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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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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.47%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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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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 mentor
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't aware I had reviewed this before. Pours a one finger tan head over a cloudy orange liquid. Smells grapefruit and pithy lemon.. Strawberry esters, jam, yeasty, and woody english hops.

Tastes yummy. Jelly, watermelon, grapefruit pith, oranges. Hip driven flavor profile with playful esters. Supporting sweet on a thick creamy body. Tart sour zing in the end (like a bit of lemon) helps dry the finish and keep the beer from hanging too long or too sweet. Bit of grassy in the aftertaste and also apricot and caramel. Bit of woody english hop character accompanied by oranges.

mentor, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of cichief
2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

cichief, May 12, 2007
Photo of JDK
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy honey color with very minimal head.
Medium lacing that clings to the side of the glass for quite a while
Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation
Very light smell, light citrus
Could drink several easily in a setting
Overall a very good ale worth trying

JDK, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of shivtim
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear golden-amber brew, with not much of a head but a little bit of lacing. The nose is all sweet hops. One-noted, but nice. Taste is again mostly hops, but it seems like the perfect amount. It's not over the top syrupy hops, and it's not too weak. There's a little bit of malt balance but the focus is definitely hops. It could use more complexity. Mouthfeel is pretty nice. I tend to dislike the "syrupy" hopped beers, but this once is just the right consistency and with a good deal of carbonation. Pretty drinkable beer, and quite agreeable.

shivtim, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of hero27
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Left at the Iowa Beer Cache by HopHeadKen.

Looks superb.. Cloudy burnt orange, great head retention, beautiful lacing clinging all over the glass.
To be honest, I was sort of expecting the usual "normal", forgettable pale ale, but the aroma this gave off as soon as the cap was popped soon erased that thought. Damn, this is my kinda pale ale..a solid use of hops that doesn't overwhelm the taste buds, but gives the kind of hop fix I look for from a regular session brew.
A very fresh hop flavor and a great pale ale in my book. Color me impressed... Reminded me a lot of Great Divide's Fresh Hop Pale Ale..so if you like this, then I'd recommend trying that too.

I really enjoyed this one. HopHeadKen's lucky to live in Ft. Wayne and have this readily available.. and now I wish I had more than just this one.

hero27, Jun 05, 2006
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 nlmartin
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

nlmartin, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

aforbes10, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of monkeytoe
2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

monkeytoe, Mar 13, 2006
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
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 kmpitz2
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

kmpitz2, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is full-on hops. Lots of citrus hops and maybe a little pine. If I were a hop lover, I'd love this aroma. The flavor has a nice caramel character and it has a mix of hop flabor and bitterness. Finish is dry. The body is medium and the drinkability is pretty good. This is a pretty good beer, but the flavor doesn't follow up with the big hoppiness that the aroma promises.

clvand0, Jul 07, 2005
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 aaronh
2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

aaronh, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured clear light golden amber with an off white frothy head that lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was a nice caramel with a citrusy and resinous hop presence and a fruity and woodsy aroma.

The flavor was strongly woodsy with a nice hop bittering and a light caramel which followed.

The finish was dry with lasting woodsy hop bittering. The body was medium and well done despite being highly carbonated.

12 ounce bottle. The beer was missing complexity in hop flavor, was very carbonated, and was resinous in the hops used. Old Woody is right...

GCBrewingCo, Dec 29, 2004
Photo of winomark
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lots of carbonation and a thick head sits atop a pale copper/gold. Strong aromas of hop seeds augment the nice spicy tones. No malt noticable in the nose. Palate offers a milder version of the hops, with a mildy sweet malt flavor. Light, but flavorful mouthfeel. Pleasant, dry and crisp finish. A surprisingly good brew. Enjoyable to drink, but not too contemplative. A good session beer for me. Try this if you find it.

winomark, Sep 17, 2004
Photo of BitteBier
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, orangish amber color. Virtually no head save for a persistent, off-white ring around the edge. Floral, hoppy nose with some detectable sweetness as well. Hops also dominate the taste with malt sweetness present but neither particularly complementary nor interesting. This beer tastes watered down, thought the hoppiness blunts that after a few drinks and gives the mouthfeel the right amount of cling. This beer is drinkable enough but somehow doesn't quite work.

BitteBier, Aug 15, 2004
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 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 chilidog
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been wanting to try some Mad for some time. I picked-up a sixer not in a carton, but a cardboard neck holder that secures the bottles. The beer pours a nice copper-amber, with a slight haze to it. The off-white head is nice, full, thick and fluffy. Lace is good, webs all glass long. The aroma of this beer makes you to think, "this is a big beer". Its floral aroma comes off hoppy strong. The taste, though not as hop strong, is aided by a sweeter malt. The mouth is left crisp with a hop bitterness that lingers on awhile. This beer grows on you. It comes off at first as though having a thin body. Overall, a good, crisp and drinkable beer.

chilidog, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of Kahn's in Indy. This beer is a bright amber color with a thin but lasting eggshell white head. Thin lacing all the way to the bottom. The aroma is really nice citrus and hops. Medium-bodied and easy to drink with a solid hops flavor that is both floral and citrusy. The finish is fairly bitter and lasting. Overall I am rather impressed with what a good APA this turned out to be.

Dogbrick, Feb 10, 2004
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 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
Ol Woody Pale Ale from Mad Anthony Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.