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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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158 Reviews

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Reviews: 158
Hads: 290
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 19.13%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | 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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Photo of Seanibus
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely golden with a moderate but rich white head. Not much of an aroma, which is disappointing, but the taste is pleasing and mild. It has a slight honey character with hints of grass, and a slight hop bitterness on the back end. Mouthfeel is satisfying if unremarkable. This is a serviceable, drinkable beer, though not one that will make a lasting mark on the genre.

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Photo of phantomwyse
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought this beer solely because of its name.

A: Pours a honey/copper color, thick, rich, frothy 2 finger head. Slight filmy residue sticks with the beer all the way to the finish.

S: Malty, doughy, bready. Sour hop smell, old pine tar, earthy wet soil, slight phenolic dullness-faded band-aid.

T: Bready sweetness, hops present but not spectacular. Hop flavor fades quickly. Faded seems to be the theme of this beer. As the beer warms, the hops dissipate as the malt sweetness comes more into prominence. This beer seems to have Scottish ancestry, reminding me of a wee heavy at times with the malt profile.

M: Light, almost moderate, but more light bodied. Creamy after the swallow that lightly coats. Carbonation went full out for the head and barely is perceptible afterwards.

D: Meh, somewhat. Mostly. The light body allows this to be a fair warm weather brew and adequate thirst quencher. The creamy feel that follows the swallow is the most appealing aspect that adds to this beers drinkability, in my opinion.

Overall, not bad for the style. I've certainly had APA's that fell far shorter than this beer did -- but, I've also had pales with lower IBU's that delivered a better hop presence. The scales tipped towards the malts on the balance end of this beer. I'd like to give Erie a few more opportunities with their other offerings. I think they have some brewing talent that needs to have a tighter focus.

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Photo of shapudding
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No dating. Honey-golden and almost amber. Semi unclear but you can still see through it and see the carbination rising. Eggshell colored head that really did not start out as much, and after only a minute, was only a thin dusting. Very nice aroma, sweet and caramelly, malts, warm sherry, bit vineous, some berries come through -more towards strawberries. Decent amount of carbination to it, foams up a bit over your tongue with a bit of a bite. Bit of hoppy snap to it, an good toasty malty presence. The sweetness lingers a bit on your tongue... bit like confectioners sugar. Overall it is just a bit too sweet for an ale for my tastes, tends a bit towards cloying, but could be nice in the hotter months... will have to revisit this one.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with an off-white head.

S- Not much to mention in the aroma. It is pretty faint, hard to pick up on much other than some sweet grains, caramel and very faint citrusy hops in the background. I'm not all that impressed with this one so far.

T- The taste starts out with some sweet grainy malts and caramel flavors with some citrusy hops in the finish. The taste isn't as bland as the aroma, but it still could benefit from some more flavor. Pretty average, maybe slightly above average in the taste department.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Mad Anthony's APA is a pretty average Pale Ale. Not bad, but probably not worth another repeat purchase.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12-oz bottle into nonic pub glass

A - slightly-cloudy golden body under a quickly-receding finger of white, high in visible carbonation

S - grains, honey sweetness, citrus; fairly unimpressive

T - citrus, herbs, bready malt, light honey sweetness, dry finish

M - medium body, prickly carbonation

O - It's beer. It's refreshing. It doesn't taste bad. Nothing special.

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Photo of david18
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this today at the Dive 75 bar on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. This was a good surprise. I'd never had this beer and wasn't expecting much but it was a very good APA. It's not my favorite style and there are a couple of very good ones out there but it was a great early afternoon beer. Dark color, good hop flavor, a good pale ale for sure if you see it.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Got this in a mixed six pack. Pales in comparison to many other PA APAs. The flavor made this beer a decent afternoon thirst quencher. I would not drink this all night however.

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Photo of pwoods
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to beachbum1975 for this brew.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a pint.

A: Pours an average amber with good visibility. 1 1/2 fingers of egg shell head forms and holds for a bit. Decent lacing.

S: Subtle aroma. A bit of floral hops, grassy pollen smell. Just a touch of citrus and biscuity malts.

