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Muskoka Twice As Mad Tom IPAMuskoka Twice As Mad Tom IPA
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Brewed by:
Muskoka Brewery
Ontario, Canada
muskokabrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
While the legend of Mad Tom is laden with mystery and intrigue, one thing remains clear - Mad Tom did things his own way. Twice as Mad Tom is an aggressively twice dry-hopped Imperial India Pale Ale, that delivers a definitive hop aroma and unabashedly big bold flavor. We brew this beer with the road less traveled in mind, and in the spirit of old Mad Tom, we make no bones about it.

71 IBU

Added by CAMRAhardliner on 10-28-2012

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70
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279
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
9.98%
 
 
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Photo of PorterPro125
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 473 mL Can

L- Pours a Slight Copper yellow topped by a towering white pillowy head. Thick lacing. Fantastic retention.

S- A fairly faint aroma, but I can gather a Pine and citrus hoppiness. Slight malty sweetness.

T- Very much the same as the aroma with the Pine being more prevalent. A nice, solid citrus bitterness on the finish. Well balanced flavours.

F- Full body and low-moderate carbonation. Was definitely expecting more carbonation but it works pretty well here.

O- Overall, Twice as Mad Tom is a pretty enjoyable Imperial IPA. It has a lot of strong hop flavours to offer without being too bitter or overbearing.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muskoka Brewery "Twice As Mad Tom Double IPA"
11.5 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BEFORE MAR 22 2017" and sampled on 17 JAN 2017
$2.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

I was expecting Muskoka's Twice As Mad Tom Double IPA to be just that, a doubled up version of Mad Tom IPA, but in looking at them side by side they're different in color. Mad Tom is a little darker and more amber while Twice As Mad Tom is more of a deep gold. You can even see the color difference coming through in the heads. With that said I'll just repeat what I said about the original Mad Tom, and state that Twice As Mad Tom initially pours a fingerprint-clear deep gold 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. Nice head retention and lacing. Moving forward...

The aroma is sweetish with golden malt and softly piney and citrusy hops. Alcohol is noted, waiting in the wings for its cue to step forward in the flavor. Overall it's not a bold aroma, but that's alright, there are plenty of double IPAs that are more about strength and body than they are about doubling the hops.

The flavor opens it up, bringing more citrus and tropical flavors including tangerine and pineapple, but also more grainy malt as well. The pine remains, but it seems lighter than expected; and alcohol is present, but no more so than is actually required for a double IPA - without it something would be missing, and it might seem too malty. It may even be adding a bit of a coconut note. It's bitter, solidly bitter, but not overdone as there's malt to be balanced, yet it finishes dry as the residual notes of malt fade amidst the soft citrus and tropical fruit notes.

Full bodied in the mouth (or at least medium-full), the malt is clear, and the carbonation comes through as softly bristling before warming to become smooth and creamy.

Conclusion: Nicely balanced between sweetish grainy malts, piney/citrusy/grassy hops, alcohol, and bitterness. Satisfying and easy to drink in a relaxed way (not necessarily a sipper). Nicely done, well-balanced, rounded, and polished. Worth trying.

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Photo of Jesterr44
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Lightly golden with a large foamy head on a hard pour which fades at a medium pace. Lacing remains.
S: Nice citrusy hops.
T: Lots of hops with a very nice blend of citrus with some pine, grassy, mango/melon/plum and a smooth finish without harsh bitterness.
F: Quite full & smooth.
Overall: Perhaps the best Canadian IPA I've had. I like it alongside Fat Tug although the taste is somewhat different with more citrus & a little less mango. I just had one right after my finishing my last:( Heady Topper and it compared nicely. I will likely be enjoying this fine DIPA often!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Orange coloring, medium heavy haze. Chalky white head is two fingers and holds well. Strong show of carbonation, good coverage of lace with spongey daps on the vessel.

S: Sweet resiny pine hops and sugars first on the aroma. Grapefruit, sweet green leaves, sweet tang of tangerines alcohol, grapefruit sugars with a nice tone.

T: Flavor had a big burst of sugary pine and grapefruit hops. Tart and tangy citrus, pale malts. Sugary alcohol, tangerine notes, tangy tropical.

M: Medium-light body, tangy citrus hops glow on the hold, good amount of carbonation, milky texture.

O: Respectable in hop levels, a bit sweet and sugary alcohol mixes with tart and tangy tropical and citrus notes. Decent drinkability for 8.4%. When warms the alcohol becomes more prevalent.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light gold to light copper in color with a light haziness. There's a fingernail of brilliant white on top. Light lacing. The aroma is of pungent grapefruit and orange. I taste a very tart orange, grapefruit, and overripe pineapple hop profile. Light malt appears at the back of the palate. The mouth is dry, lightly sticky and chewy.

