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Mad Anthony's APA - Erie Brewing Co.

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Mad Anthony's APAMad Anthony's APA

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161 Reviews

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Reviews: 161
Hads: 295
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 19.13%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: aaronh on 10-06-2002

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Reviews: 161 | Hads: 295
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2/5  rDev -42%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle (no dating) served in a standard pint glass.

L - slightly hazed copper color with an off-white head that thinned out leaving very little lacing.

S - sour smelling beer.

T - odd tasting, it's like any bitterness is bordering on just being sour patch kid tasting with a little malty sweetness thrown in.

F - medium bodied, kind of a thin, flat feel.

D - meh!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.11/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Appearance - orange copper pour, a nice creamy white cap of a finger+.It's already laying down a nice coat of lace as the foam level falls.

Aroma - light citrus, light biscuity grains with a toasty accent.

Taste - a brief malty graininess up front, quickly covered by some very harsh and bitter hops. Too medicinal too soon for me. The palate dries out expectedly and the flavor lingers far longer than I want. Metallic flavors are present and though not in abundance, they are steady. I'm almost considering a mild infection but I'm not sure. Probably not but this flavor is really testing me.

Mouthfeel - crisp, medium body and a clean feel.

Drinkability - a chore to finish, it's way out of balance to the acridly bitter hop side.

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Photo of edskirk3
2.36/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Standard brown bottle, with the labels coming off at the edges. No freshness information.

Pours light cloudy copper. Effervescent head doesn't last very long. Medium carbonation.

Aroma is of pale malts and faint plantlike hops. Not very impressive.

The palate is largely bitter and floral but not in a pleasant way. The aftertaste is a little rough. Thinner mouthfeel than what I'm looking for.

Verdict: not very good. I'm glad I only got one bottle. Hundreds of better pale ales out there.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
2.4/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From notes

A - pours a golden hue with some nice amber highlights. A big white head. Decent retention.

S - light citrusy, flowery hops dominate the aroma. Some breadyness. Sweet malt undertones.

T - follows the nose. Citrus hops, sweet and bready malts. Flavor is a little bland. It's lacking a little something.

M - medium bodied. Medium carb.

D - I just can't get over that bland flavor. This could possibly be a bad bottle ill have to try it again to be sure.

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Photo of dedrinker
2.48/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It didn't smell or taste like a pale ale, but at least it looked like a British pale ale. I was confused and disappointed. It didn't taste bad, but, but, well maybe it could pass as a British pale ale, but I just wasn't feeling it on any level. I just didn't get it. I could not grasp, fathom, or understand this beer in the terms of its alleged style/ category. In and of itself it wasn't bad - just bland with a little fruit and decent body. I certainly would not buy this one again. Maybe it tastes better in Erie.

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Photo of Phatz
2.58/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I bought a mix case of Erie Brewing Company beer several weeks ago at Chester County Beverage. 8 each of Mad Anthony's Ale [awful] Presque Isle Pilsner [pretty good] and Railbender Ale [really good]. So for $29 it is almost a worthy purchase for 2/3rds of the case.

The Mad Anthony's is so bad that I wouldn't take it to my friend's BBQ/B-day party. Yes, the were drinking Corona, but Mad Anthony's has this awful aftertaste that just makes it very hard to drink.

Appearance: The appearance is nice. No problem there. Clear goldenrod with a sudsy white head. a little lacing and a white ring around the glass. The clear body showcase some lively active carbonation. Nice.

Smell: Buttery hops. It smells of toasted biscuits and lightly bitter herbal hops; little action but inoffensive.

Taste: What Happened!!! The smell wasn't like this. ew yuck. It is the aftertaste. In the mouth it is buttery, a tad too much diacetyl and very much like chewing on a citrus rind. The aftertaste is overboard unbalanced grassy bitterness that is not a fresh hop feel it is simply chemically bitter. Honestly, to get rid of them I just decided to drink what was left the other night and after 2 or three, they didn't bother me anymore. That annoying taste became more palatable and I finished four of them leaving just this one to review. On a fresh palate I return to my original opinion. It just doesn't work for me.

Drinkability: If you can get past the aftertaste it would work fine. Maybe you need to dink it with a meal, that'd work better.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of mrfrancis
2.71/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Aromas of caramel, biscuit, lemon, lime, herbs, and mandarin orange are present on the nose, but are very muted.

T: Indistinct flavors of lemon, lime, herbs, and mandarin orange take a little time to express themselves, but are muted even further by the emergence of a jumble of caramel, cream, biscuit, and mineral notes at mid-palate. The finish is very short with fleeting notes of minerals, caramel, and orange.

M: Medium in body and dryish. Carbonation is very crisp and intense, but the ale goes down well enough. I have a feeling that if the mouthfeel were a bit better balanced and the carbonation tamed a bit, this ale's flavors would be easier to discern.

O: I really do not know what happened here. Looking at some of the other reviews, I seriously wonder if I have been drinking the same beer. This is a fairly simple, straight-forward ale, but unfortunately it is not simple in an appealing way. There just isn't enough going on in this ale to sustain my interest.

