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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Axnjxn
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Hop Odyssey: Cedar Plank Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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