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Mad Anthony's APA - Erie Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
79
okay

268 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.2%
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 Teleweizen2
2.35/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From notes

A - pours a golden hue with some nice amber highlights. A big white head. Decent retention.

S - light citrusy, flowery hops dominate the aroma. Some breadyness. Sweet malt undertones.

T - follows the nose. Citrus hops, sweet and bready malts. Flavor is a little bland. It's lacking a little something.

M - medium bodied. Medium carb.

D - I just can't get over that bland flavor. This could possibly be a bad bottle ill have to try it again to be sure.

Teleweizen2, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2/5  rDev -42%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle (no dating) served in a standard pint glass.

L - slightly hazed copper color with an off-white head that thinned out leaving very little lacing.

S - sour smelling beer.

T - odd tasting, it's like any bitterness is bordering on just being sour patch kid tasting with a little malty sweetness thrown in.

F - medium bodied, kind of a thin, flat feel.

D - meh!

JoeyBeerBelly, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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 mralphabet
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Clear copper colored, nice fingers worth of lace that settled to a nice layer of foam.... and very nice lacing all the way down the glass.

S: First thing I'm getting is pretty strong citrus hops, with a touch a bready malt and a lite pinyness.

T: Pretty well balanced beer here, little sweet malt and citrus hops, with bread and pine mixed in. Aftertaste is on the bitter side. I'd say there is a little more hops than malt on this one.

M: Sharp and crisp, light to mid bodied with a little oily feel on the tongue at the end.

D: Not a bad little APA, but it seems a little more IPA ish to be, touch more hops than most APA's I've had. Overall is a pretty drinkable beer, but also pretty average. Not one to run out and hunt, but not bad.

mralphabet, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of ProfessorCJ
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

ProfessorCJ, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of jpmclaug
2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - pale amber color with a decent sized white head that quickly dissipates. Reminds me more of a lager

S - Pale malts, that's about all I'm getting from this. Not real complex and I don't pick up any hop scents.

T - Grainy pale malts with a hint of piney hops at the end. More complex than the smell indicated but not all that great

M - medium body with wayyy too much carbonation

D - The flavor is OK but nothing special. This beer is way too carbonated for the style though. I don't see myself picking this one up again.

jpmclaug, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of PorterLambic
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a somewhat cloudy orange color. Off-white head is small and drops to a few clumps of foam. Very little lace remains.
Smell is hops, malt, grapes and vanilla.
Taste is Hops, light malt, grapes.
Hops are very present, up front especially. Light body with strong efferevescence. It's alright. Flavor is better than some but nothing special.

PorterLambic, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of mwa423
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

mwa423, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of cjgator3
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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 goblue3509
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cooper color with a thin watery head. The aroma is of toasted malt and some breadiness with a hint of leafy hops. The taste is of a bready malt backbone with a leafy hop bite to it. A nice bite, not overly hoppy, but enough to let you know its there. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, full bodied, and a little slick. The drinkability is good, there is enough complexity to keep you interested. Overall a good beer, well rounded.

goblue3509, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of Suds
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Suds, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of u2carew
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz long neck. Consumed 2/1/10

A) Pours with a finger thick head. Creamy, white with semi sticky thin lacing. Transparent body with upward carbonation. Bronze in color.
S) Smells like a wet dog and dry grains. Not a pleasant combination but also not putrid. There are hints of malty sweetness lingering just below the surface.
T) The front is light and wispy with very little flavor. Moves to a subtle sweetness, that increases until the finish. Mild hop tones throughout and into the aftertaste.
M) Crispy. Fizzy. Light body. Slightly dry and grainy.
D) An alright APA. Not one that I would return to frequently.

u2carew, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, very slight hop note, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, very slight hoppyness, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not too bad.

Wasatch, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mad Anthony's APA starts with a citrusy, crisp, sharp nose with light hints of caramel and toffee behind.

Malt character is very crisp with good caramel taste but not much sweetness. Graham crackers and bread crusts come to mind. Could use a bit more malt taste and body but clean nevertheless.

That nice hop nose has a hard time transitioning to taste. The beer is more bitter, bitey, grassy, and harsh than I would like; this hurts the drinkability of the beer as it just hangs up in the throat.

Some subtle esters and spices work hard to compliment the beer but in a non-descript way. Alcohols give a minty and slight warming but do not bring attention to itself.

The beer fades from caramels and citrus into clean and refreshing finish... if not for the harsh bite.

