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

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

This pretty much nails it, as American Pale Ales go. Perhaps a little thin in body and in the finish of the taste, but otherwise a very drinkable example of the style.

(As a hophead, I am deliberately distinguishing my expectations for a beer of this style from my expectations for an IPA or Imperial IPA.)

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 22oz bomber picked up in November, 2014

L - Copper with some clarity. 2 fingers of head and a thin layer stays atop the brew as you drink it. Sticky lace left all over the glass. Nice..

S - Piny hops, probably from the Warrior and Cascade.

T - A good and hoppy pale ale. Not bitter like an IPA, smooth. Cedar chips really show up in the aftertaste.

F - Highly carbonated and sizzles as it goes down. Great mouthfeel

O - A great hopped up pale ale but does not cross the line into an IPA. Cedar chips add awesome character. Well done

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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 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 HamdenHector
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to an uneven cap; very nice lacing;

S: pretty hoppy - tough to identify any malt characteristics; a blend of tropical fruit, floral, and dank pine; very attractive;

T: there is a citrus undertone from start to finish; a bit earthy as well up front; more grapefruit at the finish; medium to high bitterness at the end; very faint notes of cedar from mid-palate to the finish - if I wasn't looking for it, I would have just classified it as pine;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; clear - leaves no residue - like drinking water; finish is medium dry;

O: really good;

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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 ChainGangGuy
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - Taco Mac (Lindbergh) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Orange-gold body, light haze, with a foamy, white, lasting head with gobs of lacing.

Smell: A good amount of lightly spicy cedar on the nose, with additional bready pale malt, fresh citrus fruits.

Taste: A light pale maltiness, lightly bready with a modest pinch of sugar cookie crumbs. The sweetness remains light, even reasonable. Peppery cedar wood quality throughout. Fruity citrus tastes of lemon, orange, grapefruit. Light resin hint. Medium bitterness. Lightly drying, lightly bitter, leisurely finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Light smoothness present for an easy-going mouthfeel.

Overall: Good stuff. It would have been a nice, flavorful PA even before the cedar. Like Cigar City's Humidor Series, you're going to need to appreciate cedar to fully enjoy this.

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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 superspak
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/19/2015. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, herbal, floral, grass, wood, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy/woody earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops, cedar, and light-moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, herbal, floral, grass, wood, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy/woody earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind/herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, citrus rind, pine, wood, light caramel, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, cedar, and light-moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice wood aged pale ale. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of bright citrus/pine hops, cedar, and light-moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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

Poured into an IPA glass from a 22 oz bomber.

Color is orange-amber with a thick white head. Nice retention and lots of lacing. Smell is piney and dank. Flavor is good - not super hoppy, but a good balance of malt and hops. There is definitely a distinctive wood taste on the finish along with some generic bitterness . Body is medium with some moderate carbonation.

Overall, it's a very good beer with some distinctive wood flavors.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

On tap at McCoy's
A: copper, fairly clear, 2 finger foamy head
S: I like cedar and other woody smells, and I'm getting a nice faintly spicy dose of thatalong with some malty bready notes and some faint citrus (orange? lemon?)
T: Like the nose...this is a nice mellow green woodiness, there is a little more caramel malt than I got on the nose, but it isn't too sweet. The cedar comes in very nicely on the back half and it finishes dry and green and earthy...a bit of bitterness and spiciness, but this is still pretty mellow and easy drinking.
M: Medium carbonation, easy and smooth.

Overall, this is quite a change of pace (at least for me, around these parts), and it took me by surprise; it grew on me over the course of the pint quite a bit, and once I got used to it, I really started to dig it. Hope I get more chances...

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a ring around the edges after a few minutes

S: Some big fruity and citrusy notes from the hops, along with a light sweet woody tone from the cedar. Some maltiness as well to balance

T: The wood definitely comes out more in the taste, presenting itself from the start along with the fruity and citrusy notes. A light malty sweetness ties everything together before finishing with a light bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A nice take on the also limited 30th Street Pale. The woody notes add a little bit of complexity and round out the brew nicely. Highly drinkable and definitely recommended for those who enjoy those woody notes

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Photo of silverking
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours a murky deep golden with two fingers of rocky off white head. Excellent head retention and attractive lacing. The aroma is fantastic. Lots of resinous pine and a hint of spicy cedar. It's simple and straightforward. The taste, well, is a little light in my opinion. Some faint pine and malt flavors are detectable. Then, you are hit with a stiff bitterness in the mid palate and the finish. Surprisingly bitter considering that this beer only boasts 44 IBU's. It is medium/light bodied with vibrant carbonation. It's beautiful to look at, and the aroma is amazing. The taste left me wanting more... Overall though, a very solid pale ale.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear crisp gold that has a mildly ruddy/copper note to it. Massive white meringue head that eventually dissipates.

