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
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169
Ratings:
331
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
20.06%
 
 
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Photo of psinderson
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a deep amber color with a small off-white head that disappeared quickly. Very little lacing present.

Smell: Very malty..is that maple syrup I smell? A very faint hops aroma.

Taste: This was much more malty than I would expect with only a bitter hops aftertaste. I would like to see more hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: An average, medium-bodied feel. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: This is really not one of my favorites, but it goes down OK.

It might be that I'm just used to drinking more hoppy APA's, but I was not impressed with this beer. It is not bad by any means, but just not something I will probably buy again.

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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 hopflyer
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Unknown bottle date

Pours bright orange- yellow. Minimal head and thin collar left after it settles. Crystal clear with no haze or floaties.

Nose is blend of grapefruit and bready malt. Subtle and not in your face but it's got something there.

Taste again is subtle subdued grapefruit but has some acidic bitterness along with it. Malts are present as well with white cracker and some candy sugar sweetness. Nice balance but it's all pedestrian. Bitterness backs off and opens up more citrus fruit flavor.

Pretty thin in the feel and has a little bit of watery qualities. Carbonation is a little on the lower end which reinforces the wateriness. Finishes fairly clean but some bitterness lingers.

Overall this is a pretty decent APA and fits the style. The feel is a bit of a downfall. The taste is ok but it's all pretty restrained, but you might expect that with an APA vs an IPA. I think this is a little better than the overall rating here but not by much

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Photo of benmiliron
4.48/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Paid $1.79 for a 12 oz. bottle. Light amber/copper with a dense white single finger of foam. Smell is floral hops, wildflowers and a hint of citrus. Taste is malty & bready at first, but quickly plunges into the floral hop bitterness. Not overpowering at all. Excellent match of hops and malt. There is a noticeable final gravity and spicy carbonation that's just right.

This is a classic example of what an American IPA should be. This is even more indicative of the style than Sierra Nevada. Superb!

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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 soulfly1492
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Citrus and floral hops. Sweet light pale malts, with some darker caramel notes.

Appearance: Pale gold. Very clear. Pours a moderate white head. OK retention and good lacing.

Taste: Lots of sweet pale malts. Orange citrus. Hop flavor is very mild, very little bitterness. Some diacetyl, wish there was a freshness date on the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. A little slick, oily overall.

Overall; Good easy-drinking pale ale. Light on the hops, almost more on an American Amber Ale. A little more bold or complex would have been nice. The diacetyl wasn't exactly pleasant.

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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 mattsdenney
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Went out on a limb and grabbed this APA from Erie. Only had one other offering from this brewery. Poured into Spieglau IPA glass.

Nice looking pour. About one finger of white bubbly head, minimal lacing. Color is light copper, clear, no cloudiness. The first smell I get is more of a bready, caramel, malty scent. There is definitely a light hop essence as well, slightly citrus and earthy as well. Taste isn't far off from this either. Well balanced bready malts with a solid yet subtle hop backbone. The finish is dry with a nice earthy lingering hoppiness. Medium bodied with some substance; I like that. Overall a nice well balanced ale.

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Photo of edskirk3
2.36/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Standard brown bottle, with the labels coming off at the edges. No freshness information.

Pours light cloudy copper. Effervescent head doesn't last very long. Medium carbonation.

Aroma is of pale malts and faint plantlike hops. Not very impressive.

The palate is largely bitter and floral but not in a pleasant way. The aftertaste is a little rough. Thinner mouthfeel than what I'm looking for.

Verdict: not very good. I'm glad I only got one bottle. Hundreds of better pale ales out there.

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

A- Hazy golden amber modest head, ample lacing.

S- Sweet malts, bready, a little yeast in there too. Hop bitterness.

T- Sweet malts vs. Bitter hops 12 rounds no holds barred.

M- Wet and easy. Quality.

O- Not bad at all. Well balanced, nice hop additions. Has an IPA feel without being rude.

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

Poured with a 1 1/2 finger beige, pillowy head, dark and golden, with heavy, drooping lacing. Promising. Smell was also encouraging: citrus hoppy aroma with notes of honey and cider and spice.

Taste was rich, with a bitter bite. It was seltzery with chicory and some faint fruit notes, then more plain bitterness rather than hoppiness. Mouthfeel was light and pleasurable.

Overall drinkability was OK. I'd like to try this one on tap.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow, slightly cloudy.
Smell is a distinct orange peel, and some citrus.
Taste is slightly floral. Citrus flavor up front.
There is a hint of pepper and a zesty bitter finish.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This stuff is Yeungling lager with an ale yeast. It has a simple label and purs a medium amber. There was little head and tiny bubble carbonation. The aroma was sort of burnt caramel malty with sort of the macro corny aroma mixed in. The taste was similar, sort of a malty corny taste mingled with mainstream macro bittering hops and no real hop taste or aroma. This is truly a beer catering to the typical Pennsylvania 6 packer. Maybe that't not a bad thing though.

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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 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 Jon_Hendricks
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pale amber color.

Overall: This beer has balanced malt and hop flavor taste. It does a great job of American Hops. This beer doesn't have much of a smell and has a medium body. This beer is nothing special just an okay rating. Unimpressive.

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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 rohrbachsfan
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a rich amber with a medium head.

Smell: Malt and hops aroma.

Taste: Dry malt and medium-strong hops with little bit of an after taste. Slightly unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and full bodied.

Drinkability: This was a good beer but not something I would go out of my way for. I prefer the taste of an English Pale Ale.

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Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark golden color with an average head that stick around for a while.

S - Faint hoppy scents.

T - This is a fairly well balanced APA. The bitterness wins over the sweetness but not by a whole lot. The malt is evident but the hops leave a dicernable bitterness.

M - Light/Medium bodied and well carbonated.

D - The lightness and average ABV make this fairly sessionable assuming you like a bitter brew.

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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 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 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 jockstrappy
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a frothy white head, providing spotty lacing. Aroma is very fruity, with hints of yeast and alcohol. Taste is very fruity, with notes of apple, pear, and plum present, along with a sweet malt background...hops nowhere to be found. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, and drinkability suffers only because of the lack of hop presence to balance things out. I will seek this out again, and update.

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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 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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Mad Anthony's APA from Erie Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.
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