30th Street Pale Ale | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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30th Street Pale Ale30th Street Pale Ale

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

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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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Mad Mex last night, brilliant clear copper bodied with a nice bright white head. Forms fine even lacing down the sides of my glass. Aroma has grapefruit/citrus/pine with some nice biscuit malts going on giving it a bready backbone to go with the expressive hop profile. Flavor was up front with citric/pine hops and a nice sugar coated malt backing. Nothing offensive more aggressive than most APAs in a good way. Definitely a beer I could have drank in number just went out for a burrito and a beer or two with my cousin and the kids. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even carbonation smooth slightly resinous with light hop oils. Drinkability was very nice, I can't wait to see this on tap when I'm on my own with a DD.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/21/10 notes. Had on tap at Rattle n Hum in NYC.

a - Pours a deep amber color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of orange, citrus hops, pine hops, and grapefruit.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, honey, fruity malts, and light pine.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good APA that was a lot better than their Citra APA. Would drink again.

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Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear pale yellow in color with a thin off-white head that has good retention properties. There is no visible carbonation.
S: There is a moderate aroma of pine resin hops in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, but a lot stronger and is dominated by flavors of pine resin hops. There is only a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate. There isn't a lot of carbonation but this is likely a result of being pumped from a cask. The finish has a little bit of dryness.
D: The beer was relatively easy to drink. I would definitely try this again if I was looking for something with a lot of hop flavor that's not overly bitter.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, I'm glad I got to try this beer without traveling to San Diego,

A: Pour amber with a nice white head, good retention, spots of lace.

S: Hoppy nose for sure, lots of pine and citrus, pretty good balance between the two. Aromatic and pure.

T: Light crystal style malt upfront. But what makes the beer is the great hop flavour. Lots of sweet pine, orange, lemon. For as bitter as it is, it's also quite floral.

M: Medium-bodied, resiny, oily. Crisp and smooth for a pale ale.

D: One of the best pale ales I've ever had. Delicious, bordering on IPA, but I'm fine with that. A must try.

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Photo of snogglethorpe
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not complex, but an extraordinarily well-balanced and delicious American-style IPA. Bitter enough to satisfy -- it asserts its IPAness -- without being oppressive; hoppy and fruity, but not excessively sweet; the barest touch of malt. Yum!

I could drink this stuff all night! (well except then I'd die)

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Photo of Kegatron
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ The Toronado (San Diego, CA) on 3/22/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazed copper, with a thin covering of bright-white froth. Nice looking rich flareup when this is swirled, leaving some thick foamy swathes of lacing behind. The aroma is large and in charge with a robust West Coast bouquet on it, with floral hops, spice, and bitter grapefruit taking control. There's a touch of bready pale malts in the back, but man, the hops really drive this forward. Pretty awesome nose on this that seems much more akin to what you would find on an IPA.

The taste doesn't disappoint at all either, nearly matching the richness of the nose. This is just full of pine, spice, bitter tasting grapefruit juice, and some EXTRA juicy tropical fruit character. There is just enough malt activity to offer some balancing support but the hops really shine here the most. Lots of fresh grapefruit and spice hang in the finish after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a creamy sharpness to it that gives this some extra oompth in the mouth while still staying very silky and drinkable.

Jeez, I think that I could have easily mistaken this for their (quite underated) West Coast IPA at times, this was so lush with the hops. Anyway, I'm glad I finally sat down for a pint of this draft only offering, as it seems that I've been missing out on my recent visits here to San Diego. Awesome American Pale Ale.

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Photo of uclajd
4.92/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drank this at a bar with Green Flash's brewmaster and marketing rep. The Brewmaster isn't the friendliest guy in the world - I actually drove 35 miles to the bar to meet the GF team and drink their beers - but he is a helluva brewer. Reminds me of the old Steelers linebacker, Greg Lloyd, who wore a t-shirt that read, "I Wasn't Hired For My Disposition"

I could have sworn I tasted *lemon* notes in this beer.

Technically, I think this is an IPA. But if you call it a Pale Ale - I'm going to say it - then it's the best Pale Ale I have ever consumed. A tragedy it isn't available in bottles.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-cask at the Draught House.

Pours a hazy, copper-colored brew with no trace of a head or carbonation. Could've been a result of the cask being tapped the previous night, but this beer seemed undercarbonated in nearly all aspects. Good aroma of fresh, fruity hops that add notes of mango, pineapple, pine, and grapefruit. Sweet caramel candy balances the hoppiness.

Flavor matches the aroma for the most part, delivering a hoppy blast of bitter pine resin and grapefruit to the tastebuds. Gummy, fruity hops all around with a balance of pale malts. A bit hoppy for a pale ale, but still quite tasty. Body is flat, even for a cask serving, but the bitterness and medium mouthfeel are solidly crafted. Green Flash rarely misuses the hop plant, and I'm glad I got to try their 30th Street which, needless to say, was no exception to that rule.

