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Mad Anthony's APA - Erie Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
79
okay

261 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a peachy yet translucent colour with a fizzing white head. Aroma is cheesy, but go through it to the fruity dry ale that is well hopped at 51 ibu. Hops are Columbus, Fuggles, and Northern Brewer. Drinkable but a bit overcarbonated which dries and takes away from mouthfeel. I could still drink this all night.

01-27-2008 05:00:33 | More by Sammy
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metter98

New York

3.45/5  rDev -0.3%

A: The beer is slightly hazy copper in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of toasted malts in the nose along with some hints of citrus hops.
T: The initial taste has some malty sweetness and flavors of caramel; these are effectively balanced off by a slight amount of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties.

05-26-2011 02:09:36 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.95/5  rDev -14.7%

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.

12-08-2006 14:52:35 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a puffy white head that sticks fairly well and leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Sweet pear and some grain; unusual but nice

Taste: Opens with a bready malt base that moves in an earthy bitter direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the earthy bitter flavors persist but there is a slight residual sweetness through the end

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate, but prickly carbonation

Drinkability: With an unusual aroma and a much more English than American profile, this beer is easy to drink

04-20-2008 16:56:32 | More by brentk56
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

10-21-2013 21:04:47 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.13/5  rDev -9.5%

Mad Anthony's APA starts with a citrusy, crisp, sharp nose with light hints of caramel and toffee behind.

Malt character is very crisp with good caramel taste but not much sweetness. Graham crackers and bread crusts come to mind. Could use a bit more malt taste and body but clean nevertheless.

That nice hop nose has a hard time transitioning to taste. The beer is more bitter, bitey, grassy, and harsh than I would like; this hurts the drinkability of the beer as it just hangs up in the throat.

Some subtle esters and spices work hard to compliment the beer but in a non-descript way. Alcohols give a minty and slight warming but do not bring attention to itself.

The beer fades from caramels and citrus into clean and refreshing finish... if not for the harsh bite.

01-19-2010 03:47:28 | More by BEERchitect
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

10-24-2013 21:02:54 | More by ygtbsm94
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

06-01-2011 23:21:37 | More by Knapp85
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +17.9%

A deep copper body is topped by a short, creamy, ivory head that holds fairly well, drops to a creamy collar, and leaves some nice lace. The nose expresses a butter-tinged, lightly sweet caramel & biscuit maltiness that's backed by some spicy and piney hops. The body is medium with a nice creaminess in the mouth from a soft and fine carbonation. The flavor is as the aroma suggests: "a butter-tinged, lightly sweet caramel & biscuit maltiness" that's supported by a firm (but not aggressive) bitterness and some soft piney hop flavor. It's very straight-forward but well-balanced and enjoyable. It finishes dry with a lingering combination of sticky maltiness and piney hops. Unique. The soft malt and piney hops work really well together, giving this beer a very good drinkability. Worth trying.

12-25-2002 17:45:14 | More by NeroFiddled
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

10-21-2012 17:13:42 | More by RblWthACoz
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nickfl

Florida

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

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

West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

This beer attempts to be flavorful, but with only a hint of caramel maltiness this beer is leaving my taste buds wanting more. For what it is this beer succeeds in its goal, it's a refreshing, drinkable beer that is enjoyable, but overall not too complex in any way. Definitely an upgrade from any macros, but there tasting this beer proves to me that this beer is giving up flavor in order to be more palapable for the masses.

12-19-2002 19:06:38 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

05-25-2013 21:48:06 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +2%

A light half finger fizzy head fades semi quickly over super clear honey orange maple colored beer.

Nose of light pale malts, very light spicy and fruity hops, more fruity candi aromas, and a little kids juice aroma, pretty light nose overall.

Taste has some light bready malts, pale malts, a slight bit of sweetness but mostly dry, some light earthy and herbal hops, slight spicy hop flavor too, with a slight syrupy sweetness. It gets somewhat bitter as it finishes, building a bit to a slight spicy herbal hop flavor, but it finishes pretty quickly. It's fairly light on taste as well.

Mouth is medium to slightly lighter bodied, with decent carbonation.

Drink is decent, a quick finish that is a little too quick, mostly dry beer, somewhat crisp and drinkable, with a bit of bitterness that doesn't overpower and may be even a little underpowered.

12-24-2010 02:29:59 | More by jlindros
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WesWes

New York

3.53/5  rDev +2%

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice pale and light crystal malt scent with a mellow English hop aroma. The taste is decent also. It has a smooth pale and crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes slightly sweet and breadlike with a light hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good tasting beer, but it seems a little thin on the body. I like the malt bill, but the hops are too few.

