Pacific Beach Ale House
Active Beers: 15
Beer Ratings: 60
Beer Avg: 3.23
Taps: 10 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by glid02:
3.7/5 rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Took a cab from Mission Beach and happened upon this place.
Atmosphere is good. We actually came in during one of the hundreds of pay-per-view UFC fights put on each year so it was packed. There's a nice patio outside on the first floor with a bar and TV's immediately to the right upon entering. Brewing equipment is all the way in the back, with stairs leading upstairs closer to the front. Upstairs there's another bar with plenty of seating and a few more TV's.
Quality is OK. The temperature seemed OK but all beers were served in the same glassware and without much head.
Service was good. We never had to wait long to order drinks and while they didn't seem to know a whole lot about the beer they knew enough and made up with what they didn't know with friendliness.
Selection is OK. I remember 6-8 beers on-tap and I'm sure they had the normal BMC suspects in bottles.
Value is good - the second happy hour started while we were there and the beers and other drinks were reasonably priced.
Overall this isn't really a place to go for the beer but it remains a pretty decent place. If you're in the area go to the Tap Room first and then head down here if you have some free time afterwards.
07-02-2010 02:46:15 | More by glid02
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3.78/5 rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
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.
03-17-2014 19:13:07 | More by IGOTASIXPACK
3.05/5 rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.75 | $$$
Bouncer at the door required ID to get in at noon on Sunday, which to me is a bad sign for brew potential, but a good sign if you're looking for a place full of enthusiastic people. Just depends on what you're searching for.
I was hoping for a decent beer as an incidental treat for meeting a friend on short notice. I was disappointed in the Hopulent DIPA--it was just bitter and simple and not so good.
Food prices were a tad out-of-line, but to be expected for a beach front bar. Two fish taco plate was $14 dollars, chicken flatbread was $13, 22 oz beers were $7.
Probably a great venue for watching a game with some friends and getting rowdy or hanging on the rooftop during summer months, but not at all a place to find great beer.
I think that any other bar in the area is as safe a bet as the Pacific Ale House.
01-27-2014 16:35:26 | More by Batmitestar
3.43/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4 | $$
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 -22%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
Stopped in here with a group of friends on Saturday afternoon to watch a Chargers preseason game. Turns out it coincided with a huge MMA match, and that occupied every single television screen in PB Alehouse. (It also occupied every TV screen at nearby Miller's Field, our first bar choice.) The manager was kind enough to change the channels on one of the TVs for us.
I don't know how loud PB Alehouse is on a normal day, but during these fights it was raucous. I couldn't hear anyone that wasn't sitting directly adjacent to me. On top of that, the crowd was decidedly "bro" - a group I don't assimilate with too well.
The beer menu offered up multiple IPAs and imperial IPAs (including some decent guest taps), but not much else. If you're not big on hops, tough luck. I stuck with house beers, sampling the Crystal Pier Pale Ale, Whitewash Wit, and Goodtimes Gold. All three were mediocre.
Service was shitty. Our waitress pretended not to see us for the most part, and when she did come by, she'd ask if anybody wanted anything and then bolt after the first response (ignoring everyone else).
We also visited the rooftop later on, and while that was a great scene, I doubt I'll be back here.
08-31-2011 04:27:17 | More by ThreeWiseMen
3.48/5 rDev +0.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
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
Pacific Beach Ale House in San Diego, CA
83 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.