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30th Street Pale Ale | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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30th Street Pale Ale30th Street Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Hop Odyssey: 30th Street Pale Ale

Hop-forward and San Diego inspired, this is our brewers’ homage to their local craft beer corridor. Uniquely floral and fruity notes from Warrior, Cascade and El Dorado hops mingle with a hint of crystal malt to build flavors of melon and a lingering grassy bitterness. Well-bittered and dry-hopped, 30th Street is a Pale Ale bold enough to suit the palates of hop heads in the land of sunshine and IPA.

Added by MiScusi on 01-13-2009

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Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 713
Photo of delta490
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly cloudy orange-tinted amber with a creamier white head. The head has minor lacing and leaves some nice lacing throughout. The aroma is fruitier than floral and it has a nice sweetness in the background. The flavor add to the sweetness of the aroma with a little bit of resinous pine. The body is a little thinner, in the style, but the more aggressive hops flavor seems to overpower the weight. It is a very good pale ale that is almost an IPA.

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Photo of daledeee
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A single bomber was purchased. I have never seen this one.

Poured into a large glass with nice head and lacing. White head and a slightly cloudy gold body.

Nose is spicy, piny and herbal.

Taste is typical with Green Flash product: lots of hops. This beer mellowed after a few sips(or my palate got used to it). Very piny and grassy.

Mouth feel is pretty carbonated but not overly so. I found this to be one of the best Green Flash offerings that is quite drinkable.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and hazy golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A fruity, earthy, and floral hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus fruit and grass. Upfront citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, melon, pineapple, mango, and apricot. Also some fruit hints of apple and grapes. Floral and earthy hops with hints of grass and pine. Solid malt presence with hints of biscuit, grains, caramel, and yeast. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, a fruity, floral, and earthy hop driven taste with good notes of citrus fruit and grass. Citrus hops with some upfront notes of grapefruit, orange, mango, lemon, melon, apricot, and pineapple. Subtle fruit notes of apple, grape, and pear. Good presence of floral and earthy hops with notes of damp grass and pine. Backing presence of sweet malt with notes of caramel, grains, biscuit, and yeast. A pretty solid Pale Ale taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, crisp, and pretty smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A very solid take on an American Pale Ale. Good mix of citrus and earthy hop flavors.

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Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass, bottle isn't for some reason. Pours a light yellow orange with a 2 inch white head that leaves behind some nice lace.

Smell is biscuit, caramel, lemon, pine, papaya, and grapefruit.

Taste follows the nose, a little more bitter than the nose would have you aspect, but some biscuity malt and carmel balances the bitterness.

Body is less than medium, plenty of life, a touch dry, and easy drinking.

Overall this is solid, not worth the $9, but good.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

A murky copper body holds up a foamy light tan head. Decent retention. Light lacing is present.

The aroma is well balanced with malts, spicy wood, then hops.

The taste is heavy on malts, and the spicy wood notes blend in well overall. A nice hoppy, bitter finish concludes.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, almost creamy.

Overall, this is pretty tasty. Great balance.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Fairly light color, a goldenrod yellow just grading into orange with a frothy beige head that collapses inward after a minute or two, leaving some rich lacing on the glass. Nose is fruity and floral, yellow flowers (dandelion?) and peach, pear, grapefruit, Lifesavers hard candy. Palate also features dandelion and grapefruit peel notes, floral and rather dry initially. Over the first few sips an undercurrent of sweetness emerges, canned peaches and pears, a hint of mango perhaps, brown sugar, creamy honey (!), less orange than expected. Finishes with a decent dose of spruce needles or menthol-eucalyptus lozenge, which builds a bit as you go but never becomes overpowering. The combination of yellow flowers, fruit candy, and honey is quite interesting indeed. El Dorado is allegedly a rather unique hop. I almost get something like honeyed herbal tea steeped with grapefruit rinds. If I had any real complaints about this brew, I'd target the mouthfeel. Seems almost a bit too syrupy even though the moderate degree of carbonation ought to be bang on for the style and the piney notes from the hops serve to keep things quite dry. Odd combination of tactile and gustatory features, this. This issue aside, I am enjoying this particular foray, keeping my streak of Green Flash shilling intact. ;) Price point notwithstanding, these guys do hops well.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Opaque apricot apple juice body. Fine, pure white head pours two fingers high on a moderate pour and hangs around with nice retention and lace.

