Congregation Ale House - Pasadena

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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
devman171  (164) Annapolis , Maryland | November 4, 2014
visited for lunch. only a few spots in the lot for the ale house but we got one. a good mix of taps, and we sat at the bar so service was not an issue. only problem is no samples. highlight was oude tart with cherries
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 3/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
TylerGreenDC  (53) , | October 15, 2014| Updated October 22, 2014
Super list. Heavy on California beers, and secondarily Western beers, which is wonderful. Over-weighted toward PAs, IPAs and DIPAs, which is A-OK by me. Less good: Goofy ordering system that eschews table service and unnecessarily re-invents the wheel. Makes it difficult to taste beers before ordering or to talk with the barkeeps about whatís on offer. As just about everyone else here has noted: This is a total unforced error. Unnecessarily loud inside. Good food. Reasonable prices. Better than it will score here due to service issues.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
Prufrockstar  (58) Seattle, Washington | September 23, 2014
Tap selection was nice. Prices better than Lucky Baldwinís on brews they had in common. The setup doesnít jive with me, though, and I was happy to get the hell out. I mean, the gothic church theme feels pretentious (even if itís tongue in cheek, the initial impression isnít positive), and I canít help but feel sketchy paying women in school girl outfits to serve me alcohol.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
rejtable  (207) Ontario | May 19, 2014
Cool spot. Maybe 20 beer on tap, decent variety. Service is odd in ieddering first at a cash like a takeout and then finding a seat, but it works. Would return for sure.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
t0rin0  (1512) Do Not Resuscitate, California | October 28, 2013
Visited October 16, 2013.

Finally made it to the third Congregation. They happened to be doing trivia at that time which is fun to listen in on but I wasnít prepared to make the time commitment to play all the way through. The setup is very similar to the other two locations where they have a couple dozen interesting taps (and no macros), the catholic school girl servers and associated decorations, the cooled coasters built into the bar (very neat but not sure how practical it is for stemmed glasses), and a fair amount of bottles to choose from. Since I hadnít had a Blue Dot in a while that seemed like the thing to order. That and some artichoke. The food here is a little on the high end in terms of pricing but itís pretty good, though they love mayonnaise-based things so be warned if you donít like that. Service was friendly as always. It can get crowded but no more so than any other bar in Pasadena. Will definitely stop in again some time when in the area.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
left_bank  (81) , Japan | November 16, 2012
do not really have a reason to rate this place,but only doing so to let people know that 1/2 way through my first beer a server put bingo cards on the tables and said that a game was going to start in 5 minutes. note to manager/staff;you might want to let us know before we order!
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
brokensail  (1227) San Leandro, California | October 22, 2012
Stopped in here after leaving Stone in disgust. Pretty nice selection of draft beers, though I canít say there was anything mind blowing or obscure on. A lot of Belgian stuff. The staff was friendly and the service was quick. Pretty decent pricing for Pasadena.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan  (260) McLean, Virginia | September 30, 2012| Updated October 1, 2012
Quite impressive tap and bottle menu. Not very beer-savy order takers. The bartender seems to know his stuff but their setup does not promote interacting with the bartender. Service was quick though. Ambience is big and impersonal sports bar. Porch seating was pleasant but lots of traffic noise and loud music playing.
70
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
mrmartin  (45) New York, New York | July 16, 2012
20 taps of good variety. Food was okay but the prices were right on both food and beer. You can order from anybody. For some reason staff is dressed as Catholic School Children which is weird IMHO. Its right next to the train tracks to a little nosy but the front patio was nice on a summer evening.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus  (107) California | March 26, 2012
great tap lineup. food is simple but inexpensive and very good. beer prices are decent as well. seating is limited but service is quick.

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