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Mad Anthony's APA - Erie Brewing Co.

Mad Anthony's APAMad Anthony's APA

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BA SCORE
79
okay

238 Ratings
THE BROS
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good

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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: aaronh on 10-06-2002)
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DerekP

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

In the Shadyside of Pittsburgh, PA sits a medium-sized bar and restaurant called Bites & Brews. My wife's brother used to work there, serving up hot panini sandwiches, and from what I hear, he also was slanging some pretty good pizza pies.

The place had a nice atmosphere. I haven't been there in 3 years, but what I do remember is the extensive array of beers on tap and bottle. Bites & Brews is the place where I tried Troegs version of a stout, something I couldn't finish because I was already 5-6 beers in on somebody's India Pale Ale (nothing against Troegs stout, it was very good).

For a few months, I spent a lot of time at Bites & Brews with my brother, Dylan, and a mutual friend, Anthony. All three of us were on a micro-brew kick since our recent trip to New York, where we all had a great time visiting family and discovering the world of better beer. If I remember correctly, I was probably driving into Pittsburgh from California, PA once a week, usually late in the week, nearing the weekend.

The times I couldn't make it out were still involving Dylan and Anthony spending bucks and throwing back beers at Bites & Brews. After a few nights without me, Dylan shared a tale that makes me laugh to this day.

Anthony, our mutual friend that was, at the time, attending the University of Pittsburgh, had recently grown a liking toward a bottled brew called "Mad Anthony's APA (American Pale Ale from Erie Brewing Company, Erie, PA)." He was obviously intrigued by the name, and probably found dark comedy in the fact that he shared the mood included in the title.

Bottle after bottle, Anthony savored a case in 3-4 nights. The slot in the fridge was looking popular as the beer was disappearing. Mad Anthony's APA was a hit! Or was it?

After a few conversations with the bartender, Dylan discovered that our friend, Anthony, was the only one buying Mad Anthony's APA, and the only reason they kept in stock. The myth of it's popularity was exposed, but it didn't make Anthony any bit madder, or maybe we just couldn't notice a difference.

Recently, after seeing the brew at the Beer Store, and then seeing singles of it at my local six-pack shop, I decided to pick one up for nostalgic purposes. I ran up the stairs and evidently shook it up a little because as soon as I popped the bottle the brew started spewing out like it was "mad."

I poured Mad Anthony's APA into my 18-19 oz mug (Yeah, I measured and that's what I came up with) and got a solid head. The brew is a nice cloudy amber. The taste is pretty good. Cloaked hops with minimal bitterness. A good hoppy smell, very healthy lacing, and a medium body. There's not much more that I can say. Bottom line, I approve. Have one yourself, hell, have another! You won't be disappointed.

This story/review was originally posted @ http://thelightonbeer.blogspot.com

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 03:01:03 | More by DerekP
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brauseboof

South Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice clear pale copper with a decent 1.5" of head which hung around for a while.
Very weak on the nose, had trouble detecting any aroma.
A very subtle taste, with just a hint of grapefruit bitterness. A bit too watery for me.
Despite not having much of a character, it was quite drinkable

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 15:41:13 | More by brauseboof
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dickroop

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a 1 1/2 finger beige, pillowy head, dark and golden, with heavy, drooping lacing. Promising. Smell was also encouraging: citrus hoppy aroma with notes of honey and cider and spice.

Taste was rich, with a bitter bite. It was seltzery with chicory and some faint fruit notes, then more plain bitterness rather than hoppiness. Mouthfeel was light and pleasurable.

Overall drinkability was OK. I'd like to try this one on tap.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 02:08:15 | More by dickroop
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BeerisfoodLLC

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark golden color with an average head that stick around for a while.

S - Faint hoppy scents.

T - This is a fairly well balanced APA. The bitterness wins over the sweetness but not by a whole lot. The malt is evident but the hops leave a dicernable bitterness.

M - Light/Medium bodied and well carbonated.

D - The lightness and average ABV make this fairly sessionable assuming you like a bitter brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 21:06:00 | More by BeerisfoodLLC
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drtth

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a golden copper color with a ½" white head that recedes slowly but steadily. Leaving rings and some spider web lacing. Sipping leaves rings and a sheet of lacing on one side of the glass with fine speckles of lacing on the other side. Long before the beer is finished the head has receded to a small ring around the glass with a thin layer of foam on the surface. Some of the rings of foam cling stubbornly to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is soft and simple with a slightly earthy character and a trace of caramel from the malt.

