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Angry Planet Organic Pale Ale - Flat Earth Brewing Company

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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.25%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flat Earth Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 07-19-2007)
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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a good head with good retention nice orange color.

There is chinook cattiness in this beer. It's not overly bad, but I do not like it. There is some caramel malt sweetness underneath and some undertones of citrus. The cattiness of chinook just ruins the beer for me. I know that it's not overbearing, but I don't care for it.

jasonjlewis, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of gford217
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of Buebie poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear bubbly amber with a big creamy head that recedes to a healthy cap and leaves good lacing.

Aroma has a light citrus hop presence up front and gives way to some light biscuity malts.

The taste is more of the same with a small hop presence up front that doesn't compete too much with the dominant bready malt backbone. There is some caramel sweetness before a faint bitterness from the hops in the finish.

The mouthfeel is fairly light with lots of carbonation and a little dry in the finish.

Overall, it's an enjoyable and drinkable pale from Flat Earth. There is certainly not a lot of complexity but it drinks nicely.

gford217, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of morimech
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a large white head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is very subdued. Just a hint of citrus and biscuit malt. The flavor is high on bitterness but low on hop flavor. Has a biscuit malt base. I like Cascade hops and APAs in general, but this was disapointing. The flavor of the hops just did not come through and I did not like the malt bill. Carbonation was good, bordering on abundant and overdone. The body was on par for good APAs. The drinkability is down because of the bitterness (on the high side of APAs at 48 IBUs) and my dislike for the overall flavor. Sitting at 6% ABV as well.

morimech, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
4.75/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear bright red color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes into a quarter inch cap of firm lacing. The aroma is of oranges, with a bouquet of floral notes, and hints of caramel. The taste has everything from the aroma with the addition of a firm, but not overpowering, bitterness which splashes around the mouth and lingers in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a great APA. I really like the hop profile and bitterness, and the solid malt backbone. This beer is everything a APA should be.

KarlHungus, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Crystal-clear, dark amber beer. A big pour yielded a small off-white head which reduced quickly to nothing.

S-Orange citrusy hops strike out at my nostrils, flanked by piney nuances. No malt aromas to speak of, though I didn't really expect them, based on the style.

T-A somewhat citrusy hop flavor turns quickly to earthy and piney flavors. The hops are also providing a very apparent bitterness, which is countered only slightly by light malts in the realm of toast and biscuity. Finished with a nice hoppiness.

M-Medium body, mostly propelled by the hoppiness. Carbonation was medium-low, a bit too low for the style; as a result, the beer felt a little boring, perhaps a little too thin, on my palate.

D-I like this beer, and I like Flat Earth as a brewery. Some enjoyable hoppiness is the spotlight of this brew, and I received precisely what I expected. I'm satisfied with this one and look forward to having it again in the future.

CHSLBrew, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright burnt orange with crystalline clarity. Multiple fine bubble streams end at the underside of a wonderful looking chunk of golden ecru colored foam. The firm creaminess becomes gently rocky as it melts, leaving extensive lace on the upper reaches of the glass.

Anyone with a functioning nose could have come close to identifying the major ingredients. The malt is lightly toasted (pale, Munich, crystal and wheat) and the hops are citrus fruit, American-style (Cascade). I like it better late than I did early.

The flavor profile tastes like the ingredients list as well. Most American craft breweries offer a straightforward pale ale like Angry Planet OPA because they pay the bills. It isn't hard to imagine that Flat Earth sells as much of this as they can brew... even if it is a little lacking in excitement.

That said, the balance of flavors in beginning to grow on me as the ounces fly by. The malt is nice and toasted, with a hint of earthiness from the Munich. And as the beer warms, the grapefruit pithiness and subtle spruciness of the Cascade is starting to assert itself. An IBU count of 48 sounds about right. Irish ale yeast? Really?

Even though it's a wee bit lighter than I typically like, the mouthfeel firms up a tad with time. An ideal amount of bubbles makes drinking quickly or drinking slowly equally viable options.

