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Brewed by Muskoka Brewery
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Bracebridge, Canada
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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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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 & unabashedly big bold flavour. 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.


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2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, - MAY 23, 2013
In short: A sugary boozy bitter golden IPA. High aggression, low drinkability. Meh.
How: Bottle 341ml, consumed fresh a few weeks after purchase.
The look: Shining clear golden body topped by a medium off-white head with good retention.
In long: The predominantly hoppy nose is grassy+citrusy and also a bit sweet. Not fresh aromatic citrus fruits here, more like dried fruits and candied fruits. In mouth the beer is very clean, polished toasted sugary malts, a bit too much residual sugars for my liking, alcohol is very much apparent (feels more than 8.4%), resinous hops that are part-grassy part-citrusy part-conifero. Brutal bitterness augmented by the alcohol bite. Seems like crystal malts were abused in this one. Feels like intensity was the goal in the creation of this beer, how to make a simple IPA as aggressive as possible while keeping the abv relatively low. Drinkability is unacceptably low for a beer of this style and gravity. I can’t give it a very low score because it is so clean and professional but this is pretty much the exact opposite of what I’m looking for in an IPA nowadays. A bottle given to me by my brother because he didn’t want it after he saw Muskoka employees pissing in the fermenters, but that’s not true, my brother is a pathological liar, even worse, all this story is not true, my brother never told me that, we are all pathological liars in my family.


3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Franckg (136) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2015
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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
zeruulln (4) - - JAN 15, 2015 does not count
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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shdougan (48) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeZasada (295) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (10336) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2014
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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
manuelMTL (191) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2014
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!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gregorymconway (163) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2014
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
plaugher (212) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
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!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
veronneaupy (188) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 1, 2014
Au nez, on sent une belle amertume, le miel/sucre avec un odeur de riches grains. En bouche, c'est riche et enveloppant. Je les aime plus fruité/floral que ça, mais j'apprécie tout de même le produit. La finale est alcoolisée et longue. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3735) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2014
From a 12 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper orange with a thick off white head. Fruity nose. Flavors of grapefruit and blood oranges. Bitter finish.


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