Hop Odyssey: 30th Street Pale Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ThreeWiseMen:
3.83/5 rDev -1%
Ordered a pint of this at El Take It Easy in San Diego's North Park neighborhood last night.
Served in a nonic.
Appearance: An inch of thick, off-white fluff sits atop a lightly hazed, golden body. Head retention proved to be pretty spectacular, and the lacing looked great to boot: sticky, cobweb-like lace all the way down.
Smell: Mango, pineapple, and tangerine all come to mind immediately; this has a really floral, fruity nose. Dry pine, dirt, and faint caramel play secondary roles. I don't think I've ever detected so much late-addition hopping in a pale.
Taste: Pine resin and caramel are easy to pick out, and the same goes for pineapple. Tangy citrus and bread dough are more subtle. Bitterness is off the charts for a pale: strong and lingering; I'd assume this is right around 60 IBUs.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, aggressively bitter, and prickly with tons of mouth coating. Moderate carbonation. Feels a lot more like an IPA - very similar to GF West Coast IPA, in fact - than a pale ale.
Overall: If you like Green Flash's West Coast IPA, you'll love this one - it seemed like the same beer with extra late hop additions. Big and bold for a pale but certainly enjoyable, especially if you're on a hop kick.
07-29-2011 15:34:25 | More by ThreeWiseMen
More User Reviews:
3.94/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
06-09-2014 01:54:35 | More by Billolick
4.2/5 rDev +8.5%
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!
07-12-2011 21:38:29 | More by ehammond1
4.21/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
07-27-2014 06:41:24 | More by MattyG85
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
08-14-2012 22:20:53 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.2/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
01-26-2011 05:08:00 | More by WVbeergeek
4.15/5 rDev +7.2%
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, with a faint whisper of caramel, weird musty nuts, and further floral, astringently piney hops. The taste is 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.
06-10-2014 04:12:47 | More by biboergosum
Hop Odyssey: 30th Street Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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