Steelhead Brewing Company - Irvine (OUT OF BUSINESS)

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Closed Fall 2013
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
t0rin0  (1516) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 11, 2013
Review from a while back but still applies:

Went here last friday to try the beers but I stayed for a while and had a few pints. The parking lot was packed and between driving around pedestrians and waiting for SUVs to back out of their parking spots ever so slowly it took about 10 minutes of driving around to get a spot.

The girl at the front door was really nice and so was the bartender. We sat at the bar and my roomate ordered some appetizers. They were good but along with the beer everything was a bit pricey. I started with the sampler and liked one or two of them but for the most part the beer was nothing special. The over all atmosphere was good, plenty of people but quiet enough to enjoy the place. There were some nice plasma tvs on the wall.

Overall it was a decent place to go if you happen to be in the area but there are plenty of better places to go if you want to sample great beer or great food.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
brokensail  (1295) Dublin, California | December 27, 2012
Pretty large location located in a shopping center near UCI. They had 7 house beers on tap, a flight was about $9. The beers were just okay for the most part. The service at the bar was adequate, looked like one of the waitresses I saw helping people out was a little more enthusiastic. Worth a stop for a few ticks, but not a repeat visit.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
J_man  (4) Tustin, California | August 29, 2011
Steelhead is a great little restaurant/brewery on UCI campus. Their beer selection has improved over the years and their head brewer Eddy is putting out some really top-notch beers these days. The menu changes slightly with new items being added now and then. Definitely a local favorite and worth a stop if youíre in Irvine or on UCI campus.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick  (837) Columbus, Ohio | March 3, 2009
(Visited 07/2008): This Steelhead location is near UC Irvine near the Campus/University intersection. Parking is plentiful in the University Center.

The exterior is nice with lots of windows and a patio. The inside is open with high ceilings, with the bar on the left side that features windows showing off the brewing equipment. The remainder of the space is for table seating.

The beer selection is decent. There are around 6-7 Steelhead beers plus guest taps from brewers like Sierra Nevada. They offer a sampler of their beers. Overall the beers are decent.

Service was pretty good on a weekday evening. The bartender knew the beers and was happy to provide samples.

The pub food is pretty good. We shared the loaded fries appetizer and it was enjoyable.

Overall this is a worthwhile stop if you find yourself in the Irvine area.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 11/20
BBB63  (146) La Porte , Indiana | December 4, 2007
OC post SAF tour: Next to UC Irvine where John went to school and located in a shopping mall. The beer itself is very average (6 on tap at this moment) with the ICIPA and Stout the best of the bunch. Looks to be family friendly and also would appeal to the sportbar person. Your average brewpub.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 10/20
awaisanen  (16) Fond du Lac, Wisconsin | July 11, 2006
I love the food and the location. This is a great place to go and hang out with friends. The atmosphere is refreshingly young with the university located close by. The beers arenít great, but the food is pretty good and the drinks are still far better than the typical swill found at ordinary bars. A nice place to go with family and friends, but not a place to seek out if youíre looking for the best beers the area has to offer.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
BeerLimey  (113) California | March 3, 2005
Decent location, right across from the university and in a small shopping mall. Beers are decent, IPA, stout and red were all pretty good. Didnít eat but menu is standard brewpub, and clean organized layout provides confidence. Looks like they put some effort in here, brew tour night, wine tasting night, art shows and stand up comedy. Would go back again.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 5/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
JohnC  (163) Mission Viejo, California | May 20, 2004
I have been here many times over the years. The beer is good, but nothing special. There are better brewpubs in Orange County (BJís, Pizza Port, Taps). The food is pretty good. It is a kid-friendly place; they brew their own root beer. Lots of TVís with sports on.

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