Intuition Ale Works

Intuition Ale WorksIntuition Ale Works

Type: Brewery, Bar

929 E Bay St
Jacksonville, Florida, 32202
United States

(904) 683-7720 | map

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Added by azorie on 12-26-2010

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Photo of Ctb6582
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Laid back beer hall style with a large central bar. Wasn't crowded at all for a Friday night, which was surprising, but it was January and kind of cool. Food was pretty good, order at the window and they give you one of those vibrating disc things for when it's ready. Prices were very reasonable for food and beer. Wish the stools were a little more comfortable, or maybe they don't want me drinking for 3.5 hours? Definitely come back here.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Sadly, easy to miss. And the entrance isn't a standout either.
Darker than most, smaller, as well. More of a neighborhood hangout feel.
The beer is good, th8ugh. And the staff if friendly and knowledgeable.
Worth the stop since you'll be going to, or coming from, Bold City about 3 blocks away.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Vibe: Dark and dreary. As one user noted, "outside it looks like you might get stabbed."

Quality: Beers are fresh. Nothing to complain about here.

Service: Service was great.

Selection: They had a great selection of their brews. No outside beer at all - which is odd.

Overall: Despite the vibe, I'd stop by here again to give their seasonals a try. It's a 4 minute walk from Bold City. They definitely have a bigger selection of seasonal and specialty brews than Bold City. However, the experience is lacking. I was really disappointed to spend $8 on a sampler coming from Bold City where samplers are free your first visit. They also did not give tours without an appointment - Lame.

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Photo of IckyT2012
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Outside looks like you might get stabbed. Inside was surprisingly comfortable. Plus 1 point for having an amazing bottle of Tres Brujas available. Minus 1 point for not letting me buy it to go.

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Photo of Cluker
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

For now, a serviceable taproom with not a lot of extras. However, there is a great variety of small batch beers to sample. I can't wait for there new place to open hopefully sometime in 2015.

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Photo of Gcproject
1.55/5  rDev -62.7%
vibe: 1.25 | quality: 1.75 | service: 1.5 | selection: 1.5

Not a fan of this place. Beer is nothing special and They charge for you to taste their beer where as a GOOD micro brewery allows you to taste their selections on your first visit. Not the case here.

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Photo of Mangbus
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Intuition is a place I try to swing by every time I am in town. Their entire beer list is available in growlers. They have helpful staff and the beers are great. Very happy they are canning their Stout now.

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Photo of JulioH
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Cool brewery with lots of beers. Very nice people and very helpful. Had a flight with a friend (two flights), and time went by flying. Super relaxed atmosphere.

Beers were good, not outstanding, but this brewery is a nice addition to the craft beer movement in Florida. I will go back certainly.

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Photo of SDean82
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

My wife and I drove past this place twice before we figured out where it was. This is probably one of her favorite Jax places. It is not to big inside but had plenty of space to sit and hangout. Their selection was nice and their I-10 is worth getting.

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Photo of WebGuyMike
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

Simple, proper brew pub. You'd pass right by it if you didn't know what you were looking for. Parking is limited but sufficient for the size of the place which is rather small.

No food is served so you can bring your own or local delivery companies will deliver there. They also have food trucks for special events/tappings. Board games and TVs plus a very knowledgeable, passionate staff. A nice selection of craft beers on tap including the ones they are most known for such as I-10 IPA and Peoples Pale Ale.

A flight of 6 costs about $8 so I consider this place a great value considering the selection and freshness.

I will certainly go back many more times in the future - probably with a small group of friends.

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Photo of rferrell
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Visiting Jacksonville and wanted to check out what it had to offer for craft beer. Planned on hitting Bold City, but we drove by and it looked like an outdoor frat party. We skipped it and went to Intuition instead, and I'm glad we did.

Maybe I'm getting old, but the ambiance was exactly what I wanted. Simple, low lit, a bar where beer is poured, and tables at which to drink it. Also, it was low key-- crowded enough to instill confidence in the product, but not so packed that you couldn't get to the bar to order.

I tried the DIPA, IPA, a Saison, and a hoppy amber, and to me, they were all spot on. The hoppy beers were well attenuated with great flavor and aroma, and the Saison was light and crisp with just the right amount of farmhouse funk and spice. I certainly got the impression that had I jumped around the tap list a bit more, I wouldn't have been disappointed.

The service was fine. I found the bartenders helpful, attentive, and accommodating, though granted I don't think I was a very demanding patron.

