Angry Planet Organic Pale Ale - Flat Earth Brewing Company

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 144
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 1
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Flat Earth Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 07-19-2007

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Photo of JamesMN
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No canning date. Confusing marketing since it's called Angry Planet but then goes on to describe how its all-american. Just my two cents, now on to the real review.

Appearance: Really nice deep caramel/brown with some ruby tones. Superb clarity and very thin off-white head that seems to be sticking around.

Aroma: Really not much on the nose, just a bit of sweet/toffee grain.

Taste: Very similar to an Irish red but with more pronounced bitterness. Some bad metallic/copper/soapy off-flavors that coat the palate in the finish and aftertaste make it difficult to taste much else. Some of that may be contributed to cascade, which I've always found a bit soapy tasting. A bit of toffee/toasty malt peaks through but only fleetingly.

Mouthfeel: Between light and medium in body with crisp carbonation and low drinkability due to the harsh flavors.

Final Thoughts: At 6% ABV and 48 IBUs (as stated on the can) I'm thinking they need to check their math on one of those numbers because this is quite the bitter mess. Another nail in the coffin for Flat Earth. Would I drink it again? Unlikely. (1,096 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: amber to reddish gold with a white head.
S: Grapefruit and a little malt
T: The malt biscuit flavors come in early with the hops coming in with a little grapefruit in the finish.
F: medium body and carbonation.
O: The various elements of this beer come together well making for an easy to drink beer. (307 characters)

Photo of drop6301
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear red-copper color with a finger amount of head that holds very nicely. The lacing is also very good at sticking and holding to the glass.

Aroma: I picked up some orange-grapefruit from the American hops, but with some kind of funk-tang I can't identify.

Taste: Grapefruit comes through on the taste with some of that funk. A slight breadiness was easier to pickup when warmed up more. Hint of toffee like carmel. The bitterness is harsh on the tongue, distracts me from the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and light body. Again the bitter harshness does something that seems to affect the feel.

Overall: The harsh bitterness was unfavorable and the hop aroma was less than expected. The malt character was difficult to pickup until warmer. For the style it seems a little off with a few things. (821 characters)

Photo of argock
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear glass mug. No clear freshness date. Purchased by my brother Greg at a Minneapolis-area bottle shop. Reviewed from notes.

A: Dark copper-red with 1-2 fingers of pretty rocky, off-white head with good retention and ample lacing.

S: Decent aroma with grapefruit and honeysuckle combining with some lemon and floral notes. The maltiness doesn't have a lot of character in the aroma. There is a "homebrew" tanginess to the aroma.

T: The tanginess follows through to the flavor as well. The beer is not well enough attenuated and leaves too many sweet malt sugars which give this beer a tangy, light lemonade flavor with much more bitterness. I think this beer would be a lot better with less bitterness, namely less early- and mid-boil hop additions and more late-boil hop additions to increase the hop flavor without the big bitterness. There is also a midl vegetal flavor that would also improve with less early hopping. THe maltiness is mildly crackery but is not interesting enough to carry the big bitterness.

M: Average carbonation with medium-light medium body and not enough dryness.

O: Not a good or great example of the style, merely middle of the road. Has some attenuation problems and drinks like an average homebrew not a refined craft beer. (1,301 characters)

Photo of Viper29223
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great pale ale from a great organic brewery I love this pale ale unfornately it is only available in 22 oz bottles these guys can whip up some crazy concoctions but this ones my favorite give it a try and do visit Franco at Flat Earth Brewery one of the nicest Brewers I met in Minnesota that is dedicated to brewing great beers that are full of flavor that keeps,you wanting more and more! (392 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber into mason jar

Look is clear amber-orange with a nonexistent head. Smell is warm malt, apples, oranges, grassy hops. Taste is malty/bready and wooden, yet bitter with slightly spicy hops. Good balance between the hop and malt, meaning they play well off each other.

