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

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Reviews: 113
Hads: 585
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 19
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
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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 Sammy
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (252 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Green Flash Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

Pours a clear light orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, herbal hops, and some tea-like aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink. (533 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
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 (479 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

very good, very west coast pale ale. classic green flash, this latest hop odyssey series beer is right in their wheelhouse. warrior and el dorado hops are the interesting elements, but this is a pretty basic pale, just real well made. bright clear honey bronze beer, with a frothy white head with decent retention. the flavor and the aroma are the same, grassy hops on the front end with a good dose of fresh two row pale malt, followed by the classic stinky dank west coast style hops, with notes of tangerine and good weed. its lighter than any of their india pales though, and stays real drinkable despite all the bold flavors. the frothy mouthfeel but clean finish really help this, as does the carbonation being so bouncy. hard to get real stoked on basic american pale ale these days, but this is well hopped and top quality, also very affordable, and should satisfy the hop loves out there. these el dorado hops keep showing up in new releases, i have never really seen them before this year, and while im still getting familiar with the specifics, its obviously a very versatile strain, bettering and aromatic potential. (1,128 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,804 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (1,424 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

On-tap 4/19/2014 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains grassy hops, light caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a strong but not over-powering grassy hops bitterness. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while. (760 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A shade darker than amber. Not much head or lacing. Decent hoppy aroma. Some richness with browned biscuit flavor. A fair amount of malt.

Main flavor is the resiny hop. Thin body, quite sharp. Bitter aftertaste and dark vegetal flavor in the back of the mouth. Pleasant with food. We had a couple with clams and coleslaw at El Take it Easy on 30th Street in San Diego. Quite drinkable if you're a fan of Pale Ales. Seemed clean and crisp, just very hoppy.

08-07-2012: Had a pint at Leroy's in Coronado, and it is a rich mouthful. Sharp and spritzy on the tongue. There is a big malt flavor with lots of the browned biscuit taste, but the body is a little thin. Watery and bitter, but blessed with some mellow, sweet graininess. Better than the Park West Porter. (763 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev 0%
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... (658 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served on-draught at Green Flash. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger beige colour head, thin, of little cream, and of poor retention. Body is a clear copper colour. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Floral hops, pale malts, and lots of citrus. An average strength aroma.

T: Floral hops, pale malts. Good body. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Simple and boring but clean and refreshing. There's not a lot to say about it; it's rather simple.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A touch too thick. Dry on the finish. Decent but not tailored to the flavour profile.

Dr: A drinkable pale that lacks complexity and subtlety. About what I expect from Green Flash. Still, it's above average and I might buy a cheap 6er of it. Meh.

C+ (752 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (729 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark gold almost amber color and nearly clear. Dome like head that lasts. Surprisingly little lace on the glass.

There's a pleasant sweet stone fruit presence to this beer. Apricot? Peach? It's not too strong. I also detect a bit of floral hop, like irises. It works.

Strong grapefruit (almost like sucking a hop pellet) flavor right up front. It's strongest in the swallow which creates a long bitter aftertaste. Rich bodied with a highly elevated carbonation level. (471 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/21/10 notes. Had on tap at Rattle n Hum in NYC.

a - Pours a deep amber color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of orange, citrus hops, pine hops, and grapefruit.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, honey, fruity malts, and light pine.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good APA that was a lot better than their Citra APA. Would drink again. (423 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (1,566 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.34/5  rDev +11%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper color with a chill haze. Soapy white head and some lacing. The aroma is strong and tropical, herbal and piney. The taste has melon, mango and certainly some pith and pine. Ample bitterness but has a very inviting flavor. Warrior, Cascade and El Dorado hops do well in adding complexity to the flavor. Bitterness is balancing but not overbearing, this is a very nice ipa. Medium bodied with a complimentary medium carbonation. Overall, this is a classic ipa from Green Flash. Enjoyable hop flavor and well rounded taste. (541 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Far from my favorite Green Flash beer. It's hoppy enough, but too thin and just a bit too sweet. Both of those elements clash with the hops- the thinness can't support the bitterness and the sweetness clashes with rather than supports the hop bitterness. The overall effect is a bit watery and bitter with a sweet aftertaste. Mind you, it's not terrible by any means, just not my cup of tea. (391 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Redbones.
Comes to the table a clear deep golden color with a light off white head that dissipates slowly. Earthy spicy hop aroma with a hint of oxidation. The flavor is lightly spicy and fruity with a moderate amount of bread and caramel malt. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet watery mouthfeel. Decent session ale, a little different, but it certainly helped me wash down some brisket. (424 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8/10/2011

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. (780 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a rich golden color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: A good amount of citrus and the bitterness is noticable from a first whiff

T: Citrus and floral notes, perhaps a hint of bread, light bite, light booze sting. Pretty straightforward.

M: I actually thought the body was sordove thin and lacking, seemed to be overrun by hops

O: Pretty good and a worth a try but I wont be going back to it. (417 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the La Jolla Brewhouse in CA. The beer was poured in a pint glass, and it is a clear, copper-gold coloring with a thin, white foamy head. Sweet caramel malt and tangy hops notes on the smell, which smell pretty damn good. The taste is bitter, green hops on the forward tongue, with peppery tones all over. Slightly sour in the flavor, also. Grapefruit tart on the aftertaste, with a sharp, puckering bitterness to the finish. Rough ending to a good tasting beer, and the increased carbonation in the body make it a little tough to polish off after a while. (573 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear copper-gold color with about 1/2 inch of white head that had moderate retention and light lacing.

The aroma had a nice malt base, then just hit you with the hops, citrus and floral mostly, with just a barely-there wisp of pine. On the tongue, the pine was more noticeable on the back, there seemed to be a slight bit of fruitiness,and those citrus hops dominated. If the brewery had labeled thin an IPA it would have gotten much higher score in these categories.

The body was thick for a Pale, but just right for an IPA. Drinkability was very good, I'll be helping to kill the keg over the next couple of days. Overall, a very good brew. Approach it as an IPA and you'll be even more happy with it. (753 characters)

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