The Ale House

BA SCORE
89
very good

27 Ratings
The Ale HouseThe Ale House
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(443) 546-3649 | map
thealehousecolumbia.com

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Added by maryekline on 01-01-2013

PLACE STATS
Score:
89
Ratings:
27
Reviews:
6
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
8.68%
 
 
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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of bigred89
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Boxerjay
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Bob_Rhoades
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Devman171
4.23/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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 ConradKenney
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of esiason14
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of greg4579
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of lindsay0
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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 kevintaraross
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BigRizz62
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of _RL_
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of March_of_99
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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The Ale House in Columbia, MD
4.03 out of 5 based on 27 ratings.
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