Angry Planet Organic Pale Ale | Flat Earth Brewing Company

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Angry Planet Organic Pale AleAngry Planet Organic Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Flat Earth Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of garymuchow
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of bamadog
2.59/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

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Photo of brewdub17
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of GregSVT
2.49/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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 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

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Natural510
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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....

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Photo of popery
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of joepais
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of blackearth
1.46/5  rDev -59.3%
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.

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Photo of katan
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

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Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of gford217
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of morimech
3.41/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.72/5  rDev +31.5%
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.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of optiontwo
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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