Muskoka Twice As Mad Tom IPA - Muskoka Brewery
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4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-03-2012 00:36:12 | More by spinrsx
4.23/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked up a 4 pack of this at the Beer Store's new 'Beer Boutique' in Liberty Village. Its exciting to see a locally made DIPA. This might be the second one brewed commercially in Ontario, after Black Oak's Ten Bitter Years. Exciting times for Ontario brewing!
Its 71 IBUs and will be brewed year round (awesome!).
The pour reveals a clear rustic orange liquid with a frothy just off-white head. It recedes quickly but coats my pint glass in sheets of foam. The aroma is not the pungent room filling hoppiness I was hoping for, but very nice and citrusy nonetheless. Boom! loads white grapefruit rind and pine needles fill the first sip. Hop bitterness is high, but balanced out with toasty, toffeeish malts. Tangerine and perfumey floral notes fill out the hop flavors. The finish is bitter with some sweet fruityness. the mouthfeel is pretty light-bodied for the ABV with a light carbonation. Hops are not as mouthcoatingly ruinous as I would like. I like DIPAs to take over my palate. ABV is kept well in check throughout.
I recently went to Southern California on vacation - trying some of the hoppiest (and most perfect:) ) beers in the world, so I reviewed this against a very high bar. It is indeed like a super charged version of Mad Tom, very similar hop flavor, just more intense. Still conservative by Cali standards - it could benefit from even more bitterness and hop complexity, but that's coming from a debauched hophead.
Seek this out. Kudos to Muskoka for brewing something for the hopheads.
Serving type: bottle
10-28-2012 17:40:03 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Muskoka Twice As Mad Tom IPA from Muskoka Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.