Mad Anthony's American Pale Ale
Erie Brewing Co.

Mad Anthony's American Pale AleMad Anthony's American Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,772
Ranked #45,316
3.44 | pDev: 14.24%
Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Mad Anthony's American Pale AleMad Anthony's American Pale Ale
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Reviews: 177 | Ratings: 367
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into grip shaped goblet: color is gold, a bit of chill haze, head presents 1 finger thick and then dissipates to solid top, some lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is feint malt, light citrus hops, very low strength.

Taste is light malt, some toast and biscuit, no/little caramel, hops are earthy with light lemon/citrus rind notes.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, light sweetness, and a dry/bitter finish.

Overall a good pale ale, a bit limited in aroma, lighter flavors than some but all components of maltier pale ale with good bitterness, drying is just a touch much on the mouthfeel.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a bottle of this from my good friend and old neighbor from Oswego. It poured a slightly hazy copper with thin white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had faint pineapple notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with subtle citrus at the front and slight bitterness at the back. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a decent beer.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Mad Anthony's pours a bronze color, with a large, long lasting and lacing head. Aroma is malty and earthy. Flavor is maltier, sweeter, earth notes, and a slight bitterness near the end. Good body and feel. Overall, its not bad, earthy and sweeter, nothing to special here.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle.

L: Clear golden, with white, persistent head, moderate lacing
S: Biscuit malt, with very minor piney hops
T: Nondescript bitter hops
F: Moderate
O: It's beer, but without defining aspects

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.16/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold with a mist of floaties and a crust of white that trails. 4
Flowers, clementine, papaya. 4.25
Thread of caramel, then juicy tangerine, birch, and kumquat. 4.25
Children’s Bayer linger.
Light+, clingy, slight salt. 4

Amarillo-esque juice with powdery bitterness. Snappy and a tame ABV make this super drinkable. A toned down Daisy Cutter.

See older reviews call this English; I'm not getting any of that - recipe change recently? 4

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Photo of ajm5108
2.25/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Mostly flavorless in an adjunct macro sorta way, very bland cardboard foundation with bittering hops tossed in towards the back palate. Generic at best but hop mixture is pretty bad.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.24/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Today is the eve of All Hallow's Evening, aka Hallowe'en, and my treats for the remainder of the day will consist of beers from (e)Erie Brewing Company in (e)Erie, PA. No tricks, hopefully just treats and plenty of eerie goings-on as I work on the systematic eradication of my bottle backlog.

From the bottle: "enjoy erie brews".

Once more, the Pop! of the cap unleashed some modest foaming into the neck of the bottle. I gave it a moment to relax before beginning a very gentle pour. I do not know what is causing this phenomenon with Erie's beers, but no sense in angrying up everything without cause. Once I had a sufficient amount in the awaiting glass, I gave it a vigorous swirl, raising just over a finger of foamy, bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, prompting yet another stampede from my living room couch to my kitchen on the part of The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon. They really dig watching football on my HDTV on Sundays and since their $ helps to pay the bills, I accommodate them. Nose had a more pronounced biscuity maltiness than I might prefer in the style, but it was not misaligned. I liked that it was not overly sweet, but I would have liked a more hoppy presence. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was just about right with a minty, grassy bitterness to go along with the relative dryness of the biscuity malt. It gave the beer a slight dryness with a moderate hoppiness, for which I have been asking for in the style for some time. More often than not, the upper tastes in the style abut the lower end of an AIPA, but not here. This was clearly an APA. Finish was semi-dry with a lingering mintiness and a pleasant biscuitiness. If only they would begin CANning their beers ...

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Photo of Act25
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

ENGLISH pale ale is first thing that comes to mind. (APA is a fave style of mine. EPA not so much)

A: Pours a clear honey body with a puffy white head that sticks well and leaves a lots of shards of lace. Beautiful streaming bubbles.

