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

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Reviews: 121
Hads: 631
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 24.23%
Wants: 20
Gots: 96 | FT: 0
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Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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 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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Photo of wvsabbath
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Copper golden tan with a 1/2 foamy head. Nice sticky lacing.

Smell - Nice piney, grapefruit hop aroma. Grassy, herbal, lemon zest, spices with a pale malt backbone.

Taste - Starts out with nice, light and smooth piney hops. Grassy with plenty of lemon, spices and added sugars with a solid pale ale malt backbone. Some caramel along with sweet yeasts are also noticeable. Some grapefruit bitterness comes out at the finish.

Taste - Nice kick of hops and sugars nails the tongue. Palate gets more hops, some spices and lemon, and the pale malt backbone. Aftertaste is a little bitter, grassy , dry and mild sweet.

Overall - Wow, I cant believe how good this is. Closer to a ipa, has a strong hop profile but the pale malts balance the hell out of this and make it smooth and very drinkable. This is truly great cause you get plenty of hops but its not overly sweet or bitter, and you also get yeasty sugars, pale malts and spices. Sadly, since this is from a widely distributed brewery and there's no hype behind this, no one would consider this world class or seek it out if not easy to obtain from local shop.

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Photo of Omnium
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber > Tulip glass

A - Clear light gold with a nice fluffy thick two finger head, medium spotty lacing, this is what you want your pale ale to look like.
S - Very floral and grassy, subtle notes of citrus zest and some fresh herbs, pale malt.
T - Again extremely floral and taste, this actually packs a sizeable bitterness to it, bready malt, a little grapefruit in the mix, some pine.;
M - Bitter and dry, but crisp and refreshing.
O - Gave this an overall of 4 because of the appearance and aroma. Taste is good, but its more of an IPA in way of bitterness.

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Photo of rawfish
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber, good clarity with a soapy white head, a finger in height. Retention is excellent and the lacing is well formed and coating.

Grainy meal with caramel sweetness hops are floral and with quite a bit of yellow citrus. Fruity yeast adds some berries and under ripe stone fruit.

Raw pale grains have some cereal quality. Lacks sweetness upfront. Hops are grassy with some acidic citrus. Really steely and quite bitter with malt sweetness in the finish.

Overly heavy body for an APA that sits heavy in the get with adequate carbonation. Alcohol is rearing up in the finish but is very dry and clean.

Not quite an IPA and rather bitter and hefty for a pale ale, a hop head's pale I guess. The beer is presenting a artful look in the glass, good drying feeling and plentiful alpha acids but not much else. Another ho-hum beer from Green Flash, I just can't give it up since I am such a San Diego homer.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Bigby's Pour House - Addison, IL
L - deep golden colored ale, creamy off-white head holds excellent retention, excellent lacing as well
S - fruity and floral, citric and a bit tropical
T - bitter grapefruit rind, pine, nutty toasted grain, caramel
F - super creamy, fuller body, finishes with lingering and punishing pine and grapefruit rind
O - definitely more of an IPA, but the malt profile is prominent here as well. Fun to try a rarity and it was enjoyable.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

As a Green Flash fan (I think Palate Wrecker is amazing), I sought this because I had heard that it was more of an IPA than an APA, and I do like my hops. Well, it turned out to be neither a great IPA or APA. There are aromas in the nose and flavors on the tongue consistent with an IPA, particularly citrus flavors, but aside from general bitterness, this thing was disappointment and really "bland"--a word I never thought I'd use in a Green Flash review. It doesn't have the overly sweet caramel malt that turns me off from some APAs, but this just doesn't have much going on. The bartender tried to warn me....

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

On-tap 4/19/2014 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains grassy hops, light caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a strong but not over-powering grassy hops bitterness. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of Luisfcarrizo
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The aroma of a great double IPA actually. Taste is juicy with grapefruit-like bitterness, mild caramel malt in the background. Not a pale ale for beginners but extremely delicious and nicely hopped. Very nice, very drinkable. More like an IPA. Highly recommened

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft at San Diego airport - Craft Brews on 30th St

A - bronze, with 1 finger of head and sticky lace left all over the glass

S - bitter and malts, nothing special

T- smooth, refreshing, bitter, but well balanced

M - medium, well carbonated

O - A great and Tasty pale ale

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Photo of roger617
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into pint glass.

This is the type of beer I hope for when diving into a new(to me) Pale Ale. Appearance fits the bill with a nice foamy head. Aroma and flavor surpass expectations and pack a hoppy citrus punch. Carbed perfectly, and leaves a slightly dry after taste - with lingering citrus flavors to accommodate. Very well done!

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Photo of zillime
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Outstanding example of American pale style. Mouth feel found in much larger beers. Very good head retention and lace as the glass level lowers. Nice clean citrus on both the nose and the palette. This is a session Beer for which sessions are intended.

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Photo of beertunes
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Adlar2789
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at a bar in Brooklyn and thought it was awesome. I'm a sales rep for a beer distributor in CT and sell Green Flash, but unfortunately we don't get their 30th st and I really wish we did.
If you are familiar with their beer, I would compare it to Maine's Peeper Ale, then again it may have just tasted way better because it was out of the cask. Either way, it is a solid pale ale and I highly recommend it if you ever see it on tap.

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Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
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

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Durge
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.68/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a pint glass at Lucky's in Dayton on 8/11/12

Cloudy orange and amber. One finger head takes a long time to dissipate and leaves thick patches of lace.

Dry, spicy citrus aroma - tangerine, orange, pineapple. Hints of grass. Sweet like sugar beets and grapefruit as it warms. Sweet cracker. The taste is prickly and roughish. Herbal toughness with citrus zest and grassiness. Sharp grapefruit bitterness on the finish. Some toasted grains, but not too much malt though. Medium body with fluffy, mildly pointed carbonation. Dry finish. Bitterness grows on the finish and becomes harsh.

Overall, this is not a terrible beer, but I like my pale ales to be smoother than this.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
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.


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Hop Odyssey: 30th Street Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.