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

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Reviews: 120
Hads: 627
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 24.23%
Wants: 20
Gots: 94 | 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 Chico1985
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz picked up in a recent Julio's mix-a-six. Always nice to try a new Green Flash beer. Best by date reads Jan 24th, 2016.

A - Poured to a pint glass. Kind of a darkish copper color with a big ol off-white head to start things off. A mostly full cap and thick ring remain by the end. Pretty nice lace left.

S - Floral hops are probably the most prevalent, kind of a peaches-n-cream thing going on, general all-around citrus with a pretty prominent sweet malt backbone.

T - Hop profile expands a little bit here with some earthiness, grass and grapefruit. Still very much in the realm of floral and peachy hoppage. Toffee malt quite noticeable too but not as major as it was in the scent.

M - Fine feel, good clean body with medium-low carbonation. Light to medium bitterness, definitely a bit on the malty side but pretty proper for a pale. No perceptible alcohol and quite drinkable.

O - It actually feels like a pale ale (not crazy hoppy, well-balanced, lightish) which I appreciate, interesting if kinda plainish hop profile and nice toffee malt flavors mingling in there. Good stuff.

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Photo of Act25
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love APAs and loved this. APAs (like this and Dales are the best for me)

A Pours a honey color w a 3 finger head which resolved slowly and laces well.

S The aroma solid grassy, balanced malt, hops and mild fruit.

T: Lots of tropical fruit. The hops render a tangy grapefruit, citrus
and tropical fruit finishing in an oily, grassy, hoppy bitterness. What balance!

O: a great pale ale- hoppy, fresh, never over done, always balanced, want another.

Try this against Green Flash Soul Style and Dales Pale Ale.

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Photo of thedude20
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I made an account just to strongly disagree with the guy below me. Not only is this a great pale ale, but everything Green Flash I've tried has met my high expectations for beers. The 30th street isn't their best but is up there with the classic Sierra Nevada pale ale. Deserving of its current 87 score though.

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Photo of Kennethzelljr
2.43/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Extremely unimpressive,this is the last green flash product I'll ever buy.ive given them plenty of chances but other than palate wrecker and green bullet every other beer they make and try to come out with is just not worth my liver or my money.i highly suggest others do the same.extremely over rated brewery.

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Photo of brureview
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a honey color in a Stone Imperial Pint glass: 3F head which resolved in a few minutes.

The aroma isn't strong: mild fruit.

Taste: excellent. Lots of tropical fruit. The hops in this beer brew a tangy grapefruit, citrus
and tropical fruit mix finished by a solid hoppy bitterness.

Overall: a very enjoyable pale ale- as the label says- it could be an IPA on another street.
I especially like the tropical fruit.

I drank a Green Flash Soul Style last night. I prefer this "pale ale" more- interesting fruit, and a better hoppy finish. T

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Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As the label states, this is an IPA by another name. Bold, hoppy aroma and enough bitterness to think this one is an IPA over a traditional pale ale. Reviewing as such, the floral, resin, and lightly citrus nose shines the strongest. Carbonation seems spot on, but the slightly watery mouth feel is a bit lighter than preferred. Overall a nice smelling and tasting "IPA" and easy sipper.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.19/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Overall this was a bit of a disappointment but I'm glad I got to try it.

It feels to me like it's trying to be GreenFlash's take on something like Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale - it just doesn't quite hit the mark. The hops were more muted than expected, but the bright side is the malt wasn't overpowering by contrast.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 12/19/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good pale ale. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of CHickman
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear gold color with carbonation racing up the brew to a 2 finger thick foamy white head that was packed with bubbles and faded very slowly leaving decent spotty lacing.

Smells of piney hops, grains, floral hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, grass, tangerine, biscuit, light caramel and some earthy notes. I expected a little more powerful citrus aroma, but this was a real nice smelling APA.

Tastes of grapefruit, lemon zest, grass, tangerine, biscuit, light caramel, mild earthy notes like sticks or peat moss which morph and actually resemble tea leaf or very dry floral hops; the malt comes out more after each swallow, with graham cracker, lightly toasted grains and burnt pizza crust popping up and mixing with some brown sugar, piney hops and light peppery spices from the citrus hops. The bottle lists El Dorado, Cascade and Warrior hops in use and it's a nice blend. Smooth and tasty, it completely hides the 6% ABV.

Mouthfeel is smooth yet crisp, with a medium body, just below average carbonation and a slightly bitter finish that has as much cracker as it does citrus hops as it fades. Overall a real fine APA.

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Photo of HopHunter19
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - golden clear amber color, minimal head but what's there leaves a nice lacing
S - Not much, maybe some pine and some earthiness to it
T - pine, bitterness, grapefruit rind, flowery hops
M - light to medium, alc covered, aftertaste is bitter pine
O - Good beer, wouldn't drink it again

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a rich gold. The nose is slightly muted, but i do get some fresh resiny and citrusy tones. The nose opens up as the beers warms. The taste starts with a little toasty malt, followed by a brash resiny hop presence. This is a very balanced pale, very food friendly, and very easy drinking. I would certainly purchase this again.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Golden-orange color with good clarity. A quarter inch of off-white head hangs around.nspotty lacing.

