Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
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4.35/5 rDev +17.3%
Seattle, yes, I do. Saw it from afar. Our first stop setting out from the hotel, it’s a pretty massive building on the all around. Parked over back behind the around the there, and walked up. Someone yellow brick roaded up the curb approaches so you can find the front side and get in, which I did while Phil, you knoooow, gone got his smoke on. I know, shocker...
Entranceway foyer with cushy worn leather chairs, a phantom red phone booth, and views of the brewery right there to the right, the whole deal, soup to nuts. I love the spent grain chute dump into a slat 2 yard for the forklifting away. To the left, a rounded glass corner room of pub. Inside, a lengthy varnished wood topped fishhook shaped bar, the likes of which I’ve never seen before. Bar has some inlayed striping pattern action, a raised trim lip, panel base, & brass foot rail. Seating for a dozen and a half on bar chairs end to end, save the looped backside, which holds tiered booze and separates the kitchen behind it. 2 copper box tap towers of 10 each, at opposite ends of the bar sporting house logo & guest handles, and a handpump hiding somewhere. Glass mug club mugs hang from the underside of the over hang above, and baby spots recessed overhead.
Pale greenish walls with a darker green uppers & ceiling, wood trim all around, wall, window, & cross hatched ceilinged up. Wall mounted winged lampage, seemingly local art (including a bar scene painting, and the ‘Hale 9000’), and plants in the corners. Long narrow horizontal boards over the look on kitchenings behind the bar listing specials beer & food, and happy hour. Just to the right, shirt & swag sales and a flatscreen above.
4 booths behind me, and 10 square tables solo or in pairs in the windows over Leary & 7th NW, but a few in the center, and a single round table fronting a pair of cushy chairs facing each other. 5 bar counter spur tables on the rounded front bend near the entrance, with drop martini glass lighting above. And through to the rear room, decorated with event posters, lots of ‘em. Booths on opposite walls, 7 in all, and 7 square tables in between for build to your party’s size. Just shy of a dozen more to the rear, and a 7 small round tables outside on a raised patio triangle. And a banquet room upstairs I didn’t feel the need to look in on, as you know, I was not entertaining for 50.
Currently 12 house beers up; regulars (Red Menace Big Amber, malty, light fruitiness; Kolsch, crisp, clean, easy drinking tasty Kolsch; Pale Ale, a solid well balanced Pale Ale, El Jefe Weizen Ale, banana-clovey hazy Hefe; Mongoose IPA, 6%, spicy, nice bitterness; Cream Ale, earthy, a bit grainy, easy enough; Cream HSB, Red Menace on nitro, hoppy, smooth, I do like), seasonals/small batch/brewer’s specials (Troll Porter, roasty, chocolatey, roasty, chocolatey, roasty; Nightroll Porter, seemingly the Troll Porter amped up some and on nitro, but all the good corners off; Supergoose Double IPA, 7.5%, not much bigger than the Mongoose, not overly sickly sweet), imperial/barleywine/high gravity (25 Belgian Dubbel style Anniversary Ale, light colored for a Dubbel, but nice deep fruitiness; Rudyard’s Rare Barleywine, 10%, which I wisely declined). And a taster of the cask Supergoose, which was very nice. The Red Menace Big Amber, Pale Ale, Cream HSB, Troll Porter, & 25 Belgian Dubbel were the bestest.
Oh, and 7 guest taps (Boundary Bay IPA, Double Mountain India Red Ale, Alpine Bohemian Pilsner, Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale, Bridgeport IPA, Sound Reluctant IPA, Terminal Gravity IPA), 5 of which, interestingly enough, are IPAish.
And food, ‘cause I haven’t eaten since yesterday, and now it’s today. Started with a bowl of house smoked salmon chowder, which was good. And a Hale’s pub salad; greens, baby tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, in a house balsamic vinaigrette, which I took salmoned up. I’m going to salmon up everything everywhere. What? Would I like fresh ground pepper? Are you serious? Who wouldn’t? Oh, you dole out a good deal of pepper and are strong? We will test that. It was the best fuckin’ salad ever. Ev-er. Phil went with something biscuit, Canadian bacon & eggs; good standard eats. He did not finish his potatoes, though. Suspicious, yes.
