Hop Odyssey: 30th Street Pale Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
01-22-2012 20:57:55 | More by Sammy
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
08-07-2012 01:16:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.22/5 rDev +9%
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.
08-08-2010 12:34:37 | More by metter98
4.29/5 rDev +10.9%
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
07-17-2013 02:10:01 | More by brentk56
4.33/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
08-26-2009 23:50:30 | More by womencantsail
4.15/5 rDev +7.2%
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, with a faint whisper of caramel, weird musty nuts, and further floral, astringently piney hops. The taste is 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.
06-10-2014 04:12:47 | More by biboergosum
4.2/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
01-26-2011 05:08:00 | More by WVbeergeek
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
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...
05-12-2014 03:22:19 | More by russpowell
4.38/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
04-02-2010 16:50:03 | More by Kegatron
3.75/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
05-28-2014 17:35:48 | More by StonedTrippin
3.45/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
05-01-2011 05:39:17 | More by mactrail
Hop Odyssey: 30th Street Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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