Twice As Mad Tom IPA
Muskoka Brewery

Twice As Mad Tom IPATwice As Mad Tom IPA
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,956
ABV:
8.4%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,832
Avg:
4 | pDev: 9.75%
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
303
From:
Muskoka Brewery
 
Ontario, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  75
SCORE
89
Very Good
Twice As Mad Tom IPATwice As Mad Tom IPA
Notes: 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
Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 303 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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SSS from Canada (QC)

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Yellow with a chill haze and a solid white head with good lacing
S-Notes of ripe fruit, raisins and subtle pine
M-Medium body and carbonation, with a very assertive alcoholic punch that is not very pleasant
T-Sweet and alcoholic upfront with nutty notes and a push toward the high ABV
O-Was hoping this was somewhat more balanced. Great flavours but the alcohol is heavy and quite apparent

Sep 08, 2021
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Tony787 from Canada (ON)

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I bought a can at the lcbo in Ontario poured a 1 finger head into glass that leaves a lace as you drink it good carbonation and aroma.
hoppy and lots citrus tropical fruits and bitterness .
overall a strong smooth and very nice imperial IPA
cheers.

Dec 05, 2020
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Wubufatoto from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm up at my place at the northern most tip of Newfoundland. Good beer is hard to get here. My local liquor store hasn't had one IPA in more than two months, so I drove to the bigger store some 30 miles away.(The nearest store with a real selection is 300 miles away!) They had one case of four packs of 12oz. Muskoka Mad Tom and a case of Twice as Mad 16oz. singles. This is only the second time in the 20plus years I've been coming here that I've seen any double IPA up here--so I bought half of them for $4.29 each. Who knows if we'll ever see any more...ever.

This is a great brew, very much to my taste, which prefers lighter colored unroasted malt, which is quite fortunate as its the only double I can get. Very light yellow slightly gold colored with a decent head when poured into a big snifter(which I prefer with double IPAs and Belgian Tripels). Very refreshing fruity hoppy taste without the dankness that seems to overwhelm too many other doubles. There's definitely some alcohol here, but it is never the dominant note. This stuff feels right at home with the Stone Ruination 2.0 and Enjoy Bys and with my one darker double Dogfish 90. On a scale of 1-10, this would get a 9.5. Awesome.

Jul 06, 2019
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can pours a bright almost clear golden with 3 fingers white head. Aroma of sweet citrus, mango, caramel malt. Taste is a bittersweet citrus, pine - hops predominant with well balanced bitterness throughout . Full bodied creamy mouthfeel. Excellent.

Aug 08, 2018
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eberesford from Canada (ON)

3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours straw yellow with a thinnish head but good lacing. Aroma lightish - piney / citrusy... Flavour has some lemon sweetness slight graininess but is mostly overwhelmed by the hop bitterness and floral hops. The body is light for its strength and flavour with miderate carbination.

Sep 29, 2017
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PorterPro125 from Canada (NB)

4.12/5  rDev +3%
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.

Mar 09, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Jan 18, 2017
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Jesterr44 from Canada (ON)

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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: Moderately full & smooth.
Overall: One of the better Canadian IPAs 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 still tasted decent alongside greatness. I will likely be enjoying this fine DIPA often!

Oct 16, 2016
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev -4%
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.

Sep 23, 2016
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Aug 20, 2016
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runondirt from New Jersey

2.1/5  rDev -47.5%
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.

May 26, 2016
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Wiffler27 from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev +3%
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.

May 20, 2016
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ommegangpbr from New York

3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Apr 29, 2016
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kevinlater from Canada (ON)

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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

Nov 23, 2015
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TheBeerMaster1 from New York

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Aug 12, 2015
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Stignacious from New York

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Jul 14, 2015
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utopiajane from New York

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Jun 13, 2015
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ChrisCage from Canada (AB)

3.84/5  rDev -4%
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!

Jun 13, 2015
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oberon from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Jun 10, 2015
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Tilly from Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

May 04, 2015
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Borbly from Canada ()

4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Apr 12, 2015
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Franck from Canada (QC)

3/5  rDev -25%

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)

Oct 23, 2014
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Dna_Infinity from Canada (ON)

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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

Jun 30, 2014
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.2/5  rDev +5%
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.

May 16, 2014
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Dec 23, 2013
Twice As Mad Tom IPA from Muskoka Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 303 ratings