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Mad Anthony's APA | Erie Brewing Co.

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Mad Anthony's APAMad Anthony's APA

Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of Morey
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is brewed by the Erie Brewing CO. here in Erie, Pa. Poured out of a bottle and into a glass producing a 2 finger head that reduced to a little less than a finger after a minute of two.

Smells of pine and is a deep gold color with lots of bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. The head sticks nicely to the sides of the glass with each sip (very impressive).

Has a sharp, crisp, piney taste at first, which gives way to a hoppy bitter finish. A decent pale ale, but nothing sensational here. I would drink it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Morey's Bottom Line: Really, for me the most impressive thing about this beer was it's appearance.

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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 tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy medium copper color with minute white head.
Smell is light, with some soft notes a hops detectable.
Taste also shows a very restrained hop profile, with a tough of malt in the background.
Finishes refreshing and a bit dry.
A very pleasnt drinking beer. Would be sessionable.

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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 dmamiano
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a medium, golden amber with a nice head.
Lacing was very clingy....
Smell was great..malt caramel with a hops pushing through.
Initial taste was malty, once again caramel malts balanced nicely by the hops.
Kind of a strange finish..the hops seem to dissapear after the initial hit on the tongue...bitter in the finish as well

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Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't know what's American about this beer, it seems an obvious English ale to me. The malt is very smooth with caramel and grassy flavors. There's a little bit of a general British funk from the possibly noble hops used. So the malt is smooth and creamy and the hops are a touch harsh and grassy. It's English styled and its not bad for that.

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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 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 cichief
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep orange gold, with a decent white head.

S- Smells hoppy and inviting, some grain and fruit, possibly apricot.

T- Starts out tasting malty but quickly turns dry, very little fruit in the taste, more hoppy than malty.

M- Loaded with small bubbles, more carbonation than I would like, thin to medium in body.

D- Overall a decent APA, there are better out there, but this one isn't bad.

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Photo of edskirk3
2.36/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Standard brown bottle, with the labels coming off at the edges. No freshness information.

Pours light cloudy copper. Effervescent head doesn't last very long. Medium carbonation.

Aroma is of pale malts and faint plantlike hops. Not very impressive.

The palate is largely bitter and floral but not in a pleasant way. The aftertaste is a little rough. Thinner mouthfeel than what I'm looking for.

Verdict: not very good. I'm glad I only got one bottle. Hundreds of better pale ales out there.

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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 giblet
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pretty good pale ale. not the best i have ever had but good. good medium color good hop smell and taste. this beer poured nice with good head - small, and good carbonation - continuous and some decent lace.

good tasting brew and i will be certain to try some more from them. erie pa is not too far from home so hopefully i can find some more good examples from these brewers.

give it a try...suckem up and movem out.


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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 tugdriver7
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, slightly orange copper color, with little head retention; though there was nice lacing left on the glass. A hint of hops (is all) in the nose. Remember the old adage about being "too rich or too thin?" My first thought upon tasting this beer was "smooth." Extremely smooth and balanced. Decent mouthfeel, but (as with the Pilsner) just not enough taste here. The smoothness, in this case, is due to a somewhat bland taste profile that, while there is a hint of fruity hops and a slightly "cooked veggie" malt flavor, just never really reaches out and grabs you with any complexity. That said, a very drinkable beer. But perhaps not as enjoyable as some other APAs.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought of a 12 oz. bottle of this out of curiosity. I wanted to see if the poster next to cooler was true. Pours a cloudy golden brown. Very little retention. My actual first impression of the smell was carrots. Not terribly strong overall, although there's a good balance of malt and hops. Tastes like a standard pale ale - not terribly strong flavors, but not altogether weak. Decent balance of hops and malt. Some hints of caramel and toast. Medium mouthfeel - not too water or too thick. Seems appropriate to the style. A pretty enjoyable beer, although I prefer something a little more complex.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, no date. Pours a pale gold color with a bronze hue. The white is quite lively, forming into a stiff white cap, displaying solid retention.

The aroma is rather weak, spicy, some slight hops, grain and malt, sulpher and something metallic and coppery. The flavor follows, the hops assert themselves on the finish, they're piney and metallic, and the finish is mildly plastic. A little grapefruit and a faint nuttiness also make appearances.

The brew is light-bodied with good carbonation. It's not overly complex, but somewhat interesting and evenly balanced. It's not a knock you on your ass beer, but drinkable. It markedly improves when allowed to warm considerably.

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Photo of Phatz
2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I bought a mix case of Erie Brewing Company beer several weeks ago at Chester County Beverage. 8 each of Mad Anthony's Ale [awful] Presque Isle Pilsner [pretty good] and Railbender Ale [really good]. So for $29 it is almost a worthy purchase for 2/3rds of the case.

The Mad Anthony's is so bad that I wouldn't take it to my friend's BBQ/B-day party. Yes, the were drinking Corona, but Mad Anthony's has this awful aftertaste that just makes it very hard to drink.

Appearance: The appearance is nice. No problem there. Clear goldenrod with a sudsy white head. a little lacing and a white ring around the glass. The clear body showcase some lively active carbonation. Nice.

Smell: Buttery hops. It smells of toasted biscuits and lightly bitter herbal hops; little action but inoffensive.

