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Active Beers: 15
Beer Ratings: 38
Beer Avg: 3.48
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Mitchster:
4.4/5 rDev +14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
This place was only a few minutes away from our hotel and was kinda near the downtown area. Pretty easy to get too, but the parking was pretty limited to side streets. Nice open veranda, and the inside was very large with high ceilings. We decided to sit at the bar. Our waitress was very friendly, as was the gentleman from Ohio who sat next to us. The tap selection was huge, having probably 25 taps of their own brews and maybe 5 more of some staples. I absolutely loved their Scottish ale...probably one of the best I've ever had. Huge malt body, perfect carbonation, well balanced sweetness finished off with a smoky peatiness. Loved it. The Belgian Pale was sour and quite off. The Apricot Pale Ale was pretty refreshing and tasted well brewed. The Imperial stout was thin bodied for the style and wasn't imperial by any stretch of the imagination, although it was tasty(It was 8.0% ABV). The hefe-weizen was pretty good, but poured out like as cloudy as glue. We sent it back...way too yeasty. We had the green chile cheese fries which were OK, but not as exceptional as the bartender would have us believe. The wings were very good, but a little hot for my taste coupled with the fries. Service was very good, but the prices were a little goofy. I paid $2.75 for each "1/2 pint", but these pours were 6oz, at tops. Kinda a rip-off. They don't have a sampler tray, but they will provide limited free samples, which equates to a champagne glass with a 1/2 ounce sip of beer. Even at happy hour, the beer was $3.75 a pint, which is regular price at every other brewpub I've been to. We had 5 "1/2 pints", 2 pints, an order of wings (about 8-9), and fries and it came to $31 before tip, which is pretty ridiculous, IMO. As I was going to the restrooms, I got a look at the brewery. They had some bins of malt nearby, so with the approval of a staff member, I grabbed and handful of crystal 40 to chew on. Mmmm. Still, the beer was great, and I would go here at happy hour to have a few pints.
05-01-2008 17:53:17 | More by Mitchster
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3.35/5 rDev -13.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$
Bottom line: Decent tap lineup, mediocre brewed beer, typical bar food, and a nice atmosphere.
1. Taps: They have a wall full of taps behind the bar area, which is nice. Less nice is they don't have a list so you have to constantly ask the bartender to clarify (unless you're some kind of tap savant, I guess). I didn't even know they had taps until I'd been 4-5 times, because they only give you a list of the beers they brew and it's a big place so you're not always in eyeshot of the bar.
2. Brewed beer: When you sit down they give you a list of their brewed beer, arranged by color from lightest to darkest. Of the 18 or so on the list, I've probably tried 10 and haven't been impressed with any of them. I keep thinking I'll find a style they do well, but I've been disappointed each time.
3. Food: Typical bar fare. Burgers, fries, wings, sandwiches, etc. I think they have a salad or two if you want something lighter.
4. Atmosphere: This is why I've been back so many times. They have a large outdoor area that fills up quickly in the summer, in addition to their large inside seating area. Lots of long tables to accommodate groups (most of the times I've been there have been for work going-aways) so you can cram in a lot of people. Service is generally good except when they're super busy.
Overall it's not bad but I generally only go there when someone at work is leaving.
01-11-2014 15:58:39 | More by chrunck
3.58/5 rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Cheers: They have the BEST ice cold water of any of the brewpubs in Abq. I don't know what they add to the water. In all honesty, I would pay for it. Plenty of house beer taps along with taps from other local NM and Colorado breweries. Great location on Central Avenue with a convenient bathroom (although the set up is confusing. I wandered into the "brewhouse" on the way to the bathroom). Patrons are extremely friendly in a good way (not the I am being nice to you so I can bum smokes off of you all night friendly). Bartenders are responsive, cheerful, and will serve you until you are laying on the floor. Great place to engage in random conversations with random people whom you will most likely never see again, or remember their names.
Jeers: The food for the most part is just OK. Nothing memorable or offensive. In fact, I can't remember what I ordered off of the menu. The only thing this place has going for it is location.. The bathroom configuration might explain the varying quality of their house beer perhaps patrons have been stumbling in and peeing in the fermentation tanks? Checkout system can be confusing especially if you are blind drunk. I always screw it up, which means that I leave a hefty tip to compensate for my idiotic nature.
02-20-2012 18:15:14 | More by wailingwench
3.45/5 rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
We went here on a late Sunday afternoon before the UNM was in session, so it was not very busy. They have a large outdoor patio with umbrellas and fans to keep you cool.
The food we tried was good, but seemed a bit overpriced for the amount of food we received.
Kelly's has a large selection of many different styles of beer, once again a bit overpriced for beer made on premise ($4.25/pint) The general consensus from our group was that the light beers were good, but as mentioned in a previous post, the dark beers were overly fruity from fermentation. I think its time for them to get away from using english type yeast for their dark beers.
I will visit again as it was kid friendly and there was a Fro-Yo shop across the street to keep the kids entertained, not so much for the quality of the beer.
08-02-2011 14:37:01 | More by SteelieB
3.8/5 rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've been here probably 3 times since I turned 21, and I've always been pretty satisfied. The food has been good each time, and to me seems very reasonably priced. Unfortunately, though, it's more their food than their beer that has kept me coming back. I suspect that they have inadequate control over fermentation temperature, because all of their dark beers that I've tried (porter, oatmeal stout, even Scottish ale) have had much more prevalent fruity yeast esters than I felt they should. My preferences generally tend toward dark beers, but at Kelly's I'll usually go for something pale. Their Belgian pale is pretty solid, and I can't recall having tried their hefeweizen, but it's definitely next on my list. If you can tolerate the excessive fruitiness, they do have a pretty broad list of brews available, I think around 12 house beers. It should be noted that, while the food prices are pretty great, the beer prices are more standard, $4.25 a pint I think. I think Kelly's is definitely worth hitting up at least a couple times, to sample the menu and beer selection. I think of it more as a place to meet friends than a place to bring a date, but maybe that's just me (and the fact that every time I've been there a dominant topic of conversation has been how fine some of the waitresses/hostesses are).
10-01-2010 17:42:45 | More by ncfrey
3.63/5 rDev -6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Kelly's is right ok Central, the original Route 66. When I read it was a converted gas station, I was expecting a small, old fashioned joint. Not so. It is rather big with a sprawling outdoor patio. This place could easily accommodate over 100 people.
House beer selection was quite large, something like 19 offerings. Unfortunately all four that I sampled were pretty average at best. I think the dubbel was probably the best tasting one I had, although it was not overly dubbel-esque. The do have a nice selection of guest taps, so the variety is quite good.
I had the green chile stew and it was pretty tasty. The menu selection was fairly large and I saw a few other things I would like to try. Reasonably priced, especially for being in a pseudo-touristy area. Seems to be a popular place when the weather is nice and the patio is bumpin (It was raining the night I went). I sat at the bar so I cant comment much on the wait staff, but the bartender was nice and fairly knowledgeable. I'd go back again for the food and atmosphere, but I wouldnt expect much from the house beers.
08-01-2010 04:20:58 | More by twiggamortis420
Kelly's Brewpub in Albuquerque, NM
88 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.