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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 treehugger02010
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have no recollection of where I got this beer, my likely my buddy Mike, but either way, I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a cloudy amber color, topped by a small and dark egg-shell colored head that had good retention and left nice spider-web lacing.
Smell: The aroma is of caramel malt and earthy hops.
Taste: The taste has the same hops, yet a more noticeable pine flavor, as well as sweet apples.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is rigid.
Drinkability: Despite this beer's overall high score, the drinkability isn't stupendous, somewhere between great and average.
Don't drink and review.

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

Poured a slightly hazy medium copper color with minute white head.
Smell is light, with some soft notes a hops detectable.
Taste also shows a very restrained hop profile, with a tough of malt in the background.
Finishes refreshing and a bit dry.
A very pleasnt drinking beer. Would be sessionable.

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Photo of toolbrew
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a thin white head. Lots of carbonation throughout. It has dissipated after about ten minutes.

At first very hoppy, citrusy bouquet. After about ten minutes it is a sweeter, maltier, honey scent.

Crisp hoppy taste up front. Not overly bitter but well balanced. You get the sweeter malty honey sensation at the end.

The crisp hop hits the rear roof of the mouth and sustains. Medium/light bodied that is smooth.

Beer goes down well. A refreshing session beer.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this beer at cellar temp poured into a snifter. The beer is a slightly hazy copper hue with a thin eggshell white edge layer. Aroma is caramel and some fruit as well. I also get a good dose of grainy malt.
First sip reveals an average body with fine prickly carbonation.
Flavor is sweet and toffee dominant but also fairly grainy and a hint of herbal hops come through on the finish. There is a bit of general sweetness on my gums after each swallow as well.
An easy drinking well crafted beer.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a nice amber body with a 2" white head which retain nicely around the edge. The smell is malty and some pine notes come through. The taste starts off sweet and malty, then the bitter ness of the hops get you on the back of the tongue. Nice mouth feel. Overall this is a decent beer.

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Photo of PorterLover83
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Has a slight hazy gold color to it. Not really much of a head that I could see. Hops were very noticable in the smell with a piney hint. Kinda malty in the taste but the hops kicked in after a minute with the bitterness to even out for the flavor. I would say in my opinion it is a border line medium to light mouthfeel. Pretty good drinkability to me and a god offering. I would definately pick this up again and recommend it.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking beer and a golden colored hue. Scents of cascade hops and crystal malts. A bit of sweetness hits the tongue followed with some balancing hoppiness on the backend. Very enjoyable, quaffable beverage. Easy to drink. Nice session beer. More of an English Pale Ale to me than an APA because of the english tasting hops. Very nice beer that needs to be purchased again.

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Photo of mwa423
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice looking clear amber. A finger of thin white head dies quickly, some head retention would put this in the 4.0 category.

S - Slight hop bite with nice malty backbone.

T - Lots of malt at first but also a slightly pine and citrus hop bite that rounds out the flavor nicely.

M/D - Mouthfeel is nice and round, very drinkable pale ale.

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Photo of soju6
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark copper color with a decent head that fades slowly to good lacing.

S: Aroma of fresh grain and herbs with a bit of pine and caramel sweetness. Aroma is quite inviting.

T: Has a nice inital crispness with a bit of caramel sweetness. Theres a nice mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, crisp, smooth and refreshing. Nice balance and not overly hopped.

O: Good APA. grabbed this to complete a six-pack mixer. Easy drinker, could put away a few of thers without trying.

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Photo of Tbn2
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Eye Candy-Pours clean and golden in color. A fingers worth of head rises to the top and slowly disappears leaving lacing all the way down.

Nose Candy-Smells of pale malts and a good earthiness. Just a faint presence of hops that are a good balance to the earthy smell.

Mouth Candy-Good malt balance that moves towards an earthy taste. Earthy taste is well complimented by hops finish at the end. A very good pine/earthy taste. The body of this beer is goes well with the taste and the carbonation is right on point.

I picked up this beer becasue I thought it had a cool name and was looking for something new to try. I felt like it was money well spent and would recommend this to anyone. It won't knock your socks off, but should leave lovers of APAs happy.

Fill Up the Glass....Down the Hatch

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Photo of kkosmoski
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Longneck out of a variety twelve pack. Clear light amber in the glass with a minimal, bubbly white head. Bit of piney hop in the aroma with some light toast - mild aroma. Citrus bitterness comes out first followed by some bready malt flavor and then easing back into a grapefruit and lemon bittered finish. Medium feel with a pleasant carbonation. Drinkablity is fairly good. Good sturdy bitterness, but I think for a great drinkability profile, the malt would have to balance the equation a bit more. A nice pale ale here - there are many others with more character, but Mad Anthony's holds its own.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours a pale amber with off white head.

Smells of bread, citrus, and wild flowers.

Taste is bitter citrus flowing into a nutty bread malt middle. Then it finishes with dry bitter herb. A very nice pale ale. Easy drinking and tasty.

