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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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131 Reviews
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Reviews: 131
Hads: 660
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 23.45%
Wants: 21
Gots: 105 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 puboflyons
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle.Sampled on November 21, 2015.

The color is orange amber under a huge lingering white head..

The caramel malt sweetness is fairly evident with vague grassy notes and peat moss.

Medium body.

There is a toasted but at the same time creamy malt sweetness. The bitterness is mild at the end and pleasant.

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Photo of stevoj
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Faint aroma but hops kick in at the taste with a vengeance. Nice high fluffy head. Dry and bitter finish. Another superb outing from Green Flash, always a pleasure.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L- Clear vibrant copper body with low visible carbonation. Fluffy white head with nice persistence.
S- Floral hops, grapefruit, pineapple and orange.
T- Piney floral hops, orange rind and grapefruit, leads to sweet malts and ends in a bitter aftertaste.
F- Medium, good.
O- Very nice APA, almost jumping into IPA territory.

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Photo of 57md
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with almost two fingers of head. The nose is pleasantly hoppy. The hoppy finish is obviously the highlight of this offering but the malt/hop balance that I expect in an APA is not there at all.

The tagline for this beer is "an IPA on any other street." This, I think, represents a wrong-headed view toward APAs. APAs are NOT the weak sister of IPAs. APA is a style of its own and balance is a key feature of that style. If Green Flash wanted to make another IPA, they should have just gone all the way and done exactly that..

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Photo of hosehead83
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear, copper/gold with a moderate but sturdy cap of off-white foam.
Aroma-Fruity hops
Taste-Loads of tasty, fruity hops, nice crystal malt note provides excellent balance. Overall, great flavor and character, more like a classic West Coast IPA. Very solid and tasty.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a solid APA. If you rate this for what it is, a session APA, you have to give it its due. Lots of floral and citrus hops, with a nice malt backbone. Dry finish, not too bitter, not too malty. Great beer from Green Flash, as usual

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

Look: classic APA, golden amber, with 2+ fingers of off-white head.

Smell: floral notes from the hops, with a subtle toffee aroma from the malt. Really nice.

Taste: the hop profile is pleasant, but the Crystal malt is what sets this apart. Really nice flavors, very balanced.

Feel: some oily qualities from the hops, but the Crystal malt keeps everything in balance.

Overall: if I had regular access to this, it would always be in my beer fridge. A great representation of the style.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, into pint glass

pours a hazy golden color, white head. nice hoppy aroma - good mix of fruity and earthy hop flavors. taste has just enough malt to balance the hop flavor. medium bodied.

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