T/M: Decent bitterness level that takes a bit to develop. Malts come in first with a sugary sweetness that's a bit odd... almost reminds me a super sugary dark spot on a banana, lol, idk why. A bit of citrus from the hops with more of the grassy and floral notes. Body is medium light with a bit of creaminess. Light drying finish.

D: Not a bad brew and easily drinkable. Wouldn't be a bad choice for cards or fishing.

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Photo of kegger22
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber with a moderate head that faded to a collar. The aroma was citrusy. The taste was pine needle bitter. After reading a number of reviews, I expected a malty sweetness, but I didn't get any of that. Maybe something I ate, just did not find any sweet. The feel was light bodied with decent carbonation. Drinkability was good.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle of this into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light amber body with a decent, white head with ok retention and some lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A slightly bitter, sour, malty smell with some hops evident in the undertones.

T: Kind of like a watered down, hoppy taste. The amount fo hop character was formidable for an APA, but the malts seemed to be lacking. Hints of malts were evident in the aftertaste, but nothing too significant or evident to balance out any notion of hops.

M: The mouthfeel was a little light and watery. Maybe this had something to do with the less than expected taste.

D: A fairly drinkable beer. It is relatively light for an APA which makes it easy to drink, but the taste was interesting and unique. I was hoping for the hops to have been a bit more noticeable, but a maltier presence would have been just as welcome.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow color with a thin white head that fades. Smells of hops and slight citrus. Tastes of mild hops, no big bite, and a smooth sweet taste. Mouthfeel is decent, nothing to interrupt the drink and goes down well. Probably won't look for this one again but glad I tried it.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

amber colored beer with a smallish white head that fades fast into nothing. Lightly carbonated and clear.
You get a nice wiff of hops upon openning and pour but soon after the citrus hoppy bouquet disappears, even when swirled. Solid malt backbone.
An average tasting brew with a slightly sweet malt presence witha bit of a toasted aspect.
Hop flavor is weak with no discernable flavors.
Puckering and a bit course.
Nothing stands out.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to zdk9 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of grassy and piney hops with some toffee notes. The flavor is more of the same. I get a light amount of bitterness from the grassy and piney hops, but it is balanced by a strong malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of dansm
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Sort of a clear caramel amber, with a fluffy tan head.

S-Sweet malts with a hint of hops, sort of pine-like.

T-Tastes just like it smells, you get the sweet malt up front , which fades to the piney hops. Nice balance, not overly flavorful.

M-Nice medium body, with decent carbonation.

D-This beer strikes a nice balance all around, making it quite drinkable. would try again.

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Photo of Morey
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is brewed by the Erie Brewing CO. here in Erie, Pa. Poured out of a bottle and into a glass producing a 2 finger head that reduced to a little less than a finger after a minute of two.

Smells of pine and is a deep gold color with lots of bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. The head sticks nicely to the sides of the glass with each sip (very impressive).

Has a sharp, crisp, piney taste at first, which gives way to a hoppy bitter finish. A decent pale ale, but nothing sensational here. I would drink it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Morey's Bottom Line: Really, for me the most impressive thing about this beer was it's appearance.

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Photo of asabreed
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A lighter orange and copper color, with a moderate head and scant raindrop lacing around the top of the glass.

Smell: Unfortunately, there's not a ton of complexity here, but the hops are certainly evident, with a cannabis aroma that I like when it warms, though I'm not sure what they're using.

Taste: I feel like the fruitiness of the malt wants to come out here more than it does, but the hops end up being the main culprit here for flavor. There are hints of some darker fruits, but again, the kind of cannabis-esque wet hop flavor comes in and dominates, though it's not overpowering, and lingers somewhat at the end.

Mouthfeel: Lighter to medium bodied, with moderate carbonation, and a nice back-end burst to fulfill the bitterness from the hops.

Drinkability: This is more than your average lawnmower brew, but I think this would be an adequate session beer for such an event, one without a ton of complexity but still enough flavor to keep you coming back to the style.

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Photo of akorsak
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to adamharbaugh for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The pale ale is a golden copper color, clear except for the stream of carbonation in the center of the glass. Not much head is left from the 1 finger on pour.

S: Hoppiness is upfront, citrusy but in a restrained manner. Malts follow with grains and some diacetyl butteriness. The beer has a fruity flavor that I want to attribute to ringwood.

