Ol Woody Pale Ale | Mad Anthony Brewing Company

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Ol Woody Pale AleOl Woody Pale Ale
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Ol Woody Pale AleOl Woody Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Mad Anthony Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by zerk on 08-02-2002

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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of jaz
4.46/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a beautiful hazy golden amber color with a moderate head that died after a couple minutes. Aroma was floral wilt mild fruitiness. Taste was a blast of floral hops and refreshing malty smoothness. Semi-sweet middle with a tangy, fruity finish.

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Photo of JamesS
4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice orange/copper color with good head and some very nice lacing. It has an excellent scent, sligty floral and nicely bitter. Same for the taste, excellent use of American hops, it has a slightly citrus taste with a great bitter finish, without being too one-sided (very much a pale ale, but it's nicely balanced). It goes down very smoothly, a wonderful APA.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.29/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trying to pour this beer into a glass is like trying to plow the ocean. It just ain't done. Way too carbonated. By tilting the glass almost hotizontially and poring very, very slowly, I was able to get a decent glass. Too much work. Or was it?

Smell shows nice caramel notes with a pleasant balancing citruh hop character.

Taste is superb. An absolute perfect blend of malt and hops form a truly delicious beer.

Perfect taste retention with a long light dryness at the ned.

Perfect drinkability. great taste. Very refreshing. Maybe the difficult pour was worth it.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.27/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of Kahn's in Indy. This beer is a bright amber color with a thin but lasting eggshell white head. Thin lacing all the way to the bottom. The aroma is really nice citrus and hops. Medium-bodied and easy to drink with a solid hops flavor that is both floral and citrusy. The finish is fairly bitter and lasting. Overall I am rather impressed with what a good APA this turned out to be.

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Photo of Viking
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coppery-amber with a thick creamy head. Great retention, with a lot of thick clinging lace on my glass. The beer has a wonder smell of citrus hops that made my mouth water. The taste has quite a bit less citrus hop taste than I expected (based on the smell), but I wasn't dissapointed. The brew is pretty nicely balanced, though the smell gives the impression of an over-the-top hoppy brew. Still, the hops holds the proper dominant place in the taste but still allow the character of the caramel malt to come through. Great session brew, and good thirst quencher on a hot day.

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Photo of tburkhart
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours an amber color with little to no head. What head is ther clings to the side of the glass leaving no lacing at all.

Citrus hops on the nose. Very pleasant aroma for a pale ale, not overly hopped.

Taste is very similar to the aroma. The citrusy hops come through very nice. The taste lingers on the palate quite pleasantly. Excellent balance.

Pretty solid beer from the guys at Mad Anthony's. Highly recomended APA.

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Photo of hero27
4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Left at the Iowa Beer Cache by HopHeadKen.

Looks superb.. Cloudy burnt orange, great head retention, beautiful lacing clinging all over the glass.
To be honest, I was sort of expecting the usual "normal", forgettable pale ale, but the aroma this gave off as soon as the cap was popped soon erased that thought. Damn, this is my kinda pale ale..a solid use of hops that doesn't overwhelm the taste buds, but gives the kind of hop fix I look for from a regular session brew.
A very fresh hop flavor and a great pale ale in my book. Color me impressed... Reminded me a lot of Great Divide's Fresh Hop Pale Ale..so if you like this, then I'd recommend trying that too.

I really enjoyed this one. HopHeadKen's lucky to live in Ft. Wayne and have this readily available.. and now I wish I had more than just this one.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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 to you.

Appearance - hazy, peachy gold color. A watery head that holds at a thin cover. The lace is an extension of the head, laying a soild thin coat around the glass.

Aroma - very piny and fresh. Mint leaf and grapefruit help make an intense and appealing aroma.

Taste - just a thin brief stint of sweet malt before the crisp, assertive hop flavor takes over. A little biscuity reprise on the swallow. The hops maintain dominance into the aftertaste, turning bitter and citrusy. Fairly clean finish. Though I'd like a little more malt for balance, it's hard to fault what's in the glass.

