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Muskoka Mad Tom IPA | Muskoka Brewery

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Muskoka Mad Tom IPAMuskoka Mad Tom IPA

Brewed by:
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: 125 | Ratings: 437
Photo of Jesterr44
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of SSS
2.97/5  rDev -23.7%
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

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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 fscottkey
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of AMBNT_notes
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Lewnanny
2.21/5  rDev -43.2%
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.

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Photo of Baller60
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of hophoarder
2.55/5  rDev -34.4%
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

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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 kevinlater
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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

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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 Samuel_Merryweather
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look is somewhere between copper and gold. Head is a bit underwhelming and subsides quickly. Scent is a bit piny with a tiny bit of lemon. Quite floral with a bit of bitter. Great scent.

Taste was a bit of a let down. Not getting as much lemon as the text on the can would suggest. There's a strong hop flavour but nothing that makes it stand apart. A bit jumbled if you ask me.

Wanted more from this. Very curious about the twice as mad Tom.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber/bright orange color with powerful amount of subtle activity. Frothy beige half a finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with very good legs.

Aromas of tropical fruits and caramel. Flavors of pine, orange, coriander, fresh floral and herbal spices. Caramel biscuit feel with a grassy end. Nice balance with a good dose of sugar while having a strong sharpness but not overly spicy.

Smooth creamy medium body with the perfect amount of zesty carbonation. Well intensified medium strength finish, ending with a tongue numbing citrus feel, dash of spicy hops, and a dry piney coat.

Overall this is a good craft offering tasty flavors and a very fresh feel. Good accessibility being a little faint and low intensity.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A great ipa that hits with its chinook and centennial hops like a champ. Was thinking their twice as mad Tom was going to blow this out of the water, I was wrong.

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Photo of MacPhergus
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours with slight haze, pale and a good white head. Aroma is moderate citrus/pine. Taste bitter, clean dry; bitterness slightly sharp and a little yeasty. Body a little light, bitter lingers.

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Photo of EricVonStein
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden honey colour with an inch of thick off white foam that clears up quickly. Not a lot of visible carbonation. Unfiltered but almost entirely clear with no residue.

The first scents are nothing but big citrusy hopps, tonnes of em! Grapefruit is very evident. More and more fruits in the scent after several mouthfuls, like some cherry.

Taste is big bold bitter hops, grapefruit again following the aromas, then orange peel on the finish. The bitter stays on your tongue well after. Very little carbonation on the tongue. Some depth comes in the form of small hints of roasty grain, but just a hint.

Overall quite smooth with good body and well balanced for an IPA with a BIG hit of American style hopps - obviously the dominant flavour. I like it more than many American style IPAs and feel like i could have several of these in one sitting without my taste buds getting burnt out!

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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 nyyfanatic213
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pleasantly surprised with this one, a good balance of pine to citrus bitterness with just enough of a malt backbone to keep things in check overall. On the downside, the body was a little thin for me, and the fact that these bottles are 11.5 oz instead of the standard 12 oz was a minor annoyance, but neither of which are enough to prevent me from recommending this beer

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Photo of utopiajane
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nose opens up with earthy grapefruit some bright fresh orange and a slight hops herbal. Sweet touch of biscuit and honey from malt. Color is hazed golden orange amber with yellow sunshine hues. A white head that fell fast but kept refreshing. Minimal lace. Mouthfeel is a lighter side of medium. The herbal on the palate steals the show in this one. It has such a good strong green with not too much sweetness and a hint of spice. The orange is subtle but resides on the palate gently as a moderate and pretty clean bitter takes the finish to show you a bit of sticky honey on that biscuit and that fresh orange to linger. Balanced,tight and very well done.

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Photo of bendythumb
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Splendid IPA. The balance of Chinook and Centennial hops lusciously licks my palate with each swallow. The citrus undertones illuminate the heavy hops with a incandescent glow. A staple of the Ontario IPA scene, Mad Tom will not fail to warm your loins!

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Photo of Roby923
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned from the LCBO. Smooth and refreshing. Chinook and centennial hops provide a citrusy smell and taste. One of the best IPAs out of Ontario. Highly recommended.

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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 Logan12321
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange, very short lived head. Smells inviting, grapefruit and citrus on the nose. Tastes like the smell, sweet and yet also bitter. Caught a few tastes of pineapple in the finish. Leaves that bitterness on the tongue to keep you for the next sip. Very low carbonation, has a crisp bitterness that goes even with the taste

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 355 mL Bottle

A- Pours Orange-Gold. Topped by a 1 1/2 finger head that fades away to a thin skim fairly quickly.

S- Grapefruit backed up by lots of resiny pine aromas. Pleasing and inviting.

T- Similar to the smell but a little more intense on the pine side of things. Starts of citrusy and finishes with a pine bitterness. Gives enough bitterness without being overpowering.

M- Nice and dry. Medium feel and low-medium carbonation.

O- One of the solid IPA's from Muskoka. Excellent aroma and satisfying taste. Definitely will be buying this one again.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A good friend of mine swears by Mad Tom and I completely understand why. It is a nice looking IPA. The hazy orange body and finger of foam set you up, and the faint grapefruit nose help pull you in. The flavour is crisp, dry and refreshing. There is a evergreen finish that leaves you ready for another. This is a quality brew from a solid Ontario brewery!

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