Taste: What Happened!!! The smell wasn't like this. ew yuck. It is the aftertaste. In the mouth it is buttery, a tad too much diacetyl and very much like chewing on a citrus rind. The aftertaste is overboard unbalanced grassy bitterness that is not a fresh hop feel it is simply chemically bitter. Honestly, to get rid of them I just decided to drink what was left the other night and after 2 or three, they didn't bother me anymore. That annoying taste became more palatable and I finished four of them leaving just this one to review. On a fresh palate I return to my original opinion. It just doesn't work for me.

Drinkability: If you can get past the aftertaste it would work fine. Maybe you need to dink it with a meal, that'd work better.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.77/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped on cap. Opened with a very loud hiss.

Very clear,brilliant golden color,2" white head dissapated a bit quickly leaving a thin layer of foam. A few steady streams of widely scattered bubbles. Not much lacing present.

Clean aroma,very fruity,bisquity,grassy with some earthyness. Good invitiing aroma with some slight perfumyness.

Sour fruity taste with a light citrus rind feel,light bittersweet carmell notes,grassy dried straws tastes in there also. Clean finish with some slight grapefruit tastes. Would have give a higher taste score,just didn't like the sourness.

Light,a bit on the watery side,grainy texture with lots of tanginess.
Lacking a bit in the taste department,somewhat flat tasting,not a bad beer,just nothing interesting enough to want another

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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 Nipitato
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Premier Liquors in Tonawanda, NY.

A: Medium amber with a thin white head. Aggressive carbonation visible.

S: Hop aroma is present with no specific characteristics. Malt aroma is quite strong. Malt is bready - almost like a good pilsner.

T: good balance between bready malt and grapefruit hop flavor. The hop flavor is not too strong. Finishes easy and somewhat wet. Hop flavor comes alive on the back end.

MF: Medium light mouthfeel. Appropriately filling. Well carbonated.

D: Well balanced, well made APA. Good drinkability.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- copper colored body with nice white head.

S- smells strongly of floral hoppiness and malt.

T- Initial taste is floral and hops followed my a smooth caramel malt finish.

M- medium body with light carbonation.

D- this is an easy beer to enjoy with an interesting taste. Maybe it is not quite hoppy enough for an APA but its still really good.

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Photo of riversider76
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours honey colored. Nice white head,with excellent retention,and lacing. Smell is of honey, with a hint of grassy hops. Body is thin to medium,with some carbionation. Taste is of honey,and lemon,with a hoppy finish. Very nice and smooth. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm aged copper body with a slight hazy to it. There is a thin even head of off-white foam that last for a good bit. There is a carbonation of tiny bubbles that for a net when rising to the surface.

S- This beer has a light sweet honey malt note with some lightly toasted malt smells that are very fresh.

T- This beer has a soft honey malt and fresh dry pale malt flavors with a soft green hops in the finish. There is a little bitterness to the hops but the dominant flavors are the malts.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft fizz that boost the hop flavor a little bit.

D- This beer has a nice flavor and good flavors to the malt with a light hop finish. This has nice complexity even though it doesn't have the big hops typical of most APAs. Very nice for a session beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.94/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ripe pumpkin orange with gold bullion edges. Superfine bubbles ascend to a good-sized cap of parchment colored foam that substitutes pale orange for pale yellow. This is an attractive English pale ale (ignore the APA above). A decent amount of lace neither helps nor hurts the cause.

I'm not so happy with the nose. I was looking forward to it once I learned that East Kent Goldings and Fuggles comprise the hop bill. Trouble is, they aren't all that prominent. Mad Anthony's nose, sorry to say, is below average.

He makes a bit of a comeback on the palate. One problem I have with the flavor profile is that the malt tastes like Munich to me (which I don't care for). The brewery's website will admit to only William Crisp malt, which tells me where it came from, but doesn't tell me what type it is. The malt bill probably isn't entirely Munich so I'm not completely turned off.

The second problem is that the beer isn't hoppy enough. EKG and Fuggles are great hops, so why have my taste buds been denied their wonderful flavor? While I didn't expect the typical American rate of hopping (although Erie is an American brewery), I don't believe Mad Anthony's contains the amount of hops that it should, no matter the country of inspiration.

It's hard to get too excited about the mouthfeel when the flavor isn't exciting. Nevertheless, it's adequate for the task at hand. It's light-medium and is softly carbonated with no characteristics that would make it stand out in a crowd.

Mad Anthony's Ale was named for General 'Mad Anthony' Wayne, who won the Battle of Fallen Timbers, thereby securing the Northwest Territory from the... uh... Native Americans. It's too bad that the pale ale brewed in his honor doesn't live up to his legacy. I haven't been impressed with this brewery so far. Not at all.

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Photo of dedrinker
2.48/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It didn't smell or taste like a pale ale, but at least it looked like a British pale ale. I was confused and disappointed. It didn't taste bad, but, but, well maybe it could pass as a British pale ale, but I just wasn't feeling it on any level. I just didn't get it. I could not grasp, fathom, or understand this beer in the terms of its alleged style/ category. In and of itself it wasn't bad - just bland with a little fruit and decent body. I certainly would not buy this one again. Maybe it tastes better in Erie.

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Mad Anthony's APA from Erie Brewing Co.
3.44 out of 5 based on 333 ratings.
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