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Photo of MEsquandoles
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint from a special firkin at DraughtHouse.

Deep golden with a very slight amber undertone. Hop specs and tiny bubbles in suspension. Slightly hazy with that strange firkin head. Looks like a high alcohol beer.

Smells of papaya, passionfruit, tangerine; forest vegetation glistening in the early morning's light with dew.

Less malt in the taste than aroma. Tangerine, citrus peel, a little bit of wild honey and honeydew, lotta grapefuit, and LONG lingering aftertaste of mostly pine. Lotsa green.

A little harsh and astringent at first but liked it more and more. I like the dry finish. I sensed hops long after I finished the pint.

This is a hop showcase and not a balanced beer. Not to be liked by everyone, but I'd love to have it again and again. Very fresh tasting and gave me the feeling I was in San Diego. I drank it rather quickly. Recommended; especially if you love fresh hops.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Toronado SD - review from notes
Appears cloudy apricot in color. Very little head - just a small skim. Slight lacing.
Smells of bitter hops, some malt sweetness, grapefruit.
Sweet malt and lots of slightly bitter hops.
Light to medium in body fairly highly charged carbonation
A bit bitter for me as a pale ale but if you like extreme hops then this is for you.

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Photo of Dijeriduster
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Blind Lady Ale House specifically to show off what Green Flash can do...

A - Ambery gold with nice well developed head and lacing. Looks hazy for a pale ale - in many circles this bad boy would be an IPA.

S - Tons of bittery hop splendor. Some sweet notes of citrus come thru, but overall it smells a little like good ol Sierra Nevada Pale.

T - Very hoppy for a pale ale. This is the "entry level" beer for hop-head maniac Green Flash but still has a very robust hop profile. Again like Sierra Nevada but I'm pretty sure this isn't Cascade hops...

M - Good and full with just the right amount of carbonation to keep it from being syrupy. Quite bitter so it really puckers the palate as it finishes.

D - Great pale ale for hop heads. It is bitter so not something the faint of heart pale ale folks should consider...

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Photo of srandycarter
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Middle honey colored, small head, small lace.

S - Hoppy, very fruity, grapefruit stands out. Malt base apparent.

T - Taste matches smell, nice caramel center with lots of bitter grapefruit surrounding it.

M - Medium bodied, fairly carbed, kind of overbalanced to the bitter.

D - Tangy and tasty, but could not drink this all night.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Catching up on some old reviews...

A: A light golden-yellow color with a nice white foam.

S: Some good citrus but more pine from the hops. Decent malt backing.

T: Very nice hop fruitiness from this beer. Lots of citrus and some pineapple. Excellent piney bitterness is present as well, along with a decent amount of malt.

M: On the lighter side of things in terms of body, but good carbonation helps out.

D: Overall, a very solid and easy drinking pale ale.

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

Growler that was picked up at the brewery last Saturday after Lost Abbey's event before heading back home, drank the next day from a pint glass, reviewed from notes, color is light gold with some yellowish orange tint, one inch foamy white head that does not last long at all, not much lacing either, aroma consisted of piney hops, toasted malt, light citrus, peaches, and biscuit, taste starts off with piney hops that have a little bit of fruit flavor behind them, middle has more of the citrusy fruits with some dry malt, bready for the most part, finish was slightly dry and crisp with more hop flavors, taste was balanced and light, toasted, dry, and mildly citrusy mouthfeel, moderate to high level of carbonation, taste does not linger very long, could drink a few more pints of this, light and easy drinking, perfect for summer, only downfall is sweetness from fruits once it warms, standard classic pale ale from a great Southern California brewery, would drink again, recommended

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Photo of HalfFull
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap, I once again revisit this brew. Pours a clear and deep golden/light amber in color with a full inch of slightly off white head. Head settles in a few minutes but offers layers of lacing throughout the pint.

Nose is of fresh hops and reminds me of many an IPA. Citrus and pine intermingle with a slightly sweet sense. Taste follows and offers a light viscous sweetness coupled with a rather smooth finish. Any hop bitterness doesn't quite make it to the flavor and finish here. Nice feel and finish. A rather hoppy Pale Ale with enough body/sweetness to hide any bitterness.

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Photo of GoGulls
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On Tap at Hamilton's San Diego.

Very nice deep amber color and had a good off white head.
Big citrus nose and hop aroma.
A very sessionable beer probably somewhere between a pale ale and an IPA.

I love to mix in a 30th street between my other super hopped IPA's.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado SD.

A- clear golden white foamy head.... nothing out of the ordinary here.

S/T- very resiny. Smells like hop pellets. Taste has a big rough hoppiness to it. Gives you a bit of kick for such a light bodied beer. Really nice concentrated hop-oil type taste to it.

M/D- Pretty light in feel, a nice hoppy beer. Even though they title it "pale ale" it has way more flavor than many IPA's.

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