Muskoka Mad Tom IPA | Muskoka Brewery

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Muskoka Mad Tom IPAMuskoka Mad Tom IPA

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Muskoka Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

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Reviews: 129 | Ratings: 446
Photo of RyanPollock
4.64/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers available in Canada. The beer has a very rugged "outdoor" taste and the first mouthful is a strong reminder that this is not a typical beer you buy at the beer store. Strong sweet citrus taste at first that quickly reveals a hoppy flavour that fills your mouth and lingers for quite some time. The beer almost has a warming quality to it and it tastes great after a cold night. The slightly sour undertones remain in your mouth and the more you drink the more you become accustomed to the taste as your pallet gets used to it. Surprisingly refreshing the more you keep drinking and by the end you will be wanting more. Drink from a class for optimal smell and flavour, great beer for a night around the campfire or to have after shovelling snow. Refreshing with the perfect balance of hop, citrus and a flavour i cant really explain. I will keep buying as long as it is available!

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Photo of InsideLiquorMan
4.59/5  rDev +18%
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.

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Photo of aletale
4.51/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as part of a six-pack of bottles poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice amber colour with about a half finger head that seems to want to stick around. A fair bit of lacing. Medium to fast carbonation.

This has got to be one the best smelling IPA's out there. A multitude of sweet fruits come to mind, as well as an underlying hoppiness. It is a lot to take in...

Now this is an IPA! The fruity and hoppy flavours balance out perfectly to leave a tasty, dry, almost graperuit-esque finish which is just fantastic. This beer packs a mighty punch.

Muskoka was not afraid to go all-out on this one, and I couldn't be happier. Probably my favourite brewery in Ontario right now.

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Photo of jameswaldo
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a 11.5 ounce pretty chair-decorated bottle from a height into a pint glass to get a big head, which lasted several minutes, subsiding to a fine skin of foam as I drank. Looks very turbid and bright, a 6 on my SRM chart. Laced well on its way down. Smells hoppy and fresh bread. Tastes as good as it looks, with an interesting strong yeast balancing malt and hops, carbonation just right, good bitter lingering aftertaste. I had a draft Mad Tom IPA at the Gateway downtown Ithaca and liked it so much I had to get a six pack to take home. Bottled brew was just as tasty as the draft. Good price for a superior IPA!

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Photo of ksolomon
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a huge fan of IPA's (or overly bitter beers in general), but this one works really well for me. Not overly bitter, but enough to hold up the IPA label. Well-balanced, great mouthfeel. It easily unseats my previous "go-to" IPA (Alexander Keith's IPA).

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Photo of GabesAles
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very nice looking orange IPA with some haze, which is typical in many american IPAs... nice head, usualy stays till the very bottom

Smell: very nice nose to this brew, you can smell the cascades come right through

Taste: one of my favorite canadian IPAs... very nice citrusy hop profile, nice strong bitterness.. beautiful balance of strong flavors.

Mouthfeel: good mouthfeel, although i have had better, i'm still very satisfied with it's mouthfeel

Overall: great brew, commonly found in my fridge!

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Photo of jaz58
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tall glass.

Foamy head which dissipated slowly leaving a Lacey trail on the glass.

Nice gold, orange colour with some carbonation. It then when cloudy.

Lemon and quince nose.

Taste starts with toffee and fresh hops. The bitters roll in creating a dry finish with hints of lemon.

A very decent IPA. Worth enjoying any time of the year

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Photo of Stocean1
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one finger white well retained head with patchy lacing on a honey hued semi-clear body, the scent is papaya and pineapple with a handful of pine shavings tossed in for good measure, some sweet malt for sure, taste follows the nose with the citrus punch up front followed by the resinous pine and malt backbone, mouth is medium with some carbonation, nice bitterness for the style, sweet and dry, very drinkable and refreshing (crisp!), overall a spectacular IPA from Ontario which I prefer in the can (just seems a tad fresher) - ecstatic it is in cans, do not grab enough because I like to mix it up and prefer to buy one versus six, will grab a can every trip if it is available.

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Photo of leaddog
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours and amber copper with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell- Piney hops, grapefruit, passion fruit, other tropical fruits, caramalts.

Taste- Piney hops are nicely present followed by citrus, tropical fruits and caramalts. The piney hops provide a nice bitterness in the taste and linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a pleasant creaminess.

