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

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131 Reviews
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Reviews: 131
Hads: 659
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 23.45%
Wants: 21
Gots: 105 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MiScusi on 01-13-2009

Hop-forward and San Diego brewery inspired, this Pale Ale pays homage to San Diego’s craft beer corridor—30th St.® Uniquely floral and fruity notes from Warrior, Cascade and El Dorado Hops mingle with a hint of crystal malt, to build the flavors presented in our legendary American Pale Ale. Well-bittered and dry-hopped, this longtime neighborhood favorite is bold enough to suit the discerning palates of hop heads in the land of sunshine and the best IPA.
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Photo of Luisfcarrizo
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. Highly recommened

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Photo of jvillefan
4.95/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A clear filtered deep yellow orange color with a two finger off white head.

S: Hops, there are piney notes to this with a subtle caramel-malt backbone.

T: The taste mirrors the smell perfectly. A light refreshing tasting beer that is excellent on a hot day.

M: A little light but it's a pale ale, and maybe a little over carbonated.

O: I believe it is between this and row 2 hill 56 for the west coast equilivant of Zombie Dust. Great beer.

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Photo of uclajd
4.92/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drank this at a bar with Green Flash's brewmaster and marketing rep. The Brewmaster isn't the friendliest guy in the world - I actually drove 35 miles to the bar to meet the GF team and drink their beers - but he is a helluva brewer. Reminds me of the old Steelers linebacker, Greg Lloyd, who wore a t-shirt that read, "I Wasn't Hired For My Disposition"

I could have sworn I tasted *lemon* notes in this beer.

Technically, I think this is an IPA. But if you call it a Pale Ale - I'm going to say it - then it's the best Pale Ale I have ever consumed. A tragedy it isn't available in bottles.

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Photo of GoGulls
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On Tap at Hamilton's San Diego.

Very nice deep amber color and had a good off white head.
Big citrus nose and hop aroma.
A very sessionable beer probably somewhere between a pale ale and an IPA.

I love to mix in a 30th street between my other super hopped IPA's.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Copper golden tan with a 1/2 foamy head. Nice sticky lacing.

Smell - Nice piney, grapefruit hop aroma. Grassy, herbal, lemon zest, spices with a pale malt backbone.

Taste - Starts out with nice, light and smooth piney hops. Grassy with plenty of lemon, spices and added sugars with a solid pale ale malt backbone. Some caramel along with sweet yeasts are also noticeable. Some grapefruit bitterness comes out at the finish.

Taste - Nice kick of hops and sugars nails the tongue. Palate gets more hops, some spices and lemon, and the pale malt backbone. Aftertaste is a little bitter, grassy , dry and mild sweet.

Overall - Wow, I cant believe how good this is. Closer to a ipa, has a strong hop profile but the pale malts balance the hell out of this and make it smooth and very drinkable. This is truly great cause you get plenty of hops but its not overly sweet or bitter, and you also get yeasty sugars, pale malts and spices. Sadly, since this is from a widely distributed brewery and there's no hype behind this, no one would consider this world class or seek it out if not easy to obtain from local shop.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of foles
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of Adlar2789
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
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.
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at Tap Room.

A: Burnished gold with a big creamy white head that leaves a coating of foam on the glass as it recedes. Clarity is good.

S: Bright and aromatic grapefruit accompanies orange and tangerine. Malt is redolent of biscuit and cracker. No alcohol is evident.

T: Light crackery malt with a dash of biscuit. The hop flavor is great, reminiscent of orange, tangerine, grapefruit, and peach flesh. The beer is moderately bitter. The finish is crisp, clean, and pleasantly bitter with much hop flavor.

M: Lower medium body with a higher level of carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry, sticky, and crisp.

Overall: This beer is excellent, and I drink it far too infrequently. Light on the palate and highly drinkable with a very good hop profile. Recommended.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, I'm glad I got to try this beer without traveling to San Diego,

A: Pour amber with a nice white head, good retention, spots of lace.

