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Mad Anthony's APA - Erie Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
79
okay

253 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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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kegger22

Michigan

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 00:39:26 | More by JeffBrenner
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cjgator3

Florida

3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle of this into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light amber body with a decent, white head with ok retention and some lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A slightly bitter, sour, malty smell with some hops evident in the undertones.

T: Kind of like a watered down, hoppy taste. The amount fo hop character was formidable for an APA, but the malts seemed to be lacking. Hints of malts were evident in the aftertaste, but nothing too significant or evident to balance out any notion of hops.

M: The mouthfeel was a little light and watery. Maybe this had something to do with the less than expected taste.

D: A fairly drinkable beer. It is relatively light for an APA which makes it easy to drink, but the taste was interesting and unique. I was hoping for the hops to have been a bit more noticeable, but a maltier presence would have been just as welcome.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 14:25:46 | More by maddogruss
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Seanibus

California

3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely golden with a moderate but rich white head. Not much of an aroma, which is disappointing, but the taste is pleasing and mild. It has a slight honey character with hints of grass, and a slight hop bitterness on the back end. Mouthfeel is satisfying if unremarkable. This is a serviceable, drinkable beer, though not one that will make a lasting mark on the genre.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 19:17:28 | More by Seanibus
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pwoods

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to beachbum1975 for this brew.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a pint.

A: Pours an average amber with good visibility. 1 1/2 fingers of egg shell head forms and holds for a bit. Decent lacing.

S: Subtle aroma. A bit of floral hops, grassy pollen smell. Just a touch of citrus and biscuity malts.

T/M: Decent bitterness level that takes a bit to develop. Malts come in first with a sugary sweetness that's a bit odd... almost reminds me a super sugary dark spot on a banana, lol, idk why. A bit of citrus from the hops with more of the grassy and floral notes. Body is medium light with a bit of creaminess. Light drying finish.

D: Not a bad brew and easily drinkable. Wouldn't be a bad choice for cards or fishing.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 01:19:04 | More by pwoods
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phantomwyse

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought this beer solely because of its name.

A: Pours a honey/copper color, thick, rich, frothy 2 finger head. Slight filmy residue sticks with the beer all the way to the finish.

S: Malty, doughy, bready. Sour hop smell, old pine tar, earthy wet soil, slight phenolic dullness-faded band-aid.

T: Bready sweetness, hops present but not spectacular. Hop flavor fades quickly. Faded seems to be the theme of this beer. As the beer warms, the hops dissipate as the malt sweetness comes more into prominence. This beer seems to have Scottish ancestry, reminding me of a wee heavy at times with the malt profile.

M: Light, almost moderate, but more light bodied. Creamy after the swallow that lightly coats. Carbonation went full out for the head and barely is perceptible afterwards.

D: Meh, somewhat. Mostly. The light body allows this to be a fair warm weather brew and adequate thirst quencher. The creamy feel that follows the swallow is the most appealing aspect that adds to this beers drinkability, in my opinion.

Overall, not bad for the style. I've certainly had APA's that fell far shorter than this beer did -- but, I've also had pales with lower IBU's that delivered a better hop presence. The scales tipped towards the malts on the balance end of this beer. I'd like to give Erie a few more opportunities with their other offerings. I think they have some brewing talent that needs to have a tighter focus.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 03:35:27 | More by phantomwyse
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david18

New York

3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2005 04:47:10 | More by shapudding
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2002 19:06:38 | More by WVbeergeek
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

10-21-2013 21:04:47 | More by acurtis
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright gold with a quarter of an inch of white, soft head that has great retention. There are obvious carbonation bubbles rising to the top. The nose is hard to describe. The best I can do is white bread, lemon, and something that reminds me of juice. The flavor is very lightly malty with some citrusy characteristics, mainly lemon, and a mild citrusy, floral hop character in the finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied, a little crisp but smooth.

Not a bad beer. It's easy to drink and unoffensive so you could turn this into a session beer, but if you're looking for flavor and complexities there are better beers on the market.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 22:07:31 | More by tdm168
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

12-24-2013 01:30:18 | More by buzzy
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crowsnest

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

11-10-2013 00:23:37 | More by crowsnest
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ericwilson54

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

06-09-2014 21:14:16 | More by ericwilson54
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

12-12-2011 21:45:34 | More by jmdrpi
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 06:15:22 | More by ONUMello
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

10-30-2012 15:45:18 | More by sendbeer
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HoppyBastard2

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

06-08-2014 04:05:32 | More by HoppyBastard2
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

05-05-2014 17:05:54 | More by MikeWard
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

05-25-2014 12:59:10 | More by Latarnik
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jaybags

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

06-11-2012 17:20:40 | More by jaybags
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Zetcha7x

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

03-13-2014 00:48:54 | More by Zetcha7x
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LoveStout

New York

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

10-26-2013 19:39:39 | More by LoveStout
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xbrettfavrex

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

11-21-2013 03:42:03 | More by xbrettfavrex
Mad Anthony's APA from Erie Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.