Thursday, June 16, 2011

OCB Series - Muskoka Cottage Brewery - Mad Tom IPA

6.4% ABV

70 IBU's

"Inspired by late night stories around the fire, Muskoka Mad Tom will instantly grab your attentnion. Dry-hopped with Chinook and Centennial hops, this IPA has a vibrant aroma, depth of flavour and crisp citrusy undertow like no other. So brace yourself, and crack one open for old Mad Tom"

The Pour

A nice golden straw like colour with a slight orange hue. One and half to two fingers of head with fine small bubbles. Some slight haze. This could be from the temperature or slight hop haze. I would lean towards the hop haze as it lingered.

Aroma

Wonderful citrusy nose, as can be expected from a beer dry hopped with Chinook and Centennial hops. There are some piney esters and some slight earthy tones. A pleasant hint of orange peel.

Taste

Wonderful grapefruit from that Centennial. There is some malt sweetness and biscuit flavours and a pleasant bitterness. Definitely a nice play between the Chinook and Centennial. Floral, lemon peel and citrus notes balanced with some bitterness and pine. The malt works well offstage to fill the overall flavour profile.

Overall Impressions

This is a fine example of a well put together IPA. For me, I enjoy a hoppy beer and especially enjoy Centennial hops for their citrus qualities (Cascade and Amarillo are right up there too). Even at 6.4% ABV I think this is a very drinkable beer. The higher alcohol by volume is masked very well. Very solid beer. I would give it a "A".

Available at the LCBO (239749) 6 x 355mL $12.95

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