Encinitas Ale House

Mayor: BlackHaddock (2) | Taps: 31 | Bottles: 350+
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock  (507) , England | May 12, 2016
Visited early evening on 7th May 2016, just enough space for my wife and to get a table towards the rear of this fairly thin, but long bar. Good and interesting tap list and a very extensive bottled menu, if a little on the expensive side. Only down side for me was a bottle of Pretty Things beer (Hedgerow Bitter) was a strange taste, just though it was us until I discovered it has been retired for some years and our bottle was obviously old and not a beer that should be aged. Did not try the food, looked good though. Busy and lively on the Saturday evening we popped in, nice vibe, friendly and hip (to a 62 year old Brit and his wife on their 39th Wedding Anniversary).
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77  (375) Reno, Nevada | August 20, 2015
solid solid tap list here...worth the trip just for that. didnít partake in food, but some of the menu looks great.
88
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Marheb  (376) San Diego, California | June 25, 2015
Un pub bruyant et garni díun choix de biŤres fŻt/bouteille difficile ŗ battre. Rien ne se compare dans le coin La Jolla/Encinitas.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
rejtable  (220) Ontario | October 4, 2014
Great spot! Maybe 30 well chosen local to international taps. Service was awesome, food was solid. Kid-friendly. Great a lot to fuel up before hitting beaches!
92
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
daknole  (464) Scottsdale, Arizona | June 19, 2014
Badass! Some prices are nuts(Armand 4 seasons) but most are doable. All the almanac beers are avail. Fun place.
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
brokensail  (1295) Dublin, California | June 15, 2014
Really long, somewhat narrow place. A bar that runs the whole length of the establishment and some tables off to the side as well. Quite a divey feel, which I typically like.

Extensive bottle list (though somewhat laughably priced) and a really nice, eclectic draft list. Prices are pretty good and they do flights for $10 (four pours), as well as 4 ounce pours of any beer for $2.50, which is appreciated.

We didnít eat anything here, but the food smelled and looked great. Looks like a great burger place.

Will have to try to make a stop in Encinitas again and make a return trip.
88
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
GT  (672) Oceanside, California | January 19, 2014
Very impressed with this place- shocked that Iíd never heard of it. Decided to give it a go after reading Leightonís review. Awesome, cozy beer bar ambiance with few tables and a long bar. Very crowded, but not too loud. Diverse menu but specializing in burgers- they were quite good 8/10. Service was all surprisingly good when it came to beer knowledge. Our server knew much more about beer than most staff at any big beer place Iíve travelled to. He guided me through the bottle list quickly and we found quite a rarity here- Westmalle Extra, usually for sale only on premise at the monastery in Belgium. Tap list was extensive focusing on local CA beer especially highlighting nearby Acoustic Ales. Tasting flights available and not expensive. Tap list included rarities like Midnight Sun Moscow, which made my wife a happy camper. Will be back.
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Leighton  (958) London, England | December 26, 2013
Really quite an impressive place. I stayed in Encinitas for a week but, lamentably, I only came to this venue on my last night. The draft list is solid, with lots of local stuff and in addition to some fairly obscure CA beers (picked up a one-off Almanac beer here, for one). The bottle list is also really well put together, with lots of great American beers alongside a comprehensive range of European imports. The food is also good. I had a salad but my companion had a burger, to which he gave high marks. The prices are pretty damn good on everything. The service is also very good. If you are staying in Encinitas this place is a must-visit. The location is right on the main drag, so itís easy to find.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
mauigirl124  (2) , | October 1, 2012
One of my favorite beer bars in San Diego. They have a kick ass and knowledgeable staff. There draft list is incredible and changes every day, Belgians, Domestics, German, Austrian, beer from all over the world. They get some super rare beers as well! The Burgers are definately up there on the best burger I have ever had. My boyfriend is a vegetarian and he even loved his Veggie Santana Burger. Fish tacos are bomb, Pizzas delicious. My favorite local hang out spot, tiny European pub feel to it. Tons of locals that strike up conversation and are so friendly.
82
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Tycho52  (4) California | February 4, 2012
This is a nice local, though the space is too small and they have some weird table configurations. Iím impressed with their selection. Someone there likes Belgians, cause itís heavily weighted in the beer list. They do mix it up really well. Iíve been about 5-6 times, and the beer selection stays fresh with new beers every time. The food is good, albeit a little pricey. They were actually serving lion burgers one day (is that legal?).

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