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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: 7
Gots: 10 | 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 tugdriver7
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, slightly orange copper color, with little head retention; though there was nice lacing left on the glass. A hint of hops (is all) in the nose. Remember the old adage about being "too rich or too thin?" My first thought upon tasting this beer was "smooth." Extremely smooth and balanced. Decent mouthfeel, but (as with the Pilsner) just not enough taste here. The smoothness, in this case, is due to a somewhat bland taste profile that, while there is a hint of fruity hops and a slightly "cooked veggie" malt flavor, just never really reaches out and grabs you with any complexity. That said, a very drinkable beer. But perhaps not as enjoyable as some other APAs.

tugdriver7, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of TheTrevor
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

TheTrevor, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of akorsak
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to adamharbaugh for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The pale ale is a golden copper color, clear except for the stream of carbonation in the center of the glass. Not much head is left from the 1 finger on pour.

S: Hoppiness is upfront, citrusy but in a restrained manner. Malts follow with grains and some diacetyl butteriness. The beer has a fruity flavor that I want to attribute to ringwood.

T: The hops from the nose lash out at the front of the beer, earthy with a grassy element. They don't last long though before being subsumed by the malts. Toffee and caramel are strong and, as the ale warms, even move to the forefront of the beer. The buttery flavors that I picked up in the nose continues. The malt flavor and disappearing act that the hops do makes me view this as more English than American.

M: The mouthfeel shows off hops, malts and a ringwood-like flavor that I refuse to rule out.

D: The ale is moderately quaffable. The buttery toffee malt flavor gets to be a little much at times.

akorsak, Aug 10, 2008
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.

dansm, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of nrpellegrini
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow color with a thin white head that fades. Smells of hops and slight citrus. Tastes of mild hops, no big bite, and a smooth sweet taste. Mouthfeel is decent, nothing to interrupt the drink and goes down well. Probably won't look for this one again but glad I tried it.

nrpellegrini, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of Morey
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is brewed by the Erie Brewing CO. here in Erie, Pa. Poured out of a bottle and into a glass producing a 2 finger head that reduced to a little less than a finger after a minute of two.

Smells of pine and is a deep gold color with lots of bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. The head sticks nicely to the sides of the glass with each sip (very impressive).

Has a sharp, crisp, piney taste at first, which gives way to a hoppy bitter finish. A decent pale ale, but nothing sensational here. I would drink it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Morey's Bottom Line: Really, for me the most impressive thing about this beer was it's appearance.

Morey, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of micromaniac129
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

micromaniac129, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.35/5  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.

Mora2000, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of avaccani
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

avaccani, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of kegger22
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

kegger22, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of JeffBrenner
3.34/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

JeffBrenner, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of cjgator3
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

cjgator3, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of maddogruss
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

maddogruss, May 30, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Seanibus, May 05, 2008
Photo of pwoods
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

pwoods, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of phantomwyse
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

phantomwyse, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of david18
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

david18, Jan 15, 2010
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.

shapudding, Mar 09, 2005
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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 19, 2002
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

acurtis, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

tdm168, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of buzzy
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

buzzy, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of crowsnest
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

crowsnest, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of ericwilson54
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

ericwilson54, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of jmdrpi
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

jmdrpi, Dec 12, 2011
Mad Anthony's APA from Erie Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.