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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 nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +9%
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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Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from a family friend's fridge, on to the beer:

Goldenrod yellow color with a tight head and some streaks of lacing sticking to thie glass. It has the character of an "old school APA" with its bitter citrus, grapefruit, bitter pine, and an earthy finish. Tame diacetyl and a hint of esters round out the beer in the end.

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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 mempath
4.57/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bought a single to check it out. a PA beer! a new APA! let's see, smell, taste...

looks fine. not much lacing...head settles fast but maintains a nice sudsy veneer. dark but bright, deep orange-amber tint.

wow. smells of fermented oranges or a marmalade. not just the sweetness but the tartness of oranges. peel, too.

thick, chewey mouthfeel allows the hop bitterness to meld with a notable sweetness, but in no way too sweet. very interesting and excellent balance. the maltiness edges from the shadows and asserts a bit as the glass warms. very nice.

i don't know, but those who think even the Newbold is 'bitter' (a friend couldn't handle two sips of that and went back to his nut brown honey lager...) might be able to handle the light but noticeable hop precense. for me, this is a treat and quite quaffable. yeah, a session brew for sure. easily. surprised at the current average rating....

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

This beer poured an orange-tinted light copper with a small head. The smell is mostly sweet malt with a bit of yeasty bread character and a tiny bit of spicy hops. The taste starts off with bready malt that gives way to slightly spicy and piney hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and smooth with some moderate carbonation. I didn't have any trouble drinking this beer, but I'm not sure I'd reach for another right away.

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

Haven't had a lot from Erie Brewing, but from what I have had so far they seem pretty marginal. Here is my review of their American Pale Ale:

A: Pours a nice golden yellow color. Semi-hazy. Nice foamy head thay leaves little to no lacing on the glass.

S: Smells very bready with hints of citrus. A little musty, but decent overall.

T: The main flavor here is the bready malts. Then a pretty decent amount of citrus hops come in on the finish. Taste seems kinda flat as it is not very strong. A tad watery. There is a little caramel sweetness in there too. Not very bitter.

M: Medium bodied. Very clean finish with hardly any aftertaste. Good carbonation. Somewhat dry finish.

D: Its a pretty smooth, easy drinking beer. It is a little dry which begs for another sip. But the flavors don't do whole lot for the palate. A little heavier body than some APAs, but still pretty good.

This beer is okay. Nothing that will change the way you look at APAs, but a decent interpretation of the style. Flavors are well balanced and its a smooth drinking ale. Worth a shot.

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Photo of yuenglings
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has a nice foamy head that leaves a good laceing and a nice light copper color to it

Theirs a very strong orange/ pine smell with the bread coming in at the end

With a good strong smell like that i was thinking it was going to be better tasteing it was ok with a good mix of the breadyness and the citrusyness but could of been more robust

Its very smooth beer with great carbonation and i find it very drinkable. I could see myself buying this beer but im not in a hurry to go out and get it rightr away.

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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 clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dirty orange that is see thru with decent carbonation for a mountainous head that dies slowly and leaves small lace. Minor smell of caramel and honey malt base along with some floral and earthy hops. A subdued but easy-drinking ale, as there is a pleasant, subdued taste of balanced citric hops and caramelized malt. A little more sweet than hoppy yet has a crisp, dry backbite. Good beer to try.

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Photo of mltobin
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland.
The appearance is a lighter amber tone.
The smell is light alcohol, pears, a bit faint overall.
The taste is more faint pears, some carbonation, some malts.
Mouthfeel is a little more interesting, spice, malt, and the citrus with a tingle left on your palate.
Drinkability is pretty good, it was good to have a beer from Erie.

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

Reviewed 5/22/09
Last of the Erie Brewing mixed 6 pack. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz pint glass. Firm pour fails to conjure the massive stick head that I long for. However the MA does deliver a bit of spotty lace. Color is a orange amber, clear with no sediment or floaties.

Nose- Initially envisioned this as some sort of a hop bomb. Nose is subdued contrary to my initial expectation. Hops are still present, notes of orange and various other citrus. However it is the caramel tones that really dominate the nose.

