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Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub

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3.65/5
Hale's Ales Brewery & PubHale's Ales Brewery & Pub
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

4301 Leary Way NW
Seattle, Washington, 98107
United States

(206) 782-0737 | map
halesbrewery.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
31
Reviews:
805
Ratings:
1,459
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
86
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
44
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
9.97%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 44
Reviews by RoryGilmore:
Photo of RoryGilmore
2.23/5  rDev -39.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Hales is an OK place, but it you go during the busy times be prepared to have plenty of topics of conversation to use with your fellow patrons. It seems to be run with by a significantly large percentage of people who are incompetent. The hostess completely bypassed my name on the list to make us wait another 20 minutes beyond when we should have been seated. Then, once seated, it took another 25 minutes before menus were brought to the table or even an acknowledgment from the sever. Then the sever stopped by about every half hour of so to see if we needed anything. Overall, it took over two and a half hours to get a grand total of three beers and one grilled cheese to a party of two people. Pathetic. I wasn't the only one suffering through a ridiculously long ordeal, everyone around me was having a similar experience. This last visit might have been the worst service I've ever had in any restaurant.

Hale's brews are usually just OK, they fit within the style intended, aren't terrible, but aren't good either. They're just OK. At $5 bucks a pint (not including tax), it seems a bit pricey considering there are much higher quality brews from just about every other brewpub in town, and those breweries charge less. Also, they only have one guest tap. A little more variety would be nice.

Food is decent, above average pub food that is just a touch overpriced. Portions are small, which would be fine if the prices were about $2-4 less per item.

The vibe is OK with plenty of wood in the pub and lots of exposed brew kettles and the such right in the entrance. In my opinion, that's the best part of the place. Too bad they don't produce a better product or service.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tjcamm
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of flexabull
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Recent trip to an old timer, I remember going here way back when...

Went here for lunch before hitting a couple of the newer spots (at least to me) in the area. Hasn't changed much, working brewery when you walk in and the eating/drinking area to your left. Nice enough place, but nothing really stands out.

Quality and selection were both pretty good, not great. Hales makes pretty good beers in general, I rarely have a dud or anything outstanding either.

Service was good. We were waited on by a nice, friendly and quick gentleman.

Food was pretty good, always have thought their food in general was always a bit better than most places.

Overall, not a bad place to check out. Like I said, a pretty good place to grab food at before hitting some of the beer only places in the area.

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Photo of Aball4620
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of abrodsky
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Fly4awhiteguy
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of MikeyGCAP
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Brewing process very accessible to view close up. Small neighborhood vibe.

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Photo of JeffreyHadley
5/5  rDev +34.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

It seems like everything Hales touches turns to gold. Their brewpub atmosphere is great, food is amazing, and beer is even better.

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Photo of Anaxagoris
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of gpblackgt
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of HoppySeb
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of crowellbw
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Large place, several seating options. More of a restaurant than a brewery feel. Food is good, they always have some intriguing beers, and its a cool vibe.

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Photo of kmahe
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of grizzbar
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of memphischas
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of CoolEthan
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been to Hale's numerous times over the years, but most recently spent the playoffs getting brunch and pre-funking here. Go Hawks!

I really like the atmosphere of the bar area; dark wood, a clean environment that is somehow also a little bit too-close and dank, and a couple of TVs but without that sports-bar vibe. Service has been quite good, with knowledgeable and friendly staff who know their beer and are up for a chat. They have at least a dozen taps with one beer on cask at all times and at least another on nitro; there's usually something I want there.

I'm not a huge fan of all of Hale's beers, but there are always a couple in there range that I enjoy and can get. The smoked porter I had with my eggs and biscuits paired really well; I'll definitely be back for this combo. Overall, I really like the place.

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Photo of aullrich
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of trytoketchup
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Zach122
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Friendly staff who knew regulars but was not distracted from doing her job, although she wanted to smoke a stogie quite badly. I have seen others leave and hope somebody covers for them, this lady waited for all bases to be covered for sure b/f leaving with a regular for a smoke, I appreciated that. Pretzel was all I had hoped for to compliment my Reuben's Brew. Regulars seemed in their own world (i.e. phones) so it felt as if I was alone watching "soccer". Respectful conversations about customers from management made me feel like they talked about others, like we all do, but not like snobs, just like normal folks. Good place to stop in for a beer or two but I would not make it a regular habit to visit solely b/c the location from my place on Alki. They hosted the Winter Beer Festival in December and that was a blast. Some neat gear in the gift shop area.

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Photo of slander
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Seattle, yes, I do. Saw it from afar. Our first stop setting out from the hotel, it’s a pretty massive building on the all around. Parked over back behind the around the there, and walked up. Someone yellow brick roaded up the curb approaches so you can find the front side and get in, which I did while Phil, you knoooow, gone got his smoke on. I know, shocker...

