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

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Ratings: 432
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 12
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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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5/5  rDev +29.5%

seth72104, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of nanobrew
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

nanobrew, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ArrogantB
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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.

Update 6/2014 bottle weird taste lemons, bread, minerals, meh

ArrogantB, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of Kshock
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- copper in color, good clarity. Very nice sticky lacing on the glass.

S- smells like an ipa. Tons of hops in the nose, very good nose.

T- great hop character, lots of bite. Really clean on the finish. Really like this one.

M- light to med body with good carb, and a little bit of a dry finish.

O- San Diego pale ale at it's best

Kshock, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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.

HopHead84, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ordered a pint of this at El Take It Easy in San Diego's North Park neighborhood last night.

Served in a nonic.

Appearance: An inch of thick, off-white fluff sits atop a lightly hazed, golden body. Head retention proved to be pretty spectacular, and the lacing looked great to boot: sticky, cobweb-like lace all the way down.

Smell: Mango, pineapple, and tangerine all come to mind immediately; this has a really floral, fruity nose. Dry pine, dirt, and faint caramel play secondary roles. I don't think I've ever detected so much late-addition hopping in a pale.

Taste: Pine resin and caramel are easy to pick out, and the same goes for pineapple. Tangy citrus and bread dough are more subtle. Bitterness is off the charts for a pale: strong and lingering; I'd assume this is right around 60 IBUs.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, aggressively bitter, and prickly with tons of mouth coating. Moderate carbonation. Feels a lot more like an IPA - very similar to GF West Coast IPA, in fact - than a pale ale.

Overall: If you like Green Flash's West Coast IPA, you'll love this one - it seemed like the same beer with extra late hop additions. Big and bold for a pale but certainly enjoyable, especially if you're on a hop kick.

ThreeWiseMen, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy gold with white head. For some reason there was a lottt of yeast chunks in suspension which wasn't the best for appearance.

The smell was great with mostly citrus hops with a decent amount of malt as well.

The taste was very hoppy. Sweet tangerine and citrus with a good amount of bitterness especially for a pale ale. Pretty much no malt on the taste.

I really enjoyed this beer and would get it again for sure.

Eriktheipaman, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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!

ehammond1, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

barleywinefiend, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of foles
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the best of the five or so on-tap Green Flash offerings on tap at the Monk (Fremantle). What a great brewery. This was the most balanced, flavourful, crisp, sessionalbe APA I've ever encountered. Lovely hop character without being overbearing, light malty base, crisp, clean, just wonderful.

foles, May 22, 2011
Photo of beagle75
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft service into a shaker pint glass at the Green Flash tasting room in Vista.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass and thick streams of energetic bubbles rise in the column.

S: Very fresh dynamic hops are mainly herbaceous, but also with some detectable bright and grapefruit-centered citrus. Malt qualities are moderately intense, quite toasty and clean.

T: Begins dry, with pale malt and juicy herbaceous hops back-lit by bursting acidity. Hops fade slightly in the middle, yielding to some sharp mineral or metallic flavor that seems to be brought out by the early acidity. Bitterness is intermediate at its most intense, still influenced by herbaceous aromatics as well as some grapefruit peel.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, acidity is sharp but textures are otherwise balanced, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is a solid, balanced pale ale that is enhanced when served ultra-fresh at the source. It has a surprising herbaceous focus in which one can taste the green-ness, but it does not exceed the limits of good taste, nor does it tax the palate. Its most remarkable quality is its cleanliness--it tastes strongly of malt, hops, carbonic acid, and not much else--which may or may not be seen as favorable, depending on what the drinker values in the style.

beagle75, May 09, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

mactrail, May 01, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

GarthDanielson, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of Nugganooch
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the brewery on 04/01/11.

A: Pours a clear but much darker pale ale like that of Stonebrew's pale. Picks up a nice orangish-copper hue when held up to light. A 2-in choppy off-white head formed that subsided rather quickly and held only a small amount of lacing.

S: A real nice upfront nose of big citrus, candied fruit and sweet pine aromas. I really couldnt pick up much beyond that until the beer sat for a bit and some caramel maltiness started to come through a little.

T: Great citrus and candy-fruit hop flavors present with a nice mellow bitterness on the palate. Very subdued sweet caramel and maltiness does come through towards the end keeping this beer nicely balanced. Alcohol barely present. Finishes quite nice.

*I must note that I picked up a distinct metallic off-flavor that I have not experienced with this brew or brewery before and am a little perplexed. Having had this before I would have given a higher taste score based on memory. may have to revisit this review again.

M: Perfect on the palate - mildly sweet not too sticky on the tongue. Finishes a little dry with a nice clean refreshing crispness.

D: Outstanding drinkability. A well balanced, nicely hopped, lower ABV pale. This is quite a nice session beer in my opinion.

Damn I wish they bottled this stuff! You know IMHO I think every brewery should have a nice hoppy lower abv sessionable pale. I would consider it a true testament of a good craft brewer. And a real nice job here by Green Flash. Again I must note that I picked up a distinct metallic off-flavor that I have not experienced with this brew or brewery before and am a little perplexed. Perhaps it was a new cap for my growler or the GreenFlash location move is causing some quality issues. (I read some threads noting the same with WestCoast)
Having had this brew many times before I would have given a higher taste score based on memory. May definitely have to revisit this review again. Even considering, still a really refreshingly hoppy pale ale that I could drink all day long.

Nugganooch, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of Jesse13713
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hop-filled amber color with a slightly golden hue. Slightly brown as well. Clumpy froth and less than impressive lacing.

Smell - Quite a grassy and hoppy smell. Smells quite yeast-like.

Taste - Not a very strong pale ale, but it is definitely different. Sweet malts that are very caramelized. A smooth oatsy taste. A slight toasted note as well.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Very light bodied and frothy in the mouth. Leaves a slight tingling feeling on my lips. This beer was pretty decent and different-tasting then any pale ale I've ever had before.

Jesse13713, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

mdfb79, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

metter98, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Halcyondays, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of snogglethorpe
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not complex, but an extraordinarily well-balanced and delicious American-style IPA. Bitter enough to satisfy -- it asserts its IPAness -- without being oppressive; hoppy and fruity, but not excessively sweet; the barest touch of malt. Yum!

I could drink this stuff all night! (well except then I'd die)

snogglethorpe, May 08, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Kegatron, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of uclajd
4.93/5  rDev +27.7%
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.

uclajd, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of wagenvolks
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

wagenvolks, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of MEsquandoles
4.25/5  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.

MEsquandoles, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of ThirstyBird
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

ThirstyBird, Dec 04, 2009
Hop Odyssey: 30th Street Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.