Element 115 | Flat Earth Brewing Company

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Flat Earth Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2007

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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of Bighuge
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper body and a big, bubbly off white head. Lacing is sporadic. Aroma is quite nice. Sweet caramel like malts and nice fruitiness. Fruits come at you with pear pulp, apple skin and concord grapes. Yeast adds a little doughy dimension to the nose. This flavor profile is quite interesting. It's got the appropriate clean malt flavors. But also some pizazz. This is coming from the spicy hops and estery yeastiness. It's a great touch to this beer. Honeyed malts form a nice base. Pepper notes accent nicely as well. The beer could use a little more carbonation. It's not flat, but is on that side of the spectrum. Body is about medium or so. It goes down quite easily as it is very flavorful.

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Photo of corey0212
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to csmiley for this one!

Pours a handsome copper color, with a monstrous, almost unruly beige head that really hangs in there for a long time, and leaves clumpy & sticky lacing all over the glass. Nice floral hop aroma, some grainy/beery aromas, some slight citrus/tangerine notes. Really nice flavors here, bright, citrusy, some bitter grassy flavors, some slightly sweet malty flavors. Clean, crisp, really nice/active carbonation....this is the very definition of session beer. I'd love to have this again, and would really love to see more beers available in the style.

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Photo of alexgash
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle with a cool label and great beer info. I really like that Flat Earth does this. Clear, robust copper body with a spittly, lacy, off-white head. Caramel-dipped bread malts, fruity sweetness, and crisp, snappy, spicy, floral hops. Toasted malt and biscuits up front. Caramel and light apple-y fruit sweetness mid-palate before hops take over. Bitter, floral, herbal, minty, and slightly resinous hop flavor. Hoppier than I was expecting. Very refreshing, dry finish. Medium bodied and very well made. I would buy this by the case in the summertime!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

grainy, malty nose with spice, minty hops and traces of light fruit.
Pours coppery amber to brown under a rocky 2” white foam cap.
Palate: rich malt, a touch of sweetness, light fruit leading to a spicy, minty herbal hop accent on the finish. A perfect balance between the malt, yeast driven esters and the herbal hop flavors and bitterness.
Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice twenty two ounce bottle that was acquired via a trade recently. I had heard of this beer many times, but never pulled the trigger on a trade, so I figured what the heck. Served cold, right out of the fridge and poured the whole thing into a 24 ounce pilsner glass. Consumed on 10/05/2008.

The pour was very nice, with a rich amber color coming forward right away. Nice carbonation was evident right away. Lots of bubbles rippling to the surface to reinforce the inch and a half of white foam that came up across the top of the glass. Nice settle left behind soem good side glass lace.

The aroma was much more hoppy then I would have thought. Light citrus aromas are peaking up throughout the session, with hints of orange, lemon, and a touch of tangerine all joining in here. Light grain and a touch of sweet malts are bringing up the rear on this one and really pushing it to the forefront. The flavor was fantastic. Rich, and very bright notes of citric hops stole the show here for sure. Light orange and pineapple flavors were playing off the light grain and bready malt base. Easy to throw down, I found myself drinking this one far too quickly which caused me to slow down a bit for a while afterward. Nice light to medium bodied feel never became dull or too heavy, and the long lasting dry hoppy bite kept going long after the last sip.

Overall I was really taken by suprise on this one. It was a hoppy little ale that I did not see coming. Nice balance and feel lef to this one being a favorite of mine over the last week or so. I would have to recommend this one for sure.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to chonyr for bringing this one north.

A clear golden, topaz bodied brew, somewhat mildly carbonated. Nice off white 2 finger head, somewhat tight and with decent retention. Also left nice sheets of lace that gave way to clingy webs of lacings.

Bready, toasty and nutty with a touch of caramel from the malts. Hops are there, and are more herbal and bitter versus floral.

Nice, rich malts give a solid backbone of toasted biscuit and bread, some roasted nuts and a touch of caramel. Nicely hopped with a solid amount of herbal, almost grassy hops with a hint of lemon and citrus. Touch of musty yeast present, which also likely adds to the slight nutty quality of this brew.

Almost medium bodied, creamy in feel, yet finishes slightly dry with a clean bitterness from the bittering hops. Simple, yet impressive brew.

A great steam beer, tasty malts and hops. Wish it was more readily available to me as this would be a great beer to drink lots of come summer. Somewhat simple, yet with depth and plenty of flavour, as such it may be enjoyed best by experienced craft beer drinkers, or at least those who enjoy trying new things. Hope to be drinking this one again!

