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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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262 Ratings

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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

09-08-2013 00:13:37 | More by outoffocus
Photo of Suds


3.63/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

02-28-2010 01:27:47 | More by Suds
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

06-26-2013 08:34:53 | More by jaxon53
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

11-21-2007 23:26:14 | More by tgbljb
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -13.3%

01-07-2012 06:11:37 | More by ShemRahBoo
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2.03/5  rDev -41.3%

Appearance - orange copper pour, a nice creamy white cap of a finger+.It's already laying down a nice coat of lace as the foam level falls.

Aroma - light citrus, light biscuity grains with a toasty accent.

Taste - a brief malty graininess up front, quickly covered by some very harsh and bitter hops. Too medicinal too soon for me. The palate dries out expectedly and the flavor lingers far longer than I want. Metallic flavors are present and though not in abundance, they are steady. I'm almost considering a mild infection but I'm not sure. Probably not but this flavor is really testing me.

Mouthfeel - crisp, medium body and a clean feel.

Drinkability - a chore to finish, it's way out of balance to the acridly bitter hop side.

07-27-2008 02:04:54 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

11-25-2011 19:33:20 | More by Exiled
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3.05/5  rDev -11.8%

A- Clear orange with a small white head that is somewhat creamy and has decent retention. Pretty nice coat of lace.

S- Heavy on citrus zest and pine hops and really not much else, something like a cleaning product. Slight caramel, biscuit malt. Almost like lemon tea at some point.

T- Reminds of me an extract homebrew. Some peach, lemon zest, caramel malt and a whole lot of herbal/floral in the finish. Bready.

MF- Light body and high carbonation characteristic of the style. More watery than creamy with a slightly bitter finish.

DB- The flavor itself just feels sort of flat or one dimensional. The elements don't build up to a balanced, satisfying flavor. It is a bit too herbal for me, like iced tea.

12-29-2010 03:29:15 | More by cbutova
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

12-12-2011 21:45:34 | More by jmdrpi
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

04-30-2014 04:02:58 | More by tommyguz
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

120z. bottle: This one pours a slightly hazy golden color. There was a small white head on it that lingers a bit and leaves a little lacing. Lighter bit nice nose. Some pine and citrus hop notes, as well as some faint malts and grain. The taste is good. Medium bodied. Somewhat bitter. A faint caramel malt sweetness up front. Somewhat dry finish, with pine notes. An easy drinker.

10-02-2011 00:20:48 | More by Boto
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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

01-04-2012 02:00:29 | More by IdrinkGas
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3.73/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

08-01-2010 14:06:32 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours an orange/amber. The three to four inches of head quickly settles down to a nice crust.

Smells like earthy, medicinally hops. Kind of interesting for an american pale ale, this really reminded me more a bitter. Bit of a toasty aroma to it.

Taste is, again, more ESB than it is APA. Toasty malts, some earthy hops, and some caramel in the background.

A decent, easily quaffable brew.

05-29-2009 09:04:57 | More by Overlord
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

10-26-2013 19:39:39 | More by LoveStout
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3.93/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

03-12-2008 03:41:41 | More by sulldaddy
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

03-11-2014 17:14:39 | More by JohnK17
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4.1/5  rDev +18.5%

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.

04-07-2007 19:48:59 | More by PittBeerGirl
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

02-16-2012 17:17:15 | More by Tyrawlings
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New York

3.28/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

01-15-2010 22:42:42 | More by david18
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +15.6%

09-21-2012 22:19:04 | More by Molson2000
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +15.6%

12-05-2011 02:41:53 | More by tclapper
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New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -0.9%

Golden body with just a hint of haze. Fluffy white four finger head.

Aroma is heavy on hay and grass. Earthy.

Lightly sweet beginning on the tongue. Very earthy hop profile. Slight lingering hop aftertaste.

Light-to-medium mouthfeel flows easily.

Easy drinkability, could have three at a seating.

A tasty refreshing pale ale, though as much English as American.

08-04-2009 15:06:24 | More by RonfromJersey
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3.38/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

12-30-2007 17:17:58 | More by Morey
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

10-06-2006 23:51:29 | More by JohneHoodlum
Mad Anthony's APA from Erie Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.