English Ales Brewery
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Active Beers: 8
Beer Ratings: 115
Beer Avg: 3.43
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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 13 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by brentk56:
4.11/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Don't be put off by the non-descript atmosphere. This place is about the beer. (And maybe the food, too, although I didn;t try anything while I was there.)
Located in a modest, one story strip shopping center, English Ales had a nice bar with a handful of tables surrounding it and a dart board in the corner.
I met the English brewmaster and had a nice chat with him about his brewing techniques. He told me that the Pale Ale, which is a really unique example of the style, contains lager malt and hops and ale yeast and is fermented at ale temperature. In his words, that creates the crispness of a lager with the roundness of an ale.
The bartender was friendly and the bar seemed to attract a loyal contingent of locals.
Definitely worth a stop if you are in the Monterey/Carmel area.
03-24-2005 16:00:06 | More by brentk56
More User Reviews:
4.14/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
When I walked in, I was the first patron in the bar. I was served promptly by an older Iranian gentleman who talked to me about the beer and the brewer. As the local clientele began to come in, he knew them by name and which beers they were going to drink. The beers (I had the tasting flight) range from decent to very good. They are of the English kine, so you should expect that flavor, ABV, etc. I ordered the British sausage, beans, and chips and was not disappointed. It was a great portion size and it came promptly. I purchased a growler of their Dragon Slayer IPA to bring home to my wife because I know she will enjoy it. Overall, it was a great experience. I haven't been to a lot of breweries that have a steady, local client base, but if there are more out there that function like English Ales, then there are some very lucky neighborhoods.
02-09-2013 22:42:59 | More by beren00
4.14/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Nice little brewpub near Monterey. English ales are what they brew (obviously) and they do a solid job. Small place and it's definitely got a neighborhood feel to it. Personal mugs hanging from the ceiling, etc.
Pretty good take on English beer, I thought. I don't know a lot about English beers but I definitely enjoyed the English Ales ales that I tried. We got the sampler and everything was good, not great, but not mediocre either. Right in the middle.
Service was friendly, and the atmosphere was nice, different than what you might find at most other brewpubs, for sure. I would definitely stop back in there when in the area.
10-29-2011 18:25:17 | More by colonelforbin
4.8/5 rDev +20.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
While a bit off the beaten track this is probably one of the best British breweries I have been to in the states. It is located in a business park area of Marina, CA but never let that discourage you if they have a brewpub. There are several similar kinds of setups in California just make sure they are going to be open before you go. It is also probably one of the largets microbreweries I have seen in the last several years, and I have seen a lot of them.
I worked for a UK based company for several years, and it alwasy amazes me that the British style ales in the US are for the most part better than what the typical pub serves today in the UK.
The only deficit was they were out of the ESB, which is typically my British ale of choice, as well as several other of the regulars. The had an aniversary ale that was one of the best of this style that I have had on draft in years. There IPA was more a cross between an American IPA and a true Brit but it was very good.
It is well worth the trip if you are going to me in the Santa Cruze in the near future. I am planning to go back since it is very close to one of the largest marine reserves in the central coast of California, hopefully the sun will show the next time around.
BTW their food was very good as well, while I just had their calmari strips the food served to my bar mates had great portions and looked very fresh. Probably not a family place, but the seem to have a very loyal following, or one would assume from the bub members mugs hanging all over the place. The Brit memorabilia is also worth taking a look at, there was some amazing stuff hanging on the walls.
08-14-2011 04:48:59 | More by Stewartr
3.78/5 rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
Stopped in on a Thursday afternoon on my way back from SF beer week. The place isn't hard to find if you good directions but it's in a very unassuming little shopping center in a very quiet part of town. The people inside were all very nice and seemed to know each other. I didnt realize right away that there were personalized mugs hanging from the ceiling. The nice bartender periodically would take a long stick and remove one from the ceiling for a customer.
There were 10 taps going and I got a 4 oz sample of each. The only one that was out was some stout that I can't remember. The beers were all in the "alright/decent" range. After taking notes on my 4th or 5th sample the 2 guys sitting next to me at the bar started talking to me and asking my opinions on the beers. It turns out that one was the brewer and another was an employee of some sort. Both were nice guys and introduced themselves. We had a discussion about English ingredients (malt and hops mostly) and I was greatful for a professional opinion on English beers as I know so little about them at this point.
10 samples was only about $8, $10 after tip. It was a nice place to relax and have a conversation and the beer was light and enjoyable but I can't comment on the food as I didnt order any.
03-01-2010 21:38:43 | More by t0rin0
3.73/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
The brewery, in Marina (about 10-15 min north of Monterey by car), is easy to miss. It's on a side street in a nondescript building in a nondescript neighborhood. From the outside, it can look run-down, especially in the evening.
Inside, the bar is furnished with a light touch, and one is struck by the mugs the locals have hanging about. The brewery is definitely a locals' favorite. The food is average, but the beer is quite good. My personal favorite is the Ramsey's Fat Lip Scottish, which is a great example of the style, and is not over-hopped as most craft brews are. All in all, the brewery has some great beer on tap and is definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.