Taste: The flavor is simple with faint sweetness and some dry earthy bitterness that I don't find particularly pleasant.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light bodied and soft, with slight but persistent carbonation. The finish is medium long and mostly dry with the character of that earthy bitterness spoiling the show.

Drinkability: I don't expect to be having this one again. If there were no other APAs available it would serve, but given the competition I'll be quite happy to have one or more of those rather than this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 00:36:05 | More by drtth
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kegger22

Michigan

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 03:38:04 | More by kegger22
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nickfl

Florida

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - One finger of white head on a just slightly hazy, copper colored body. The foam settles quickly and leaves a decent lattice of lace on the glass.

S - A nice aroma of pine hops with a little bit of citrus. Substantial malt loiters in the background with notes of caramel and toasted grain.

T - Sweet, rich malt and moderate hop flavor up front. Floral hop notes with some grapefruit. Caramel and toasted malt. Finishes malty with moderate hop bitterness balancing nicely.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Nice and drinkable, as an APA should be. The hop character is good and strong enough without being too sharp. The malt more than balances the hops, but finishes dry and does not bog down the palate. This is the best of the otherwise lackluster beers in the variety pack from Erie Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 02:43:17 | More by nickfl
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DoubleJ

California

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from a family friend's fridge, on to the beer:

Goldenrod yellow color with a tight head and some streaks of lacing sticking to thie glass. It has the character of an "old school APA" with its bitter citrus, grapefruit, bitter pine, and an earthy finish. Tame diacetyl and a hint of esters round out the beer in the end.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 00:49:12 | More by DoubleJ
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden body with just a hint of haze. Fluffy white four finger head.

Aroma is heavy on hay and grass. Earthy.

Lightly sweet beginning on the tongue. Very earthy hop profile. Slight lingering hop aftertaste.

Light-to-medium mouthfeel flows easily.

Easy drinkability, could have three at a seating.

A tasty refreshing pale ale, though as much English as American.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 15:06:24 | More by RonfromJersey
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mempath

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bought a single to check it out. a PA beer! a new APA! let's see, smell, taste...

looks fine. not much lacing...head settles fast but maintains a nice sudsy veneer. dark but bright, deep orange-amber tint.

wow. smells of fermented oranges or a marmalade. not just the sweetness but the tartness of oranges. peel, too.

thick, chewey mouthfeel allows the hop bitterness to meld with a notable sweetness, but in no way too sweet. very interesting and excellent balance. the maltiness edges from the shadows and asserts a bit as the glass warms. very nice.

i don't know, but those who think even the Newbold is 'bitter' (a friend couldn't handle two sips of that and went back to his nut brown honey lager...) might be able to handle the light but noticeable hop precense. for me, this is a treat and quite quaffable. yeah, a session brew for sure. easily. surprised at the current average rating....

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 23:13:31 | More by mempath
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TheTrevor

New York

3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 19:48:45 | More by TheTrevor
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OldSchoolGamer

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haven't had a lot from Erie Brewing, but from what I have had so far they seem pretty marginal. Here is my review of their American Pale Ale:

A: Pours a nice golden yellow color. Semi-hazy. Nice foamy head thay leaves little to no lacing on the glass.

S: Smells very bready with hints of citrus. A little musty, but decent overall.

T: The main flavor here is the bready malts. Then a pretty decent amount of citrus hops come in on the finish. Taste seems kinda flat as it is not very strong. A tad watery. There is a little caramel sweetness in there too. Not very bitter.

M: Medium bodied. Very clean finish with hardly any aftertaste. Good carbonation. Somewhat dry finish.

D: Its a pretty smooth, easy drinking beer. It is a little dry which begs for another sip. But the flavors don't do whole lot for the palate. A little heavier body than some APAs, but still pretty good.

This beer is okay. Nothing that will change the way you look at APAs, but a decent interpretation of the style. Flavors are well balanced and its a smooth drinking ale. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 18:27:35 | More by OldSchoolGamer
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yuenglings

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has a nice foamy head that leaves a good laceing and a nice light copper color to it

Theirs a very strong orange/ pine smell with the bread coming in at the end

With a good strong smell like that i was thinking it was going to be better tasteing it was ok with a good mix of the breadyness and the citrusyness but could of been more robust

Its very smooth beer with great carbonation and i find it very drinkable. I could see myself buying this beer but im not in a hurry to go out and get it rightr away.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 17:16:37 | More by yuenglings
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TheNightbird

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Light orange color, with little head retention.

