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Ol Woody Pale Ale - Mad Anthony Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Ol Woody Pale AleOl Woody Pale Ale

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55 Reviews
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Reviews: 55
Hads: 84
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 15.91%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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:
Beer added by: zerk on 08-02-2002

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Reviews: 55 | Hads: 84
Photo of hotstuff
1.82/5  rDev -48.3%
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.

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Photo of aaronh
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly tarnished copper color. The cream colored head is thin and short-lived. Aroma is a slight hint of hops and caramel malt, but just a hint. The flavor is quite bitter and astringent, with a slightly woddy aftertaste. Also a hint of lingering citrus bitterness as well. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but not watery. Drinakbility is fair, but one was enough.

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Photo of CRJMellor
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

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Photo of aforbes10
2.72/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

bottle from our lab stash. smells pretty good. malty and tangy hops. weird hop taste. pretty fresh tasting. metallic on the finish. very very thin mouthfeel which is kind of disappointing. yeah, i cant get over the metallic thing. dont want another of these really but not terrible.

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Photo of WagonJumper
2.79/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

First of all the ABV as stated on the Mad Anthony web page is 5.0%. I was in Ft. Wayne and stopped by and had their sampler, so I am reviewing this on a 3oz or 4oz sample so the head was not that impressive as a result.

A: Very hazy golden yellow with not much head, but surprisingly enough what was there resulted in decent lacing.

S: Sweet and orangy, something interesting here, getting lots of citrus and some floral.

T: Bitter acidic orange peel taste, what was the IBU... seems pretty bitter, where did that sweet go.

M: Slightly watery with a good amount of fizz on the tongue.

O: This is an interesting brew, seems it would take a bit of getting used to. Bitter all the way, I get the feeling of chewing on orange peels. Not the best Mad Anthony has to offer in my opinion.

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Photo of TheViolator666
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Light golden in color with an over-carbonated, soap-bubly 4"+ head.

S: Smells of plastic and soap. Mild aroma of citrus hops.

T: Tastes of citrus and a bit of lemon zest. Nice hop presence. Finishes dry and with a slightly sweet maltyness. Pretty clean.

M/D: Definitely overly carbonated, leaves that bubbling feeling on your tongue. Medium-thin body.

Overall, not an APA that I would try to come back to.

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Photo of cichief
2.92/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with no date markings, into a shaker pint glass.

A- A very hazy, orange-gold, with a thin white head.

S- Flowery hops and some yeast.

T- Fresh hops and yeast, some sweet malt, an off acidic taste in the end.

M- Too carbonated, like a soda, thin on the tongue.

D- I would not seek this beer out.

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Photo of monkeytoe
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12-ounce brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Crystal clear, copper with decent 3/4-inch pale tan head.

Smell: American hop smell, bright and citrusy.

Taste: Very middle of the road APA. Decent malt background with citrusy hops and medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Watery mouthfeel. Decent carbonation.

Drinkability: Too eh to be really drinkable.

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Photo of TheDM
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured a weak head of small bubbles and formed a good lacing as it receded. Its body was a cloudy dark orange. It has a medium apricot finish. Was not the best of their beers IMHO.

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Photo of ClevoPiwo
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
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".

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Photo of cousineddy
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer is a caramel coppery coloration. The head was a honeyed white coloration. The head quickly resolves into a ring of foam.

Smell: The beer has a very pleasing floral pine smell with a bit of citrus zest. There is a nice caramel sweetness to the beer.

Taste: The beer has a bit of bitter woodyness to the taste. There isnt alot of maltyness to the beer.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a pretty thin mouthfeel. The beer has a dry finish. The beer is simply a ok beer drink. I would have liked a slightly more pronounced hop and malt combination. I will not seek this one out again.

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Photo of Tiklmelmo
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Cloudy copperry orange with a nice thick rocky head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Mild but decent aroma. Smells a bit grainy with hints of citrus and maybe some mango.

T - Not quite what I was expecting. Very bready, lots of toasty malt flavor. Moderate to high bitterness, but not a lot of flavor from the hops. Not particularly well balanced.

M - Medium to slightly full bodied. Bigger mouthfeel than I was expecting from a pale ale, but it's mostly to do with the perceived bitterness.

D - Pretty drinkable, but doesn't leave me wanting to drink it all night.

Overall a pretty average pale ale. Glad to have tried it but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.31/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of tykees88
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.39/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The brew pours a nice ambered color with a small coating of head that falls to a sparse coating over the top. The nose is nice and full of hop. I get a nice pepperyness and citrusy hop with a caramel malt base. The flavor is not as nice as the aroma. The hop is only peppery and rather bland. Only a hint of the caramel malt. I'm not digging it all that much. The feel is moderate to thick with a moderate carbonation. Drinkability is okay as well. Its refreshing and easy to consume. The flavor keeps me away from it. I won't get it again.

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Photo of BAbaracus
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.45/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle that erupts when I open it. Hate it when I caught by surprise.

Takes a while for this to calm down as I pour it. Result is a hazed, yellowish orange color with a massive cream head that slows fades a thin cap with clumps of lacing and some floaters in the glass. Aroma is zesty and citrusy, lemon and orange with some grain and malty caramel. Flavor is similar to the aroma, fairly zesty and stronger lemon than orange flavors. Very high carbonation and a slightly watery finish with lingering sweetness. Flavorful APA, but a little too artificial sweetness for my taste.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Taken from notes

Dark copper color with orange hues. Huge five inch frothy head. Great head retention with minimal lacing that clings to the sides of my glass.

Citrus smell with hints of tangerines, peaches. I get some floral smells also and some pears?

Slight citrus flavors with some grapefruit, peach, and caramel like malts coming through in the end.

Medium bodied with high carbonation

Pretty decent APA.

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Photo of billab914
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. poured a slightly dark gold color with a big thick foamy white head. The huge head lasted well into drinking the beer and left some nice lacing.

The aroma has a little earthy hop smell with a little sweet malt coming through. The taste is maltier then expected with some biscuity malts and caramel along with some spicy, earthy hops coming through as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation. Drinkability is pretty decent, it has some good flavors and is a pretty light easy drinking beer.

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Photo of karst
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy red tinted amber. Forms a thin off white head with decent retention. Some moderate lacing.

S: Grainy malts, pale malt, light scent of pine and some carbonation in the background.

T: Starts off with some light pale malt before turning a little watery then shows some light pine characteristics and a mild bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied. Decent carbonation. Light bitterness.

O: A slightly better than average pale. Drinkable, but there are better out there.

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Ol Woody Pale Ale from Mad Anthony Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.