Mad Anthony IPA - Mad Anthony Brewing Company

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | 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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Reviews by mynie:
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.

More User Reviews:
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 merlin48
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mad Anthony is new to the Evansville beer stores so I bought a sixpack of the IPA. Pours a chill hazed, peach body topped by a small almond hued head that leaves some patchy lacing. Aroma is mostly pine and bitter grapefruit with an odd sour apple note. Medium body with solid carbonation. Taste is mostly hops. Pine, grass, and citrus rind. Malt presence is evidenced by subtle caramel sweetness. Very passable, but pedestrian in a market dominated by Bells, Three Floyds, and Founders offerings.

Photo of Tilly
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden copper with s small quickly dissipating white head. Leaves a nice lace on the glass.
Aromas of pine citrus and candy.
Flavours of grapefruit, malt, hops and as one of the reviews suggests, a bug spray kind of taste, "but not in a bad way".
Nice finish with good carbonation, and a little bitterness at the back.
Not a bad offering

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours a pale golden orange clear body with a very faint haze. The head is a smooth snow-white thin film. It has a nice gentle carbonation of big bubbles.

S- The juicy bold smell of green hops with a little pineapple and earthiness really stands out.

T- The taste of green hops with a hint of earthiness is not huge but very pleasant with a nice fresh pale malt base. The finish is a nice hop bitterness that balances the floral and aroma hops.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a bit of a slippery mouthfeel. No alcohol warmth or astringency.

D- This is a solid IPA made with good hops, malt and American yeast. This would be a good accompaniment to any bar food.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to Lucas from local BIF 3 for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Extended pour yields a monstrous 3 finger fluffy off white head with nice retention though a bit rought around the edges. Here's where it gets weird... beer is a clear orange at the bottom but cloudy at the top. In addition, as I hold this up to the light, ominous orange swirls can be seen travelling up and down the brew. I'm not sure what to make of that. Cascading lacing is a nice touch though this doesn't stick around for the most part.

S: Heck of a nose on this one. Citrus, grapefruit, resiny hops, piney. Cane sugar sweetness and grassy. Very fresh and lively.

T: Big, powerful astringent and resiny hops upfront give me a swift kick in the mouth. Intensity can only get lower from here, which it does. Flavors turn off as if with the flick of a switch though. Hops fade quickly to be replaced by a slightly sour citrus character. Malt presence is barely felt. Astringeny returns at the finish but is too over the top for me. Leaves an intense hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied, highly coarse and moderatly carbonated. Watery and bubbly in the mouth with one of the messiest finishes I've come across to date. Leaves an astringent hop taste in the mouth that just doesn't seem to fade.

D: This is your average run of the mill IPA with a great, big, distinguishing nose, but a comparatively poor feel. Flavor is on par but for me, I just can't get over the aftertaste. Way over the top and way too much. I'm glad to have tried it but I'll likely pass the next time around.

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 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 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 shbobdb
4.68/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now here is a good beer. It combines the hoppiness of an IPA with the sessionability of just a regular old PA. Niiiice hop character, pleasant smell and yeah, the taste. A wonderful mix of malt and hops, balanced. Sweet, sweet balance, how so many breweries eschew you . . but not Mad Anthony, no, they know their stuff. Malty and hoppy, this is one great brew.

Photo of alleykatking
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. I've had this beer many times so I figure I might as well review it now.

A- Pours a semi-hazy burnt orange/copper color. One finger light tan head that dies down fast. Light spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Bigger citrus (orange and pineapple) upfront in the aroma. Nothing to knock you out like west coast beers but you know it's there. Some light bready sweet malts make up the backbone. Some light simcoe hops in there as well. Nice smelling beer without being too over the top.

T- Taste is a little more citrusy hops forward than the nose would suggest. This brings out a sweetness that blends with the malts in this beer. Some light bitterness on the back end of this beer along with a off flavor I can't put my finger on. Also, there is some slight metal tinge to this.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Citrus hops left on the palate and in the aftertaste. Light coasting of hop resin leaving the tongue slightly slick. Light off flavor in the aftertaste.

D- This is a good sessionable IPA but I would take something else if offered. Would like to see this IPA beefed up a little. Very BMC friendly beer that could be used as a stepping stone.

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 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 mikesgroove
4.57/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to the kind BA who sent me this bottle, I love me a good IPA and this was a very, very good IPA. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 11/26/2008.