Mouthfeel - thinner than usual for a pale. The flavors don't pull off quite the linger, but at the same time this would be far more refreshing in hotter weather. Carbonation is crisp and lively.

Drinkability - lots of hops for just a pale ale. A good picnic beer. Thanks for the sample, Todd.

Original Score 1.7 (3.5, 1, 1.5, 1,1)
Appearance - hmm, hard to pour, six fingers of head form quickly. Another foamer. Cream colored, it covers a hazy golden beer. Looks nice enough, but if the pattern holds true...

Aroma - a whiff of citrus smells nice, but the off odor as the others. Rats.

Taste/Mouthfeel - a start of citrus, gets nowhere before a flood of bubbles and sourness overtake the beer. If nothing else, the beers from Mad Anthony were consistent, just not in the way they were supposed to be. To their credit, I can sense the beginning of good flavor before the sour bomb hits, but I couldn't be more disappointed with my samplings from this brewery. I'll have to contact them and see what they have to say.

Drinkability - if these weren't infected, they'd be quite drinkable, I can tell that much. Maybe they get another shot later this year.

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Photo of JDK
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy honey color with very minimal head.
Medium lacing that clings to the side of the glass for quite a while
Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation
Very light smell, light citrus
Could drink several easily in a setting
Overall a very good ale worth trying

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Photo of RunForYourBeer
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a pint glass.

A: Golden color that is difficult to see through. Has a nice thick head that seems to stay around.

S: All citrus hops on this one with a bit of pine.

T: Very hoppy. Lots floral and citrus hop flavors up front. Some sweet bready malt comes in to balance it out.

M: Thin with the right amount of carbonation.

D: Very good.

This is a tasty beer. Lots of hops. I tried not to show bias being from Ft Wayne.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This was a very well done Pale Ale. Thanks to HopHeadKen for leaving this in the Iowa Beer Cache. Pours to a clear and dark ruby red color with a massive fluffy head. The foam just erupts from this beer like one of those mock volcanos made from baking soda and vinegar. Looks quite attractive for a pale as it settles.

The smell reminds me quite a bit of Millstream's Warsh Pail Ale, so it hit quite close to home, considering I acquired this beer from a cache in Amana not far from where Warsh Pail is brewed. Has a mild and flowery hop to it with a bit of caramel malt.

The taste is a bit cascade hoppy and flowery, but not too highly bitter. Well matched by malty sweetness. It seems to have some sort of "homebrew taste" to the finish and the mouthfeel. It's very quaffable, but it seems like a little bit of fine tuning might help clear this one up a bit to legendary status such as SNPA.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to tburkhart for this brew.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger foamy off-white head, with lots of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops notes, very slight citrus. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, hoppy, with some citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty APA. I like this one much better than the IPA.

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Photo of Jayli
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
consumed 12/30
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a somewhat clear copper color with a lot of sediment floating around in it. A one finger of foamy, white head that recedes quickly, leaving wisps of lacing.

S: Nose is a lot of floral hops, pale malts, and a good deal of breadiness.

T: Taste starts loads of floral hops with a light, light caramel malt backbone. Some pale malts and breadiness come through the middle while still holding some floral notes. Finish has a piney hint to it.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, clean body.

D: Goes down easily, pretty tasty, not too filling, nice kick and nice representation of style. I rather enjoyed this and would absolutely have it again.

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Photo of mentor
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't aware I had reviewed this before. Pours a one finger tan head over a cloudy orange liquid. Smells grapefruit and pithy lemon.. Strawberry esters, jam, yeasty, and woody english hops.

