Mad Tom IPA
Muskoka Brewery

Mad Tom IPAMad Tom IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #2,759
Ranked #16,553
3.9 | pDev: 12.82%
Muskoka Brewery
Ontario, Canada
Very Good
Mad Tom IPAMad Tom IPA
Notes: Inspired by late night stories around the fire, Muskoka Mad Tom will instantly grab your attention. Dry-hopped with Chinook and Centennial hops, this IPA has a vibrant aroma, depth of flavour, and crisp citrusy undertow like no other. So brace yourself, and crack one open for old Mad Tom. This is an awakening in craft beer that gets more enticing with every sip.

62 IBU
Reviews: 140 | Ratings: 485 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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swim from Canada (ON)

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Translucent dark orange amber, some creamy head and a lot of bubbles
S: Slightly sweet floral stonefruit and doughy malt with a hint of resiny pine
T: Balanced fruitiness and citrus pith balanced with doughy malts with more pronounced resiny pine on the finish and a lingering slight bitterness
F: Light but thick and a little foamy and oily, somewhat drying
O: A tasty but not over the top IPA with a bit of a warmer and more mellow flavour.

Nov 23, 2020
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Tony787 from Canada (ON)

3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bought a can at the lcbo in Ontario 473ml
poured a 2 finger head good carbonation and the taste was hoppy and citrus with some bitterness.
over all it's a good IPA beer.

Nov 02, 2020
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had a standard 473 Canadian tall boy pint can, though I've seen the beer in Sobey's in 4 packs at 355 ml. It has a pleasant, but fairly mild hop taste. I've found a number of better Canadian IPAs so likely won't buy this again.

Oct 24, 2018
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csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A decent northwest IPA but has been bettered by others lately. I always fine CTZ hops a bit nostalgic, but more as a misstep than a positive, that been said, very approachable.

Jun 11, 2018
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ChillingCammy from Canada (ON)

4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of my go to's at local LCBO's, Beer Stores and Sobeys. Too hoppy to recommend to someone trying an IPA for the first time but it isn't as overwhelming as some. I would describe the taste as mildly citric but piney overall. It is darker than other IPA's I have tried, also well carbonated. Not my favorite IPA but a solid beer, great with a meal or on its own.

Dec 05, 2017
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Evangaline from Canada (ON)

1.47/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

OMG!! This stuff is really tense. It tastes like it was brewed with dead animals. And the smell is disturbing. But the really sad thing, is that the best Muskoka beer ever is Raspberry Coco Lait and the only way to get that is in a 6-can sampler pack. I was willing to buy that just for the Coco Lait as the other beers were fine until I discovered this vile brew was part of it. Nope. Not worth it.

Oct 25, 2017
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Easton70 from Canada (ON)

2.96/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm drinking this from a can that hasn't been chilled yet so it's affecting the feel and flavour. But, even at room temperature, this is a pretty good beer. It's bitter but not over powering so it could be a sessionable ale if it wasn't for the the 6.4% ABV. I'd love to taste this on draught because I sense it will be way better. One day......

Oct 22, 2017
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rjcohen from Maryland

2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This one is on the dark side for IPAs, a dark orange, but transparent. No cloudiness or moving bubble, and one finger of creamy white head.
There's a sharp scent of pine and melon, suggesting some of the most traditional IPA flavors, but executed and blended well.
The beer is not super bitter, but it seems that way due to a lack of any other flavor strong enough to add balance. The bitterness itself is not very interesting, there aren't any subtler flavors to be found therein, not even the admittedly standard ones found in aroma. That bitterness also definitely lingers as an aftertaste, which gets annoying after a while.
The beer has a thin consistency with slightly below-average carbonation.
This beer was just fine, but I really don't know who would love it. It doesn't have enough bitterness or complexity to satisfy serious hop-heads, but as it has nothing but the bitterness it will still be hard to take for those who don't enjoy that taste. As a big IPA drinker myself, I like bitterness, but not beers which are only bitter and do not have a balance of other flavors, and on that count this beer fails.

Oct 18, 2017
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gotgopher2 from Hawaii

4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really don't understand why Mad Tom hasn't scored higher. I just spent almost 3 weeks in eastern Canada, and Mad Tom was the tastiest Canadian IPA I found. Most others were more malty, less hoppy, but I'm a fan of West Coast style, and Mad Tom definitely leans westward.

Oct 08, 2017
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eberesford from Canada (ON)

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orangey amber with a thinnish off white head that dissipates to leave a thin film that still leaves good lacing. Aroma: Pine / Citrus / caramel. Flavour: very hop forward - adds herbal grassy notes to Pine snd grapefruit. The malt is a little veiled - caramel, nutty, toffee?

