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Mad Anthony's APA - Erie Brewing Co.

Mad Anthony's APAMad Anthony's APA

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BA SCORE
79
okay

238 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%


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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Osiris9588

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2007 21:09:00 | More by Osiris9588
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I bought a mix case of Erie Brewing Company beer several weeks ago at Chester County Beverage. 8 each of Mad Anthony's Ale [awful] Presque Isle Pilsner [pretty good] and Railbender Ale [really good]. So for $29 it is almost a worthy purchase for 2/3rds of the case.

The Mad Anthony's is so bad that I wouldn't take it to my friend's BBQ/B-day party. Yes, the were drinking Corona, but Mad Anthony's has this awful aftertaste that just makes it very hard to drink.

Appearance: The appearance is nice. No problem there. Clear goldenrod with a sudsy white head. a little lacing and a white ring around the glass. The clear body showcase some lively active carbonation. Nice.

Smell: Buttery hops. It smells of toasted biscuits and lightly bitter herbal hops; little action but inoffensive.

Taste: What Happened!!! The smell wasn't like this. ew yuck. It is the aftertaste. In the mouth it is buttery, a tad too much diacetyl and very much like chewing on a citrus rind. The aftertaste is overboard unbalanced grassy bitterness that is not a fresh hop feel it is simply chemically bitter. Honestly, to get rid of them I just decided to drink what was left the other night and after 2 or three, they didn't bother me anymore. That annoying taste became more palatable and I finished four of them leaving just this one to review. On a fresh palate I return to my original opinion. It just doesn't work for me.

Drinkability: If you can get past the aftertaste it would work fine. Maybe you need to dink it with a meal, that'd work better.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 06:29:15 | More by Phatz
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2007 02:14:50 | More by jcdiflorio
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benmiliron

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Paid $1.79 for a 12 oz. bottle. Light amber/copper with a dense white single finger of foam. Smell is floral hops, wildflowers and a hint of citrus. Taste is malty & bready at first, but quickly plunges into the floral hop bitterness. Not overpowering at all. Excellent match of hops and malt. There is a noticeable final gravity and spicy carbonation that's just right.

This is a classic example of what an American IPA should be. This is even more indicative of the style than Sierra Nevada. Superb!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 02:25:31 | More by benmiliron
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Premier Liquors in Tonawanda, NY.

A: Medium amber with a thin white head. Aggressive carbonation visible.

S: Hop aroma is present with no specific characteristics. Malt aroma is quite strong. Malt is bready - almost like a good pilsner.

T: good balance between bready malt and grapefruit hop flavor. The hop flavor is not too strong. Finishes easy and somewhat wet. Hop flavor comes alive on the back end.

MF: Medium light mouthfeel. Appropriately filling. Well carbonated.

D: Well balanced, well made APA. Good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 13:02:16 | More by Nipitato
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 19:48:59 | More by PittBeerGirl
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riversider76

New York

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2007 00:27:29 | More by riversider76
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 02:21:40 | More by rhoadsrage
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 14:52:35 | More by BuckeyeNation
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dedrinker

Kansas

2.45/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It didn't smell or taste like a pale ale, but at least it looked like a British pale ale. I was confused and disappointed. It didn't taste bad, but, but, well maybe it could pass as a British pale ale, but I just wasn't feeling it on any level. I just didn't get it. I could not grasp, fathom, or understand this beer in the terms of its alleged style/ category. In and of itself it wasn't bad - just bland with a little fruit and decent body. I certainly would not buy this one again. Maybe it tastes better in Erie.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2006 21:22:34 | More by dedrinker
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Naes

New York

2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2006 01:03:08 | More by Naes
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a dateless brown bottle into a pint glass after being well refrigerated.

Appearance – A light clear amber beer. Half inch of head disappeared quickly with no lacing.

Smell - Caramel and sweet malt.

Taste - Heavy sweet malt flavor with hints of caramel and maple syrup. Finishes with slight earthly bitterness. Not very hoppy for an APA. It tastes very similar to Yuengling Traditional Lager. I wish I had one on hand to compare to two together.

Mouthfeel – A good medium bodied beer and a nice malty aftertaste.

Drinkability – It’s a solid beer but not an exciting one, especially for an ale. I certainly wouldn’t pass on one if it came my way, but I’m not gonna go out of my way for one either.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 23:51:29 | More by JohneHoodlum
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williamherbert

New York

4/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 20:35:07 | More by williamherbert
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dansm

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 20:53:10 | More by dansm
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ski271

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear medium golden-amber with a small, off-white, creamy head with very good retention. Smell is of doughy bread, caramel, some light spruce-like hops and a little spice. The taste is crisp and balanced but on the bland side. Light citrus, grainy malts and sweaty yeast. It has a medium-light body, dry texture and moderate carbonation. This was a refreshing, easy-drinking beer that I enjoyed while grilling. But by APA standards this one is pretty weak. Came in a mix-6-pack with their Presque Isle and the Railbender. This one is the best of the 3, but that doesn’t say that much.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 19:11:53 | More by ski271
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psinderson

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2006 01:19:29 | More by psinderson
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WesWes

New York

3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice pale and light crystal malt scent with a mellow English hop aroma. The taste is decent also. It has a smooth pale and crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes slightly sweet and breadlike with a light hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good tasting beer, but it seems a little thin on the body. I like the malt bill, but the hops are too few.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 22:02:32 | More by WesWes
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AlexJ

North Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2006 14:33:13 | More by AlexJ
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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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TheOtherMike

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2004 16:01:17 | More by TheOtherMike
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canoehornpoint

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2004 20:06:11 | More by canoehornpoint
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GuinnessSmurf

Missouri

2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2004 02:20:26 | More by GuinnessSmurf
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fattychubs

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2003 02:54:46 | More by fattychubs
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden copper pour with a nice white foam on top. It will leave just a little lace on the glass. Aroma is sweet with caramel. Hops are present in the nose to give it some more character.

A nice medium body brew with a sweet start. Malts and some caramel. Hops come in to give it a little bitterness. Light carbonation leads to a very smooth brew. It is a good drinker. An overall solid brew from Erie.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2003 07:48:59 | More by ElGuapo
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allboutbierge

Austria

4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
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).

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2003 12:37:17 | More by allboutbierge
Mad Anthony's APA from Erie Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.