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Encinitas Ale House

Encinitas Ale HouseEncinitas Ale House

Taps: 32 / Bottles: 350
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

15 Ratings
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

1044 S Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, California, 92024-5059
United States
phone: (760) 943-7180

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(Place added by: mbunje on 01-21-2010)
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Reviews by charlzm:
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charlzm

California

4.45/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

I visited for lunch on Wednesday, December 29th, 2010.

They were a little behind in opening today - I arrived at 11:15 and they were still pulling chairs off tables and getting ready. No biggie. Within 5 minutes, everything was squared away and I had ordered beer.

I am very happy to report they have an awesome, varied and extensive tap selection with no pilseners, no macro brews and a healthy balance of non-IPA brews. Yeah!

The space is a bit smallish with only room for a few tables, but there is plenty of bar seating. Dark wood and a cool glass wall looking into the kitchen are memorable features.

My partner and I both ordered burgers: she had the mysteriously named 33.0384°N, 117.293°W cheeseburger (Google Map the coordinates) and I had the Harmonica Bill burger. Both were excellent if a bit much; I managed to down all mine, but she had only half and took the rest to go.

Service was swift and attentive which is not surprising, considering we were the first in the door and were down before the lunch rush started in earnest.

Another plus - the bill was line-itemized and the recommended gratuities listed on the bottom were based on the pre-tax amount (as they should be). Best bill I have seen at any restaurant anywhere!

Overall, the best bet for beer in Encinitas and a welcome variation on the gastropub/Father's Office/microbrew meme that has swept south from Los Angeles. Oh, and the music? Well, if you like Cake and Death Cab for Cutie, you ought to like it.

12-30-2010 04:08:12 | More by charlzm
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jeff1973

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

04-19-2014 20:14:11 | More by jeff1973
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JoshKaufman


5/5  rDev +21.4%

03-05-2014 11:27:57 | More by JoshKaufman
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hops_and_waves

California

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75 | $$

They have a good, but not great beer selection that tends to be heavy on Belgian ales. So, if that's your thing, it's a great spot. They also have some good local beers on tap. Also, close to some great surf spots. Their Burgers are AWESOME. Seriously, some of the best, if not the best burgers I've had in San Diego County. Delicious french fries as well. It's pretty small and kind of dark. Pretty laid back atmosphere when I've been there.

02-26-2014 00:16:34 | More by hops_and_waves
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CDCNAM

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

01-15-2014 23:05:27 | More by CDCNAM
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MeadGuyfromMD

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -15%

10-30-2013 15:27:40 | More by MeadGuyfromMD
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dwagner003

California

3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$

Came here for a Russian River Framboise for a Cure event, and since it took place on a Monday night, we were lucky to walk in and find a table right away. I suspect this place gets very crowded and the seating is fairly limited. It's a pretty cramped space, with some of our chairs impeding the walkway for the servers. It was also very loud.

The beer was good, and they update their tap list daily. However, they need to update their god damn bottle list. I tried to order 3 different beers. All out of stock. Don't even bother asking if they have the Alpine beers listed on the menu. They won't. They do have about 300 bottles, including some Cantillon and some rare Eclipse, so you're bound to find something that is actually in stock.

The food was pretty good. Not like, mind-blowing or anything, but my Wagyu burger was pretty damn delicious. I wasn't impressed with the service, though. Towards the end of our meal, I ordered another bottle, and by the time they came back 10 minutes later to tell me they didn't have anymore, we were done and ready for the check. But whatever, I got the Russian River beer that I came for.

It is pricey, though.. With 2 beers and 2 entrees coming to around $70 with tip. I'd be back, but only if we ended up walking past it by chance.

10-22-2013 15:30:27 | More by dwagner003
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JamLand

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$

On a recent visit to San Diego, I went here to kill some time while my wife had an interview nearby. From a brief review of the area, appeared to have the best selection available. I thought they had a decent selection overall, but was hoping to try more local beers, as I am not from the area. In addition to their draft list, they had a pretty lengthy bottle list. However, upon inquiring about some of the stuff on the bottle list, they seemed to be out of everything I was interested in such as their Alpine and Russian River listings.

I was there right at open with not much of crowd, so I can't speak to the atmosphere much. The place was small, so I wouldn't think it would take too much to get a lively crowd in there. Service was very friendly and attentive.

Overall, a nice to place to stop for a couple of beers, but I wouldn't say there is any reason to seek this place out if your are in the area.

06-10-2013 13:41:49 | More by JamLand
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mookihouse

California

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$

Small pub. 7-8 tables and maybe 15 seats at the long bar. This places is pretty full from Happy Hour to close. Last call is early (10pm?) Their tab list is one of the top 3 for North San Diego Coastal area. Food menu offers many options and above average quality. They always have around 30 taps going on with about 1/3 Belgium offerings. Both beer and food price are average or just a little higher than average. Service have been good and consistent. They get PtY during the annual release but they offer it to their 80-beer-in-80-days members first before opening to the public. Overall this place and the Carlsbad Pizza Port are the best craft beer options near I-5 in North County San Diego.

05-20-2013 18:51:38 | More by mookihouse
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DoubleJ

California

4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

You can't just start a day buying a bunch of beer, only to tease yourself that you aren't going to be drinking any of it until much later. Compromise that with a visit to a watering hole filled with goodies. With extra time to spare before the Exponential Hoppiness release, I drove further south on the Coast Highway, finding that the Encinitas Ale House had just opened their doors when I arrived. You'll need to park on the street if you want to visit.

The place has an intimate feel. The bar is large enough to accomodate 20 people, many tables are scattered about, especially towards the back. Brewery signage hanging on the walls of the place. A number of large format bottles of different beers sit at one section of the bar (and I'm talking about 3 liter bottles and larger, not measly 750s).

A friendly bartender got the flow going for the place. I spotted a couple of Founders bottles in one of the coolers and asked if they were for sale. Unfortunately, no. But she did explain that the owner will spontaneously opens these types of bottles and share them with customers, which I think is really cool.

I got around to seeing a beer menu, and the selection was nothing short of outstanding. 30 taps get the adrenaline going, and nearly one-third were from Mikkeller (including Barrel Aged Texas Ranger!). Me thinks there was a Mikkeller day not long ago. There were also drafts from Great Divide, La Chouffe, Beer Here, Wells, Telegraph, and Unita. Because the tap selection wasn't enough, over 200 bottles are available. In the bottle are Alpine, Ommegang, Blanche de Namur, Petrus, Oud Beersel, Dieu du Ciel, Bruton, Baird, and many more. To sweeter (or sour, depending on your viewpoint) the pot are some grey market beers, including Boulevard, Bells, Ska, and Perrenial. Complimenting the great selection are 30 different pieces of glassware, reasonable serving temperature, and fresh pours. In general, the prices are fair.

One of its claims to fame is suppose to be their burgers. I wasn't ready to eat, so that will have to wait for next time. And their will be a next time. The selection and serving of the beers is awesome, it's closer than San Diego to my Orange County residence, and I feel comfortable drinking in this setting. Without a doubt, a must stop.

01-28-2012 17:10:45 | More by DoubleJ
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Encinitas Ale House in Encinitas, CA
91 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.