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Ale Emporium

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very good

20 Ratings
Ratings: 20
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 9.07%
Taps: 41
Bottles: 125
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

8617 Allisonville Rd
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46250-1552
United States
phone: (317) 842-1333

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Reviews by neckbracesub:
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3.6/5  rDev -4%

For fans of the higher alcohol content beers, this place leaves a bit to be desired.

The atmosphere isn't exactly my cup of tea, as it's heavy on the sports bar vibe. With that being said, it is nice and spacious and can accommodate tons of people at a time.

They were out of the Brooklyn Brown Ale that I ordered, so I settled on a Bell's Octoberfest, which was just alright. I really couldn't find anything new to try and that was a tad disappointing.

The service wasn't fantastic but it definitely wasn't bad. Once the bartender warmed up to my wife and I and started to really converse, he was decent. The other bartenders/servers seemed annoyed to be there.

Our burgers and fries were prepared exactly how we asked, so that was a plus.

Overall, this is a decent place but I would never pick it over Twenty Tap.

09-11-2013 17:58:40 | More by neckbracesub
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

08-10-2014 15:59:28 | More by Tekepenguin1981
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

08-06-2014 02:45:23 | More by David_Allen
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-30-2014 18:46:16 | More by rmehughes
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-13-2014 03:47:22 | More by mrjmann
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3.41/5  rDev -9.1%

Ale Emporium is a great place on the northeast side of Indy. Outstanding beer selection, good service and great pub food.

It has two distinct sides or sections. The new side is much more modern, loud and busy. It's the product of a relatively recent expansion project. The older side, original side, is not nearly as loud or as busy. The older side, original, would benefit from an update. The new side beats you over the head every single weekend with local bands that are, usually, mediocre at best. Between the bands and amount of people crammed in there, it gets waaay to loud. I prefer to sit outside or on the original bar side.

As I mentioned, the service is usually good and they have great pub food. I highly recommend the pizza of which they have thin, original and Chicago style. The Hermanaki style wings are stupid good.

They boast a wonderful beer selection (local brews, micro, macro, bottles, cans, draft) but it seems the staff is a bit lacking in beer knowledge.

05-25-2014 22:25:47 | More by W9820
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

04-29-2014 23:57:14 | More by portia99
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

04-25-2014 02:48:44 | More by Cmteagardin
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3.91/5  rDev +4.3%

If there is a better beer list in Indy I am not sure where it is. The pizza is off the hook with 3 different styles. Only restaurant I have been to that serves bombers. A full menu of FFF's and other top shelf beer! If you are in the Castleton area or visiting Indy I recommend a trip to Ale Emporium.

06-17-2013 00:38:36 | More by DyingBreed
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3.74/5  rDev -0.3%

A: Large expansive restaurant area. Bar runs the legnth of the room and has an "old school" feeling. Back room has a stage for bands. Tons of tv's around the bar area. 1 bottle of everything that is currently available is displayed. Taplist is pretty accurate. Names of the beers are shortened for space and a little confusing if you don't know your stuff (i.e. Robert Scottish for Robert the Bruce Scottish Ale). Overall this place has a decent vibe.

Q: Everything on tap is of the highest quality and freshness.

S: Seems to be the same bartender everytime I go there. This guy is knowledgable about what is available and the styles of individual beers.

S: Fantastic beer selection. Tons of stuff on tap and plenty of bottles. Taps and bottles seem to rotate fairly regularly. Full service bar.

F: Have not had any food here, but menu is standard bar food (pizza, wings, burgers, sandwiches).

V: Prices are reasonable for beer and food. Specials run throughout the week.

01-26-2012 12:23:29 | More by tsauce2
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Ale Emporium in Indianapolis, IN
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