Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
Active Beers: 32
Beer Ratings: 1,242
Beer Avg: 3.6
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 24 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by bigkingken:
4.33/5 rDev +17.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Hale's Ales has all the look and feel of an upscale chain microbrewery, but with none of the pretentiousness. The space is huge. The tables are plenty. The televisions are limited, but you can find one if you really want to. Nothing is overdone. It's comfy and contemporary at the same time. I like it a lot.
On a second visit I made sure to have plenty of room to try the food, and boy am I glad I did! It's hard to find good barbecue in the Pacific Northwest, but Hale's has barbecue done right. I ordered the beef brisket, which came in large chunks that I pulled apart with my knife and fork, and was accompanied by baked beans and coleslaw. The sides were fine, but the brisket really stood out. Absolutely fantastic.
My friend and I had already put down several beers at Maritime Pacific down the street before ordering a sampler of everything on Hale's menu. We didn't realize there were 14 different beers, but we got through them, and even ordered a pint of our favorite.
But with all the beer, my memory is a bit fuzzy. Everything was good but nothing really stood out. If I had to choose a few, I would go with the Troll Porter, the Imperial Stout (which was definitely IMPERIAL! Great for the style!) or the pint we ordered. I forget the name, but apparently each of the brewers in Seattle threw something in the mix and this is what came out. It was spicy like harvest ale.
01-27-2010 23:20:22 | More by bigkingken
More User Reviews:
3.93/5 rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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
3.91/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Friendly staff who knew regulars but was not distracted from doing her job, although she wanted to smoke a stogie quite badly. I have seen others leave and hope somebody covers for them, this lady waited for all bases to be covered for sure b/f leaving with a regular for a smoke, I appreciated that. Pretzel was all I had hoped for to compliment my Reuben's Brew. Regulars seemed in their own world (i.e. phones) so it felt as if I was alone watching "soccer". Respectful conversations about customers from management made me feel like they talked about others, like we all do, but not like snobs, just like normal folks. Good place to stop in for a beer or two but I would not make it a regular habit to visit solely b/c the location from my place on Alki. They hosted the Winter Beer Festival in December and that was a blast. Some neat gear in the gift shop area.
03-09-2013 07:17:31 | More by Hopmodium
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub in Seattle, WA
85 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.