Yesterday, we were winding our way up and down the coastal highway in Southern California seeing the sights. In the late afternoon, my buddy (who lives in L.A.) and I landed in Redondo Beach to catch some food and drink. Checking Yelp, I saw that Redondo Beach Brewery was in town. Yelp said it was .9 miles away….no it wasn’t. As, I was staring at my iPhone, I looked across the street and there it was. Beauteous!
Redondo Beach is a town on the ocean that sits high above the sea on cliffs. Quite picturesque. The beach is not sand…instead it is rocky and craggy. After I drank the Rat Beach Red I saw a metaphor. My beer looked a marvelous copper color. At first sip, it pleased my palate. Then, there was a steep drop off, like a cliff. The flavor profile concluded in an unsatisfying and odd astringent taste. It also lacked depth; a low tide of taste character. A rocky and craggy brew in the end.
When I tasted my buddy’s Manhattan Beach Blonde, that brew had the same ending. Not sure what that means but it could suggest a brewing recipe similarity behind-the-scenes to save time and energy. Perhaps, at least, the same type of hops in the same proportion at the minimum. I suspect that the malts change from brew to brew but everything else is the same when within the ale selections (yeast, hops, fermenting temperature). Just a hunch.
I went to Beer Advocate to check to see if my impressions lined up with others. The overall rank from the beer rating community was a B-. I would give this beer a “D.” No curve for California on this one. Its copper look turned into a copper taste at the end. California has many amazing microbreweries but this is not one of them from what I can taste. Maybe I should have tasted a third but didn’t want to take my chances.
The surf is not in here. Best to go to a different beach.