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Angry Planet Organic Pale Ale - Flat Earth Brewing Company

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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.97%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | 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

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Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 07-19-2007

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Photo of joepais
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my Santa justn for sending this my way.
Bottle poured into a strait pint glass produced two fingers worth of cream colored head that lasted. The body of the brew was a reddish brown in color.

Good hop aroma comes from the glass with a light malt backbone. The slight bready yeast aroma is a plus as well.
The feel is light and crisp, in your mouth. It also has great carbonation for your tongue. The flavor is well balanced for a pale the way I like mine. I hate people trying to pass of IPA's as pales and this one was a good example of a pale in the flavor department.

An easy to drink pale and I would session this one with no problems. This is a great pale ale, one to be proud of.

Photo of blackearth
1.46/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Purchased from Blue Max Liquors in Burnsville, MN. Pours a dark copper body with no head. I mean none. I could tell something was wrong before I finished pouring. Aroma is faint grassy hops, really almost zero aroma. Tastes thin, watery, with no carbonation and a sour apple aftertaste. I'm not sure what went wrong here, but I'd bet this is not what the brewer intended this beer to be. However, a big part of brewing beer is having consistent quality. Unfortunately, I'm sorry to say that Flat Earth fails this time.

Photo of katan
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a light brown color. Very clear, filtered, Just about zero head formation, in fact it was hard to coax much carbonation out of it at all. Looks a bit flat.

S - An unusual malty note here, perhaps just a bit of nutty and roasted malt notes. I have to admit detecting an off note, almost sour, acidic.

T - Starts off with a light sweet malty note of 2 row, and nutty caramel. Some phenolic notes appear mid-stream, quickly overwhelmed by the american hopping. Finishes with a caramel malt note balanced by a strong american hop note - the more grassy type.

M - This beer is flat. Even when I opened it, it reminded me of one of my undercarbonated homebrews. Due to that, it comes off a bit creamy. No idea if the brewer intended this, but I certainly would appreciate more bubbly body here.

D - ABV is in line. Not filling - but then a flat beer probably shouldn't be. Flavors are not overwhelming. If this beer flowed better, I would be happy to put this beer in a session.

For my first pass into Flat Earth, I have to say I am highly disappointed. Did I just get a bad one? My recollection is that they don't always have the best QC.

Photo of Onenote81
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great extra bottle received from BDLbrewster in a recent trade. Thanks, Matt!

Pours a dark rusty copper color with a big frothy ivory-colored head on top. Great retention; leaves gorgeous lacing all over the glass. Smells of breads, sweet syrup, sugar and molasses. Hmmm. Different than expected.

The mouth is crisp and firm. Decent. The hops in this one are more of the earthy bitter sort, rather than the big citrus players. This is well-balanced as I'm getting a wallop of malts. There's toffee all over this beer. Finishes very bready and mild.

This was a very good APA, but I can't believe this is organic! Very well-done, nice job, Flat Earth!

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Slightly dark golden-amber with thin head and light lacing.

Smell: Strong citrus smell from the Cascade hops. Sweet counterbalance from the grainy, toasted malts.

Taste: Very prominent citrus hops, plus the hops are very flavorful, highlighted by a slightly grainy, toasted fruitiness. Somewhat bitter finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, pretty dry finish.

Drinkability: Nice APA, with the malts just as good as the hops. Not saying this is a malt heavy APA (it's not, and those usually aren't my favorites), just that it has a great balance.

Photo of BDLbrewster
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice kind of, flat amber. Very clear and bubbly, one finger head that looked like the fizz produced when pouring a pepsi. Smells hoppy, lively citrusy orange peel and carbonation galore. The hops mildly dominate the brew, just enough to mask any malty flavor. Super drinkable APA, at a price cheaper than any other bombers in the store. Well worth it.
Would recommend this brew.

Photo of jjanega08
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A= Pours a dark brownish amber color that is translucent with an enormous 2 inch head that's off white. Lotta bubbles in this one. Great lacing
S= Hops are present and the first thing I notice. There's also a great caramel malt background in the odor.
T= Very smooth and clean tasting. The hops are there and the malt is there as mentioned but not as flavorful as I expected. Like a watery summit almost.
M= High carbonation and overall pretty average.
D= Great. Awesome session beer. Sits perfectly for the Twins game I'm watching. Smooth and not too complex.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is well carbonated as I easily end up with almost four-fingers of pale tan colored froth in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a red color with copper highlights and shows a brilliantly clear, red stained, bright copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite hoppy, with more citrus than anything and is backed / accentuated by a caramelized malt character. Aromas of tangerines, lychee, bergamot and bright citrus oil define the fruity hop aromatics, while a significant, toasty, biscuit-laden note defines much of the malt character in this beer. While this is certainly hop focused, I like how prominent the malt character still is.

A bit fizzy as it first hits my tongue, notes of lemon zest and cracker like malt are quite noticeable though. After releasing some of the excess carbonation that toasty malt character becomes a bit more prominent as does a biting, clean, hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue in the finish along with a peppery carbonic bite. This beer is a bit too dry in the flavor to capture the expressive hop fruitiness that was notable in the aroma, but it still does manage to evoke flavors of orange zest, a touch of lychee and even a touch of kumquat. The finish has a bit of caramelized malt body to it, as well as a nice malt character that adds a bit of complexity. This is quite easy drinking, even for a 6% abv beer.

This is a nice beer, a touch more malt sweetness in the flavor would have accentuated the fruity p character better, but it would have lost the great drinkability. I am glad I got a good bottle of this!

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.

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.

Photo of morimech
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.72/5  rDev +32.2%
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.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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.

Photo of optiontwo
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of HomebrewPgh
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of Sammy
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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.

Photo of beerkittycat
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
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!

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.7/5  rDev +31.7%
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.

Photo of Larrytown
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of BMoney575
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Angry Planet Organic Pale Ale from Flat Earth Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.