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Mad Anthony IPA - Mad Anthony Brewing Company

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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Mad Anthony Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: GreenWBush on 04-07-2005

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Ratings: 110 | Reviews: 60
Photo of todste
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into as traditional pint glass. Nice creamy head that dissipates pretty quickly but generous lacing left behind to the end. Nose is really resinous - pine, a little grapefruit, some varnish or furniture polish (not in a bad way). Taste is consistent with the smell with some malt upfront but finishing crisply. This is my local brewer that I've tended to overlook, but this needs to be revisited. A lot. Really a very nice, well balanced and very drinkable IPA.

Photo of mynie
4.58/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've tried several Mad Anthony brews in the past, and they've been very hit or miss--quality control is a recurring theme among smaller Indiana brewers. Since these guys have recently expanded, though, their beers have been much more consistent, and the IPA is a stellar standout.

It's a great, balanced, late-90's style Midwestern IPA. Think Alpha King, or 2 Hearted, or even Masala Mama. It doesn't quite have the fruity hop peaks of the offerings from Bells and FFF, nor does it quite have the same majestic balance of Town Hall's flagship, but it's still an excellent iteration of the same style.

These days, with every goddamn thing getting aged in a barrel and neophyte beer geeks refusing to sip anything that doesn't leave lesions on their tongues, it's nice to return to a relatively simpler time, when Goose Island's IPA was considered a hop bomb. This is an excellent flagship, and I recommend you all give it a try.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I didn't see this beer coming at one of my local haunts, but I wasn't gonna argue with a new beer. It pours a clear sunset bronze topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises spicy greens, light grapefruit rind, pine resin, and sweet caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, though with slightly stronger notes of grapefruit and pine. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sticky, drying finish. Overall, a pleasantly surprising IPA, one that came across quite hoppy without losing its sense of balance. Not bad at all.

Photo of RickS95
4.39/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's very dark for an IPA. A burnt copper, brownish color that's very hazy. The head is thick and full, couple finger's worth, and lasts forever. Fairly white with a nice sticky lace.

Has a wondeful pineapple-y citrusy smell. Some orange peel and honey. Definite hints of caramel malt.

Citrus bomb. Pineapple and grapefruit fill the taste buds. A bit of pine.

High acid, but not over the top. Huge citrus wallop. Slight resiney oil. Clear bitterness in the finish, but well balanced with the malt and citrus.

I think I could drink this every night. I love citrus in IPAs, especially with a pineapple taste. Very smooth, easy to drink, and the 6.5% ABV can sneak up on you. Top shelf IPA.

Photo of rinhaak
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mad Anthony IPA pours clean and clear with a quickly fading head. Aromas of dark grapefruit, earthy hops, and chamomile. A little syrupy in the mouth, these aromas manifest themselves into the primary flavors as well.

Overall, the beer is plenty drinkable, though it is an underwhelming IPA.

Photo of n2185
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a clear copper with three fingers of white head that fades into a dense, frothy cap with good lacing.

S: Grapefruit and herbal hop aromas dominate with some grassy notes as well. The aromas are somewhat muted, requiring a lot of swirling.

T: Grapefruit, herbal, and grassy flavors are strongest here as well. There's a slight chemical-like flavor in the beer, too. The finish is lightly bitter and dry.

M: Medium body with somewhat soft carbonation, this beer is slightly watery.

O: An alright IPA, though nothing special. While it looks lovely, the nose is too muted and the flavor has a slight off character to it. Still, it's not bad.

Photo of Ratman197
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured a lear orange wita lasting amber head. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness, ligh grtapefruit zest and a hint of pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness and light citrus with a smooth dry moderatly bitter finish.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 3 Floyds pint glass.

A- Big frothy off white 2 ½ finger head, dissipates slowly, really nice lacing. Cloudy dark orange brown color, carbonation is present.
S- Nutty, bready malts upfront, with citrus and pine coming out in the background.
T- Exactly what you smell, really bready and nutty, very malt forward beer, slight dryness from the hops, slight citrus as well and earthiness.
M- Light/medium mouthfeel, dry, nice carbonation.
O- I m not a fan of malty IPAs but this one is not that bad, it hits the spot after a long long day at work, easy drinkability.

