shrubber85 (10524) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Orange-grapefruit malt and grapefruit peel/pine aroma. Hazy golden yellow with moderate head. Sweet orange-lime malt and moderately bitter grapefruit peel/pine flavor. Nice balance. Pretty tasty.
HippyHop (601) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Once again I don’t quite get the hype with this stuff. As with the regular Mad Tom there’s some nice citrus/pine hop aromas, but there’s also this weird tangy, pungent background smell that I find unpleasant. I feel like this stuff smells and tastes rustic, but in a bad way. The malt is nice and hearty, and there’s some nice hop stuff going on but....meh.
Franckg (1106) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2015
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Arômes de houblons frais et de sucre. Tout porte à croire qu’on a une double IPA typique et bien balancée. En bouche, c’est autre chose. On reçoit un uppercut de houblons bien amer suivi par un goût résineux. En final, on note un soupçon de caramel et résine de pin avec un peu d’astringence. L’amertume est longue et fait penser à du zeste d’orange.
zeruulln (4) - - JAN 15, 2015 does not count
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour: Cloudy slightly dark amber, next to no head which was a surprise with the amount of fizz present.
Smell: Strong Fruity Smell with a touch of pine
Taste: An initial very sweet tasting blast of grapefruit and pine with touch of lemon and a slightly bitter creamy after taste again with hints of pine leaving you wanting another sip. All and all a very hoppy taste overall but that is to be expected with a "twice as mad ipa".
Thoughts: Not a beer I would want to get drunk from a little to sweet and can feel the hangover from the first sip if I swam in a case of these. Overall it is not a bad beer but it feels like it is missing something. I find good beers always have a unique flavor sometimes hidden or sometimes jumps right out at you but this beer seems to lack this.
Endorsement: I would probably recommend this to a friend but just as a taster so either singles or two like I got in Muskoka’s winter sample pack. It is a very sweet hoppy beer so I wouldn’t recommend drinking a whole bunch but it is well worth a try, not my cup of tea but I could see others enjoying this beer.
shdougan (48) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is easily one of the better imperial IPA’s I have ever had. Pours a hazy pale gold and has aromas of pine, citrus, and a whole lot of grapefruit. It’s a medium bodied ale with a light fizzy carbonation. The grapefruit really shines through upon tasting. There’s a perfect balance of malt and bitterness with a nice long finish. Very fresh tasting, no boozy flavor whatsoever.
JoeZasada (308) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a reddish amber, slightly hazy with supended hop particles, thin but lasting white head. Moderate carbonation. Spruce hoppy aroma. Taste is bitter, with spruce tones, over a sweet, thick malt base. Finish is bitter, with spruce and grass notes, and a lasting hop bitter burn. Very good.
Ratman197 (13076) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured a hazy golden amber with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of bread, grapefruit, earthiness, light orange zest and a hint of lemon zest. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of bread, grapefruit, earthiness and light pine with a crisp dry moderatly bitter lingering earthy finish.
manuelMTL (240) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is slightly hazy orange. Strong caramel malt sweetness in the nose with some vanilla. Fruit aroma is grapefruit. Lots of pine and grassy hops. Strong resinous hoppy bitterness on the tongue. Strong sweet malt backbone with some fresh bread notes. Heavy brew. Fruitiness balances the bitterness with grapefruit and mango flavors. Chocolate and toffee notes at the end. Good brew!
gregorymconway (216) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
355ml bottle from the LCBO. Light copper transparent body with very thin head. A hop profile on the nose that hits you from feet away. Noble hop: pine, grapefruit, citrus, floral bouquet. Very well balanced and intergrated for being double dry hopped and 8.4%. The hops are intense on the nose, however on the palate you can really get the hop nuances. Earthy, pine, grapefruit, subtle alcohol notes.
plaugher (390) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle into a tumbler. Clear copper pour with a fluffy off-white head. Woody, grassy nose and a touch of citrus. Crisp and pleasant, alcohol well-hidden; light bitterness in the finish. Very pleasant!