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Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub

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Hale's Ales Brewery & PubHale's Ales Brewery & Pub
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3.66/5
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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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33
Reviews:
822
Ratings:
1,503
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
3.76/5
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
47
pDev:
11.97%
 
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Photo of RoryGilmore
2.23/5  rDev -40.7%
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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Photo of FirstMan
3/5  rDev -20.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Hale's is located about halfway between Ballard and Fremont on the northern side of the ship canal in Seattle. Kind of in a no-man's-land between two great Seattle neighborhoods, which really serves as a wonderful metaphor for the place in general.

Hale's brewpub is a nice-looking place to have a meal and a beer, and if you aren't terribly adventurous and want to find a fairly "safe" place to bring a group for dinner and a beer, give it a shot.

I'm not too high on Hale's beer, which sort of colors my experience every time I wind up here. I specifically say "wind up here" because I'm not sure I've ever actually planned on going to Hale's. It just seems like I wind up here when noone can decide where else to go for food and beer. It's sort of a twilight zone of beer indecision for me.

The bar area is best as there are nice leather chairs, a large wood bar, booths and all the other accoutrements. I always find myself thinking that a bar like this is a little out of place in Seattle. It's almost too nice, too clean...

There's a larger restaurant style seating section to the right of the entrance, which can handle pretty large groups, but I've never actually eaten in there.

The food here is not bad, but without much diversion from the standard pub fare. I'd actually come here for the food before I'd come here for the beer. Some people like Hale's beer, and I think they do pretty well around the area, but I think everything they make is mediocre.

Hale's is "Safe", which may be why I'm not thrilled with it. If it wasn't for the out of the way location, I'd think it was built to cater to out-of-town tourists who want a Seattle brewpub experience.

About as average as I can imagine - not bad, yet not great. 3's all around.

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Photo of eballard
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Located just off a main road in north Seattle, this is a great brew pub to go relax at. I made a side trip here on my way to a baseball game and it started off the evening well. When you walk into the building the first thing you see is all of the brewing equipment. They have only a rail separating their lobby from their brewing operation. You can smell the beer being made and all along the rail they have descriptions of what you’re looking at. It’s a great way to give just a bit of information to the patrons with their brew pub experience. The dining room was off in a separate room with a glass wall separating the dining from the brewing. I would assume this is to cut back on the noise traveling between the two. The service was fine but there were not many people their when I was there. I didn’t have much to eat but I ordered the nachos and they were fine. The food in general looked like your standard brew pub cuisine.

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Photo of aaron12
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

so, i wouldn't say this was my favorite place to hang out. it is cool to see and smell the beer being made, but besides that the atmosphere is pretty weak. their happy hour is nothing to brag about, in fact there are a handful of places i know that sell hale's beer cheaper then hales themselves. i have had some good experiences with the service and some bad ones, and i'd have to say the same about the food. However, there is nothing like having a pint of hale's straight from their taps. just something about getting their beer here makes it taste sooo much better. and because of that, i will come again, and again.

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Photo of CoolEthan
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Anaxagoris
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of aullrich
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of TheStove
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Not bad but not great.

It's a bit tough to place Hale's in the realm of Seattle beer spots. I think that most of Hale's offerings are solid beers that are much better than most of what you may find in your average restaurant but at the same time nothing is truly outstanding. Had their Belgian Golden Tripel (according to the server, it tasted as such but who knows) and was happy with it. The Troll Porter and Red Menace are good for their respective styles but I didn't find either to be amazing or knockout awesome.

In either case, I'm one of those schmucks who has to visit to know for sure so while Hale's isn't disappointing, it definitely isn't near the top of places you could go. I happened to be nearby, was hungry and there ya go. The El Jefe Weizen was good as well but again nothing to go apeshit over. If anything a great part of visiting Hale's is being able to pick up bombers of most of their beers for $3.50 apiece. I know these aren't outstanding but given what you pay fo ryour run of the mill beer that is a steal.

Again, not the best but worth a visit if you've exhausted your other destinations and are antsy.

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Photo of tjcamm
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Nikokristiansson
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Living in Ballard, I wanted to go here more often but in Seattle there are so many pubs with better food and cheaper prices. Blue cheese bacon burger I had was just okay and the bar tender was pretty rude. While in the middle of a conversation with a frend who I was explaining double ipa's and ipas to, he interrupted and "corrected" me. Not that it was bad information he was giving, but more his approach. They didn't have much special on tap though I did enjoy the Troll porter and Supergoose IPA. Again though, in Seattle there are so many better options. I would take a grimy place like Galway with their great tap selection and $6 chicken strips over Hale's anytime.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I have been here numerous times, all seasons and all hours for years. The food is always average across the board. The beer is good but not the best Seattle has to offer. Troll Porter and the Wee heavy are always good. Its a good day when Rudyards Rare is on tap. The staff is usually nice, sometimes you have to strive for conversation.When you walk in the self guided brewery tour is available. Upon walking in the bar is on the left. The prices have risen. $5.50 for a house IPA, OUCH! That is a California price for a average brew. I think Hales is stepping up the game with the SBW IIPA. They still need to lower them prices.

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Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Aball4620
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of IceEyes
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Hales is a comfortable, low-key place for beer and food though it's not the best choice in the greater Fremont area. I'd rate the overall experience as "OK" but that's about all. I had a great burger here, but the fries were pretty lame. Most beers seem to taste better on tap at the bar than I've known them to be in bottles.