Beers were solid for the most part, a few of them were excellent, and I wouldn’t say there were any full on clunkers in the lot. Really nice folks, Sarah tended; she is the goods. Comfortable enough place. What else is on for the day?
10-27-2012 05:19:54 | More by slander
3.64/5 rDev -1.9%
Our second stop on our Saturday afternoon beer journey. After lunch at Brouwer's Cafe, we headed up the street to Hale's Pub. Nice layout inside. The tanks and brewery equipment are on the right, open for viewing. The pub is on the left, and the large windows that separate this area still give off the feeling of being right in a brewpub since you can still see the tanks. Lots of leather seats and couches for patrons. Pulled up seats at the bar, and chatted with a nice bartender. I ordered the seasonal Tripel, and my wife had the Porter. Both very good. A decent brewpub, worth a visit if in the area.
12-24-2008 21:00:02 | More by morebeergood
3.45/5 rDev -7%
I have been here numerous times, all seasons and all hours for years. The food is always average across the board. The beer is good but not the best Seattle has to offer. Troll Porter and the Wee heavy are always good. Its a good day when Rudyards Rare is on tap. The staff is usually nice, sometimes you have to strive for conversation.When you walk in the self guided brewery tour is available. Upon walking in the bar is on the left. The prices have risen. $5.50 for a house IPA, OUCH! That is a California price for a average brew. I think Hales is stepping up the game with the SBW IIPA. They still need to lower them prices.
05-02-2010 23:36:02 | More by barleywinefiend
3.58/5 rDev -3.5%
One of the many ballard-area breweries - stopped in for the first time the other night. The BA reviews were enough to push this way down the priority list.
the atmosphere was probably the worst ASPECT - industrial brewing facility with a pub inside. the pub resembled a TGI Fridays and had an older crowd than many other local spots.
they certainly make an effort with at least 10-12 Hale's taps including a RIS, barleywine, double IPA, harvest, etc but the consensus seems to be that none are particularly great.
the guest taps were pretty on point during my visit - pliny the elder and an extremely solid dipa from Sound Brewing.
I can't really envision returning to this place more than once every year or two with all the other phenomenal options in the area.
10-16-2011 02:21:52 | More by dirtylou
3.73/5 rDev +0.5%
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
4.33/5 rDev +16.7%
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
3.93/5 rDev +5.9%
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
4.08/5 rDev +10%
My first visit to Hale's took place during the closing ceremonies for Seattle Beer Week 2010. The beer fest took place in the Palladium out behind the brewery, but I took a few minutes to go out to the pub for a few minutes.
There's a lot of glass at the front of the bar area, which is separated from the family friendly dining area. There was a TV up in back of the bar, and the kitchen is visible from the bar as well.
A nice selection of Hales own brews were on tap, I had a 2 year old 25th Anniversary Dubble and a Pale Ale. As there was food at the brewfest I only had a quick appetizer, lime chicken skewers, that was very tasty.
The bartender that day, Karen, was very friendly and efficient, without being intrusive or harried on a busy day. The prices were in line with what you expect to pay in a major city these days.
Overall, a nice place to visit if you're in the Fremont area of Seattle.
05-24-2010 19:08:29 | More by beertunes
4.22/5 rDev +13.7%
I was struggling with whether or not to visit this place. It'd been recommended by some of my friends who used to frequent Seattle, but everyone on here told me to avoid it. Well, I stopped in and actually quite enjoyed myself.
Atmosphere is kind of high scale. Some really fancy seating areas near the bar and a bunch of drunk businessmen. "But I thought the main thing was to keep the main thing the main thing. And the main thing was supposed to be beer, not overstuffed leather chairs." /shakes fist at sky/
The beers were actually quite nice. They tend to go more for session beers, all of which were solid, but they also have some bigger beers. The barleywine was OK, but the Aftermath IIPA was pretty freakin' awesome.
Friendly, and relatively prompt service. I waited for awhile at the gift desk, though.
Very good selection of beers. Three nitro beers, which were decent sessioners, and several other of varying style.
Good food, a bit on the side of glorified pub grub, but good nonetheless.
Overall a cool stop, and definitely worthwhile for visitors to visit. Seems like the Bell's of Seattle. Except, you know, good.
04-06-2007 20:18:33 | More by nortmand
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub in Seattle, WA
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