05-29-2006 22:02:32 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

10-16-2010 06:02:43 | More by Mora2000
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.05/5  rDev -11.8%

Pours orangish amber with quite a bit heavy on the carbonated bubbles rising to the top, creating a bubbly off-white head that immediately becomes a thin, floating patch.

The smell is of caramelish graininess. There is a slightly earthy, floral backing.

The taste is of caramelized grain - sweet with floral/earthy notes. Slightly nutty, it is malty with a restrained hop presence. German malt bill + English hops = APA?? I don't think so...and to honor an American hero? This is sad, and not well-done anyway. Overcarbonated, with the malt restraining a rather lackluster hop profile. It doesn't taste bad, but not good either.

Rather fizzy and thin, this one is mediocre at best, in or out of style.

10-08-2007 15:02:18 | More by jwc215
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -7.5%

Good starting head but it settles to a single layer of minute bubbles. Leaves no lace. The color--copper. Clear.

Mild aroma of fresh-tilled earth.

This is a dry beer with earthy overtones. This has a harsh finish with a very short aftertaste. The brew also has a sourness that reminds me of a lambic. (!?) Good body. Closer to an English pale ale than an American one.

12-26-2010 20:15:28 | More by smcolw
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -9.5%

Appearance: slightly hazy orange in color with a 1/2" head that falls apart quickly. Some spots of lace develop. Carbonation bubbles are few and far between.

Smell: hints of bitterness and some fruit sweetness are picked up by the nose.

Taste: light malt base with pears, hints of orange slices, a bit of honey sweetness, and a very mild bitterness create a slightly unbalanced beer.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Short aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: easy to consume but a bit dull for me. I like a little more hop and malt presence in my APAs.

11-14-2007 12:25:17 | More by Gavage
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%

I don't know what's American about this beer, it seems an obvious English ale to me. The malt is very smooth with caramel and grassy flavors. There's a little bit of a general British funk from the possibly noble hops used. So the malt is smooth and creamy and the hops are a touch harsh and grassy. It's English styled and its not bad for that.

10-28-2007 05:04:09 | More by tempest
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Billolick

New York

3.53/5  rDev +2%

12 ouncer, w/o freshness/bottling info to be had. Pours clear and is on the lighter side of amber. Moderate, frothy lighter khaki head, that stays and stays and drags extensive and sticky strands of lace onto the glass. Faint and nondescript sniff, perhaps a hint of leafy hops picked up. Weak hop crunch for an "APA". Pleasant enough ale but way down on the excitement scale. Some moderate minty hops picked up mingling with an equally middle of the road malt base. Nothing special, just an easy drinking but fairly dull brew, that puts itself out there as an "APA"

01-19-2010 00:27:03 | More by Billolick
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.13/5  rDev -9.5%

Pours a darker amber with a slight chill haze. Fairly short head, but it sticks around as a thin cap and leaves some spotty lacing. Smell is on the malty side with sweet malt and even some maple notes. Apricots at first as well, but that fades. A touch of earthy hops. Taste is also somewhat on the malty side, but mostly dry. A bit of a scotch ale taste up front with dry malt, followed by some honeyed sweetness, and finally by some more earthy hops and a slightly metallic finish, Aftertaste falls off rather sharply. Mouthfeel is fairly substantial up front and then becomes a little thin on the finish. Very slightly slick as well. Not bad, certainly much better than their pilsner. Worth trying.

08-22-2007 20:53:00 | More by Georgiabeer
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

08-10-2008 18:08:04 | More by akorsak
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +15.6%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm aged copper body with a slight hazy to it. There is a thin even head of off-white foam that last for a good bit. There is a carbonation of tiny bubbles that for a net when rising to the surface.

S- This beer has a light sweet honey malt note with some lightly toasted malt smells that are very fresh.

T- This beer has a soft honey malt and fresh dry pale malt flavors with a soft green hops in the finish. There is a little bitterness to the hops but the dominant flavors are the malts.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft fizz that boost the hop flavor a little bit.

D- This beer has a nice flavor and good flavors to the malt with a light hop finish. This has nice complexity even though it doesn't have the big hops typical of most APAs. Very nice for a session beer.

01-12-2007 02:21:40 | More by rhoadsrage
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DoubleJ

California

3.58/5  rDev +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.

08-11-2009 00:49:12 | More by DoubleJ
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Mad Anthony's APA from Erie Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.