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on this beer after looking for about a month.

To start off, this beauty pours a fantastic orangish amber color. Lively carbonation fuels a supple white crown. The crown lingers throughout the beer, seeming to never end. The aroma is present, but nothing terribly exciting. I do get some citrusy notes, but overall I smell malts and some fruitiness.

The taste of this beer is fantastic. It fits the style perfectly w/ strong malts w/ an obvious fruitiness. Caramel and toffee flavors are in the background as well. The best part about this beer is the hops. This beer looks like a lager, smells like a lager and has hops like an IPA. Of course, this does not taste like an IPA though. It does bite like one. Very nice floral, citrusy flavors w/ grapefruit and even some lemon rind flavors. They do even provide some earthiness to the flavor. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but pretty solid for this style. The carbonation is very lively, but sometimes and can be a bit much.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. I could forsee myself drinking this on an almost daily basis. My only problem is that it only comes in bombers (at 4 bucks a pop too). Not that the price is bad, but I want to consume this in mass quantities. I hope that some day I'll see six packs in the store. For now I'll just have to buy the occasional bomber.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pristine, light orange with a quarter-inch, creamy white head that remains.
Smell is slightly spicey malts, with some faint clove, ginger, cinnamon, and brown sugar.
Taste is spicey malts, with some hops following. Clove, cinnamon, and brown sugar come in as well. Finish is malty and slightly bitter.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with a nice, bitter bite halfway through. Medium-light body, with a nice, crisp finish.
Drinkability is very good. Given the style this beer falls under, I was a bit apprehensive, but I was pleasantly surprised. A very good "session" beer, in my opinion.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, light amber/ orange-hued...nice 1/2" of head on top, staying...

Aroma is soft, malty, light fruit....pleasing.

Taste: delish! A tidy package of tasty malt and smoothness. What means "smoothness"? Goes down with ease and holds the flavor all the way. Yeast and malt impart some apricot, peach, a little lemon, but the bready, biscuity character from the malt rides sidecar and eventually steals the show.

A delightful, drinkable, very flavorful brew.
I could drink a ton of this throughout the summer. I hope plenty of people do...a terrific effort #2 from Jeff Williamson and Flat Earth. Makes me really eager to taste beer #3.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A= pours an amber color with a tiny white head that doesn't last long and leaves no lacing
S= grainy and a small amount of pine hops. Only slightly more odor than a adjunct lager
T= smooth grain and a small amount of bitter hops. Very clean tasting. Maybe a small amount of yeast slips through as well.
M= low carbonation and slightly dry finish. Very smooth.
D= great. A very good beer. I wish they would make sixers

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Photo of brewgetter
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

crystal clear dark amber with a rocky off white head that leaves very decent lacing. smell is fruity, berries. Taste is pretty clean. Some nice balance here. Niether the hops or the malt is jumping out at me, yet I can tell that both are there. the aftertaste is drying and nice. the feeling it leaves in the mouth is not quite right though, and not to my liking. Mouthfeel is creamy with good carbonation. A nice, easy to drink beer that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of edbeered
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer appears to have been reformulated since its initial release, and to me it is all the better for it. It pours a clear light amber-brown, with a small white head that fades quickly. There is a pleasant malty smell. Now, the taste is of a biscuity maltiness, with a slight brown sugar sweetness, finishing with a hint of hop goodness on the tip of the tongue. Initially, the hop flavor was much more pronounced, to the detriment of the other more delicate flavors. The only other beer of this style that I've tried(Anchor)is not particularly hoppy either. The mouthfeel is nice and full and it goes down easily. This is a nice version of a(for the Twin Cities)rarely brewed style.

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Photo of bucko
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure of trying this beer on two occasions over the past few days and am glad to see yet another nice offering from Flat Earth. The beer pours a translucent copper color with a small, foamy white head. The aroma is slightly sweet with a complex hop aroma that runs the range from citrusy to grassy and floral. The flavor is crisp and malty with a pronounced hop glavor and bite. Great balance. The lager-like properties really shine in the flavor and mouthfeel. Drinkability? Surely I could sit down and have a few and enjoy the hell out of 'em. Good beer. Nice to see this style at a local brewery.

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Photo of Pitmonkey
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first review, please excuse the course descriptions I hope to get the hang of it soon.