The selection was amazing. Any brewery with a tiny little brewhouse that's able to keep 14 tasty brands on tap while canning three of them is impressive as far as I'm concerned. They had enough bases covered to please most of the nose-in-the-air types: Pale, IPA, DIPA, malty amber, hoppy amber, imperial stout, saison, wit, golden, tripel, barrel aged, etc. Good enough for me.

No food available, but that's not the point. Good place to come after dinner, plus you can have pizza delivered.

Finally, I'm from Boston, and as far as I'm concerned, $4 and $5 dollar pours are BARGAIN PRICED. Where I'm from, pours in a place like Intuition would be $7 and $8, so my bill at the end of the night was positively refreshing. I would give my left eye for a brewery of this caliber with a tap room like theirs at prices like these to be around the corner from me.

Great place! Highly recommended!

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Photo of boldcity2008
2.48/5  rDev -40.4%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 1

What I get the biggest kick out is the fact its first just a pub, and of course it's the brewers pub.
Its got 1 TV. Its very very clannish. Its a mug club crowd mostly. The place is frankly depressing, nothing to do, but bring your own device, or watch tv. There is weird music on allot. Frankly the place reminds me of a brick cave, kind of like a dungeon.

It's fresh beer so that counts.

service is funny, sometimes its fast and others its not, and your right there at the bar. I guess the beertenders get bored refilling beer, so they chat and chat, did I mention clique, very unfriendly place. I guess they hate older folks, its a very young crowd.

selection well its their beer or nothing, no guest taps, which in this day in age, is a faux pa. I would not want to compare their beers to any other good beer either If was them.

no food but you can bring your own.

don't get the sample trey if your blind, you never tell them apart, until you get to the hop bombs anyway.

5 dollar sniffer is TOTAL BS.

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Photo of stakem
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

During a trip to Jax for the week of the 4th of July, I picked up a 6-pack of Intuition's I-10 cans at total wine. The brewery is 2 blocks from Kickbacks so I was thinking about paying a visit. After effortlessly downing 4 of the canned ipas, it was now on my to-do list to see the brewery.

I stopped in on Friday. Just before 3:00 (when they open) a line started to form at the door. Evidently they have a tour right when they open, so that was the cause for the line. You enter the taproom and there is a walled-off area that forms a "U-shaped" area for the tasting room with the bar being placed at the base of the U-shape. Everything appears clean and tables for 4 line all around with room for a dozen or so at the bar. On the dividing wall hangs 4 total chalk boars displaying everything on tap. At the time of my visit, there were 14 offerings available. I opted for glasses of the King Street imperial stout and Shape Shifter Saison. Both were pretty decent, id drink the stout again where the saison could use a little tweaking. From memory, some other items on tap included a schwarzbier aged with hot peppers, a triple, a couple hoppy brews (pale ale and an ipa or 2), a wit, common ale and I believe a red ale.

Not only can you order a pint but they also offer a sampler tray that is sonething like 6 selections for a dollar a piece. They also had 2 of their offerings available in cans to go as well as growlers that were priced fairly. Along the 2nd half of the u-shaped area, there is merchandise as well as board games for patrons to entertain themselves while having a beer.

Overall not a bad place. It is worth checkin out and if I had more time I could have easily spent a few hours working over a couple pours of all their offerings. I believe I over-heard the bartender say that they have only been in business for 2 years. That is pretty impressive considering the spread of styles on draft and that they are canning.

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Photo of MikeFromMarsPA
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Stopped in this past Tuesday night, as Tropical Storm Debbie passed overhead. Torrential downpour, standing water in the streets kinda thing. Definitely in need of a place to hole up for a couple hours. Fortunately the power didn't go out.

Second time down here from western PA, actually. First time was back in January, a few months after they opened.

I'm going to make the claim (which I know some Cigar City fan will have a problem with) that this is the best brewery in Florida. The atmosphere is industrial and unpretentious, the crowd is friendly and chatty, and both times the service was attentive, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. And the selection? Both times they had 15-18 beers on for us to try. The first time down in January they had SIX DIFFERENT IPA's on tap. Six. In January they were hoping to get a canning system set up within a year, and last week they already had it running. 2 6-packs of I-10 IPA to take back north? Why, thank you!

I could never live in Florida but I will find any excuse I can to get back to Jacksonville. This place is incredible and getting better.

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Photo of chinchill
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This review is based on two visits near Memorial Day in 2011 and 2012. My wife and I got a private tour during the 2011 visit.

