Hilltop Brewing Company
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Reviews by avylover:
3.73/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5
Heard about this place for awhile but never took the time to head in. I'd tried a few brews at festivals but were not all that impressed. Well, on our 2nd wedding anniversary it turns out this place was next door to our restaraunt, and we had some time to kill...glad we did.
Tried a sampler of all six current hilltop brews (6$)..
light lager - not all that great, but better than any macro light i've had.
Hefeweizen - Excellent wheat beer, very true to the style.
ESB - Decent, but somewhat soapy tasting
red ale - Good red ale
Brown ale - bland & soapy
Porter - They actually had the best porter i've tried. I'm not a big porter fan, but I really enjoyed this.
They also had a decent selection of guest brews on tap, including Aventinus. Maybe 5 or six others, looked as if most beers were rotated often
Atmosphere was nice for me considering they were playing Tool & Metallica when we walked in..Of course once other folks showed up they switched to classic rock...damn! It was also nice having a pint right next to some huge brewing tanks at the large, 'T' shaped bar. Bartender was helpful, seemed friendly. Prices were fair.
07-27-2003 18:36:33 | More by avylover
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4.08/5 rDev +15.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
stopped in with the fellas for some beer and pool the other night. i've been in before to purchase a t-shirt for a bif, but this is actually the first time i've been in for beer. i've been scared away due to some horrendous stories i've heard, but we decided, what the hell? let's go try it out. they had a banner outside that said sportsbar, and upon walking in, you immediately notice a few more large tv's with the nba games on. there was a decent number of people there for a weeknight with a quarter of the seats full and a short wait for the pool tables. menu looked good with an array of different food. everyone enjoyed what they ate. as for beer, i first tried the chocolate stout on cask and was at first disappointed. seemed like they were going for a young's d. chocolate stout, but fell short. i then tried the porter and the ipa and both were above average. (porter was actually quite good). also tried the tuppers hop pocket from the tap and it was amazing! good beer in the bottle, but excellent on tap! capped the night with their 2005 release barleywine and was again very surprised. i'd had a bit to drink by this time, but i really enjoyed it. others on tap were dfh aprihop, aventinus, dominion oak barrel stout, etc. waitress was excellent all night, but she wouldn't give me a growler of the barleywine. (abv too high). so overall, despite some good and bad reviews, i find the place a nice stop for some good locally brewed beer.
11-23-2005 14:22:02 | More by Px2GrafX
3.9/5 rDev +10.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
Simple, straightforward Sports bar.
It's deceptively hidden in a strip mall, but once inside it has a lot more character.
The food is good - burgers, pizza - normal sports bar fare, but all very tasty and well prepared. It may not be fancy but it'll make you notice.
The beer selection appears vast at first glance with around 20+ beer to choose from, but only about 7-8 are available at any one time. That just means that you have to visit several times a year to catch all the brews.
The brews - why we're here, right?
Good, not great. I wasn't wowed by any of them. You'll have to see the individual reviews for each. They all had a taste them. You may have experienced this if your a homebrewer - while your beers are mostly different, they have a signature baseline flavor.
These do too, I couldn't really escape with these brews. It was as if the ingredients were very similar with different amounts of each to create the different brews.
Nonetheless, a very enjoyable restaurant with good food and good beer. Try it, like I said, frequently, or you may miss a good brew.
09-30-2004 14:49:21 | More by TAMU99
3.85/5 rDev +9.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
Hilltop is pretty easy to find just a minute or so off I-264. If you are coming down the road once you see the Hilltop shopping center turn in, Hilltop Brewing Co is near the back.
Man is this place noisy and smoky. It appears to be a Naval hangout and has lots of regulars. Kind of a military hangout meets Sports Bar. The Frog Grog tap (a supposed Kolsch) almost never stopped flowing...until (we'll get to the until). The beers ranged from never order it again to very good. The service is "sit anywhere" which I detest so I opted for the bar. It was a good choice, unfortunately the bartender did not hear my salad order, but that didn't matter (more until).
The food was good, but I only got half my order since it was loud when I ordered and difficult for the bartender to hear. It didn't matter, about half way through my last pint the storm knocked the power out so I would have never gotten the food anyway. The bill was written on the back of a coaster and tabulated by hand due to the lack in power.