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No clue about age - expect this to be a bit older.

A - nice copper color, small white head, lots of suspended globs.

S - Pine resin, yeast, spice, tropical fruits. Nice complexity, balance is ok.

T - Probably an older bottle, not much hops up front, some bitterness in the back. A funny chemical fruit sweetness dominates, almost waxy.

M - Very smooth, nice medium body.

O (D) - I can imagine this being excellent when fresh, but I may be deceiving myself. It's an ok IPA as is, but leaves a good deal to be desired.

Photo of Florida9
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep shade of amber. Forms a small, thin, but creamy little head that leaves some decent lacing.

S: Aromatic blend of citrus, primarily grapefruit and orange, with a lightly sweet floral scent to balance everything out.

T: Mildly sweet maltiness. Moderate pine bitterness. Some grapefruit and earthiness. Not overly exciting, but not bad, either.

M: On the lighter side of medium with appropriate carbonation.

O: This one fell on the lighter side for an IPA, probably a bit more malt forward than I would like, but actually quite balanced. Though I didn't find this beer to be an overly exciting, I felt it drank well and was still an above average IPA.

Photo of AllHoppedUp84
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received as a promotion at a local liquor store that I work for. Freshness was never in question as the bottle didn't even reach a store shelf. The beer was poured into a Dogfish pint glass. Since I received the beer upon arriving at work, I was forced to wait several hours before I could give it a shot but once I did, here is what i found.

A - Poured a nice dark copper color with an approximately 1 finger white head that dissipated quickly into merely a thin layer across the top. Despite the lack of retention, there was fantastic lacing throughout the glass.

S - Immediately I noticed smells of malt (possibly caramel) and pine along with some citrus hops. Nothing stood out and overpowered other smells which led to a good blended aroma.

T - The taste pretty closely follows suit with the smell. Malt and citrus followed up by a nice, smooth hoppy bitterness that lingers for a couple seconds. Again, very well blended and improves the overall drinkability.

M - Somewhat thin to medium bodied but with just the right hoppy aftertaste to leave my mouth tingling for another drink.

O - This was a beer that I was anxious to try and it did not disappoint. Certainly a drinkable beer that provided a good blend of caramel malts and pines along with the smooth bitterness that only good hops can provide.

Photo of tapman
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rusty orange with some brown, head is 1 finger and off white. Sediment floating around. Carbonated moderately-high.

Aroma is butter, pine, pineapple, white grape juice, and a little puff pastry.

Pine, pineapple, a sweet dough character remain, losing the others in the aroma, but a lot more shallow than in the nose. Resinous bitterness helps to fill things out, but the flavor falls a little flat compared to others like Lagunitas IPA Maximus or even goose island's IPA.

Dry and a little chalky.

Pretty decent and would be good on tap if they served it anywhere in Chicago.

Photo of IchabodcraneIpa
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw this at a local bar and thought it looked interesting. Poured into a tulip glass from the bottle.

The color is a surprising dark orange amber with a nice inch and a half head of thick foam billowing from the top.

The smell of this one is a wet hoppy smell that is very subtle in my nose.

The taste of this IPA is a nice malt beginning that was crisp and not too overbearing followed by a brilliant hop bitterness that was both piney and pronounced right on through to the hop aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was pretty wet throughout with a nice crisp finish with every sip.

Overall I really like this IPA, it was the perfect hop fix, and just what I needed for the night. I could definitely see this as being a hidden gem.

Photo of flyingspatula
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had been thinking about this one for awhile, but was hoping I could find an individual one. However, I brewed a batch of pale ale that turned out a little light (long story) so I thought, well I'll have one of mine then one of these and it should balance out, even if it's not a great one. Since it turned out to be a good one, it made my plan even better. The color is a really nice copper/orange brown. Kind of dark for an IPA. The smell is nice, good IPA smell, good hop wiff. The taste was a little surprising, more malty than I had expected. On the other hand it has a hoppy, very smooth after taste. Me likee!!! I probably wouldn't want to drink more than a few in a row, but it is worthy of a wholoe six-pack purchase!