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Photo of AlexJ
2.76/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium amber color with a thin, but dense off white head.

Aroma is caramel, raw bread dough, buttery diactyl, and earthy hops. Meh.

Flavor takes a step down from that, with caramel, buttered corn, and tart, astringent metallic notes followed by earthy (read dirty) hops. Boring, poorly constructed, and possibly out of date.

Body is below medium, with a slick, almost watery mouthfeel and coarse, grainy texture. I can see why Anthony is mad.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.77/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped on cap. Opened with a very loud hiss.

Very clear,brilliant golden color,2" white head dissapated a bit quickly leaving a thin layer of foam. A few steady streams of widely scattered bubbles. Not much lacing present.

Clean aroma,very fruity,bisquity,grassy with some earthyness. Good invitiing aroma with some slight perfumyness.

Sour fruity taste with a light citrus rind feel,light bittersweet carmell notes,grassy dried straws tastes in there also. Clean finish with some slight grapefruit tastes. Would have give a higher taste score,just didn't like the sourness.

Light,a bit on the watery side,grainy texture with lots of tanginess.
Lacking a bit in the taste department,somewhat flat tasting,not a bad beer,just nothing interesting enough to want another

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Photo of jpmclaug
2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - pale amber color with a decent sized white head that quickly dissipates. Reminds me more of a lager

S - Pale malts, that's about all I'm getting from this. Not real complex and I don't pick up any hop scents.

T - Grainy pale malts with a hint of piney hops at the end. More complex than the smell indicated but not all that great

M - medium body with wayyy too much carbonation

D - The flavor is OK but nothing special. This beer is way too carbonated for the style though. I don't see myself picking this one up again.

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Photo of Naes
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This ale pours pale copper brown in color with a one inch head.
The aroma has some caramel, brown sugar and a fruity character hidden in there as well.
The flavor is quite malty for American pale ale. It begins with caramel malt and fades into some trace amount of hops then becomes sweet again.
Mouth feel is medium in body and moderately carbonated.
This is a bit different for an APA, but nothing that I am all that interested in.

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Photo of Ego
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

nice and fluffy full finger of head, good lacing, orange tone residing somewhere below amber, clear as the daylight savings day is long(er), decent amount of carbonation bubbling up feeding the head which has transformed into a menagerie of microbubbles instead of the initial craggy foam. nice.

mild honey-ish hops aroma, the malt seems in balance with a touch of caramel floating underneath, not your typical APA hop nose due to the varieties in use here, definitely smells more british than new world, that's not a complaint however.

taste etc...
more bitter than I thought it would be... a bit light in the mouth, all in all a bit bland actually, the bitterness does not seem in balance here and I love hops.. something just aint sippin' right for me on this one.

drinkable but with so many other (superior) APAs out there not worth your while to wet your whistle...

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Photo of TheFightfan1
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass.Pours a hazy golden color with off white largely bubbled lacing.

Smell is earthy with citrus hops but very feint.

Taste stings the back of the tongue with a dry grapefruit taste.

Mouth is very watery,light bodied with a sting of carbonation on the tongue.

Drink is decent nothing spectacular but probably not something I would by again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.94/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ripe pumpkin orange with gold bullion edges. Superfine bubbles ascend to a good-sized cap of parchment colored foam that substitutes pale orange for pale yellow. This is an attractive English pale ale (ignore the APA above). A decent amount of lace neither helps nor hurts the cause.

I'm not so happy with the nose. I was looking forward to it once I learned that East Kent Goldings and Fuggles comprise the hop bill. Trouble is, they aren't all that prominent. Mad Anthony's nose, sorry to say, is below average.

He makes a bit of a comeback on the palate. One problem I have with the flavor profile is that the malt tastes like Munich to me (which I don't care for). The brewery's website will admit to only William Crisp malt, which tells me where it came from, but doesn't tell me what type it is. The malt bill probably isn't entirely Munich so I'm not completely turned off.

The second problem is that the beer isn't hoppy enough. EKG and Fuggles are great hops, so why have my taste buds been denied their wonderful flavor? While I didn't expect the typical American rate of hopping (although Erie is an American brewery), I don't believe Mad Anthony's contains the amount of hops that it should, no matter the country of inspiration.

It's hard to get too excited about the mouthfeel when the flavor isn't exciting. Nevertheless, it's adequate for the task at hand. It's light-medium and is softly carbonated with no characteristics that would make it stand out in a crowd.

Mad Anthony's Ale was named for General 'Mad Anthony' Wayne, who won the Battle of Fallen Timbers, thereby securing the Northwest Territory from the... uh... Native Americans. It's too bad that the pale ale brewed in his honor doesn't live up to his legacy. I haven't been impressed with this brewery so far. Not at all.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Erie's best beer if you ask me. There is a lot of 'to do' about the Railbender, but if you ask me, this is their best beer. This, however, doesn't mean its a particularly great beer. I didn't drink one of these beers to evaluate it, either - I drank the whole case. Here is what I noticed (or, of primary interest): If you close your eyes and drink a Mad Anthony's Ale, you might very well think you are drinking a lager. In fact, you might think you are drinking a Yuengling Premium. But you aren't. When you open your eyes, you'll find its just an Ale with very little....Ale-ment.