Overall- A great representation of an American IPA by Muskoka. This is up there with many of the other top offerings that I have had in this style. Definitely not a disappointment for those hop heads out there.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

473ml can poured into tulip 26/4/12 I gotta thank liamt07 for the top 100 Canadian tic

A clear golden liquid with just a few slow bubbles feeding a pinky finger of off white foam that just sits there. I turn my head and type all retarded like, slowly that is, I look back and wonder if time actually passed, a bathroom break finally reveals the surface of the liquid through the thin foam and leaves a thick triangular streak of foam on the no sip side of the glass

S the nose is impressive, guava, tangerine, pineapple with some spruce not pine a little lemon rind and a floral aspect add to the tropical citrus, I hate to do it but the five bomb's getting dropped

T not nearly as strong as the nose but still tasty, everything's still there but mellowed out just a little, a little bready malt but still pretty lopsided towards the hops, lemon rind I didn't smell

M medium bodied but its a little foamy, that being said that aspect seems to spread the rind throughout the mouth, leaves a slightly slick feel on the gums

O the perfect nose and something needs to be said for downing a pint of IPA before getting this deep in a review

smelling the empty can like a smoker scrapes resin for that last hit before bedtime only seems appropriate. this ones a bad ass IPA up there with my fav's from BC, thanks again liamt07 for this fresh gem

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Photo of featthebeard79beerhead
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick 3 finger head. Very soapy and slightly off white and chunky.

Appeared golded and fairly clear for IPA

Smell of citrus and pine very appealing to hophead

Taste of citrus and pine lots of grapefruit at first has malty Carmel flavours then finishes bitter in a great way.Head is smooth and sweet.

Carbonation is low but suits the style.

I am a huge fan of this ipa. I am new to craft brew but this is my favorite so far. Bitter and citrus but well blended and easy to session. A great brew from Canada and so close to home makes me proud.

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Photo of patdrive
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of the best IPAs brewed in Ontario

copper brown colour
strong bitterness throughout the taste
pleasant carbonation - i.e. not overblown
enough carbonation to give a decent head, yet is an easy pour

would like to find out more about the twice as mad

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Photo of cratez
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle from a 6 pack purchased at the Wonderland & Southdale LCBO in London.

Pours a slightly hazed amber hue with golden edges, a thin ring of bubbly, eggshell white foam, and strands of lacing on the Duvel glass. Good head retention.

Smell is orange rind, peach, lemon zest, flowery and herbaceous hops, earth, and white grapefruit. Appetizing.

Taste is spicy, citric, and zesty hops, orange peel, nectarine, more earthiness, Fuzzy Peach candy, and a pithy, grapefruit bitterness to end. Very flavourful brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, juicy and oily middle, hops throw down an assertive, citrusy spiciness with a pithy and lasting bitterness and ultra dry finish. Solid.

Overall, this boiler plate IPA is a regular purchase for me and I'm happy to see it widely available in Ontario. Mad Tom is a shining example of what our local crafters can produce when they move away from making micros that are only slightly better than your typical macro lager.

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Photo of kjyost
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased as fresh as the MLCC can procure it. Poured at ~5C into a Tigger sleeve.

A: Lighter copper and hazy with a nice white head that drops quickly and left surprisingly little head.
S: Initially a really big hoppy nose with tons of fruit in there. Grapefruit, citrus, light mango. Some grainy malts come to the forefront over time.
T: Some light sweet caramel malts giving the beer some body atop some hop flavours that are a little lighter than I would like... I am a big fan of the hops :) The hop flavours are fruity with a slight bitterness that is biting and somewhat piney over time.
M: Finished dry, with light bitterness. A little too light for the style IMO.
O: A solid Ontario IPA that is easily accessible? Can it be? Egad. A nice solid beer that was a real solid representation of an IPA when fresh...

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Photo of biker30x
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of Intrinsic
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

MT IPA almost has the same colour as a Belgian IPA. Its very light looking with plenty of carbonation. The head doesn't last very long, but it leaves nice lacing.

Its only very lightly scented with hops characterized by a zesty citrus and pine quality. Nothing particularly amazing here, but it all comes together very nicely.

This may be one of the most refreshing IPAs I've ever had. The pine and citrus flavoured hops are mingled together in a way that doesn't overpower at all. In fact, its reminiscent of Stone. I'm quite impressed.

The body is very light and leaves a not-too-dry bitter finish - honestly, this beer has a lot going for it. I think its underrated and I would recommend it to any fan of IPAs.

