Bad Tom Smith is committed to brewing a wide variety of styles of beer, while keeping them approachable for both newcomers to craft beer and veterans alike. You will see a few styles done by Bad Tom that stand out, such as a Kentucky Common and an American Strong Ale, which go alongside traditional styles such the flagship Bad Tom Brown Ale, and different types of IPAs.
The Doc’s Kentucky Common is of note, as the style had died out with Prohibition before recently making a comeback. Bad Tom’s take on this classic style provides drinkers with a dark looking beer that drinks surprisingly light, with just the slightest hint of tartness at the end.
Fink Red Rye is another beer that stands out in in Bad Tom’s portfolio. Fink is neither a traditional rye beer, nor the newer “RyePA” it has elements of both while maintaining its own identity. The 32 IBUs don’t prepare patrons for the strong notes of Falconer’s Flight that come through, and the rye designation doesn’t relay the toffee and caramel notes – nor the spiciness – provided by the American rye malts.
For the hopheads, Bad Tom has session, Imperial, and North East IPAs. The American Outlaw session IPA is done in the traditional West Coast style, and strongly features Simcoe hops. The CINfully HOPnotic Double IPA has five different hops that add up to the smoothest 115 IBU brew you’d ever want to drink, and the Hazy River New England IPA brings a tropical fruit flavor up front with a slightly piney finish, for a unique imbibing experience.
All told, Bad Tom brings 11 core styles to patrons, along with their seasonal and small-batch offerings. The lineup is deliberately meant to hold a widespread appeal – demonstrating the brewery’s commitment to providing a great beer drinking experience for everyone.