Mad Anthony's APA | Erie Brewing Co.

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Mad Anthony's APAMad Anthony's APA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by aaronh on 10-06-2002

BEER STATS
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169
Ratings:
331
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
20.06%
 
 
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Photo of depechemode1983
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark golden yellow with a fluffy off-white head. Moderate retention and minimal lacing on this one.

S- Pine hops are right up front with some grain malts. Nose is somewhat bready in the middle then hops come through again towards the end of the nose. Pretty simple.

T- Mildly hoppy with nice earthy grainy tones. There are lots of bready characteristics in the taste as well. Reminds me of a hoppier version of fat tire amber ale. Again, very simple but good.
M- Medium bodied and with medium carbonation.

D/N- A good beer, and very drinkable. However nothing really shines through. Slightly above average. Well worth a try.

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Photo of brauseboof
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice clear pale copper with a decent 1.5" of head which hung around for a while.
Very weak on the nose, had trouble detecting any aroma.
A very subtle taste, with just a hint of grapefruit bitterness. A bit too watery for me.
Despite not having much of a character, it was quite drinkable

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Photo of rohrbachsfan
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a rich amber with a medium head.

Smell: Malt and hops aroma.

Taste: Dry malt and medium-strong hops with little bit of an after taste. Slightly unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and full bodied.

Drinkability: This was a good beer but not something I would go out of my way for. I prefer the taste of an English Pale Ale.

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Photo of woodske1
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Ehhh...its ok, but again nothing special. It is what Erie makes well...average beer.

It does have a little punch to it with the 5.5% ABV but that doesn't make up for the lack of a strong flavor or smell. It's too plain for my liking but I could see where others would really like it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mad Anthony's APA starts with a citrusy, crisp, sharp nose with light hints of caramel and toffee behind.

Malt character is very crisp with good caramel taste but not much sweetness. Graham crackers and bread crusts come to mind. Could use a bit more malt taste and body but clean nevertheless.

That nice hop nose has a hard time transitioning to taste. The beer is more bitter, bitey, grassy, and harsh than I would like; this hurts the drinkability of the beer as it just hangs up in the throat.

Some subtle esters and spices work hard to compliment the beer but in a non-descript way. Alcohols give a minty and slight warming but do not bring attention to itself.

The beer fades from caramels and citrus into clean and refreshing finish... if not for the harsh bite.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a darker amber with a slight chill haze. Fairly short head, but it sticks around as a thin cap and leaves some spotty lacing. Smell is on the malty side with sweet malt and even some maple notes. Apricots at first as well, but that fades. A touch of earthy hops. Taste is also somewhat on the malty side, but mostly dry. A bit of a scotch ale taste up front with dry malt, followed by some honeyed sweetness, and finally by some more earthy hops and a slightly metallic finish, Aftertaste falls off rather sharply. Mouthfeel is fairly substantial up front and then becomes a little thin on the finish. Very slightly slick as well. Not bad, certainly much better than their pilsner. Worth trying.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P- Thanks to Jim in Pittsburgh for this beer.

A- a copper orange color with some amber tones. A decent lacing but the head dissipates quickly. Only half a finger if that.

S- Pine hops nose with grain. Nothing else besides that. pretty bland smell.

T- It actually has a taste of pine-sol to some degree. It is hoppy but with a soap like quality. Not terrible but not good either.

M- Grainy and soapy hops.

D- Overall it isnt bad but it could be brewed a little bit better. Not something i would purchase though.

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Photo of Gavage
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: slightly hazy orange in color with a 1/2" head that falls apart quickly. Some spots of lace develop. Carbonation bubbles are few and far between.

Smell: hints of bitterness and some fruit sweetness are picked up by the nose.

Taste: light malt base with pears, hints of orange slices, a bit of honey sweetness, and a very mild bitterness create a slightly unbalanced beer.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Short aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: easy to consume but a bit dull for me. I like a little more hop and malt presence in my APAs.

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Photo of kinger
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Simple amber ale. A little malt to the nose ever so slightly sweet, nothing else. Medium copper pour, minimal head and lacing. I swirled and swirled and still couldn't get a decent top. Creamy on the palate, very drinkable. Flavor is of sweet malts and some honey, a little fruit along the lines of apricot. Overall not very exciting.

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Photo of u2carew
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz long neck. Consumed 2/1/10

A) Pours with a finger thick head. Creamy, white with semi sticky thin lacing. Transparent body with upward carbonation. Bronze in color.
S) Smells like a wet dog and dry grains. Not a pleasant combination but also not putrid. There are hints of malty sweetness lingering just below the surface.
T) The front is light and wispy with very little flavor. Moves to a subtle sweetness, that increases until the finish. Mild hop tones throughout and into the aftertaste.
M) Crispy. Fizzy. Light body. Slightly dry and grainy.
D) An alright APA. Not one that I would return to frequently.

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Different label...more of a skeleton in pirate attire.
Pours a light gold with small head.
Aroma of sweet malt and light grassy hops, fresh bread dough.
Moderate carbonation and mild mouthfeel.
Flavors of light malts, grassy hops, light citrus and a little bite in the finish. For the style it's decent, not exceptional but not offensive. Certainly more flavor than a Bud-Miller-Coors!