Tastes yummy. Jelly, watermelon, grapefruit pith, oranges. Hip driven flavor profile with playful esters. Supporting sweet on a thick creamy body. Tart sour zing in the end (like a bit of lemon) helps dry the finish and keep the beer from hanging too long or too sweet. Bit of grassy in the aftertaste and also apricot and caramel. Bit of woody english hop character accompanied by oranges.

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Photo of mwa423
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head that quickly died to a lacing.

S - Pleasant hop profile plenty of citrus and pine. There is definitely some malt to back it up though. Quite good.

T - The hops hit first, but quickly fade away to sweet and rich malty flavor. Perfectly balanced.

M/D - Mouthfeel is not thin, but definitely not overly thick. I would call this an exceptionally drinkable pale ale.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown hued orange with a very thin creme head. Nose is biting citrus with hops trailing. Flavor is vibrant. Citrus and hops. Very "bright." Hops seem to create a bit of a sweet tone, with a minor bitter bite on the back end. Feel is thicker and smooth on liquid. Carbonation is slightly boisterous. A nice pale ale that comes off as an IPA to me. Would probably do well on cask.

Thanks to tburkhart for this one.

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Photo of LloydDobler
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from kiltdtxn, courtesy of the Nice Cans 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 deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

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

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then there's a decent hops bitterness that comes in and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer that is worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of shivtim
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear golden-amber brew, with not much of a head but a little bit of lacing. The nose is all sweet hops. One-noted, but nice. Taste is again mostly hops, but it seems like the perfect amount. It's not over the top syrupy hops, and it's not too weak. There's a little bit of malt balance but the focus is definitely hops. It could use more complexity. Mouthfeel is pretty nice. I tend to dislike the "syrupy" hopped beers, but this once is just the right consistency and with a good deal of carbonation. Pretty drinkable beer, and quite agreeable.

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Photo of chilidog
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been wanting to try some Mad for some time. I picked-up a sixer not in a carton, but a cardboard neck holder that secures the bottles. The beer pours a nice copper-amber, with a slight haze to it. The off-white head is nice, full, thick and fluffy. Lace is good, webs all glass long. The aroma of this beer makes you to think, "this is a big beer". Its floral aroma comes off hoppy strong. The taste, though not as hop strong, is aided by a sweeter malt. The mouth is left crisp with a hop bitterness that lingers on awhile. This beer grows on you. It comes off at first as though having a thin body. Overall, a good, crisp and drinkable beer.

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Photo of biggred1
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Hazy copper with suspended yeast,fine tan head and nice lace stickiness.

S-Fresh citrus hops and bready malt with a little bit of caramel.

T-Well made,solid with nice hop bittering on the finish and smooth mild sweetness up front.

M-Medium slick mouthfeel,mildly carbonated.

D-Good session beer,worth trying.

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Photo of tapman
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, ruddy, with flecks of particulate floating around, so either unfiltered or bottle conditioned. A definite plus for me. Head is off-white and whispy and may be poured as large as you want up to 3 or 4 fingers.

A little American citrus with some floral, British-like hop character. Malts have a toasty caramel quality that stays back and supports the hops.

Moderate bitterness and very light pine. Malt is sweet, but less significant than in the nose and stays in the way back behind the hops. I feel that this one could have had more 'flame-out' hops and not necessarily the bright ones, either.

A little dry with a moderate carbonation that still leaves a satisfying sting on the tongue after sipping.

Decent pale. I'm on an IPA kick right now so maybe I'm looking for something bigger, but the taste is a little thin in this one. If it could only be brought out a little more...

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Photo of tpd975
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange with quite a few floaties. Nice tall foamy white head, very good retention and some nice thick sheets of lace.

S: Aromas of caramel, pine, and bold citrus.

T: Nice light bready malt, hints of caramel and brown sugar as well. Quite aggressively hopped for the style. Mostly citrus with light pine, and hints of earthy grassy notes in the bitter finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium, slick, bitter biting finish.

D: Good, I really like this one. A very solid pale.

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Photo of BogAl
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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