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Hale's Ales Brewery & PubHale's Ales Brewery & Pub

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

4301 Leary Way NW
Seattle, Washington, 98107
United States

(206) 782-0737 | map

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Reviews by bigkingken:
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4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Hale's Ales has all the look and feel of an upscale chain microbrewery, but with none of the pretentiousness. The space is huge. The tables are plenty. The televisions are limited, but you can find one if you really want to. Nothing is overdone. It's comfy and contemporary at the same time. I like it a lot.

On a second visit I made sure to have plenty of room to try the food, and boy am I glad I did! It's hard to find good barbecue in the Pacific Northwest, but Hale's has barbecue done right. I ordered the beef brisket, which came in large chunks that I pulled apart with my knife and fork, and was accompanied by baked beans and coleslaw. The sides were fine, but the brisket really stood out. Absolutely fantastic.

My friend and I had already put down several beers at Maritime Pacific down the street before ordering a sampler of everything on Hale's menu. We didn't realize there were 14 different beers, but we got through them, and even ordered a pint of our favorite.

But with all the beer, my memory is a bit fuzzy. Everything was good but nothing really stood out. If I had to choose a few, I would go with the Troll Porter, the Imperial Stout (which was definitely IMPERIAL! Great for the style!) or the pint we ordered. I forget the name, but apparently each of the brewers in Seattle threw something in the mix and this is what came out. It was spicy like harvest ale.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of frasergrove
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of armytoothdoc
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Good range of beers. The supergoose was the best that I tried. Nothing exceptional, but nothing I would pour down the drain either.

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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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Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub in Seattle, WA
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