Muskoka Brewery – Twice as Mad Tom Double IPA: Brewed in Bracebridge, Ontario at a strength 8.4% abv and 71 IBUs, this craft beer was enjoyed at home from a 12 oz bottle.
Aroma and Appearance: Pours a copper orange gold colour with 1 finger of foam, some bubbles and a bit of sediment not uncommon to Double IPA’s. The aroma is bread malt, caramel, grapefruit rind, tropical mango and pine resin which is almost over the top from the aggressive double dry hopping.
Flavour: Lots of sweet grainy bread malt, with a nice sharp bitter kick balanced by a smooth body and lots mango, caramel and a bit of spice. This hits every part of your taste buds, including your soft palette and finishes with a nice bitter tropical hop aftertaste full of woodsy pine.
Overall Impression: this beer is fantastic, decently balanced with flavours that complement each other, but still manage to stand out at the right time. I love Double IPA’s in general and this one really rises to the occasion.
Rating: I would easily rate this as 9/10 for a craft beer as in fantastic, probably my favourite Double IPA so far.
Food Pairing: Don’t, just enjoy this one…but if you must, do try it with a moldy cheese like blue Stilton.