Ale Asylum | Madison, Wisconsin
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Ale Asylum
Excellent based on 68 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

2002 Pankratz St
Madison, Wisconsin United States 53704 [ print map ]
608 663 3926 | facebook

Hours: Mon-Thu 11a-12a, Fri&Sat 11a-2:30a, Sun 11a-10pm

Mayor: ChiGuy68 (5) | Taps: 10 |

Ale Asylum

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Beer Available At Ale Asylum (arranged by most recent)
Ale Asylum Limited #7: Demento Session Pale Ale 81, Ale Asylum Ballistic IPA 95, Ale Asylum Bedlam! 98, Ale Asylum Ambergeddon 96, Ale Asylum Big Slick Stout 97, Ale Asylum Contorter Porter 89, Ale Asylum Tripel Nova 86, Ale Asylum Kink 91, Ale Asylum Madtown Nutbrown 83, Ale Asylum ‹nshadowed 85, Ale Asylum Gold Digger Blonde Ale 38, Ale Asylum Limited #6: Pantheon Imperial Brown Ale , Ale Asylum Hopalicious 94, Ale Asylum Limited #8: Calyptic Session India Pale Ale , Ale Asylum Limited #5: Blonde IPA 81, WBC #003 Porter , Ale Asylum Limited #3: Blood Red Ale , Ale Asylum Satisfaction Jacksin 97, Ale Asylum Sticky McDoogle 81, Ale Asylum Limited #4: Belgian Table Beer
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68 reviews for Ale Asylum
 Ambiance  78%
 Service  81%
 Selection  79%
 Food  72%
 Value  78%
 Overall  82%
 Rating  93%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
t0rin0  (1346) Do Not Resuscitate, California | August 28, 2013| Updated August 30, 2013
Visited August 9, 2013.

Very nice location. Close to the freeway and they have a nice patio as well as well decorated interior. The service was friendly albeit not overly knowledgeable on the beer. The food was good as well. With all that this could be a fun hang out if the beer was better. The tripel and the one IPA were alright but the others were a let down. They donít do flights outside but you can order a flight of 5 inside at the bar. So after we each finished our pints and food we went inside and ordered a flight. They also said that they give brewers a free beer and since we had a brewer with us they gave him a free glass of the IPA but spent the whole time asking about his brewery and why he didnít bring any beers to share. Probably better to not say anything. Also, the stout, oh man. After about 150 beers tried on the weekend that was the worst. It came out really murky, looking like chocolate milk. The initial taste was very burnt and ashy. That flavor continued to build in intensity, much like some chilis do. After about 5 seconds I was downing other samples just to get the taste out of my mouth. Horrible. Why would you serve that? Who thought that was a good idea?
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog  (721) Hampton, Virginia | July 6, 2013
Went during an early dinner hour on a Tuesday in July. The gigantic place was packed, always a good sign. The staff was friendly if maybe a bit impressed with themselves, but the service was good. Iíd call the ambiance high-tech biker. We shared the black bean burger and it was outstanding, and all the beers we quaffed were above average to excellent, making this probably the best stop on my brief visit to southern Wisconsin. (Brewery #606)
theisti  (523) Leawood, Kansas | October 4, 2011| Updated September 8, 2014
Visited with a group of friends mid-afternoon on a Friday (before a La Bamba hajj). Located in a very non-nondescript business park, I was pleasantly surprised to see a well designed interior tasting room with plenty of bar space, and tables through out. The place was billed as a deli, though the menu included pizzas and a variety of other options. I believe they had 8 of their beers on when I visited. The service was friendly, and really handled our group well. Great place to throw some darts and have some crazy fresh beer. There was something about this place that really reminded me of Black Raven in Seattle.

82 = ★★★Ĺ (Solid place, near the top of the list for locals and visitors)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere  (450) Ottawa, Ontario | January 28, 2013
One of the most beautiful tasting room i have seen...modern, sobre, with burned orange hues, chromium bar, very good and attentive service. Had the shrimp burger which was excellent and at 9$, a deal (served with fries or soup-chili). 7 taps open when i visited, solid offerings. No samplers but free tastes are given if you are nice. Close to the airport!
rosenbergh  (446) Tampere, Finland | October 2, 2013
Magnificent. Absolutely great beers. Very cool atmosphere and great service. Itís not in the centre of the city but thatís why it was easy to reach by car. I definitely would like to visit again.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
BVery  (430) Burnsville, Minnesota | September 5, 2011
I love this place - best brewpub stop on this Wisconsin tour Iím on! Cool chill vibe in here, beer bar + small restaurant. Pizza available, plus flights of their wonderful beer (7 oz size samplers - trying all 9 is a test!). Beers consistently had great body/palate and monster foamy heads. Bought a hoodie sweatshirt here too.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu  (403) Cincinnati, Ohio | March 23, 2010| Updated August 12, 2013
New review, based on the new location- which is HUGE. Itís a cool place out by the airport that looks fairly nondescript from the outside but has a ton of space inside. The beers remain on lighted signs behind the bar, which is a really great concept and easy way to see the offerings. Just like at the old place, we didnít come here to eat. Beers are very good and served in pint glasses. Service was incredibly friendly; it helped to be with another local restaurant person who knew the staff, to be fair. We played pool on one of two tables; there are also darts. This is a must-visit if youíre in the area, as one of the key brewers around.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
notalush  (330) Denver, Colorado | April 8, 2009
Stopped in here for lunch yesterday - man, this is way out on the edge of Madison, on the corner of an industrial park - not the greatest of locations - cold exterior, etc. - the interior was about as homey as it could be given the circumstances - Iíve never been to a brewpub that had itís own mechanized bottling line visible from the bar - it was kind of neat to watch as I had my lunch - the staff was young and hip (ie. lots of tattoos and piercings), but very friendly and attentive - the food is sandwiches and pizzas (there is not kitchen; they make all the food right in front of you behind the bar), so you get your food pretty fast- the sandwich I had was decent, but nothing special - the beers ranged from quite good, to mediocre - their strong suit seems to be session ales, and the stronger beers are less impressive - a good selection of ten beers, but Iíd like to see more interesting styles - overall a nice place to stop, but I prefer the Great Dane downtown.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
savnac  (285) Anchorage, Alaska | December 29, 2011
Very cool place located in a commercial area. Interior is nice and clean, not huge, I could see it getting packed in there. Service is pretty much sell ordering at the bar, but they brought out the sampler to us. They had a couple of food items but we didnít eat. Value on the beer was excellent considering the quality. This place is a must stop if you are in the Madison area.
Brigadier  (263) Clevelandish, Ohio | June 3, 2006

Stopped in here with hezron and malachi just after the grand opening weekend to check it out. I am very impressed with what theyíve done - if they can build momentum this will be a must-stop location for those visiting Madison.

It was pretty empty when we went in, but I assume that has to do with the fact it has only been open for a few days. The bar area was very busy though and very well set up. Besides the bar stools, there is an outdoor patio area for smokers, a couple of nice leather coaches and a bunch of four seat tables. Free pool is available if the same two people do not monopolize it for the three hours that you are there. Lighting is low to provide a nice mood once the sun goes down.

There was a food menu which looked good but we missed it by a few minutes. It is gourmet sandwiches with locally made bread, cheese and meats. The deli offerings are not your typical brewpub fare. Service for the drinks was great. I think they may have been suprised that someone wanted to order one of everything. At $3 per 9 oz sample (with tip), the price was excellent.

The beer selection covers a wide range of styles. All are well done and not mailed in. There may be seasonals in the future but we sampled the base offerings. Overall, I was very impressed with both the diversity and the quality of the taps.

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