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

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Wasatch
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
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 Zorro
3.28/5  rDev -13%
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 JeffBlue
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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)

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Photo of Absolut
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Tilly
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Brew_Betty
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
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 barczar
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
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 JuicesFlowing
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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 BenwayPHD
4.56/5  rDev +21%
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 BeerDawgs
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
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 DrDemento456
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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 deford
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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 RyanK252
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Omnium
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of BikeChef
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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 Jack_Malts
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

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 BEERMILER12
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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 KYGunner
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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 ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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 Stinkypuss
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Axnjxn
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft at Federal in Durham. Into a shaker

Pours a dark copper with a big, appropriate head. Smell is extremely cedar/piney..extremely. The taste follows suit with a tad of hops up front but with a HUGE amount of cedar that quickly engulfs your palate and lingers for a good bit. Well..this is aptly named for sure. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall the name could not have been more appropriate. It is what it promises.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
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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