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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

116 Reviews
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Reviews: 116
Hads: 614
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 19
Gots: 89 | 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:
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 StoutHunter
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Green Flash's 30th Street Pale Ale last week for $1.99 at The Lager Mill. I'm in the mood for a Pale Ale tonight and I thought i would take a chance on this one, so lets see how it goes. Best by December 19th 2015. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, the design is a pretty plaint and it isn't too eye catching. IT poured an amber orange color that took on more of an orange color when held to the light with a finger and half of slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a mixture of floral and green hop aromas with no aspect seeming to stick out the most and there's a little bit of fruity hop aroma in the background. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast that goes into the malts which impart some sweet malt and pale malt like aroma. This beer had a nice aroma, it had some nice balance to it.

T- The taste seems to be similar to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but time it's the green hops that seem to stick out the most. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast that goes into the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with no single one seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's a medium amount of sweetness with a hoppy aftertaste. This is a decent tasting Pale Ale, but there was a little bit too much green hop flavors for me.

M_ Fairly smooth, very crisp, a little prickly, medium bodied with a lower amount of high carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but it could use a little less carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and a decent example of the style, it had most of the things that I look for in the style, but when it came down to it the green hops and carbonation made it rough around the edges. This beer had ok drinkability, one is enough for me, I have no urge to drink another one in a row. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it's a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints. What I like the least about this beer is the green hop flavors and higher carbonation, those aspects need some work. I don't think I would buy tjos beer again, but I wouldn't turn one down. I can't say I would recommend it. All in all I thought this beer was going in the right direction, but it had some things that needed some work and that just held it back so me. It's not a favorite Green Flash beer and it's pretty average for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use a little work. (2,893 characters)

Photo of Lard_City
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautifully hoppy aroma and hoppy/pine/bitter taste. Malt is way in the background. Like drinking a liquid pine tree. More like an older west coast IPA. (152 characters)

Photo of Moose90
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a nice and extremely clear light amber color into the glass, there is a somewhat thin white colored head on-top of the beer, leaves behind nice enough lacing.

S — Smells very fresh and bright, without being overly hoppy, nice notes of fresh cut grass and a bit of pine, balanced by a lightly sweet malt profile.

T — Very easy drinking and balanced, good tradeoff between the malt foundation and the hop profile, very approachable without being one dimensional.

M — Light-Medium bodied, near perfect carbonation level.

O — Very nice overall, will have to grab this one more often as I see it. (634 characters)

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solid pale ale easy to drink nice smell and flavor great summer beer green flash did a solid job with this beer pours clear and smells really good definitely worth a try (169 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a burnt orange with a subtle haze; fluffy eggshell white head that leaves great lacing. The aromas are pretty floral. Flowers and subtle pine. Some bread and crackers. Some caramel malts in the mix. The flavors are very earthy. Lots of grass and more fresh pine. Very floral mixed with some citrus notes. Lots of grapefruit. Nice balance between malts and hops. Slightly spicy with maybe some rye or black pepper in the mix. Mouthfeel is great. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. Very smooth and it's ultimately refreshing.

I like this. It's not a flashy beer, but it's well crafted and fun to drink. Definitely stays true to style. Clean brew. Very refreshing and perfect for the summer. (760 characters)

Photo of Edman5P
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tastes almost like a DIPA.. Poured out a golden or dark yellow color with a long lasting head.. Good lacing and a fruity, floral, hoppy taste.. A good beer (155 characters)

Photo of HoppyVidal1
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great color came out looking like a DIPA terrific rounded flavor that sticks around nicely. The mouth and feel and taste work perfect together and really makes this pale stand out and be memorable. Green Flash has done another terrific job. (240 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy gold under a 2” cream colored foam collar with a very fine bead.
S: Fruity nose with spice, grass, floral and citrus notes.
T: Big fruit flavors feature melon and citrus on the front giving way to a spicy, floral citrus rind hop bitterness. The bitterness is smooth and not harsh. Finishes slightly astringent from the hops.
F: Very creamy, medium carbonation and body.
O: An easy to drink pale ale packed with flavor. (433 characters)

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Active orange brew. Floral smell, some light fruit. Citrus flavors, some breadiness. Creamy and smooth with a full body, with a quick dry finish.

Very refreshing and well built. A pale with substance. (209 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear orange-golden color with white head. Citrus fruits, pineapple, and mango on the nose; follows onto the palate. Very fruity. Finishes with a nice smoothness to the hop bite. (186 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz : pint glass

Pours a clear golden orange with a foamy white head.

Citric, fruity lightly spicy hops with a lightly crackery malt base.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

Nothing mind blowing, but certainly another well done, hop forward beer from Green Flash. (266 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a finger and half of head on a hazy dark straw body.
The aroma is a nice mango, pineapple and lemon blend.
The taste has a moderate pine bitterness throughout with a long dry bitter finish.
The texture is thicker but crisp.
It looks great, the smell is nice, the taste is fine. (283 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an IPA glass from a 22 oz bomber.

Color is translucent honey gold with a thick, billowing white head. Retention is good, lacing is excellent. Smell is tropical fruit and sweet hay. Flavor is juicy with melon and mango. Just a touch of malt before the finish, which is crisp, bitter and lingering. Body is medium with some hop resins that coat your mouth. Good carbonation.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. More of an IPA than a pale ale, but that is what I would expect from Green Flash. (515 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a large mug. 30407A0051958 might be the code on the bottom. Hard to say, because they're hard to read.

Pours slightly hazy, bronze/golden with a medium sized pale head that sort of slumps into lumpy piles. Smell is hay, slight onion, some yeast.

Taste is on the bitter end of a pale ale, lacks some of the malty prominence I would normally expect. That's not bad -- just different. More crisp, less soft. Lighter and bitterer.

Mouthfeel is thick, chewy. Overall, pretty good. (502 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up in mid-August from Total Wine for $6.99. Can't find a freshness date but its availablity is April-May. Received at TW on 8/16/14.

Beer poured orange with a nice white head that is handing around.

Nose is floral, fruity, and citrusy.

Taste has a touch of floral, peach, and orange up front and a lot of grapefruit rind and pine at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and decently carbonated.

Overall this is an interesting spin on the APA style. A lot of hop profiles going on. Drinks more like an IPA as i am not getting that bready malt base i would expect from the style. (592 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Green Flash '30th Street Pale Ale' @ 6.0% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $9.25

A-pour is a pale gold from the bottle to clear amber in the glass with a small off-white head leaving a minimal lace along the pint

S-mild smelling pale ale

T-ok , bit dissapointing , mild bitterness

MF-medium body , medium carbonation ,

Ov-slightly dissapointing pale ale , was expecting more

prost LampertLand (411 characters)

Photo of BeerZar
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Aroma is tropical fruit and orange with floral notes and some sweet toasted bread. Hazy deep golden with medium white head. Taste is sweet caramel notes upfront that fade into light tropical and floral hops mid-palate. Finish is lingering resinous bitter pine. Palate is medium with light carbonation noticeable. Overall this is a solid pale ale that tastes more like an IPA. Good balance between the sweet malts and the hoppiness. (431 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (1,274 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (1,396 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (661 characters)

Hop Odyssey: 30th Street Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.