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Mad Anthony's APA - Erie Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
79
okay

272 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ripe pumpkin orange with gold bullion edges. Superfine bubbles ascend to a good-sized cap of parchment colored foam that substitutes pale orange for pale yellow. This is an attractive English pale ale (ignore the APA above). A decent amount of lace neither helps nor hurts the cause.

I'm not so happy with the nose. I was looking forward to it once I learned that East Kent Goldings and Fuggles comprise the hop bill. Trouble is, they aren't all that prominent. Mad Anthony's nose, sorry to say, is below average.

He makes a bit of a comeback on the palate. One problem I have with the flavor profile is that the malt tastes like Munich to me (which I don't care for). The brewery's website will admit to only William Crisp malt, which tells me where it came from, but doesn't tell me what type it is. The malt bill probably isn't entirely Munich so I'm not completely turned off.

The second problem is that the beer isn't hoppy enough. EKG and Fuggles are great hops, so why have my taste buds been denied their wonderful flavor? While I didn't expect the typical American rate of hopping (although Erie is an American brewery), I don't believe Mad Anthony's contains the amount of hops that it should, no matter the country of inspiration.

It's hard to get too excited about the mouthfeel when the flavor isn't exciting. Nevertheless, it's adequate for the task at hand. It's light-medium and is softly carbonated with no characteristics that would make it stand out in a crowd.

Mad Anthony's Ale was named for General 'Mad Anthony' Wayne, who won the Battle of Fallen Timbers, thereby securing the Northwest Territory from the... uh... Native Americans. It's too bad that the pale ale brewed in his honor doesn't live up to his legacy. I haven't been impressed with this brewery so far. Not at all.

Photo of dedrinker
2.45/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It didn't smell or taste like a pale ale, but at least it looked like a British pale ale. I was confused and disappointed. It didn't taste bad, but, but, well maybe it could pass as a British pale ale, but I just wasn't feeling it on any level. I just didn't get it. I could not grasp, fathom, or understand this beer in the terms of its alleged style/ category. In and of itself it wasn't bad - just bland with a little fruit and decent body. I certainly would not buy this one again. Maybe it tastes better in Erie.

Photo of Naes
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This ale pours pale copper brown in color with a one inch head.
The aroma has some caramel, brown sugar and a fruity character hidden in there as well.
The flavor is quite malty for American pale ale. It begins with caramel malt and fades into some trace amount of hops then becomes sweet again.
Mouth feel is medium in body and moderately carbonated.
This is a bit different for an APA, but nothing that I am all that interested in.

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of williamherbert
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of jockstrappy
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a frothy white head, providing spotty lacing. Aroma is very fruity, with hints of yeast and alcohol. Taste is very fruity, with notes of apple, pear, and plum present, along with a sweet malt background...hops nowhere to be found. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, and drinkability suffers only because of the lack of hop presence to balance things out. I will seek this out again, and update.

Photo of dansm
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Sort of a clear caramel amber, with a fluffy tan head.

S-Sweet malts with a hint of hops, sort of pine-like.

T-Tastes just like it smells, you get the sweet malt up front , which fades to the piney hops. Nice balance, not overly flavorful.

M-Nice medium body, with decent carbonation.

D-This beer strikes a nice balance all around, making it quite drinkable. would try again.

Photo of ski271
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear medium golden-amber with a small, off-white, creamy head with very good retention. Smell is of doughy bread, caramel, some light spruce-like hops and a little spice. The taste is crisp and balanced but on the bland side. Light citrus, grainy malts and sweaty yeast. It has a medium-light body, dry texture and moderate carbonation. This was a refreshing, easy-drinking beer that I enjoyed while grilling. But by APA standards this one is pretty weak. Came in a mix-6-pack with their Presque Isle and the Railbender. This one is the best of the 3, but that doesn’t say that much.

Photo of psinderson
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a deep amber color with a small off-white head that disappeared quickly. Very little lacing present.

Smell: Very malty..is that maple syrup I smell? A very faint hops aroma.

Taste: This was much more malty than I would expect with only a bitter hops aftertaste. I would like to see more hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: An average, medium-bodied feel. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: This is really not one of my favorites, but it goes down OK.

It might be that I'm just used to drinking more hoppy APA's, but I was not impressed with this beer. It is not bad by any means, but just not something I will probably buy again.

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

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice pale and light crystal malt scent with a mellow English hop aroma. The taste is decent also. It has a smooth pale and crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes slightly sweet and breadlike with a light hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good tasting beer, but it seems a little thin on the body. I like the malt bill, but the hops are too few.

Photo of AlexJ
2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Photo of shapudding
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No dating. Honey-golden and almost amber. Semi unclear but you can still see through it and see the carbination rising. Eggshell colored head that really did not start out as much, and after only a minute, was only a thin dusting. Very nice aroma, sweet and caramelly, malts, warm sherry, bit vineous, some berries come through -more towards strawberries. Decent amount of carbination to it, foams up a bit over your tongue with a bit of a bite. Bit of hoppy snap to it, an good toasty malty presence. The sweetness lingers a bit on your tongue... bit like confectioners sugar. Overall it is just a bit too sweet for an ale for my tastes, tends a bit towards cloying, but could be nice in the hotter months... will have to revisit this one.

