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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:
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Added by aaronh on 10-06-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,238
Reviews:
174
Ratings:
348
pDev:
14.58%
Bros Score:
3.7
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a peachy yet translucent colour with a fizzing white head. Aroma is cheesy, but go through it to the fruity dry ale that is well hopped at 51 ibu. Hops are Columbus, Fuggles, and Northern Brewer. Drinkable but a bit overcarbonated which dries and takes away from mouthfeel. I could still drink this all night.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -12.5%
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 metter98
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy copper in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of toasted malts in the nose along with some hints of citrus hops.
T: The initial taste has some malty sweetness and flavors of caramel; these are effectively balanced off by a slight amount of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
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 brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a puffy white head that sticks fairly well and leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Sweet pear and some grain; unusual but nice

Taste: Opens with a bready malt base that moves in an earthy bitter direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the earthy bitter flavors persist but there is a slight residual sweetness through the end

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate, but prickly carbonation

Drinkability: With an unusual aroma and a much more English than American profile, this beer is easy to drink

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Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
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 NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep copper body is topped by a short, creamy, ivory head that holds fairly well, drops to a creamy collar, and leaves some nice lace. The nose expresses a butter-tinged, lightly sweet caramel & biscuit maltiness that's backed by some spicy and piney hops. The body is medium with a nice creaminess in the mouth from a soft and fine carbonation. The flavor is as the aroma suggests: "a butter-tinged, lightly sweet caramel & biscuit maltiness" that's supported by a firm (but not aggressive) bitterness and some soft piney hop flavor. It's very straight-forward but well-balanced and enjoyable. It finishes dry with a lingering combination of sticky maltiness and piney hops. Unique. The soft malt and piney hops work really well together, giving this beer a very good drinkability. Worth trying.

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Photo of jlindros
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light half finger fizzy head fades semi quickly over super clear honey orange maple colored beer.

Nose of light pale malts, very light spicy and fruity hops, more fruity candi aromas, and a little kids juice aroma, pretty light nose overall.

Taste has some light bready malts, pale malts, a slight bit of sweetness but mostly dry, some light earthy and herbal hops, slight spicy hop flavor too, with a slight syrupy sweetness. It gets somewhat bitter as it finishes, building a bit to a slight spicy herbal hop flavor, but it finishes pretty quickly. It's fairly light on taste as well.

Mouth is medium to slightly lighter bodied, with decent carbonation.

Drink is decent, a quick finish that is a little too quick, mostly dry beer, somewhat crisp and drinkable, with a bit of bitterness that doesn't overpower and may be even a little underpowered.

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Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - One finger of white head on a just slightly hazy, copper colored body. The foam settles quickly and leaves a decent lattice of lace on the glass.

S - A nice aroma of pine hops with a little bit of citrus. Substantial malt loiters in the background with notes of caramel and toasted grain.

T - Sweet, rich malt and moderate hop flavor up front. Floral hop notes with some grapefruit. Caramel and toasted malt. Finishes malty with moderate hop bitterness balancing nicely.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Nice and drinkable, as an APA should be. The hop character is good and strong enough without being too sharp. The malt more than balances the hops, but finishes dry and does not bog down the palate. This is the best of the otherwise lackluster beers in the variety pack from Erie Brewing.

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of smcolw
3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Good starting head but it settles to a single layer of minute bubbles. Leaves no lace. The color--copper. Clear.

Mild aroma of fresh-tilled earth.

This is a dry beer with earthy overtones. This has a harsh finish with a very short aftertaste. The brew also has a sourness that reminds me of a lambic. (!?) Good body. Closer to an English pale ale than an American one.

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Photo of nathanmiller
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.24/5  rDev +23.6%
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 BuckeyeNation
2.94/5  rDev -14.3%
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 Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tdm168
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright gold with a quarter of an inch of white, soft head that has great retention. There are obvious carbonation bubbles rising to the top. The nose is hard to describe. The best I can do is white bread, lemon, and something that reminds me of juice. The flavor is very lightly malty with some citrusy characteristics, mainly lemon, and a mild citrusy, floral hop character in the finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied, a little crisp but smooth.

Not a bad beer. It's easy to drink and unoffensive so you could turn this into a session beer, but if you're looking for flavor and complexities there are better beers on the market.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer attempts to be flavorful, but with only a hint of caramel maltiness this beer is leaving my taste buds wanting more. For what it is this beer succeeds in its goal, it's a refreshing, drinkable beer that is enjoyable, but overall not too complex in any way. Definitely an upgrade from any macros, but there tasting this beer proves to me that this beer is giving up flavor in order to be more palapable for the masses.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, w/o freshness/bottling info to be had. Pours clear and is on the lighter side of amber. Moderate, frothy lighter khaki head, that stays and stays and drags extensive and sticky strands of lace onto the glass. Faint and nondescript sniff, perhaps a hint of leafy hops picked up. Weak hop crunch for an "APA". Pleasant enough ale but way down on the excitement scale. Some moderate minty hops picked up mingling with an equally middle of the road malt base. Nothing special, just an easy drinking but fairly dull brew, that puts itself out there as an "APA"

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jwc215
3.07/5  rDev -10.5%
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 Lare453
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

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Mad Anthony's American Pale Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 348 ratings
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