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Mad Anthony's APA | Erie Brewing Co.

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79
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168 Reviews
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BEER STATS
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327
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
20.06%
 
 
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Mad Anthony's APAMad Anthony's APA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by aaronh on 10-06-2002

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Newcastle glass.

Look is a pale yellow with a thin white head.

Aroma is earthy bitter with a fair amount of toasted white bread malt notes.

Taste is malt and not much hoppiness. A decent pale ale but with a strange after taste, maybe yeast.

If it wasn't for the after taste this would be good beer. Better with food but still a decent drinker.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

DATE: May 20, 2016... OCCASION: just returned from the Relay For Life event tonight... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky Tavern.. APPEARANCE: strong, effervescent, light golden body... thick, white, crunchy crags of head solidify with resilience... equally thick, equally resilient lacing... beautiful, full rings create a rib cage around the glass... AROMA: punchy watermelon, grapefruit, and some sour elements.... slight bread malts bring some balance to the aroma... PALATE: medium-bodied, slightly acidic impact... long, metallic draw as an aftertaste... TASTE: the pineapple and watermelon are pleasant enough, while the lightly toasted bread balances... some off-color flavors that detract from the experience, and few other dimensions to entice seeking it out... serviceable... OVERALL: the quintessential "average" American pale ale... more malt than the average, perhaps, but enough citric hops to make clear its pale ale appellation.... useful, sessionable, and flavorful enough to engage the palate, but blends in among the many other pales offered...

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Photo of DrMullet
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow, slightly cloudy.
Smell is a distinct orange peel, and some citrus.
Taste is slightly floral. Citrus flavor up front.
There is a hint of pepper and a zesty bitter finish.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Unknown bottle date

Pours bright orange- yellow. Minimal head and thin collar left after it settles. Crystal clear with no haze or floaties.

Nose is blend of grapefruit and bready malt. Subtle and not in your face but it's got something there.

Taste again is subtle subdued grapefruit but has some acidic bitterness along with it. Malts are present as well with white cracker and some candy sugar sweetness. Nice balance but it's all pedestrian. Bitterness backs off and opens up more citrus fruit flavor.

Pretty thin in the feel and has a little bit of watery qualities. Carbonation is a little on the lower end which reinforces the wateriness. Finishes fairly clean but some bitterness lingers.

Overall this is a pretty decent APA and fits the style. The feel is a bit of a downfall. The taste is ok but it's all pretty restrained, but you might expect that with an APA vs an IPA. I think this is a little better than the overall rating here but not by much

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Photo of fscottkey
2.4/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A: [3.50] Transparent copper color. 1/2 a finger of white head that settles to a ring around the edge of the glass. The bottle lists the ABV (5.5%) and has a date of (10/29/15) so this beer is around 4 months old.

S: [2.25] Pine, resin, some kind of apple juice. There is a hint of something like a vegetable in there too - that is not good.

T: [2.50] Lemon rind, peppery, no real distinct malt character.

M: [2.00] The beer is flat and is way under carbonated (it hissed when I popped it open) and it formed a head. But it is just flat tasting.

O: [2.25] This is m 2nd Erie Brewing Co. beer (totally different styles). They were both under carbonated (flat). They both had an off odor in the nose. The both were not great examples of their style. That being said this is the better of the two - but it is still a sub-par APA.

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Photo of scotorum
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

ERIE MAD ANTHONY'S PALE ALE 2/8/16

Another from the new BoTM club my daughters signed me up for at Christmas.

Named after the famous Revolutionary War General who was born and fought in Pennsylvania.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams English nonick.

a; Clear gold with an inch thick white head which receded to even surface foam and patchy to dense lacing.

s: Not much to identify.

t; Bready to biscuity malt up front followed by a mild hop bite. Dry finish with biscuity notes.

m: Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o; A pleasant and easy drinking brew, even paler (lighter in color) than many pales. Not a harsh or cheap note to be tasted, although the hop bite eventually catches up with your tongue somewhat, confirming the "American" character.

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Photo of Smk54
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pale straw colored, thin white head and decent lacing. Pleasant but light aroma of fruit? pear? Decent hop flavor although it seemed "thin". Clean mouthfeel and no lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of James121
4.52/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a very strong beer. And to taste its bitter but strong. Very foamy head and watch the bubbles in the glass.. Very big aftertaste of malt. Take careful note this is a strong tasting beer.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pale amber color.

