Mad Anthony's APA | Erie Brewing Co.

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Mad Anthony's APAMad Anthony's APA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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
Reviews:
169
Ratings:
331
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
20.06%
 
 
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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 tdm168
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
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 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 bigdeuce
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking beer and a golden colored hue. Scents of cascade hops and crystal malts. A bit of sweetness hits the tongue followed with some balancing hoppiness on the backend. Very enjoyable, quaffable beverage. Easy to drink. Nice session beer. More of an English Pale Ale to me than an APA because of the english tasting hops. Very nice beer that needs to be purchased again.

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

120z. bottle: This one pours a slightly hazy golden color. There was a small white head on it that lingers a bit and leaves a little lacing. Lighter bit nice nose. Some pine and citrus hop notes, as well as some faint malts and grain. The taste is good. Medium bodied. Somewhat bitter. A faint caramel malt sweetness up front. Somewhat dry finish, with pine notes. An easy drinker.

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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 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 bpw28
4.42/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Two finger bone white shaving cream head, orange-copper (about an 11 SRM), very nice lacing, light carb can be seen.

Smell:Hm. Very big fresh cherry (with little green branch still attached. Don't be confused with the candy cherry, this smells like the real thing.), very floral, light malt, light yeasty, biscuity.

Taste: No cherry on the taste. Very floral first, slight fruity taste like white grape, yeasty, nice malt backbone, pine on the finish, clean, perfect hop bite for an APA (IMO, of course. Not IPA strong, but very solid. Perfect.), good carb, body is very good.

Final Thoughts: I like this one. It's a few shades darker then I know a APA to be, but not much. It's hop forward, clean, and has a good malt backbone. A nice APA, I would gladly buy this again.

After I finished the bulk of this I opened a new tab and searched other peoples review to see if they smelled the cherry. Not only didn't I see anyone who said they smelled it in my short search but its also apparent that my experience seems almost totally different. I guess it really shows that personal experiences and tastes are in fact that, personal.

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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 Lauthaha
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Beer is a somewhat deeper golden than most APAs. Head is frothy and cream-colored, and reduces to a ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Toasted bready malt character. Some butterscotch notable. Less of a hop profile than other APAs I've tasted...but if I had to name them, I'd say more floral than bitter.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Malt is very pleasant here...definite creaminess with the carbonation. Hops are more apparent here than in the nose, and their bitterness mixes extremely well with the malt profile. Aftertaste is 25% bitter, 75% sweet, but in manageable amounts.

Overall: A very tasty beer...possibly a session beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -12.8%
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 -0.3%
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 nickthetick
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a slightly dark gold in an american shaker with a thin (from an experienced beer-bar beertender) light tan head that hangs around for an impressively long time and leaves very nice lacing.

S: mmm, darker than usual malts for an APA. Like a malted milkball center and a noice dose of piney hop goodness.

T: the smell can defiantly describe the taste, but you do get more umphf on the tongue than in the nose. The malt, while still holding on to that malted milkball center, introduces a toffee flavor. And the hops take on more of a bitter sweet citrus which over powers the pine a bit. The taste left in the mouth is a brilliant mingle of the two.

MF: the beer is a bit on the lighter side, but has plenty of carbonation and leaves a nice astringent feel on the tongue.

O: what a great APA, and beer in general. Complexity that makes up for the shortcomings in the MF category, I would grab this quickly if I saw it again and would probably pick it over a SNPA.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, small pine hops and hints of malt. In the taste, pine hops balanced with an English/ gingerbread like maltiness. A nice hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry pine like hop in the aftertaste. Nice pine hops, almost like an IPA rather than a pale.

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Photo of rousee
3.07/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a new brewery for me and I do not believe they are available in the Boston market. I got em in NYC.

Amber rust color-not much head or lace. The smell is hoppy in that cedar-woodsy type way which seems all too popular these days. Its decent enough to enjoy but I wouldnt consider this a great example of the APA style as I think of it.

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

Poured a nice golden yellow. Crystal clear with a small tight white head. Had a strong earthy smell, musty perhaps. Tasted OK. Had a lingering bitterness that wasn't too pleasent. Had mod. carb. Overall not too bad. It's not my favorite APA, but it is very drinkable.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark golden yellow with a fluffy off-white head. Moderate retention and minimal lacing on this one.

S- Pine hops are right up front with some grain malts. Nose is somewhat bready in the middle then hops come through again towards the end of the nose. Pretty simple.

T- Mildly hoppy with nice earthy grainy tones. There are lots of bready characteristics in the taste as well. Reminds me of a hoppier version of fat tire amber ale. Again, very simple but good.
M- Medium bodied and with medium carbonation.

D/N- A good beer, and very drinkable. However nothing really shines through. Slightly above average. Well worth a try.

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Photo of DrinkClub
4.06/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice beer to finish the evening. It's now fashionable to IPA everything to super bitter. That's okay for awhile, but after a bit, everything tastes like generic "craft beer." IPA, IPA, IPA. Only Bitter. Mad Anthony has gone milder. Less bitter than the generics but with a nice strong taste that sticks with you after you finish the bottle. I was so impressed I sent them a fan letter.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks like a nice amber color, more yellow with a nice inch of head

S - Smells like a pretty standard Pale ale. Mild hops in the nose grain and a pretty sweet malt.

T - Actually not that bitter but not really great. I get a mild lemon zest with a bit of grain and a sweet malt finish. Pretty boring but enjoyable.

M - Light to medium. Could use more hops.

D - Most pale ales I have had are one and done and this is not exception. Pretty standard and unless your getting it in a variety case I wouldn't recommend tracking it down.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P- Thanks to Jim in Pittsburgh for this beer.

A- a copper orange color with some amber tones. A decent lacing but the head dissipates quickly. Only half a finger if that.

S- Pine hops nose with grain. Nothing else besides that. pretty bland smell.

T- It actually has a taste of pine-sol to some degree. It is hoppy but with a soap like quality. Not terrible but not good either.

M- Grainy and soapy hops.

D- Overall it isnt bad but it could be brewed a little bit better. Not something i would purchase though.

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Photo of stewart124
4.31/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

No freshness date but I picked this up back in October of 2010

Pours a light copper color with a nice fluffy white head. Bits of lacing are left along the glass.

Small notes of grain and pear, apple and some citrus in the nose.

Crisp and refreshing. This has plenty of light caramel and a pleasant citrus character. Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation which adds to the hop experience.

This is a delicious APA and one that reminds me of being back in Northwestern PA. Very drinkable!

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Photo of cbutova
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear orange with a small white head that is somewhat creamy and has decent retention. Pretty nice coat of lace.

S- Heavy on citrus zest and pine hops and really not much else, something like a cleaning product. Slight caramel, biscuit malt. Almost like lemon tea at some point.

T- Reminds of me an extract homebrew. Some peach, lemon zest, caramel malt and a whole lot of herbal/floral in the finish. Bready.

MF- Light body and high carbonation characteristic of the style. More watery than creamy with a slightly bitter finish.

DB- The flavor itself just feels sort of flat or one dimensional. The elements don't build up to a balanced, satisfying flavor. It is a bit too herbal for me, like iced tea.

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

Pours a lightly hazed golden yellow color with moderate cap of white froth. Scent is pale and comprised of damp hay, light sweet lemony citrus and some earthy twang to it. Taste brings earthy notes of hay followed by a light yet sweet candy like lemon flavor, notes of light tartness on the back end. Lighter side of medium, decent carbonation, dry finnish. A decent APA thats mild on flavor but no major off notes.

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Photo of smcolw
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Mad Anthony's APA from Erie Brewing Co.
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