Saturday, 5 October 2013

Twice as Mad Tom IPA

Twice as Mad Tom IPA is brewed by the Muskoka Brewery in Bracebridge, Ontario. This colossal, bitter brew is the stocky older sibling of the excellent Mad Tom IPA. A double I.P.A., Twice as Mad Tom IPA has a robust 8.4% alcohol content. It's comes in 355mL bottles and is sold in convenient four packs, which I dig.

This strong ale is a clear, brassy brown colour topped with a very durable off white head. It has a fair degree of carbonation. There's a jumbo aromatic hop aroma, which is pretty hempy. It's an extremely bitter, hop-driven brew. Some pleasant caramel sweetness lives  deep in the heart of this one, but evergreen hoppiness is by far the dominant note. It's very flavourful and the high alcohol content is dangerously cloaked.

The original Mad Tom is one of the best Canadian India Pale Ales that I've ever tried. Twice as Mad Tom is well worthy of the name. If you see it, you should buy it, but only if you're into big hops flavour.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

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