Oct 06, 2017
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ericbridenbaker from Canada (ON)

4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Been drinking this for years. Very consistent batches, also tastes well either bottle or can. Balanced IPA that has the bitterness and fruit. Hops are Centennial and Chinook, as per label. I don't get huge pine or dank from it like some west coast styles, or the kinds of esters from some English style IPA. Mad Tom is its own thing (there is also a double Mad Tom), very delicious and in my opinion one of the very finest out of Ontario, or Canada for that matter.

Mar 27, 2017
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.5 oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

Unfiltered is listed on the label, and so it is; hazy blood-orange color capped in a finger's worth of linen white quick fade froth. Nice film and plenty of lacing, though.

Caramelized malt with some citrus hop aromas. Potted flowers. Some raw alcohol.

The taste is more citrus hop than the aroma indicates. Still malty... and salty.

Sturdy body and surprisingly dry. Hoppy enough and the alcohol is tempered despite the smell.

Not bad but I was looking for more refreshment.

Feb 19, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Muskoka Brewery "Mad Tom IPA"
11.5 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BEFORE MAR 23 2017" and sampled on 17 JAN 2017
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Muskoka's Mad Tom initially pours a fingerprint-clear amber body despite the fact that the label reads "unfiltered". A secondary pour adds a little bit of haze but I'd still call it clear.

The aroma is nicely blended: softly piney, floral, and gently citrusy and grassy over a lightly caramelish malt base.

Across the palate it's medium to medium-light in body and crisp with a standard carbonation level.

The malt appears more caramelish in the flavor though, and fuller as is usually the case. The hops remain as they are in the aroma, although perhaps a slight touch more leafy and citrusy. It's solidly bitter, and bone dry in the finish with residual resin, and some pine, orange, and leaves. The alcohol makes its presence known but never really steps forward, although at just 6.4% ABV you wouldn't really expect it to. If there was any less, on the other hand, you wouldn't necessarily immediately sense its strength and see it as an IPA.

In the end it's a solid, bitter and hoppy IPA that displays a nice blend of American hops.

Jan 18, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a sample pack whilst in Hamilton for my son's hockey tournament. The scent had hints of bitter hops. The taste is nicely balanced and easy to drink. There was some bitter hop with touch of pine. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

Dec 30, 2016
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This barely peeks over 3.7 for me.

A - Pours with a finger of limp white foam that has weak retention and only a bit of lace. Hazed golden body with lots of visible bubble streams.

S - EIPA for sure. Smells of citrus, pine, grass, toasted grain. That sea-oak-barrel scent with scant grapefruit peel.

T - Taste is definitely better, with candied orange zest, sugary notes among some dankness. Bitterness in the aftertaste is on time and balanced. Liked an EIPA, bready malt dominates.

M - Very resinous, with a dry finish. Gets better as it warms. Tingly.

D - It's an English IPA and it grows on you.

Dec 16, 2016
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Jesterr44 from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice Ontario brewed IPA which displays some of the characteristics of some of the great American IPAs. I've recently had Heady Topper, Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA & others and had a good taste of some of the best IPAs in the world. This beer isn't as good, but it competes well with some of the best in Ontario (Headstock, Hop City HopBot etc). It's got the standard hoppy citrus/floral/tangerine/pine flavours & aromas with a decent bready malt balance but falls a bit short of the finest IPAs in its complexity & fullness of mouthfeel. I would enjoy it again as a good beer when I'm out at a place with limited choices. I may even consider it a little higher were it not for the fact that its "big brother" Twice as Mad Tom DIPA is just enough better that I would put it in the conversation with the world class beers listed above.

Oct 19, 2016
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SSS from Canada (QC)

2.97/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A-Golden yellow with a hint of orange, white thin head
S-Subtle pine and dank aroma, with a fruity herbal undertone
M-Mouthfeel is watery and lacklustre with carbonation not aiding the situation being a little peppery and sharp upfront and then not playing well with the bitterness
T-Only slightly sweet upfront and then a big hit of heavy bitterness that seems uncomplicated and under valued
O-This beer is not well balanced, there isn't a pleasant balance between sweet and bitter and the aftertaste is a little harsh

Sep 17, 2016
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biker30x from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can into a pint glass, poured a hazy golden with a narrow but present hoppy nose. Spicy hops hit the tongue first but are quickly followed by toffee and caramel in the malt. This resolves the hop spice from sharp to a more rounded resinous finish that lingers pleasantly.

Jul 07, 2016
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fscottkey from New York

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.75] Beer is a golden color but with definite red tones in there. Makes it look nice in the glass. It also features about 1 1/2 fingers of pillowy white head. The bottle lists the ABV (6.4%) and the there is a best by date (06/01/16)

S: [3.75] Sweet candy scent. Lots of sweet malty smells. This beer is at the end of its drink by so it may be hop fade leading to the malt forward aroma.

