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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 JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a dateless brown bottle into a pint glass after being well refrigerated.

Appearance – A light clear amber beer. Half inch of head disappeared quickly with no lacing.

Smell - Caramel and sweet malt.

Taste - Heavy sweet malt flavor with hints of caramel and maple syrup. Finishes with slight earthly bitterness. Not very hoppy for an APA. It tastes very similar to Yuengling Traditional Lager. I wish I had one on hand to compare to two together.

Mouthfeel – A good medium bodied beer and a nice malty aftertaste.

Drinkability – It’s a solid beer but not an exciting one, especially for an ale. I certainly wouldn’t pass on one if it came my way, but I’m not gonna go out of my way for one either.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.07/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a somewhat cloudy orange color. Off-white head is small and drops to a few clumps of foam. Very little lace remains.
Smell is hops, malt, grapes and vanilla.
Taste is Hops, light malt, grapes.
Hops are very present, up front especially. Light body with strong efferevescence. It's alright. Flavor is better than some but nothing special.

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Photo of JamesS
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice copper color with good head and some decent lacing. Nice scent, very floral and hoppy, with slight citrus tones. Excellent taste, a very well balanced, hoppy pale ale, with nice floral and slight citrus flavors. It goes down well, nice brew.

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Photo of soju6
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark copper color with a decent head that fades slowly to good lacing.

S: Aroma of fresh grain and herbs with a bit of pine and caramel sweetness. Aroma is quite inviting.

T: Has a nice inital crispness with a bit of caramel sweetness. Theres a nice mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, crisp, smooth and refreshing. Nice balance and not overly hopped.

O: Good APA. grabbed this to complete a six-pack mixer. Easy drinker, could put away a few of thers without trying.

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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 goblue3509
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cooper color with a thin watery head. The aroma is of toasted malt and some breadiness with a hint of leafy hops. The taste is of a bready malt backbone with a leafy hop bite to it. A nice bite, not overly hoppy, but enough to let you know its there. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, full bodied, and a little slick. The drinkability is good, there is enough complexity to keep you interested. Overall a good beer, well rounded.

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Photo of Omnium
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear gold with just about a thin layer of white fizzy head, no lacing.
S - Sweet malt, a little lime zest, thats about it.
T - Sugar water with some light hop flavor.
M - Thin, wattery, and sweet.
O - This is just lame, good to session on a hot day I guess, but pass on to other, much much better APA's in the similar price range.

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

Aroma is of a malty, fruity ale. Color is light copper, clear and with a sticky head of white foam. Balanced flavour - some malt, some toast, some hops and a bit of butter. A little bit of astringency, and a light body with very mild carbonation round out the mouthfeel. Not a bad ale by any means but there's nothing particularly interesting about it.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a "standard" APA.

Dark brownish gold colour with limited head, but decent carbonation. No oiliness in the mouthfeel. Aroma is very sweet and malt forward, but the taste is better balanced. Emphasis on caramelized malts, with a sharply contrasting bitterness. The finish is subtle, but purely bitter (and pleasantly so, in my opinion).

Different. Glad to have tried it, but not a beer I'll go out of my way to find again.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange color with a ½ finger head that quickly dissipates
S: Initially toasted white bread with a bit of yeast, then a light citrus aroma comes towards the end
T: Also grain/yeast with a hint of citrus. Reminds me more of a pale ale than an IPA.
M: Medium-bodied and crisp yet a bit flat
O: I love trying new breweries and this was my first from Erie. Decent for the $1.50/btl price, but there are better examples of the style.

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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 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 drtth
3.21/5  rDev -7%
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.

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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 chefhatt
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a nice amber body with a 2" white head which retain nicely around the edge. The smell is malty and some pine notes come through. The taste starts off sweet and malty, then the bitter ness of the hops get you on the back of the tongue. Nice mouth feel. Overall this is a decent beer.

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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 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 u2carew
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz long neck. Consumed 2/1/10

A) Pours with a finger thick head. Creamy, white with semi sticky thin lacing. Transparent body with upward carbonation. Bronze in color.
S) Smells like a wet dog and dry grains. Not a pleasant combination but also not putrid. There are hints of malty sweetness lingering just below the surface.
T) The front is light and wispy with very little flavor. Moves to a subtle sweetness, that increases until the finish. Mild hop tones throughout and into the aftertaste.
M) Crispy. Fizzy. Light body. Slightly dry and grainy.
D) An alright APA. Not one that I would return to frequently.

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Photo of brauseboof
3.17/5  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

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Photo of aaronh
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic beer, and I feel it is the best of the three offerred year-round by EBC. It has a nice amber color and pours with a very nice head. The flavor is well balanced and the finish is clean. A nice hops aroma delights the nose. This beer is still one of the dark horse favorites from our "beer club" (started to lessen the impact of PA case laws). EBC doesn't use fancy graphics or expensive labels and caps, but the put a lot of effort into their beers, and this is an excellent Ale.

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Photo of riversider76
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours honey colored. Nice white head,with excellent retention,and lacing. Smell is of honey, with a hint of grassy hops. Body is thin to medium,with some carbionation. Taste is of honey,and lemon,with a hoppy finish. Very nice and smooth. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of therica
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Original thoughts from 9/24/06, and then updated thoughts from 6/28/08 between ***Asterisks***]

Light amber in color. Clear, but not exceptional. (3.5)
***Bright yellow in the sun; light orange in the light. A thick but brief head. Minor icy lace. Clear but a bit hazy.***

Malty aroma, light-bodied and pleasant enough. (3.0)
***The smell is very mild. There is a slight pale malt, but the smell is overall very hard to detect. Pleasant enough though.***

Heavy malt flavor, but not an overpowering aftertaste. Slight sweetness, very very light. Aftertaste is slight. (3.5)
***The taste has a surprisingly nice, fresh citrusy flavor to go along with the spicy pale malt flavor. The spicy hop is almost witbier-ish. The citrus sets it apart. Really surprising.***

Smooth but slightly thick. Has very little presence on the tongue after it's swallowed. (3.5)
***A little fizzy, but actually makes the flavors come alive. Nice, minor thickness.***

This beer is very easy to drink, but there really isn't much to it. It's a nice ale, with not much distinguising it from other similar ales. It's pleasant, but doesn't really resonate. A decent pickup if you can find it at a good price. (3.5)
***This time around, I found this to be a surprisingly citrusy, fruit-tinged pale ale. Easy drinking and refreshing.

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