Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Mad Anthony's APA - Erie Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Mad Anthony's APAMad Anthony's APA

Educational use only; do not reuse.

161 Reviews

(Read More)
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

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (18) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Mad Anthony's APA Alström Bros
Reviews: 161 | Hads: 295
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.

 508 characters

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.

 385 characters

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.

 342 characters

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.

 427 characters

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.

 327 characters

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.

 506 characters

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.

 1,309 characters

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.

 493 characters

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.

 371 characters

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.

 297 characters

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm aged copper body with a slight hazy to it. There is a thin even head of off-white foam that last for a good bit. There is a carbonation of tiny bubbles that for a net when rising to the surface.

S- This beer has a light sweet honey malt note with some lightly toasted malt smells that are very fresh.

T- This beer has a soft honey malt and fresh dry pale malt flavors with a soft green hops in the finish. There is a little bitterness to the hops but the dominant flavors are the malts.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft fizz that boost the hop flavor a little bit.

D- This beer has a nice flavor and good flavors to the malt with a light hop finish. This has nice complexity even though it doesn't have the big hops typical of most APAs. Very nice for a session beer.

 858 characters

Photo of Emnmarko
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy golden amber modest head, ample lacing.

S- Sweet malts, bready, a little yeast in there too. Hop bitterness.

T- Sweet malts vs. Bitter hops 12 rounds no holds barred.

M- Wet and easy. Quality.

O- Not bad at all. Well balanced, nice hop additions. Has an IPA feel without being rude.

 295 characters

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with imstillthegman. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head above the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head lasts nicely, with plentiful chunky lacing. Aroma is fruity hps character with some underlying sweetness, just about to style for me. Taste follows the nose, maybe not as much pale maltiness as I would have expected. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good also, a solid representation of the style.

 489 characters

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.

 607 characters

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- copper colored body with nice white head.

S- smells strongly of floral hoppiness and malt.

T- Initial taste is floral and hops followed my a smooth caramel malt finish.

M- medium body with light carbonation.

D- this is an easy beer to enjoy with an interesting taste. Maybe it is not quite hoppy enough for an APA but its still really good.

 356 characters

Photo of allboutbierge
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
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).

 1,237 characters

Photo of DrinkClub
4.06/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice beer to finish the evening. It's now fashionable to IPA everything to super bitter. That's okay for awhile, but after a bit, everything tastes like generic "craft beer." IPA, IPA, IPA. Only Bitter. Mad Anthony has gone milder. Less bitter than the generics but with a nice strong taste that sticks with you after you finish the bottle. I was so impressed I sent them a fan letter.

 392 characters

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +18%
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.

 798 characters

Photo of perfectkaos
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer used to be a mainstay on the 100 beers list at my bar but i havent had one since they took it off a few years ago.

pours a cloudy orange color with no head. some hops are noticeable on the nose, a little sour, along with some roasted bready smells as well.

pretty strong hop kick up front with a little malt sweetness coming in later.

a very drinkable beer. drinking it now makes me wonder how i used to like Railbender better (well maybe it was the $2 special)

 475 characters

Photo of caminiti
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked it up on a whim from Glenville Bev as part of a mix/match six pack, I liked the name.
Pleasantly surprised.
Poured into a stolen pint glass, copper orange with a small head that quickly vanished, smelled a bit fruity, and very hoppy, a good thing.
Taste was crisp, very crisp, and similiar to some of the more expensive pale ales. I was a bit surprised to find it was only 5.5%, as the alcohol taste didnt jump out at you but I thought it may have been hiding behind the crispness (did I mention that) and hops.
Worthy of purchasing a six pack

 550 characters

Photo of JamesS
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice copper color with good head and some decent lacing. Nice scent, very floral and hoppy, with slight citrus tones. Excellent taste, a very well balanced, hoppy pale ale, with nice floral and slight citrus flavors. It goes down well, nice brew.

 259 characters

Photo of gciccarelli
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Clear, crisp copper with good white foamy head. Good head retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

S - Hop presence, but not overpowering. Citrus notes. Sweet-smelling malt. A nice, complex smell.

T - Very similar to the smell. Malt sweetness with a slight bitter hop aftertaste. Citrus notes, slight hint of butter. Balanced quite nicely.

M - Light body, high carbonation. Perhaps slightly too carbonated. Leaves a pleasant feeling afterward.

D - Excellent balance and feel result in high drinkability. Could definitely have a few.

A very solid brew from Erie - recommended! Showcases a variety of excellent flavor.

 664 characters

Photo of plaid75
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a slightly hazy light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a soft graininess with a clean herbal and grassy hop.

The taste was extremely well balanced with very clean and soft malts encompassing a light grassy hoppiness that cleaned up the already tidy malt. Slight bitterness at the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side, but in a good way. Some residual spiciness.

Overall an extremely easy to drink ale. If I had to define the flavor of this beer in the most simple terms possible, I would say it tastes like ale. If there is such thing as an American table ale, this is it. Simple and sessionable.

 697 characters

Photo of therica
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amazingly happy surprise to find on a blind-guess try. Definitely better and more fully-balanced than our local Flying Dog Scratch Dog and Clipper City's Heavy Seas Loose Cannon beers.

A= typical copper-amber with modest head, light lacing.

S= overwhelming nose of hops galore! Florals, citrus, spices, and occasional whiffs of bready malts. Nothing that's nose-burning, either. The great scents are still there even at the finish.

T= lots to explore in the depth and variety of hops styles. Lightly sweet, just enough for balance. Balanced malts. Enough bitters to make APA fans happy, and yet the hops are more beta-acid for flavor and scent than uber-alpha acid bitterness.

M= perfect if you're a fan of great APA.

D= depending on your enjoyment of APA style, you can probably session on this.

 804 characters

Photo of dickroop
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a 1 1/2 finger beige, pillowy head, dark and golden, with heavy, drooping lacing. Promising. Smell was also encouraging: citrus hoppy aroma with notes of honey and cider and spice.

Taste was rich, with a bitter bite. It was seltzery with chicory and some faint fruit notes, then more plain bitterness rather than hoppiness. Mouthfeel was light and pleasurable.

Overall drinkability was OK. I'd like to try this one on tap.

 437 characters

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