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Photo of runondirt
2.1/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

i'm drinking this a week past expiration date, so that's the disclamer. but as it stands, this beer is flat, like zero carbonation, with an aroma of a candy jar filled with mints and taste of turpentine and alcohol. claims to be unfiltered. not a single cell of yeast on the bottom of this bottle. i don't like when people pull my chain - this beer is a dog; see my other reviews, i'm always more than fair.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours hazy gold with a thick head. looks pretty damn good, it is unfiltered as well.

smell is very bland to me, not much going on here. bready malt and that's about it.

taste is bitter yet sweet. goes down smooth enough but could be smoother. i taste honey in this, caramel malt as well. finishes bitter and dry.

overall this is solid but nothing special. good taste but no aroma and the mouthfeel isn't great.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This falls within the pale and somewhat boozy tasting area of the double India pale ale spectrum. The alcohol flavor comes across as a bit strong in a style where hop flavor usually manages to overwhelm the higher alcohol content.
That being said, this is an enjoyable serving of beer. There are some mango flavor in there, along with some potent hop flavors. I'd get this again but it is likely that there will be something available for me to try that I would rather try before I revisit this.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle into snifter. enjoy before feb 4 2016. consumed nov 23 2015

a: clear light amber with off-white head

s: abundant sweet brown sugar with moderately strong grapefruit aromas as well as pine and orange. a touch of mango-y tropical character and some cantaloupe

t: follows the nose, a sweet and piney-citrusy beer with low bitterness for a DIPA

m: great creamy feel with ample carbonation

o: unspectacular but still highly enjoyable

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a nice tropical dry finish, however I'm sure they didn't double hop chinook and centennial groin contrast to their "mad Tom," which is upsetting to me because those are two of my top five favorite hops. I was foolish to expect this beer to be epically elite, but it still was a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Stignacious
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange out of the bottle, with a quickly dissipating head, and decent lacing as weak rings cling to the side of the glass. What really stood out to me about this beer were the intensity of the floral and herbal notes. They really mask the alcohol content, and the dry tropical finish makes this a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear and amber with a stately orange hue. Cream colored head that fell lazy and left a ring and some lace. Nose is very light with tropical and floral. No real malt scent on the nose. Taste is a juicy tropical with an herbal backing. As light bit of pepper and a little citrusy zing. Bitterness is balanced well. The mid palate is tart and earthy with grapefruit and bitter pith. Malt gives up a bit of cracker before the finish. medium mouthfeel with a touch of slickness. Bit of pepper and spice on the finish.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Very hazy flat copper color, with a modest white head that also flattens out into a thin layer over the beer. There are several columns of carbonation rising to the top but appear to be relatively fine looking. Lacing is good, with lots of small foam patches clinging to the side of the glass.

S- Bittering hops preside as the main aroma found here. Very Earthy as well, with smells of soil, fresh leaves and hints of citrus. Smooth smelling as well....

T- This is malty sweet and citrus fruit hit the palate right up front, with very bittering floral flavors hitting the back of my throat. I do find that the alcohol is noticeable even though it isn't harsh or anything. There is a hint of caramel milkiness about it as well....

M/O- Full in the mouth, and super smooth, this is a super flavorful brew that lives up to its style in my opinion! It's not my favorite style but it is a good representation of what it's supposed to be and the alcohol is generally well hidden but it is noticeable....I don't think I'd buy this again myself but for the hopheads out there....get this!

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Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a nonic a clear brass color with a hlf finger white head that settles quickly.Alot of caramel and toffee in the nose with some piney hops about even with the malts,seems like par for the course for the style here.Lemony and citrusy with a big sweetish caramel and alcohol element,there is some butteriness in there as well wich you don't find much in a DIPA.Not bad but it's too sweet for my liking really.

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Photo of Tilly
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Exceptional beer from Muskoka Brewers. Unfiltered amber color! Obvious citrus with tonnes of hop. Taste is not disappointing. Grapefruit, malt flavours. Relaxing feel. Some bitterness. Great showing!

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not allowed to eat grapefruit because of meds, never thought I'd experience a feel so close as this. The taste of the malt from this is great too, leading to a warm, rich flavour. Absolutely awesome.

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Photo of Franck
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Nose of fresh hops and sugar. It seems to be a typical and well balanced dipa.
In mouth, that' an other thing... An uppercut of bitter hops followed by a resinous taste. In final, hint of caramel and pine resin with a small astringency
Bitterness is long and fruity (orange zest)

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Photo of Dna_Infinity
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to Glass

Appearance - Poured a hazy copper/orange, a lot of hop haze, a nice white head

Smell - Tropical fruits, pine as well, strong smell

Taste - Same as the smell, tropical fruits, pine comes through, good amount of bitterness

Overall - A well made DIPA

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Photo of patre_tim
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Copper, hazy, little carbonation of a few small bubbles rising evenly throughout the brew, a finger of off white head. Good lacing.