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Photo of HATS4BATS
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fresh, thoughtful and bold. Shows clear candy orange with restrained well-laced carbonation. Unusually powerful citrus-hop nose with notes of caramel. Sharp, biting hop taste followed by deep, satisfying toffee; both held in pleasant balance. Finishes a dry lingering resin finish with hint of lemon.

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Photo of Groulxsome
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok, this review is a bit of an experiment. I just got back from Southern California (drinking Firestone Walker, Pliny, Green Flash, Hercules DIPA - all beers with exceptional and above ratings on here) so I'm trying one of these straight away while those are still my standard be(e)rer. In a recent blind taste test (several weeks back) I preferred this over several Ontario IPA's (Duggins, Smash Bomb) and even Central City's Red Racer (which surprised me). Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Here goes:

A - It's got a great head which started really pillowy and came down only slightly with nice lacing. The color is a nice clear copper with a little orange, which is where I think it ought to be.

S - Pine, hoppy-grapefruit, some light sweet-honey malt. It doesn't have the big tropical fruits of a west coast IPA (mangos, passion fruit, melons, or papaya), but it's nicely balanced and there are a few hints of some of those fruits.

T - It continues with the piny grapefruit which gives way to some malty sweetness and hop sweetness (honey and tropical fruit). It's a little faint, maybe I'm looking too hard. It finishes with a great, deep grapefruit bitter. On the par, the best part of the taste is the rich grapefruit bitter.

M - A little lighter than I'd like, but with a nice sharp carbonation. A little alcohol burn to help with the grapefruit bitter.

O - Overall, this is a solid IPA that is certainly among the best of the style in Ontario. I think it straddles the line between being drinkable (which is really, really is) and being a top-tier IPA which could maybe help Ontario play (even field a player!) with the bigger guys in the North American beer-review world. 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. As it stands, an under-rated beer which should help break the unfortunate excuse "it's a great IPA for something brewed in Ontario."

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Photo of akdo
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: I bought this beer from the LCBO. Once poured into my Cervoise glass, the beer had a transparent amber body akin to that of honey. The head was one finger high. Once it dissipated after 2 minutes, it left a ring and marks on the glass as you drink it.

Smell: The aromas match the taste. I smelled oranges, their peels, strong hops and a little bit of grapefruit.

Taste: The beer had notes of wooded homemade marmelade jam on the front end, which means it is already bitter. The notes of sweetness is extremely low-profile compared to its citric notes. Once the beer enters your wind pipe, the hops' bitterness explodes and stays for a few seconds. I loved the taste.

Feel: The body is not thin and travels on your tongue a little slowly.

Overall: Although Muskoka Mad Tom IPA might not be the most bitter of its kind, it is a beer I would recommend.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy, yeast supended brownish copper colour with a subpar head, that starts out promising but quickly dissipates into a patchy layer and ring around the glass. Many fine columns of carbonation lumber their way to the top of the beer, and the lacing is very decent, with many strings of foam sticking to the glass!

S- Mad Tom was here! Plenty of citrus hop presence on this one.....lemon/lime/orange zest is definitely noticed! Behind this, there is a hint of balancing malt sweetness that reminds me of butterscotch, and helps to enrich the overall aroma profile!

T- There is a distinct citrusy tartness that unlike the aromas, leans towards Texas grapefruit flesh and rind! The leafy bitterness of the Centennial and Chinook takes a backseat to the refreshing nature of the flavors. The malt sweetness pokes through rather well too, and the finish lingers rather long with pine/cedar resins. It isn't an overpowering flavor either which I appreciate!

M/O- Thin/Medium bodied and very smooth carbonation keep this a fulfilling yet refreshing beer. Will go very well with a greasy meal and/or something spicy.....think fried Sichuan style noodles. Pleasantly on the milder side of the IPA spectrum, but with all of the quality and characteristics that it should embody! I would get this again for sure!

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Photo of evilinc
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm glad this exists and comes from Ontario.
I'm rating this according to my interpretation of the style, what I think is appropriate, and

***also based on what else is being offered in the Ontario marketplace.***

A- clear in the glass, not hazy one bit. I chilled it down really quick when I got home from the LCBO. Head exists well after poor, it fades but a thin layer sticks around the whole time. A little, but not much lacing on this one.

S- Beautiful for and Ontario beer. An IPA nose! Finally! Chinook and Centennial hops! (God bless the Centennial hop)

piney and citrusy are two things I believe an IPA should be, but that's just, like, my opinion, man.

