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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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161 Reviews

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Reviews: 161
Hads: 295
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 19.13%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | 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 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 Lauthaha
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Beer is a somewhat deeper golden than most APAs. Head is frothy and cream-colored, and reduces to a ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Toasted bready malt character. Some butterscotch notable. Less of a hop profile than other APAs I've tasted...but if I had to name them, I'd say more floral than bitter.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Malt is very pleasant here...definite creaminess with the carbonation. Hops are more apparent here than in the nose, and their bitterness mixes extremely well with the malt profile. Aftertaste is 25% bitter, 75% sweet, but in manageable amounts.

Overall: A very tasty beer...possibly a session beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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

A: pours a slightly dark gold in an american shaker with a thin (from an experienced beer-bar beertender) light tan head that hangs around for an impressively long time and leaves very nice lacing.

S: mmm, darker than usual malts for an APA. Like a malted milkball center and a noice dose of piney hop goodness.

T: the smell can defiantly describe the taste, but you do get more umphf on the tongue than in the nose. The malt, while still holding on to that malted milkball center, introduces a toffee flavor. And the hops take on more of a bitter sweet citrus which over powers the pine a bit. The taste left in the mouth is a brilliant mingle of the two.

MF: the beer is a bit on the lighter side, but has plenty of carbonation and leaves a nice astringent feel on the tongue.

O: what a great APA, and beer in general. Complexity that makes up for the shortcomings in the MF category, I would grab this quickly if I saw it again and would probably pick it over a SNPA.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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

This is a new brewery for me and I do not believe they are available in the Boston market. I got em in NYC.

Amber rust color-not much head or lace. The smell is hoppy in that cedar-woodsy type way which seems all too popular these days. Its decent enough to enjoy but I wouldnt consider this a great example of the APA style as I think of it.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of avaccani
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice golden yellow. Crystal clear with a small tight white head. Had a strong earthy smell, musty perhaps. Tasted OK. Had a lingering bitterness that wasn't too pleasent. Had mod. carb. Overall not too bad. It's not my favorite APA, but it is very drinkable.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark golden yellow with a fluffy off-white head. Moderate retention and minimal lacing on this one.

S- Pine hops are right up front with some grain malts. Nose is somewhat bready in the middle then hops come through again towards the end of the nose. Pretty simple.

T- Mildly hoppy with nice earthy grainy tones. There are lots of bready characteristics in the taste as well. Reminds me of a hoppier version of fat tire amber ale. Again, very simple but good.
M- Medium bodied and with medium carbonation.

D/N- A good beer, and very drinkable. However nothing really shines through. Slightly above average. Well worth a try.

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Photo of DrinkClub
4.06/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice beer to finish the evening. It's now fashionable to IPA everything to super bitter. That's okay for awhile, but after a bit, everything tastes like generic "craft beer." IPA, IPA, IPA. Only Bitter. Mad Anthony has gone milder. Less bitter than the generics but with a nice strong taste that sticks with you after you finish the bottle. I was so impressed I sent them a fan letter.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P- Thanks to Jim in Pittsburgh for this beer.

A- a copper orange color with some amber tones. A decent lacing but the head dissipates quickly. Only half a finger if that.

S- Pine hops nose with grain. Nothing else besides that. pretty bland smell.

T- It actually has a taste of pine-sol to some degree. It is hoppy but with a soap like quality. Not terrible but not good either.

M- Grainy and soapy hops.

D- Overall it isnt bad but it could be brewed a little bit better. Not something i would purchase though.

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Photo of stewart124
4.31/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

No freshness date but I picked this up back in October of 2010

Pours a light copper color with a nice fluffy white head. Bits of lacing are left along the glass.

Small notes of grain and pear, apple and some citrus in the nose.

Crisp and refreshing. This has plenty of light caramel and a pleasant citrus character. Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation which adds to the hop experience.

This is a delicious APA and one that reminds me of being back in Northwestern PA. Very drinkable!

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Photo of cbutova
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
2.4/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From notes

A - pours a golden hue with some nice amber highlights. A big white head. Decent retention.

S - light citrusy, flowery hops dominate the aroma. Some breadyness. Sweet malt undertones.

T - follows the nose. Citrus hops, sweet and bready malts. Flavor is a little bland. It's lacking a little something.

M - medium bodied. Medium carb.

D - I just can't get over that bland flavor. This could possibly be a bad bottle ill have to try it again to be sure.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2/5  rDev -42%
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!

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Photo of Mora2000
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Clear copper colored, nice fingers worth of lace that settled to a nice layer of foam.... and very nice lacing all the way down the glass.

S: First thing I'm getting is pretty strong citrus hops, with a touch a bready malt and a lite pinyness.

T: Pretty well balanced beer here, little sweet malt and citrus hops, with bread and pine mixed in. Aftertaste is on the bitter side. I'd say there is a little more hops than malt on this one.

M: Sharp and crisp, light to mid bodied with a little oily feel on the tongue at the end.

D: Not a bad little APA, but it seems a little more IPA ish to be, touch more hops than most APA's I've had. Overall is a pretty drinkable beer, but also pretty average. Not one to run out and hunt, but not bad.

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Photo of ProfessorCJ
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint ale glass.
A-Pretty, clear light amber, several fingers of off-white head. Some immediate lacing, continues with sipping.
S-Slight hop, with something sweet I can't ID, maybe fruit?
T-Good, well balanced, no overt overtones or severe aftertaste.
M-Good, light coating of the tongue that is pleasant.
D-Very Good. I think I'll have another.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of jpmclaug
2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - pale amber color with a decent sized white head that quickly dissipates. Reminds me more of a lager

S - Pale malts, that's about all I'm getting from this. Not real complex and I don't pick up any hop scents.

T - Grainy pale malts with a hint of piney hops at the end. More complex than the smell indicated but not all that great

M - medium body with wayyy too much carbonation

D - The flavor is OK but nothing special. This beer is way too carbonated for the style though. I don't see myself picking this one up again.

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Mad Anthony's APA from Erie Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.