Hop Odyssey: 30th Street Pale Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Hop Odyssey: 30th Street Pale AleHop Odyssey: 30th Street Pale Ale

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Ratings: 539
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 17
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
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Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: MiScusi on 01-13-2009

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Ratings: 539 | Reviews: 104
Reviews by Floydster:
Photo of Floydster
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler that was picked up at the brewery last Saturday after Lost Abbey's event before heading back home, drank the next day from a pint glass, reviewed from notes, color is light gold with some yellowish orange tint, one inch foamy white head that does not last long at all, not much lacing either, aroma consisted of piney hops, toasted malt, light citrus, peaches, and biscuit, taste starts off with piney hops that have a little bit of fruit flavor behind them, middle has more of the citrusy fruits with some dry malt, bready for the most part, finish was slightly dry and crisp with more hop flavors, taste was balanced and light, toasted, dry, and mildly citrusy mouthfeel, moderate to high level of carbonation, taste does not linger very long, could drink a few more pints of this, light and easy drinking, perfect for summer, only downfall is sweetness from fruits once it warms, standard classic pale ale from a great Southern California brewery, would drink again, recommended

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle w/o any freshness info that I can find. $6.99 at Decicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours lighter amber, with a moderate haze. Lifts a 3/4 inch head that says nicely.

Citric, floral and spiced hop nose.

Aggressive pale ale with more then moderate fruity/citric hop presence.

Nicely done and well worth a try.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy gold under a 2” cream colored foam collar with a very fine bead.
S: Fruity nose with spice, grass, floral and citrus notes.
T: Big fruit flavors feature melon and citrus on the front giving way to a spicy, floral citrus rind hop bitterness. The bitterness is smooth and not harsh. Finishes slightly astringent from the hops.
F: Very creamy, medium carbonation and body.
O: An easy to drink pale ale packed with flavor.

Photo of ehammond1
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler

Thanks for sharing, Josh!

Clear golden yellow and orange. Thick white head and nice lacing down the glass.

Pungent and powerful citrus aroma and somewhat sweet, especially for a pale ale. Some pine as well.

Citrus and hop bitterness along with a distinct pine bite. Very flavorful.

Medium mouthfeel. A pleasure to drink.

An incredibly delicious, easy drinking, hoppy pale ale. Perhaps my favorite of the style. Just great!

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and hazy golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A fruity, earthy, and floral hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus fruit and grass. Upfront citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, melon, pineapple, mango, and apricot. Also some fruit hints of apple and grapes. Floral and earthy hops with hints of grass and pine. Solid malt presence with hints of biscuit, grains, caramel, and yeast. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, a fruity, floral, and earthy hop driven taste with good notes of citrus fruit and grass. Citrus hops with some upfront notes of grapefruit, orange, mango, lemon, melon, apricot, and pineapple. Subtle fruit notes of apple, grape, and pear. Good presence of floral and earthy hops with notes of damp grass and pine. Backing presence of sweet malt with notes of caramel, grains, biscuit, and yeast. A pretty solid Pale Ale taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, crisp, and pretty smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A very solid take on an American Pale Ale. Good mix of citrus and earthy hop flavors.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado San Diego. Yellow and light orange beer, sudsy white head, 3/4" deep, strong retention. Aroma, mildly hoppy, mild cereal grain aspect to it, enjoyable, but given as much as this was talked up, I found the aroma to be just barely above run of the mill when it comes to west coast pale ales.

Taste, solid, delivers a good amount of citrusy and grapefruity hop presence, over a mild malt bill, probably no caramel to it. With the alcohol level, this really seems like an ipa. But I guess boundaries aren't what they used to be. Carbonation was big, bitterness was even bigger.

A pretty good pale ale, just once the abv gets to six percent, with this type of hopping, I dunno, the line really gets blurred with an ipa. Either way, a good choice, would like to see bottled, I'd pick up a sixer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Mad Mex last night, brilliant clear copper bodied with a nice bright white head. Forms fine even lacing down the sides of my glass. Aroma has grapefruit/citrus/pine with some nice biscuit malts going on giving it a bready backbone to go with the expressive hop profile. Flavor was up front with citric/pine hops and a nice sugar coated malt backing. Nothing offensive more aggressive than most APAs in a good way. Definitely a beer I could have drank in number just went out for a burrito and a beer or two with my cousin and the kids. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even carbonation smooth slightly resinous with light hop oils. Drinkability was very nice, I can't wait to see this on tap when I'm on my own with a DD.

Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml tall stubbie-style bottle, a nice seasonal to see available way up here in Alberta of late.

This beer pours a hazy, pale copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some random tree branches of sudsy lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of rather sugary fruit - mandarin orange flesh, white grapefruit juice, underripe mango - biscuity, crackery pale malt, a faint whisper of caramel, weird musty nuts, and further floral, astringently piney hops. The taste is equally more saccharine in perception, if not in actual tongue-scraping tropical fruity sweetness, with more domestic, and readily identifiable orange and grapefruit pith measures, bready caramel malt, nutty toffee squares, and further floral, leafy, and ever so slightly perfumed hops.

