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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: 166
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 15
Gots: 17 | 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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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

Back into IPA/DIPA territory for this review, another Canadian craft brew and another take on a hoppy high ABV brew to combat the bogshite sub-zero temperatures here in Cowtown right now. Twice as Mad Tom is a light orange brew (light for a DIPA?) with ample white head. Aroma is rich and malty with some tropical and citrus hop notes, but the malt stands out. Taste includes some unique elements for a DIPA ... There's some red grapefruit and orange hop flavors that combine with a considerable sweetness to produce an effect like orange breakfast drink crystals, along with some gooseberry, guava, and pine, although the latter is not harshly bitter and medicinal. The aforementioned sweetness is compelling: There are flavors like marshmallow or cotton candy, caramel corn, a hint of strawberry. A roasted (almost smoky) vibe like strong coffee emerges in the finish. Interesting. I am thinking of those molasses kiss candies in your Halloween bag, the ones in the orange and yellow wrapper than you couldn't pay people to take off your hands. I liked them for some reason. Like many DIPAS, the hop punch does add up and the lips do get a bit numb (which is probably the sneaky ABV as well), but overall I was impressed by the smooth and almost subtle approach to bitterness in such a big beer.

CalgaryFMC, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

chickenm, Dec 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

wizo, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of BeerStoreTop10
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%

Definitely not your father's mad tom. This one is approximately twice as mad, if not more than the original. Twice as much hops, twice as long kettle time and twice as much Tom make this beer a winner. THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN VERIFIED FOR ACCURACY BY MUSKOKA BREWERY.

BeerStoreTop10, Dec 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Mark5252, Nov 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

cam477, Nov 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

timeo, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of DenisKolkin
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Picked up in the Fall Brewmaster's Sampler pack Bottle #1 of 6. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy, orange / copper color with a creamy 1.5 fingers of ivory colored head on top. The head looks fluffy and light and lingers for a while leaving some nice streaky lacing in the glass. Pretty impressive. Swirling the glass once well into the beer will re-create am impressive temporary head as well.

Smell - Pine and spruce notes with a bit of lemon. Wooded forest aromas. Also some sweetness that cuts through and prevents complete hop domination.

Taste - Piney and spruce flavors come through again with a smoked wooden undertone especially at the back end. Some coffee flavors in there too but subdued and not as bitter, kinda like a cappuccino. Big malts in the middle of this tasting. Fairly complex flavor that was enjoyable and more complicated than the aromas would leave you to believe.

Mouthfeel - Dry finish, full, robust but also a wet feeling int he mouth that helps quench the thirst. medium carbonation.

Overall - Excellent beer, one of my favorites from the area and has surprising depth to the flavor combinations as the cappuccino on the back end was new to me. Very delicious and a repeat purchase certainly.

DenisKolkin, Nov 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

ThinkAgain, Nov 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

mpgillett, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of DaveBar
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%

Pretty good Canadian attempt at an IPA. Pretty expensive though which brings down it's value for the money a bit. 4 pack at The Beer Store for just over $13.00.

A- Nice copper colour. Good head on pour.

S- Rather nice bouquet, hints of floral.

T- Moderately good example of an DIPA/IPA. As a Canadian brew not bad, as an international brew, not so good.

M- Typical IPA

O- Again very good for Canada, pretty mediocre for the world

Thx for looking

DaveBar, Nov 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

DamageCase76, Nov 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

valianes, Oct 23, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

A - a hazy golden yellow pour which is almost glowing with some light, 1/2 finger of big bubbled creamy white head which slowly dissipates but hangs around in moderate lacing the entire time

S - strong hops, candy sweet, green forest, honeydew, mango, pineapple, enjoyable, sweet and busy

T - strong floral hops right at the start followed by a sharp bitterness, mango, honey, pomegranate, burned marshmallows via campfire, cotton candy, this is deep and delicious

M - sharp, creamy, crisp, wet, lubricating, medium carbonation, full bodied

O -Delicious. Deep, complex aromas and flavors. Every time i took a sip of this i got something new on taste and smell. I have sampled this before on 3 or 4 separate occasions including the FlatLander's beer festival but the two bottles reviewed tonight have amplified my enjoyment of this fine beverage greatly. Excellent !

djoprahwinfrey, Oct 10, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev 0%

A - Twice as Mad as Tom is slightly hazy and just shy of copper in color with hints of peach. Streams of CO2 support a packed, cream colored head.

S - The aroma is malty up front with notes of tobacco. These lead into a center with a lot of depth. Here there's a little bit of earthiness and subtle dry fruits lending the nose support and structure. Hops emerge in the finish lending a presence of peppercorn.

T - Twice as Mad as Tom is medium full in body and shows a strong malt presence. Here I find flavors of caramel and supporting nuttiness. Malt flavors lead into a spicy center coupled with a light, spritzy carbonation. Earthy tobacco shows up here again, more subtly than they did in the nose. Finish is an assertive, woodsy bitterness.

O - Twice as Mad as Tom is pretty well put together. It's rich, malty, assertively bitter and not overly heavy and malty. Well done.

Brianhophead, Oct 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

sumiross, Sep 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Yesdog, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

Jeffo, Sep 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

604growler, Sep 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

kevinlater, Sep 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

falconxman, Sep 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

strang, Sep 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

LampertLand, Sep 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

WillAndSarah, Aug 31, 2013
Muskoka Twice As Mad Tom IPA from Muskoka Brewery
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