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Beer Available At Hamiltonís Tavern (arranged by most recent)
Coronado Milk Stout 53, Coronado Mermaids Red Ale 73, Coronado Idiot IPA 98, Russian River Pliny the Elder 100, Pizza Port El Camino IPA 94, AleSmith Speedway Stout (Birds Eye Thai Chili) , AleSmith Speedway Stout (Brewerís Blend) 99, Marin Eldridge Grade White Knuckle Double IPA 100, Monkey Paw / AleSmith Ashes from the Grave 88, Ballast Point Victory at Cereal , Ballast Point Victory at Sea - Cocoa, Ginger and Orange , Ballast Point Victory at Sea - Coconut and Chili Peppers , Ballast Point Victory at Sea - Peanut Butter , Ballast Point Victory at Sea - Oaked , Ballast Point Victory at Sea - Rum Barrel , Ballast Point Victory at Sea - Maple , Ballast Point Victory at Candy Cane Cove 93
t0rin0 (1315) Do Not Resuscitate, California | June 25, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
First time back in about 4 years. Forgot how laid back this place is. A couple of pool tables and some tables, not very full on a Saturday night, and some good taps to pick from. Tried some Ovila saison (with orange peel), Green Flash Park West Porter (terrible, should have gotten the Pliny instead), and Societe single hop Mosaic IPA (pretty good). Music is good and so is the service. Iíll make sure not to wait years to go back to 30th St.
3fourths (1268) Boulder, Colorado | July 20, 2012| Updated December 10, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
well-worn interior and ambiance with choice draft list and extensive bottle list. two Schlenkerla kegs on during my visit. everything to satisfy your tastes, from lambic to burly stouts to farmhouse ales.
brokensail (811) Orange County, California | June 23, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Unassuming appearance out front. Divey local bar feel on the inside. Really solid draft list with lots of local stuff available. Quick and helpful service, and pretty good service. Would be here regularly if I lived near by.
DiarmaidBHK (732) Pennsylvania | November 15, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Probably the definition of the craft beer dive bar, Hamiltonís has neighborhood bar written all over it. Itís located in a mostly residential area which means street parking. The interior is well worn and unglamorous with hundreds of tap handles suspended from the ceiling like tombstones. The taps were nearly all locals as weíre the clientele. It seemed fairly busy for a Tuesday night though I overheard several people comment that this was the least busy theyíd ever seen the place. The service was prompt and the people were incredibly friendly. I didnít want to leave. If we had places like this when I was in college I would have never graduated.
Beershine (707) The Sunshine State, Florida | April 23, 2008
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
EXCELLENT beer bar in San Diego. A top-notch establishment with the right vibe: young, casual, friendly, and good service with a very good beer selection that includes many from local small breweries. The kind of place that you can spend hours in.
Oakes (640) Vancouver, British Columbia | April 27, 2008
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Nice taverny sort of place with a solid draft list and helpful customers. Well worth a visit.
GT2 (576) San Diego County , California | July 19, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Similar ambiance to kickbacks in Jacksonville, FL. Major dive bar with almost a biker feel. Pool tables. Menís restroom has no lock and is a one person stall. So if you have to take a dump- have fun. Tap list when I was there was impressive with a focus on new local breweries with some Sculpin and Alesmith Yukesmith favorites. Nothing eye catching. Bottle list is huge with a lot of good stuff like many Avery sours, Cantillon Mamouche, Ruination 10th Anniversary, Dugges Idjit. Cool place. Iíd come back to raid the bottle list. A large bar food menu is available with sausages, burgers, etc. Didnít eat here. Iíd expect decent pub grub. Service is exceptionally attentive and nice.
NachlamSie (576) Denver, Colorado | July 10, 2012
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Hamiltonís has a dive bar kind of feel and is located in the middle of a small block of businesses in the a neighborhood. The interior is very dim and adorned with more decorative tap handles than Iíve ever seen. The old school CD jukebox has some bitchiní tunes on it. The bartender was super friendly and knowledgable. I got perhaps the best service I had of my trip to CA. The beer list is serious. No messing around here. Loads of CA taps including Pliny the Elder and many other desireable rarities. The bottle list is extensive with a specific intent to get things that beer geeks salivate over.
Leighton (574) London, England | January 6, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Excellent bar. The tap list is long and loaded with rarities. The bottle list, too, is extensive. Prices arenít bad. Itís pretty dark inside. The barmen all seem to be cultivating the rugged biker aesthetic, what with all the facial hair and tattoos; also, I didnít find the staff to be particularly attentive or friendly. For the beer, though, this place is a must-visit on the San Diego bar circuit.
Sammy (541) Toronto, Ontario | January 16, 2014
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Decent enough bar, with some good local taps. Not superior to the many other places, but a decent place to stop in and get a pint of several styles.
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