11-15-2009 01:36:17 | More by ocmpoma
4/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
"The food was great...thank you so much. Say, do you know where Rheindollar Ave. is?", I said to my waiter.
"Oh, you mean in Marina?", he replies.
"Dunno, English Ales?" I ask.
"Yeah, 4 to 5 miles north of here, take the exit for Del Monte Ave., bang a right on Rheindollar Ave. and it's up on the left past a car wash." he replies.
Emma and I both look at each other and silently contemplate. Do we head 4 to 5 miles north to check out this pub that I really know nothing about ? What the hell! We trudge on north. Off the exit--ok good. Right on Rheindollar--ok good. Pub on the left? Confused Not sure. We must have passed it. As we double back we see a bunch of kegs outside this weird strip mall type place. We slow down to see an English Ales Brewery on the glass face. We pull into a strip mall parking lot. Other businesses in the strip mall include a barber and a dentist. Not sure what to make of this place.
Upon walking in you can see the kitchen area to the right, which is divided by a partition type wall. There are about 6 tables in the place with a U shaped bar. Mug club mugs lines the top of the bar and the entire ceiling in the place--somewhere in the vicinity of 600+ mug owners. You can see the brewery from the pub. The brewery is probably the same size, if not bigger, then the pub. Amazing! The brewer was hard at work when we arrived, and left (10PM). Many of the kegs were labeled with the establishments name making me believe they keg for local joints. We take a seat at a table on the opposite side of the place from the entrance. An older gentlemen comes over and delivers us menus. I abruptly say, "we're just going to have a couple pints."
"Fine" He replies.
A couple get up from the side of the bar we were located near and we move to their vacated spots. On tap included a wheat, golden, pale ale, brown, bitter, lager, and a cask porter.
Emma had the brown--she said it was pretty decent compared to the one she had at half moon bay. This was on the drier side with a nutty caramel malt base. Clean and crisp. I only had 2 sips...
My first was the cask porter. Roasty malt with a caramel sweetness in the finish. Fluffy and smooth with a medium body even though it seemed light. A very nice cask offering. The bitter was my second choice. Crisp and light with a floral hop twang. Slight citrus flavors rounded out the bitterness in the finish. A very decent bitter with an abv clocking in around the mid 4's. We did not have any food, but a guy at the bar was eating a burger, which was huge--fries looked good as well.
09-24-2007 04:12:59 | More by bjohnson
3.88/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $
Nice relaxed watering hole with a variety of good beer, definately a local hangout.
The locals and the staff are very friendly. It is a small, cozy bar with a view into the brewery and otherwise decorated with assorted knick-knacks. It is adorned with hundreds (~800 when I visited) of mugs hanging on the ceiling, you can get one for $25 with your name on it to get 4oz extra beer for your money.
We had a taster selection of 8 beers (for $7 I think), served in small but tall glasses - as other reviewers have said it ranges from a light american style lager to a porter with several gradations inbetween. All beers were well executed in general, if most were a bit lighter in flavor/color/mouthfeel than I've come to expect in my hometown of Portland, OR (considered beervana by some). I was most impressed with the best bitter and the fat lip.
The brew 66 was a nice interpretation of an american lager, but I couldn't drink it, perhaps it's the style not the beer. I found the english pale ale somewhat odd tasting, but I don't know english (not USA) pale ales very well so it's hard to judge. The dragon slayer IPA was quite nice, not too over-the-top hoppy and again light (at 5.2%) for what I've come to expect from IPA, but then again IPA is a real phenomena in the Pacific NW lately. The big-sur ale (not sure the exact name) was nice with a surprising kick of lemon bitterness in the back, good for a hot day I expect. Monk's brown ale was nice, pretty mellow and lightly sweet and the fat lip was a nice balanced, quaffable amber scotch ale. The porter was nice and smooth, the chocolate & roasty flavors were present but light. The best bitter gets my vote for favorite, very well balanced with the right flavors to be an appropriate english bitter - I could drink a few of these.
The food was nothing particularly special although the curly fries were pretty good. I think this place is about the beer more than the food.
As a homebrewer the brewery itself is impressive with a lot of fermenters packed into a small space, it appears to have a large capacity and is indeed able to keep a lot of beers on tap at once. One of the brewers was there cleaning kegs late and stopped in the bar to chat with people, they seemed to know him well so I assume it is a regular occurance.
Overall Impression: Nice casual spot for a beer or three and a good place to chat with the locals, I would buy a mug if I lived in town!
09-20-2006 15:58:03 | More by bretthall04
4.05/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
A great atmosphere. I stopped in and enjoyed the ambiance and mugs lining the ceiling and walls. It's a small place with a very cozy interior. The seats were comfortable after a long day on the road. The quality of beer, especially the pale ale, was fantastic. The food is good, and the menu is ripe with pub grub classics. The service was quick and the servers were responsive to questions. The people at the bar were interesting and I remember striking up a very interesting conversation about different IPAs. That conversation might have skewed my rating of this establishment, but there is no reason not to stop by if you're up for some very tasty english ales. I will definitely come back if I'm in the Salinas/Monterey area on business again.
07-11-2006 23:34:08 | More by poluti
English Ales Brewery in Marina, CA
90 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.