Aroma starts out with just massively juicy tropical fruits. Man it smells sweet like tangerines and jello. yummmmm

A bit thin flavour-wise. Like watery tangerine juice with a blunt bitter pine note that comes creeping in towards the end quite nicely. Finish is pine and pith.
Don't get nearly as much cedar as I had hoped at any level. A thoroughly enjoyable APA, but I really wanted more cedar. If I search for it I can see that pine as a bit cedar-y, but I wanted more cedar.

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Photo of crob3888
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a slightly cloudy gold. Off white head that leaves a little lacing.
S: citrusy lemon hops, a hint of peach. Not a lot of malt sweetness, but I can detect the slightest aroma of the cedar on the nose.
T: hop bitterness, lemon and grapefruit rind, a slight hint of the peaches that the nose found. As the beer warms, the spanish cedar comes out. An interesting flavor for a pale ale. It mostly works.
M: feels medium bodies with a slight creaminess. Hops linger on the mouth long after each sip.
O: a good pale ale with an interesting dimension added by the spanish cedar. Paired excellently with a garlic mac n cheese with caramelized onions and topped with fresh cracked pepper.

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Photo of avalon07
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy head that lasted a good amount of time. Very good lacing.

S: An aroma of hops, citrus, malt, and the advertised cedar.

T: Tasted of hops, cedar, a little citrus (grapefruit especially), and some malt. A bit too hoppy at first, but it gets better as it goes along. The cedar offers a strangely mellow aspect to the flavor, one that somehow works.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a bitter finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: While this isn't Green Flash's best effort, it's still pretty drinkable. Not without its flaws, but decent enough.

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Photo of neurobot01
3.66/5  rDev 0%

Not nearly as good as CCB Humidor: the wood is less sweet and more bitter, which is fine, but I'm not sure the hops GF used are entirely complimentary to the cedar. Still, better than a random IPA thanks to the novelty. Might also be interesting with a bit of age.

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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 StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i had way higher hopes for this as the only other cedar beers i have had have been amazing (cigar city humidor stuff and jester kings mad science projects). i wanted a lot more cedar on this, and honestly really didnt even taste it all that much. woody in the smell, but more must than spanish cedar, and the hops dont really come through too much either. for what it says it is, a cedar hop odyssey, it seemed real under flavored. i got a primarily copper ale with some hints of wet wood, but none of the fragrant cedar they advertised. it is fill bodied and rather rich feeling, which i like a lot, soft and decadent in a way. i think as it warms the wood comes out more, but the hops never really do, its more malty to me. i like the cedar notes that are there, they are just way too far back. i had this on tap, and i wonder if it is more pronounced in the bottle. i hope to find out soon, but for now mark this one as a let down...

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

22oz bottle served in a large mug. Best By is very hard to read -- might be 03/19/15. 30406A0051827 is the bottle code on the bottom.

Pours clear amber/gold with a medium to big sized head that fades slowly and seems to be clinging to the sides of the glass. Lots of carbonation. Smell is good, but not distinctive.

Taste is finished slowly with a clinging, powerful bitterness that really does remind me of wood. Did they actually use cedar in this? I could go lick my fence and find out. This bitterness overpowers everything else.

Mouthfeel is filmy but not overwhelming. Overall, it's pretty good, but not distinctive, aside from being overpowered by the woody flavor.

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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 Offa
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a reasonably good, but fairly one-dimensional beer that doesn't show anything obviously special from cedar aging. If anything, this just intensified a dominant, one-note woody-citrus hop taste and bitterness.

Dark gold, it has a medium big, off-white head steadily shrinking to lasting foamy top and thin froth.

Aroma is citrus, wood, passionfruit.

Taste is similar, wood, citrus, passionfruit, juicy but a bit too bitter without sweetness or other character to round it out and support the one-note hop taste and bitterness. In the end, it's just a well-made but unmemorable, run-of-the-mill west-coast pale ale lacking in subtlety that needs balance and more well-rounded character.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: clear dark golden brown, minimal head and lacing
S: little woody, but more like wet leaves, reminding me of a damp fall walk I the woods. Nothing overpowering though, to me.
T/M: it's a little strange, with some tastes similar to the nose. Starts off earthy, damp, woody. A dry bitterness creeps in that doesn't change the profile until the ending of the taste where a pine taste grabs the mouth and holds for a little bit.
O: early in the beer I got some orange notes playing in with the taste, but got it less as the taste went on. I liked this because of the strangeness, but there isn't really much impressive about it.

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