Not a fan of this one. Neither the malt nor the hops were especially tasty(too fruity/estery, and too medicinally bitter and earthy). Still, I can see how this may appeal to some. (460 characters)

Photo of oline73
2.29/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a half finger of fluffy off white head that sticks around pretty well.

Smell: The smell is really mild with some malt and mild fruit notes. Not a whole lot going on here.

Taste: As with the smell, this is a really mild beer. Some malt and a mild hop bitterness. There are some citrus notes as well. The fruity notes seem a bit out of place.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with rather large bubbles and a slick finish.

Overall: This isn't a very good beer. It looked fine, but nothing else about it was very appealing. I wouldn't have another. (631 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Old Chicago.

Appearance: Light orange and a bit hazy topped by white foam.

Smell: Hop is noticeable initially but fades to a bready malt scent.

Taste: More sweet malt than hop bite initially. Bitterness does show up, but I was expecting a bit more hop based on the labeling of 'Angry'. After the bready malt sweetness fades a bit there is trace of resinous hop that lingers on the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium. Carbonation is decent.

Drinkability: Mildly hopped and slightly more bitter than sweet, this one really doesn't distinguish itself, other than being 'organic'. (584 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to MBrausen for sending me this one just so I could tick it! Shared this one with my doppelganger after dropping my Audi (RIP) off at the shop. Served from bottle into a Bell's stemmed tulip. Poured a deep red-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, citrus, floral, caramel, and subtle caramel hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, floral hops, and subtle citrus. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The flavor profile on this one was quite well balanced and blended well together. However, it really left me wanting more from each sip. For the style, this was a pretty solid brew, but not life changing though. Worth trying if you have the opportunity without a doubt. (850 characters)

Photo of Centennial
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle into pint glass

A. Golden Orange with Amber hue, good head and retention along with some nice lacing. Looks clear but if you look closely has small particles of sediment dancing around within.

S. Bready malts, mild caramel and spicy fruits esters, more of a coriander like aroma with faint citrus

T. Picking up a initial bready and yeasty malt profile up front and a finish much like that of cardamom, can not detect any citrus in the hop profile, but has a mild pine undertone, more like the flavor of spruce tips though.

M. Dry, medium carbonation, alcohol comes through more then it should here.

O. This is an Ok APA. I prefer mine far hoppier. This kinda tastes more like a blend of an Oktoberfest, a heffe, and a IPA then an APA. (752 characters)

Photo of plfahey
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Amber in color with brilliant clarity. Moderate beige head had tiny bobbles and decent retention.

Aroma-Tropical fruits, orange, and light citrus/grapefruit hops with big caramel malt and some fruity esters (strawberries, cherries, and apples). Fair amount of yeast-derived character for an APA, but it smells pretty darn good.

Flavor-Tons of caramel malt, with a hint of breadiness as well. Flavors take quite some time to play out on the palate-first malt and berry fruitiness, but then piney, orangey citrusy hop flavors begin to grow on the palate. Slowly, hop bitterness builds, leaving an overall woody hop flavor with a touch of caramel. Tastes awesome.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Leaves slight coating of numbing bitterness on the tongue.

An awesome interpretation of the APA from Flat Earth. While not as hoppy as most, and certainly with a lot more fruity esters, but its delicious nonetheless. Love it. (992 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Rich golden orange with lots of bubbles. A mild pour gives a huge four finger head that has good retention and lacing.

Smell: A solid aroma of citrus and floral hops with hints of orange, pineapple, and pine with a good amount of bready caramel malts. Smells pretty balanced.

