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

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136 Reviews
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Reviews: 136
Hads: 681
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 21
Gots: 112 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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 uclajd
4.92/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drank this at a bar with Green Flash's brewmaster and marketing rep. The Brewmaster isn't the friendliest guy in the world - I actually drove 35 miles to the bar to meet the GF team and drink their beers - but he is a helluva brewer. Reminds me of the old Steelers linebacker, Greg Lloyd, who wore a t-shirt that read, "I Wasn't Hired For My Disposition"

I could have sworn I tasted *lemon* notes in this beer.

Technically, I think this is an IPA. But if you call it a Pale Ale - I'm going to say it - then it's the best Pale Ale I have ever consumed. A tragedy it isn't available in bottles.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.92/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of MEsquandoles
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint from a special firkin at DraughtHouse.

Deep golden with a very slight amber undertone. Hop specs and tiny bubbles in suspension. Slightly hazy with that strange firkin head. Looks like a high alcohol beer.

Smells of papaya, passionfruit, tangerine; forest vegetation glistening in the early morning's light with dew.

Less malt in the taste than aroma. Tangerine, citrus peel, a little bit of wild honey and honeydew, lotta grapefuit, and LONG lingering aftertaste of mostly pine. Lotsa green.

A little harsh and astringent at first but liked it more and more. I like the dry finish. I sensed hops long after I finished the pint.

This is a hop showcase and not a balanced beer. Not to be liked by everyone, but I'd love to have it again and again. Very fresh tasting and gave me the feeling I was in San Diego. I drank it rather quickly. Recommended; especially if you love fresh hops.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Toronado SD - review from notes
Appears cloudy apricot in color. Very little head - just a small skim. Slight lacing.
Smells of bitter hops, some malt sweetness, grapefruit.
Sweet malt and lots of slightly bitter hops.
Light to medium in body fairly highly charged carbonation
A bit bitter for me as a pale ale but if you like extreme hops then this is for you.

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Photo of Dijeriduster
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Blind Lady Ale House specifically to show off what Green Flash can do...

A - Ambery gold with nice well developed head and lacing. Looks hazy for a pale ale - in many circles this bad boy would be an IPA.

S - Tons of bittery hop splendor. Some sweet notes of citrus come thru, but overall it smells a little like good ol Sierra Nevada Pale.

T - Very hoppy for a pale ale. This is the "entry level" beer for hop-head maniac Green Flash but still has a very robust hop profile. Again like Sierra Nevada but I'm pretty sure this isn't Cascade hops...

M - Good and full with just the right amount of carbonation to keep it from being syrupy. Quite bitter so it really puckers the palate as it finishes.

D - Great pale ale for hop heads. It is bitter so not something the faint of heart pale ale folks should consider...

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Photo of srandycarter
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of Floydster
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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

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

Served on tap, I once again revisit this brew. Pours a clear and deep golden/light amber in color with a full inch of slightly off white head. Head settles in a few minutes but offers layers of lacing throughout the pint.

Nose is of fresh hops and reminds me of many an IPA. Citrus and pine intermingle with a slightly sweet sense. Taste follows and offers a light viscous sweetness coupled with a rather smooth finish. Any hop bitterness doesn't quite make it to the flavor and finish here. Nice feel and finish. A rather hoppy Pale Ale with enough body/sweetness to hide any bitterness.

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Photo of GoGulls
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On Tap at Hamilton's San Diego.

Very nice deep amber color and had a good off white head.
Big citrus nose and hop aroma.
A very sessionable beer probably somewhere between a pale ale and an IPA.

I love to mix in a 30th street between my other super hopped IPA's.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado SD.

A- clear golden white foamy head.... nothing out of the ordinary here.

S/T- very resiny. Smells like hop pellets. Taste has a big rough hoppiness to it. Gives you a bit of kick for such a light bodied beer. Really nice concentrated hop-oil type taste to it.

M/D- Pretty light in feel, a nice hoppy beer. Even though they title it "pale ale" it has way more flavor than many IPA's.

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