Rose Alley Ale House
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Taps: 40 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BeTheBall:
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Went lasr night with my wife, arriving about 6:00. Upstairs bar had maybe 12 people, but we went down stairs where their "specialty beers" are. It was like being in the basement, a bar with about 6 seats in front of maybe 12-15 draft lines. Two walls also had counters on them with stools. 50" plasma behind the bar we sat at and another on one wall. Crowd wise it was totally dead there. We were the only ones down stairs other than a couple of employees on break having a snack.
The first bar tender we had was nice, but beer knowledge seemed forced, and he was mistaken about a couple of beer descriptions he said. Met another guy that worked at a Fall River packy and he really knew his beer. OK, the shift manager is the girlfriend of a guy that is close friends with my daughter and fiance, so this may be biased. She spent lots of time talking and taking care of us that you may not get.
I had Saison Dupont, Southern Tier Unearthly, Houblon Tripel IPA and St. Bernardus Abt 12. Honestly, some of these tasted a little off, different than in bottle, or other drafts I've had recently, but I can't figure out why. They also had Pumking, Punkin Ale, Celebrator, Smutty Maibock, Scaldis, Three Philosophers, Trois Pistoles, and a couple more I can't remember. They also have 750's on a shelf above the bar that they have available, which included Ruination, Racer 5, Ommegang Wit, Ommegang Abbey, and another dozen that fade from memory.
Food is limited; wings, burgers and sandwiches, along with a couple of salads. We split some wings which were pretty good, then had a burger, which was enormous; good, but hard to fit my mouth around (and my mouth is big).
Overall, a pleasantly good selection of beer, so that alone would keep me coming back. Would like to see more food selections in the future. Would also have liked to see the manager's boyfriend there to drink with us, and drive home.
09-20-2009 20:53:42 | More by BeTheBall
More User Reviews:
3.88/5 rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Although the beers are pricey here and the list has shrunk over the last two years, Rose Alley is still the perfect place for good beer and even better food. The list still features more than 20 beers, and you'll always find something worth trying--and trying again. Wings are tremendous and the salads (steak and bleu, cobb, etc.)--believe it or not--are excellent. Beautiful view of the waterfront with large windows in period, old stone building. In the summer, the AC pumps and beer is just as cold.
12-27-2013 15:31:20 | More by Bla
3.43/5 rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
Place located right on the waterfront in New Bedford MA. Lots of drafts on line. I counted about twenty-plus. Mostly craft brews from the area with a few from out west. Got a great divide I hadn't had before. Had a few other nice IPAs on tap. Place is child friendly I would say in spite of the sports bar and nautical motif. Drafts were cheap. Around three bucks. Ten bucks gets you a massive burger. Good deal. Service was slow for even a slow day. Parking looks like the pay lot is your only choice.
12-21-2011 01:09:32 | More by jneiswender
5/5 rDev +24.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I know that I seem like "That Guy" by giving this place all 5.0s but it is absolutely how I feel about this place. I originally came for the beer selection and now I come back frequently for the Beer AND Wings (Butter Garlic...do it). Though a tap here and there can be kicked, it happens...because its a bar. For the most part I have always been able to find an amazing new beer every time I go.
The best part of Rose Alley is the complete lack of pretentious attitudes. From the staff to the patrons this place exudes friendliness; one person can be enjoying a Coors Light Bottle next to another enjoying a Southern Tier Unearthly with no dirty looks...if you like this sort of attitude, enjoy the Pour Farm down the street.
This is hands down my favorite bar in any State and I highly suggest you try it out.
12-13-2011 02:51:52 | More by paulman1813
Rose Alley Ale House in New Bedford, MA
90 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.