Carolina Ale House - Durham

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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 3/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
BeerFlavoredBeer  (17) New Hampshire | November 16, 2012
Definitely favors the sports bar crowd. Ordered the nachos which showed up with the typical pickled straight-from-the-jar jalapenos and a hefty dose of mystery nacho cheese. Burgers are pretty solid, Iíll admit. Relatively limited selection. Handful of NC beers on draft, but that selection obviously takes a backseat to the more popular mainstream beers. Service was awesome, however. Really friendly. Offers some Unibroue varieties in 12oz bottles, but you have to ask for a glass. "Outdoor" seating was kind of nice today. Overall, mediocre food and limited beer selection, no doubt meant to impress rather than cater to. Waitress said I was the first person she had ever served a bottle of Maredsous to. :(
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 9/20
JCB  (271) Durham, North Carolina | January 8, 2012
Used to go to the Cary branch semi-regularly and finally managed to get to the Durham location. Typical sports bar vibe, dark wood dotted with neon brewer signs and TVs in roughly equal measure. About 16-20 taps, mostly very average stuff like Shock Top, Blue Moon, Sam Adams, and a couple New Belgium taps along with two house beers. The bartender gained points with me by warning me off the house pilsner, and I ended up getting a NB Snow Day. Nothing really that made me want to stay past that first pint.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 4/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 7/20
DukeBrewDevil  (41) Chapel Hill, North Carolina | June 19, 2009
Iíve been to a few of the Carolina Ale House locations, and theyíre all quite similar. Theyíre nice looking places with a couple big rooms and tons of TVs. As others have mentioned, "Ale House" is a very ironic name for this chain. They do have a long beer list (maybe 30-40?), but the selection is amazingly bad with few ales. They seem to have every major BMC product, the major label "imports" (Corona, Amstel Light, Bass, Guinness, etc.), a very boring selection of micros (SA Boston Lager, SN Pale Ale), and maybe 1 or 2 standard locals, usually including Red Oak. Last time I was there, there wasnít a single IPA, Belgian, or anything double or imperial. Weak. The service is consistently slow, the food is solid enough bar fare, and the prices are decent. These are fine places to go to watch the game, just donít expect much in the way of beer.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
emacgee  (62) Chapel Hill, North Carolina | May 18, 2008
Ate here a while back. The name is very ironic. For being named an Ale House it has precious little in the way of beer. I mean, it has a ton of stuff that you can get anywhere else but nothing that would make this place worth seeking out. Ironically, lots of what they offer is pale lager. Food is decent.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 9/20
performula  (28) Heart of the Rockies, Colorado | September 19, 2007
OK sports site. Average beer selection. Terrible food. Not only did it take forever to receive food, it was cold, and did not taste good. Service was decent they took the order off the bill.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
BeerCommonSewr  (9) North Carolina | September 10, 2006
Brier Creek location and South Square locations Large restaurant/Sports bar. Could use bigger and nicer TVs but that is true for most of these places. Seating was plenty and confortable and the staff was friendly. Food looked appealing as above average bar fare. I liked the quantity of beers and tap and a couple of seasonals too.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao  (222) Iowa City, Iowa | January 9, 2006
Small chain with 6 locations; most of which are in North Carolina. Large restaurant, basically a sports bar in a large strip mall area. 38 draught beers, 8 of which are from small local breweries/brew pubs. 10 other microbrews. The rest are macros and imports. The draught beers rotate a fair amount. 30ish bottled beers. Food is okay at best, but the wings are decent. Lots of TVís so itís a good place to watch multiple sporting events at once. Some of the bar keeps are beer saavy, but most are not.

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