The carbonation is pretty low-key, just a barely noticeable, but still engaging frothiness for the most part, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, and smooth in the asterisk-heavy sense, the hops not really interfering, but they do seem to be hovering, and all that. It finishes off-dry, the bready pale malt showing off its brass balls, in the midst of the expected lingering citrus and pine onslaught. Good times.

A rather decent and well-fueled offering for those hopheads among us, myself included. Green Flash knows their way around the hop side of big beer, and now they're branching out, looking around the world for new opportunities, hop-wise, which makes them a multinational entity, as such - just gotta say it, with much love, of course. Anyways, this is basically just an awesome, bring your hot new foreign girlfriend to your high school reunion sort of deal for them, and us, as far as 30th street in Tijuana North rolls, I imagine.

Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the Stone Bistro. Hoppy aroma. The IBU is right there, almost an IPA, what would be conceivably an IPA years ago. Very decent drinkability. Crisp. Some grapefruit, citrus, pineapple, bold flavours, smoothly dry hopped. Quality and satisfying.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a finger and half of head on a hazy dark straw body.
The aroma is a nice mango, pineapple and lemon blend.
The taste has a moderate pine bitterness throughout with a long dry bitter finish.
The texture is thicker but crisp.
It looks great, the smell is nice, the taste is fine.

Photo of MiScusi
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado SD.

A- clear golden white foamy head.... nothing out of the ordinary here.

S/T- very resiny. Smells like hop pellets. Taste has a big rough hoppiness to it. Gives you a bit of kick for such a light bodied beer. Really nice concentrated hop-oil type taste to it.

M/D- Pretty light in feel, a nice hoppy beer. Even though they title it "pale ale" it has way more flavor than many IPA's.

Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent amber with 3 fingers of beige colored head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Pears, orange peels, & leafy hops

T: Leafy hops, orange peel. grassiness & a little caramel up front. Pears & mineral hoppyness as this warms, a little bit of pineyness & pineapple. Finishes with pineyness, pineapple, dryness & herbal hops

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, nice balance. Carbonation smooth out a little bit as this warms

Easy to drink, gets better as it warms. Would love to know how old this is; can't figure their freshness dating & it's starting to tick me off a bit. I could put this in the rotation if more cost effective...

Photo of Kegatron
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ The Toronado (San Diego, CA) on 3/22/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazed copper, with a thin covering of bright-white froth. Nice looking rich flareup when this is swirled, leaving some thick foamy swathes of lacing behind. The aroma is large and in charge with a robust West Coast bouquet on it, with floral hops, spice, and bitter grapefruit taking control. There's a touch of bready pale malts in the back, but man, the hops really drive this forward. Pretty awesome nose on this that seems much more akin to what you would find on an IPA.

The taste doesn't disappoint at all either, nearly matching the richness of the nose. This is just full of pine, spice, bitter tasting grapefruit juice, and some EXTRA juicy tropical fruit character. There is just enough malt activity to offer some balancing support but the hops really shine here the most. Lots of fresh grapefruit and spice hang in the finish after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a creamy sharpness to it that gives this some extra oompth in the mouth while still staying very silky and drinkable.

Jeez, I think that I could have easily mistaken this for their (quite underated) West Coast IPA at times, this was so lush with the hops. Anyway, I'm glad I finally sat down for a pint of this draft only offering, as it seems that I've been missing out on my recent visits here to San Diego. Awesome American Pale Ale.

Photo of HalfFull
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap, I once again revisit this brew. Pours a clear and deep golden/light amber in color with a full inch of slightly off white head. Head settles in a few minutes but offers layers of lacing throughout the pint.

Nose is of fresh hops and reminds me of many an IPA. Citrus and pine intermingle with a slightly sweet sense. Taste follows and offers a light viscous sweetness coupled with a rather smooth finish. Any hop bitterness doesn't quite make it to the flavor and finish here. Nice feel and finish. A rather hoppy Pale Ale with enough body/sweetness to hide any bitterness.

Photo of Adlar2789
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at a bar in Brooklyn and thought it was awesome. I'm a sales rep for a beer distributor in CT and sell Green Flash, but unfortunately we don't get their 30th st and I really wish we did.
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If you are familiar with their beer, I would compare it to Maine's Peeper Ale, then again it may have just tasted way better because it was out of the cask. Either way, it is a solid pale ale and I highly recommend it if you ever see it on tap.

Photo of jellikit
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: light orange. Crystal clear. Medium-thick foamy head.
S: mango. Flowers. Christmas tree.
T: hop up front, middle, end, and thereafter. Pine followed by flowers, followed by bitter finish.
M: medium carbonation. Medium body.
O: great hop forward IPA. Will buy again.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Half Pint in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear light orange, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells like pure grapefruit juice, pine, and some malt.

