Extra Medium | Flat Earth Brewing Company

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Flat Earth Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

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Added by edbeered on 03-25-2008

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by brydeen:
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this growler.

The beer pours an orangish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is peaches, papayas, mangoes, toffee malt and some tartness. The flavor is very lightly tart fruit. Not as sour as I expected it to be. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. More fruity than sour, but still very good.

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Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from growler into Tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy orangish-red with initial head that leaves very little behind.

Smell: Mostly sour cherries and cider. Simple but strong aroma.

Taste: Sour cherry, cider and lemon, peppery at the end.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, relatively light body, very dry and sour finish.

Drinkability: Very nice sour ale overall with a heavy emphasis on cherry. Gets better and better as more is consumed.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on-tap at Stub and Herb's in MSP

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appearance: served in a snifter - rusty amber body, light beige ring

smell: oak, tart cherry and berry, apple, earthy

taste: I was definitely intrigued by a local wild ale but this was rather tame - some light apple tartness, cherry, oak and other woody notes, a bit acidic - nothing really memorable

mouthfeel: light tartness, flat finish

drinkability: ok

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Photo of kenito799
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from brewery, 6/18/11.

very fruity aroma of tart, tangy cherries. Thin and bubbly mouthfeel. Excellent balance of sour and bitterness. Lemons, tart cherries, the ale base must have been quite hoppy because the bitterness is pronounced in the finish. This is a nice effect, this beer is remarkably drinakble, refreshing, and a great aperitif...not filling, it begs you munch on a variety of foods, rich creamy cheese and crackers, chery pie, rhubarb crisp. Very different, the bitterness sets this apart. Great job, the best brew I tasted from this brewery yesterday. (They make somme nice ginger ale, too.)

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Photo of edbeered
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Muddy Pig, in St Paul for Flat Earth's first anniversary party, this is actually a sneak preview of a late Spring-early Summer release. The name is Flemish for "Red Herring". As such, although it's not quite ready for release, it's still a pretty impressive beer. I will be sure to review it again once it is officially released. The color is a cloudy brown, with a substantial white head. The smell is intruigingly fruity and sour. The tast is complex, with a tart cherry flavor, a refreshing sourness, and a peaty earthy flavor. There is a rawness to the flavors that will hopefully smooth out once this has aged a bit more. The mouthfeel is rich and tasty. If you love Flemish Reds, this is a beer to look forward to, and one that will be absolutely unique in the Twin Cities area.

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Photo of AaronArchbold
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of KeefD
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap today at Stub n Herb's. I only got a 7oz serving because I had already consumed a few and had to drive back to Rochester. Color is cloudy bright orange with a very small white head. Aroma is lightly funky, some earthiness, and nice mixture of orange and apple cider. Taste is very nice. I'm really digging the orange marmalade flavor, mixed with an herbal earthiness, some more of the apple cider that I detected in the nose, and a light sourness. I would have maybe liked just a little more tart/acidic qualities to accentuate the interesting fruity/orange flavors, but all in all it's well balanced and a very easy drinking wild ale. Body was a tad thin with very light carbonation. Good stuff overall!

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Photo of null
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jsprain1
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a lightly browned amber. Head is thin, half a finger, and doesn't last all that long.
S- Smell is predominantly green apple. It is tart in that cidery type of way, with a light strawberry character.
T- It might not be as deep of flavors as some other wild ales, but it does have a decently sharp tartness with green apple, light white wine, and a faint berry note.
M- Decent body, but the carbonation is just too low. With that tart character I'd like a little liveliness. I know most have low carbonation but this came across almost watery.
O- A fun wild ale, but it needs some tweaking. The lack of carbonation on it was a detriment for me.

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Photo of ALifeWellWasted
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of mothman
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this growler.

Poured in a snifter.

Pours a light white head. Color is a ruby hued brown.

Aroma: Light cherries with some other fruit notes (maybe a hint of strawberries?). Then there is some oak and acidic notes. Lightly tart.

Taste: Not to sour. The cherries are there, but there is more of a malty taste to it. Some oak and a medicinal flavors.

Mouthfeel: Tart and crisp with some spice. Medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with a light funk flavor in the aftertaste.

Overall, this was an ok beer and I give props to Flat Earth for trying to make a wild ale, but it just didn't catch my attention very much. I hope they experiment more with beers like these, however.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler. Pours a rust colored reddish brown color with minimal head. Slight haze. The aroma is some sour notes with fruit like apple and pear. Slightly sour and tart. Some acetone notes. A touch bitter ending. Great to see a sour come out of Minnesota but this does fall short of other sours from the US. This would probably be left for people just getting into sours as it doesn't really exhibit that strong sour taste that can turn some people off. I applaud Flat Earth for giving this one a go and look forward to see future iterations of this as it gets even more sour.

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Photo of boomer31
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I read about this a few months back and was very excited when I saw it was being released.

A - Murky orange with no head

S - Slight sour nose with some kind of fruit coming thru...perhaps cherry or cranberry?!?

T - The sourness is muted compared to other wilds I've had. I get a cider flavor along with cherries and some lemon. This is dry but drinkable as it's not all that sour. The sourness does not linger after you swallow.

M - Almost no carbonation which is about right for this style. Thin and dry

D - For and American Wild this is very approachable. Not too sour or tart but more fruity and cidery.

A very interesting beer for Flat Earth. I do hope they bottle this as it would be fun to see how it ages. Approachable for fans of craft beer that don't want to jujmp right into a sour bomb

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Photo of jjanega08
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A= The pour is a nice hazy brown color almost an apple cider look to it with a small half finger head that falls fast to a thin skin on top of the glass and leaves little to no lacing on the side of the glass.

S= Smells like a lot of sour cherries and a touch of vinegar. The smell reminds me a bit of Consecration actually. A little less intense but there none the less. There is a slight malty sweetness to it as well.

T= Wow the taste is nice and refreshing. Really delicious. There is a nice tart sourness to it but it's not anything that is overpowering or crazy. There is a little sour cherry to it and some nice lemonade zest to it. Really something special in the way the sour acidity melds with some of the malty sweetness. I would not call this sweet at all but the sour isn't as crazy as most sours get.

M= Light on the carbonation. I rarely say it but I think just a little more bubbles would really push this beer to the top.

D= This is winner from flat earth for sure. A little more work with this beer and it could be one of the best sours on the market. Really subtle and refreshing. I might stop by to get another this week while they are filling um.

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Extra Medium from Flat Earth Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 15 ratings