Mad Anthony IPA | Mad Anthony Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mad Anthony Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
madbrew.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,563
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
119
pDev:
13.7%
 
 
Wants:
3
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14
Trade:
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User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 119
Reviews by buschbeer:
Photo of buschbeer
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A - Served in a pint glass. Deep amber body. Barely a half inch of off white head.

S - Subtle grapefruit, tangerine, and pine.

T - The taste is more aggressive. Bitter grapefruit and a citrus medley followed by a lingering pine aftertaste.

M - Moderate. Also offers a carbonation bite.

D - It's a pretty drinkable beer and worth a try.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of todste
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into as traditional pint glass. Nice creamy head that dissipates pretty quickly but generous lacing left behind to the end. Nose is really resinous - pine, a little grapefruit, some varnish or furniture polish (not in a bad way). Taste is consistent with the smell with some malt upfront but finishing crisply. This is my local brewer that I've tended to overlook, but this needs to be revisited. A lot. Really a very nice, well balanced and very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orangish amber with light effervescence. Topped with a finger's worth of foamy, off-white head that disappears quickly but with decent cling. Nose is strongly hopped with plenty of citrus but little complexity. Taste is similarly dominated by straightforward hops with little complexity or balance. I'm not averse to uber-hopped beers, but even that luscious hops cling is lacking here. The mouthfeel is suprisingly watery. This goes down fine but is rather boring for an IPA.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caveat emptor - my first experience with this beer, I bought it unrefrigerated. This is one time you really need to keep it cold to keep it fresh. An overly sour beer = one that sat too long on the floor before being sold to you. Take it back for a replacement/refund if the store is local.

2/08/2008 update
Didn't even rinse my glass after Ol' Woody. Since we're walking up the hop ladder, we'll just let 'er ride...

Appearance - pours a hazy golden orange. Two thick fingers of lace form a meringue topping. Lots of thick lacy artwork around the glass. The head takes a while to fall back, holding at a thick latte-like cover.

Aroma - a deeper. more intense aroma than Ol' Woody. Very piney, earthy, spicy mint leaf.

Taste - sweet caramel malt base, a touch chewy. The hops assume control nicely, moving in easily with a full bitterness that is not brash but fully envelopes the palate. Grapefruit rind and pine all the way. Still could use some more malt presence, but for an IPA, it is what it is.

Mouthfeel - good body, a nice bit of smoothness across the tongue. Carbonation is medium.

Drinkability - very intense for my kind of session, but if I had this locally on tap, I'd have one every time. Thanks to Todd for the sample, a world of difference on these the second time around.
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Original score 2.35 (4, 3.5, 1.5, 1.5, 1)
Appearance - two bad bottles from this brewery, here's hoping the 3rd time's the charm. UN-like the last two, this uncaps with a far more modest rush of air. That's a good sign. Still pours with an abundance of foam, so my radar is on. The beer is a cloudy, peachy orange. Four fingers of white pocky foam cap out and evenly begin to fall back.

Aroma - lots of grapefruit, piny hops. Of course I've got the white gloves on looking for signs of spoilage, but if there's a defect here the hops are covering most of it. I thought I picked up something off while the head was forming, I'm not so sure now. At any rate, the smell is legit and pretty nice, but I keep thinking I'm picking something unfriendly up as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel - a brief sweetness up front, followed by an immense proportion of carbonation and bitterness. The bubbles are like champagne, blocking the tastebuds to some extent. I'm thinking there is a problem in this bottle as well as the last two Mad Hatters, but at first it's hidden due either to it's similar nature of the bitter hops or it's just outgunned. The aftertaste gives it away, that sour, acrid flavor that were in the other two. This one could be finishable in theory, but I don't see any reason to subject myself to it.

Drinkability - I'm 0 for 3 with the Mad Anthony beers with one to go.

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Photo of GreenWBush
2.27/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

When I heard that Mad Anthony would be bottling their IPA, I was ecstatic. More than a few times, I've had beers from Mad Anthony that were excellent - the imperial IPA especially - and at other times I've been horrified by their misses. I was excited to try this new bottled offering. I'm all for fairness and giving things a second chance. To a certain degree.

Worst packaging ever - the bottle design is neon day-glow orange and makes the beer seem like a pumpkin ale in its gaudiness.

Pours an orange-tinted bronze, fittingly. A few patches of lace, but no real retention.

The nose is hoppy, for certain. Quite appealing in its cascade citrus notes, but nothing jumps out - just a barreload of hops.

The taste is also 100% hops, but in a bad way - its like caustic, enamel-burning hop-tea. Just the raggedness of raw hops with no sweetness or maltiness to synergize the bitterness.

Tastes like a mediocre 5% pale or amber with the brewer arbitrarily adding twice the hops with no consideration of its impact on the overall product. This is literally giving me hop heart-burn.

The hops here aren't the actualized late-boil type (see: alpha king) but are more like your friend who is a crazed hop-head with no real brewing knowledge who adds 5x hops to a clonebrew and has you try it.