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Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - One finger of white head on a just slightly hazy, copper colored body. The foam settles quickly and leaves a decent lattice of lace on the glass.

S - A nice aroma of pine hops with a little bit of citrus. Substantial malt loiters in the background with notes of caramel and toasted grain.

T - Sweet, rich malt and moderate hop flavor up front. Floral hop notes with some grapefruit. Caramel and toasted malt. Finishes malty with moderate hop bitterness balancing nicely.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Nice and drinkable, as an APA should be. The hop character is good and strong enough without being too sharp. The malt more than balances the hops, but finishes dry and does not bog down the palate. This is the best of the otherwise lackluster beers in the variety pack from Erie Brewing.

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Photo of TheOtherMike
3.74/5  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.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decided to review one of my beers from my recent family trip to PA. I bought a case of this in Brockway.

Appearance: 12 oz bottle with no freshness date seen. There's a big portrait of Mad Anthony (I guess) looking at me upside down as I pour him out. What's he looking at anyhow; he's looks very proud and dignified,like he just won a battle, or maybe he's checking out the other supreme beers around him in my beer fridge?! He poured into my imperial pint glass at around 42 degrees. Looks clear, edges are dark yellow and body if ripened apricot with no floaters around. Head pours a ½ inch white head with average bubbles and foaming - nice. Little to no lacing.

Smell: Smells like gently baked malts and yeasts. Also, I detect slightly bitter hops. I can't gather much more than that on the old sniffer.

Taste: Much like the smell, a wave of bitterness, subdued by creamy malts, trailing with dry hops. Rather simple, overall.
Mouthfeel: Watery with ample carbonation. Light to medium bodied and crisp. A good example for it's style.

Drinkability: Overall, a crisp and refreshing summer session beer. Easy, simple and enjoyable, but I wouldn't rush across the country to buy another case.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale amber orange color with a slight off white head.

S: a huge citrusy presence, and some light bread notes. There is some nice subtle grassy notes but not overpowering with a good floral hopping.

T: The malt is light with some cereal grains and the hopping is even and subdued. There are some citrus notes and a very light Columbus hopping that is there, but very faint to detect. The beer is very clear and clean, perhaps a tad to filtered down per style taking away some of the body.

M: light-medium viscosity with a crisp carbonation bite.

D: A light entry into the world of ipas and moderately good flavor and drinkability.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, no date. Pours a pale gold color with a bronze hue. The white is quite lively, forming into a stiff white cap, displaying solid retention.

The aroma is rather weak, spicy, some slight hops, grain and malt, sulpher and something metallic and coppery. The flavor follows, the hops assert themselves on the finish, they're piney and metallic, and the finish is mildly plastic. A little grapefruit and a faint nuttiness also make appearances.

The brew is light-bodied with good carbonation. It's not overly complex, but somewhat interesting and evenly balanced. It's not a knock you on your ass beer, but drinkable. It markedly improves when allowed to warm considerably.

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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 brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a puffy white head that sticks fairly well and leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Sweet pear and some grain; unusual but nice

Taste: Opens with a bready malt base that moves in an earthy bitter direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the earthy bitter flavors persist but there is a slight residual sweetness through the end

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate, but prickly carbonation

Drinkability: With an unusual aroma and a much more English than American profile, this beer is easy to drink

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Photo of riversider76
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours honey colored. Nice white head,with excellent retention,and lacing. Smell is of honey, with a hint of grassy hops. Body is thin to medium,with some carbionation. Taste is of honey,and lemon,with a hoppy finish. Very nice and smooth. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dirty orange that is see thru with decent carbonation for a mountainous head that dies slowly and leaves small lace. Minor smell of caramel and honey malt base along with some floral and earthy hops. A subdued but easy-drinking ale, as there is a pleasant, subdued taste of balanced citric hops and caramelized malt. A little more sweet than hoppy yet has a crisp, dry backbite. Good beer to try.

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Photo of Suds
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the first sip, this beer didn't really impress. However, after a full bottle, it really started to grow on me. The beer is a clear copper color with a small, foamy white head. It's a nice looking beer. The smell consists of a pleasant balance of lightly toasted malt, some crystal, and a slightly herbal hop aroma. It's not an overly hoppy beer, but there is a firm bitterness in the finish and enough hop character to keep the beer interesting. Semi-dry, the beer is very quaff-able. That's what changed my mind - this would be a terrific session beer. It's medium in body with just a slight slickness on the tongue. East coast for sure. The balance is great. Here's one enjoyable, drinkable brew.

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Photo of yuenglings
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has a nice foamy head that leaves a good laceing and a nice light copper color to it

Theirs a very strong orange/ pine smell with the bread coming in at the end

With a good strong smell like that i was thinking it was going to be better tasteing it was ok with a good mix of the breadyness and the citrusyness but could of been more robust

Its very smooth beer with great carbonation and i find it very drinkable. I could see myself buying this beer but im not in a hurry to go out and get it rightr away.

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