S: Too faint. That English musty, sweet malty style of EIPAs and EPAs, some salt, pear and lots of grain. Odd.

T: Opens with a definite, bready malt base that remains in a salty, minerally, earthy bitter path. A bit of subdued herbal hop in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Watery, thin body with prickly carbonation. OK food beer, not as cleansing as other APAs.

An unusual bread shop aroma and more English than American PALE ALE.

I'd enjoy this less than Dales, Headwaters, Stone, LAKEFRONT. BUT worth a try, drink one.
Got thinner as it warmed...

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed, tulip style glass for the 4th of July cookout. Nothing too unique with this one, well balanced with malt and hop flavors. An enjoyable APA.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Newcastle glass.

Look is a pale yellow with a thin white head.

Aroma is earthy bitter with a fair amount of toasted white bread malt notes.

Taste is malt and not much hoppiness. A decent pale ale but with a strange after taste, maybe yeast.

If it wasn't for the after taste this would be good beer. Better with food but still a decent drinker.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

DATE: May 20, 2016... OCCASION: just returned from the Relay For Life event tonight... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky Tavern.. APPEARANCE: strong, effervescent, light golden body... thick, white, crunchy crags of head solidify with resilience... equally thick, equally resilient lacing... beautiful, full rings create a rib cage around the glass... AROMA: punchy watermelon, grapefruit, and some sour elements.... slight bread malts bring some balance to the aroma... PALATE: medium-bodied, slightly acidic impact... long, metallic draw as an aftertaste... TASTE: the pineapple and watermelon are pleasant enough, while the lightly toasted bread balances... some off-color flavors that detract from the experience, and few other dimensions to entice seeking it out... serviceable... OVERALL: the quintessential "average" American pale ale... more malt than the average, perhaps, but enough citric hops to make clear its pale ale appellation.... useful, sessionable, and flavorful enough to engage the palate, but blends in among the many other pales offered...

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Photo of DrMullet
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow, slightly cloudy.
Smell is a distinct orange peel, and some citrus.
Taste is slightly floral. Citrus flavor up front.
There is a hint of pepper and a zesty bitter finish.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Unknown bottle date

Pours bright orange- yellow. Minimal head and thin collar left after it settles. Crystal clear with no haze or floaties.

Nose is blend of grapefruit and bready malt. Subtle and not in your face but it's got something there.

Taste again is subtle subdued grapefruit but has some acidic bitterness along with it. Malts are present as well with white cracker and some candy sugar sweetness. Nice balance but it's all pedestrian. Bitterness backs off and opens up more citrus fruit flavor.

Pretty thin in the feel and has a little bit of watery qualities. Carbonation is a little on the lower end which reinforces the wateriness. Finishes fairly clean but some bitterness lingers.

Overall this is a pretty decent APA and fits the style. The feel is a bit of a downfall. The taste is ok but it's all pretty restrained, but you might expect that with an APA vs an IPA. I think this is a little better than the overall rating here but not by much

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Photo of fscottkey
2.4/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A: [3.50] Transparent copper color. 1/2 a finger of white head that settles to a ring around the edge of the glass. The bottle lists the ABV (5.5%) and has a date of (10/29/15) so this beer is around 4 months old.

S: [2.25] Pine, resin, some kind of apple juice. There is a hint of something like a vegetable in there too - that is not good.

T: [2.50] Lemon rind, peppery, no real distinct malt character.

M: [2.00] The beer is flat and is way under carbonated (it hissed when I popped it open) and it formed a head. But it is just flat tasting.

O: [2.25] This is m 2nd Erie Brewing Co. beer (totally different styles). They were both under carbonated (flat). They both had an off odor in the nose. The both were not great examples of their style. That being said this is the better of the two - but it is still a sub-par APA.

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Photo of scotorum
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Another from the new BoTM club my daughters signed me up for at Christmas.