Intuition is one of the best, and perhaps the most ambitious in terms of breadth of offerings, of the breweries in the JAX area. The location is not particularly appealing on the approach, but is fine upon arrival. Inside, you'll find an environment conducive to enjoying fine beer. One strong point is the sheer number and variety of beers on tap: about 16 taps usually! While they do not serve food, I understand that they allow BYOF.

The main area has a good number of tables of varying size, as well as a bar seating about 12. They also have a much larger area used for private parties and other events.

They have about 3 pricing levels, reflecting the cost of the beers; all seem reasonable to me. The same three pricing levels carry over to their growler fills and kegs. The sampler is a very good buy -- $6 for 6 decent size (4oz?) samples of any of the beers on tap. With a such a wide variety of beers on tap, for a micro-brewery, it's great to be able to pick those you'd most like to try or compare, and to skip some that represent styles not to your liking.

New for my more recent visit: they now sell some canned beer to go. Currently: "Jon Boat and People’s Pale Ale are $9 for a six-pack and $36 for a case. I-10 IPA is $10 for a six-pack and $40 for a case."

They also have tours, although these don't seem to be popular.

The clientele is clearly mixed in terms of age, SES and occupation. The majority seem to be locals who stop by for a beer and perhaps to get a growler fill to take home. There's a nice "Mug Club" for such locals. {Out-of-staters be forewarned: Florida law only permits the unusual size growlers of 1 quart and 1 gal. to be used. So if you are bringing a 'standard' 64 oz. growler in from, say Georgia, they won't be able to fill it. Of course, they can sell you a container in either "Florida" size.}.

The service is excellent, being both friendly and knowledgeable.

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Photo of Aiptasia
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Located in a more industrial section of King Street (near Roselle Avenue), Intuition Ale works appears as a grey warehouse with the simple logo on the side of the building. Intuition has a main tasting room which is decorated with natural wood floors, a medium sized wooden bar and several black high tables throughout the room. It can occommodate about 75 people comfortably before it starts to get really crowded. There is an overflow bar located in the brewery itself which has a much larger space, a huge wooden bar, picnic tables and some simple games for kids like toss across and such. On weekends and during special release nights, you'll find both bar areas crowded, filled with the beerish folks of Jacksonville, FL.

A: Atmosphere is modern and fun. The crowd is generally a mix of college aged students, working stiffs from the Riverside area, and downtown businessmen looking for a diversion on the ride home. There are slates with the latest beer offerings scribbled on them throughout and there is one flat screened TV for sports and whatnot.

Q: Quality of their beer is outstanding. I can't wait for Intuition to begin bottling and canning operations this year so they can show off what they can do to the rest of the world. All of their beers are brewed on-site, and the selection rotates based on what's fresh out of the fermenters or aging barrels.

S: Service is outstanding. The staff is very friendly and will help you select a great beer based on what you like if you're clueless as to what to try. They will offer you a small sample of the beers if you've never tried them before, or an around the world selection of various styles for a small fee.

Sel: Selection is also great. The only reason I didn't rate them a 5.0 is that it's sometimes nice to try a guest beer from another brewery, and Intuition really isn't into that. They prefer their brands, which is fine. All of their beers are excellent. Expect to recieve your beers in a pint, snifter or a glass mug (for beer club members) with a dog tag attached that has your name on it. Prices start about $5.00 for pints and 10 oz pours. They also sell quart and gallon growlers for serious fans.

F: Food isn't served in-house, but more often than not, they do have a local company on the premises offering up food to the thirsty crowd. They do this by means of supporting local food trucks by letting them park and serve out next to the loading dock, or inside the tasting room for pizza nights and the like.

V: Value is excellent. Where can you get a double hopped Belgian Tripel for $5 a pint? How about a pint of world class breakfast stout aged in whiskey barrels for 22 months for the same price? Nowhere.

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Photo of azorie
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

last visit aug 2012:
The selection is way up to 15 some days.
Its still a clique place, but friendly. Meaning when they are slow they will chat, but if their buddies show up.

Then just be thankful you get served, of course if you a young pretty female your review will be different, lol. Anyway its not a great place to hang out, but once your drunk anyplace is great to hang out I guess.

The beer ranges from really good to so so. of course it caters to hop heads.
I understand its my problem but I just want a standard porter, and Standard PA, oh well I keep coming back every now and then hoping.

Still it worth trying, its the best brewery in town but that is still not saying much.
Prices are decent. Edit: not the best anymore.

Was at the grand opening, which was a mad house. circa 2010
we been back twice since then. The tap room is to be frank, is kind of stale and sterile. I start with the bad and end on the good. the open air picnic area is better than the tap room.

