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30th Street Pale Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.

30th Street Pale Ale
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88
very good

192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MiScusi on 01-13-2009)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2012 20:57:55 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 01:16:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
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womencantsail

California

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2009 23:50:30 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.29/5  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

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2013 02:10:01 | More by brentk56
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metter98

New York

4.22/5  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.

Serving type: cask

08-08-2010 12:34:37 | More by metter98
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2011 05:08:00 | More by WVbeergeek
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Halcyondays

California

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 05:26:21 | More by Halcyondays
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mactrail

California

3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2011 05:39:17 | More by mactrail
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 02:47:15 | More by barleywinefiend
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2010 16:40:59 | More by mdfb79
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kojevergas

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
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+

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2013 23:24:07 | More by kojevergas
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2010 16:50:03 | More by Kegatron
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2012 22:20:53 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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HopHead84

California

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2011 21:00:05 | More by HopHead84
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beertunes

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2013 22:12:32 | More by beertunes
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A surprisingly hoppy aroma, with notes of citrus evident as well.

T: Tasted of hops, a little citrus (lemon), and a nice amount of malt in the finish. This beer comes close to being a IPA due the amount of hops, but this isn't a bad thing. A bold, assertive flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A very good APA that's well made and easy to drink.

Serving type: growler

03-03-2012 13:16:19 | More by avalon07
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2011 05:49:12 | More by GarthDanielson
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2013 03:37:19 | More by johnnnniee
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Fresh Craft, I was surprised to see it and knew I better order it because I don't think it is bottled. Light yellow orange color, good head. Smells like lemon oil to me, citrus hops. Taste is hoppy and yet is unmistakeable as a pale ale, the slight biscuit flavor from the malt lets me know. I liked this and it was clearly differentiated from an IPA to my taste buds.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2011 04:46:40 | More by ArrogantB
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Durge

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up at DeCicco's in Brewster, NY and it presents a very solid appearance with a very clear, golden amber, a modest but stubborn with blanket of white on top and commendable lacing. The aroma seems definitive of a great pale ale, with some clear hop profile without giving a dominant bitterness like the IPA typically does. There's a nice lemon bread with some rice and other mild cereal grain present. Very pleasant. The taste buds are greeted by much more hops than I would have thought, although that is rarely a disappointment to me. Definitely more hop bite than your average pale ale and maybe too much for the style by some folks' preferences. But I love it, certainly could pass for an IPA but there is a more bready, grain profile that harkens to the intended style just a bit. This leaves a nice bite on the tip of your tongue and delivers a touch of malt backbone and grain to the back of your mouth as it goes down. It's a medium bodied brew that feels a bit lighter with its very crisp carbonation. I get some turnip nuances, minor sweetness and some pleasant yeastiness. All and all this is a very enjoyable pale ale, certainly a pleaser for the hop heads....like myself.

Serving type: growler

04-14-2013 04:06:34 | More by Durge
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ehammond1


4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler

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!

Serving type: growler

07-12-2011 21:38:29 | More by ehammond1
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srandycarter

California

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Middle honey colored, small head, small lace.

S - Hoppy, very fruity, grapefruit stands out. Malt base apparent.

T - Taste matches smell, nice caramel center with lots of bitter grapefruit surrounding it.

M - Medium bodied, fairly carbed, kind of overbalanced to the bitter.

D - Tangy and tasty, but could not drink this all night.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2009 05:01:23 | More by srandycarter
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Floydster

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler that was picked up at the brewery last Saturday after Lost Abbey's event before heading back home, drank the next day from a pint glass, reviewed from notes, color is light gold with some yellowish orange tint, one inch foamy white head that does not last long at all, not much lacing either, aroma consisted of piney hops, toasted malt, light citrus, peaches, and biscuit, taste starts off with piney hops that have a little bit of fruit flavor behind them, middle has more of the citrusy fruits with some dry malt, bready for the most part, finish was slightly dry and crisp with more hop flavors, taste was balanced and light, toasted, dry, and mildly citrusy mouthfeel, moderate to high level of carbonation, taste does not linger very long, could drink a few more pints of this, light and easy drinking, perfect for summer, only downfall is sweetness from fruits once it warms, standard classic pale ale from a great Southern California brewery, would drink again, recommended

Serving type: growler

07-30-2009 01:28:21 | More by Floydster
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AgentMunky

California

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served at the brewery.

Pale orange, good lacing. Smells and tastes like apricot, with pleasant hops and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is carbonated and crisp, while still offering substantial biscuity malt backbone.

Drinkable and tasty. A fruity, recommended pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2013 21:57:39 | More by AgentMunky
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-cask at the Draught House.

Pours a hazy, copper-colored brew with no trace of a head or carbonation. Could've been a result of the cask being tapped the previous night, but this beer seemed undercarbonated in nearly all aspects. Good aroma of fresh, fruity hops that add notes of mango, pineapple, pine, and grapefruit. Sweet caramel candy balances the hoppiness.

Flavor matches the aroma for the most part, delivering a hoppy blast of bitter pine resin and grapefruit to the tastebuds. Gummy, fruity hops all around with a balance of pale malts. A bit hoppy for a pale ale, but still quite tasty. Body is flat, even for a cask serving, but the bitterness and medium mouthfeel are solidly crafted. Green Flash rarely misuses the hop plant, and I'm glad I got to try their 30th Street which, needless to say, was no exception to that rule.

Serving type: cask

01-17-2010 00:19:51 | More by wagenvolks
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30th Street Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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