S - Stellar nose. Bright, fresh, and silky smooth. Granny smith apple, pear, hints of mint, dusty hay, touch of dandelion.

T - Strong plant bitters right up front. Peppery spice and sweet bready malt and caramel rise up to meet the bitterness through the center. Fruity finish, sweet apricots and grape, with a lingering waxy bitter back end.

M - Surprisingly heavy, but the thick mouthfeel is balanced well by a sharp carbonation.

O - A really nice pale ale that's definitely on the heavier end of the style.

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Photo of TXHops
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Like all the green flash beers I've tried, quite bitter. Plus, tastes distinctly of licorice, which is NOT appealing. Beautiful appearance- bright, clear gold with a solid, white, lacy head. Low hop aroma. Mouthfeel suggests the exact abv (6%). Flavor is average apa, below average ipa, until the licorice shows up (from the el dorado hops???). Then it's tough to drink--like Gubna from the summit hops and the horrid onion flavor.

Very interesting beer, but not terribly appealing unless you're a fan of horhounds or fennel.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a solid golden body, clear, two finger head with lace down the glass. Mostly a citric hop aroma with touch of spice and minimal malts. Beer is real smooth, easy to drink, hops shine as the balance is held with minimal sweetness. The hop profile is wet and citric, doesn't really get into grape but there is a "west coast" vibe, naturally, with a little bit of a dry edge. Nothing spectacular but another solid beer from Green Flash.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Wonderful clear gold body with a thick white head that leaves a tremendous amount of lacing. Purchased warm and planned to shill for a few days, accidentally knock over the tall skinny bottle and got some Co2 dispersal. Chilled for an hour and a half to 40F. Great temp for this beer.

S - Floral, grassy hops. Light malt.

T - Earthy hops, vegetable, subtle bitterness, smooth malt background. Definitely blurs the line between pale ale and IPA.

M - Thick body for the style, medium carb. Really coats the palate. Slightly drying.

O - a fantastic brew. I didn't hear anything about this before I picked it up, but since pretty much everything from Green Flash is great I knew I'd be satisfied. Part of the limited serise Hop Odyssey. Get it while you can.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light amber color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a nice cap

S: Some nice fruity and citrusy hops up front with some floral notes behind that. A light caramel maltiness is present with the floral notes as well

T: A bit maltier than the nose leads on, with some caramel sweetness up front to go along with the fruity and floral hop notes. The light sweetness continues through into the finish, along with a light bitterness and more floral hop notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice, balanced APA that is easy to drink. It's nice to see GF ease up on the hops a little and make a brew that isn't in your face or trying to kill your palate with the IBUs and bitterness. Worth trying if you're into GF and want something with a little restraint

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.19/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of rhino110
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As a Pale Ale, this one is reasonably hoppy ... but not overwhelming. This ale has excellent flavor and balance with strong citrusy smell and taste. It has a clean crisp dry flavor with a ever so slightly cloudy appearance along with a thick frothy head and beautiful lacings. A very good quality pale ale with a reasonable 6% abv.

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Photo of babaracas
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear light orange, huge creamy white head, settles to a half inch and leaves rings of lace down the glass. Smell: weedy, grapefruit peel, unripe mango (meh). Taste: oily hop mess all over a light biscuit and apricot backing. Sip starts out ok with apricot, grapefruit, and a tropical note -- but quickly goes off the rails, becoming intensely bitter and finishing thin, oily, and with unexpected alcohol. Not terrible, but wasn't worth a try. Worst thing I've had from Green Flash by far.