Photo of tykees88
4.7/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap Mad Anthony Fort Wayne

A- A nice copper color with a burst of orange coming through. A very fluffy white head that is about one finger overall. The lacing is pretty on the way down. The head once again dissipates quickly though, leaving this just under a 5.

S- a very complex smell. I smell the hop scents of the tropical fruits. The pine cone smell is in the background. A little malt. very great conglomerate of smells.

T- WOW! What a balanced flavor of hops. The grapefruit, the pine, the sweet orange flavor. Some malt backbone. This is an IPA but its sweet. Not a killer on the IBU"s I would imagine, but this beer has so much else going for it that I wouldn't want it any other way.

M- Medium bodied, with some good carbonation. Very nice.

O- I can only tell you that I have been really hesitant to try this beer. It sits on the shelves in liquor stores in town. So don't try this beer unless you want it the way it was supposed to be. On tap at the pub, or buy the six pack of it from them, that's about the only way you can get it fresh.

A superb drinker that pleased me and will get me coming back.

Photo of jwinship83
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. no freshness dating, but this has been on the shelf for less than a week. brand new brewery in the area, so i assume its perfectly fresh. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours a translucent copper colored body with a small eggshell colored head on top. the head quickly dissipates into next to nothing, and leaves behind very little if any lacing.

S- the first thing i pick up in the nose are sweet caramel malts. after that its all about the hops. lots of pine and grapefruit. very fresh smelling.

T- the taste opens up with the sweet caramel malts that i could smell and as the smell would indicate, after that its all about the hops. lots of resiny pine and grapefruit. a little bit of orange/tangerine. the balance is there, but its tilted slightly towards the hops.

M- this has a solid medium body to it. the alcohol is well hidden. nicely bitter. the aftertaste is slightly dry.

D- easy to finish. this is the first beer ive had from this brewery and its a pretty solid example of the style. a little too balanced for my liking, but the hops are definitely in there. welcome to the neighborhood, mad anthony.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My favorite local shop just got this in-- I've never seen it in IL before, so he gave me a single and asked me to tell him what I thought... He's more of a wine guy, so he tells people many of my recommendations...

Anyway... I popped this open and served it in a standard pint glass.

A dark coppery gold with more of a brown hue (as opposed to auburn). One finger head of off-white sudsy bubbles... Disappeared pretty quickly, and left behind very light lacing. This is about average on looks-- certainly not bad, but not amazing.

Smell has some sweet caramel malts with a light hint of toffee-- not very pronounced... The hops aren't really huge either-- light citrus and floral notes. Not offensive, but again, not mind-blowing. This seems like it would be an excellent beer to offer some one not used to craft; it isn't going to completely over-power them and scare them away. With that in mind, I'd say this fairs decently in terms of drinkability. It seems to me like this is the beer they were going for-- something light and drinkable.

The flavor is better than the smell... Still not blowing my mind, but tasty nonetheless. Malt sweetness gives way to a little citrus hop flavor with a decent bitter bite.

The body is a little light, almost watery, but not really bad at all. It works well, especially in terms of the overall drinkability.

This beer is solid. It really deserves a B... It's a shame that people see a B rating and don't give it a try!

Photo of Jayli
2.17/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Acquired via TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a solid copper color, minor sediment is visible in the class. A 1/2 inch of white colored head sits on top that recedes relatively quickly but leaves ample spotted sheets of lacing.

S: Nose is an odd mixture of caramel malts, breadiness, and floral, citrus hops.

T: Taste is... meh. Oddly balanced beer. Taste is very soapy at the forefront but becomes slightly sweet. Breadiness, and citrus hops prevail and that soapy flavoring comes back.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, extremely oily, resiny body on this.

D: Somewhat tough going down, not very tasty, somewhat filling, kick was disguised by the flavor. This is definitely not a beer that I would opt for in the future.

Photo of buschbeer
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A - Served in a pint glass. Deep amber body. Barely a half inch of off white head.

S - Subtle grapefruit, tangerine, and pine.

T - The taste is more aggressive. Bitter grapefruit and a citrus medley followed by a lingering pine aftertaste.

M - Moderate. Also offers a carbonation bite.