Taste: A light sweetness from the citrus hops is backed by a mild piney bitterness. This is followed by a good amount of bready, toasted caramel malts. Good balance throughout as the taste is not very bitter or sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a carbonation on the higher side. Creamy and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid and tasty version of an American Pale Ale. Easy drinking and flavorful. (759 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Copperish-golden, darker than most in style, head is initially one finger thick. Fades very quickly, minimal lacing.
S- Just a bit of citrus hops. More toasted flavor than I'd like.
T- More hops here than aromas would indicate. Slightly citrusy, with some toffee, lightly caramel notes. Well balanced.
M- Lighter than I would like. Carbonation is reasonably smooth and soft.
O- An easy drinking beer but honestly it just didn't do it for me. Nice to try, but probably won't revisit. (485 characters)

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Clear deep golden color. One finger off-white foam head that receded quickly and left a little lacing.

Smell: Subtle citrus and pine hops with a hint of sweet malts beneath.

Taste: Citrus and a little bit of pine hops up front, with sweet malts mellowing out the finish. A decent American Pale Ale, not the best out there, but far from the worst.

Mouth Feel: Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Nothing really stands out with this APA, I wish it had a little more hops or something to lift it a notch above, but it's very drinkable and slightly above average. (654 characters)

Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 22 oz. bottle. Apprearance is dark golden and not wholly pale. White, tall head that goes down at an average rate leaving some lacing. Clear.

Smells of American hops. Citrus is low, piney and low floral. Malt is subdued. 0 diacetyl or off-aromas.

Taste is again predominantly of American hops with a high level of bitterness. As an APA goes, the balance is to the hops but this seems a touch strong. Aftertaste lingers of bitterness with a hint if sweetness. Some grain character.

M is full with hop resins. Not as drinkable as I would have liked. Decent body. Next time I will try this a bit colder but it is fairly standard for an APA. (645 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Imperial pint glass.

A: Angry Planet pours a rich amber hue with a cream colored head that slowly settles. Lacing is sticky, and carbonation is somewhat moderate.

S: Floral hop aroma up front, with hints of pine and some citrus. Malt lends a backround of caramel and toast.

T: A much bigger malt backbone than I expected. It's much bigger on the palate than on the nose. Caramel and bread, with dried fruit character are dominant. Hops balance out the beer with hints of grapefruit, pine, and rose petal.

Notes: This is a very full-bodied version of an American Pale, with a definite note of heat from the alcohol. Otherwise, it's a pretty tasty brew, and unique in it's own way. Not my favorite offering from Flat Earth, but still worth having from time to time. (805 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 2/6/11

A: Perfectly clear copper/dark amber color. A foamy two finger head formed and dissipated slowly. Bits of lacing left down the glass.

S: Light citrus aroma, some orange and a little bit of grapefruit. Heavier on the malt, bread and some caramel.

T: Again, some light citrus and a little bit of pine. There is a nice pale wheat flavor. The malts come through as biscuit and some toasted bread.

M/D: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, its pretty good. I wish the hoppiness was kicked up a little. Easy drinking though. (558 characters)

Photo of brewerburgundy
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, New Belgium globe, and no freshness date. Thank you for the extra, Craig!

It is a fine looking beer. The color is glowing orange amber and the head is a big tower of a thing. It's color is the standard off-white and the retention is solid. Everything is as it should be in an APA.

The aroma of Cascades is undeniable; floral, grassy, lemon and orange citrus, and slightly soapy. The Irish Ale yeast strain the bottle says they used is pretty apparent as well. This could pass as an American interpretation of the Irish Red style. There is caramel and nutty malt.

Flavors are right in line with what I smell. Caramel and Munich malt with soapy, floral Cascade. A little salinity or just savory sneaks in. I like the malt bill even though it wanders between APA, Amber, Oktoberfest, and Irish Red Ale territory.

Some how I served this a little too warm for the style. It's full bodied for a pale, with moderate-low carbonation. Creamy.

