The Ale House

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The Ale HouseThe Ale House

Type: Bar, Eatery

6480 Dobbin Center Way
Columbia, Maryland, 21045-4885
United States

(443) 546-3649 | map

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Added by maryekline on 01-01-2013

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 26
Photo of BeanWolf
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Love this place, all of the 30 taps are available in multiple sizes of pours including 5oz pours that are served in nice 5oz snifters (far superior to the taller more common tasting glasses). The food is well above average, suprising since the flagship on Pratt Street serves dog food, including fantastic mac and cheese. About half the taps are their own (Olivers). The patio is kid freindly which is great for me but my favorite thing about The Ale House is the absense of the awful Libbey 5210 Hoffman House 10 oz Goblet that seems to be everywhere in MD beer bars, you know the glass... it weights a ton, is super thick, and takes all pleasure out of beer.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Located in a shopping center, pretty standard sports bar vibe for the most part. Nothing overly interesting.

This place has a really decent draft list but many are contract brewed for the establishment. The ones I tried were okay but nothing remarkable.

I do like that they have various size pour options and a 5oz option for basically everything. Growlers available for most, though from watching it didn't look like they had the best growler filling technique and the prices didn't make it seem like a deal. Selection wasn't so good I'd find a growler necessary.

I also liked the bottle list. They had some harder to find options - Stickee Monkee for instance, but it was $38. Fine for a special occasion and about 100% markup seems right on a bottle like that, even if a $38 bottle of beer is ridiculous.

Service was good. Crowd vibe was pleasant. I was there in the afternoon while college football was on but with the bouncers, cameras, speakers and long hours it seems like it might turn into more of a club at night.

Food wasn't terrible, but it wasn't good. Soggy fries etc. Very much typical bar food dressed up a bit to try to justify the high price. Wouldn't recommend coming for a big meal.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Modern sports bar. 34 taps, 7 Olivers and 3 casks. 58 bottles plus 3 gluten-free and 7 cider and meads. A varied selection. The food was good. The service was great.

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Photo of MDHopster
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

The Ale House has a decent selection of brews although they focus upon their own brews and offer a larger selection of bottled beers, especially 22 oz varieties than drafts from other brewers. I've been quite a few times and the food has been mostly excellent as far as entrees and sandwiches were concerned, although the duck confit grilled cheese was fairly bland. Parking can be a PITA but valet service is available.. Waits can extend to an hour on busy nights but the staff is very pleasant. Samples are not available any longer but 5oz tasters can be purchased. The acoustics are amazing, even on the most crowded nights, normal conversations are easily held without raising voices making the experience most pleasant.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

The Ale House Columbia is an enjoyable place to have a few beers and grab some food. The restaurant is very modern and includes three indoor bars and an outside bar. It has been very busy each time I have visited, usually on the weekend, but there is a lot of seating and the wait is usually not long. The beer menu usually has about 10 house beers, that range from average to very good, and also about 15-20 guest taps. The prices on the house beers are lower that the guest list, but I guess that is to promote their beers more. There is also a bottle list, but the prices are even higher for those.

I have visited about once a month this year and really enjoy the fact that they added a 5 oz. draft option for some of the stronger beers. This allows for the opportunity to try a few different things. The food has been very good as well and is pretty close to average price for a restaurant.

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Photo of khodre
2.24/5  rDev -44.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.25 | service: 2.25 | selection: 2 | food: 2

Most of their taps are duplicates and they focus on their own beers rather than those from around the country/world. As I am not a fan of their beer, the place has little to offer.

Sadly the food did not rate any higher. The nachos and chicken wings were not good. The cheese on the nachos had solidified by the time it got to the table and were presented in a single layer of 12 nacho chips around the edge of the plate. The wings were not meaty and were very oily.

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The Ale House in Columbia, MD
4.03 out of 5 based on 26 ratings.
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