Named after the famous Revolutionary War General who was born and fought in Pennsylvania.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams English nonick.

a; Clear gold with an inch thick white head which receded to even surface foam and patchy to dense lacing.

s: Not much to identify.

t; Bready to biscuity malt up front followed by a mild hop bite. Dry finish with biscuity notes.

m: Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o; A pleasant and easy drinking brew, even paler (lighter in color) than many pales. Not a harsh or cheap note to be tasted, although the hop bite eventually catches up with your tongue somewhat, confirming the "American" character.

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Photo of Smk54
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pale straw colored, thin white head and decent lacing. Pleasant but light aroma of fruit? pear? Decent hop flavor although it seemed "thin". Clean mouthfeel and no lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of James121
4.52/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a very strong beer. And to taste its bitter but strong. Very foamy head and watch the bubbles in the glass.. Very big aftertaste of malt. Take careful note this is a strong tasting beer.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pale amber color.

Overall: This beer has balanced malt and hop flavor taste. It does a great job of American Hops. This beer doesn't have much of a smell and has a medium body. This beer is nothing special just an okay rating. Unimpressive.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color. Has minimal aroma of hops a a strong presence of malts. Flavor s biscuit / toasted malts. Very little presence of hops. Has a roasty malt aftertaste. Over all drinks more like a lager than a pale ale, drinkable but not great.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12-oz bottle into nonic pub glass

A - slightly-cloudy golden body under a quickly-receding finger of white, high in visible carbonation

S - grains, honey sweetness, citrus; fairly unimpressive

T - citrus, herbs, bready malt, light honey sweetness, dry finish

M - medium body, prickly carbonation

O - It's beer. It's refreshing. It doesn't taste bad. Nothing special.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Got this in a mixed six pack. Pales in comparison to many other PA APAs. The flavor made this beer a decent afternoon thirst quencher. I would not drink this all night however.

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Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy bright orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, caramel, toast, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with balanced citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, caramel, toast, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toast, biscuit, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a solid pale ale style. All around good balance and robustness of citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. Seemed more like an English style overall, and was pleasantly enjoyable.

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Photo of mothmanscott
2.99/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque gold producing only slightly more than a finger of frothy, shortlived, slightly off-white head that fades to a thin surface wash, a small collar ring & not much else in terms of lacing. Aroma is weak bread & caramel malt, with hints of tangerine, tropical fruit & floral hops. Taste is just as thin & much the same becoming a dry, peppery bitterness in a thin caramel malt sweetness in the finish all of which diminishes rapidly in fast fading aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low-moderate carbonation, smooth, creamy yet lightly peppery & dry. This example bordered on being slightly flat. Not sure if this is representative of this brew or if there was a problem with the single bottle I had for rating.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Pours a pale amber with off white head.

Smells of bread, citrus, and wild flowers.

Taste is bitter citrus flowing into a nutty bread malt middle. Then it finishes with dry bitter herb. A very nice pale ale. Easy drinking and tasty.

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Photo of mrfrancis
2.71/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Aromas of caramel, biscuit, lemon, lime, herbs, and mandarin orange are present on the nose, but are very muted.

T: Indistinct flavors of lemon, lime, herbs, and mandarin orange take a little time to express themselves, but are muted even further by the emergence of a jumble of caramel, cream, biscuit, and mineral notes at mid-palate. The finish is very short with fleeting notes of minerals, caramel, and orange.

M: Medium in body and dryish. Carbonation is very crisp and intense, but the ale goes down well enough. I have a feeling that if the mouthfeel were a bit better balanced and the carbonation tamed a bit, this ale's flavors would be easier to discern.

O: I really do not know what happened here. Looking at some of the other reviews, I seriously wonder if I have been drinking the same beer. This is a fairly simple, straight-forward ale, but unfortunately it is not simple in an appealing way. There just isn't enough going on in this ale to sustain my interest.

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Mad Anthony's American Pale Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 367 ratings