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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 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 beerthulhu
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale amber orange color with a slight off white head.

S: a huge citrusy presence, and some light bread notes. There is some nice subtle grassy notes but not overpowering with a good floral hopping.

T: The malt is light with some cereal grains and the hopping is even and subdued. There are some citrus notes and a very light Columbus hopping that is there, but very faint to detect. The beer is very clear and clean, perhaps a tad to filtered down per style taking away some of the body.

M: light-medium viscosity with a crisp carbonation bite.

D: A light entry into the world of ipas and moderately good flavor and drinkability.

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Photo of thethrone
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light golden copper with small white cap, which quickly falls to a thin ring. Some carbonation is visible, no lacing to speak of.

S - Subtle floral aroma, with some citrus and biscuity malts.

T - Light caramel malts flavor to start, then the hops come in t balance it out nicely. Nice light bitter finish

M - Medium-light body, good carbonation.

D - Not a lot to this brew, subtle and unassuming in almost every aspect. Would make a great session beer.

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Photo of RedBaron
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this beer up on a recent trip to Ft. Wayne, IN. Although this beer is called 'Mad Anthony' - and there is a brewery of the same name in Ft. Wayne - this beer is actually made in Erie, PA.

Appearance: nice brilliant peach color, light head.
Smell: Citrusy nose; pleasant, but not much else. No real hope aroma to speak of, nor malty nose.
Taste: A nice fruity (grapefruit, oranges) sweetness up front, finishes dry. Well-attenuated.
Mouthfeel: It's probably the best part of an otherwise vaguely run-of-the-mill 'APA'. Although I'm sure hops were used in this beer, more bittering than aromatic, there is a good complex maltiness to this brew that I like. The dry finish, especially, shows me that these guys were pretty thorough in the fermentation process. It shows nicely.
Drinkability: Well, not a beer I would seek out again, but certainly not an offensive beer either. This is the second beer I've had from this brewery, and I imagine that they're just an outfit satisfied to put out 'every day' beers; nothing dazzling, but of good quality. (I must confess, however, as a history geek, I love this label: "Mad" Anthony Wayne was an important military figure in the American Revolution. Perhaps a man with a moniker like that deserves a beer befitting his name - maybe an off-the-wall barley wine?).

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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 akorsak
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to adamharbaugh for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The pale ale is a golden copper color, clear except for the stream of carbonation in the center of the glass. Not much head is left from the 1 finger on pour.

S: Hoppiness is upfront, citrusy but in a restrained manner. Malts follow with grains and some diacetyl butteriness. The beer has a fruity flavor that I want to attribute to ringwood.

T: The hops from the nose lash out at the front of the beer, earthy with a grassy element. They don't last long though before being subsumed by the malts. Toffee and caramel are strong and, as the ale warms, even move to the forefront of the beer. The buttery flavors that I picked up in the nose continues. The malt flavor and disappearing act that the hops do makes me view this as more English than American.

M: The mouthfeel shows off hops, malts and a ringwood-like flavor that I refuse to rule out.

D: The ale is moderately quaffable. The buttery toffee malt flavor gets to be a little much at times.

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Photo of toolbrew
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a thin white head. Lots of carbonation throughout. It has dissipated after about ten minutes.

At first very hoppy, citrusy bouquet. After about ten minutes it is a sweeter, maltier, honey scent.

Crisp hoppy taste up front. Not overly bitter but well balanced. You get the sweeter malty honey sensation at the end.

The crisp hop hits the rear roof of the mouth and sustains. Medium/light bodied that is smooth.

Beer goes down well. A refreshing session beer.

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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 tpd975
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice light clear yellow hue with a bold fluffy tan head.

S: Tons of malt with just a touch of earty piney hops.

T: Malt forward in taste as well. This one is one of the more malty APA's I have ever tasted. Tons of biscuit malt with a hint of caramel. A touch of pine hops is all there is. If I was not told I would never guess this as an APA.

M: Medium in body with decent carbonation.

D: Considering I am a hop head I don't know why I kind of like this one, but for some reason I do. It is not the best beer in the world by no means, but it is malty, drinkable and good. A very unique APA, if that is what they wanna call it.