S: Floral hops. Pear, wild flowers, pithy. Broken pine needles, earthy. whiffs of tangerine and tropical fruits underneath. Toasty and grainy malts with some caramel and candy sweetness.

T: Floral and pithy hops set the tone and remain in focus throughout. Pine and earthy hop notes support. Grapefruit rind. Maybe even a bit soapy. Bitterness builds to an impressive high and carries right into the finish. Tropical flavors peek out now and again. Grain, caramel, and a touch of sugary malt sweetness. Long floral and pine hop finish.

M: Medium full body with a creamy/silky texture. High hop astringency. Stiff, prickling carbonation.

O: A good, solid West-Coast style pale ale, but nothing new or Earth-shattering. A nod to the classics that came before it, but with more aggression in the hopping.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decent looking, not a lot of smell but great feel and taste. Very herbal with little malt backbone. Very West Coast and a nice change from the sweety, fruity APA/IPA profile that has become so popular. Wish the nose was better. Still, I will definitely have again.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Green Flash's 30th Street Pale Ale last week for $1.99 at The Lager Mill. I'm in the mood for a Pale Ale tonight and I thought i would take a chance on this one, so lets see how it goes. Best by December 19th 2015. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, the design is a pretty plaint and it isn't too eye catching. IT poured an amber orange color that took on more of an orange color when held to the light with a finger and half of slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a mixture of floral and green hop aromas with no aspect seeming to stick out the most and there's a little bit of fruity hop aroma in the background. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast that goes into the malts which impart some sweet malt and pale malt like aroma. This beer had a nice aroma, it had some nice balance to it.

T- The taste seems to be similar to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but time it's the green hops that seem to stick out the most. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast that goes into the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with no single one seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's a medium amount of sweetness with a hoppy aftertaste. This is a decent tasting Pale Ale, but there was a little bit too much green hop flavors for me.

M_ Fairly smooth, very crisp, a little prickly, medium bodied with a lower amount of high carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but it could use a little less carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and a decent example of the style, it had most of the things that I look for in the style, but when it came down to it the green hops and carbonation made it rough around the edges. This beer had ok drinkability, one is enough for me, I have no urge to drink another one in a row. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it's a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints. What I like the least about this beer is the green hop flavors and higher carbonation, those aspects need some work. I don't think I would buy tjos beer again, but I wouldn't turn one down. I can't say I would recommend it. All in all I thought this beer was going in the right direction, but it had some things that needed some work and that just held it back so me. It's not a favorite Green Flash beer and it's pretty average for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use a little work.

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Photo of Lard_City
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautifully hoppy aroma and hoppy/pine/bitter taste. Malt is way in the background. Like drinking a liquid pine tree. More like an older west coast IPA.

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Photo of Moose90
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a nice and extremely clear light amber color into the glass, there is a somewhat thin white colored head on-top of the beer, leaves behind nice enough lacing.

S — Smells very fresh and bright, without being overly hoppy, nice notes of fresh cut grass and a bit of pine, balanced by a lightly sweet malt profile.

T — Very easy drinking and balanced, good tradeoff between the malt foundation and the hop profile, very approachable without being one dimensional.

M — Light-Medium bodied, near perfect carbonation level.

O — Very nice overall, will have to grab this one more often as I see it.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solid pale ale easy to drink nice smell and flavor great summer beer green flash did a solid job with this beer pours clear and smells really good definitely worth a try

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Photo of rorykanderson
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid pale ale - nice floral aroma flowed by a citrus bite with a lightly bitter aftertaste. Good, crisp beer but one that doesn't stand out in an increasingly crowded market, both locally here in MA and on the west coast.

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Photo of BB1313
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a burnt orange with a subtle haze; fluffy eggshell white head that leaves great lacing. The aromas are pretty floral. Flowers and subtle pine. Some bread and crackers. Some caramel malts in the mix. The flavors are very earthy. Lots of grass and more fresh pine. Very floral mixed with some citrus notes. Lots of grapefruit. Nice balance between malts and hops. Slightly spicy with maybe some rye or black pepper in the mix. Mouthfeel is great. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. Very smooth and it's ultimately refreshing.

I like this. It's not a flashy beer, but it's well crafted and fun to drink. Definitely stays true to style. Clean brew. Very refreshing and perfect for the summer.

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Photo of Edman5P
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tastes almost like a DIPA.. Poured out a golden or dark yellow color with a long lasting head.. Good lacing and a fruity, floral, hoppy taste.. A good beer

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Photo of HoppyVidal1
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great color came out looking like a DIPA terrific rounded flavor that sticks around nicely. The mouth and feel and taste work perfect together and really makes this pale stand out and be memorable. Green Flash has done another terrific job.

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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 KomodoDragon
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Active orange brew. Floral smell, some light fruit. Citrus flavors, some breadiness. Creamy and smooth with a full body, with a quick dry finish.

Very refreshing and well built. A pale with substance.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear orange-golden color with white head. Citrus fruits, pineapple, and mango on the nose; follows onto the palate. Very fruity. Finishes with a nice smoothness to the hop bite.

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Photo of vkv822
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz : pint glass

Pours a clear golden orange with a foamy white head.

Citric, fruity lightly spicy hops with a lightly crackery malt base.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

Nothing mind blowing, but certainly another well done, hop forward beer from Green Flash.

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