Ol Woody Pale Ale | Mad Anthony Brewing Company

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Ol Woody Pale AleOl Woody Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by zerk on 08-02-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
85
Reviews:
55
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
15.86%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 55
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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Photo of biggred1
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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 brewdlyhooked13
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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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 mentor
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
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 cichief
2.92/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with no date markings, into a shaker pint glass.

A- A very hazy, orange-gold, with a thin white head.

S- Flowery hops and some yeast.

T- Fresh hops and yeast, some sweet malt, an off acidic taste in the end.

M- Too carbonated, like a soda, thin on the tongue.

D- I would not seek this beer out.

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Photo of JDK
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
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 shivtim
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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 hero27
4.13/5  rDev +17%
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 BAbaracus
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden straw hue with moderate carb bubbles clinging to glass. Minimal head. Hoppy, distinctive aroma with the tongue getting a good carb bath. Kind of a watery mouthfeel but I do like the taste of the hops used. Really bitter and astringent, kind of puckering almost, but in a strangely satisfying way. This one’s really all about the hops. The flavor isn’t overwhelming - certainly not a "hop bomb" per se - but the choice of hops suits me fairly well. Overall I’m not sure how well crafted this beer actually is - if I knew of other pales that used the same kind of hops I can see myself preferring the alternative.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer is a caramel coppery coloration. The head was a honeyed white coloration. The head quickly resolves into a ring of foam.

Smell: The beer has a very pleasing floral pine smell with a bit of citrus zest. There is a nice caramel sweetness to the beer.

Taste: The beer has a bit of bitter woodyness to the taste. There isnt alot of maltyness to the beer.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a pretty thin mouthfeel. The beer has a dry finish. The beer is simply a ok beer drink. I would have liked a slightly more pronounced hop and malt combination. I will not seek this one out again.

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Photo of aforbes10
2.72/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

bottle from our lab stash. smells pretty good. malty and tangy hops. weird hop taste. pretty fresh tasting. metallic on the finish. very very thin mouthfeel which is kind of disappointing. yeah, i cant get over the metallic thing. dont want another of these really but not terrible.

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Photo of monkeytoe
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12-ounce brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Crystal clear, copper with decent 3/4-inch pale tan head.

Smell: American hop smell, bright and citrusy.

Taste: Very middle of the road APA. Decent malt background with citrusy hops and medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Watery mouthfeel. Decent carbonation.

Drinkability: Too eh to be really drinkable.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.39/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

thanks to someone from the midwest who gave this to me at 3 floyds.. autumnaldave maybe? what-the-f*ck-ever.

pours a cloudy yet watery dull orange with lots of carbonation rising quickly. even head, thin and packed tight. yellowish foam. thick lacing. aroma is big-time citrus hops and a generous dosage of granny smith apple. some caramel sweetness. smells innocent enough. flavor carries that apple and follows through with a wussy bitterness. kind of a halfway IPA that doesn't wow me- from a pale ale that has lost its way. finishes with citrus juiciness reminiscent of sunny delight. oh, there's that nuisance sophomoric bitterness again. this beer is very drinkable but fails to impress. very conflicted on this one but cannot honestly recommend.. unless its on tap and cheap.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
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 kmpitz2
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The brew pours a nice ambered color with a small coating of head that falls to a sparse coating over the top. The nose is nice and full of hop. I get a nice pepperyness and citrusy hop with a caramel malt base. The flavor is not as nice as the aroma. The hop is only peppery and rather bland. Only a hint of the caramel malt. I'm not digging it all that much. The feel is moderate to thick with a moderate carbonation. Drinkability is okay as well. Its refreshing and easy to consume. The flavor keeps me away from it. I won't get it again.

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Photo of clvand0
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is full-on hops. Lots of citrus hops and maybe a little pine. If I were a hop lover, I'd love this aroma. The flavor has a nice caramel character and it has a mix of hop flabor and bitterness. Finish is dry. The body is medium and the drinkability is pretty good. This is a pretty good beer, but the flavor doesn't follow up with the big hoppiness that the aroma promises.

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Photo of karst
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a trade trip with HopheadKen. Pours 1 to 2 finger course white head over an slightly copper amber in a Weissbier glass.

Strong aromas of grapefruit.

Citrus hops from beginning to finish. The aftertaste slightly bitter with grapefruit and faint pine. I am not tasting tannis (wood). Mouthfeel help by C02 is close to watery. Malts over run by the hop flavors - but a light body and clean finish make this a candidate for a summer session.

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Photo of aaronh
2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly tarnished copper color. The cream colored head is thin and short-lived. Aroma is a slight hint of hops and caramel malt, but just a hint. The flavor is quite bitter and astringent, with a slightly woddy aftertaste. Also a hint of lingering citrus bitterness as well. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but not watery. Drinakbility is fair, but one was enough.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured clear light golden amber with an off white frothy head that lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was a nice caramel with a citrusy and resinous hop presence and a fruity and woodsy aroma.

The flavor was strongly woodsy with a nice hop bittering and a light caramel which followed.

The finish was dry with lasting woodsy hop bittering. The body was medium and well done despite being highly carbonated.

12 ounce bottle. The beer was missing complexity in hop flavor, was very carbonated, and was resinous in the hops used. Old Woody is right...

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Photo of winomark
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lots of carbonation and a thick head sits atop a pale copper/gold. Strong aromas of hop seeds augment the nice spicy tones. No malt noticable in the nose. Palate offers a milder version of the hops, with a mildy sweet malt flavor. Light, but flavorful mouthfeel. Pleasant, dry and crisp finish. A surprisingly good brew. Enjoyable to drink, but not too contemplative. A good session beer for me. Try this if you find it.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, orangish amber color. Virtually no head save for a persistent, off-white ring around the edge. Floral, hoppy nose with some detectable sweetness as well. Hops also dominate the taste with malt sweetness present but neither particularly complementary nor interesting. This beer tastes watered down, thought the hoppiness blunts that after a few drinks and gives the mouthfeel the right amount of cling. This beer is drinkable enough but somehow doesn't quite work.

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Ol Woody Pale Ale from Mad Anthony Brewing Company
3.53 out of 5 based on 85 ratings.
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