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

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 123 | Reviews: 35
Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of Taybeh
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

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...

Photo of avalon07
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
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 +2.5%

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.

Photo of yarnbomb
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Gets better as you drink it. Poured from a growler, it's very fresh and tasty.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of cjgiant
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of ccrida
3.19/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

On draught at Bailey's Taproom (no dirty lines here!;), Cedar Blank Pale Ale isdull, dark gold with a small white head leaving clingy lace.

Smell is citrus hops, orange marmalade with the light malty sweetness.

Taste is at first pretty much classic green flash hop bomb. In fact, the small taster I had before ordering a pint didn't hint of the cedar at all. But after having a bit more, the cedar seems to have lent a pronounced woodsy, almost sawdust note (suggested by the drying tannins as much as anything). I was expecting more cigar box, cedar aroma like taste, but this is just woody, but markedly so. Not sure I love the effect to be honest.

Mouthfeel is very dry. Sawdust.

Drinkability isn't too high for me. The first taste was great, classic Green Flash IPA; then the cedar took over and my pallet quickly fatigued.

Photo of Immortale25
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
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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Hop Odyssey: Cedar Plank Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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