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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
greenflashbrew.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mactrail on 11-05-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
381
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
12.9%
 
 
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5
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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 381
Photo of elNopalero
4.63/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was a real treat. Pours a straw golden color with great foam—and one of the long head retentions I’ve seen in recent memory. The aroma is coarsely cedariffic, like woodshop,
sawdust, a wet forest. There’s a great piney character to this beer with a slightly lemony note on the finish. Interesting nuance. As it warms I get more of the lemon peel. It’s sticky and thick for an APA with a wonderful finish full of cedar wood warmth. Loved it.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.56/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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.)

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Photo of Wasatch
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
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

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of PaulWaters
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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;

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Photo of goochpunch
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper color with a white head and lace. Aroma of citrusy hops, herb and mint. In the taste, citrus and dry woodsy notes. Earthy and citrusy, cedar plank is an appropriate name because the beer is earthy, dry and almost oaky. The citrus is nice and bright, true to Green Flash's style. Medium bodied, crisp and dry with a solid hop bite. Wood tone like chewing on a pencil. Sawdust, citrus, bitterness. Overall, this is a really nice pale ale with a dry wood character. Enjoyable for those fond of hops.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of mr-jj
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of popery
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado (SF). Pours a nice medium amber with a soapy white head, a film of fine bubbles. The aroma is pretty standard green flash hoppiness. Good citrus hops with a nice honey malt backbone. Some tropical fruits also pop up with a touch of sweet wood in the background. Taste adds a lot more cedar. Hops are a bit bland but the cedar flavor is really nice. It's like I'm drinking an IPA in a cedar closet. Relatively dry. The cedar contributes a very pleasant flavor that blends into the hop bitterness quite well. Mouthfeel is pretty normal. Medium carbonation. Mild astringency from the wood. Better than expected. I really like the cedar.

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Photo of barczar
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

I'm definitely a fan of this beer, and so far just about all the hop odyssey brews. Adds nice wood notes to an already delicious apa. There's also an extremely appealing subtle honeysuckle aftertaste. Definitely recommend trying it at least once.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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+

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Photo of RyanK252
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BC's Pizza and Beer

A: Pours deep golden amber with a creamy off white head that settles and laces very well, the best I've seen in a while actually.

S: Citrus hops, grapefruit and tangerine stand out, with a little light malt.

T: This is a grapefruit bomb up front, also a bit of tangerine, some pine, cedar comes out midway, and finishes with some light malt.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Interesting experiment that worked out fairly well.

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Photo of Tilly
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%

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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Photo of DoubleJ
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Green Flash Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and tropical fruits. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and woody flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice woody presence in the flavor.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a ring around the edges after a few minutes

S: Some big fruity and citrusy notes from the hops, along with a light sweet woody tone from the cedar. Some maltiness as well to balance

T: The wood definitely comes out more in the taste, presenting itself from the start along with the fruity and citrusy notes. A light malty sweetness ties everything together before finishing with a light bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A nice take on the also limited 30th Street Pale. The woody notes add a little bit of complexity and round out the brew nicely. Highly drinkable and definitely recommended for those who enjoy those woody notes

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Photo of Omnium
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Clear light gold with a finger of foamy off white head, medium lacing.
S - Orange, a little bit of papaya, oak, cedar, nice floral notes, cracker malt.
T - Flavor is unique, some of the floral notes sneak through, cracker malt lays the foundation then the bitterness lingers through the end, but midway to end you get a huge woody cedar and oak flavor, which I like, I'm sure some others wouldnt though.
M - Fairly balanced, maybe a tad more bitter than it should be.
O - Interesting and enjoyable APA. Though this thing paired with some proper cheese, or even cooked with would be great.

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