D - It's a pretty drinkable beer and worth a try.

Photo of beerhan
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle from a mix a six in Indiana with a ridiculous head. A very light IPA that looks maybe like a pale ale at best but not very hoppy. This really is not what I would think of as an IPA. It just tastes like something watered down. I am reminded of 21st ammendmants brew free or die IPA and I feel this would go great in a can because I could pound these. A very simple beer but nothing I would seek out.

Photo of peabody
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out slightly brown and clear with one finger of white suds.
Smell is wonderful pine and tangerine with hints of grapefruit and malt.
Taste is bitter but with lots of lemon and orange peel with a tangerine finish.
Mouthfeel is a bit dirty but finishes clean.
High in the drinkability for me.
This is just a fantastic IPA from a brewery I just discovered.

Photo of scottfrie
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel Green tulip. Thanks to HosP for this brew.

A: Pours a bright golden amber with a couple fingers of cream colored head that slowly receded into a thick film that left good wisps of lacing.
S: Wonderful scents of pine and citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, lemon zest and slight pineapple. Fresh smelling. Caramel malt and biscuits barely peeks through.
T: More citrus than pine. Lots of orange and lemon with some grapefruit and pineapple. Finish is sweet and slightly sour, but this beer is not very bitter at all. Malt shines through more than the nose, and adds a candied sweetness and biscuit flavor to the brew. Aftertaste is again, a touch sour for some reason and reminiscent of tobbaco. Not potent, but still, not pleasant.
M: Medium body is smooth but with soft carbonation. Finish is a tad watery and leads to the subtle but unpleasant aftertaste.
D: Overall, not a bad IPA. I really liked the smell and flavor, but the aftertaste is a bit off-putting. Again, it's not so strong that it takes a lot away from the drinkability. Thanks again to HosP for the generous extra and tasty local brew!

Photo of Kegatron
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a fairly clear copper (there are some light suspended floaties within the body) with a finger of slightly dirty looking off-white head. This stays rather rich, leaving back some frothy swathes of lace behind. I'm just not getting a whole lot at first out of the aroma, having to really get my nose down good in the glass. Notes of floral hops, earthy dankness, and overripe ripe, with some sticky malt across the back of the nose. Not really impressive overall.

The taste has a lot of tangy sweetness to it from bread, caramel, and tropical fruit, but it seems to hang more on the outskirts of the profile. The hop profile itself tastes of pithy citrus peel, earth, and spice, putting a gritty tingle of bitterness through the middle of the profile. The finish lingers with a dirty dryness that sticks a bit harshly in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy sharpness to the carbonation and a touch of slickness which helps keep the body on the easier side. The ABV is thankfully nicely kept in check here. This is probably my favorite part of the beer.

Overly sweet in some spots and then overly bitter and gritty in others, this IPA just never really got it's act together. Luckily the body helped keep this in the game somewhat but there are much better IPAs out there.

Photo of Bubba83
3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kegatron for this bottle.

Poured at 45 degrees into a McMenamins Edgefield tumbler. A really nice copper orange hue, with lots of bubbly action, and a nice 1 inch eggshell colored head with great retention and great lacing as well.

I smell a nice flowery bouquet, with some slight citrusy lemon component and a decent amount of earthy spice. Underneath is some caramel and butterscotch, maybe a bit of paper.

There's a good deal of bitterness here, but the hoppy tones are struggling to come through vibrantly enough. Counter balancing the rather raw bitterness is a decent tasting caramel backbone, but it does have some slight butterscotchy cardboard notes that are detracting from the rest of it, and finishes up with some earth.

Mouthfeel is nice, rather creamy for an IPA, but feels pretty good and I like the viscosity and head.

Drinkability was up and down for me at different points. The first few sips seemed really drinkable, but then the butterscotchy/cardboard notes kind of took off as the beer warmed and it became less drinkable. Still, not a bad beer by any means, but perhaps a bit average.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from raznug, courtesy of the Under 100 III BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of fruity citrus, grassy hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is well-balanced and starts with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a good hops bitterness comes in although it's on the weaker side for the style. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid beer that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

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Mad Anthony IPA from Mad Anthony Brewing Company
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