S: Caramel, malt, orange candy, caramelized onions. All very subdued compared to some, present and strong but not knocking me out.

T: Caramel, orange candy, caramelized onions, big bitterness, balancing sweetness, much more pronounced in the taste than the smell.

M: Thick and bready, syrupy, and resinous all in balance, but it finishes smooth and dry.

O: Excellent double IPA. Its overall a great brew on all accounts, and one that I could drink repeatedly. Drank on by 41st birthday, May 15th, 2014.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip pint glass, no obvious bottle dating.

Slightly hazy orange amber body, but there's a nice cherry hint towards the top. Thick and very symmetrical bleach white creamed head that forms three fingers with clumpy lacing and great retention. Solid looker.

Interesting nose, not a huge hop blast but a good mix of thick alcohol and caramel sweetness and citrus rushing hops. Chewy and leafy citrus orange and tangerines thickness abounds.

Palate has a noticeable sweetness and heavy alcohol thickness with good tolerable hop bitterness. Slightly leafy green and minty mouthwash coating, and toothpaste breath finish. Large thick malt caramel and sweetness with some syrupy orange qualities. Thick alcohol sugars but not horrifically sweet actually, and quite a good sense of buried boozy qualities.

Interesting take, but the mix is sort of fighting just a little with each other between hop and malt, and it's also noticeable on sugar first. Very easy drinking though and pleasurable.

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Photo of Derek69
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass, perfect amount of head. Immediately smelled of pineapple juice, tasted quite sweet and like a hoppy version of pineapple. Very palatable, not off-putting at all. Very drinkable, lots of hops, nice colour, minimal lacing. Nice IPA for the cottage.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Back into IPA/DIPA territory for this review, another Canadian craft brew and another take on a hoppy high ABV brew to combat the bogshite sub-zero temperatures here in Cowtown right now. Twice as Mad Tom is a light orange brew (light for a DIPA?) with ample white head. Aroma is rich and malty with some tropical and citrus hop notes, but the malt stands out. Taste includes some unique elements for a DIPA ... There's some red grapefruit and orange hop flavors that combine with a considerable sweetness to produce an effect like orange breakfast drink crystals, along with some gooseberry, guava, and pine, although the latter is not harshly bitter and medicinal. The aforementioned sweetness is compelling: There are flavors like marshmallow or cotton candy, caramel corn, a hint of strawberry. A roasted (almost smoky) vibe like strong coffee emerges in the finish. Interesting. I am thinking of those molasses kiss candies in your Halloween bag, the ones in the orange and yellow wrapper than you couldn't pay people to take off your hands. I liked them for some reason. Like many DIPAS, the hop punch does add up and the lips do get a bit numb (which is probably the sneaky ABV as well), but overall I was impressed by the smooth and almost subtle approach to bitterness in such a big beer.

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Photo of BeerStoreTop10
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Definitely not your father's mad tom. This one is approximately twice as mad, if not more than the original. Twice as much hops, twice as long kettle time and twice as much Tom make this beer a winner. THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN VERIFIED FOR ACCURACY BY MUSKOKA BREWERY.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up in the Fall Brewmaster's Sampler pack Bottle #1 of 6. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy, orange / copper color with a creamy 1.5 fingers of ivory colored head on top. The head looks fluffy and light and lingers for a while leaving some nice streaky lacing in the glass. Pretty impressive. Swirling the glass once well into the beer will re-create am impressive temporary head as well.

Smell - Pine and spruce notes with a bit of lemon. Wooded forest aromas. Also some sweetness that cuts through and prevents complete hop domination.

Taste - Piney and spruce flavors come through again with a smoked wooden undertone especially at the back end. Some coffee flavors in there too but subdued and not as bitter, kinda like a cappuccino. Big malts in the middle of this tasting. Fairly complex flavor that was enjoyable and more complicated than the aromas would leave you to believe.

Mouthfeel - Dry finish, full, robust but also a wet feeling int he mouth that helps quench the thirst. medium carbonation.

Overall - Excellent beer, one of my favorites from the area and has surprising depth to the flavor combinations as the cappuccino on the back end was new to me. Very delicious and a repeat purchase certainly.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good Canadian attempt at an IPA. Pretty expensive though which brings down it's value for the money a bit. 4 pack at The Beer Store for just over $13.00.

A- Nice copper colour. Good head on pour.

S- Rather nice bouquet, hints of floral.

T- Moderately good example of an DIPA/IPA. As a Canadian brew not bad, as an international brew, not so good.

M- Typical IPA

O- Again very good for Canada, pretty mediocre for the world

Thx for looking

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