Hops Grillhouse & Brewery
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3.26/5 rDev +2.5%
In the parking lot of a large upper middle class strip mall. This is the first brew pub I have been to where a sizable percentage of the customers are Black. I never thought about that before at other places, and only noticed because it isn't the case here. Didn't change anything from other okayish brewpubs I have been to.
The bar specials on food are great during happy hour. The fish and shrimp are really good pub style, the best things on the menu.
The staff is friendly and fast.
The beers tend towards okay. Sort of like when Bud puts out a porter under the Michelob name, not bad, but light on taste and body.
The hands down best they do are their Light and the Mexican style they do from time to time. Those are the best tasting light beers I have had at a brewpub. Clean with taste.
The non-house beer selection is typical Bud upper middle class small bar. It gets a little loud at peak time. For some reason the bar still has some tube TVs.
11-17-2013 17:15:04 | More by TheFunGuy
3.01/5 rDev -5.3%
Huge thanks to my uncle for taking me here today! While I thought this was a decent place, it also seemed very...let's say, behind the 8-ball (especially on the beer front).
The food is pretty much what you'd expect from an Applebee's or TGI Friday's. This is not fancy dining by any stretch. To be fair, though, their quality is better on the whole. I played it safe with a chicken tenders starter and a Reuben sandwich for the main course. Both were solid but unremarkable. But hey, that still makes it better than Applebee's.
Naturally, I decided to order a flight of their 5 beers on tap. The best word I'd use to describe the brews is 'mundane'. Ridiculously mundane, actually. You can choose between Clearwater Light (which is honestly good for a light lager), Lightning Bold Gold (meh), Thoroughbred Red (not bad), Alligator Ale (meh again), and a seasonal offering. In particular, it was the Mexican Cerveza, which honestly sounded like it would suck - and it didn't! Honestly, it was the best one of the bunch (although it had NO aroma to speak of). Your choices beyond that are just some BMC selections and Heineken; no Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, or any of the craft stalwarts here. And no year-round IPA? C'mon, man!
On the plus side, our server Stephanie was quite personable and was willing to chit-chat with yours truly. However, she knew almost nothing about beer - I won't hold that against her, rather against management instead.
All in all, not a bad place to eat lunch - just one that's stuck in the year 2001.
06-24-2013 00:06:44 | More by ThisWangsChung
1.63/5 rDev -48.7%
I would say you should drive a few miles more for food that is not smothered in cheese and bland. The atmosphere is similar to an older Applebee's the quality of food is rather poor the beer quality is slightly below average, I would have rather drank Sam Adams or Sierra Nevada, which is available almost everywhere. Three of the available beers were intro craft i.e. blonds or macro clones. The other two beers were rather boring. I would not recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a good meal and good food. The service was not attentive and we waited 10 minutes for the check with a pile of plates, left-over food, and empty glasses. I cannot say how much I regret stopping here over the other places that are only a short drive away.
06-15-2012 23:54:21 | More by alejandro
3.5/5 rDev +10.1%
Had dinner with my wife here and I have to say the best part about it was their prices. Had a 12 ounce steak with a side and a salad for just $14.99. Can't get that in most places. Also their beer is really well priced. Had the sampler of all 5 of their beers for under 4 bucks. Got a bonus because they still had some of the previous seasonal beer left over so I actually got 6 beers. Each one was 4 oz. so you're looking at 24 oz. of beer for $3.47. Try to get that somewhere else. Unfortunately the food needs way more seasoning. Somewhat bland flavors and no real life to it. Service was good and they attended to our needs fairly quickly. I would give them a second chance but not the same dishes. Gonna try something new next time. The beers were average with my favorite going to their hoptoberfest beer.
