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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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PorterLambic

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

03-31-2010 01:51:11 | More by PorterLambic
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mwa423

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +12.1%

A - Nice looking clear amber. A finger of thin white head dies quickly, some head retention would put this in the 4.0 category.

S - Slight hop bite with nice malty backbone.

T - Lots of malt at first but also a slightly pine and citrus hop bite that rounds out the flavor nicely.

M/D - Mouthfeel is nice and round, very drinkable pale ale.

03-26-2010 23:55:39 | More by mwa423
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cjgator3

Florida

3.33/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

03-09-2010 03:20:38 | More by cjgator3
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +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.

03-01-2010 16:24:55 | More by goblue3509
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

02-28-2010 01:27:47 | More by Suds
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

02-01-2010 22:42:03 | More by u2carew
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Wasatch

Utah

3.03/5  rDev -12.4%

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, very slight hop note, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, very slight hoppyness, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not too bad.

01-31-2010 21:54:22 | More by Wasatch
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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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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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david18

New York

3.28/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

01-15-2010 22:42:42 | More by david18
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DerekP

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -0.3%

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

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

South Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -8.1%

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

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

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +19.9%

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.

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

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

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

Michigan

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +32.4%

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....

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

New York

3.4/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

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

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev +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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

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

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

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

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

06-01-2009 17:21:16 | More by clayrock81
Mad Anthony's APA from Erie Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.