S: Hoppy nose for sure, lots of pine and citrus, pretty good balance between the two. Aromatic and pure.

T: Light crystal style malt upfront. But what makes the beer is the great hop flavour. Lots of sweet pine, orange, lemon. For as bitter as it is, it's also quite floral.

M: Medium-bodied, resiny, oily. Crisp and smooth for a pale ale.

D: One of the best pale ales I've ever had. Delicious, bordering on IPA, but I'm fine with that. A must try.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Catching up on some old reviews...

A: A light golden-yellow color with a nice white foam.

S: Some good citrus but more pine from the hops. Decent malt backing.

T: Very nice hop fruitiness from this beer. Lots of citrus and some pineapple. Excellent piney bitterness is present as well, along with a decent amount of malt.

M: On the lighter side of things in terms of body, but good carbonation helps out.

D: Overall, a very solid and easy drinking pale ale.

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Photo of Kshock
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- copper in color, good clarity. Very nice sticky lacing on the glass.

S- smells like an ipa. Tons of hops in the nose, very good nose.

T- great hop character, lots of bite. Really clean on the finish. Really like this one.

M- light to med body with good carb, and a little bit of a dry finish.

O- San Diego pale ale at it's best

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Photo of patpbr
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice copper color with a small amount of head. Floral nose and a bit earthy. Well balanced flavors, tropical fruit and bit spicy and a clean malty finish.

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Photo of MEsquandoles
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: An impressive appearance, with the clear amber liquid topped with a nice head that leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Understated but still quite citrusy

Taste: The malt serves as a hop delivery platform, with the citrus taking over quickly and delivering modest bitterness through the finish, where some residual sweetness appears to cap and balance the brew

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really nice APA with a great hop profile

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Photo of snogglethorpe
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not complex, but an extraordinarily well-balanced and delicious American-style IPA. Bitter enough to satisfy -- it asserts its IPAness -- without being oppressive; hoppy and fruity, but not excessively sweet; the barest touch of malt. Yum!

I could drink this stuff all night! (well except then I'd die)

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at Station Tavern in San Diego (South Park), Calif. About a finger of head when I got it. Color was caramel orange. Bubble, frothy white lacing on the top. Lots of white film sticking to the sides. Both the lacing and film lasted throughout.

Smelled caramel pale notes. Also wheat and citrus hops. Got a mix of lemon, grapefruit and some orange/tangerine.

Tasted similar to the nose. Got caramel, lemon, orangeish hops and some ginger. Bitter aftertaste.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Slightly bitter finish.

I can’t believe it took me this long to rate this beer (although I think I’ve had it). Just a great American Pale Ale, although it did get a bit old towards the end. Good beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best by Jan 24, 2016

Pours a light fizzy bubbly head that fades at a med to slower pace, decent lacing, very hazy carrot orange color.

Nose starts with mild piney floral notes, a citrus peel, candied orange, hint piney and some zest, a candy sweet malt, caramel like candy, touch earthy.

Taste brings sweet malts at first, a little caramel candy malt, but quickly into hops, earthy spicy hops, floral and a little earthy, mild fruity candied stone fruit and a little orange peel zest, candied orange marmalade, tangy like, turns fairly spicy and quite bitter. Finish is drier but a little sweet sticky like, but mostly dry, actually it really dries off and gets pretty bitter, a little spicy bitterness, lingering candied orange zest and floral spicy hops.

Mouth is a bit heavier than typical med bod, little sweet, nice fluffy carb.

Overall this is quite a nice APA, I feel like most people are expecting an IPA so thye rated it a bit lower, but it's quite tasty and enjoyable. Nice hop character, great malt to hop balance feels like sticky but never really gets sticky or too sweet, nice bitterness that really comes through at a great level, malts don't get in the way either, and hops play a nice role all around. Wouldn't mind a few pints of this at the bar.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is a very good pale ale. not on par with grunion or fist city, but it strikes a great balance with a little sweetness from the malts, and a heap of hops to make this super drinkable.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Hop Odyssey: 30th Street Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.