T- Drinkable, hoppy and leaves a bit of a lingering hop oil, but not crazy strong. Nice bitterness but clean and not annoying in anyway for my taste. *(This is my first bottle ever of this stuff)

M- Slightly hop oily mouthfeel, I will be drinking this with meals regularly as long as it's available.

O- Like I said at the beginning, I'm glad this thing exists and is readily available. I feel it is a quality IPA, perhaps the first in this American IPA vein that has made it to the LCBO (note: I have yet to try a few Ontario Pales). So far, this might be my favourite Ontario Craft beer.


*Addendum* For what it's worth, it's 6.4%, and is well balanced I'd say.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this for the long weekend. Not sure how this one slipped under my radar - I've been eagerly awaiting the first real six pack of IPA in the LCBO for a long time.

Poured into a nonic. On the paler end of the India Pale Ale spectrum, a nice amber-golden with a decent fluffy head and some lacing patches.

Nose is a friendly citrus and earthy hop blast with a bit of orange peel, grapefruit, pine and caramel.

Powered my way through this six pack with great pleasure - this is one fine IPA. A bit more English than I'd expected, but still a damned tasty brew. Good lingering earthy bitterness, with the citrus and caramel at the forefront.

Slightly creamy, a bit of oil, nice zippy carbonation.

Muskoka has really done itself proud recently with its Summer Weiss and Chocolate Stout, and this brew is another fine addition to the family. Hopefully Mad Tom will keep lurking on the LCBO's shelves, because this could well become my default sixer. While not as juicy and potent as some of the big American brews, this is certainly on par with many an American IPA offering south of the border. Great stuff.

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Photo of Roke87
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 mL bottle, chilled and poured into a pilsner glass

Appearance- Pours a clear and light amber colour with about a pinky finger worth of white head that quickly dissipates to an above average ring around the glass leaving minimal to no lacing throughout till finish.

Smell- pine and resiny hop aromas right away the second this one is even opened you get a nice whiff of it mixed with a mild citrusy fruit smell as well. There is also a sweet aroma in the nose that I can’t really put a finger on as to what it exactly is, almost like a bubblicious bubble gum smell, but it adds a nice change to the typical IPA.

Taste- Again really a lot like the aromas, the tastes come through with a strong pine and resiny hop flavour right off the bat, bitter but not overly bitter like some IPA’s can be, and again balanced with a nice citrusy grapefruit flavour as well. Even on the palate I am getting that sweet flavour again, much like what I would say a sweet bubblicious bubble gum flavour.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied this is an excellent ale that has a nice bitter taste to it but remains crisp, smooth, and almost too easy drinking, not overly carbonated but it sustains a thin white top to it right till the end.

Overall- There is pretty much only one word to describe this beer and it is; wow. I can’t believe something this good is actually brewed in Ontario! It is about time that we took a couple good steps towards catching up on what the rest of North America has been doing for years. I have drank some of the best IPA’s that this continent has to offer and to be honest with you, this is right along those lines as being in those categories, I mean it’s no pliny or double trouble, not even as good as a two hearted, but again it is a positive step in the right direction, I would say “One small step for IPA lovers, one giant leap for Ontario”. I am definitely picking more of this up tomorrow, this will be my go to this summer, finally I don’t have to drink to Michigan for a great IPA, it’s right in my backyard!

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Photo of beerbuddah
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have been drinking this for quite some, figured I should review it. Had many american IPAs, this beer definitely holds a candle to them, although it's one of a select few brewed up in Canada.

Appears like an IPA should, golden yellow with a hint of orange. The head is frothy and lacy, and it sticks around.

Smells like hops, some grapefruitiness there.

Taste is great. Very much like grapefriuts during the aftertaste. Bitter, yet drinkable.

Mouthfeel is very important to me. This beer has the right amount of carbonation.

overall, a delicious beer, and to me - the best of it's kind (would like some more to compare them to) in Canada.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Re-reviewing this one after drinking it a fair bit lately.

A - Poured a nice copper colour with a two finger fluffy white head. Bits in suspension. Good carbonaiton, good lace rings, and a finger of retention.

S - Piney, pineapple core, citrus. Pleasant.

T - Quite piney. Citrus and pineapple. A bit less strong than the aroma, but enjoyable and the pine comes out nicely.

M - Good bitterness, good carbonation, medium body. Good feel to it.

O/D - A pretty drinkable and enjoyable IPA. Upon first trying this I enjoyed it, but after a few years of drinking it, I realize its quality and recognize its importance in the Ontario brewing scene.

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Muskoka Mad Tom IPA from Muskoka Brewery
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