“Nestled in the heart of Muskoka, Muskoka Brewery handcrafts premium beers as unique and refreshing as the region they’re from. Founders Gary McMullen and Kirk Evans kicked the doors of Muskoka Brewery open in June of 1996. What started as a very small and dedicated team has quickly grown to a passionate band of craft beer lovers over 100 strong. In short, we have a passion for great craft beer and we hope you get a chance to try it and enjoy it.”
DETOUR: 90 Points
This Session IPA is available year-round in 11.5 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Muskoka Detour is a 4.3% abv ale described as a “sessionable IPA” with a “rewarding aroma and big hop flavours.”
My Description: Muskoka has delivered an easy drinking beer that doesn’t sacrifice flavor and body. It pours a decent sized, white colored head that lasts the whole way leaving behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma smells clean and inviting with notes of tropical and citrus hops along with a hint of spice. Detour is light/medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is enjoyable with notes of citrus hops and a hint of herbal hops. Pale malt notes can also be detected. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and satisfying. This is a nicely executed session IPA. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled jerk chicken, Thai noodles, or a spicy salad.
ABV: 4.3% Color: Hazy Gold Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 4.5/10
MAD TOM: 92 Points
This IPA is available year-round in 11.5 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “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.”
My Description: This is very smooth and flavorful IPA that is easy drinking. It begins with a decent, off-white colored head that fades to a film that holds the whole way leaving behind some spotty lacing. The aroma is welcoming with potent citrus hop notes along with notes of grapefruit, malt, and herbs. Mad Tom is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is balanced nicely for an IPA; a solid malt presence and grain undertones set the foundation for the strong grapefruit hop notes. This ale showcases the citrus hops for sure, but there is also an herbal presence and a hint of pine hops to add character. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and very clean. Overall, if you love citrus hops this will be extremely satisfying. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with a deep dish pizza, Thai noodles, or potent cheeses.
ABV: 6.4% Color: Hazy Gold/Honey Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 5.5/10
TWICE AS MAD TOM: 88 Points
This Imperial IPA is available year-round in 11.5 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “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 and unabashedly big bold flavor.”
My Description: Twice as Mad Tom isn’t the same hop punch as its little brother but still delivers that Mad Tom flavor profile. It begins with a decent, off-white colored head with a great retention level that holds the whole way leaving behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant with notes of grapefruit hops and a hint of caramel malt; there are also some faint onion notes from the hops. Twice and Mad is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile is pleasant enough but it s not balanced as cleanly as the original Mad Tom. Notes of grapefruit hops, caramel hops, and a hint of tropical notes can be detected but there is also an interesting note in the background that I could not put my finger on. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and lingers slightly. Overall, this is a nice IIPA that is smooth and easy drinking but doesn’t separate itself from the herd. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled Cod, blue cheese, or spicy tofu.
ABV: 8.4% Color: Hazy Gold/Orange Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 5/10