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Pacific Beach Ale House

Not Rated.
Pacific Beach Ale HousePacific Beach Ale House

20 Ratings
Ratings: 20
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 17.92%
Active Beers: 15
Beer Ratings: 60
Beer Avg: 3.23
Taps: 10
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

721 Grand Ave.
San Diego, California, 92109
United States
phone: (858) 581-2337

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(Place added by: HalfFull on 08-30-2008)
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Reviews by HalfFull:
Photo of HalfFull
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%

Been here a few times now and just don't understand the place. Walked in tonight just before kickoff of a Monday Night game and I was the only customer. Leaving an hour later I counted 8 people. It's a nicely renovated venue with three 50 inch plasmas over the bar and lots of interior and exterior dining tables, yet it hasn't seemed to gel with the locals.

Service is decent though I have been ignored in the past due to bartenders preoccupied with flirting or spinning toothpicks around in their mouths. Menu has lots to offer and a sandwich I had was fresh and well prepared, though a bit pricey. And I think therein lies the issue; this place is too rich for the neighborhood. The food isn't expensive per se, just pricey relative to expectations of a brewpub. Their location surely brings in many a vacationer but it's winter now.

As for the brews themselves, they currently offer 6 house beers and 6 guest beers. Guest beers are uninspiring but they do offer them, I give them credit for that. I recall a Green Flash, Trumer Pils, Alaskan IPA, a Karl Strauss plus two others. I've sampled 5 different house brews in three visits, all except the IPA were good(Wheat, Tripple, Oktoberfest, Holiday Ale), yet none were memorable. True to style yet unexciting interpretations thereof.

Beers are served in 12 oz pilsner glasses for $5($3 house beers for Happy Hour). A small serving in a glass that doesn't really let you agitate or smell the beer properly. And growler fills are $15. I don't imagine they're filling many growlers at that price ;)

Spice it up!

HalfFull, Dec 09, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of sjmad23
4.75/5  rDev +37.3%

sjmad23, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of LukeRfour
4.75/5  rDev +37.3%

LukeRfour, Jun 24, 2014
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%

200 feet from the Pacific Ocean. 3rd floor deck with 180 views of the ocean. What seperates this place for me is that they care about the food. Yes this is a beer site but I get tired of roach coaches serving Thai food at some brewery in a business park. The food is very good. The beer is as well. Maybe 10 beers to choose from all craft beers. I dont think they bottle anything. Everytime I go Vince has a new offering. Ask for him. He will show you around. Waitresses are nice to view and helpful. Rare combination. Lots of TVs to look at as well.

IGOTASIXPACK, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of dwagner003
3/5  rDev -13.3%

dwagner003, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Batmitestar
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%

Bouncer at the door required ID to get in at noon on Sunday, which to me is a bad sign for brew potential, but a good sign if you're looking for a place full of enthusiastic people. Just depends on what you're searching for.

I was hoping for a decent beer as an incidental treat for meeting a friend on short notice. I was disappointed in the Hopulent DIPA--it was just bitter and simple and not so good.

Food prices were a tad out-of-line, but to be expected for a beach front bar. Two fish taco plate was $14 dollars, chicken flatbread was $13, 22 oz beers were $7.

Probably a great venue for watching a game with some friends and getting rowdy or hanging on the rooftop during summer months, but not at all a place to find great beer.

I think that any other bar in the area is as safe a bet as the Pacific Ale House.

Batmitestar, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of jenray
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

jenray, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of DRTBrewster
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%

I liked the food more than the beer, which is okay since San Diego always presents many opportunities for beer. The lobster roll was amazing, so I recommend that with an IPA and you should be satisfied. I went back a second time for the lobster roll...so good!

DRTBrewster, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.7/5  rDev -22%

Stopped in here with a group of friends on Saturday afternoon to watch a Chargers preseason game. Turns out it coincided with a huge MMA match, and that occupied every single television screen in PB Alehouse. (It also occupied every TV screen at nearby Miller's Field, our first bar choice.) The manager was kind enough to change the channels on one of the TVs for us.

I don't know how loud PB Alehouse is on a normal day, but during these fights it was raucous. I couldn't hear anyone that wasn't sitting directly adjacent to me. On top of that, the crowd was decidedly "bro" - a group I don't assimilate with too well.

The beer menu offered up multiple IPAs and imperial IPAs (including some decent guest taps), but not much else. If you're not big on hops, tough luck. I stuck with house beers, sampling the Crystal Pier Pale Ale, Whitewash Wit, and Goodtimes Gold. All three were mediocre.

Service was shitty. Our waitress pretended not to see us for the most part, and when she did come by, she'd ask if anybody wanted anything and then bolt after the first response (ignoring everyone else).

We also visited the rooftop later on, and while that was a great scene, I doubt I'll be back here.

ThreeWiseMen, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%

I counted 11 beers on tap, with a few guests including Ignorant Bastard. The regulars are pale ale, wheat, gold, amber, porter, and IPA-- the usual suspects. They have also had a tripel, and tonight there was a dubbel. They are not my favorites but perfectly drinkable.

This is actually a really pleasant place for a beer or a meal. The streetside patio has a big gas fire, though the heaters over the tables were hotter than needed. TVs outside, even. The upper decks, outside on the roof, are a long climb but have their own bar. Great views and really nice to be up in the sea air.

Food is the usual burgers, sandwiches, salads, plus pot roast, salmon, veggie stir fry. What I've tried has been good, but nothing adventurous. Prices are no bargain, but at least they have a 14 oz beer ($5), a 22 oz ($7), and samplers (five for $12).

mactrail, May 24, 2011
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Pacific Beach Ale House in San Diego, CA
83 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.