Entranceway foyer with cushy worn leather chairs, a phantom red phone booth, and views of the brewery right there to the right, the whole deal, soup to nuts. I love the spent grain chute dump into a slat 2 yard for the forklifting away. To the left, a rounded glass corner room of pub. Inside, a lengthy varnished wood topped fishhook shaped bar, the likes of which I’ve never seen before. Bar has some inlayed striping pattern action, a raised trim lip, panel base, & brass foot rail. Seating for a dozen and a half on bar chairs end to end, save the looped backside, which holds tiered booze and separates the kitchen behind it. 2 copper box tap towers of 10 each, at opposite ends of the bar sporting house logo & guest handles, and a handpump hiding somewhere. Glass mug club mugs hang from the underside of the over hang above, and baby spots recessed overhead.

Pale greenish walls with a darker green uppers & ceiling, wood trim all around, wall, window, & cross hatched ceilinged up. Wall mounted winged lampage, seemingly local art (including a bar scene painting, and the ‘Hale 9000’), and plants in the corners. Long narrow horizontal boards over the look on kitchenings behind the bar listing specials beer & food, and happy hour. Just to the right, shirt & swag sales and a flatscreen above.

4 booths behind me, and 10 square tables solo or in pairs in the windows over Leary & 7th NW, but a few in the center, and a single round table fronting a pair of cushy chairs facing each other. 5 bar counter spur tables on the rounded front bend near the entrance, with drop martini glass lighting above. And through to the rear room, decorated with event posters, lots of ‘em. Booths on opposite walls, 7 in all, and 7 square tables in between for build to your party’s size. Just shy of a dozen more to the rear, and a 7 small round tables outside on a raised patio triangle. And a banquet room upstairs I didn’t feel the need to look in on, as you know, I was not entertaining for 50.

Currently 12 house beers up; regulars (Red Menace Big Amber, malty, light fruitiness; Kolsch, crisp, clean, easy drinking tasty Kolsch; Pale Ale, a solid well balanced Pale Ale, El Jefe Weizen Ale, banana-clovey hazy Hefe; Mongoose IPA, 6%, spicy, nice bitterness; Cream Ale, earthy, a bit grainy, easy enough; Cream HSB, Red Menace on nitro, hoppy, smooth, I do like), seasonals/small batch/brewer’s specials (Troll Porter, roasty, chocolatey, roasty, chocolatey, roasty; Nightroll Porter, seemingly the Troll Porter amped up some and on nitro, but all the good corners off; Supergoose Double IPA, 7.5%, not much bigger than the Mongoose, not overly sickly sweet), imperial/barleywine/high gravity (25 Belgian Dubbel style Anniversary Ale, light colored for a Dubbel, but nice deep fruitiness; Rudyard’s Rare Barleywine, 10%, which I wisely declined). And a taster of the cask Supergoose, which was very nice. The Red Menace Big Amber, Pale Ale, Cream HSB, Troll Porter, & 25 Belgian Dubbel were the bestest.

Oh, and 7 guest taps (Boundary Bay IPA, Double Mountain India Red Ale, Alpine Bohemian Pilsner, Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale, Bridgeport IPA, Sound Reluctant IPA, Terminal Gravity IPA), 5 of which, interestingly enough, are IPAish.

And food, ‘cause I haven’t eaten since yesterday, and now it’s today. Started with a bowl of house smoked salmon chowder, which was good. And a Hale’s pub salad; greens, baby tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, in a house balsamic vinaigrette, which I took salmoned up. I’m going to salmon up everything everywhere. What? Would I like fresh ground pepper? Are you serious? Who wouldn’t? Oh, you dole out a good deal of pepper and are strong? We will test that. It was the best fuckin’ salad ever. Ev-er. Phil went with something biscuit, Canadian bacon & eggs; good standard eats. He did not finish his potatoes, though. Suspicious, yes.

Beers were solid for the most part, a few of them were excellent, and I wouldn’t say there were any full on clunkers in the lot. Really nice folks, Sarah tended; she is the goods. Comfortable enough place. What else is on for the day?

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Photo of dirtylou
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

One of the many ballard-area breweries - stopped in for the first time the other night. The BA reviews were enough to push this way down the priority list.

the atmosphere was probably the worst ASPECT - industrial brewing facility with a pub inside. the pub resembled a TGI Fridays and had an older crowd than many other local spots.

they certainly make an effort with at least 10-12 Hale's taps including a RIS, barleywine, double IPA, harvest, etc but the consensus seems to be that none are particularly great.

the guest taps were pretty on point during my visit - pliny the elder and an extremely solid dipa from Sound Brewing.

I can't really envision returning to this place more than once every year or two with all the other phenomenal options in the area.

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