Photo of TheOtherMike
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up in Erie, PA while traveling through between Michigan and New York. PA has an odd distribution system - six pack stores and case stores. I never found a case store, so I had to buy beer two 6-packs at a time. Buy 2, load in car, buy 2, etc.

Appearance - Nice amber color. Slight head.

Smell - Hoppy, appealing.

Taste - well-balanced with a lean toward hoppy.

Drinkability - should go well with anything.

Photo of canoehornpoint
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This stuff is Yeungling lager with an ale yeast. It has a simple label and purs a medium amber. There was little head and tiny bubble carbonation. The aroma was sort of burnt caramel malty with sort of the macro corny aroma mixed in. The taste was similar, sort of a malty corny taste mingled with mainstream macro bittering hops and no real hop taste or aroma. This is truly a beer catering to the typical Pennsylvania 6 packer. Maybe that't not a bad thing though.

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Erie's best beer if you ask me. There is a lot of 'to do' about the Railbender, but if you ask me, this is their best beer. This, however, doesn't mean its a particularly great beer. I didn't drink one of these beers to evaluate it, either - I drank the whole case. Here is what I noticed (or, of primary interest): If you close your eyes and drink a Mad Anthony's Ale, you might very well think you are drinking a lager. In fact, you might think you are drinking a Yuengling Premium. But you aren't. When you open your eyes, you'll find its just an Ale with very little....Ale-ment.

All this said and done, I haven't had any trouble polishing off the entire case. Its a great beer to drink with something like...a hot pretzel and cheese. Its a bad beer to drink with say...well, to drink without anything at all. It needs to borrow flavor or cancel flavor to be of much worth.

Photo of fattychubs
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark copper color, with a fluffy whitish head. Aroma is hoppy with hints of a sweet buttery toffee. Taste is dominated by spicy and floral hops, with just a tad bit of malt in the background along with that buttery toffee taste. Body is medium, light carbonation with a crisp finish, slightly bitter hop finish. Taste is pretty straight forward no surprises, and pretty hoppy overall.

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

A golden copper pour with a nice white foam on top. It will leave just a little lace on the glass. Aroma is sweet with caramel. Hops are present in the nose to give it some more character.

A nice medium body brew with a sweet start. Malts and some caramel. Hops come in to give it a little bitterness. Light carbonation leads to a very smooth brew. It is a good drinker. An overall solid brew from Erie.

Photo of allboutbierge
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, this is it--number 100. Ive decided on second thought to review this as it was one of the beers that brought me from the dark side.

A creamy, pinky-wide toffee/off-white head is poured on top a slightly murky and deep copper brown body. Head disapates but leaves a trail of lace. Carbonation is very light and body is medium yet full. Could use a touch more carbonation to tickle the tongue and palate thereby improving mouthfeel. This is the only apparent flaw in this offering, and a rather mild one at that. The aromas given off by this brew are exactly the same as the flavors: sweet and mellow carmel malts with a background of mild almost pine tasting hops. Hops are slightly bitter; they are perfectly balanced with the malt flavors. Drinkability is excellent. Though a flaw to mouthfeel the lighter carbonation helps drinkability. Flavors arent hidden behind a wall of bubbles, thus come out with full flavor and keep the drinker interested throughout the evening. ABV is 5.5%.

I read somewhere Erie Brewing employees only 6 people. I am not sure if this is true but it can't be much more than that. Support the little guy! (especially considering that he produces beers this good for a rather reasonable price--$19).

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep copper body is topped by a short, creamy, ivory head that holds fairly well, drops to a creamy collar, and leaves some nice lace. The nose expresses a butter-tinged, lightly sweet caramel & biscuit maltiness that's backed by some spicy and piney hops. The body is medium with a nice creaminess in the mouth from a soft and fine carbonation. The flavor is as the aroma suggests: "a butter-tinged, lightly sweet caramel & biscuit maltiness" that's supported by a firm (but not aggressive) bitterness and some soft piney hop flavor. It's very straight-forward but well-balanced and enjoyable. It finishes dry with a lingering combination of sticky maltiness and piney hops. Unique. The soft malt and piney hops work really well together, giving this beer a very good drinkability. Worth trying.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer attempts to be flavorful, but with only a hint of caramel maltiness this beer is leaving my taste buds wanting more. For what it is this beer succeeds in its goal, it's a refreshing, drinkable beer that is enjoyable, but overall not too complex in any way. Definitely an upgrade from any macros, but there tasting this beer proves to me that this beer is giving up flavor in order to be more palapable for the masses.

Photo of aaronh
4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
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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Mad Anthony's APA from Erie Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.