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

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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

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3.72
pDev:
12.9%
 
 
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Photo of Immortale25
2.9/5  rDev -22%
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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Photo of maximum12
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%

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.

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Photo of ccrida
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

This consists of some very weak properties but what I taste is complex and nice. The hop character is for the most part dominant. Very lemony with tinges of grapefruit, rind oils, pine sap, resin, floral tones and a small touch of herb. The backdrop is a little woodsy, cedar I'd guess, with a very light malt. This stands as a very good Pale Ale but it simply doesn't deliver enough assertive flavor and has too watery a tone.

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Photo of deford
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Just a little better than ok. Nothing special. Pours a nice golden color with a big 3 inches of head that takes a few minutes to dissipate. Little bit of cedar on the nose, not too much else, maybe some orange. Definite cedar taste, no smoke or anything, just cedar and citrus...not bad, but just not much else. Overall, I won't do another one.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Picked up a bomber for $7.50 from D's Six packs. Was a bit shocked they would price it that high but ow well into a pint glass.

A - Good head a 1/2 inch that settles to a mild sticky ring. Color is a bright clear amber brown.
S - Cedar chips at first but rested in the glass I get more pine, citrus hops, and some pale malts.
T - Very woody like licking a plank. Has a bit of herbal hops reminiscent of west coast IPA which is kind of offputting since it has a hardcore soapy taste and this has it as well. Very bitter and unbalanced. Pity.
M - Medium bodied and chewy with plenty of hops.

Overall I like some of their hoppy beers but can't stand these type with a soapy aftertaste and bitter acidic hops. I would avoid this especially for the price and just get their DIPA which is around 5 bucks.

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Photo of BikeChef
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

I was really impressed by how well cedar worked with an IPA in Cigar City's Humidor Series Jai Alai. Green Flash's cedar plank experiment seems to have not been as successful, though. This mainly comes across as a decent pale ale. There is a hint of the cedar in the finish, but if I didn't know that this was a cedar aged beer, I'd be hard pressed to tell you what the aftertaste was.

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Photo of Zorro
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of Offa
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
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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Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Pours a clear golden color with a soapy white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus and pine hops with a bit of cedar.

Tastes of the cedar, pine hops, and a solid malt base. Cedar notes lead off with some slight spiciness and plenty of woodiness. This gives way to some pine and citrus hops with moderate bitterness. Malts add in with some caramel and bread. Finishes with a lingering, piny bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly cirps amount of carboation.

Overall, this is pretty good, but I feel like a touch more malt is needed.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Others:
West Coast IPA (favorable)

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with best by date 04/02/2015 printed on the label. A new beer to me from Green Flash Brewing Co.

Poured into a Spanish Peaks Black Dog Ale pint glass.

A - It pours a brassy golden orange body with some light sediment floating in the glass. About a finger of foamy white head that recedes to a film. Leaves hardly any lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma is lightly piney, herbal, & floral. The fresh herbal 'cedar' aroma is fairly minty and distinct, but balanced nicely with the bready malt profile.

T - Taste follows the nose - minty, leafy, herbal, & floral. Piney bitterness lingering on the palate. The cedar is again distinct, but not overbearing.

M - The feel is piney, bitter, & resinous.

Green Flash Cedar Plank -----3.5/5

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Photo of snaotheus
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2014-12-09
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
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...

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Photo of mactrail
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is a lovely warm amber in the pint shaker. Modest head to start, which flattens out as you sip for a while. Supposed to be a cedar-aged 30th Street APA.

Fairly rich with malt. Deep aromatic hoppy flavor with a strong bitter finish. I totally don't get any flavor from the alleged cedar aging, but there is a woody, astringent edge to the stuff. Thin body and quite sharp. Nice aroma of resiny hops and pine. A big mouthful of hops without the total bitter profile.

With a creamier body this would be pretty good. On tap at the Regal Beagle for San Diego Beer Week 2012.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of neurobot01
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light amber. Nice clarity. Rich white head. Laces well.

Cedar closet, ground white pepper, floral hop leaf, crackery malts, and a hint of hoppy pith. Interesting, to say the least.

Woody cedar, peppery, musty pale malts, a kiss of toast, floral hops, touch of pine and citrus, lemony, particle board. Very weird push from the cedar, in that it overpowers the hops a bit. Pale malts have a sandy breadiness, like flour-dusted unleavened bread. Cracker, or maybe pita.

Round with a spicy punch from the wound-up carbonation. Slams okay, a little slower than I would have wanted, being that I'm in a hurry. No real graze of alcohol. Seems light, but the flavor inhibits its refreshment. Body is decently solid; medium with a wetness. No stick.

Too interesting to not admire. It's good, but definitely not great. It's a pale ale with character, and no one can fault Green Flash for that, alone. Could have been better with less musty closet wood and more bright hoppiness. It could use some tropical hop.

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Photo of avalon07
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 12/14/2013 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with an odd burst of spice up front, which I’m guessing is from the cedar. Then some citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. There’s a strong but not over-powering hops presence a hearty malt character creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent beer if you’re ok with the cedar flavor.

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Photo of crob3888
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Tbone
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really want to give a 3 word review, but this site won't let me. You can interpret the cedar taste as peppercorns. I like this beer, but you have to want to suck wood. Or, at least the taste of cedar.

So, here is my 3 word review:

Fuck all moths.

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