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 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
Scubatrip  (36) Annandale, Virginia | August 23, 2010
Located close to the airport, itís a great place to hit if a flight is delayed and you have some time to kill. Pretty small inside, but plenty of tables and some outdoor seating (seasonal). Everyone that came in seemed to be locals/regulars. They do pitchers, which may explain the softball jersey-ed groups. Donít go here for the food, but if you just want some snacks, they have glorified-Dijourno-style pizza and cold sandwiches at lunch time. Friendly staff, good bathrooms.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
sunnyridge  (28) | April 4, 2010
I love these guys. Almost didnít appreciate this gem enough while I was still living in Madison. Great staff and neat story of where they started from.
Juelze  (27) Green Bay, Wisconsin | November 19, 2007
Stopped here while visiting my brother. Doesnít look like much on the outside but it is a very well done modern concept on the inside. The staff was very courteous and knowledgeable about their beer and beer in general. Food looked good but I already had eaten. Will have to stop back for lunch at this place.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
cbfobes  (26) Quad Cities, Iowa | February 2, 2011
My go to place in Madison, great selection of brews and the pizzaís are all pretty solid. I personally liked the pizzas that they had over a year ago when they were hand made, but not a huge deal. Will be a sad day when they out grow this facility and move but happy to see them doing well!
OldChuffy  (17) | March 17, 2008
Kind of hard to find. The staff was very friendly and offered us a free tour of the brewery. I had the Scotch ale which I thought was pretty disappointing. If I didnít know better, Iíd swear they gave me the wrong beer. Iíd be willing to give them a second chance, though.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
FlandersNed  (17) , Indiana | March 5, 2010
Beer overrides everything else in my book and makes this a must-visit every time Iím in the area (uh - why (on a beer rating site) isnít there a category specifically for beer quality!?!?). Their good beers are killer...everything else is an after-thought.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
megrut  (15) Chicago, Illinois | November 28, 2009
Itís easy to drive by Ale Asylum in its strip mall location. However, if you do, youíll missing out on a gem. You must order a sampler. $1 each for 4 oz. pours. We tried everything they had on tap (10 beers) for only $10. What a deal! They have a wide variety of beers, including a few Belgians. The best of the brews, in my opinion, were the Hopalicious Pale Ale ad Ballistic IPA. Food menu is limited, but of high quality. Pizzas are made off-site and cooked in mini-ovens at the bar. Ingredients are local and fresh - surprisingly good! The chips & salsa are also tasty. Next time Iím in the Madison-area, Iíll be sure to visit the Asylum again.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
jebert  (13) Watertown, Wisconsin | January 13, 2010
Had to check out Ale Asylum after trying and liking their Madtown Nut Bown Ale. Ambiance was OK with nice lighting and adequate decorating. Bartender was knowledgable and amiable. Had a 6 glass taster (3 to 4 oz) for $6 as well as their bread and soup. Food just OK but the beers were all very good. Their Madtown Nutbrown was my favorite but they also have very good Porter and Stout beers. Other patrons were enjoying the Armageddon, apparently this breweryís signature beer. Iím not partial to hoppy beers but this was a good one. I was there over happy hour and they seemed to have a fair number of regulars. Fun stop.
madcow75  (13) Sun Prairie, Wisconsin | February 11, 2008
I liked this place. Basically a big room with a bar, some tables and a pool table added on to the brewery. Nice modern, industrial feel. Good selection of AA brews, I had the Hopalicious, Oatmeal stout and Scotch Ale. Service was excellent and good to look at. I didnít have any food, but the pizza smelled good. If you are in town, this is worth stopping in.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 8/20
BeerBunker  (12) Burbank, Illinois | November 27, 2008| Updated March 30, 2009
Stopped here on the way to Darkness Day. Hard to find, because itís in such an odd location. The place was busy, but there was plenty of seats. The first word that came to mind when I stepped inside, was kitsch. It seems like a trendy beer bar. You have to wait in line to make your initial order, only to have a waitress take the rest of them. Seemed strange. The patrons were mostly hipsters and were very unfriendly. SeveraI people made ignorant comments at me for no apparent reason, leaving me feeling hostile. I got their stout, which was beyond mediocre and stepped out to the patio for some air. I was berated on the patio by several people for smoking...In the designated smoking area. Also, from the patio I had a picturesque view of anti abortion protesters across the street at Planned Parenthood Wisconsin...This place had a surreal touch to it...Back inside, my food was waiting. The food was just plain bad. This place was a massive dissapointment. F*ck hispter/elitist beer places.

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