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Muskoka Mad Tom IPA | Muskoka Brewery

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Muskoka Mad Tom IPAMuskoka Mad Tom IPA
BA SCORE
3.87/5
Very Good
461 Ratings
Muskoka Mad Tom IPAMuskoka Mad Tom IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Muskoka Brewery
Ontario, Canada
muskokabrewery.com

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

Added by heebes on 05-26-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,276
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
461
pDev:
13.18%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
137
Trade:
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Ratings: 461 |  Reviews: 135
Photo of Evangaline
1.47/5  rDev -62%
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.

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Photo of Easton70
2.96/5  rDev -23.5%
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......

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Photo of mmhannon
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rjcohen
2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

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Photo of gotgopher2
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of eberesford
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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?

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Photo of HardyA
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of davidward
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A traditional version of the style. Nice hoppy textures with a little malt. Not sweet at all. Very nice.

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Photo of CanadianBacon316
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StormAles
4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jshugart
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer that got me into craft beer. Best always available ipa with some competition from boneshaker. Amazing beer!

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Photo of kier
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good if you can find it fresh, which I haven't been able to since 2012

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Photo of ericbridenbaker
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of ewpass
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice head with excellent lacing, citrus nose, firm body with strong resinous finish. Great example of style.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of msondel
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Squeezyq
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FishyCanada
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Jsalz21
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Act25
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of binno
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jesterr44
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Muskoka Mad Tom IPA from Muskoka Brewery
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 461 ratings
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