Excellent pour here with a rich, and lightly hazed amber color coming through right away. Nice carbonation visible throughout the glass. A small head of light white creeping up the sides of the glass, reaching a height of around two inches and settling down to a pillow covering the entire glass.

The aroma was heavenly. Rich citrus hops, grapefruit and pungent orange leading the show. Light biscuit malt in the backround was secondary to this huge hop explosion. This carried over in the taste exceptionally. Rich notes of grapefruit tearing apart the tongue, earth shattering hops hear only slightly mellowed as it warmed and started to show off a nice touch of light malts mid palate before drying back out with a long winded and biting bitternes toward the finish. Smooth, even carbonation was just wonderful and the drinkability was off the chart for me.

Overall one of the best IPA's I have had in a very long time. I need to get some more of this as it was as solid as they come!

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 kdg119
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: slightly hazy darker golden hue. Head gone quickly
S: A light citrus and mild pine
T: Very smooth and well balanced. Very clean finish
M: Average for the style
O: Decent local IPA that I would try again

Photo of Cresant
2.92/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. undated brown bottle into an Stone IPA glass. A heavy pour resulting in a meager one finger of off-white head. Chill haze in the clear honey colored body.

Smell was citrus and light pine. Earthy, like an old sock. No alcohol in the aroma.

Taste was hops oils. Fairly astringent. Green hops. Big beer flavor without much complexity. Some alcohol flavor was noted. Not bad but not terrific. There was really no malt counterbalance in this one, just bold hops.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied. I wouldn't turn this one down, but I won't seek it out either.

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.

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 GreenWBush
2.27/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

When I heard that Mad Anthony would be bottling their IPA, I was ecstatic. More than a few times, I've had beers from Mad Anthony that were excellent - the imperial IPA especially - and at other times I've been horrified by their misses. I was excited to try this new bottled offering. I'm all for fairness and giving things a second chance. To a certain degree.

Worst packaging ever - the bottle design is neon day-glow orange and makes the beer seem like a pumpkin ale in its gaudiness.

Pours an orange-tinted bronze, fittingly. A few patches of lace, but no real retention.

The nose is hoppy, for certain. Quite appealing in its cascade citrus notes, but nothing jumps out - just a barreload of hops.

The taste is also 100% hops, but in a bad way - its like caustic, enamel-burning hop-tea. Just the raggedness of raw hops with no sweetness or maltiness to synergize the bitterness.

Tastes like a mediocre 5% pale or amber with the brewer arbitrarily adding twice the hops with no consideration of its impact on the overall product. This is literally giving me hop heart-burn.

The hops here aren't the actualized late-boil type (see: alpha king) but are more like your friend who is a crazed hop-head with no real brewing knowledge who adds 5x hops to a clonebrew and has you try it.

Mouthfeel is actually okay when the scathing bitterness subsides, relatively oily and fat, proving there might actually be malt here somewhere.

Just not that good. I wish they would have bottled their imperial IPA which was in fact superb. Go back to the drawing boards on this one.

Photo of ppoitras
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via Local BIF from alleykatking. Thanks for the opportunity. <Jeremy2002 = bad trader>

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a minimal 1/4" light beige head above the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. What head there is quickly recedes to the rim, with legs and average lacing. Aroma is slight, only wisps of fruity hops. Taste starts malty, goes moderately citrusy in the middle, and closes with a slight earthy hops note and a bit of chalkiness. Mouthfeel is soft over tongue, relatively smooth, with pretty good drinkability. It seems on the right track, but just not quite coming together.

Photo of cameraman
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden to amber blended color with a small, about an eighth of an inch, white head forms on top. The malt comes out immediately and is then overwhelmed by a floral, citrus, pine, and grassy fragrance, that is very intense. The malt starts out in the flavor, and as before in the scent it is bulled over by this strong hop flavor, mostly of grapefruit. The grapefruit flavor has grassy and herb flavors blended in at the end. A slightly thin, watery feel, though it does leave very dry clean feel when finished. This is a solid IPA, has a strong flavor and aroma. The added bonus is the 6.5 percent alchol, could make thisa good session beer.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear orange with an amber blush. The white was light and faded quickly.

Hoppy aroma of grapefruit and pine. Similar in a way to a Bell's Two Hearted.

The taste has a sharp citrus hop kick upfront, while finishing with a nice malty balance.

Light bodied and mildly carbonated.

I liked this IPA from Mad Anthony. It was well balanced and very easy to drink and enjoy.

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 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!

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Mad Anthony IPA from Mad Anthony Brewing Company
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