Mouthfeel is actually okay when the scathing bitterness subsides, relatively oily and fat, proving there might actually be malt here somewhere.

Just not that good. I wish they would have bottled their imperial IPA which was in fact superb. Go back to the drawing boards on this one.

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Photo of cameraman
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden to amber blended color with a small, about an eighth of an inch, white head forms on top. The malt comes out immediately and is then overwhelmed by a floral, citrus, pine, and grassy fragrance, that is very intense. The malt starts out in the flavor, and as before in the scent it is bulled over by this strong hop flavor, mostly of grapefruit. The grapefruit flavor has grassy and herb flavors blended in at the end. A slightly thin, watery feel, though it does leave very dry clean feel when finished. This is a solid IPA, has a strong flavor and aroma. The added bonus is the 6.5 percent alchol, could make thisa good session beer.

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Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mad Anthony is new to the Evansville beer stores so I bought a sixpack of the IPA. Pours a chill hazed, peach body topped by a small almond hued head that leaves some patchy lacing. Aroma is mostly pine and bitter grapefruit with an odd sour apple note. Medium body with solid carbonation. Taste is mostly hops. Pine, grass, and citrus rind. Malt presence is evidenced by subtle caramel sweetness. Very passable, but pedestrian in a market dominated by Bells, Three Floyds, and Founders offerings.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via Local BIF from alleykatking. Thanks for the opportunity. <Jeremy2002 = bad trader>

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a minimal 1/4" light beige head above the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. What head there is quickly recedes to the rim, with legs and average lacing. Aroma is slight, only wisps of fruity hops. Taste starts malty, goes moderately citrusy in the middle, and closes with a slight earthy hops note and a bit of chalkiness. Mouthfeel is soft over tongue, relatively smooth, with pretty good drinkability. It seems on the right track, but just not quite coming together.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Nice fresh citrusy and piney hop notes (Simcoe?). Clean fermentation character. All wonderful citrusy American hop aroma. Some background candided grapefruit aromatics as the beer warms.

Appearance: Cloudy orange amber pour with a low white head that retains well.

Flavor: Prickly, piney hop flavors up front. Low background base bready malt flavors that provide a nice accent to all the piney, pithy hop flavors. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium low carbonation. Slightly oily with no alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A very serviceable, hoppy IPA. Wish I had access to this b/c it would be in my regular rotation. Probably a soft spot for me since this is brewed in my birth town but empirically, it's a good IPA. Recommended.

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Photo of RickS95
4.39/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's very dark for an IPA. A burnt copper, brownish color that's very hazy. The head is thick and full, couple finger's worth, and lasts forever. Fairly white with a nice sticky lace.

Has a wondeful pineapple-y citrusy smell. Some orange peel and honey. Definite hints of caramel malt.

Citrus bomb. Pineapple and grapefruit fill the taste buds. A bit of pine.

High acid, but not over the top. Huge citrus wallop. Slight resiney oil. Clear bitterness in the finish, but well balanced with the malt and citrus.

I think I could drink this every night. I love citrus in IPAs, especially with a pineapple taste. Very smooth, easy to drink, and the 6.5% ABV can sneak up on you. Top shelf IPA.

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Photo of Dansting
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Poured a cloudy copper color with a medium white head. Good lacing. Aroma is very strong with a strong citrus/grapefruit presence. Mouthfeel is fine. Flavor is bitter. Very strong pine taste to it, to a fault. Not a bad beer, but not as good as the aroma led me to believe it would be.

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Photo of mynie
4.58/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've tried several Mad Anthony brews in the past, and they've been very hit or miss--quality control is a recurring theme among smaller Indiana brewers. Since these guys have recently expanded, though, their beers have been much more consistent, and the IPA is a stellar standout.

It's a great, balanced, late-90's style Midwestern IPA. Think Alpha King, or 2 Hearted, or even Masala Mama. It doesn't quite have the fruity hop peaks of the offerings from Bells and FFF, nor does it quite have the same majestic balance of Town Hall's flagship, but it's still an excellent iteration of the same style.

These days, with every goddamn thing getting aged in a barrel and neophyte beer geeks refusing to sip anything that doesn't leave lesions on their tongues, it's nice to return to a relatively simpler time, when Goose Island's IPA was considered a hop bomb. This is an excellent flagship, and I recommend you all give it a try.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours a pale golden orange clear body with a very faint haze. The head is a smooth snow-white thin film. It has a nice gentle carbonation of big bubbles.

S- The juicy bold smell of green hops with a little pineapple and earthiness really stands out.

T- The taste of green hops with a hint of earthiness is not huge but very pleasant with a nice fresh pale malt base. The finish is a nice hop bitterness that balances the floral and aroma hops.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a bit of a slippery mouthfeel. No alcohol warmth or astringency.

D- This is a solid IPA made with good hops, malt and American yeast. This would be a good accompaniment to any bar food.

