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Ol Woody Pale Ale - Mad Anthony Brewing Company

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Ol Woody Pale AleOl Woody Pale Ale

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79
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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mad Anthony Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: zerk on 08-02-2002)
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Reviews by zerk:
Photo of zerk
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours gold amber, with a cream colored head. Head dissapated fairly quickly, and didn't leave much lace on the glass. Citrus and hops in the nose, and a very smooth taste. A mild hoppy flavor, but not very complex. Very drinkable, and a decent session beer.

zerk, Aug 02, 2002
More User Reviews:
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Surly pint glass.

A: Heavy pour yields a fluffy, 2 finger semi-fine light cream colored head with decent retention. Beer is a cloudy grapefruit. Lacing is frothy and patchy all the way down the glass.

S: Sweet citrus, cane sugar, lychee, hops. Slight sourness is detectable. Clean and enticing on the nose.

T: Opens astringent citrus hops which dissipate slowly into the background. Spicy, piney, slightly tart, strong hop backbone but with no real other significant flavors coming off of it. Sweetens a bit as it warms possible emanating from the spice. Hop character at the finish sticks to the mouth for just a second before dissipating.

M: Light bodied, coarse, and carbonated. Watery in the mouth and with a very light finish. Leaves a bit but overall very clean.

D: Clean on the nose, palate, and in the mouth but nothing really stands out here which is why I feel its very deserving of an average grade. A good APA if you're in the area, but nothing really to go out of your way for in my opinion.

SpeedwayJim, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of hotstuff
1.8/5  rDev -48%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I sampled this Pale Ale even though I am still not a big fan of Pale Ales overall.Once again, another Pale Ale that I was not impressed with other than the fact that it had good lacing.I could not decide on its aroma and I definitely did not like the taste of it.In other words, I was not impressed and this one did not do anything to try and get me to like Pale Ale's any more.

hotstuff, Jul 24, 2003
Photo of CRJMellor
2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a copper, gold color with and off-white head that had staying power throughout the length of the pint. Aroma was heavy on citric, resiny hop notes with just a hint of malt and caramel in the background. Taste was very close to style but a little light on good malt/bitter balance. Beer seemed a little bit watered down (as most Mad Anthony beers were to me). Decent effort just not enough complex flavors to be a memorable beer.

CRJMellor, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -13.3%

LJWalker, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of hop_devil
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

hop_devil, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

tommy5, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of indy351
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

indy351, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of cousineddy
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: For some reason this beer this beer foamed over as soon as i opened it. This lead me to only get about 5 ounces of actual beer. When it finally settled down it poured a hazy dark orange with two finger of fluffy tan head.

Smell: Spices and citrus fruit. Slight hops and toffee notes

Taste: More Citrus and spices. I get some cinnamon and maybe some cloves???

Mouthfeel. hangs around for a while but not to long, pretty drinkable brew.

Overall: Pretty generic pale ale, not bad, but not outstanding.

cousineddy, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of bsu2005
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

bsu2005, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of biggred1
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Hazy copper with suspended yeast,fine tan head and nice lace stickiness.

S-Fresh citrus hops and bready malt with a little bit of caramel.

T-Well made,solid with nice hop bittering on the finish and smooth mild sweetness up front.

M-Medium slick mouthfeel,mildly carbonated.

D-Good session beer,worth trying.

biggred1, May 09, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from kiltdtxn, courtesy of the Nice Cans 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 deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

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

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then there's a decent hops bitterness that comes in and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer that is worth drinking for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of neonbrown82
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This was a very well done Pale Ale. Thanks to HopHeadKen for leaving this in the Iowa Beer Cache. Pours to a clear and dark ruby red color with a massive fluffy head. The foam just erupts from this beer like one of those mock volcanos made from baking soda and vinegar. Looks quite attractive for a pale as it settles.

The smell reminds me quite a bit of Millstream's Warsh Pail Ale, so it hit quite close to home, considering I acquired this beer from a cache in Amana not far from where Warsh Pail is brewed. Has a mild and flowery hop to it with a bit of caramel malt.

The taste is a bit cascade hoppy and flowery, but not too highly bitter. Well matched by malty sweetness. It seems to have some sort of "homebrew taste" to the finish and the mouthfeel. It's very quaffable, but it seems like a little bit of fine tuning might help clear this one up a bit to legendary status such as SNPA.

neonbrown82, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of GreenWBush
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

On tap, served into improperly named 12 oz. "pint" glass.

A slightly creepy cherry red / tea color. Even more industrially faux when held up to a bright light source. Due to the business of the brewpub at the time, I ordered two to save myself the hassle of going back up to the bar.

No head on either one. Throughout the two beers I saw one small bit of lacing that might've just been poor dishwashing.

The nose on this beer is all hops. I'm detecting something akin to cascade. Nice strong and enticing grapefruit tones.

The taste of this one is an utter disappointment. The wateriest beer i've had in ages: not to mention the fact that the beer screams malt extract and pellet hops. There is no recognizable sense of malt at all. Weak. Also, horrible hints of chlorine water. The brewery uses unfiltered tap water for all beers (sigh).

The carbonation was also way overboard for such a puny beer.

While this beer is at best a mediocre attempt at the style, it could get some people over to the dark side. It is just schwillable enough to get people to think outside of the Bud Light box. For that reason, i'll give some padding to my numerical score. I could've torn this one apart.

Oh, and to the bartender at Mad Anthony: when I asked for a pint of your Imperial Stout and you mocked and insulted me, that did not help gain favor to your establishment. In fact, it might just be a cold day in hell when I return.