11-14-2011 01:11:01 | More by stckhndlr
2.73/5 rDev -14.2%
Hops offers a Light beer, a Gold, a Red, and their most flavorful beer called Alligator Ale. There really isn't much difference between any of their beers except maybe color. These beer are well made, they are all malt, and inoffensive. But one word can describe all four of their offerings; BLAND. If you're going to call yourself HOPS and your whole angle in the restaurant market is that you brew beer, one would think it would be able to taste some hops in the beer you brew. These beers have little if any character, and for such bland and boring beer, its very overpriced unless there's a happy hour. Of course, you can get their seasonals now, but who is going to bother going for one flavorful brew? The food and atmosphere at Hops is actually decent, but again, why bother?
03-14-2011 21:38:01 | More by CuriousMonk
3.38/5 rDev +6.3%
Got there on a Friday night and it was busy, but we were seaed within 15 minutes. I ordered a sampler but was a little disapointed that they don't have more than five beers. Worse, their beers are rather generic. That being said, I thought the food was pretty good, and in terms of national brewpu chains I will take this menu or Gordon Biersch's any day. The prices are about what you expect for the beer and food, a couple bucks more than something like Chili's (which pretty much describes this place - goofy shit on the walls, TVs with sports on, suburban commandoes hanging out on a Friday night). The service was good too, although I wish the server would've told me what the seasonal was (to my own discredit I forgot to ask). I guess if I lived in Alexandria I would go here with my wife because she liked the food, but I wouldn't go out of my way when I visit DC again.
03-10-2008 21:25:19 | More by clayrock81
3.3/5 rDev +3.8%
I must say that the location of this place is not exactly ideal. When you are driving down the street and you see the place, you wouldn't think it was a brewpub. When you walk in it almost has the atmosphere of a typical chain restaurant like a Chili's or TGI Fridays. There also isn't exactly a decent beer selection, only four from what I recollect. However, I must say the pricing is extremely reasonable, and the food seemed pretty decent as well. If I happened to be in the area and I felt like a beer, I would stop here before any of there other restaurants. However, I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to get there when Capitol City Brewery is a stone's throw away and Rock Bottom is a few miles up the road.
03-01-2008 21:49:14 | More by Rootdog316
4.08/5 rDev +28.3%
This is located in some strip mall in Alexandria, not a great location, but it is very close to Reagan International and it's hotels, so if you're a business traveller it could be a convenient stop. Exterior looks like any other Hops, interior was dominated by the brewing equipment in the center of the restaurant, lots of breweriana on the walls, a medium sized square wooden bar with a good view of the equipment.
This was a Thursday night when I was there and place was packed--found two spots at the bar to eat dinner with my friend. There was only one bartender working, but she was absolutely fantastic, very attentive, was very quick considering how packed the bar was, and knew the beers when I asked about them.
The beers were all new to me so I got a sampler. I wasn't expecting much, but turned out pleasantly surprised. The beers are safe styles that can appeal to the general population, but that being said they are well made. They have two light lagers which are both nice enough lawnmower beers, I actually preferred the one they label as their lightest. The other two regular beers are a decent red and a pretty tasty Porter that has a lot of buttery caramel flavor to it. Finally, they had a seasonal, which she told me was a Honey Bock, but was the only beer they had with a nice dose of hops, and my favorite of the bunch.
The food was good just like always at Hops. I usually get a steak, which I've never had complaints with, but got the fried chicken salad for a change, which turned out to be very good. Menu's not as expansive as say a Fridays, but the better beer and quality of what they do cook more than makes up for that.
03-24-2006 21:54:42 | More by cubedbee
3.4/5 rDev +6.9%
I will start by saying I like this place, I have been to a few different locations and I have had good food, good service, and fresh beer. % taps were pouring on this visit running from a light, a gold, a red, an amber, and a summer ale. The beers were light for my taste, but well made.
The place has breweriana on the walls, the brewhouse is on display, the centerpiece is a large rectangular , two sided island bar. Sitting at the bar on this visit, we were greeted promptly, served efficiently and even received some smiles.
Although there is standardization from location to location, this place is better than the brass and fern bars proliferating this country.
08-22-2005 14:34:07 | More by jimbotrost
Hops Grillhouse & Brewery in Alexandria, VA
81 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.