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Taps: 30 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N

32 Ratings
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.74%
$$ - reasonable

[ Bar, Eatery ]

33 Main St
Amesbury, Massachusetts, 01913-2808
United States
phone: (978) 388-1950

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @ale_amesbury

From the owners of the Barking Dog in Amesbury, MA.

(Place added by: MugOfGoodness on 01-05-2008)
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Reviews by liquorpig:
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Stopped in for an early lunch last week shortly after they opened at 11 am. Hard for me to critique the service since I was the only one at the bar. Bartender was very gracious and knowledgeable. I got to sample several brews and I had 2 excellent Belgians. Great variety of beers on tap and a vast selection of bottled brews. A look at the beer menu tells you that this place knows their stuff. Did not get a chance to stop by their sister pub Barking Dog down the street but was told they have 16 micro taps.
The food menu was quite extensive. I had the fried calamari with hot peppers which was very good.
This place is very convenient to get to, only minutes from either Rte. 495 or 95. This is, in my opinion, the best beer bar on the North Shore. Kudos to Matt for running a great operation.

08-25-2009 19:53:23 | More by liquorpig
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Photo of Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

03-31-2014 22:45:59 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

03-17-2014 23:32:50 | More by PIGuy9
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-28-2014 22:51:39 | More by cincysig
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

11-14-2013 01:39:28 | More by Rekrule
Photo of nootch23


4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$$

I had heard so many great things about the Ale House that I just had to pay it a visit. My girlfriend and I went for the beer selection and got exactly what we had expected. A lot of taps with great choices for each of them. The bartenders were knowledgeable about each one and offered their recommendations and gave the correct glassware for each beer. Their service was just alright, nothing exemplary or anything. One of them was just one of those employees that didn't seem as if he wanted to be there but luckily it was at the end of his shift and the new bartender was better and I felt we were taken care of.

The food was really good but nothing outstanding. They are more known for their tap selection than their food so my expectations were pretty middle of the road. I got the haddock sandwich which was good and I loved their fries. I forget what my girlfriend ordered but they allowed her to substitute the fries with their fried pickle chips which made her day. She really enjoyed her meal.

Even though this place is about 45 minutes away from me and I can't get there too often, I will be paying them another visit in the near future. Really great place, nice and clean with a good amount of space. Definitely worth going again.

07-25-2013 13:02:48 | More by nootch23
Photo of messrock


3.15/5  rDev -28.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.5 | $$$

Oh Amesbury Ale House, how things have changed.

Prices used to be downright reasonable for the area. In the last year they've crept into Boston Beer Bar territory. $7.50/pint for Nugget Nectar and Green Flash WC IPA? Also, all beers are served at one temperature (COLD) and casks are left on for far too long (6+ days in some instances).

Food used to be more hit than miss, last few times have been a definite miss all around. Burgers overcooked and dry. Flavorless short rib.

The service has always been suspect, especially when busy, lately it's been worse.

In the area, it's a great spot to hit for a beer and conversation, but I no longer go out of my way to stop in.

04-15-2013 18:34:15 | More by messrock
Photo of skyelorien


3.93/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$

I first visited the Alehouse several years ago when they were in their old location. At the time they were a hole-in-the-wall with amazing beer. When we went in, we were treated well by the knowledgable bartenders and felt like we'd found a hidden gem. Then they moved around the corner to a new, fancier location. At first I was still impressed, but over the past year or so each time I've made the 45 minute trek to the Alehouse I've been disappointed.

Food: Food is hit-or-miss. I'll get a dish one time and it will be great, only to get it the next visit and encounter problems (ex: nachos with unmelted cheese).

Beer: The beer selection seems to have gone down in quality from a few years ago. There are still better beers than other places in the immediate area and a large selection, but where once I considered it the best in the region (counting Boston), now it is no longer a bar I'll be going out of my way to visit. I'm not a hophead, and for me I find less and less to get excited about with each visit.

Service: Service is another area that has gone down with their success. Servers often don't know about the beers they have on tap. In one case a few months ago they made a point of tapping one of their beers on their Facebook page, but when I went in to try it the server had no clue what I was talking about.

Overall, if you're in Amesbury try it out, but if you're used to top quality beer bars don't go out of your way for a visit.

11-13-2012 00:01:53 | More by skyelorien
Photo of Damian


4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$

The Alehouse is located in a renovated mill in Amesbury center. Alongside the building is a huge waterfall that was flowing aggressively on the night that we were there. I can just image how amazing it would be in the summertime to drink a beer on the back deck and listen to the sound of running water. The interior of The Alehouse is large and spacious, and its brick walls are adorned with enormous flags of various breweries from around the world.

As for the beers, the tap offerings at The Alehouse were the best I have seen at a beer bar in quite a while. Ballast Point Victory at Sea, Founders Breakfast Stout, Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA and Firestone Walker 15th Anniversary Ale were just three of the thirty-or-so beers pouring that night. The bottle list was quite impressive as well. It ran 100+ beers deep and included a number of offerings from Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen and Fantôme, as well as Sam Adams Utopias. Most of the tap beers were reasonably priced (usually a dollar or two less than they would be in the city) and were served in the appropriate glassware.

My girlfriend and I were also amazed by the quality of the food at The Alehouse. Since it was St. Patrick's Day, we ordered the corned beef special, as well as the haddock sandwich. My girlfriend claimed that it was the best corned beef she ever had. The haddock was coated in a traditional, thick beer batter and was quite flavorful. The handmade potato chips that accompanied the sandwich were fantastic. Like the beer, the food was priced fairly.

Even on a busy, St. Patrick's Day evening, the service was efficient and friendly, and the food came out of the kitchen in a matter of minutes. We even had a chance to chat with the owner, who seemed like a really down-to-earth guy.

Our night at The Alehouse was fantastic. The only disappointment was the realization that this gem of a bar is nearly an hour from our place in Cambridge. Hopefully they will open another location closer to the city one day.

03-20-2012 19:04:37 | More by Damian
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$$

I went here for the first time today with the wife and kids. I know St Patrick's day probably isn't the best time to bring the family to a pub, but they enjoyed it. The beer selection is really good for the area with probably 20 taps and a bottle list that's at least a hundred deep. The food we had was fantastic, my wife and daughter raved about the French onion soup and my shepherds pie was great as well. Our server was less than attentive, but it was busy and hes did apologize more than once and took some stuff off the bill for making us wait. I found the beer a bit pricey, 5 bucks for Guinness, 6 something for smuttynose. 8 for breakfast stout and choklat. I'd go back again the selection a food were great. I would have rated higher if the prices were a bit more reasonable.

03-18-2012 01:16:40 | More by johnnnniee
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Ale House in Amesbury, MA
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