All this said and done, I haven't had any trouble polishing off the entire case. Its a great beer to drink with something like...a hot pretzel and cheese. Its a bad beer to drink with say...well, to drink without anything at all. It needs to borrow flavor or cancel flavor to be of much worth.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This stuff is Yeungling lager with an ale yeast. It has a simple label and purs a medium amber. There was little head and tiny bubble carbonation. The aroma was sort of burnt caramel malty with sort of the macro corny aroma mixed in. The taste was similar, sort of a malty corny taste mingled with mainstream macro bittering hops and no real hop taste or aroma. This is truly a beer catering to the typical Pennsylvania 6 packer. Maybe that't not a bad thing though.

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Photo of psinderson
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a deep amber color with a small off-white head that disappeared quickly. Very little lacing present.

Smell: Very malty..is that maple syrup I smell? A very faint hops aroma.

Taste: This was much more malty than I would expect with only a bitter hops aftertaste. I would like to see more hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: An average, medium-bodied feel. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: This is really not one of my favorites, but it goes down OK.

It might be that I'm just used to drinking more hoppy APA's, but I was not impressed with this beer. It is not bad by any means, but just not something I will probably buy again.

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Photo of mothmanscott
2.99/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque gold producing only slightly more than a finger of frothy, shortlived, slightly off-white head that fades to a thin surface wash, a small collar ring & not much else in terms of lacing. Aroma is weak bread & caramel malt, with hints of tangerine, tropical fruit & floral hops. Taste is just as thin & much the same becoming a dry, peppery bitterness in a thin caramel malt sweetness in the finish all of which diminishes rapidly in fast fading aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low-moderate carbonation, smooth, creamy yet lightly peppery & dry. This example bordered on being slightly flat. Not sure if this is representative of this brew or if there was a problem with the single bottle I had for rating.

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Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pale ale pours out as a yellowish brown color, the head was decent and faded over time. The smell had a light citrus aroma with some earthy malts in the background. The taste of the beer had a decent flavor of some muddy hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Overall I wasn't too impressed with this beer. Not really worth trying again.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sample at AleFest Dayton: This brew is an orange-amber color with a medium-thin off-white head and a thin sheet of lacing. Medium body with a rather plain-Jane flavor of caramel malt and hops. The finish is actually pretty nice with hops and fruit, and there is a malty aftertaste. Kind of a letdown overall though.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, it pours a crystal clear solid amber color with a thin, foamy white head. Not very thick, but sustains well.

Sweet, floral hops hits my sinuses fairly weakly. Maybe a slight citrus smell, but fairly boring.

Bitter hops hits my taste buds with a bit of floral essence, but very very boring. Decent taste, but nothing special to note. A fairly plain, boring, pale ale.

Decent carbonation up front, with a thinning watery body through the swallow. Nothing flashy again, but solid all around body as most american pales go.

Very drinkable, but this would be a pale ale I'd offer to a MIller Lite or Budweiser drinker willing to experiment a bit. Nothing real special about it, but solid drinkable beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, very slight hop note, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, very slight hoppyness, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not too bad.

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Photo of fattychubs
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark copper color, with a fluffy whitish head. Aroma is hoppy with hints of a sweet buttery toffee. Taste is dominated by spicy and floral hops, with just a tad bit of malt in the background along with that buttery toffee taste. Body is medium, light carbonation with a crisp finish, slightly bitter hop finish. Taste is pretty straight forward no surprises, and pretty hoppy overall.

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Photo of cbutova
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear orange with a small white head that is somewhat creamy and has decent retention. Pretty nice coat of lace.

S- Heavy on citrus zest and pine hops and really not much else, something like a cleaning product. Slight caramel, biscuit malt. Almost like lemon tea at some point.

T- Reminds of me an extract homebrew. Some peach, lemon zest, caramel malt and a whole lot of herbal/floral in the finish. Bready.

MF- Light body and high carbonation characteristic of the style. More watery than creamy with a slightly bitter finish.

DB- The flavor itself just feels sort of flat or one dimensional. The elements don't build up to a balanced, satisfying flavor. It is a bit too herbal for me, like iced tea.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Clear copper colored, nice fingers worth of lace that settled to a nice layer of foam.... and very nice lacing all the way down the glass.

S: First thing I'm getting is pretty strong citrus hops, with a touch a bready malt and a lite pinyness.

T: Pretty well balanced beer here, little sweet malt and citrus hops, with bread and pine mixed in. Aftertaste is on the bitter side. I'd say there is a little more hops than malt on this one.

M: Sharp and crisp, light to mid bodied with a little oily feel on the tongue at the end.

D: Not a bad little APA, but it seems a little more IPA ish to be, touch more hops than most APA's I've had. Overall is a pretty drinkable beer, but also pretty average. Not one to run out and hunt, but not bad.

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Mad Anthony's APA from Erie Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.