Ol Woody Pale Ale | Mad Anthony Brewing Company

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by zerk on 08-02-2002

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Photo of WagonJumper
2.79/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

First of all the ABV as stated on the Mad Anthony web page is 5.0%. I was in Ft. Wayne and stopped by and had their sampler, so I am reviewing this on a 3oz or 4oz sample so the head was not that impressive as a result.

A: Very hazy golden yellow with not much head, but surprisingly enough what was there resulted in decent lacing.

S: Sweet and orangy, something interesting here, getting lots of citrus and some floral.

T: Bitter acidic orange peel taste, what was the IBU... seems pretty bitter, where did that sweet go.

M: Slightly watery with a good amount of fizz on the tongue.

O: This is an interesting brew, seems it would take a bit of getting used to. Bitter all the way, I get the feeling of chewing on orange peels. Not the best Mad Anthony has to offer in my opinion.

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Photo of cousineddy
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: For some reason this beer this beer foamed over as soon as i opened it. This lead me to only get about 5 ounces of actual beer. When it finally settled down it poured a hazy dark orange with two finger of fluffy tan head.

Smell: Spices and citrus fruit. Slight hops and toffee notes

Taste: More Citrus and spices. I get some cinnamon and maybe some cloves???

Mouthfeel. hangs around for a while but not to long, pretty drinkable brew.

Overall: Pretty generic pale ale, not bad, but not outstanding.

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Photo of Florida9
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy red tinted amber. Forms a thin off white head with decent retention. Some moderate lacing.

S: Grainy malts, pale malt, light scent of pine and some carbonation in the background.

T: Starts off with some light pale malt before turning a little watery then shows some light pine characteristics and a mild bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied. Decent carbonation. Light bitterness.

O: A slightly better than average pale. Drinkable, but there are better out there.

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Photo of tapman
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Jayli
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
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 Tiklmelmo
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Cloudy copperry orange with a nice thick rocky head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Mild but decent aroma. Smells a bit grainy with hints of citrus and maybe some mango.

T - Not quite what I was expecting. Very bready, lots of toasty malt flavor. Moderate to high bitterness, but not a lot of flavor from the hops. Not particularly well balanced.

M - Medium to slightly full bodied. Bigger mouthfeel than I was expecting from a pale ale, but it's mostly to do with the perceived bitterness.

D - Pretty drinkable, but doesn't leave me wanting to drink it all night.

Overall a pretty average pale ale. Glad to have tried it but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of RunForYourBeer
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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 tpd975
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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 billab914
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. poured a slightly dark gold color with a big thick foamy white head. The huge head lasted well into drinking the beer and left some nice lacing.

The aroma has a little earthy hop smell with a little sweet malt coming through. The taste is maltier then expected with some biscuity malts and caramel along with some spicy, earthy hops coming through as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation. Drinkability is pretty decent, it has some good flavors and is a pretty light easy drinking beer.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Surly pint glass.

A: Heavy pour yields a fluffy, 2 finger semi-fine light cream colored head with decent retention. Beer is a cloudy grapefruit. Lacing is frothy and patchy all the way down the glass.

S: Sweet citrus, cane sugar, lychee, hops. Slight sourness is detectable. Clean and enticing on the nose.

T: Opens astringent citrus hops which dissipate slowly into the background. Spicy, piney, slightly tart, strong hop backbone but with no real other significant flavors coming off of it. Sweetens a bit as it warms possible emanating from the spice. Hop character at the finish sticks to the mouth for just a second before dissipating.

M: Light bodied, coarse, and carbonated. Watery in the mouth and with a very light finish. Leaves a bit but overall very clean.

D: Clean on the nose, palate, and in the mouth but nothing really stands out here which is why I feel its very deserving of an average grade. A good APA if you're in the area, but nothing really to go out of your way for in my opinion.

