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

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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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 jkd03c
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brevbin
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zaphog
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kplooki
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of PaulWaters
4.21/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Photo of Offa
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of scottspencer
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Amerikon
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmryan8
2.89/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Gtg642
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joster_951
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Boone757
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigRedDog
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.33/5  rDev +23%
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.)

Photo of mr-jj
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MartzMimic
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ronricorossi
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tommy5
2.63/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not good... Far too bitter aftertaste!

Photo of djrn2
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kemoarps
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

3.75/4.25/3.5/4/3.75
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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cedar and hops, always a good combo.

Photo of rawfish
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Hop Odyssey: Cedar Plank Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.