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The Ale House

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Reviews: 5
Visits: 22
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: n/a
Taps: 30
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

6480 Dobbin Center Way
Columbia, Maryland, 21045-4885
United States
phone: (443) 546-3649

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Place added by: maryekline on 01-01-2013

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Reviews: 5 | Visits: 22
Photo of BeanWolf
4.18/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Love this place, all of the 30 taps are available in multiple sizes of pours including 5oz pours that are served in nice 5oz snifters (far superior to the taller more common tasting glasses). The food is well above average, suprising since the flagship on Pratt Street serves dog food, including fantastic mac and cheese. About half the taps are their own (Olivers). The patio is kid freindly which is great for me but my favorite thing about The Ale House is the absense of the awful Libbey 5210 Hoffman House 10 oz Goblet that seems to be everywhere in MD beer bars, you know the glass... it weights a ton, is super thick, and takes all pleasure out of beer. (660 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.75/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Modern sports bar. 34 taps, 7 Olivers and 3 casks. 58 bottles plus 3 gluten-free and 7 cider and meads. A varied selection. The food was good. The service was great. (165 characters)

Photo of MDHopster
4.25/5  rDev n/a

The Ale House has a decent selection of brews although they focus upon their own brews and offer a larger selection of bottled beers, especially 22 oz varieties than drafts from other brewers. I've been quite a few times and the food has been mostly excellent as far as entrees and sandwiches were concerned, although the duck confit grilled cheese was fairly bland. Parking can be a PITA but valet service is available.. Waits can extend to an hour on busy nights but the staff is very pleasant. Samples are not available any longer but 5oz tasters can be purchased. The acoustics are amazing, even on the most crowded nights, normal conversations are easily held without raising voices making the experience most pleasant. (729 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.13/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

The Ale House Columbia is an enjoyable place to have a few beers and grab some food. The restaurant is very modern and includes three indoor bars and an outside bar. It has been very busy each time I have visited, usually on the weekend, but there is a lot of seating and the wait is usually not long. The beer menu usually has about 10 house beers, that range from average to very good, and also about 15-20 guest taps. The prices on the house beers are lower that the guest list, but I guess that is to promote their beers more. There is also a bottle list, but the prices are even higher for those.

I have visited about once a month this year and really enjoy the fact that they added a 5 oz. draft option for some of the stronger beers. This allows for the opportunity to try a few different things. The food has been very good as well and is pretty close to average price for a restaurant. (896 characters)

Photo of khodre
2.24/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.25 | service: 2.25 | selection: 2 | food: 2

Most of their taps are duplicates and they focus on their own beers rather than those from around the country/world. As I am not a fan of their beer, the place has little to offer.

Sadly the food did not rate any higher. The nachos and chicken wings were not good. The cheese on the nachos had solidified by the time it got to the table and were presented in a single layer of 12 nacho chips around the edge of the plate. The wings were not meaty and were very oily. (467 characters)

The Ale House in Columbia, MD
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.