This is a very pleasant pale ale with those classic Cascades, though the emphasis keeps coming back to nice malt bill. (1,073 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out of the 22oz. bottle a dark amber/garnet colour with a very thin head. some bubles of lace. not very good retention. baked bread aroma, some burnt sugar and citrus round out the nose. sugary malt driven flavour with a good dose of cascade hops to compliment but not overpower. some hints of spice and earth most likely from the wheat used. back end bitterness provides just enough grit to balance things out. medium bodied, light and easy mouthfeel. uninspired drinkability.

approachable and quenching for an APA. a bit boring for me but i suppose this would be a nice pint to pair with some bar food or pub grub. otherwise quite average in most regards. (664 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.16/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: The beer pours a pretty dark amber, almost copper, color with a khaki colored head.

S: Lots of caramel on the nose with plenty of toffee to go along with it. A bit of bread and a shocking amount of alcohol for a 6% beer. At least there are some floral and earthy hops to try to save the beer.

T: Quite bitter with a bit of tea and cough syrup flavors which just don't make any sense and are not any good. Again, an emphasis on the malt as the flavor is heavy on the bread and toffee. A bit of grass and straw to it and maybe a touch of citrus peel.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

D: Not sure if this bottle was just old or what, because this beer was not good. (685 characters)

Photo of TheDudeBeers
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to an Imperial Pint

A - Dark Golden Amber with about 3 fingers of head. Great looking Ale

S - The smell is pretty faint of hops, malt, and fruit. Not overly fragrant for sure.

T - Very hoppy up front with a fruity finish and lingering fruity aftertaste. Some malt and grain present.
M - Thin, sharp, and crisp. Typical of a Pale, but this one is very carbonated.

D - Pretty drinkable, knocking back 22 oz. is no problem. A lot going on for a Pale Ale which could be good or bad depending on your preference. I personally like it. (563 characters)

Photo of GeezLynn
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper color with a full, off-white head that settles into a thin bubbly film.

Smell is very malt-forward. There is a touch of citrus there, but mostly pale and caramel malt. Pretty underwhelming.

Flavor lines up pretty close to the aroma. Very light on the hops and while it's evident that the brewers aren't shooting for a west coast IPA, this could stand a little more bitterness. Light citrus fades quickly leaving a nice malt combination that gives a mild bready finish.

Mouthfeel is a strength with a light-medium body and crisp, lively carbonation.

Overall, this was solid, if unspectacular. Nothing really stood out other than the relative lack of hops. Not bad, but very mild for an APA, bordering on bland. (725 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure how old this is. I've been sitting on it for at about a month.
Poured bomber into 26oz "Old Style" glass I recently found amongst my old college stuff. Filled it perfectly and makes a very attractive looking beer. Very amber for a "pale ale" with reds and browns showing in clear body. Nice over 1 inch head that's ton.
The caramelly toasty malt showed first in aroma then the mild but steady hop showed with citrus but light and not overpowering. Really quite balanced overall.
Balanced in flavor too, for style. Reasonably complex with hop flavors, bitterness and dryness with malt flavors of toast, pale malt and a little sweetness. I like the bitterness as it's not excessive, although some may find it too tame.
Adequate body and pleasingly smooth. Carbonated nicely.
This is a good drinker. Probably not the best APA around, but a drinkable and pleasant beer. (875 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a Dogfish head signature glass. Beer is clear and copper in color with moderate to low carbonation and a thin head of small bubbles that leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Pretty malty in the aroma with some pine hops.

Beer is lead off sweet with a big malt backbone and moderate bitterness and minimal hop flavors in the midpalate. Eh, its just an OK pale ale, not super interested in this beer. (431 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: Clear copper hue with a minimal head that leaves little lacing.

S: Subtle pine and hops with a malt backbone.

T: OK tasting, with a balance of hops and malt. I would prefer a higher ratio of hops to malt, but that's just my two cents.

M: OK feel, medium body, adequate carbonation. This beer drinks as if it has higher alcohol content.

D: An alright beer, but nothing noteworthy of which to speak. (444 characters)

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Angry Planet Organic Pale Ale from Flat Earth Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.