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Photo of Ricochet
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light orange to amber. No head, no lace.
S: Mild grapefruit smell. A little candy. A little grain.
M: Really sweet remainder on the tongue. Little foam. Bitter takes a moment to appear. Makes a bit of a circle around the mouth. Watery.
T: Light pale ale flavor. No sweetness and mildly bitter. Grapefruit as well as juicy fruit are the slights. A little Trix flavor from the grain. Felt the alcohol just a bit.

O: Not bad, but kind of average for an APA with a little more bite to stand out.

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Photo of TheNightbird
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Light orange color, with little head retention.

S- Mostly carmel malts, then there is a small amount of hops come into the aroma.

T- Carmel malts come up first, then hop bitterness and malt. There is little hops taste.

M- Medium body with little carbonation.

D- Ok drinkability, Mad Anthony's is an APA and has little to no hop taste or aroma.

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Photo of jwc215
3.07/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours orangish amber with quite a bit heavy on the carbonated bubbles rising to the top, creating a bubbly off-white head that immediately becomes a thin, floating patch.

The smell is of caramelish graininess. There is a slightly earthy, floral backing.

The taste is of caramelized grain - sweet with floral/earthy notes. Slightly nutty, it is malty with a restrained hop presence. German malt bill + English hops = APA?? I don't think so...and to honor an American hero? This is sad, and not well-done anyway. Overcarbonated, with the malt restraining a rather lackluster hop profile. It doesn't taste bad, but not good either.

Rather fizzy and thin, this one is mediocre at best, in or out of style.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.07/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a somewhat cloudy orange color. Off-white head is small and drops to a few clumps of foam. Very little lace remains.
Smell is hops, malt, grapes and vanilla.
Taste is Hops, light malt, grapes.
Hops are very present, up front especially. Light body with strong efferevescence. It's alright. Flavor is better than some but nothing special.

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Photo of rousee
3.07/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a new brewery for me and I do not believe they are available in the Boston market. I got em in NYC.

Amber rust color-not much head or lace. The smell is hoppy in that cedar-woodsy type way which seems all too popular these days. Its decent enough to enjoy but I wouldnt consider this a great example of the APA style as I think of it.

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Photo of cbutova
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear orange with a small white head that is somewhat creamy and has decent retention. Pretty nice coat of lace.

S- Heavy on citrus zest and pine hops and really not much else, something like a cleaning product. Slight caramel, biscuit malt. Almost like lemon tea at some point.

T- Reminds of me an extract homebrew. Some peach, lemon zest, caramel malt and a whole lot of herbal/floral in the finish. Bready.

MF- Light body and high carbonation characteristic of the style. More watery than creamy with a slightly bitter finish.

DB- The flavor itself just feels sort of flat or one dimensional. The elements don't build up to a balanced, satisfying flavor. It is a bit too herbal for me, like iced tea.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Clear copper colored, nice fingers worth of lace that settled to a nice layer of foam.... and very nice lacing all the way down the glass.

S: First thing I'm getting is pretty strong citrus hops, with a touch a bready malt and a lite pinyness.

T: Pretty well balanced beer here, little sweet malt and citrus hops, with bread and pine mixed in. Aftertaste is on the bitter side. I'd say there is a little more hops than malt on this one.

M: Sharp and crisp, light to mid bodied with a little oily feel on the tongue at the end.

D: Not a bad little APA, but it seems a little more IPA ish to be, touch more hops than most APA's I've had. Overall is a pretty drinkable beer, but also pretty average. Not one to run out and hunt, but not bad.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is of a malty, fruity ale. Color is light copper, clear and with a sticky head of white foam. Balanced flavour - some malt, some toast, some hops and a bit of butter. A little bit of astringency, and a light body with very mild carbonation round out the mouthfeel. Not a bad ale by any means but there's nothing particularly interesting about it.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, very slight hop note, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, very slight hoppyness, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not too bad.

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Photo of fattychubs
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark copper color, with a fluffy whitish head. Aroma is hoppy with hints of a sweet buttery toffee. Taste is dominated by spicy and floral hops, with just a tad bit of malt in the background along with that buttery toffee taste. Body is medium, light carbonation with a crisp finish, slightly bitter hop finish. Taste is pretty straight forward no surprises, and pretty hoppy overall.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.02/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, it pours a crystal clear solid amber color with a thin, foamy white head. Not very thick, but sustains well.

Sweet, floral hops hits my sinuses fairly weakly. Maybe a slight citrus smell, but fairly boring.

Bitter hops hits my taste buds with a bit of floral essence, but very very boring. Decent taste, but nothing special to note. A fairly plain, boring, pale ale.

Decent carbonation up front, with a thinning watery body through the swallow. Nothing flashy again, but solid all around body as most american pales go.

Very drinkable, but this would be a pale ale I'd offer to a MIller Lite or Budweiser drinker willing to experiment a bit. Nothing real special about it, but solid drinkable beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pale ale pours out as a yellowish brown color, the head was decent and faded over time. The smell had a light citrus aroma with some earthy malts in the background. The taste of the beer had a decent flavor of some muddy hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Overall I wasn't too impressed with this beer. Not really worth trying again.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sample at AleFest Dayton: This brew is an orange-amber color with a medium-thin off-white head and a thin sheet of lacing. Medium body with a rather plain-Jane flavor of caramel malt and hops. The finish is actually pretty nice with hops and fruit, and there is a malty aftertaste. Kind of a letdown overall though.

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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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Mad Anthony's APA from Erie Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.
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