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Photo of pwoods
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to beachbum1975 for this brew.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a pint.

A: Pours an average amber with good visibility. 1 1/2 fingers of egg shell head forms and holds for a bit. Decent lacing.

S: Subtle aroma. A bit of floral hops, grassy pollen smell. Just a touch of citrus and biscuity malts.

T/M: Decent bitterness level that takes a bit to develop. Malts come in first with a sugary sweetness that's a bit odd... almost reminds me a super sugary dark spot on a banana, lol, idk why. A bit of citrus from the hops with more of the grassy and floral notes. Body is medium light with a bit of creaminess. Light drying finish.

D: Not a bad brew and easily drinkable. Wouldn't be a bad choice for cards or fishing.

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Photo of perfectkaos
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer used to be a mainstay on the 100 beers list at my bar but i havent had one since they took it off a few years ago.

pours a cloudy orange color with no head. some hops are noticeable on the nose, a little sour, along with some roasted bready smells as well.

pretty strong hop kick up front with a little malt sweetness coming in later.

a very drinkable beer. drinking it now makes me wonder how i used to like Railbender better (well maybe it was the $2 special)

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Photo of phantomwyse
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought this beer solely because of its name.

A: Pours a honey/copper color, thick, rich, frothy 2 finger head. Slight filmy residue sticks with the beer all the way to the finish.

S: Malty, doughy, bready. Sour hop smell, old pine tar, earthy wet soil, slight phenolic dullness-faded band-aid.

T: Bready sweetness, hops present but not spectacular. Hop flavor fades quickly. Faded seems to be the theme of this beer. As the beer warms, the hops dissipate as the malt sweetness comes more into prominence. This beer seems to have Scottish ancestry, reminding me of a wee heavy at times with the malt profile.

M: Light, almost moderate, but more light bodied. Creamy after the swallow that lightly coats. Carbonation went full out for the head and barely is perceptible afterwards.

D: Meh, somewhat. Mostly. The light body allows this to be a fair warm weather brew and adequate thirst quencher. The creamy feel that follows the swallow is the most appealing aspect that adds to this beers drinkability, in my opinion.

Overall, not bad for the style. I've certainly had APA's that fell far shorter than this beer did -- but, I've also had pales with lower IBU's that delivered a better hop presence. The scales tipped towards the malts on the balance end of this beer. I'd like to give Erie a few more opportunities with their other offerings. I think they have some brewing talent that needs to have a tighter focus.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decided to review one of my beers from my recent family trip to PA. I bought a case of this in Brockway.

Appearance: 12 oz bottle with no freshness date seen. There's a big portrait of Mad Anthony (I guess) looking at me upside down as I pour him out. What's he looking at anyhow; he's looks very proud and dignified,like he just won a battle, or maybe he's checking out the other supreme beers around him in my beer fridge?! He poured into my imperial pint glass at around 42 degrees. Looks clear, edges are dark yellow and body if ripened apricot with no floaters around. Head pours a ½ inch white head with average bubbles and foaming - nice. Little to no lacing.

Smell: Smells like gently baked malts and yeasts. Also, I detect slightly bitter hops. I can't gather much more than that on the old sniffer.

Taste: Much like the smell, a wave of bitterness, subdued by creamy malts, trailing with dry hops. Rather simple, overall.
Mouthfeel: Watery with ample carbonation. Light to medium bodied and crisp. A good example for it's style.

Drinkability: Overall, a crisp and refreshing summer session beer. Easy, simple and enjoyable, but I wouldn't rush across the country to buy another case.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle of this into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light amber body with a decent, white head with ok retention and some lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A slightly bitter, sour, malty smell with some hops evident in the undertones.

T: Kind of like a watered down, hoppy taste. The amount fo hop character was formidable for an APA, but the malts seemed to be lacking. Hints of malts were evident in the aftertaste, but nothing too significant or evident to balance out any notion of hops.

M: The mouthfeel was a little light and watery. Maybe this had something to do with the less than expected taste.

