High Horse Brewing
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Active Beers: 13
Beer Ratings: 110
Beer Avg: 3.83
Taps: 33 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by bpk59:
2.6/5 rDev -26.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
Went on a Saturday night with a small group. I was initially shocked at how few patrons were here based on the fact that this bar is in the middle of Amherst (college central in Western MA) on a weekend evening! Should have been a big red flag ...
Atmosphere - Kind of feels like someone went into a few good craft beer bars & took notes on what they liked on napkins, mashed all of the ideas together and tried to recreate some magic. It's not bad, but just feels ... off, or maybe incomplete. For what it's worth, I like the choice in bar furniture and love the light fixtures but didn't care for the Pollock-esque paintings adorning the walls. Music that I also didn't care for was played far too loudly for the amount of people in the bar, making conversations with the person sitting next to me difficult.
Quality - House brews were average to below average quality in my opinion (tried friends' beers and see my review of Minx saison).
Selection - the most basic and accessible of craft beers were on tap - very disappointing. I'd even call them "gateway" beers... Lagunitas IPA, a Hefe, etc. Good beers, but more generic craft. Not what I'd expect of a place trying to cater to a discerning crowd.
Service - Staff was friendly but not very knowledgeable about their own house beers. All queries about house ABVs resulted in "I'm not sure, around X.XX percent I think?" I didn't bother asking about guest drafts. My silverware was unusable because of caked-on crud. Thankfully, the wait staff brought over extra settings before I could ask for a new fork because they forgot my wife and I already had a setting, not because my silverware was dirty (ended up with 6 plates in front of 4 people...).
Food - ordered a salad which was supposed to have barley, beets and other stuff. I think there was supposed to be dressing but there wasn't, nor were there any beets to be found. This was infuriating - my wife was so excited for a beet salad (one of her favorites) after a long day with no real food to speak of. The barley was bland - felt more like quick oats. I would have said something but was more focused on going somewhere else. Friends got Poutine and weren't impressed.
Value - Prices were reasonable but please, spend your money elsewhere if possible.
Overall, if you're going to call your establishment the "High Horse" I think you'd better live up to that name - even small misses will become magnified in patron's eyes. I feel that the name is a play on or implies some sophistication of which was sorely lacking in all areas.
I like a little bit of a pretentious feeling at a good beer bar - if I wanted to have cheap beer and crappy service I'd go to a local dive and order a Bud. That's not what they do here. Similarly, if I want a good craft beer, a knowledgeable staff and gourmet food and spend some of my hard earned money, I'm going to find a place that looks the part. Sadly, that doesn't seem to be what they do here either.
02-21-2012 04:05:55 | More by bpk59
More User Reviews:
3.9/5 rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$$
I stopped here for lunch last week while on vacation with the family. We were planning on hitting Amherst Brewing, and apparently they used to be at this location but forgot to tell this to my GPS. Nice brick building on the main street corner in downtown Amherst MA. Huge maze of indoor seating areas flanking a u shaped bar in the center, and a smallish deck of outside tables where we sat. 12 or so taps with probably 8 house beers and local guest taps. The beer ranged from decent to great and the food was well made typical pub grub. Service was spot on and the pricing was about what I was expecting to pay. A happy little accident worked out for the best.
08-17-2013 20:54:26 | More by johnnnniee
3.78/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I lived in Amherst for several years as a UMass student and then lived there for a few years as a young professional. This was my first time in Amherst in a few years so I decided to eat at High Horse. It basically replaced the old ABC foundation and architecture. You could see the Moan and Dove's touch, but it mostly was from new paint that made it look like a large Moan and Dove. Otherwise, this place still had the same layout as the old ABC. New chairs and tables were available, yes, but the owners did not rebuild or redesign much besides painting. As a vegetarian, I greatly appreciated the separate veggie menu that was loaded with appetizers and entrees. The food that was from this menu was fantastic. The sweet potato fries were out of this world and very large in portion. The stuffed squash dinner I had was great; it came with a nice, leafy salad and the main entree was very rich fried squash with spinach. Had the blonde ale, the Moan, and it was good, but that is for a separate review. Service was quick and attentive for our night; summers in Amherst are never busy, so the wait staff could easily come to our service whenever. Not too bad prices for what I expect from a brewery and for Amherst. I would definitely go there again and I am glad the Moan and Dove owners expanded to make another brewery in the town.
07-21-2013 21:24:34 | More by fitzy84
2.58/5 rDev -26.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Atmosphere: We went on a Friday night and were surprised at how few people were there. Dimly lit, but looks pretty nice. Loud music (too loud) of a pop variety that didn't match up well with the rest of the atmosphere. Perhaps they were trying to make the place seem busier...
Quality: Well, one of my beers (satisfaction IPA) smelled exactly like a wet dog. It turned out that the glass was defiled in some way. It might be easier to clean with better lighting... The beers were underwhelming at best.
Service: Not very busy, so it was pretty easy to get service.
Selection: I was mainly interested in their high horse beers, so I didn't pay too much attention to the overall selection.
Food: Fries were pretty good, chicken wings were also pretty good. Not a bad place to eat overall, but nothing special. Honestly though, I will never order food there again because I'm seriously concerned about the level of cleanliness. Maybe they think that the beer will act as an antiseptic.
Value: seemed ok.
Overall: Since I live in Amherst, I might give it another chance once they are making beers in-house. For now, no thanks. If you're traveling to the Amherst area, go to the Amherst brewing company instead. If it wasn't for the incredible location in downtown Amherst, I would predict certain failure for this brewery.
04-19-2012 18:03:41 | More by mjl5686
2.6/5 rDev -26.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$
Stopped by in this new establishment with friends, one of which was having a birthday, after a nice day trip up to Vermont. As a UMASS Alumn I was very eager to try the brewery that had taken over the spot where Amherst Brewing Company was, even moreso considering it was run by the same gentleman who runs the Moan and Dove. Suffice to say, we all felt it wasnt even on the same planet let alone ballpark.
A - Place feels as if its trying too hard to be classy. Dimly lit, which is alright considering the vibe they're going for, with some nice fixtures. Beers are listed on the chalkboard like the previous brewpub did, but yet the bar had a scattering of little mini beer list menu's. Least they could be read.
Q - Quality of the beers, I personally was not impressed. Mediocre beers is what we all discovered in out party. The beers were just average...at best.
Svc - Service was average. Bar tender was attentive but stumbled to find answers to my questions regarding ABV.
Sel - Selection of beers were average. An IPA, a pale ale, a saison, and a kolsch. Now while the latter two might impress people into thinking its a solid selection, its really not. I would personally rather have two really good, solid brews than a spattering of mediocrity.
F - Food though...meh. I want to go below a 2 but the food wasnt awful. It wasnt all that special, sure, but not awful. Got the poutine which had a gravy that didnt taste like anything special, and cheese curds that werent exactly stellar. The fries werent bad though. The others in my party got a beet salad, which from what I was told arrived to us containing no beets at all. Plus they had some silverware that was unuseably dirty. Yikes.
V - Value was reasonable for the location. $6 for the meh poutine and $7? for the beet salad that consisted of a handfull of lettuce, shredded carrots, and 4 orange segments.
In closing, there are plenty of great locations to have a drink in the Amherst area. For us, this place isn't one of them. Not sure if it was still opening jitters (establishment opened within the past few months). For us from our observations, there was a reason why on a Saturday night the place had ALOT of empty tables and ABC was jam packed with an hour wait for a table. Unfortunately, this reason was only found out after we had already sat down and ordered.
02-21-2012 03:29:57 | More by rudzud
High Horse Brewing in Amherst, MA
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.