GreenWBush, Mar 19, 2004
Photo of BAbaracus
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden straw hue with moderate carb bubbles clinging to glass. Minimal head. Hoppy, distinctive aroma with the tongue getting a good carb bath. Kind of a watery mouthfeel but I do like the taste of the hops used. Really bitter and astringent, kind of puckering almost, but in a strangely satisfying way. This one’s really all about the hops. The flavor isn’t overwhelming - certainly not a "hop bomb" per se - but the choice of hops suits me fairly well. Overall I’m not sure how well crafted this beer actually is - if I knew of other pales that used the same kind of hops I can see myself preferring the alternative.

BAbaracus, May 24, 2006
Photo of mtstatebeer
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours an amber color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is light malts, floral and a bit of pine/resin and citrus. Hops mostly in aroma, not so much in flavor, fairly bitter finish. One of the hoppier American pale ales I've had. Nice.

mtstatebeer, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of tykees88
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A solid pale ale from Mad Anthony. The smell is hinted with citrus and malt. As I swish it around in my mouth I do get a hint of apple for some reason, Idk if my mouth was off this day or if it was intentional. A thicker pale ale than what I would like, but still tasted good. I cooked some brats in a bottle that I had leftover from a sixer and would recommend doing so if you have a readily high access to madbrew.

tykees88, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of karst
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a trade trip with HopheadKen. Pours 1 to 2 finger course white head over an slightly copper amber in a Weissbier glass.

Strong aromas of grapefruit.

Citrus hops from beginning to finish. The aftertaste slightly bitter with grapefruit and faint pine. I am not tasting tannis (wood). Mouthfeel help by C02 is close to watery. Malts over run by the hop flavors - but a light body and clean finish make this a candidate for a summer session.

karst, Jun 25, 2005
Photo of Jemenhiser
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Jemenhiser, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of ClevoPiwo
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a dark yellow, nearly golden color. The head is absolutely huge on this one, and very fizzy - it looks way over carbonated. Other than the giant fizzy head, the color is what I would expect from a pale ale.

The smell has a definite hop presence, but also is a bit soapy and sweet. The hops are floral and citrus-y with a little bit of a sweet malt aroma trying to break through in the background.

The first thing that hits the mouth is the giant amount of carbonation - woah. Next is a hint of malt sweetness that gives way to hops and a dry, woody flavor. The dryness seems to take over the majority of the flavor and into the aftertaste, taking away from both the malt and the hops.

Definitely earns the name "Ol Woody".

ClevoPiwo, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of zrab11
3/5  rDev -13.3%

zrab11, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Caveat emptor - my first experience with this beer, I bought it unrefrigerated. This is one time you really need to keep it cold to keep it fresh. An overly sour beer = one that sat too long on the floor before being sold to you. Take it back for a replacement/refund if the store is local to you.

Appearance - hazy, peachy gold color. A watery head that holds at a thin cover. The lace is an extension of the head, laying a soild thin coat around the glass.

Aroma - very piny and fresh. Mint leaf and grapefruit help make an intense and appealing aroma.

Taste - just a thin brief stint of sweet malt before the crisp, assertive hop flavor takes over. A little biscuity reprise on the swallow. The hops maintain dominance into the aftertaste, turning bitter and citrusy. Fairly clean finish. Though I'd like a little more malt for balance, it's hard to fault what's in the glass.

Mouthfeel - thinner than usual for a pale. The flavors don't pull off quite the linger, but at the same time this would be far more refreshing in hotter weather. Carbonation is crisp and lively.

Drinkability - lots of hops for just a pale ale. A good picnic beer. Thanks for the sample, Todd.

***
Original Score 1.7 (3.5, 1, 1.5, 1,1)
Appearance - hmm, hard to pour, six fingers of head form quickly. Another foamer. Cream colored, it covers a hazy golden beer. Looks nice enough, but if the pattern holds true...

Aroma - a whiff of citrus smells nice, but the off odor as the others. Rats.

Taste/Mouthfeel - a start of citrus, gets nowhere before a flood of bubbles and sourness overtake the beer. If nothing else, the beers from Mad Anthony were consistent, just not in the way they were supposed to be. To their credit, I can sense the beginning of good flavor before the sour bomb hits, but I couldn't be more disappointed with my samplings from this brewery. I'll have to contact them and see what they have to say.

Drinkability - if these weren't infected, they'd be quite drinkable, I can tell that much. Maybe they get another shot later this year.

brewdlyhooked13, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of HopHeadKen
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours creamy head and copper colored. The hop aroma hits your nose before the glass gets to your lips. I like highly hopped ales, and I think the hops and malt are nicely balanced. The hop bitterness seems to linger a bit. I think it is a very drinkable pale ale.

I live in Ft. Wayne where they brew Mad Anthony, and it is readily available in the local grocery store (bottled) at a very reasonable cost.
Similar to the principle of having a 'Table Wine' this local brew has become my 'Table Beer and I try to keep it 'in stock'.

HopHeadKen, Jul 23, 2004
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

thanks to someone from the midwest who gave this to me at 3 floyds.. autumnaldave maybe? what-the-f*ck-ever.

pours a cloudy yet watery dull orange with lots of carbonation rising quickly. even head, thin and packed tight. yellowish foam. thick lacing. aroma is big-time citrus hops and a generous dosage of granny smith apple. some caramel sweetness. smells innocent enough. flavor carries that apple and follows through with a wussy bitterness. kind of a halfway IPA that doesn't wow me- from a pale ale that has lost its way. finishes with citrus juiciness reminiscent of sunny delight. oh, there's that nuisance sophomoric bitterness again. this beer is very drinkable but fails to impress. very conflicted on this one but cannot honestly recommend.. unless its on tap and cheap.

goodbyeohio, Aug 18, 2005
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Ol Woody Pale Ale from Mad Anthony Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.