD
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of 4ster
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of decimator
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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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Photo of Mit
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of HATS4BATS
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of mintjellie
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

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Photo of Long813
3.93/5  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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of leaddog
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Stocean1
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.83/5  rDev -5%
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...

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Photo of korguy123
3.95/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of heebes
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of papat444
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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

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Muskoka Twice As Mad Tom IPA from Muskoka Brewery
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