Every time I see this beer I start to feel the nostalgia of my first camping trip with Shawna. We had a 6-pack of this and a 6-pack of the Twice as mad, both from Muskoka Brewery. We spent many hours at night sipping these beers while watching the camp fire. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Muskoka really focuses on the wilderness imagery for their marketing.
When reviewing a beer it’s best to do it as blind as possible, but to be frank, I already have very positive vibes with this beer because of that little trip. If you are looking for an unbiased review, you may want to look elsewhere.
I have to admit, I love the story they have for this beer. Mad Tom is told to be a great story teller that told tales over a campfire… Oh god, it keeps reminding me of camping. It’s almost spring, I can wait, no need for winter camping…. but oh man do I miss camping.
You can pick up Mad Tom at either the LCBO or the Beer Store. The LCBO has it listed at $13.80 for a 6-pack and it sits at 6.4% ABV.
Let’s just get on to the tasting notes:
Appearance: Hint of orange and red. Filtered. Nice thick white head.
Aroma: Flowery hops. Bit of a vanilla and bready backbone.
Taste: Very bitter hit of citrus flavoured hops. Orange comes through. Not much malt here. Very earthy taste to it. Nice thick mouth feel.
Aftertaste: Straight up bitter hops.
Overall: A wonderful beer for camping in the spring!