Brew Review

Beer Review – Rock Bottom – Part 1



On a recent trip to La Jolla, we stopped at the local Rock Bottom Brewing Company and I selected the sampler. This involves eight 4oz pours. The first 4 pours are the same tried and true beverages that are served at all of the Rock Bottom’s. The last four are the work of the local brew master.

Of the first four, the first was the Great White American Light, the Rock Bottom equivalent of Coors Light.
The Great White American Light has the following characteristics

  • Appearance: Clear, golden color. Good foam. An average amount of lacing.
  • Aroma: A light malt scent with a hint of hops.
  • Taste: Thin body and mouthfeel but good flavor.
  • ABV: 4.4%

While not a fan of light beer, I found this to be a refreshing attempt. The Mrs. also found this to be quite palatable.

Of the first four, the second was the Breakwater Pale Ale, the Rock Bottom equivalent of an American Pale Ale like Sierra Nevada.
The Breakwater Pale Ale has the following characteristics

  • Appearance: Yellow-amber. Good foam and lacing.
  • Aroma: A nice blend of malt scent and hops.
  • Taste: Thin body and mouthfeel but good flavor and good finish.
  • ABV: 5.4%

This wouldn’t be one of my favorite Pale Ales but it certainly was a respectable effort.

Of the first four, the third was the Ragtop Red Ale, the Rock Bottom equivalent of an Irish Red.
The Ragtop Red Ale has the following characteristics

  • Appearance: Amber. Good foam and lacing.
  • Aroma: Sweet caramel and toasted malt.
  • Taste: Full body and mouthfeel with a nice flavor and slightly burnt finish.
  • ABV: 5.4%

I thought this was a very good red ale.

Of the first four, the fourth was the Longboard Brown Ale, the Rock Bottom equivalent of a Newcastle Brown Ale or a Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale.
The Longboard Brown Ale has the following characteristics

  • Appearance: Reddish Amber. Good foam and a lot of lacing.
  • Aroma: Sweet, nutty with a little earthy aroma.
  • Taste: Full body and mouthfeel. Not too sweet and a great finish.
  • ABV: 4.8%

I am a huge fan of Samuel Smith’s and I think the brew master has replicated the flavor and finish. This was the best of the first four.

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