Mad Anthony's APA - Erie Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
78
okay

284 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | 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 Ricochet
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of TheNightbird
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of jwc215
3.07/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours orangish amber with quite a bit heavy on the carbonated bubbles rising to the top, creating a bubbly off-white head that immediately becomes a thin, floating patch.

The smell is of caramelish graininess. There is a slightly earthy, floral backing.

The taste is of caramelized grain - sweet with floral/earthy notes. Slightly nutty, it is malty with a restrained hop presence. German malt bill + English hops = APA?? I don't think so...and to honor an American hero? This is sad, and not well-done anyway. Overcarbonated, with the malt restraining a rather lackluster hop profile. It doesn't taste bad, but not good either.

Rather fizzy and thin, this one is mediocre at best, in or out of style.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.07/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of rousee
3.07/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of cbutova
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of mralphabet
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of fattychubs
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
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 Fish113d
3.02/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, it pours a crystal clear solid amber color with a thin, foamy white head. Not very thick, but sustains well.

Sweet, floral hops hits my sinuses fairly weakly. Maybe a slight citrus smell, but fairly boring.

Bitter hops hits my taste buds with a bit of floral essence, but very very boring. Decent taste, but nothing special to note. A fairly plain, boring, pale ale.

Decent carbonation up front, with a thinning watery body through the swallow. Nothing flashy again, but solid all around body as most american pales go.

Very drinkable, but this would be a pale ale I'd offer to a MIller Lite or Budweiser drinker willing to experiment a bit. Nothing real special about it, but solid drinkable beer.

Photo of Palantyri
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Not bad, not great.

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -12.5%
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 mothmanscott
2.99/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of psinderson
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
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 GuinnessSmurf
2.95/5  rDev -14%
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 canoehornpoint
2.95/5  rDev -14%
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 BuckeyeNation
2.94/5  rDev -14.3%
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 TheFightfan1
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of Naes
2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
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 Ego
2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

eyes...
nice and fluffy full finger of head, good lacing, orange tone residing somewhere below amber, clear as the daylight savings day is long(er), decent amount of carbonation bubbling up feeding the head which has transformed into a menagerie of microbubbles instead of the initial craggy foam. nice.

nose...
mild honey-ish hops aroma, the malt seems in balance with a touch of caramel floating underneath, not your typical APA hop nose due to the varieties in use here, definitely smells more british than new world, that's not a complaint however.

taste etc...
more bitter than I thought it would be... a bit light in the mouth, all in all a bit bland actually, the bitterness does not seem in balance here and I love hops.. something just aint sippin' right for me on this one.

verdict?
drinkable but with so many other (superior) APAs out there not worth your while to wet your whistle...

Photo of jpmclaug
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Photo of jcdiflorio
2.77/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped on cap. Opened with a very loud hiss.

Very clear,brilliant golden color,2" white head dissapated a bit quickly leaving a thin layer of foam. A few steady streams of widely scattered bubbles. Not much lacing present.

Clean aroma,very fruity,bisquity,grassy with some earthyness. Good invitiing aroma with some slight perfumyness.

Sour fruity taste with a light citrus rind feel,light bittersweet carmell notes,grassy dried straws tastes in there also. Clean finish with some slight grapefruit tastes. Would have give a higher taste score,just didn't like the sourness.

Light,a bit on the watery side,grainy texture with lots of tanginess.
Lacking a bit in the taste department,somewhat flat tasting,not a bad beer,just nothing interesting enough to want another

Photo of AlexJ
2.76/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Mad Anthony's APA from Erie Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.