BEERchitect, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, w/o freshness/bottling info to be had. Pours clear and is on the lighter side of amber. Moderate, frothy lighter khaki head, that stays and stays and drags extensive and sticky strands of lace onto the glass. Faint and nondescript sniff, perhaps a hint of leafy hops picked up. Weak hop crunch for an "APA". Pleasant enough ale but way down on the excitement scale. Some moderate minty hops picked up mingling with an equally middle of the road malt base. Nothing special, just an easy drinking but fairly dull brew, that puts itself out there as an "APA"

Billolick, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of david18
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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 DerekP
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

In the Shadyside of Pittsburgh, PA sits a medium-sized bar and restaurant called Bites & Brews. My wife's brother used to work there, serving up hot panini sandwiches, and from what I hear, he also was slanging some pretty good pizza pies.

The place had a nice atmosphere. I haven't been there in 3 years, but what I do remember is the extensive array of beers on tap and bottle. Bites & Brews is the place where I tried Troegs version of a stout, something I couldn't finish because I was already 5-6 beers in on somebody's India Pale Ale (nothing against Troegs stout, it was very good).

For a few months, I spent a lot of time at Bites & Brews with my brother, Dylan, and a mutual friend, Anthony. All three of us were on a micro-brew kick since our recent trip to New York, where we all had a great time visiting family and discovering the world of better beer. If I remember correctly, I was probably driving into Pittsburgh from California, PA once a week, usually late in the week, nearing the weekend.

The times I couldn't make it out were still involving Dylan and Anthony spending bucks and throwing back beers at Bites & Brews. After a few nights without me, Dylan shared a tale that makes me laugh to this day.

Anthony, our mutual friend that was, at the time, attending the University of Pittsburgh, had recently grown a liking toward a bottled brew called "Mad Anthony's APA (American Pale Ale from Erie Brewing Company, Erie, PA)." He was obviously intrigued by the name, and probably found dark comedy in the fact that he shared the mood included in the title.

Bottle after bottle, Anthony savored a case in 3-4 nights. The slot in the fridge was looking popular as the beer was disappearing. Mad Anthony's APA was a hit! Or was it?

After a few conversations with the bartender, Dylan discovered that our friend, Anthony, was the only one buying Mad Anthony's APA, and the only reason they kept in stock. The myth of it's popularity was exposed, but it didn't make Anthony any bit madder, or maybe we just couldn't notice a difference.

Recently, after seeing the brew at the Beer Store, and then seeing singles of it at my local six-pack shop, I decided to pick one up for nostalgic purposes. I ran up the stairs and evidently shook it up a little because as soon as I popped the bottle the brew started spewing out like it was "mad."

I poured Mad Anthony's APA into my 18-19 oz mug (Yeah, I measured and that's what I came up with) and got a solid head. The brew is a nice cloudy amber. The taste is pretty good. Cloaked hops with minimal bitterness. A good hoppy smell, very healthy lacing, and a medium body. There's not much more that I can say. Bottom line, I approve. Have one yourself, hell, have another! You won't be disappointed.

This story/review was originally posted @ http://thelightonbeer.blogspot.com

DerekP, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of brauseboof
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice clear pale copper with a decent 1.5" of head which hung around for a while.
Very weak on the nose, had trouble detecting any aroma.
A very subtle taste, with just a hint of grapefruit bitterness. A bit too watery for me.
Despite not having much of a character, it was quite drinkable

brauseboof, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of dickroop
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

dickroop, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark golden color with an average head that stick around for a while.

S - Faint hoppy scents.

T - This is a fairly well balanced APA. The bitterness wins over the sweetness but not by a whole lot. The malt is evident but the hops leave a dicernable bitterness.

M - Light/Medium bodied and well carbonated.

D - The lightness and average ABV make this fairly sessionable assuming you like a bitter brew.

BeerisfoodLLC, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of drtth
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a golden copper color with a ½" white head that recedes slowly but steadily. Leaving rings and some spider web lacing. Sipping leaves rings and a sheet of lacing on one side of the glass with fine speckles of lacing on the other side. Long before the beer is finished the head has receded to a small ring around the glass with a thin layer of foam on the surface. Some of the rings of foam cling stubbornly to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is soft and simple with a slightly earthy character and a trace of caramel from the malt.

Taste: The flavor is simple with faint sweetness and some dry earthy bitterness that I don't find particularly pleasant.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light bodied and soft, with slight but persistent carbonation. The finish is medium long and mostly dry with the character of that earthy bitterness spoiling the show.

Drinkability: I don't expect to be having this one again. If there were no other APAs available it would serve, but given the competition I'll be quite happy to have one or more of those rather than this one.

drtth, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of kegger22
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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 nickfl
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

nickfl, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from a family friend's fridge, on to the beer:

Goldenrod yellow color with a tight head and some streaks of lacing sticking to thie glass. It has the character of an "old school APA" with its bitter citrus, grapefruit, bitter pine, and an earthy finish. Tame diacetyl and a hint of esters round out the beer in the end.

DoubleJ, Aug 11, 2009
Mad Anthony's APA from Erie Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.