Log in or Sign up
Pacific Beach Ale House
Active Beers: 12
Beer Ratings: 41
Beer Avg: 3.15
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
721 Grand Ave.
phone: (858) 581-2337
« first ‹ prev
Reviews by mactrail:
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I counted 11 beers on tap, with a few guests including Ignorant Bastard. The regulars are pale ale, wheat, gold, amber, porter, and IPA-- the usual suspects. They have also had a tripel, and tonight there was a dubbel. They are not my favorites but perfectly drinkable.
This is actually a really pleasant place for a beer or a meal. The streetside patio has a big gas fire, though the heaters over the tables were hotter than needed. TVs outside, even. The upper decks, outside on the roof, are a long climb but have their own bar. Great views and really nice to be up in the sea air.
Food is the usual burgers, sandwiches, salads, plus pot roast, salmon, veggie stir fry. What I've tried has been good, but nothing adventurous. Prices are no bargain, but at least they have a 14 oz beer ($5), a 22 oz ($7), and samplers (five for $12).
05-24-2011 04:55:37 |
More by mactrail
More User Reviews:
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
Stopped in here with a group of friends on Saturday afternoon to watch a Chargers preseason game. Turns out it coincided with a huge MMA match, and that occupied every single television screen in PB Alehouse. (It also occupied every TV screen at nearby Miller's Field, our first bar choice.) The manager was kind enough to change the channels on one of the TVs for us.
I don't know how loud PB Alehouse is on a normal day, but during these fights it was raucous. I couldn't hear anyone that wasn't sitting directly adjacent to me. On top of that, the crowd was decidedly "bro" - a group I don't assimilate with too well.
The beer menu offered up multiple IPAs and imperial IPAs (including some decent guest taps), but not much else. If you're not big on hops, tough luck. I stuck with house beers, sampling the Crystal Pier Pale Ale, Whitewash Wit, and Goodtimes Gold. All three were mediocre.
Service was shitty. Our waitress pretended not to see us for the most part, and when she did come by, she'd ask if anybody wanted anything and then bolt after the first response (ignoring everyone else).
We also visited the rooftop later on, and while that was a great scene, I doubt I'll be back here.
08-31-2011 04:27:17 |
More by ThreeWiseMen
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$
This was a rough trip. Having only been there once, I will preface this review by saying that it may be the exception instead of the rule. That being said, here is a recount of our night there:
The place was promising upon walking in. It was a great set-up, with lots of deck seating, a nice fire pit on the deck; an open area upstairs, the downstairs with comfy leather booths and leather sofas in the open areas. The place looks great, and my wife and I are excited. It sharply goes downhill from here.
The place wasn't overly busy by any means, yet we are standing by the "Wait to be Seated" sign being ignored by the hostess...for a full 10 minutes. She finally notices us after I say something to her, and we are brought over to a booth. Once seated in the booth, our waitress finally comes over after about 15 minutes, and right off the bat asks us "Was there anything on the table when you sat down?" Now, the hostess cleaned the table off before we sat, but regardless, there is no better way to start off an evening than being accused of stealing some waitress' tips. Fantastic. The rest of the evening was a continual downward spiral of being ignored, a waitress who was unaware of their product and the fact that some beers had run out, some more ignoring, and waiting almost 30 minutes just to get our tab. One of the most frustrating evenings I've ever had to deal with.
The beer they had was alright. Nothing really stood out flavor-wise, and nothing really impressed. They had a poor guest tap list for the limited range of what they brewed themselves.
The food was the highlight of the evening. Really decent pub fare, as my wife and I both had sandwiches. Also, dessert was pretty tasty. We had a lava cake with ice cream that was pretty damn good.
The prices weren't too shabby for the food. With that being said, the prices did not make up for the limited selection and the shitty service.
I will say, once again, that we might have just happened to wander in on a bad night, where all the negative stars and planets aligned to make for a shitty time. It might be the exception to the rule. However, given how bad it was, and what San Diego has to offer instead, I highly doubt we will ever make a trip back there again.
12-31-2010 01:39:41 |
More by GarthDanielson
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
Atmosphere - Looks like your average bar by the beach, however they brew there and the brew house is in the back of the building. The place has some seating out front so you can get some good people watching in as they go to and from the beach.
Quality/Selection - Your not going to find anything that any other brewpub is making they have the standard line up for the most part. The beers I had were pretty much just average they didn't have flaws but weren't anything special.
Service - Yeah the service during my visit wasn't all that great. The waitress was terribly slow and didn't seem to know all that much about anything that involved her job.
Food - I just stopped in for a bit after the beach so all I got was some wings and just like everything else here was just average.
Value - This place is expensive for what you get. I ordered the flight of five beers and that was $12 and my wings were another $11. Yeah rip off even for CA.
07-19-2010 02:23:14 |
More by armock
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Took a cab from Mission Beach and happened upon this place.
Atmosphere is good. We actually came in during one of the hundreds of pay-per-view UFC fights put on each year so it was packed. There's a nice patio outside on the first floor with a bar and TV's immediately to the right upon entering. Brewing equipment is all the way in the back, with stairs leading upstairs closer to the front. Upstairs there's another bar with plenty of seating and a few more TV's.
Quality is OK. The temperature seemed OK but all beers were served in the same glassware and without much head.
Service was good. We never had to wait long to order drinks and while they didn't seem to know a whole lot about the beer they knew enough and made up with what they didn't know with friendliness.