D: A fairly drinkable beer. It is relatively light for an APA which makes it easy to drink, but the taste was interesting and unique. I was hoping for the hops to have been a bit more noticeable, but a maltier presence would have been just as welcome.

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Photo of Tbn2
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Eye Candy-Pours clean and golden in color. A fingers worth of head rises to the top and slowly disappears leaving lacing all the way down.

Nose Candy-Smells of pale malts and a good earthiness. Just a faint presence of hops that are a good balance to the earthy smell.

Mouth Candy-Good malt balance that moves towards an earthy taste. Earthy taste is well complimented by hops finish at the end. A very good pine/earthy taste. The body of this beer is goes well with the taste and the carbonation is right on point.

I picked up this beer becasue I thought it had a cool name and was looking for something new to try. I felt like it was money well spent and would recommend this to anyone. It won't knock your socks off, but should leave lovers of APAs happy.

Fill Up the Glass....Down the Hatch

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Photo of Seanibus
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely golden with a moderate but rich white head. Not much of an aroma, which is disappointing, but the taste is pleasing and mild. It has a slight honey character with hints of grass, and a slight hop bitterness on the back end. Mouthfeel is satisfying if unremarkable. This is a serviceable, drinkable beer, though not one that will make a lasting mark on the genre.

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +7%
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 Ego
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

nice and fluffy full finger of head, good lacing, orange tone residing somewhere below amber, clear as the daylight savings day is long(er), decent amount of carbonation bubbling up feeding the head which has transformed into a menagerie of microbubbles instead of the initial craggy foam. nice.

mild honey-ish hops aroma, the malt seems in balance with a touch of caramel floating underneath, not your typical APA hop nose due to the varieties in use here, definitely smells more british than new world, that's not a complaint however.

taste etc...
more bitter than I thought it would be... a bit light in the mouth, all in all a bit bland actually, the bitterness does not seem in balance here and I love hops.. something just aint sippin' right for me on this one.

drinkable but with so many other (superior) APAs out there not worth your while to wet your whistle...

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Photo of nmyers
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am trying a 12 oz bottle, which I poured into a pint glass. Mad Anthony's has a nice golden color with a nice white 1/2" of head on it. It looks like it is lightly carbonated. This beer had a nice aroma of hops; it is not to over powering. The taste of this beer is hoppy, but on the lighter side of the hop scale. Also it tastes lightly carbonated. It would be a great start for someone who isn't a big fan of hops. It is rather smooth and goes down very easy without a bitter after taste. Its taste doesn't linger.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this beer at cellar temp poured into a snifter. The beer is a slightly hazy copper hue with a thin eggshell white edge layer. Aroma is caramel and some fruit as well. I also get a good dose of grainy malt.
First sip reveals an average body with fine prickly carbonation.
Flavor is sweet and toffee dominant but also fairly grainy and a hint of herbal hops come through on the finish. There is a bit of general sweetness on my gums after each swallow as well.
An easy drinking well crafted beer.

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Photo of PorterLover83
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Has a slight hazy gold color to it. Not really much of a head that I could see. Hops were very noticable in the smell with a piney hint. Kinda malty in the taste but the hops kicked in after a minute with the bitterness to even out for the flavor. I would say in my opinion it is a border line medium to light mouthfeel. Pretty good drinkability to me and a god offering. I would definately pick this up again and recommend it.

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

This ale poured a translucent yellow-orange, apple juice comes to mind. The head white and clingy.
The scents of citrus and pine with a hint of apple and honey. .
The taste is of sweet malts, crusty bread, and well-balanced bitterness.
This is not a bad ale. I think it would please a wide range of tastes.

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Photo of Sammy
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
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 caminiti
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked it up on a whim from Glenville Bev as part of a mix/match six pack, I liked the name.
Pleasantly surprised.
Poured into a stolen pint glass, copper orange with a small head that quickly vanished, smelled a bit fruity, and very hoppy, a good thing.
Taste was crisp, very crisp, and similiar to some of the more expensive pale ales. I was a bit surprised to find it was only 5.5%, as the alcohol taste didnt jump out at you but I thought it may have been hiding behind the crispness (did I mention that) and hops.
Worthy of purchasing a six pack

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