Poured from tap into glass mug.

App- Light reddish, it is clear but I am also seeing a slight haze. I am getting a good 3 fingers of head with each pour, it breaks down quickly leaving a nice lattice-work of lace and a thin cap of foam which persists to the bottom.

Smell- A very nice citrus hop aroma.

Taste- Good bright hop flavor right away, finishes with some bitterness and alcohol, I am not sure how to descripe the malt, but it is in there.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and refreshing upfront, slightly dry at the end.

Drinkability- Very drinkable compared to bigger IPAs I generally enjoy.
The finish leaves you wanting another sip but not gasping for air and water!

I hope I passed the audition.

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Photo of kenito799
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Medium amber, clear, small foamy head, little retention or lace. OK looking.

Very frsh, clean, malty aroma with soft undertones of dried leaves. Nose is not remarkable, but is inviting. The first sip brings an unexpectedly perfect impression of Anchor Steam, but maybe better...very soft, creamy mouthfeel, broad fruitiness that gives a feeling of sweetness but isnt really sweet...dry roasted bittreness in the finish. Outstandingly drinkable, a perfect session beer. One to get by the case for parties or BBQs. Impressive effort.

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Photo of twbrewer
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours crystal clear golden honey colored.Very little head,no lacing.

S-Nice malt and hop nose,both seem sweet.Hops are floral and earthy,malt is syrup and caramel.

T-Great malt flavor,great hop taste,great balance between the two.Aftertaste has a almost nutty or roasted touch,but has a earthy hop and yeast finish.

M-Clean and crisp,slightly bitter on palate.Light to medium bodied with low carbonation.

D-This is a very drinkable beer,smooth with a great malt taste and great balance overall.Carbonation may hurt appearance but does nothing to the taste or mouthfeel of this beer,if anything it makes it a easy and great choice to enjoy just one or for a session.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one on a storekeeper's recommendation when they were still waiting on a shipment of Surly's. Turned out to be a solid find, and I'll definitely check out Flat Earth again if I'm in the area. Appearance was a nice orangy amber color with a slightly weak head. Nose was nice, lots of fruit aromas along with some smoky malt. Taste was likewise, not super complex but tasty with the smokiness and the spicy hops and fruit. I might have guessed this was a spiced beer. Feel was good, medium bodied with nice fizzy carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored brew, decent sized cream colored head. Kind of surprisingly the hops dominate the nose, bitter variety. Nice sweet malts too. Same kind of thing for the taste, hoppy to the point of being somewhat surprising. I've only had a couple to a handful of this kind of style, so im not sure if it has a "normal" profile or not. Really the only steam that i am really familiar with is of course anchor's, and this seems to be a bigger beer than that. Most malts and for sure more hops. Medium bodied, somewhat creamy mouth. Tastey brew, I've been hearing murmurs about this flat earth and will for sure dive deeper into their line.

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Photo of joepais
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my Santa justn for sending this my way.
My first steam beer, I enjoyed it.
I poured it into a pint glass and got a finger worth of white head that stuck a round a bit then faded to nothing. The body of the brew was clear copper in color.

The aroma was hop forward with a light malt backbone. There is a slight bready yeast smell in here as well. The flavor is dry hoppy citric in nature with a good malt balance. The feel in my mouth was light and refreshing with great carbonation.

It was real easy to drink. I could have finished a few more glasses of this easy. I did like the style so I will try a few more but this one was a quite interesting brew.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear copper orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge six finger off white foam head with good retention. Leaves lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bready malt forward aroma with lots of wheat grains, biscuit, caramel, and toffee. Also a pretty noticeable grassy smell from some earthy hops. Very subtle hints of citrus. Smells a lot like dry bread.

Taste: Like the aroma leads, a very bready tasting brew. Sweet malts with big notes of biscuit and wheat grains. Some caramel and toffee. A light hint of citrus orange.There's a pretty big hop presence considering the style. Good amount of herbal, grassy hops. Pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and somewhat chewy. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A pretty good take on the Cali Common style. Nice bready flavors with a good balancing hop presence.

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Photo of Raymond69
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a rich head. Clear golden slightly orange in color.

Aroma is sweet citrus, slight caramel malt.

Decent hop bite lasts to the finish. Malty sweetness is evident, but overshadowed by the hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is medium , good balance. Carbonation is good.

Overall an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of 31Sam13
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of MattMorin
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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