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
Reviews:
173
Ratings:
339
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
14.53%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.11/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Appearance - orange copper pour, a nice creamy white cap of a finger+.It's already laying down a nice coat of lace as the foam level falls.

Aroma - light citrus, light biscuity grains with a toasty accent.

Taste - a brief malty graininess up front, quickly covered by some very harsh and bitter hops. Too medicinal too soon for me. The palate dries out expectedly and the flavor lingers far longer than I want. Metallic flavors are present and though not in abundance, they are steady. I'm almost considering a mild infection but I'm not sure. Probably not but this flavor is really testing me.

Mouthfeel - crisp, medium body and a clean feel.

Drinkability - a chore to finish, it's way out of balance to the acridly bitter hop side.

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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 micromaniac129
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

amber colored beer with a smallish white head that fades fast into nothing. Lightly carbonated and clear.
You get a nice wiff of hops upon openning and pour but soon after the citrus hoppy bouquet disappears, even when swirled. Solid malt backbone.
An average tasting brew with a slightly sweet malt presence witha bit of a toasted aspect.
Hop flavor is weak with no discernable flavors.
Puckering and a bit course.
Nothing stands out.

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

Poured from a dateless brown bottle into a pint glass after being well refrigerated.

Appearance – A light clear amber beer. Half inch of head disappeared quickly with no lacing.

Smell - Caramel and sweet malt.

Taste - Heavy sweet malt flavor with hints of caramel and maple syrup. Finishes with slight earthly bitterness. Not very hoppy for an APA. It tastes very similar to Yuengling Traditional Lager. I wish I had one on hand to compare to two together.

Mouthfeel – A good medium bodied beer and a nice malty aftertaste.

Drinkability – It’s a solid beer but not an exciting one, especially for an ale. I certainly wouldn’t pass on one if it came my way, but I’m not gonna go out of my way for one either.

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

Pours an orange/amber. The three to four inches of head quickly settles down to a nice crust.

Smells like earthy, medicinally hops. Kind of interesting for an american pale ale, this really reminded me more a bitter. Bit of a toasty aroma to it.

Taste is, again, more ESB than it is APA. Toasty malts, some earthy hops, and some caramel in the background.

A decent, easily quaffable brew.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden body with just a hint of haze. Fluffy white four finger head.

Aroma is heavy on hay and grass. Earthy.

Lightly sweet beginning on the tongue. Very earthy hop profile. Slight lingering hop aftertaste.

Light-to-medium mouthfeel flows easily.

Easy drinkability, could have three at a seating.

A tasty refreshing pale ale, though as much English as American.

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Photo of JamesS
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice copper color with good head and some decent lacing. Nice scent, very floral and hoppy, with slight citrus tones. Excellent taste, a very well balanced, hoppy pale ale, with nice floral and slight citrus flavors. It goes down well, nice brew.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass.Pours a hazy golden color with off white largely bubbled lacing.

Smell is earthy with citrus hops but very feint.

Taste stings the back of the tongue with a dry grapefruit taste.

Mouth is very watery,light bodied with a sting of carbonation on the tongue.

Drink is decent nothing spectacular but probably not something I would by again.

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Photo of Omnium
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear gold with just about a thin layer of white fizzy head, no lacing.
S - Sweet malt, a little lime zest, thats about it.
T - Sugar water with some light hop flavor.
M - Thin, wattery, and sweet.
O - This is just lame, good to session on a hot day I guess, but pass on to other, much much better APA's in the similar price range.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange color with a ½ finger head that quickly dissipates
S: Initially toasted white bread with a bit of yeast, then a light citrus aroma comes towards the end
T: Also grain/yeast with a hint of citrus. Reminds me more of a pale ale than an IPA.
M: Medium-bodied and crisp yet a bit flat
O: I love trying new breweries and this was my first from Erie. Decent for the $1.50/btl price, but there are better examples of the style.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cooper color with a thin watery head. The aroma is of toasted malt and some breadiness with a hint of leafy hops. The taste is of a bready malt backbone with a leafy hop bite to it. A nice bite, not overly hoppy, but enough to let you know its there. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, full bodied, and a little slick. The drinkability is good, there is enough complexity to keep you interested. Overall a good beer, well rounded.

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Photo of soju6
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark copper color with a decent head that fades slowly to good lacing.

S: Aroma of fresh grain and herbs with a bit of pine and caramel sweetness. Aroma is quite inviting.

T: Has a nice inital crispness with a bit of caramel sweetness. Theres a nice mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, crisp, smooth and refreshing. Nice balance and not overly hopped.

O: Good APA. grabbed this to complete a six-pack mixer. Easy drinker, could put away a few of thers without trying.

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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.
Cheers!

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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 drtth
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a golden copper color with a ½" white head that recedes slowly but steadily. Leaving rings and some spider web lacing. Sipping leaves rings and a sheet of lacing on one side of the glass with fine speckles of lacing on the other side. Long before the beer is finished the head has receded to a small ring around the glass with a thin layer of foam on the surface. Some of the rings of foam cling stubbornly to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is soft and simple with a slightly earthy character and a trace of caramel from the malt.

Taste: The flavor is simple with faint sweetness and some dry earthy bitterness that I don't find particularly pleasant.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light bodied and soft, with slight but persistent carbonation. The finish is medium long and mostly dry with the character of that earthy bitterness spoiling the show.

Drinkability: I don't expect to be having this one again. If there were no other APAs available it would serve, but given the competition I'll be quite happy to have one or more of those rather than this one.

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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 chefhatt
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a nice amber body with a 2" white head which retain nicely around the edge. The smell is malty and some pine notes come through. The taste starts off sweet and malty, then the bitter ness of the hops get you on the back of the tongue. Nice mouth feel. Overall this is a decent beer.

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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

ERIE MAD ANTHONY'S PALE ALE 2/8/16

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

Not a "standard" APA.

Dark brownish gold colour with limited head, but decent carbonation. No oiliness in the mouthfeel. Aroma is very sweet and malt forward, but the taste is better balanced. Emphasis on caramelized malts, with a sharply contrasting bitterness. The finish is subtle, but purely bitter (and pleasantly so, in my opinion).

Different. Glad to have tried it, but not a beer I'll go out of my way to find again.

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Photo of Act25
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | 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)

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

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 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 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 AlexJ
2.76/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium amber color with a thin, but dense off white head.

Aroma is caramel, raw bread dough, buttery diactyl, and earthy hops. Meh.

Flavor takes a step down from that, with caramel, buttered corn, and tart, astringent metallic notes followed by earthy (read dirty) hops. Boring, poorly constructed, and possibly out of date.

Body is below medium, with a slick, almost watery mouthfeel and coarse, grainy texture. I can see why Anthony is mad.

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A lighter orange and copper color, with a moderate head and scant raindrop lacing around the top of the glass.

Smell: Unfortunately, there's not a ton of complexity here, but the hops are certainly evident, with a cannabis aroma that I like when it warms, though I'm not sure what they're using.

Taste: I feel like the fruitiness of the malt wants to come out here more than it does, but the hops end up being the main culprit here for flavor. There are hints of some darker fruits, but again, the kind of cannabis-esque wet hop flavor comes in and dominates, though it's not overpowering, and lingers somewhat at the end.

Mouthfeel: Lighter to medium bodied, with moderate carbonation, and a nice back-end burst to fulfill the bitterness from the hops.

Drinkability: This is more than your average lawnmower brew, but I think this would be an adequate session beer for such an event, one without a ton of complexity but still enough flavor to keep you coming back to the style.

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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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Mad Anthony's American Pale Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
3.44 out of 5 based on 339 ratings.
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