Abnormal Beer Company

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BA SCORE
4.12/5
Exceptional
449 Ratings
Abnormal Beer CompanyAbnormal Beer Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

16990 Via Tazon, #123
Ste 124
San Diego, California, 92127-1649
United States

(858) 618-2463 | map
abnormalbeer.com

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Added by mactrail on 01-01-2015

BEER STATS
Beers:
55
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
449
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.37/5
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
38
pDev:
8.7%
 
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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by BeerMeCJS:
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4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

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Photo of stoumi
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

It had been 13 years since I had been home to Poway, which borders the San Diego city of Rancho Bernardo (RB). This is where I grew up and lived into my early 20s before packing my bags and moving out of state. Little did I know that RB would a nice, little secret upon my return to San Diego.

I boarded a plane out of San Francisco on a Friday, destined for San Diego with the likes of Modern Times, Mike Hess and AleSmith on my mind. However, a few hours before leaving work, a co-worker dropped the name, "Abnormal Beer Company." Now, San Diego is a big city and chances were I would not be close to check out their hazy IPA, Turbidity, which he raved about to no end. To my surprise, when he said, "Abnormal is in Rancho Bernardo" my mouth hit the the floor. A brewing IN Rancho Bernardo?

After a quick stop at Modern Times, followed by an expensive Uber ride, I arrived at Abnormal, not really sure what to expect. I had looked at their offerings and reviews on BA, knowing I wanted to try Turbidity and grab some 4-packs to go. However, I was taken back by two aspects of their establishment. First, it's small. VERY small. The bar and few tables were all occupied, as the brewpub is situated next to The Cork and Craft restaurant.

I found the last spot at the bar, which was actually being reserved, but the guy was friendly enough to let me hang out until the rest of his party arrived. We tossed back a few beer stories and I asked for recommendations. First up, I started with Turbidity, their West Coast, hazy NE style IPA. My co-worker had not let me down, this was a damn amazing beer. I ordered some garlic noodles that arrived promptly and quickly consumed them. They were incredible too! Then again, maybe I was just hungry as this was my fourth beer and I still had not had anything to eat to this point.

As I was consuming the noodles, I asked for their American IPA, Boss Pour. Another outstanding coming in at 7% IPA. I knew if I went for a third pour, it would be my undoing, as I was waiting for my wife to arrive from Long Beach. The brewpub has great ambience, as the bar faces the brewing vats with an electronic board that displays all the beers on tap. It's great knowing when I go home, I have a close and excellent brewpub in Abnormal available, so I don't need to even go out of town.

If you happen to find your in RB, I highly recommend you stop by Abnormal, it's a right off the I-15 freeway, on Rancho Bernardo Road. Some excellent beer, now to call my parents to have them ship some back up north. Cheers!

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Photo of chrisjws
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of armandomacias
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

some good beers. very good guest list. friendly. bar facing a busy restaurant.

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Photo of DCPlus14
4/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of frasergrove
4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
3.69/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

Photo of HazeyJess
5/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of BonsBeer
5/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of lupercmda
4.5/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of lanedlr
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of dvmin98
3.89/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25

Went with a buddy. Got a flight of 6 and asked for the bartender to label the beers so I knew exactly what I had going. I had multiple different beers of the same style. Well, she told me I should know what I have by drinking them. Sure, you're probably right, but I wasn't in the mood for a guessing game. Didn't think I was asking too much. Sorry, no tip.

The quality of pours were good and they had a decent selection.

Other than the crappy service, everything seemed good.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.54/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

"Come on ride the train, come on and ride it!" Honestly think this place is tons of hype with below-average beer...and this is coming from a guy from AZ, where a lot of the beer is mediocre. Only had a flight of five brews and one of their specialty release bottles, and the only think I enjoyed was the traditional Saison. Had some HH "poutine" tots that had two cheese curds with a teaspoon of gravy, as if someone accidentally spilled a little on top of regular tots. Over-priced, over-adjunct-added, for a very not abnormal place.

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3.58/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of BG24
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of ThirstyHungryLife
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of fthegiants
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of t2grogan
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of kmanjohnson
4.15/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of sd123
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of M_chav
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

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Abnormal Beer Company in San Diego, CA
Brewery rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 449 ratings