The brewery is fairly large and sits out in the hallway. You can watch them brew while you drink the beer and the fermentation tanks have mirrors over them so you can watch them ferment. I visited Hales on a Saturday afternoon when they weren't too busy and got very good service. Plus, the great thing about Hales is that you can pub crawl to Browers or Maritime or just go for a walk along the bike trail near the canal. I'd recommend a visit to Hales though I wouldn't give it my top priority.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Atmosphere – First off, parking just stinks here. I hate to start off with a negative, but I can’t believe that they don’t have anyplace for the patrons to park.

Having said that, the place is pretty cool when you step in. The pub just reeks of grain and all those smells that you get from brewing beer. The huge metallic vats are in giant rooms visible upon entry. There’s a small bar area and a restaurant-style seating area with about 18-20 four tops. The best part about this place is that the entire pub is smoke-free.

Quality – The quality here is great. The building is in an older part of town but it’s anything but a dive. The furniture especially is nice and they even have a couple leather couches in the restaurant area where you can lounge around and eat and drink. Nice touch.

Service – I was perplexed at the poor service here. Like I said, the restaurant seats about 80 people and when I came by for lunch on Saturday there was about 20 people there and three waitresses. They were running around a lot but not really doing everything, and EVERYBODY in the restaurant was getting impatient.

I hate to complain about service because I’ve worked in restaurants myself over the years, but I just don’t get it. I ordered a sampler of beers, then later ordered a burger, and I didn’t get my samplers until 30 seconds before my food was done. I had to wait 10 minutes just to talk to a waitress and, of course, my food order was wrong. Go figure.

Selection – They only serve their own beer. Having said that, they had about a dozen regular beers and a few special offerings, which was nice.

Food – The burger I had was spectacular! It was a huge hunk of juicy, high-quality choice beef in between some great-tasting hard bread. They actually cooked my burger rare like I asked, which most restaurants won’t do anymore. They served Jo Jo Potatoes on the side, which are baked potato wedges nicely seasoned.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Photo of morebeergood
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Our second stop on our Saturday afternoon beer journey. After lunch at Brouwer's Cafe, we headed up the street to Hale's Pub. Nice layout inside. The tanks and brewery equipment are on the right, open for viewing. The pub is on the left, and the large windows that separate this area still give off the feeling of being right in a brewpub since you can still see the tanks. Lots of leather seats and couches for patrons. Pulled up seats at the bar, and chatted with a nice bartender. I ordered the seasonal Tripel, and my wife had the Porter. Both very good. A decent brewpub, worth a visit if in the area.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

The main entrance is through the brewery and the first thing you'll see is the mash tun, brewkettle and fermentors. The entrance to the bar is through a door to the left and there's a dining room with a glass wall looking into the brewery. But the brewhouse and the pub are basically kept seperate. There's also a smallish patio off the main dining room. A few style points for the couches in the main room.

Hale's beers do a perfectly good job of pleasing the masses. I find them solid and drinkable but never awe-inspiring. I feel kind of the same way about the food. The pulled pork sandwich is really good, but any number of Bar-b-que spots in Seattle do it better. The burgers, same thing. Good but if I'm craving a great burger, I won't think of them.

I don't want to sound negative because I think the place is fine. But so are lots of brewpubs around the country.

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Photo of armytoothdoc
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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 RedDiamond
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Hale's Brewery and Pub is one-third pub, one-third brewery, and one-third warehouse and everything else. The floor plan is expansive yet open with limited outdoors dining and a banquet room upstairs. Where most brewpubs have the brew house sequestered behind glass, at Hale's it is the restaurant that is walled off from the open brewery. The brewing system is partly gravity fed and placards inform visitors of its various functions. You can even watch the beers ferment by way of mirrors above the open fermenters.

I can't express much enthusiasm for Hale's beers. Or for their food. Most beers are clean but timid, though in this respect, Hale's American Pale Ale is a frail and reclusive gem. Many recipes date to the 1980's and don't reflect the greater measure of inspired creativity with which brewers elevated the artistry of craft brewing from the mid-90's on. Hale's El Jefe Weizen and seasonal Irish Nut Brown are worthy of a pint but aren't compelling. And the food is at times overtly disappointing, lacking freshness and invention.

Still, Hale's pub is a sizeable, multi-room establishment and draws a full house nightly during peak dining hours. The kitchen staff work like a drill team and the servers are numerous and attentive. They're also personable, engaging, and fun. Hale's prides itself on pioneering the use of nitro- expeller gasses many years ago and regularly features three nitro beers and one cask alongside its six regulars and multiple seasonals. They've also recently added a guest tap; on my last visit, a blonde ale from Flyers.

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Photo of memphischas
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of flexabull
3.76/5  rDev 0%
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 jreitman
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Hale's brewpub is located on a strip of industrial buildings halfway between ballard and fremont in Seattle. When you walk in the front doors, you see all the brewery equipment on the right with the pub on the left. The pub itself has a nice feel to it and feels cozy. In one area, there are leather sofas and chairs for people to hang out on and several booths along the bar. There is also a section of tables devoted to families with kids. The food is standard pub fare but was pretty good. The beers are what you would expect from Hale's line. Nothing stood out as anything special, but they were decent examples of their styles.

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Photo of MikeyGCAP
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub in Seattle, WA
Brewery rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 1,503 ratings
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