Ecliptic Brewing

Ecliptic BrewingEcliptic Brewing
Ecliptic BrewingEcliptic Brewing
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(503) 265-8002 | map

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Ratings by jakecattleco:
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Rated by jakecattleco from California

4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Jan 30, 2017
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5
I’ve had a visit to Ecliptic on my list since first traveling to Portland several yeas ago. Glad I made it! Their homebase brewery is a spacious warehouse-sort of place. It feels more remote than it actually is. Full menu, lots of taps, seating outside for nice days.
Dec 31, 2022
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75
Big, modern, new. Patio available. Tasting flights too. Rotating taps, even flagships weren't available. Fast service. Bright. Construction in the area sure to make this place busier.
Oct 25, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by REVZEB from Illinois

Sep 14, 2021
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25
i have liked these guys for seemingly as long as i can remember and have been drinking their beer for years as a big fan, so it was amazing to finally make it to the brewery and spend some time, drink some beers, have a meal, just a great experience! they have what i assume to be a changed setup due to the virus, picnic tables all over what is a praking lot under normal conditions i would suspect, well spaced out, and the inside area was pretty much closed except for the restrooms, but it looks like a nice bar area. frankly, we were happy to get a table in the shade with so much space, the walk up service and pickup was great, the little buzzers worked well, they had an app or scan code based menu and ordering system which was easy to navigate, and we appreciated them looking after our safety so well. the outside area was big and cool, they had good tunes playing, and the beers! oh boy the beers! we had an epic coconut vanilla hazy ipa, a really tasty corn and honey lager, and an italian pils they did in collaboration with ruse, all of which were sensational, they do not make a bad beer here. the list was long and i wished i had more time to try them all, but you cannot go wrong. i had a salmon burger for lunch and it was awesome, my wife liked her food too, and everyone was happy here. the beers speak for themselves, but the taproom experience, even in virus times, was still memorable. a highlight from our oregon trip for sure and i cannot wait to come back here!
Jul 02, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by Stevedore from Oregon

Feb 27, 2020
Rated: 4 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Aug 02, 2019
Rated: 4.4 by Sir_Goatman from Oregon

Feb 19, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by GaryColeman from California

Jul 30, 2018
Rated: 3.73 by RobandMeag from Pennsylvania

Mar 06, 2018
Rated: 4 by Btip1969 from Oregon

Nov 26, 2017
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Reviewed by rarigney from Washington

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75
Had lunch yesterday in their spacious, covered, outdoor seating area. Very dog and baby friendly place. Enjoyed a fresh hop pale ale and a delicious brisket sandwich. Beer selection was good, service was excellent, and the food was great.
Oct 16, 2017
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Reviewed by jjboesen from Maryland

3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25
This recent addition to the Beervana brewery scene is the child of Oregon brewing icon John Harris, a lover of brewing and astronomy. The name refers to the Earth's orbit around the sun. Located across the river, and a 5-minute walk from Stormbreaker (See Review), Ecliptic sits in a large warehouse-type building; there is a roomy patio and a roomy dining area. There is a separate bar area, where the stars come out - the "stars" being the tasty brews. There were about a dozen taps available. I enjoyed their Orbiter IPA and the Capella Porter. (Harris created the recipe for Deschute's Black Butte Porter, so you be pleased. I was.)
Sep 19, 2017
Rated: 3.95 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Jul 12, 2017
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Reviewed by ctt8410 from Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

- 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.

- 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.
Jan 04, 2017
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Reviewed by John_M from Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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.
Jun 12, 2016
Rated: 4.27 by AdamSkylar from Washington

Jun 05, 2016
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Reviewed by Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
John Harris' brainchild is a must visit in my opinion. Big place, great beers and food. Staff is pretty friendly, but overall the place may not be the best for kids, if that matters to you (currently is painfully important for me), other than some coloring.

The burgers are phenomenal. Perhaps some of the best in the city. Come for burger Tuesday where the special (faro patty optional for vegetarians), side, and beer are only $15. Excellent quality brews with a decent range, but of course mostly hop focused. Cheers.

*Side note: it's funny to see this pic of Ecliptic, as it's surrounded a large patio, tables, more parking, a grain silo, and multi level apt/condo buildings in the background now. My, how quickly things have changed...
Apr 02, 2016
Rated: 4 by tim007007 from Illinois

Mar 04, 2016
Rated: 4.29 by jakemn91 from New Mexico

Feb 28, 2016
Rated: 3.96 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Feb 16, 2016
Rated: 4.06 by jeff1973 from California

Nov 06, 2015
Rated: 3.86 by MaximumYuks from Oregon

Sep 23, 2015
Rated: 3.56 by schroeder1200 from New Jersey

Sep 01, 2015
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Reviewed by TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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.
Aug 01, 2015
Rated: 4.06 by anteater from Oregon

Jul 28, 2015
Rated: 3.46 by 2beerdogs from California

Jul 21, 2015
Rated: 3.85 by KStark from Canada (BC)

Jul 19, 2015
Rated: 4.43 by tommyguz from Pennsylvania

Jul 02, 2015
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Rated by Beer-Zombie from Oregon

4.78/5  rDev +18.6%
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
Jun 04, 2015
Rated: 3.93 by Dcbelkot from Washington

May 28, 2015
Rated: 3.8 by markgugs from New Jersey

May 23, 2015
Rated: 3.96 by Texasfan549 from Texas

May 17, 2015
Rated: 4.2 by Mebuzzard from Colorado

Apr 16, 2015
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Reviewed by Harvest06 from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
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.
Mar 19, 2015
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Reviewed by G_Z_a from Oregon

4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.
Mar 03, 2015
Rated: 3.73 by sjrodriguez from California

Jan 22, 2015
Rated: 4.35 by almostjay from Virginia

Jan 14, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by Quafftastic from Virginia

Dec 04, 2014
Rated: 5 by gurumojo from Oregon

Dec 04, 2014
Ecliptic Brewing in Portland, OR
Brewery rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1308 ratings