All in all, they had 50-70% of their beers worth a second look, and they have the capacity for 6 house beers, 13 guest taps and 1 handpull. The guest taps during my visit included Old Dominion Oak BBL Stout, Old Rasputin, Tupper's Hop Pocket, Adventinus, and Pranqster. Not bad, I'll drop in again, when the power is on.
07-08-2004 01:54:38 | More by GCBrewingCo
2.8/5 rDev -20.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2
My wife and I visited this place a while back. We really weren't impressed with the atmosphere when we walked in, but thought we would give it a shot.
My wife tried one of their Pale Ale's, I believe, and I had one of their Porters. Not bad, but not great either. I don't know. The food was all right, but like the beers, not very impressive to me.
A few months later we attempted to come here again, but after looking at the very small beer list, and being told that they were out of most of the beers we would have liked to try, we left.
Probably not a bad place for some, just not my cup of tea
04-24-2004 23:38:53 | More by andyo
2.65/5 rDev -24.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
Rereview - August 15th 2005 visit.
Wow what happened. A group of us went here for our weekly get together. Atmosphere was the same, but everything else has gone downhill. The Beers could not have been worse. Our group of 5 got 5 different beers and all 5 beers got sent back. The Frog Grog Kolsch was flat and rancid as was the Hefeweizen. The IPA tasted soapy and foul after a few sips. Even the Guest Dominion Oak Barrel Stout tasted as it had been run through sewer lines instead of beer lines. We ate the small pizza we ordered and left to continue the meeting else where. In addition to the beer being nasty the place is beginning to look run down. Bathrooms were nasty, holes in walls in the pool room. It looks like a place that is on its last legs. I can see no reason to return there again. If I want beer that bad I will open a couple and sit them outside for a few days to recreate the experience. Not at all recommended.
Having been to this establishment for years and having it seen it go through its various incarnations I felt it was time to write a review of it.. Hilltop is basically divided into two sections a bar area in which there are several T.Vs and bar tables, and a pool table area. Both areas can get quite crowded and smoky on busy nights and while both are clean and attractive enough they lack a certain charm and the feel can be quite sterile and cold. The service can vary between average to down right pathetic. Sometimes you get a server who is on and your glass doesnt go wanting for long. However, on other occasions the service is lacking, for example last time i was there they completely forgot to put in our food order, and when we asked about it we were notified that the kitchen had already closed (word of warning the kitchen seems to close awefully early). They did however compensate with a couple of free pints of beer. The food is an odd variety of upscale pub food, sandwiches, and pizzas. They have many food specials on weekends and happy hours. But enough of that and onto the beer. Hilltop brews 5-6 of its own beers and has a similar number of guest beers on tap. Their own beers have gotten much better since they have switched brewers. On a recent visit the Steam beer and the new IPA were standouts. Guest beers rotate and include or have included: Tuppers Hop Pocket, Robert the Bruce Scotch ale, O Hara's Celtic Stout, Paulaner Hefe, Chimay Red and many others. Overall while Hilltop does have its faults it is one of the better places to grab a pint of good beer in the beer desert of Virginia Beach.
07-12-2003 11:06:11 | More by TinusTime
3.73/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Don't let my scores fool you. If you are looking for a decent place to hang out with some great brews on tap then this is your place to stop in Virginia Beach. On my recent visit they had Aventinus Wheat Doppelbock, Three Floyds Robert The Bruce, and Tucker Dunkelweizen on draft to name a few as well as Chimay Grande Reserve and Ommegang bottles served in the appropriate glassware. Their own beers however left something to be desired, mainly taste. Generally weak and watery. I got a sampler and tried their Frog Grog Ale, Lighthouse Lager, Pete's Wheat, Aviator I.P.A., Rocket Ale, and Maibock. The Rocket Ale and the Frog Grog weren't too bad and the IPA and the Lager were drinkable but the Maibock and Wheat were both like drinking yellow water, and all 6 were pretty tasteless overall. The service was good and Crab Soup that I had was excellent but the brews were slightly dissappointing. I have heard that the winter brews are much better so I will have to revisit the place to see if there is any truth to that.
07-06-2002 00:04:17 | More by Murph
Hilltop Brewing Company in Virginia Beach, VA
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.