Selection is OK. I remember 6-8 beers on-tap and I'm sure they had the normal BMC suspects in bottles.
Value is good - the second happy hour started while we were there and the beers and other drinks were reasonably priced.
Overall this isn't really a place to go for the beer but it remains a pretty decent place. If you're in the area go to the Tap Room first and then head down here if you have some free time afterwards.
07-02-2010 02:46:15 |
More by glid02
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Rewind back to September 20, 2007. I was meeting two German's at a hostel at Pacific Beach. One of the things I noticed along Mission Ave was a big building being constructed near 7-11. It would be the future home of the Pacific Beach Ale House. At the time, I thought "gee, a brewhouse at the beach. How cool!" Now fast forward to May 4, 2010 - I arrive at Pacific Beach with a friend and ready for a beer. Hmm, I seem to remember a brewpub in the works, let's find it. And then we found it.
The location is great. Literally a one minute walk and you touch the sand of the beach. Big, comfy chairs at the booths, an outside patio, and a clean, modern interior welcomes you. Not a whole lot of people as we arrived around 3:30pm, but there were more people sitting outside.
Eight house beers were on the menu, however two of them were tapped out. In addition to the house beers, bottled beers like Arrogant Bastard and Le Freak are also available, as are a number of bottled macros. I tried the witbier, amber ale, and stout, all three solid to good. And our beers were served in tall pokal-like glassware.
Our bartender was very pleasant to talk to, and helped us out quickly when we needed it. She has reminded us that we arrived during Happy Hour, which meant $3 drafts of house beer ($5 normally). I noticed a lot of other daily promotions as well.
PBAH won't win many honors being in an already beer-rich city, but will provide some of the beer I drink whenever I return to the neighborhood.
05-06-2010 01:36:24 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
I visited twice during my week stay in San Diego area.
The place looks newly remodeled and could be a bit on the trendy side but I liked it. I sat outside both times, first on the ground floor patio. It was a bit chilly but they fired up the outdoor heaters and it made for a pleasant time. Second time was up stairs in the "Skybar". A smallish patio with 5 foot glass walls to block the wind.
Beer selection was un-inspiring with the usual suspects-pale ale, amber, wheat, porter, stout, ipa and a winter seasonal. I had the IPA, stout, porter and I was impressed enough. Both the porter and stout were tasty and true to style. A personal pet peeve of mine is when a brewery serves macro beers and this place does. So they lose points for that.
Food was good, a bit pricey though.
Our servers were decent and mostly attentive.
Overall, I'd re-visit.
02-27-2010 11:26:32 |
More by strohme2
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Standing on the beaches, looking at the peaches... No wonder people are jealous.
Theirs was a stand-alone building with a huge patio area that actually had access to the bar via a folding window. The main entry had the m.d.s. to the immediate left; the straight, brown concrete bar directly ahead; and a mix of high tables and chairs, standard restaurant tables and chairs, and booths center and left. All of the way to the left was the brewhouse and several SVs on display behind glass with the lavs slightly right. On a buttonhook left from the m.d.s. was a winding stairwell going up, up, and away. At the top was a rooftop deck with its own bar, serving staff, and a great view of the ocean/beach. Frankly, on the approach, it looked like an out of control crow's nest. I just do not do well sitting in the sun, or I would have enjoyed sitting up in the rarefied air.
Beers: Good Times Gold; Whitewash Wheat; Crystal Pier PA; Amber Wave; PAC Sunset IPA; PB Porter.
5 guest taps, including Leffe Brown; Red Trolley Ale; SA Lager; Alaska IPA and Trumer Pils.
12-23-2009 10:30:35 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
i was in san diego for a month over the summer, and pacific beach was a spot i had to check out. i soon found the pb alehouse. kind of tucked away but being from new england i saw the huge red sox sign on the front and knew this was my spot. the beer selection was ok, not many of there own brews. but tried all of them ( feeling pretty good!!) along with oyster shooters and a burger. overall not bad, good service and good food. again wish they had more of there own brews....and being right on the beach helps!!!
12-02-2009 00:21:11 |
More by Husslerc
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Just went here for the first time a couple nights ago and the one great thing about it is the atmosphere. Not being overcrowded is the first bonus. Downstairs there are some nice comfortable booths and lounge style couches. Upstairs is a sort of deck on the second floor. Get some fresh air and a nice view of Pacific Beach. A little disappointing they shut it down upstairs at midnight.
The beers are decent. Not much of a selection for being an ale house, but better than an average bar. Only 6 beers on-tap and a few bottle selections. Kind of ridiculous actually that hard alcohol seemed to be more noticeable here than the beer which is brewed on-site. As I said in my beer reviews, the Porter and IPA were pretty good and the Wheat was disgusting. Service was kind of bad. Had a terrible beer recommended to me by the bartender. He said it was his favorite?! The Wheat?!
They couldn't get their shit together at all when I was trying to close out my tab. It took them 7-10 minutes until they finally figured it out and finished passing the task from one guy to the next. At least the guy at the end apologized. Didn't seem like they knew a whole lot about beer either. I felt the beer was priced a little high as well for what you get. That's about it; I probably won't come back here. Still better than an "average" bar and the atmosphere makes up for the shortcomings a bit.
05-31-2009 07:20:25 |
More by Trappissed
« first ‹ prev
Pacific Beach Ale House in San Diego, CA