Overall: This beer has balanced malt and hop flavor taste. It does a great job of American Hops. This beer doesn't have much of a smell and has a medium body. This beer is nothing special just an okay rating. Unimpressive.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color. Has minimal aroma of hops a a strong presence of malts. Flavor s biscuit / toasted malts. Very little presence of hops. Has a roasty malt aftertaste. Over all drinks more like a lager than a pale ale, drinkable but not great.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
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 scottbrew4u
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
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 superspak
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy bright orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, caramel, toast, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with balanced citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, caramel, toast, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toast, biscuit, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a solid pale ale style. All around good balance and robustness of citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. Seemed more like an English style overall, and was pleasantly enjoyable.

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Photo of mothmanscott
2.99/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque gold producing only slightly more than a finger of frothy, shortlived, slightly off-white head that fades to a thin surface wash, a small collar ring & not much else in terms of lacing. Aroma is weak bread & caramel malt, with hints of tangerine, tropical fruit & floral hops. Taste is just as thin & much the same becoming a dry, peppery bitterness in a thin caramel malt sweetness in the finish all of which diminishes rapidly in fast fading aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low-moderate carbonation, smooth, creamy yet lightly peppery & dry. This example bordered on being slightly flat. Not sure if this is representative of this brew or if there was a problem with the single bottle I had for rating.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Pours a pale amber with off white head.

Smells of bread, citrus, and wild flowers.

Taste is bitter citrus flowing into a nutty bread malt middle. Then it finishes with dry bitter herb. A very nice pale ale. Easy drinking and tasty.

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Photo of mrfrancis
2.71/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of Emnmarko
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy golden amber modest head, ample lacing.

S- Sweet malts, bready, a little yeast in there too. Hop bitterness.

T- Sweet malts vs. Bitter hops 12 rounds no holds barred.

M- Wet and easy. Quality.

O- Not bad at all. Well balanced, nice hop additions. Has an IPA feel without being rude.

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Photo of Omnium
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
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 JeffBrenner
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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 mattsdenney
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Went out on a limb and grabbed this APA from Erie. Only had one other offering from this brewery. Poured into Spieglau IPA glass.

Nice looking pour. About one finger of white bubbly head, minimal lacing. Color is light copper, clear, no cloudiness. The first smell I get is more of a bready, caramel, malty scent. There is definitely a light hop essence as well, slightly citrus and earthy as well. Taste isn't far off from this either. Well balanced bready malts with a solid yet subtle hop backbone. The finish is dry with a nice earthy lingering hoppiness. Medium bodied with some substance; I like that. Overall a nice well balanced ale.

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Different label...more of a skeleton in pirate attire.
Pours a light gold with small head.
Aroma of sweet malt and light grassy hops, fresh bread dough.
Moderate carbonation and mild mouthfeel.
Flavors of light malts, grassy hops, light citrus and a little bite in the finish. For the style it's decent, not exceptional but not offensive. Certainly more flavor than a Bud-Miller-Coors!

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Photo of Ricochet
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light orange to amber. No head, no lace.
S: Mild grapefruit smell. A little candy. A little grain.
M: Really sweet remainder on the tongue. Little foam. Bitter takes a moment to appear. Makes a bit of a circle around the mouth. Watery.
T: Light pale ale flavor. No sweetness and mildly bitter. Grapefruit as well as juicy fruit are the slights. A little Trix flavor from the grain. Felt the alcohol just a bit.

O: Not bad, but kind of average for an APA with a little more bite to stand out.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Citrus and floral hops. Sweet light pale malts, with some darker caramel notes.

Appearance: Pale gold. Very clear. Pours a moderate white head. OK retention and good lacing.

Taste: Lots of sweet pale malts. Orange citrus. Hop flavor is very mild, very little bitterness. Some diacetyl, wish there was a freshness date on the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. A little slick, oily overall.

Overall; Good easy-drinking pale ale. Light on the hops, almost more on an American Amber Ale. A little more bold or complex would have been nice. The diacetyl wasn't exactly pleasant.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Mad Anthony's APA from Erie Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.