S- Mostly carmel malts, then there is a small amount of hops come into the aroma.

T- Carmel malts come up first, then hop bitterness and malt. There is little hops taste.

M- Medium body with little carbonation.

D- Ok drinkability, Mad Anthony's is an APA and has little to no hop taste or aroma.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 02:26:24 | More by TheNightbird
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dirty orange that is see thru with decent carbonation for a mountainous head that dies slowly and leaves small lace. Minor smell of caramel and honey malt base along with some floral and earthy hops. A subdued but easy-drinking ale, as there is a pleasant, subdued taste of balanced citric hops and caramelized malt. A little more sweet than hoppy yet has a crisp, dry backbite. Good beer to try.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 17:21:16 | More by clayrock81
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland.
The appearance is a lighter amber tone.
The smell is light alcohol, pears, a bit faint overall.
The taste is more faint pears, some carbonation, some malts.
Mouthfeel is a little more interesting, spice, malt, and the citrus with a tingle left on your palate.
Drinkability is pretty good, it was good to have a beer from Erie.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 01:22:21 | More by mltobin
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Overlord

California

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange/amber. The three to four inches of head quickly settles down to a nice crust.

Smells like earthy, medicinally hops. Kind of interesting for an american pale ale, this really reminded me more a bitter. Bit of a toasty aroma to it.

Taste is, again, more ESB than it is APA. Toasty malts, some earthy hops, and some caramel in the background.

A decent, easily quaffable brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 09:04:57 | More by Overlord
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Kraken

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 17:37:45 | More by Kraken
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Birdiebeagle

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Pours a clear light gold with a generous off white head. The head is frothy and seems too last well. The lacing is okay. Aroma has a decent hoppiness to it mostly oranges. Has a good carbonation and a good mouthfeel. The flavor is of hops with a lite touch of sweetness. I still get orange peel more than oranges. Has a medium body. An oily texture. Has a good finish with a nice bitter aftertaste. Not real strong but you know the bitterness is there. I hate to swim up stream but I think this is a damn good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 11:28:26 | More by Birdiebeagle
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therica

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amazingly happy surprise to find on a blind-guess try. Definitely better and more fully-balanced than our local Flying Dog Scratch Dog and Clipper City's Heavy Seas Loose Cannon beers.

A= typical copper-amber with modest head, light lacing.

S= overwhelming nose of hops galore! Florals, citrus, spices, and occasional whiffs of bready malts. Nothing that's nose-burning, either. The great scents are still there even at the finish.

T= lots to explore in the depth and variety of hops styles. Lightly sweet, just enough for balance. Balanced malts. Enough bitters to make APA fans happy, and yet the hops are more beta-acid for flavor and scent than uber-alpha acid bitterness.

M= perfect if you're a fan of great APA.

D= depending on your enjoyment of APA style, you can probably session on this.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 04:41:39 | More by therica
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 00:16:39 | More by Fish113d
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 21:52:52 | More by TheFightfan1
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nrpellegrini

Maryland

3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 05:47:09 | More by nrpellegrini
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gciccarelli

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Clear, crisp copper with good white foamy head. Good head retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

S - Hop presence, but not overpowering. Citrus notes. Sweet-smelling malt. A nice, complex smell.

T - Very similar to the smell. Malt sweetness with a slight bitter hop aftertaste. Citrus notes, slight hint of butter. Balanced quite nicely.

M - Light body, high carbonation. Perhaps slightly too carbonated. Leaves a pleasant feeling afterward.

D - Excellent balance and feel result in high drinkability. Could definitely have a few.

A very solid brew from Erie - recommended! Showcases a variety of excellent flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 02:56:35 | More by gciccarelli
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treehugger02010

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have no recollection of where I got this beer, my likely my buddy Mike, but either way, I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a cloudy amber color, topped by a small and dark egg-shell colored head that had good retention and left nice spider-web lacing.
Smell: The aroma is of caramel malt and earthy hops.
Taste: The taste has the same hops, yet a more noticeable pine flavor, as well as sweet apples.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is rigid.
Drinkability: Despite this beer's overall high score, the drinkability isn't stupendous, somewhere between great and average.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 00:14:09 | More by treehugger02010
Mad Anthony's APA from Erie Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.