Angry Planet Organic Pale Ale is a solid, if unspectacular, APA from one of Minnesota's up and coming breweries. I'm having a pretty good time with the bomber, but probably won't fork out the cash for...

... okay, time to change gears. The hoppiness is really starting to come on strong in the bottom half of the bomber and is practically begging me to increase the flavor score. Consider it done.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of optiontwo
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. poured into generic pint glass

Appearance: Clear copper/orange color with ½ inch white head.

Smell: Grassy and citrus hops in the nose, also a subtle apple scent.

Taste: Crisp bitter apple, citrus hops, and semi-sweet maltiness. Very nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Great. Has substance without being overbearing. Nice and refreshing.

Drinkability: High. I could easily have another bomber, if not two. It just feels nice on the tongue and it's thirst quenching.

Overall: Very impressed with this. I don't usually pick up pale ales because I'm a hop head and I figure, why not grab an IPA? But this is a perfect example of a great American pale ale and it's from St. Paul (F yeah!) I like most of Flat Earth's products but this is probably my favorite. I'll definitely be picking this up again.

optiontwo, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of HomebrewPgh
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice run of the mill IPA. Aroma was so so. Citrus and piney hops in the distance with a light maltiness in there. Pour was beautiful. I'm a sucker for amber beer, and this is a deep dark amber with a nice 1 1/2 finger off white head. Taste was good. Earthy and citrus hops with a little caramel malt running through the middle. Nice strong and biting carbonation with a mouthdrying bitter aftertaste. Good beer!

HomebrewPgh, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clean amber color with a huge frothy beige head.

Sweet, malty aroma with nice fruit cocktail notes.

Like the aroma - sweet and malty upfront with caramel and fruit cocktail. Finish with a malty flair.

Medium bodied, smooth, and a fairly sharp carbonation.

A terrific APA from Flat Earth. Looks like it's time to make a trade or a road trip to the north.

Monkeyknife, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of Sammy
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Barley John's. Was presented as an IPA,good IBU and lots of caramel and marmelade, we know now it is a pale. Wierd funkly. Yellow with a little white head and spider lace. Drying. Average mouthfeel at best and an average beer. I could drink it once but not too tasty.

Sammy, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderful extra that was sent to me recently. This is my second chance at trying something from Flat Earth, and just like the first I was very anxious to do so. Served cold, I poured this one into a pint glass. Consumed on 11/03/2008.

The pour was very nice with a copper colored amber coming out of the bottle straight away. Nice clarity on this one revealed some good carbonation peaking up through from the bottom of the glass and left an all around nice head of about an inch and a half across the top that faded down into a smooth, and consistent side glass coating.

The aroma was very nicely balanced. Light bready malts that seamlessly interacted with an earthy, and very fresh hop smell. Very light and crisp, this definitely was giving the impression of a very solid pale ale. More of the same was to follow along on the taste. Crisp and clean, this was a very solid effort. Nice balance here as the light, biscuit like flavor rolled across the tongue. Some touches of a light, grass like hops were to be found but nothing more then to balance and dry the palate. Nice texture, with a light to medium consistency that went down like water, but at the same time offering enough of a body to keep it interesting.

Overall a very solid pale ale here. Something I would definitely consider drinking on a regular basis if it were located a bit closer to me.

mikesgroove, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of beerkittycat
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cask at a special event. Appearance is cloudy amber-orange. Smooth but thin head with loads of lacing. Aroma is packed full of citrusy hops and malt, a lot for an ordinary American Pale. Flavors are a nice mix of citrus hops and simple but full-flavored malt. Because this brew is on cask the mouthfeel is super silky smooth with lower but more refined carbonation. The finish is slightly sweet but is balanced perfectly by the hop bitterness. There's not a lot of complexity but the balance between the hops and malt are spot on. I had more than just one pint to savor ever sip. A really enjoyable beer on cask!

beerkittycat, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean copper/ orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, orange, grapefruity hops, almost like a creamsickle. In the taste, grapefruity/ citrus like hops, and mellow creamsickle flavor. A small bite and mediumm to light mouthfeel, and a dry citrus hop aftertaste. Sweet for a pale, nice hop presence, and I really liked it.