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Photo of tykees88
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A solid pale ale from Mad Anthony. The smell is hinted with citrus and malt. As I swish it around in my mouth I do get a hint of apple for some reason, Idk if my mouth was off this day or if it was intentional. A thicker pale ale than what I would like, but still tasted good. I cooked some brats in a bottle that I had leftover from a sixer and would recommend doing so if you have a readily high access to madbrew.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Taken from notes

Dark copper color with orange hues. Huge five inch frothy head. Great head retention with minimal lacing that clings to the sides of my glass.

Citrus smell with hints of tangerines, peaches. I get some floral smells also and some pears?

Slight citrus flavors with some grapefruit, peach, and caramel like malts coming through in the end.

Medium bodied with high carbonation

Pretty decent APA.

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Photo of mwa423
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
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 yourefragile
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle that erupts when I open it. Hate it when I caught by surprise.

Takes a while for this to calm down as I pour it. Result is a hazed, yellowish orange color with a massive cream head that slows fades a thin cap with clumps of lacing and some floaters in the glass. Aroma is zesty and citrusy, lemon and orange with some grain and malty caramel. Flavor is similar to the aroma, fairly zesty and stronger lemon than orange flavors. Very high carbonation and a slightly watery finish with lingering sweetness. Flavorful APA, but a little too artificial sweetness for my taste.

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Photo of TheViolator666
2.83/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Light golden in color with an over-carbonated, soap-bubly 4"+ head.

S: Smells of plastic and soap. Mild aroma of citrus hops.

T: Tastes of citrus and a bit of lemon zest. Nice hop presence. Finishes dry and with a slightly sweet maltyness. Pretty clean.

M/D: Definitely overly carbonated, leaves that bubbling feeling on your tongue. Medium-thin body.

Overall, not an APA that I would try to come back to.

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Photo of ClevoPiwo
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a dark yellow, nearly golden color. The head is absolutely huge on this one, and very fizzy - it looks way over carbonated. Other than the giant fizzy head, the color is what I would expect from a pale ale.

The smell has a definite hop presence, but also is a bit soapy and sweet. The hops are floral and citrus-y with a little bit of a sweet malt aroma trying to break through in the background.

The first thing that hits the mouth is the giant amount of carbonation - woah. Next is a hint of malt sweetness that gives way to hops and a dry, woody flavor. The dryness seems to take over the majority of the flavor and into the aftertaste, taking away from both the malt and the hops.

Definitely earns the name "Ol Woody".

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Photo of BDLbrewster
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thnaks Spaulding. Pours cloudy amber with a decent head that leaves a thin lacing on the side of the glass. Smells of citrus and grapefruit. Tastes very good, decent weight in your mouth with a good amount of carbonation. Light, hoppy, grassy notes and with a nice mildly bitter finish. The one that I have is going down quickly and easily. Nice.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Raznug for this one! 12 oz bottle poured into my Mad Anthony pint glass.

A- Body is a cloudy pale yellow color with lots of sediment n'at floating around in the glass. Pours with a 1 finger white head that quickly fades to 1/2 finger and has good retention from there. Leaves traces of lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Nice, classic APA nose. Lots of pale malt along with some subtle earthy and floral hops and a slight citrus twang.

T-A little bit of lemon zest accents soft floral and earthy hops and a solid pale malt backbone. The finish adds a touch of citric bitterness adds some crispness to the finish. Pretty clean and nothing lingers.

M-Good medium to high tingly carbonation and light, smooth, drinkable body.

D- This is a nice, classic pale ale. The classic version of this style seems to get overshadowed by much hoppier APA's like Dale's. I wouldn't mind having this again, though there are similar local examples readily available to me.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.92/5  rDev +11%
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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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 tburkhart
4.2/5  rDev +19%
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 mtstatebeer
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours an amber color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is light malts, floral and a bit of pine/resin and citrus. Hops mostly in aroma, not so much in flavor, fairly bitter finish. One of the hoppier American pale ales I've had. Nice.

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Photo of JamesS
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
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 +21.5%
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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Ol Woody Pale Ale from Mad Anthony Brewing Company
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