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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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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.71%
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

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Beer added by: JTomczak on 10-20-2013

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of maximum12
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

Photo of ac22rush
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.28/5  rDev +22.3%
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 -7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Roguer
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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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4.04/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Taybeh
3.85/5  rDev +10%

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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3.56/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of avalon07
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of neurobot01
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

Hop Odyssey: Cedar Plank Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.