Palate- Caramel, as per nose, really shows through in the initial flavor profile. Slightly sweet then spicy with a bit of a floral quality about it. Hops present themselves later in the profile, over ripe orange, and lightly bitter bite in the finish. Finish is long and pleasant adding a bit complexity.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, active carbonation, dry.

Drinkability- highly session-able, doesnt become heavy or cloying after multiple.

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Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.35/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Pours a clear light gold with a generous off white head. The head is frothy and seems too last well. The lacing is okay. Aroma has a decent hoppiness to it mostly oranges. Has a good carbonation and a good mouthfeel. The flavor is of hops with a lite touch of sweetness. I still get orange peel more than oranges. Has a medium body. An oily texture. Has a good finish with a nice bitter aftertaste. Not real strong but you know the bitterness is there. I hate to swim up stream but I think this is a damn good beer.

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Photo of therica
4.17/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amazingly happy surprise to find on a blind-guess try. Definitely better and more fully-balanced than our local Flying Dog Scratch Dog and Clipper City's Heavy Seas Loose Cannon beers.

A= typical copper-amber with modest head, light lacing.

S= overwhelming nose of hops galore! Florals, citrus, spices, and occasional whiffs of bready malts. Nothing that's nose-burning, either. The great scents are still there even at the finish.

T= lots to explore in the depth and variety of hops styles. Lightly sweet, just enough for balance. Balanced malts. Enough bitters to make APA fans happy, and yet the hops are more beta-acid for flavor and scent than uber-alpha acid bitterness.

M= perfect if you're a fan of great APA.

D= depending on your enjoyment of APA style, you can probably session on this.

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

Pours a clear yellow color with a thin white head that fades. Smells of hops and slight citrus. Tastes of mild hops, no big bite, and a smooth sweet taste. Mouthfeel is decent, nothing to interrupt the drink and goes down well. Probably won't look for this one again but glad I tried it.

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Photo of gciccarelli
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Clear, crisp copper with good white foamy head. Good head retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

S - Hop presence, but not overpowering. Citrus notes. Sweet-smelling malt. A nice, complex smell.

T - Very similar to the smell. Malt sweetness with a slight bitter hop aftertaste. Citrus notes, slight hint of butter. Balanced quite nicely.

M - Light body, high carbonation. Perhaps slightly too carbonated. Leaves a pleasant feeling afterward.

D - Excellent balance and feel result in high drinkability. Could definitely have a few.

A very solid brew from Erie - recommended! Showcases a variety of excellent flavor.

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Photo of treehugger02010
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have no recollection of where I got this beer, my likely my buddy Mike, but either way, I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a cloudy amber color, topped by a small and dark egg-shell colored head that had good retention and left nice spider-web lacing.
Smell: The aroma is of caramel malt and earthy hops.
Taste: The taste has the same hops, yet a more noticeable pine flavor, as well as sweet apples.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is rigid.
Drinkability: Despite this beer's overall high score, the drinkability isn't stupendous, somewhere between great and average.
Don't drink and review.

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

12oz bottle obtained via trade with imstillthegman. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head above the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head lasts nicely, with plentiful chunky lacing. Aroma is fruity hps character with some underlying sweetness, just about to style for me. Taste follows the nose, maybe not as much pale maltiness as I would have expected. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good also, a solid representation of the style.

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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 kkosmoski
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Longneck out of a variety twelve pack. Clear light amber in the glass with a minimal, bubbly white head. Bit of piney hop in the aroma with some light toast - mild aroma. Citrus bitterness comes out first followed by some bready malt flavor and then easing back into a grapefruit and lemon bittered finish. Medium feel with a pleasant carbonation. Drinkablity is fairly good. Good sturdy bitterness, but I think for a great drinkability profile, the malt would have to balance the equation a bit more. A nice pale ale here - there are many others with more character, but Mad Anthony's holds its own.

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Photo of nick76
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

THe aroma is very hoppy with slightly toasted caramel malt and leaves and pine. The appearance is light amber gold with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma but soapy in the finish. The palate is thin but smooth from carbonation. The beer is good but not great.

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Photo of Timmush
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is not a bad beer. It tastes almost like a Marzen to me..Octoberfest-ish. This might be a beer you convince a friend to try that likes Coors light because it shouldn't offend him. I am glad I tried it but wont go back for it again. It lacks any head and has a little cardboard taste to me.

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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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