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Photo of maximum12
1.44/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

So happy that I can buy Green Flash now without trading for it; just picked up this & Road Warrior, & my wife just finished the four-pack of Double Stout last night. This is a 22 oz. bomber split with aforementioned female.

Pour is a pale orange, fairly low carbonation, unclear. The nose is tickling my memory in the wrong place because I can't quite ID the smell: Walgreen's Grapefruit Anti-Bacterial Foaming Hand Soap? Slightly medicinal as well. A very worn welcome mat.

30th Street Pale Ale baffles. In purely beery terms, this brew is dominated by the pale malts. The hop profile is downright strange. There's a sickly pine that's streaked through by a knuckle-rapping-nun of bitterness. The soapiness in the nose jumps the mid-palate with predictable, less-than-pleasing results, & just wipes out the rest of any other taste. And it sticks. Like Gorilla Glue. Really, after it warms up & I drink 2-3 ounces, nothing else matters.

I'm having flashbacks of calling my mother a jackass & standing over the toilet with Dawn Detergent in my mouth (back when that wasn't considered abuse). I need neither the memory, the aftertaste, nor this beer. What went wrong? Abysmal; not anything I'd have expected from a wonderful brewery.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Half Pint in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear light orange, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells like pure grapefruit juice, pine, and some malt.

The taste is similar. Lots of citrusy grapefruit flavor, as per usual with hoppy Green flash beers. A bit of pine, and lots of bitterness. Only the smallest amount of toasty malt flavor, the hops are the star here. Slightly peppery.

Light to medium bodied, really crisp mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Medium carbonation.

Nothing all that different from most hoppy Green Flash beers, doesn't tread into any new territory, but it's still pretty damn tasty.

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Photo of jellikit
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: light orange. Crystal clear. Medium-thick foamy head.
S: mango. Flowers. Christmas tree.
T: hop up front, middle, end, and thereafter. Pine followed by flowers, followed by bitter finish.
M: medium carbonation. Medium body.
O: great hop forward IPA. Will buy again.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a half an inch of head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is citrus and floral hops. Lemon, orange, and sweet grapefruit. The taste is floral hops and grapefruit juice upfront. Lemon and orange peel as well. Some malts as well. Finishes with more floral hops and lemon. A good amount of bitterness throughout with a light alcohol presence. Medium bodied. Overall, this is a really good Pale Ale I hope gets made on a regular basis. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is two fingers high, with an off-white shade. It retains quite well, with a soapy texture that leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.

S: I'm getting a decent amount of hops - mostly floral, with citrusy hints. Letting it warm up will cause orange peel notes to come out more. It's also surprisingly malty. I'm getting some caramel, toffee, and nuts in particular. I mean, it's hard to blow me away with a simple pale ale - and this doesn't - but it does smell like it will be very solid.

T: I'm actually getting more malts than hops. The hop profile seems to exist mainly as a floral hop bitterness on the back end, with the malt backbone providing the flavor. I'm getting a lot of caramel, toffee, and nuts; I'm even getting some grapey esters from time to time. Orange peel flavors appear after warming up some: the more this one warms up, the more orange peel I'm getting. All in all, a decent pale ale, no more, no less. If the crystal malts weren't so obstructive, this one would have been really good.

M: A bit heavy-feeling for a pale ale. Maybe even a bit overly sweet. Still, it goes down reasonably well. I wanted it to be effortless, but it's not exactly a chore, either. Carbonation is medium.

O: Not bad. In particular, the orange peel character is nice. Still, this suffers from something a LOT of modern pale ales/IPAs do: too much crystal malt. It doesn't completely ruin this one, but it does prevent a pretty good pale ale from being a really good one. Worth trying, but I doubt I'll be buying it again.

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Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
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...

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30th Street Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.