The taste is similar. Lots of citrusy grapefruit flavor, as per usual with hoppy Green flash beers. A bit of pine, and lots of bitterness. Only the smallest amount of toasty malt flavor, the hops are the star here. Slightly peppery.

Light to medium bodied, really crisp mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Medium carbonation.

Nothing all that different from most hoppy Green Flash beers, doesn't tread into any new territory, but it's still pretty damn tasty.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy copper color. Nice looking white head that seems to last forever. When it does fade, the sheets of lace are quite impressive. Great looking beer.

Caramel malt is in the background, but is an afterthought. Grapefruit and piney hop aroma is very nice.

Nice malt backbone, some caramel with just a bit of sweetness. Juicy grapefruit and piney hop bitterness balances things out very well.

Medium body, great carbonation. Almost a creamy feel. Alcohol is hidden. This is a very solid pale ale.

Photo of MEsquandoles
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint from a special firkin at DraughtHouse.

Deep golden with a very slight amber undertone. Hop specs and tiny bubbles in suspension. Slightly hazy with that strange firkin head. Looks like a high alcohol beer.

Smells of papaya, passionfruit, tangerine; forest vegetation glistening in the early morning's light with dew.

Less malt in the taste than aroma. Tangerine, citrus peel, a little bit of wild honey and honeydew, lotta grapefuit, and LONG lingering aftertaste of mostly pine. Lotsa green.

A little harsh and astringent at first but liked it more and more. I like the dry finish. I sensed hops long after I finished the pint.

This is a hop showcase and not a balanced beer. Not to be liked by everyone, but I'd love to have it again and again. Very fresh tasting and gave me the feeling I was in San Diego. I drank it rather quickly. Recommended; especially if you love fresh hops.

Photo of Dijeriduster
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Blind Lady Ale House specifically to show off what Green Flash can do...

A - Ambery gold with nice well developed head and lacing. Looks hazy for a pale ale - in many circles this bad boy would be an IPA.

S - Tons of bittery hop splendor. Some sweet notes of citrus come thru, but overall it smells a little like good ol Sierra Nevada Pale.

T - Very hoppy for a pale ale. This is the "entry level" beer for hop-head maniac Green Flash but still has a very robust hop profile. Again like Sierra Nevada but I'm pretty sure this isn't Cascade hops...

M - Good and full with just the right amount of carbonation to keep it from being syrupy. Quite bitter so it really puckers the palate as it finishes.

D - Great pale ale for hop heads. It is bitter so not something the faint of heart pale ale folks should consider...

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear pale yellow in color with a thin off-white head that has good retention properties. There is no visible carbonation.
S: There is a moderate aroma of pine resin hops in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, but a lot stronger and is dominated by flavors of pine resin hops. There is only a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate. There isn't a lot of carbonation but this is likely a result of being pumped from a cask. The finish has a little bit of dryness.
D: The beer was relatively easy to drink. I would definitely try this again if I was looking for something with a lot of hop flavor that's not overly bitter.

Photo of foles
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the best of the five or so on-tap Green Flash offerings on tap at the Monk (Fremantle). What a great brewery. This was the most balanced, flavourful, crisp, sessionalbe APA I've ever encountered. Lovely hop character without being overbearing, light malty base, crisp, clean, just wonderful.

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Wonderful clear gold body with a thick white head that leaves a tremendous amount of lacing. Purchased warm and planned to shill for a few days, accidentally knock over the tall skinny bottle and got some Co2 dispersal. Chilled for an hour and a half to 40F. Great temp for this beer.

S - Floral, grassy hops. Light malt.

T - Earthy hops, vegetable, subtle bitterness, smooth malt background. Definitely blurs the line between pale ale and IPA.

M - Thick body for the style, medium carb. Really coats the palate. Slightly drying.

O - a fantastic brew. I didn't hear anything about this before I picked it up, but since pretty much everything from Green Flash is great I knew I'd be satisfied. Part of the limited serise Hop Odyssey. Get it while you can.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a Unibroue tulip Very fluffy white head, soapy lacing, light copper in color. Aroma is extremely hoppy. Earthy, lemony, piney, grassy, marijuana-y hoppy dankness. The aroma of a great double IPA actually. Taste is juicy with grapefruit-like bitterness, mild caramel malt in the background. Not a pale ale for beginners but extremely delicious and nicely hopped. Very nice, very drinkable. More like an IPA but who cares.

Photo of Jesse13713
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hop-filled amber color with a slightly golden hue. Slightly brown as well. Clumpy froth and less than impressive lacing.

Smell - Quite a grassy and hoppy smell. Smells quite yeast-like.

Taste - Not a very strong pale ale, but it is definitely different. Sweet malts that are very caramelized. A smooth oatsy taste. A slight toasted note as well.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Very light bodied and frothy in the mouth. Leaves a slight tingling feeling on my lips. This beer was pretty decent and different-tasting then any pale ale I've ever had before.

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Hop Odyssey: 30th Street Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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