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

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,238
Ranked #40,529
3.68 | pDev: 12.77%
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 382 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Bomber

Pours a pretty nice clean/clear golden dark orange color, nice carbonation, with a nice quick/fizzy off-white head, which does leave some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with a very nice malt note, citrusy. The taste is very nice hoppy, very nice sweet malt note, with some citrus. Medium body, with a pretty nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very decient Pale Ale, especially for the ABV.

Nov 24, 2015
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silverking from Florida

3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Jun 19, 2015
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goochpunch from Texas

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Apr 12, 2015
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Zorro from California

3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear copper colored ale with a medium sized white colored head.

Smells hoppy and malty with what smells like cedar plank. Slight savory scent and a touch of onion.

Starts out neutral and mildly malty. Mildly bitter and distinctly wood with a trace of smoke.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty ale but not a really special one.

Mar 31, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Mar 16, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Mar 07, 2015
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Mar 04, 2015
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JeffBlue from California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Draft, The Refinery, Newhall, CA 2/21/15) Haven't been drinking pale ales all the much in recent years. Glad I tried this one.

West Coast IPA (favorable)

Mar 01, 2015
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Absolut from California

3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A good looking and great smelling beer. Smells strongly of citrusy hops. But, mouthfeel is too carbonated and the smell doesnt come through on taste.

Feb 18, 2015
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crob3888 from California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Feb 11, 2015
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PaulWaters from California

4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Feb 08, 2015
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Offa from California

3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Feb 07, 2015
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Tilly from Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice orange colour with a slight white foam that dissipates quickly.
Pine hits your nostrils immediately with florals and of course, citrus.
Taste is not as obvious. Basic malt, some florals and pine in the back.
Mouth feel is dry.

Feb 01, 2015
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Brew_Betty from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Aroma - Floral, fruity, cedar, caramel malt, 20th generation pitch of American ale yeast.

Taste - basic pale/amber ale malt grist with light floral/fruity/citrus hops upfront. Interesting spicy cedar and mineral finish.

Overall - an easy drinking pale ale made more controversial with the addition of cedar. I liked the cedar and didn't think it was too much. It lingers nicely in the finish. Good beer.

Jan 26, 2015
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark evening, pale beer. Let's open the 22 ounce bottle of Cedar Plank. On to the beer:

it look like a proper pour as it rests in my Samuel Smith branded pint glass. Two fingers of somewhat creamy white head hold their retention with a long time lapse needed before it slowly cracks down. Underneath that is a copper toned orange body which is translucent with visible bubbles running to the top. This pale ale has a strong grassy aroma. Grassy, "dank", lemongrass, a wee note of bitter citrus.

Cedar Plank gravities towards the hoppy side of a pale ale. Nevertheless, hops are malt are detectable when I first taste it; toffee crisp with a fusion of passionfruit sweetness and bittersweet grapefruit. The hops bring a perfumy tea-like character to the show. Mango and a swift shot of fruity esters add another layer of flavor to peel. The beer is not very bitter, it's medium bodied, and despite being packed with flavor, is easy to drink.

Cedar Plank showcases hops and more hops. If that's what you're craving, this is your beach.

Jan 20, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fruity, tropical aroma, mango and citrus, with grapefruit and lemon.

Flavor is resiny at the base, with fruity hops providing complexity and contrast. It's a little more woody and dry than I'd prefer.

Jan 17, 2015
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BeerNDoggerel from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
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.)

Jan 11, 2015
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: A slightly hazy burnt orange body sits under a cream colored head. Light watery lacing -- the head recedes to a chunky film.

Aroma: Lots of wood -- cedar -- spices, piny hops.

Taste: Very dry and woody up front. Cedar, some faint citrus and pine.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied.

Overall: Exactly how I expected this beer to be. Very dry, woody.

Jan 10, 2015
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mr-jj from Washington

4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Jan 03, 2015
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kemoarps from Washington

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Dec 22, 2014
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint mug
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.99
Purchased: Dec. 19, 2014
Consumed: Dec. 21, 2014
Misc.: Best by April 2, 2015

Poured an orange, honey, clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of off-white, rocky head. Small amount of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Some spotting lacing on the sides of the glass. Great retention all the way down. (Sight - 4.25)

Very nice nose. Got lots of hops - Citra, floral, Amarillo, Mosaic, Cascade and tropical. Also orange blossom, nectarine, Citra zest, caramel, light lemon grass and some peach. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted woody notes up front, followed by a bitter woody finish. Also Citra hops, floral hops, nickel, orange blossom, nectarine, orange rind, Amarillo hops, caramel, mango, peach and Citra zest. Wet Cascade hops late. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium-to-light body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Bitter, abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.50)

This beer started out great with the nose and sight, and even the taste in the beginning, but didn’t hold strong the whole way. In fact, I dropped the taste and feel ratings as it went down. Still a good APA though. (Overall - 3.75)

3.88 | 87 | B+

Dec 22, 2014
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BenwayPHD from California

4.56/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden orange with a two finger, thick, frothy head. The smell is predominately delicious, fruity, spicy yeast with a small amount of citrus hops and a faint malt presence. The flavor is quite delightful. It begins with a strong bitter statement, which is quite common among green flash beer, that gives way to a sweet, fruity malt, which is highlighted quite elegantly by the citrus and pine of the hops. The mouthfeel is quite creamy and ND actually very pleasant.

Dec 19, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
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...

Dec 16, 2014
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
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;

Dec 14, 2014
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snaotheus from Washington

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Dec 10, 2014
Hop Odyssey: Cedar Plank Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 382 ratings