Mad Anthony's American Pale Ale | Erie Brewing Co.

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Mad Anthony's American Pale AleMad Anthony's American Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
eriebrewingco.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by aaronh on 10-06-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
342
Reviews:
173
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
14.53%
 
 
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Ratings: 342 |  Reviews: 173
Photo of jferrara35
5/5  rDev +45.3%

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5/5  rDev +45.3%

Photo of Lilbeck23
4.75/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Balanced hops with malts. Good finish and an easy delight!!

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Photo of Dapperticus
4.75/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of mempath
4.57/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bought a single to check it out. a PA beer! a new APA! let's see, smell, taste...

looks fine. not much lacing...head settles fast but maintains a nice sudsy veneer. dark but bright, deep orange-amber tint.

wow. smells of fermented oranges or a marmalade. not just the sweetness but the tartness of oranges. peel, too.

thick, chewey mouthfeel allows the hop bitterness to meld with a notable sweetness, but in no way too sweet. very interesting and excellent balance. the maltiness edges from the shadows and asserts a bit as the glass warms. very nice.

i don't know, but those who think even the Newbold is 'bitter' (a friend couldn't handle two sips of that and went back to his nut brown honey lager...) might be able to handle the light but noticeable hop precense. for me, this is a treat and quite quaffable. yeah, a session brew for sure. easily. surprised at the current average rating....

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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 Amalak
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

Photo of benmiliron
4.48/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Paid $1.79 for a 12 oz. bottle. Light amber/copper with a dense white single finger of foam. Smell is floral hops, wildflowers and a hint of citrus. Taste is malty & bready at first, but quickly plunges into the floral hop bitterness. Not overpowering at all. Excellent match of hops and malt. There is a noticeable final gravity and spicy carbonation that's just right.

This is a classic example of what an American IPA should be. This is even more indicative of the style than Sierra Nevada. Superb!

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Photo of bpw28
4.42/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Two finger bone white shaving cream head, orange-copper (about an 11 SRM), very nice lacing, light carb can be seen.

Smell:Hm. Very big fresh cherry (with little green branch still attached. Don't be confused with the candy cherry, this smells like the real thing.), very floral, light malt, light yeasty, biscuity.

Taste: No cherry on the taste. Very floral first, slight fruity taste like white grape, yeasty, nice malt backbone, pine on the finish, clean, perfect hop bite for an APA (IMO, of course. Not IPA strong, but very solid. Perfect.), good carb, body is very good.

Final Thoughts: I like this one. It's a few shades darker then I know a APA to be, but not much. It's hop forward, clean, and has a good malt backbone. A nice APA, I would gladly buy this again.

After I finished the bulk of this I opened a new tab and searched other peoples review to see if they smelled the cherry. Not only didn't I see anyone who said they smelled it in my short search but its also apparent that my experience seems almost totally different. I guess it really shows that personal experiences and tastes are in fact that, personal.

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Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.35/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Pours a clear light gold with a generous off white head. The head is frothy and seems too last well. The lacing is okay. Aroma has a decent hoppiness to it mostly oranges. Has a good carbonation and a good mouthfeel. The flavor is of hops with a lite touch of sweetness. I still get orange peel more than oranges. Has a medium body. An oily texture. Has a good finish with a nice bitter aftertaste. Not real strong but you know the bitterness is there. I hate to swim up stream but I think this is a damn good beer.

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Photo of stewart124
4.31/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

No freshness date but I picked this up back in October of 2010

Pours a light copper color with a nice fluffy white head. Bits of lacing are left along the glass.

Small notes of grain and pear, apple and some citrus in the nose.

Crisp and refreshing. This has plenty of light caramel and a pleasant citrus character. Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation which adds to the hop experience.

This is a delicious APA and one that reminds me of being back in Northwestern PA. Very drinkable!

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Photo of harripat
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

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 greggivan
4.23/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

poured from a bottle into a mug - while sitting in an Erie hotel pub.

appearance - medium to light copper appearance with a one finger off-white head which falls quickly. the top half inch of the glass is laced. and it holds.

smell - suitable to the style but also... oddly of lemons.

taste - i am surprised by how much i really like this beer. i am fairly new to the APA and this (if it is a good representative) will spur me on to try other APAs.

drinkability - i could see this working well for me on a hot summer day.

all in all, an extremely pleasant surprise considering i wasnt expecting to review beers tonight - enjoy

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Photo of nickthetick
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a slightly dark gold in an american shaker with a thin (from an experienced beer-bar beertender) light tan head that hangs around for an impressively long time and leaves very nice lacing.