OWSLEY069, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of genog
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle picked up at palmers
Pours a rich coppery color with plenty of beige foamy, sudsy head. Builds up quickly so be careful on the pour. Aroma is fresh hops with some citrus and pineapple. Plenty of biscuity and fruity backing as well. Taste starts full in the mouth with malt, and sweet flavors then the hops come in to mellow out the palate a bit. Very creamy mouth feeling as well.

genog, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.72/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber. Dark copper color with a thic creamy looking light tan foam, lots of head retention too. The smell is so good, maybe the best APA aroma I've sniffed to date. Citrus style hops, some floral hop notes too, very good. The taste is nearly flawless, all the best hops flavors but not overbearing to the point of being tart. Lots of malty sweetness with light citrus flavors (lemon and orange, no grapefruit). The body is medium-heavy, and drinkability could barely be improved. Strongly recommended.

TurdFurgison, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of Larrytown
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Angry Planet comes in a golden-amber pour with a huge head that doesn't seem to be going away. Lots of lacing. Pretty impressive. The smell has some fruitiness to it, but not much else.

I've heard that this is organic, but don't see any evidence on the bottle. I'm not sure if that's the issue, but I don't feel like the hops are coming through quite enough for an APA. It's still got a nice taste with a solid malt backbone, but we need a bit more kick out of the hops. The mouthfeel is pretty solid: substantial but not overly complex.

The taste is actually fairly pleasant here, but a bit more of an APA-style balance between hops and malt would turn this from an above-average beer into a fantastic one.

Larrytown, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of BMoney575
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled on 7-25-08

Pours a crystal clear red/orange, with a bubbly, short lasting white head and rings of white lacing.

Smell is sweet, fruity hops. A little earthy and a little soapy. Just a tiny bit of maltiness pokes through.

Taste is light earthy malt, followed by a big helping of earthy hop flavor. The hops add more sweetness than bitterness. The finish is a bit watery ad bland.

Mouthfeel is good, carbonation and thickness are just right.

Drinkability is decent, the finish and aftertaste are disappointing.

Overall, a good pale ale, but could have been better with a more bitter hop character.

BMoney575, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of Bighuge
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks good from the start. Dark amber/light copper. Bigass rocky head. Nicotine stained off white. Laces comes in full sheets. Awesome fresh scent of hops. Floral, minty and a little citric. The hop aromas carry over to the palate along with some oily resin like characteristics. The caramel maltiness is subdued. The hops play the lead actor. Bitterness lingers nicely. Body is damn near full. Moderately carbonated. Quite enjoyable.

Bighuge, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of alexgash
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle with second generation Flat Earth labels. This one says 6% abv, and it does not say anything about being organic.

Pours a deep dark orange-copper with golden edges. Small, but persistent, off-beige/khaki head. Fresh hop nose of marmalade, pine, pineapple, and citrus. Butterscotch and fruit (banana/fruit cocktail) backing.

Taste starts with toasted malts and herbal hop bitterness. Marmalade and piny hops come through. Sugary fruit and butterscotch malt flavors make for nice balance. Nice, measured hop bitterness (more pine, some citrus, and a little pineapple) comes through in the finish. Lingering cookie malt. Moderate body with a rather flat mouthfeel. It would be one thing if this were on cask and creamier, but it ends up feeling thin an unsupported. It's too bad, because this is an otherwise very tasty brew!

alexgash, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of Mdog
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice red-amber in color, with a good head and great lacing as I drank.

Smell: Piney, earthy, a little vegetable. I don't pick up the citrus that others note.

