Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
Active Beers: 34
Beer Ratings: 1,300
Beer Avg: 3.62
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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by RedDiamond:
3.73/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Hale's Brewery and Pub is one-third pub, one-third brewery, and one-third warehouse and everything else. The floor plan is expansive yet open with limited outdoors dining and a banquet room upstairs. Where most brewpubs have the brew house sequestered behind glass, at Hale's it is the restaurant that is walled off from the open brewery. The brewing system is partly gravity fed and placards inform visitors of its various functions. You can even watch the beers ferment by way of mirrors above the open fermenters.
I can't express much enthusiasm for Hale's beers. Or for their food. Most beers are clean but timid, though in this respect, Hale's American Pale Ale is a frail and reclusive gem. Many recipes date to the 1980's and don't reflect the greater measure of inspired creativity with which brewers elevated the artistry of craft brewing from the mid-90's on. Hale's El Jefe Weizen and seasonal Irish Nut Brown are worthy of a pint but aren't compelling. And the food is at times overtly disappointing, lacking freshness and invention.
Still, Hale's pub is a sizeable, multi-room establishment and draws a full house nightly during peak dining hours. The kitchen staff work like a drill team and the servers are numerous and attentive. They're also personable, engaging, and fun. Hale's prides itself on pioneering the use of nitro- expeller gasses many years ago and regularly features three nitro beers and one cask alongside its six regulars and multiple seasonals. They've also recently added a guest tap; on my last visit, a blonde ale from Flyers.
03-30-2008 04:51:48 | More by RedDiamond
More User Reviews:
3.93/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I've been to Hale's numerous times over the years, but most recently spent the playoffs getting brunch and pre-funking here. Go Hawks!
I really like the atmosphere of the bar area; dark wood, a clean environment that is somehow also a little bit too-close and dank, and a couple of TVs but without that sports-bar vibe. Service has been quite good, with knowledgeable and friendly staff who know their beer and are up for a chat. They have at least a dozen taps with one beer on cask at all times and at least another on nitro; there's usually something I want there.
I'm not a huge fan of all of Hale's beers, but there are always a couple in there range that I enjoy and can get. The smoked porter I had with my eggs and biscuits paired really well; I'll definitely be back for this combo. Overall, I really like the place.
02-08-2014 01:59:34 | More by flagmantho
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub in Seattle, WA
85 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.