Mad Anthony's APA - Erie Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
79
okay

157 Reviews
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Reviews: 157
Hads: 287
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.29%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | 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 ppoitras
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with imstillthegman. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head above the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head lasts nicely, with plentiful chunky lacing. Aroma is fruity hps character with some underlying sweetness, just about to style for me. Taste follows the nose, maybe not as much pale maltiness as I would have expected. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good also, a solid representation of the style. (489 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale amber orange color with a slight off white head.

S: a huge citrusy presence, and some light bread notes. There is some nice subtle grassy notes but not overpowering with a good floral hopping.

T: The malt is light with some cereal grains and the hopping is even and subdued. There are some citrus notes and a very light Columbus hopping that is there, but very faint to detect. The beer is very clear and clean, perhaps a tad to filtered down per style taking away some of the body.

M: light-medium viscosity with a crisp carbonation bite.

D: A light entry into the world of ipas and moderately good flavor and drinkability. (646 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (774 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks like a nice amber color, more yellow with a nice inch of head

S - Smells like a pretty standard Pale ale. Mild hops in the nose grain and a pretty sweet malt.

T - Actually not that bitter but not really great. I get a mild lemon zest with a bit of grain and a sweet malt finish. Pretty boring but enjoyable.

M - Light to medium. Could use more hops.

D - Most pale ales I have had are one and done and this is not exception. Pretty standard and unless your getting it in a variety case I wouldn't recommend tracking it down. (537 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
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. (405 characters)

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

Pours a lightly hazed golden yellow color with moderate cap of white froth. Scent is pale and comprised of damp hay, light sweet lemony citrus and some earthy twang to it. Taste brings earthy notes of hay followed by a light yet sweet candy like lemon flavor, notes of light tartness on the back end. Lighter side of medium, decent carbonation, dry finnish. A decent APA thats mild on flavor but no major off notes. (415 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (342 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
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. (1,062 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a lightly hazed golden color with a half finger white head. The head fades fast to give light lacing and a spotty foam on the top of the brew.

Smell – The aroma is bready with some sweeter tropical fruit aromas of tangerine and mango as well as some peach smell. Overall it is bready and sweet. Quite nice.

Taste – The taste begins very differently then would have been anticipated from the nose. While there is plenty of fruit aromas in the nose there are almost none in the tongue and in fact after the initial taste, which contains a light sweetness, the brew is rather dry. It begins with strong flavors of a bready nature. Soon some lighter hop flavors come to the tongue. These are largely of an earthy nature, but also contain some flavors of a herbal nature as well. These hop flavors grow stronger and more bitter as the taste advances to the end, leaving a rather dry and bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The beer is on the thinner and crisper side with a carbonation level that is just above average, with both being rather nice for the drier and bitter flavors of the brew.

Overall – A fairly decent APA. The nose deceived me quite a bit however as I was expecting (and kind of hoping for as the nose smelled quite nice) something with a bit more sweetness. It was a little bit unbalanced with its bitter hop and bready taste without much sweet. Even with this said, it was alright and rather easy drinking beer. (1,511 characters)

Photo of mltobin
3.53/5  rDev +2%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the first sip, this beer didn't really impress. However, after a full bottle, it really started to grow on me. The beer is a clear copper color with a small, foamy white head. It's a nice looking beer. The smell consists of a pleasant balance of lightly toasted malt, some crystal, and a slightly herbal hop aroma. It's not an overly hoppy beer, but there is a firm bitterness in the finish and enough hop character to keep the beer interesting. Semi-dry, the beer is very quaff-able. That's what changed my mind - this would be a terrific session beer. It's medium in body with just a slight slickness on the tongue. East coast for sure. The balance is great. Here's one enjoyable, drinkable brew. (701 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Dec 2007.

Yeah, Mad Anthony kicked some serious Red Coat ass back in the day and helped keep America alive during the 1790s. This APA is dedicated to him as one of his burial grounds is in Erie, PA.

Beautiful lacing on the glass, with a solid formation of off-white head that shows excellent retention. Clean and clear light amber color. Fresh hop aroma with a mildly pungent herbal and wild flower character, the aroma quickly jumps to a malty nose of caramel cake batter and a pear fruitiness. Deceivingly dry malt flavor has a crispness that pulls you in quick; fluffy medium body. The malt character is there but gives way to the impressive hop presence that relies on more flavor than bitterness for the most part. The bitterness is there, just not sharp and the hop flavor seems to run the show with herbal, woody and mild citric rind. Malt does spike here and there with toasted and caramel flavors. Some fruitiness middle to end, touch of yeast as well. Long hoppy finish with a semidry palate.

All in all this comes across as a stand up example to the American Pale Ale style, and makes for a solid session ale with its mid-range level of alcohol. A lovely ale to be had. (1,207 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2/5  rDev -42.2%
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! (373 characters)

Photo of david18
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy medium copper color with minute white head.
Smell is light, with some soft notes a hops detectable.
Taste also shows a very restrained hop profile, with a tough of malt in the background.
Finishes refreshing and a bit dry.
A very pleasnt drinking beer. Would be sessionable. (297 characters)

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

120z. bottle: This one pours a slightly hazy golden color. There was a small white head on it that lingers a bit and leaves a little lacing. Lighter bit nice nose. Some pine and citrus hop notes, as well as some faint malts and grain. The taste is good. Medium bodied. Somewhat bitter. A faint caramel malt sweetness up front. Somewhat dry finish, with pine notes. An easy drinker. (381 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.11/5  rDev -39%
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. (737 characters)

Photo of Morey
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- copper colored body with nice white head.

S- smells strongly of floral hoppiness and malt.

T- Initial taste is floral and hops followed my a smooth caramel malt finish.

M- medium body with light carbonation.

D- this is an easy beer to enjoy with an interesting taste. Maybe it is not quite hoppy enough for an APA but its still really good. (356 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this beer at cellar temp poured into a snifter. The beer is a slightly hazy copper hue with a thin eggshell white edge layer. Aroma is caramel and some fruit as well. I also get a good dose of grainy malt.
First sip reveals an average body with fine prickly carbonation.
Flavor is sweet and toffee dominant but also fairly grainy and a hint of herbal hops come through on the finish. There is a bit of general sweetness on my gums after each swallow as well.
An easy drinking well crafted beer. (506 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of Overlord
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. (393 characters)

Mad Anthony's APA from Erie Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.