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

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Hop Odyssey: Cedar Plank Pale Ale
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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: JTomczak on 10-20-2013)
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Photo of rawfish
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
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...

Photo of HamdenHector
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
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;

Photo of ummswimmin
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of snaotheus
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2014-12-09
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.

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jsh420
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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

Photo of Dan269605
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of prock180
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of maximum12
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%

As long as Green Flash keeps sending hoppy stuff to MN, I’ll keep buying it. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.

The pour is a filtered dark yellow. The nose is surprisingly hoppy; I suppose I’ve grown accustomed to the Cigar City take on cedar-aged beers, which mostly involved lining the inside of the bottle like a cedar chest. Very floral, & I wouldn’t detect the wood at all if I hadn’t read the label.

Cedar Plank might have been plucked out of Menard’s bargain bin. The cedar/woodiness comes on strong, unlike the nose, & clashes spear on shield with the hoppiness. The delicate citrus & floral notes can’t stand up to the wood, & the combination is jarring on the palate. Finish cleans up to a nice bitterness, but I can still feel my brow furrowing after several sips. Strength? Easy enough going down.

My second go at their “experimental hop” series or whatever it is, & the only two Green Flash beers, that I really haven’t enjoyed. The flavors just don’t play well together, & IMHO, the hops need to be amped up to have a chance against the cedar. Doesn’t even touch average.

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.28/5  rDev +22.6%
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

Photo of rjs246
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Roguer
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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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4.04/5  rDev +15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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