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Angry Planet Organic Pale Ale - Flat Earth Brewing Company

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Angry Planet Organic Pale AleAngry Planet Organic Pale Ale

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.29%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 07-19-2007)
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Photo of jsprain1
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

jsprain1, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of ChopperSmith
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

ChopperSmith, May 28, 2011
Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

MinnesotaRIS, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

WYVYRN527, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

mdaschaf, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of brewerburgundy
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

brewerburgundy, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of budgood1
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

budgood1, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
2.15/5  rDev -39.6%
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.

womencantsail, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of TheDudeBeers
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

TheDudeBeers, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of GeezLynn
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

GeezLynn, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of garymuchow
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

garymuchow, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

drabmuh, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Huhzubendah, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of bamadog
2.6/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I received this in a trade about a month or so ago and figured this better get drank. The review is from notes taken on 6/25/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid coppery color and starts with a one finger off-white head that fades to a full, but thin, cap; the body is clear and shows fast and strong carbonation bubbling throughout; only a couple of spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Starts to fall apart a bit here -- the smell is quite light, yet strangely tart and fruity -- nothing else beyond that... No malts, no hops...

Taste: Again, like the nose, fairly light; and strangely the tart and acidic apple and cherry like flavors are the most present; no real hop presence and no malt presence at all... just that fruitiness which isn't necessarily altogether bad, but it really doesn't come close to what I would expect in this style.

Mouthfeel: Body is pretty light and crisp and the carbonation is really quite strong; the slight tartness is a tad puckering, but kind of nice; it's actually an alright beer, just not remotely close to the style.

Drinkability: I give it a 3 overall for drinkability because it's not really unpleasant, just way off when it comes to style and where it should be hitting, it misses. I'm all about not labeling beers and everything I like it when breweries experiment, but don't sell it to me packaged like this.

bamadog, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of brewdub17
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark copper color with thin head but good lacing.

Smell: Not much of a powerful smell but hints of light citrus hops are noticeable.

Taste: A mellow amount of hops give it a good bitterness in the end but don't make a strong impression early on. The malty flavors balance well with the hops.

Mouthfeel: A lighter taste but refreshing with a semi-strong maltyness in comparison to the hops, which it may lack.

Drinkability: Due to its light characteristics it can be drank easily and with enjoyment.

brewdub17, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of GregSVT
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear amber with a white head that fades to a ring and leaves a small bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is slightly hoppy with a bready malty aroma as the backbone.

T: The taste is bready with a sweetness from the malt and a tiny hop bitterness on the finish.

M: The feel is crip with moderate carbonation.

D: Not the worst PA I've ever had but nothing special.

With a description that says something along the lines of the malt profile being held back to let the hops shine I'd expect this to be more hoppy. On the contrary there's very little hops in this thing. I may actually drain pour the rest of this to enjoy something else.

GregSVT, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of gatornation
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice amber/orange color with a minamal head and small white ring..initial smells are pine and citrus with bread and malt..the taste is a bitter hop hit first with an overipe citrus rind taste there are some malts in the background but not enough to balancce this pale ale out..i guess i can drink this one i will look for it on tap in the twin cities to see if its smoother..love pale ales but this one was a little to mettalic for my beer buds..i will say give it a try and u be the judge

gatornation, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of Parrotbeak
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber with a thick white head that gradually thins out.
Wet malts on the nose. Very faint light fruits, mainly pineapple. Not much else to the smell.
Taste is slightly bitter and hoppy up front, with malts following. Bitterness carrys out to the finish, accompanied by some peppery notes.
Mouthfeel is very crisp, mediumlight body. slightly dry on the finish.
Very easy to drink. A god session beer.

Parrotbeak, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of Natural510
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt amber color with massive amount of foam. I love a good head, don't get me wrong, but this was almost too much of a good thing. Sediment in the haze when held to light, a good sign.
Sweet, breaded malt and hints of some bitter-pine hops.
Breaded brown-sugar malt meets a floral, fruity hop. Decidedly sweet, slightly spicy, and with a decent (but not pronounced) hop bite.
A bit thin in the mouth, but still full enough to enjoy its flavor components.
Score one for the organic brews; this one was pretty good. Unlikely I'll fork out $5.99 for another 22ozer, however....

Natural510, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of popery
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid but not exceptional pale ale. This beer poured a bright, clear copper with an enormous head. I'm using my SN Hop Tulip glass and the laser etching is producing a violent stream of bubbles. The aroma is good - dry caramel malt, American hops - but not really exciting. The flavor is fairly dry and there's a bit of an odd funkiness to it. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. I can't see going out of my way to get another bottle, but it's an enjoyable treat for an evening.

popery, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of joepais
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

joepais, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of blackearth
1.4/5  rDev -60.7%
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.

blackearth, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of katan
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

katan, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

Onenote81, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

bsp77, Jul 20, 2009
Angry Planet Organic Pale Ale from Flat Earth Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.