T: The hops from the nose lash out at the front of the beer, earthy with a grassy element. They don't last long though before being subsumed by the malts. Toffee and caramel are strong and, as the ale warms, even move to the forefront of the beer. The buttery flavors that I picked up in the nose continues. The malt flavor and disappearing act that the hops do makes me view this as more English than American.

M: The mouthfeel shows off hops, malts and a ringwood-like flavor that I refuse to rule out.

D: The ale is moderately quaffable. The buttery toffee malt flavor gets to be a little much at times.

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, slightly orange copper color, with little head retention; though there was nice lacing left on the glass. A hint of hops (is all) in the nose. Remember the old adage about being "too rich or too thin?" My first thought upon tasting this beer was "smooth." Extremely smooth and balanced. Decent mouthfeel, but (as with the Pilsner) just not enough taste here. The smoothness, in this case, is due to a somewhat bland taste profile that, while there is a hint of fruity hops and a slightly "cooked veggie" malt flavor, just never really reaches out and grabs you with any complexity. That said, a very drinkable beer. But perhaps not as enjoyable as some other APAs.

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Photo of JeffBrenner
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an amber/orange with a small head that quickly fades. Medium carbonation. Great smell. Hop aromas with some fruity notes, possibly citrus. Taste has a definite ale note, but is otherwise surprisingly bland - even for a pale ale. Very thin feel as one would expect. I can't say the beer was bad, it wasn't; it just wasn't anything great. I was given this bottle so I can't complain. May be a nice summer or hot weather brew.

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Photo of avaccani
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice golden yellow. Crystal clear with a small tight white head. Had a strong earthy smell, musty perhaps. Tasted OK. Had a lingering bitterness that wasn't too pleasent. Had mod. carb. Overall not too bad. It's not my favorite APA, but it is very drinkable.

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Photo of Kraken
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed 5/22/09
Last of the Erie Brewing mixed 6 pack. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz pint glass. Firm pour fails to conjure the massive stick head that I long for. However the MA does deliver a bit of spotty lace. Color is a orange amber, clear with no sediment or floaties.

Nose- Initially envisioned this as some sort of a hop bomb. Nose is subdued contrary to my initial expectation. Hops are still present, notes of orange and various other citrus. However it is the caramel tones that really dominate the nose.

Palate- Caramel, as per nose, really shows through in the initial flavor profile. Slightly sweet then spicy with a bit of a floral quality about it. Hops present themselves later in the profile, over ripe orange, and lightly bitter bite in the finish. Finish is long and pleasant adding a bit complexity.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, active carbonation, dry.

Drinkability- highly session-able, doesnt become heavy or cloying after multiple.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured an orange-tinted light copper with a small head. The smell is mostly sweet malt with a bit of yeasty bread character and a tiny bit of spicy hops. The taste starts off with bready malt that gives way to slightly spicy and piney hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and smooth with some moderate carbonation. I didn't have any trouble drinking this beer, but I'm not sure I'd reach for another right away.

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Photo of thethrone
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light golden copper with small white cap, which quickly falls to a thin ring. Some carbonation is visible, no lacing to speak of.

S - Subtle floral aroma, with some citrus and biscuity malts.

T - Light caramel malts flavor to start, then the hops come in t balance it out nicely. Nice light bitter finish

M - Medium-light body, good carbonation.

D - Not a lot to this brew, subtle and unassuming in almost every aspect. Would make a great session beer.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, small pine hops and hints of malt. In the taste, pine hops balanced with an English/ gingerbread like maltiness. A nice hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry pine like hop in the aftertaste. Nice pine hops, almost like an IPA rather than a pale.

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Photo of tpd975
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice light clear yellow hue with a bold fluffy tan head.

S: Tons of malt with just a touch of earty piney hops.

T: Malt forward in taste as well. This one is one of the more malty APA's I have ever tasted. Tons of biscuit malt with a hint of caramel. A touch of pine hops is all there is. If I was not told I would never guess this as an APA.

M: Medium in body with decent carbonation.

D: Considering I am a hop head I don't know why I kind of like this one, but for some reason I do. It is not the best beer in the world by no means, but it is malty, drinkable and good. A very unique APA, if that is what they wanna call it.

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Mad Anthony's APA from Erie Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.