Pacific Beach Ale House
Active Beers: 12
Beer Ratings: 54
Beer Avg: 3.07
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 15 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by glid02:
3.7/5 rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Took a cab from Mission Beach and happened upon this place.
Atmosphere is good. We actually came in during one of the hundreds of pay-per-view UFC fights put on each year so it was packed. There's a nice patio outside on the first floor with a bar and TV's immediately to the right upon entering. Brewing equipment is all the way in the back, with stairs leading upstairs closer to the front. Upstairs there's another bar with plenty of seating and a few more TV's.
Quality is OK. The temperature seemed OK but all beers were served in the same glassware and without much head.
Service was good. We never had to wait long to order drinks and while they didn't seem to know a whole lot about the beer they knew enough and made up with what they didn't know with friendliness.
Selection is OK. I remember 6-8 beers on-tap and I'm sure they had the normal BMC suspects in bottles.
Value is good - the second happy hour started while we were there and the beers and other drinks were reasonably priced.
Overall this isn't really a place to go for the beer but it remains a pretty decent place. If you're in the area go to the Tap Room first and then head down here if you have some free time afterwards.
07-02-2010 02:46:15 | More by glid02
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3.05/5 rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.75 | $$$
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.
01-27-2014 16:35:26 | More by Batmitestar
3.43/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4 | $$
I liked the food more than the beer, which is okay since San Diego always presents many opportunities for beer. The lobster roll was amazing, so I recommend that with an IPA and you should be satisfied. I went back a second time for the lobster roll...so good!
09-24-2013 22:37:44 | More by DRTBrewster
2.7/5 rDev -17.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
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.
08-31-2011 04:27:17 | More by ThreeWiseMen
3.48/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I counted 11 beers on tap, with a few guests including Ignorant Bastard. The regulars are pale ale, wheat, gold, amber, porter, and IPA-- the usual suspects. They have also had a tripel, and tonight there was a dubbel. They are not my favorites but perfectly drinkable.
This is actually a really pleasant place for a beer or a meal. The streetside patio has a big gas fire, though the heaters over the tables were hotter than needed. TVs outside, even. The upper decks, outside on the roof, are a long climb but have their own bar. Great views and really nice to be up in the sea air.
Food is the usual burgers, sandwiches, salads, plus pot roast, salmon, veggie stir fry. What I've tried has been good, but nothing adventurous. Prices are no bargain, but at least they have a 14 oz beer ($5), a 22 oz ($7), and samplers (five for $12).
05-24-2011 04:55:37 | More by mactrail
2.58/5 rDev -21.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$
This was a rough trip. Having only been there once, I will preface this review by saying that it may be the exception instead of the rule. That being said, here is a recount of our night there:
The place was promising upon walking in. It was a great set-up, with lots of deck seating, a nice fire pit on the deck; an open area upstairs, the downstairs with comfy leather booths and leather sofas in the open areas. The place looks great, and my wife and I are excited. It sharply goes downhill from here.
The place wasn't overly busy by any means, yet we are standing by the "Wait to be Seated" sign being ignored by the hostess...for a full 10 minutes. She finally notices us after I say something to her, and we are brought over to a booth. Once seated in the booth, our waitress finally comes over after about 15 minutes, and right off the bat asks us "Was there anything on the table when you sat down?" Now, the hostess cleaned the table off before we sat, but regardless, there is no better way to start off an evening than being accused of stealing some waitress' tips. Fantastic. The rest of the evening was a continual downward spiral of being ignored, a waitress who was unaware of their product and the fact that some beers had run out, some more ignoring, and waiting almost 30 minutes just to get our tab. One of the most frustrating evenings I've ever had to deal with.
The beer they had was alright. Nothing really stood out flavor-wise, and nothing really impressed. They had a poor guest tap list for the limited range of what they brewed themselves.
The food was the highlight of the evening. Really decent pub fare, as my wife and I both had sandwiches. Also, dessert was pretty tasty. We had a lava cake with ice cream that was pretty damn good.
The prices weren't too shabby for the food. With that being said, the prices did not make up for the limited selection and the shitty service.
I will say, once again, that we might have just happened to wander in on a bad night, where all the negative stars and planets aligned to make for a shitty time. It might be the exception to the rule. However, given how bad it was, and what San Diego has to offer instead, I highly doubt we will ever make a trip back there again.
12-31-2010 01:39:41 | More by GarthDanielson
2.93/5 rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
Atmosphere - Looks like your average bar by the beach, however they brew there and the brew house is in the back of the building. The place has some seating out front so you can get some good people watching in as they go to and from the beach.
Quality/Selection - Your not going to find anything that any other brewpub is making they have the standard line up for the most part. The beers I had were pretty much just average they didn't have flaws but weren't anything special.
Service - Yeah the service during my visit wasn't all that great. The waitress was terribly slow and didn't seem to know all that much about anything that involved her job.
Food - I just stopped in for a bit after the beach so all I got was some wings and just like everything else here was just average.
Value - This place is expensive for what you get. I ordered the flight of five beers and that was $12 and my wings were another $11. Yeah rip off even for CA.
07-19-2010 02:23:14 | More by armock
3.7/5 rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Rewind back to September 20, 2007. I was meeting two German's at a hostel at Pacific Beach. One of the things I noticed along Mission Ave was a big building being constructed near 7-11. It would be the future home of the Pacific Beach Ale House. At the time, I thought "gee, a brewhouse at the beach. How cool!" Now fast forward to May 4, 2010 - I arrive at Pacific Beach with a friend and ready for a beer. Hmm, I seem to remember a brewpub in the works, let's find it. And then we found it.
The location is great. Literally a one minute walk and you touch the sand of the beach. Big, comfy chairs at the booths, an outside patio, and a clean, modern interior welcomes you. Not a whole lot of people as we arrived around 3:30pm, but there were more people sitting outside.
Eight house beers were on the menu, however two of them were tapped out. In addition to the house beers, bottled beers like Arrogant Bastard and Le Freak are also available, as are a number of bottled macros. I tried the witbier, amber ale, and stout, all three solid to good. And our beers were served in tall pokal-like glassware.
Our bartender was very pleasant to talk to, and helped us out quickly when we needed it. She has reminded us that we arrived during Happy Hour, which meant $3 drafts of house beer ($5 normally). I noticed a lot of other daily promotions as well.
PBAH won't win many honors being in an already beer-rich city, but will provide some of the beer I drink whenever I return to the neighborhood.
05-06-2010 01:36:24 | More by DoubleJ
Pacific Beach Ale House in San Diego, CA
81 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.