Atmosphere: the last visit, the bartender had a phone plugged in to give us some Pandora. Usually its bland, no music, they got wifi I guess if your bring it with you its a great place, hell I do that @ home and save cash. You think its a brewery how about special beer, 1 offs, casks, cheaper prices but nope. they all need to visit Cigar city and learn from the best in Florida.

The bad: parking. you park your car and prey your car is there when you leave. to say its in a dodgy part of town is a understatement. I been hit up for money twice on leaving the place, its sad, but they need to fence in and pave the parking. If it rains get ready to get muddy.*AUG 2011: I was told they have gotten security now, one hopes so.

the good part: if your a hop head this is the place for you if you don't mind overpriced 14oz drafts, you think @ the brewery the beer be cheap, but you be wrong, AND while at grand opening the stout was a full shaker pint, now they claim its somewhere between 7.5% and up ABV, (no1 knows for sure). anyway you get a half pour of that now. again if you love hoppy west coast beers this place is in your wheel house, me I was hoping for something different brewery wise. I was hoping for Belgian like beer, if you are don't waste your time here, all the beers are over hopped for the style IMHO.

AUG 2011: anyway the prices are now 4 bucks a pint so that is good, for most of the beers anyway. the Saison was not bad and not as hoppy, the alt was also semi balanced.

Service: @ the bar well since there were only 4 or 5 folks there it was good.
AUG 2011 we opened the place so service was as good as it gets.
But as 5pm happened it go so crowded service was slightly off until the extra bartender showed p.

value: well @ 4/5 + a 14 oz pint its the same rip off every other bar in town has
EDIT was
OVERALL: best tap room in town atm, beers will hopefully get better and better.
Since aardwolf, its my #2 2015 edit.

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Photo of yankeej13
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

We went there with my company to have a meeting.

The atmosphere was nice, the taproom is very nice and clean. T.Vs in multiple places, very nice place to have a fresh beer and relax.

Quality- I was most impressed because they had other peoples beer on tap in their own ale house which is very nice, shows alot of respect to the Microbrew community!

Service- Really great, After we took the tour of their brewery we headed off to the ale house and was givin an in depth talk about their beers and everything about them. The staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable!

Selection- For a new brewery they had a bunch of good beers. Since they did not have enough of their own beers to fill up all the lines on their tap wall they had other breweries to fill in. All the beers were up to quality, which made it most enjoyable! Cheers!

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Photo of TheBananaKing
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Visited on July 8th, 2011

Given the looks of everything from the parking lot I had no idea what to expect going in. But as soon as I walked I saw a mass of people enjoying themselves and good beer.

They had 12 taps going of Intuition beers which I thought was really cool. I was able to try their Saison, Honey Badger, and Stout which all exceeded my expectations. Not to mention the most expensive pour they have is only $5 which is pretty much unbeatable for a craft beer at any bar.

The wooden walls behind the bar and old brick give it a nice character. The bartenders were all very nice and willing to talk about beer if you wanted. They also have a 200 person mug club which could honestly be the deal of the century haha. All in all a great place to grab a few local brews and I look forward to going back

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Intuition started out right and has certainly maintained its momentum since its opening. There is a good mix of good quality beers and to my liking, they seem to be fans of brewing IPAs making it difficult at times to choose which one I want to enjoy. The facility is very good. It is very loud however but that is typical of busy brewpubs. I have had the food only once and it was good but I haven't tried enough things to rate it. I am a local and am happy to see high quality beer brewing establishments opening in my city.

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Photo of dixieboy74
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Intuition is a good place to chill and drink some good beer. It's located very close to another brewery of equal caliber, Bold City. The actual tap room is pretty cool, but needs another tv, and maybe some darts. The beers are all good, but they need to add more types, which I'm hoping they'll do with time. They don't serve food, not even appetizers, which is a big negative, but they have someone come in and prepare wood oven pizzas which are really good, and they allow you to order in. Overall, I'd definitely reccomend this place.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is in a wicked shitty part of JAX...once you get past that, this place is pretty damn slick. They are dog friendly inside, which also ranks high up in my book. The staff was very friendly and informative. Apparently the joint has only been up and running for a little over four months, and they already have about 12 beers available on tap. One of the brewer assistants said they are working on a Grolsch for May release. Sample paddles come in 6s, so you can do the entire offering in two paddles. Growlers were $5 glass charges, and the fill depended on the size and the brew. No food inside, but there was a food truck (BBQ) parked out front. Definitely a place we will return to when back in the area.

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