S: mmm, darker than usual malts for an APA. Like a malted milkball center and a noice dose of piney hop goodness.

T: the smell can defiantly describe the taste, but you do get more umphf on the tongue than in the nose. The malt, while still holding on to that malted milkball center, introduces a toffee flavor. And the hops take on more of a bitter sweet citrus which over powers the pine a bit. The taste left in the mouth is a brilliant mingle of the two.

MF: the beer is a bit on the lighter side, but has plenty of carbonation and leaves a nice astringent feel on the tongue.

O: what a great APA, and beer in general. Complexity that makes up for the shortcomings in the MF category, I would grab this quickly if I saw it again and would probably pick it over a SNPA.

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Photo of Porkchuck
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears medium on the amber chart with a head that stays put.

Smell is light and maybe on the friuty side.

Taste is slightly on the hoppy side.

Mouthlfeel isn't as smooth and you would anticipate but is a nice accent.

Drinkability is better than expected as well. It has a great finish and is overall a good beer.

Thanks Erie Brewing Co. Go PA!

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Beer is a somewhat deeper golden than most APAs. Head is frothy and cream-colored, and reduces to a ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Toasted bready malt character. Some butterscotch notable. Less of a hop profile than other APAs I've tasted...but if I had to name them, I'd say more floral than bitter.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Malt is very pleasant here...definite creaminess with the carbonation. Hops are more apparent here than in the nose, and their bitterness mixes extremely well with the malt profile. Aftertaste is 25% bitter, 75% sweet, but in manageable amounts.

Overall: A very tasty beer...possibly a session beer.

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Photo of aaronh
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic beer, and I feel it is the best of the three offerred year-round by EBC. It has a nice amber color and pours with a very nice head. The flavor is well balanced and the finish is clean. A nice hops aroma delights the nose. This beer is still one of the dark horse favorites from our "beer club" (started to lessen the impact of PA case laws). EBC doesn't use fancy graphics or expensive labels and caps, but the put a lot of effort into their beers, and this is an excellent Ale.

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Photo of plaid75
4.17/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a slightly hazy light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a soft graininess with a clean herbal and grassy hop.

The taste was extremely well balanced with very clean and soft malts encompassing a light grassy hoppiness that cleaned up the already tidy malt. Slight bitterness at the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side, but in a good way. Some residual spiciness.

Overall an extremely easy to drink ale. If I had to define the flavor of this beer in the most simple terms possible, I would say it tastes like ale. If there is such thing as an American table ale, this is it. Simple and sessionable.

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Photo of therica
4.17/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amazingly happy surprise to find on a blind-guess try. Definitely better and more fully-balanced than our local Flying Dog Scratch Dog and Clipper City's Heavy Seas Loose Cannon beers.

A= typical copper-amber with modest head, light lacing.

S= overwhelming nose of hops galore! Florals, citrus, spices, and occasional whiffs of bready malts. Nothing that's nose-burning, either. The great scents are still there even at the finish.

T= lots to explore in the depth and variety of hops styles. Lightly sweet, just enough for balance. Balanced malts. Enough bitters to make APA fans happy, and yet the hops are more beta-acid for flavor and scent than uber-alpha acid bitterness.

M= perfect if you're a fan of great APA.

D= depending on your enjoyment of APA style, you can probably session on this.

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Photo of dickroop
4.17/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a 1 1/2 finger beige, pillowy head, dark and golden, with heavy, drooping lacing. Promising. Smell was also encouraging: citrus hoppy aroma with notes of honey and cider and spice.

Taste was rich, with a bitter bite. It was seltzery with chicory and some faint fruit notes, then more plain bitterness rather than hoppiness. Mouthfeel was light and pleasurable.

Overall drinkability was OK. I'd like to try this one on tap.

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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 gciccarelli
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Clear, crisp copper with good white foamy head. Good head retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

S - Hop presence, but not overpowering. Citrus notes. Sweet-smelling malt. A nice, complex smell.

T - Very similar to the smell. Malt sweetness with a slight bitter hop aftertaste. Citrus notes, slight hint of butter. Balanced quite nicely.

M - Light body, high carbonation. Perhaps slightly too carbonated. Leaves a pleasant feeling afterward.

D - Excellent balance and feel result in high drinkability. Could definitely have a few.

A very solid brew from Erie - recommended! Showcases a variety of excellent flavor.

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Mad Anthony's American Pale Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
3.44 out of 5 based on 342 ratings.
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