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

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Reviews: 109
Hads: 579
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 19
Gots: 72 | 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

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Beer added by: MiScusi on 01-13-2009

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Reviews: 109 | Hads: 579
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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. (760 characters)

Photo of Luisfcarrizo
5/5  rDev +27.9%
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 (261 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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 (279 characters)

Photo of roger617
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
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! (346 characters)

Photo of zillime
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (753 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of Adlar2789
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
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 (479 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (1,195 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
2.68/5  rDev -31.5%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

C+ (752 characters)

Photo of doopydoogle
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A somewhat cloudy copper with a good lacing that leaves nice, large bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

S - Citrusy, piney resins jump out first, follow by herbal stones with a hint of starfruit. A good bready malt profile rests beneath, leaving implications of sweetness.

T - Malt front with citrusy elements giving way to a big bitter thwap. Overall the malts hold up but are balanced strongly with the bitter. The hops give more by way of bitter than flavor, lending to the style. Overall balanced, nothing jumps out too strongly, except maybe the bitter towards the middle/end.

M - Thick and almost oily, with a good slurpy carbonation that carries the beer along.

O - A solid pale, maybe a little overly bitter for the style, but I'm not surprised given the brewer. A good beer for an IPA who is looking for something with a bit more balanced malt profile. (877 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a Unibroue tulip Very fluffy white head, soapy lacing, light copper in color. Aroma is extremely hoppy. Earthy, lemony, piney, grassy, marijuana-y hoppy dankness. 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 but who cares. (460 characters)

Photo of jvillefan
4.95/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A clear filtered deep yellow orange color with a two finger off white head.

S: Hops, there are piney notes to this with a subtle caramel-malt backbone.

T: The taste mirrors the smell perfectly. A light refreshing tasting beer that is excellent on a hot day.

M: A little light but it's a pale ale, and maybe a little over carbonated.

O: I believe it is between this and row 2 hill 56 for the west coast equilivant of Zombie Dust. Great beer. (447 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado San Diego. Yellow and light orange beer, sudsy white head, 3/4" deep, strong retention. Aroma, mildly hoppy, mild cereal grain aspect to it, enjoyable, but given as much as this was talked up, I found the aroma to be just barely above run of the mill when it comes to west coast pale ales.

Taste, solid, delivers a good amount of citrusy and grapefruity hop presence, over a mild malt bill, probably no caramel to it. With the alcohol level, this really seems like an ipa. But I guess boundaries aren't what they used to be. Carbonation was big, bitterness was even bigger.

A pretty good pale ale, just once the abv gets to six percent, with this type of hopping, I dunno, the line really gets blurred with an ipa. Either way, a good choice, would like to see bottled, I'd pick up a sixer. (811 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. A lovely, assertively hopped pale that’s basic an IPA-light and serves up the hops with more freshness and vitality than many workaday IPAs on the market. Pale gold pour; nearly clear, with a fluffy white head that settles down slowly and good lacing. Aroma leaps from the glass; grapefruit-y citrus and pine hops; traces of pale and sweeter caramel malts underneath, but this smells like a typical west coast IPA and had me salivating.

The flavor happily follows the nose. Lots of fresh hoppiness bursting with citrus and piney notes; a moderately sweet biscuit/caramalt backbone that mostly stays in the background and doesn’t step on any toes. Dry finish with a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Not as aggressive as say, Green Flash’s West Coast IPA, but not far off. Would love it if I could grab fresh bottles of this in NYC rather than a one-time draft offering/growler fill.

Medium-light body; medium carbonation; clean drinking, still smooth; lovely feel. Really glad I got to try this one. (1,022 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (533 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at green flash in san diego

Pours a lightly clouded dark golden color with a one finger high head of white head. Patchy rings of lacing streak the glass while drinking.

A flash of hops in the nose with some citrus peel. Touches of orange and grapefruit with a balancing malt scent. Light sweetness and bread.

Pleasantly bitter up front with citrusy hops and a light notion of pine. Well balanced with mild malt backbone. Bread crust, caramel and a soft sweetness. Bitter and dry in the finish with some citrusy pith.

Medium body, nice carbonation, refreshing and crisp on the palate. A really pleasant, balanced, yet hoppy pale ale - if I lived closer I would have brought home a case. (699 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at Station Tavern in San Diego (South Park), Calif. About a finger of head when I got it. Color was caramel orange. Bubble, frothy white lacing on the top. Lots of white film sticking to the sides. Both the lacing and film lasted throughout.

Smelled caramel pale notes. Also wheat and citrus hops. Got a mix of lemon, grapefruit and some orange/tangerine.

Tasted similar to the nose. Got caramel, lemon, orangeish hops and some ginger. Bitter aftertaste.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Slightly bitter finish.

I can’t believe it took me this long to rate this beer (although I think I’ve had it). Just a great American Pale Ale, although it did get a bit old towards the end. Good beer. (754 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at Green Flash Brewing in San Diego, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A- Half finger white head. Low retention. Some frilly lacing. Pale orange-gold color with nice clarity.

S- Smells like an English-style Pale Ale. Subdued and lighter with sweet malts.

T- Very hop heavy. Bitter taste with a sweet, crisp finish.

M- Smooth and light.

O- This is an alright Pale Ale, but I might avoid it unless I was looking for a sweeter hop-bomb. (446 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A surprisingly hoppy aroma, with notes of citrus evident as well.

T: Tasted of hops, a little citrus (lemon), and a nice amount of malt in the finish. This beer comes close to being a IPA due the amount of hops, but this isn't a bad thing. A bold, assertive flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A very good APA that's well made and easy to drink. (552 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Bodega on 12/26/11.

Served in a shaker pint.

Short creamy white head. Nice shiny bronze color. Provides an excellent wall of total lace.

The aroma is full of bright citrus - orange and sweet grapefruit.

The taste is also quite fruity. Citrusy grapefruit and bitter orange pith. There are also some spicy/peppery notes in there. I found this to be a bit boozy too - which was odd and unwelcome in the style (especially at a mere 6%).

Lingering bitterness and a slight numbing effect from the hops comes into play mid-glass. The spiciness coupled with the alcohol winds up being distracting and bothersome.

This started out being a great pale, but it winds up harsh and a chore to finish. (702 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass on tap during Green Flash's tap takeover night at Crescent Moon in Omaha, NE
Served in a Green Flash pint glass
Review from notes

Green Flash's 30th street pale ale is a delicious, highly hopped, almost to the point of being an IPA in a pale ale body, beer. Out of the four Green Flash beers I tried during the evening, it was the standout due to its unexpected excellence and overall drinkability. Wish it was in bottles.

The glass arrives at my table with a 1cm head of off-white foam, which dissipates in a minute, leaving a ring around the glass and some spotty lacing. Beer's body is a deep copper color, with orange highlights when held to the light. Active carbonation is visible.

Aroma is fantastic, very prominent citrus hop usage. I noticed some grapefruit, tangerine, orange rind, slight lemon, even a hint of peach. Because I like hops, the aroma is good; for a pale ale, this may be a bit too hoppy and not enough malt presence, so I deducted a point.

Taste follows scent (bright citrus, particularly grapefruit, orange, and tangerine), but also allows for some pine hop usage to be noticed. The malt is much more noticeable, biscuit and caramel flavors, though still taking a backseat to the hops. Aftertaste is bitter and citrus-hoppy. Delicious, could drink several glasses of this.

Body is medium to medium-light, with robust carbonation that is fitting for the style and weight of the beer. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, refreshing. Finishes dry. (1,475 characters)

Hop Odyssey: 30th Street Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.