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

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Reviews: 121
Hads: 629
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 24.23%
Wants: 20
Gots: 94 | 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 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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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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Hop Odyssey: 30th Street Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.