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Hop Odyssey: Cedar Plank Pale Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Hop Odyssey: Cedar Plank Pale AleHop Odyssey: Cedar Plank Pale Ale

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Reviews: 28
Hads: 126
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 2
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: JTomczak on 10-20-2013

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Reviews: 28 | Hads: 126
Reviews by ChrisChagnon:
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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Photo of oberon
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap at Sticks and Stones here in GSO.Poured into a standard pint glass a clouded deep golden with a tinge of amber,a thin white head atop.Citric hops in the nose along with a bit of toast wich is light.Bitter flavors along with toasted wood flavors,the hops are in your face bitter with a touch of citrus but the bitter flavors win out,a bit of toasted oak flavor comes into play as well.Good in concept but not a very good beer here.

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Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a fresh herbal, clean laundry nose, scented with floral, grass and a little earth. Pours clean but hazy orange gold with a 2” off-white persistent, lacy, stiff detergent like foam cap. The beer clears as it warms and more caramel comes forward with traces of biscuit. Attacks the palate with an initial sweetness touched by fruit and berry that gives way to a growing bitterness that becomes almost mouth puckeringly astringent by the finish. The bitterness is mostly citrus rind. Melon flavors grow by mid-palate into the finish. Has a satiating body with an above average very soft carbonation. The beer has a lot going on, is well balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of moundbz
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark in color great taste and pleasant smell

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Roguer
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Very clear copper ale, topped with an off-white head. Nice retention.

Strong hoppy aroma with the unmistakable scent of wood. It's slightly different than oak, but not distinct enough for me to pull out "cedar" particularly. Very aromatic, with floral and light citrus hops, and a strong caramel malt backbone.

Very woody component to the flavor, again just a slight bit different than oak - more earthy and herbal. Bright hops against a light caramel malt backbone, making this an overall bright and refreshing, but fairly light, brew. Hops are floral and bitter, with a bit of citrus peel, on the tongue.

Surprising amount of foaming from this lively brew. Minor sting. Light feel with a bitter, oily finish.

Decent beer, very easy drinking, but nothing special.

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Photo of PaulWaters
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As I've read with others, I think this is a really well balanced American Pale Ale. Smells wonderful like most all Green Flash brews, tastes really well balanced. Doesn't have a ton of dimension but most Pale's are must smoother and less in your face that IPA's. Happy to have enjoyed this today.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cedar and hops, always a good combo.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of oso
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of goochpunch
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep orange amber body with a thin head. Smells of tropical and stone fruit hops with citrus and light toasted pale malts. Tastes of big tropical fruit from the hops, with overripe pineapple, toasty malt, woodsy cedar, firm bitterness, and fruity esters. Moderate body with lightly prickly carbonation. Nice and interesting take on a pale ale.

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Photo of Chilly_E
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of jsh420
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber gold and clear; few fingers of fluffy head on top

S: pine and citrus and drying cedar wood; some faint grain and hay-like aromas

T: clean, fresh-tasting malt backbone, capped off with bunches of bright floral hop expressions, and dried with a distinct cedar character

M: medium-light and moderately carbonated; mellow bitterness has moments of sharpness; cedar plank effect dries out the ale and finishes it off nicely

O: a very IPA-like American pale ale, chock full o' hops and cedar, and balanced nicely by the malt body.

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Photo of tommy5
2.63/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not good... Far too bitter aftertaste!

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Photo of Immortale25
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Green flash cedar plank pale ale

Had on-tap at Avenue Pub New Orleans. Served in a cask glass.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 3/4 inch head that retains well before slowly retreating to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer sheet of surface foam. Very resilient lacing adheres to the side of the glass.

S- Has a very stinky smell to it almost like marshland or something. No, you know what it is? It's that smell you encounter when you drive by a waste processing plant. Never smelled this in a beer before. There's a hint of cedar in the end but doesn't make up for the nastiness before it. Hope the beer doesn't taste that way.

T- Much better in the flavor. Moderately bold cedar is welcome on the palate as the hops create a mild bitterness. Still, the strange and unpleasant aroma greets my nose with every sip and kinda ruins it for me.

M- The feel is zesty and bright with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- So, needless to say, I don't like my beer to smell like a waste processing plant. I have no idea if that smell is intentional or if I'm dealing with dirty draft lines or what. Either way, this was a great disappointment. Seriously, I've smelled some crazy aromas in gueuzes and other wild ales before but this was seriously foul.

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with best by date 04/02/2015 printed on the label. A new beer to me from Green Flash Brewing Co.

Poured into a Spanish Peaks Black Dog Ale pint glass.

A - It pours a brassy golden orange body with some light sediment floating in the glass. About a finger of foamy white head that recedes to a film. Leaves hardly any lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma is lightly piney, herbal, & floral. The fresh herbal 'cedar' aroma is fairly minty and distinct, but balanced nicely with the bready malt profile.

T - Taste follows the nose - minty, leafy, herbal, & floral. Piney bitterness lingering on the palate. The cedar is again distinct, but not overbearing.

M - The feel is piney, bitter, & resinous.

Green Flash Cedar Plank -----3.5/5

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Photo of plaid75
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Croxley's Ales, Smithtown, NY.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Green Flash's Hop Odyssey Cedar Plank Pale Ale a couple weeks ago for $5.99 at The Lager Mill. This one caught my eye and I thought it was worth a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, it's got a simple design to it and it isn't that eye catching. It poured a hazy amber orange color that took on more of an amber red color when held to the light with two fingers worth of creamy light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty and patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a mixture of citrus rind, floral and piney hops with the floral and citrus hops sticking out the most. Up next comes a woody cedar aroma and when combined with the hop profile it makes for an aroma that is a little perfume like. Towards the end comes the malts which impart some sweet malt, bready and grainy aromas with some doughy yeast showing up in the background. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, the hops and the cedar seemed to work well together.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's a little lighter and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with no single hoppy aspect sticking out the most. Up next comes the cedar which is pretty light and it isn't too noticeable with some green hop flavors also showing up a little. Up next comes some light malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma. On the finish there's a slightly lighter amount of medium bitterness with a hoppy aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but I was the taste was more like the aroma.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, a little clean, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer has a pretty nice mouthfeel that works well with it.

Overall I thought this this was a nice beer and I thought it was a nice example of a Pale Ale, it let me down a little when it came to the cedar part, but in the end it still tasted like a nice American Pale Ale and I liked it. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, a little crisp, not too filling and the taste does a decent job at holding my attention, I might start to get bored with it after one glass, but I think one bottle would be my limit. What I like the most about this beer was the hop profile, it was nice and it worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the cedar aspect, it just didn't show up enough. I might try this beer again if I knew it was really fresh and it might be worth a try if your a big fan of Pale Ales. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it, the lack of cedar flavors hurt this beer in the end and that was the main aspect that held it back. It's not a favorite from Green Flash and it falls a little above average for the style. I liked this beer, but I think with some work it could be a much better beer, better luck next time guys.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rrski198
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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Hop Odyssey: Cedar Plank Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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