T: [4.00] Really nice balance of flavor. There are subtle hops up front that have piney flavor. then leading to a a nice malty middle that is bready with crackers. The malts also have a fair bit of sweetness.

M: [3.50] Smooth medium body with lower carbonation. The finish is delicate for an IPA with only mild bitter aftertaste very late.

O: [3.75] This is either an English IPA or a faded American IPA. Either way I like the resulting flavor. The hops are still there but are really balanced with the malts that seem to take center stage. This is a very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

May 22, 2016
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AMBNT_notes from Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very good, in my opinion. SOme complain that it is too bitter, but I question whether or not they actually like beer, because thats what you get with double IPA's, and in my opinion it is not that bitter. tastes pretty much just like it smells, which is not bad. It tastes kinda like I would imagine a pine tree tastes, in a good way though and not overwhelming. It pours beautifully and the head laces the cup as you drink well. Dark and hazy orange with an off white head. Overall, this is a solid standard IPA that was well made, but doesn't have many unique characteristics to make it one of a kind. An enjoyable beverage, and I would not turn it down if it was offered to me.

May 13, 2016
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Lewnanny from Canada (NB)

2.21/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The bitterness of this beer is high, its 62 IBU rating make it really bitter. I don't like the bitter beer, but I'm always willing to try them.

The look of this beer is a nice brownish yellow, I give 13 on the SRM scale. The foam was present at the beginning, but disappear fast. The color is really great.

The smell is not inviting, I don't like the smell at all. It smell a bit like, the beer is pass its best before date.

The taste is a bit better than the smell. The taste and the bitterness remind me the peel of the grapefruit. Not really attracting, to me at least..... Once in my glass for 5 minutes the room temperature make it more bitter. One good thing is that the taste don't stay long in your mouth like other IPA with a high IBU.

Its like other IPA I had in the past, hard for me to get more than one at a time.

The 341 ml bottle retailed for 2.95$ (CAD), for an ABV of 6.4%

I like to try all the beer I can purchase, but some are not in my taste chart.

Apr 19, 2016
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Baller60 from Canada (ON)

3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a couple 473ml cans at the LCBO. My initial impression of the can was that it is just beautiful, like many other Muskoka products. Upon pouring this tall boy in to my pint glass. I noticed the very strong but pleasant aroma.
Smell: I found the mixture of Chinook and Centennial hops made for a very enjoyable nose. I originally smelt some pine, some grassy notes as well as some caramel. There is a citrus smell that doesn't over power this nice earthy beer. The fruity smell is possibly an orange or grape fruit.
Like many Muskoka beer the head was very good with nice off white colour.
Taste: A great punch of hops, the citrus flavour is noticeable but nothing like the Muskoka Detour. That being said The Mad Tom IPA is a very clean and crisp tasting beer.
Overall this is a great micro brew IPA that is readily available in most LCBO. Hope to see more bars and restaurant carrying Muskoka products.

Apr 11, 2016
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hophoarder from Canada (ON)

2.55/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Aromas of tropical fruits and caramel. Flavors of pine, floral, and herbal spices. Caramel biscuit feel with a grassy notes. Nice balance with a good dose of sugar while having a strong sharpness but not overly spicy. Ultimately the hop just dominates and makes it hard to get through more than 1

Apr 05, 2016
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InsideLiquorMan from Canada (AB)

4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now this is an IPA I can get behind. Brought it in bulk into my store in anticipation for some tastings later on that month and I managed to grab an extra bottle that had already been bought, but not used. Look out, here comes in the Hop Train. Very grassy and earthy. A nice 'natural' feeling to the hops that gives you that familiar smack of bitterness. Luckily, it has one of my favorite qualities in a beer: bitterness that doesn't linger on your pallet too long. A great, sassy color that seduces you into drinking it and then convinces you to finish the entire pack.

Amazing beer. Great job, Muskoka! Keep up the good work.

Nov 23, 2015
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kevinlater from Canada (ON)

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

473ml can into snifter, "enjoy before 24 dec 2015". dry-hopped with chinook and centennial hops. consumed nov 10 2015

a: rich orange with bone-coloured head

s: rich ripe fleshy orange, grapefruit, floral aromas, strong caramel, a bit of pine, bread, brown sugar. really solid

t: really powerful grapefruit and orange flavours at first, which leads into a prominent floral & malty backbone consisting of sweet brown bread and brown sugar. a medium-plus bitterness closes the tasting with a lingering pine and fruitiness

m: sticky medium mouthfeel with sub-moderate carbonation

o: a really good and available ontario IPA. could see it as a go-to beer

Nov 10, 2015
Mad Tom IPA from Muskoka Brewery
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