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Photo of kosmoraios
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In Indiana for a business trip, thought I'd sample some of the local fare. For a "single" IPA, this one isn't too bad.

Pours a orange-gold color with a 1-finger white head. Aroma is of hops and grapefruit rind, perhaps a bit of pine or juniper berry aroma also.

Taste is moderately hoppy, very fresh and pleasant. Not as hoppy as a DFH 120 or some of the other "serious" IPAs. Mild, in comparison. However, a nice, fresh, fruity-full hop flavor with some ... tangerine? Nectarine? .. something more deeply fruity and less citrussy underlying.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the oily side, less carbonated than I'm used to, but still decently spicy. A very drinkable ale, easy to have 3 or 4 before you know it. For the price and the market segment that they're targeting, not bad at all.

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Photo of karst
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to HopheadKen for one fresh from the Ft. Wayne brewer.
Pours a hazed orange amber with a rocky 4 finger head that persists as a dense merang and leaves rings of lace on the walls of the Grindstone pint glass marking my first half dozen sips. Haze clearing with warming.

Aroma suggests dryhopping with a fruity peach and citrus blend. Hops dominate the malt flavors with the 2-row barley covered by a strong citrus on front end and finish. Body is on thin side of medium with a round mouthfeel. I think a little solvent (fusel alcohol) is showing - beer has some serious IBU's.

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Photo of HopsHops
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was in search of a nice bitter flavor and this one worked well for me. Poured a nice copper color with not much of a head on it but it had some nice hints of bitter fruit that i thought made up for it.
I dig this beer and could drink alot of it. A nice 6.5 ABV is just about perfect in my opinion and not super expensive like some others. However it does seem a bit flat...just a bit.
Overall i have to say i really like this one... and all the HOPS

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to tburkhart for this brew.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus foamy off-white head, with lots of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice hops notes, slight citrus. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, hoppy, with some citrus, there is also a soury note to this brew, that turns me off. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty IPA. My first from this brewery, thanks Tim.

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Photo of nlmartin
1.83/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a dark amber coloration. The head is thick creamy off white coloration. There is some nice staying power with the head. There is thick lacing going down the glass.

Smell: There is loads and loads of piney floral citrus hops here.

Taste: There is an immense bitterness to the beer. There is absolutely no maltyness to support and compliment the hops. The taste of the hops is very acidic and just not pleasant. None of the smell eluded to this type of hop badness.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a light to medium body. The hops in the beer are totally whacked and unpleasant.

Drinkability: This beer was frankly undrinkable. The beer looks and smells ok to actually pretty good but not quaffable in any measure. Guys go back to the drawing board.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pissing off Tony? Pours a closer to orange color than amber. Mostly cloudy with a decent pour giving a large but bubbly head. Not surprising limited retention and lacing.

The nose is balanced well, with a more citrus & piney hints with the hops. A nice backing from a light caramel and toasted malt aroma. Some lighter yeasty notes on the backend as well, but overall good.

The taste is similar with a more balanced flavor. A good balance of bitterness and finishing, if not stronger in finishing. There is a mix between citrus, grapefruit and more of an earthy finish. Some oily flavors as well. The malt is limited relative to the smell. Some generic malt flavors, with a more bready flavor. Some residual sweetness that gives a un-finished flavor. This is somewhat enhanced with yeasty after bite.

The body is mid and leaves a somewhat unattenuated feel. Some oily and chewy textures in the finish. Overall a good IPA but could use more hops.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.68/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now here is a good beer. It combines the hoppiness of an IPA with the sessionability of just a regular old PA. Niiiice hop character, pleasant smell and yeah, the taste. A wonderful mix of malt and hops, balanced. Sweet, sweet balance, how so many breweries eschew you . . but not Mad Anthony, no, they know their stuff. Malty and hoppy, this is one great brew.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from raznug, courtesy of the Under 100 III BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of fruity citrus, grassy hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is well-balanced and starts with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a good hops bitterness comes in although it's on the weaker side for the style. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid beer that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

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Photo of wingedeel
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Cresant
2.92/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. undated brown bottle into an Stone IPA glass. A heavy pour resulting in a meager one finger of off-white head. Chill haze in the clear honey colored body.

Smell was citrus and light pine. Earthy, like an old sock. No alcohol in the aroma.

Taste was hops oils. Fairly astringent. Green hops. Big beer flavor without much complexity. Some alcohol flavor was noted. Not bad but not terrific. There was really no malt counterbalance in this one, just bold hops.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied. I wouldn't turn this one down, but I won't seek it out either.

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Photo of peabody
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out slightly brown and clear with one finger of white suds.
Smell is wonderful pine and tangerine with hints of grapefruit and malt.
Taste is bitter but with lots of lemon and orange peel with a tangerine finish.
Mouthfeel is a bit dirty but finishes clean.
High in the drinkability for me.
This is just a fantastic IPA from a brewery I just discovered.

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Mad Anthony IPA from Mad Anthony Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 119 ratings