Ecliptic Brewing

BEER AVG
3.81/5
Ecliptic BrewingEcliptic Brewing
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

825 N Cook St
Portland, Oregon, 97227-1503
United States

(503) 265-8002 | map
eclipticbrewing.com

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Added by msubulldog25 on 10-21-2013

BEER STATS
Beers:
54
Ratings:
688
Reviews:
164
PLACE STATS
Score:
88
Ratings:
46
Reviews:
8
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
3.05%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Photo of jakecattleco
4/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of ctt8410
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

A large concrete industrial warehouse brewery opened by the legendary John Harris in 2013.

Pros:
- Best food I've ever had at a brewery. The beet melt with granny smith apples and goat cheddar is an excellent combination of flavors and textures.
- Kid-friendly dining separated from the bar with reasonable kids options on the menu.
- A nice open patio with views of the Fremont Bridge on clear days. Thankfully, the barbed wire fence is gone.

Cons:
- The beer is second tier for Portland. Lots of generic IPAs that are perfectly drinkable, but nothing that will blow you away. My go-to is Pegasus, an ESB originally brewed to commemorate Horse Brass' 38th anniversary.

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Photo of John_M
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Have never been all that greatly impressed by the beers I've had from Ecliptic, but have been told that the selection at the brewery/pub is more interesting and of higher quality. Based on my visit today, hmmmm... not so much.

Facility wise, this place is impressive. They have a large, very nice outside patio area, and the converted warehouse space inside is pretty impressive as well. The inside dining area is clean, airy and sizeable. There's also a fare size bar area over to the right, in the back as well. No doubt about it, this is pretty nice spot to hang out and have a beer or three.

One of the things I've also heard, is that the food at Ecliptic is pretty good. That certainly looked to be true, and I was impressed with the sweet and spicy chicken drumsticks I ordered. Service was also pretty decent. Orders came quickly, and folks working here were friendly and pretty personable as well. So now we come to the beer...

On this particular day, they had 10 different beers on tap. The menu listed several additional beers that were slated to go on tap over the next week, so I think they typically have more than the 10 beers I saw on tap today. Anyway, I ended getting a 6 beer sampler, for I believe $11. In terms of quality, I really liked the pils and the currant flavored tripel. The IPA was decent as well, but not what I would call a stand out in this part of the world. The TIPA was OK, but wasn't the sort beer I'd ever want to get a pint or tulip of. It was definitely on the boozy side (no surprise, given the 12% abv.) The bartender was really proud of the porter here, which he noted has recently taken a gold medal at some national competition. I guess there's no accounting for taste, as the beer struck me as pretty simple and one dimensional. It was light on the palate, with a considerable roasted malt and coffee aroma/flavor. The Oort RIS was equally unimpressive.

Shrug. I had an OK time here, but after may visit to the Breakside facility out in Milwaukie, Eclipse was something of a let down. Pretty sure I won't need to come back here any time soon.

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Photo of AdamSkylar
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Big place, great beers and food. Staff pretty friendly, but not great for kids if that matters to you. Cheers!

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Photo of tim007007
4/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of jrsaffert
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of jeff1973
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of MaximumYuks
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of schroeder1200
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Pretty cool place that was a bit off the beaten path (for a tourist). Much bigger than I expected but still maintained a good vibe.

The beer was definitely above average but nothing stood out (I sampled most of the 8 they had on tap). With so many great beer options in PDX, it's hard to recommend this brewery, especially given the location, but if you are there for a few days and are looking for an interesting place, it is worth a visit.

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Photo of anteater
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.46/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of KStark
3.85/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of tommyguz
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of stumac
4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Very cool spot. Not too hoppin but a nice chill spot. Ton of beers on tap. A few collaborations. Food options. I dig it

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Photo of Dcbelkot
3.93/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of markgugs
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Harvest06
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

Interesting industrial setting (used to be a body shop) with lots of steel and cement art with a warehouse type feel to the place. The chain link fence outside made it feel like a prison.

The beer wasn't anything special and very sub par for Portland. Bartender made a snide comment about glassware.

Service was ok for a bar, sub par for the restaurant prices.

The regular lineup of ale including some made with a Belgian yeast but not Belgian brewing. Not much of a selection for any non beer drinkings joining the party - just some basic wine and mixed drinks.

The food was good for bar food but bad for the restaurant prices with small portions. The menu looked more creative than the food ended up being. The fries were talked up by the waiter and they ended being basic bar fries with an extreme amount of salt - like someone dumped a full salt shaker on them. That's a dive bar trick to make you thirsty I didn't expect from a Portland brewery.

Overall I wouldn't go back.

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Photo of G_Z_a
4/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Great beer, which seems to be expanding. IPA and Kriek were delicious. Food is ok. Overpriced compared to other locations in the area and portions are on the smaller side. Atmosphere is very sterile. Patio is on parking lot blacktop with chain link fence surrounding. I feel like this could easily be changed to be more appealing. They have a great view of the city skyline. Overall, a good place to stop every once and a while, but not a go to spot for me.

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Photo of sjrodriguez
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of almostjay
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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Ecliptic Brewing in Portland, OR
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