Taste: Moderate sweetness followed by piney and earthy hops with a touch of citrus. I would say quite balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very slick.

Drinkability: Tasty and now that it's in bottles, easy to get.

A very nice pale ale that surprised me with its red color. Not quite as hoppy as the mainstay Minn/St. Paul pale ale of Summit, but a good beer in its own right.

Mdog, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of Deuane
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Copper with a thin off-white head reducing to a ring. Left behind a healthy does of lacing.

S-Bready sweet malts with a faint citrus hop kick. Not overwhelming for sure...I want a bit more kick fromt his one.

T-Initial sweetness quickly followed by a nice, sharp hop bite of orange rind and lemon peel. Sureprised there is so much hop kik in the palate but not in the aroma.

M-Medium-light body with a sharp, crisp, dry aftertaste.

D-Solid....only lacking in the nose. Plenty of texture and easy to drink. I am starting to get impressed with Flat Earth offerings.

Deuane, May 28, 2008
Photo of mnstorm99
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice copper orange pour, nice white head that stays throughout. Nice aroma of hops, citrus and floral with a sweetness from the malts. Nice flavors of carmel, but a little lacking on the hop flavors, this one has a touch of bitterness to it, but I am missing the flavors from the hops. Nice creamy chewey mouthfeel and very well carbonated, I will enjoy a few of these.

mnstorm99, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the new Acadia Cafe. Had a pint at their grand reopening. This is a pretty nice APA, but I don't agree with the previous reviews. I found the beer to follow the style quite nicely with a bouquet of citrus hops matched by biscuit-flavored malt, but it wasn't anything radically different or truly outstanding. I just didn't get an amazing depth of flavor. Still very tasty, I just want to make that distinction. The balance here is spot on and commendable, and this is something I'd recommend to anyone who likes Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Another tasty beer from St. Paul, thanks Flat Earth.

tempest, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of brewdoc75
4.75/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Stub and Herb's into a pint glass

I had this beer earlier this year at the Autumn Brew Review. I loved it at the ABR and had to find it again. Tonight I finally made to Stub and Herb's where it is featured on tap.

Appearance: Beautiful clear-orange color with copper tones. NOt much of a head today, but I like to think this is due to the pour and the glass. At the ABR it was much better.

Smell: Quite nice hoppy smell. Hints of citrus and suprising a light malt smell. Almost smells like an IPA w/ the intensity of the hops.

Taste: Crisp, clean and satifying. Nice citrusy flavor with outstanding hoppiness for an APA. It tastes a little like an IPA at first, but the bitterness is toned down to the level of an APA. The malts are light in this one, but detectable. The hops prevail in this brew, but I like the way the malts come through in the end. The brew finishes with a pleasant lasting bitterness, which carries to the next drink. Overall I enjoy the tast of this beer due to its crip, clean citrus taste, with a little lasting bitterness that seems to coerce more drinks.

Mouthfeel: Quite sharp and crisp at first but finishes light and very smooth for a pale ale. Very nice for this style.

Drinkability: This is a beer that I can drink any night and every night. I sincerely hope that Flat Earth releases this brew in 12 oz bottles in six packs and hopefully in 12 packs some day. I could definitely see this as being my "go-to" beer. I also feel good about the fact that is organic, for what it is worth. A definite must try from a remarkable Minnesota brewery.

brewdoc75, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of edbeered
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap, this pours a clear coppery amber color with no head to speak of. The smell is lightly of a citrussy fruitiness.This in no way prepares one for the intense mix of flavors in this ale. There is a bready maltiness along with a brown sugary sweetness, which is pleasantly overlaid by a citrussy hoppiness. Rather than blend seamlessly together, the flavors are all distinctly and intensely present. The mouthfeel is rich and full. Because of the intensity of the flavors, this is a sippin' brew, but a very original and tasty one.

edbeered, Aug 06, 2007
Angry Planet Organic Pale Ale from Flat Earth Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.