United States > California > Aliso Viejo
brokensail (1137) Aliso Viejo, California | April 14, 2013
50 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 8/20
This place is garbage. Tough to find with Google directions, but itís near the movie theater. The place is huge and full of the typical Orange County doucheoisie. Service is terrible and the beers are pretty crappy, too. Prices arenít exactly cheap, either.
BlackHaddock (434) , England | May 19, 2015
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Visited on 18th May 2015. Airy, high ceiling and open plan: more seats and tables outside than inside. Bar seating for about 20 with a high table and stools for another 20 close by. Brewing equipment on show but not in operation the day I was there. Lots of large TV screens and plenty of glass where walls would normally be. Service was poor, even sat at the bar as I was. Prices seemed at odd, a tasting flight of the house 7 beers was only $8.00 and some strong ABV guest pints $3.00, none of their house beers however were under $5.00 a pint. Food was not cheap but my platter of mixed appetiserís was fine ($18.00 though). I thought their beers were OK and not as others have said in the past. I would be happy to re-visit and try more of the 40 taps, just hope another server was on duty.
t0rin0 (1510) Do Not Resuscitate, California | December 6, 2013| Updated December 15, 2013
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 12/20
This is another of those places that have been around forever and for that reason (or possibly due to location) manage to stay in business despite making mediocre beer. They definitely have the location going for them (itís in a large shopping center next door to a movie theater) and in my two visits I didnít see many people drinking the house beer, so maybe that explains it. The beers arenít terrible, unlike Ocean Ave, but I certainly wonít be visiting again any time soon. That said itís not actually a terrible place. Finding a seat on a Friday or a Saturday night can be tough but in both visits I got a seat at the bar without much issue. Lots of TVs around so you can be a bro all you want with your group of friends from a table, or from the bar, or even outside on the patio. The service was definitely slow but friendly and offered free tastes of some of the beers. The weirdest one was the blueberry lager which is served with a scoop of blueberries in it. I asked to try it without the fruit to see if it was just the regular lager with blueberries added but sure enough the base version has some blueberry flavor to it as well (presumably artificial since the beer is not pink or blue at all). Prices are high and parking sucks. I had to park at the shopping center across the street. The food is not bad, just expensive.
Dixonian (150) Plano, Texas | August 1, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited here on a recent work trip to the OC. I had a Raspberry Hefe, Blueberry Lager, and Hop Head Red - nothing spectacular but all pretty solid brews. The Blueberry had lots of actual blueberries floating in it which was interesting. Our table split some nachos which were very tasty. The waitress seemed genuienly interested in beer and was very friendly. Our glasses werenít empty all night thanks to her.
theisti (636) Leawood, Kansas | November 21, 2010| Updated September 9, 2014
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Visited on a Tuesday evening as part of a large work team dinner. They accommodated the group well, and the service was attentive all evening. I had some appetizers, and shrimp pasta dish - all the food was really fresh and well prepared. I also had the beer sampler which ranged from OK to pretty run of the mill. Itís too bad the level of attention the food received was not extended to the brewing - a few of these beers tasted like kit beers. In general this place is worth a visit if you are in the immediate area, but not sure I would recommend going out of your way.
64 = ★★ (Just ok)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Ungstrup (353) Citizen of the universe, Denmark | November 6, 2010
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
I agree with the other raters, that the beers are subpar - though nothing wrong - just bland. We didnít eat - wrong time of day, maybe that was a mistake. 8 own beers on draft, which for me was reason enough to visit, but probably never coming back.
AmEricanbrew (78) Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana | September 17, 2009
30 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 5/20
Corporate style clean aura with big windows. Bland uninspired beers. Yuppies love hanging at this soulless place.
Eyedrinkale (130) Astoria, New York | March 7, 2004
56 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Below average beers but the tacos on the outdoor patio were good. A twenty-something crowd mostly hangs out here. Save your money.
JohnC (163) Mission Viejo, California | January 12, 2004| Updated July 29, 2004
54 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
The beers here were below average. The hefeweizen was the only one that resembled the style. Most of the others were thin and poorly carbonated.
On a positive note, the food is excellent. The menu is far more than the normal pub grub. Iíd go back for the food.
BTW, on some of the menu items, they even suggest a beer to have w/ the entree.
Funny, a brewpub that got everything right except the beer.
Itís been a couple of years since I was at Stadium, but I remember the food being a couple of notches above the typical pub grub and the beer being pretty good. I donít know why we havenít gone back. I wouldnít go out of my way to find this place, but if in the area itís probably a pretty good choice for dinner & a brew.
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