Madison Brewing Company & Pub Reviews




bnokk
3.9
Madison Old 76 Strong Ale
On draft at the taproom. APPEARANCE- medium brown color, great head. NOSE- smells much like a brown ale. FLAVOR- extremely smooth drinking beer. Malty flavor with perhaps a hint of hop bitterness, but only enough to balance out the rest of the beer. NOTES- touted by the barman at the taproom as a flagship beer. I can see why. Very enjoyable and even more quaffable!! I think this is much better than the current rating of 39. Hopefully my review will bump that up a bit.
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Bulk_Carrier
2.6
Madison Belgian Ale
This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a burnt orange color with little to no head. Basically, just a cap that immediately just slides away. No lace. The aroma has some tart to sour dried fruitiness (somewhat like peach and cherry). The flavor tries to come together. But a somewhat tangy to sour aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body. Sessionable, hmmmm...somewhat but that strong tangy to tart and sourness punches my tongue pretty harshly. Somewhat hard to get all of the way down my throat. Overall, Belgian ale? Somewhat, but that sourness seems a bit uncontrolled and doesnít seem to want to stay together.
Saturday, October 8, 2016

Bulk_Carrier
3.5
Madison Catamount Blonde
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a ruddy burnt yellow color with a bar pourís kind of slim white head. No lace. The aroma had some citrus and piney notes over a sly malt. The flavor somewhat wraps it together. Barely any aftertaste, but somewhat citrusy. Quick finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Low carbonation. Citrus hop bitterness is the harshness on my tongue. Overall, this one was a decent blonde ale that i could have again.
Saturday, October 8, 2016

Bulk_Carrier
3.5
Madison Brown Ale
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a dark brown color with a finger worth of foamy white head that dissipates at a nice low pace and leaves some light lingering lace. The aroma takes some earthy notes over some nutty crisp malts. Low amount of caramel and toffee. The flavor is malty sweet and balances with the earthiness. Light malty to earthy aftertaste. Sly finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Low to medium carbonation. Earthiness comes back to give a push in the harshness department on my tongue but doesnít distract from the flavor. Overall, mostly good brown ale with an added acceptable earthiness to it.
Saturday, October 8, 2016

Bulk_Carrier
4
Madison Hawleyís Maple Sap Red
Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewpub. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a ruddy malty dark amber/red color. Bar pourís kind of slim white foamy head quickly dissipates. Lingering white rimmed messy lacing sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma takes on some of the sweet contours of the maple syrup but then some of the normal qualities of an amber ale = malty rich nutty to caramel/toffee notes. The flavor brings it all together decently. Big malty tones weave through the sweet maple portion. Lingering malty rich sweet aftertaste. Slick caramel sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation feels good. Maple syrup even feels good, nothing cloying, just feels all around good. Overall, really nice amber ale, maple syrup is there, but not overly done, as sometimes in these "maple syrup" flavored ales, most of the time, they get cloying, but this one is well balanced and worthy of more pours.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Bulk_Carrier
3.5
Madison Black Lager
Didnít really think this was a Schwarzbier but figured it was the closest probable style fitting for this beer according to ratebeer suggested styles. On tap at the brewpub, this was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking hazy dark brown close to black color with a thin wisp of white head quickly dissipating. No lacing. The smell had some burnt coffee grinds, light cocoa bean and sweet bready lager malts, more American than German (why I donít think this is a Schwarzbier). The taste had some great roasty to sweet bready to coffee grinds effect all around. Quick semi-bready aftertaste. Light smooth dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs smooth. Overall, though not really a Schwarzbier, still good for the most part. I could come back to this.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Bulk_Carrier
4
Madison Downtown IPA
On tap at Madison Brewpub. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a glossy/hazy burnt orange color. Light lacing after a quickly dissipating little head. The smell took on a light sweet to bitter orange to lemon bitter rind. Light emblazoned sweet citrus runs in underneath. The taste was semi-sweet with a light sweet malty flavor riding in on the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body. Great sesionability. Overall,Iíd say this was great, Iíd have again.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Bulk_Carrier
3.6
Madison Wassickís White Wall
On tap at brewpub. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking hazy golden orange color with a slim bar pourís kind of head. Barely any lacing. The smell had some sweet cracker to light lemon sweetness. Lighter in the wheat and coriander than expected. The taste was mainly malty sweet with a nice slight spice of the coriander blending in to accompany a nice aftertaste. Smooth finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a great sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light. Overall, I say this was a really nice witbier that I would have again.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Bulk_Carrier
3.8
Madison Project Pale Ale
On tap at the brewpub. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking hazy golden orange color with a bar pourís kind of slim white head. The smell had some sweet citrus to sweet maltiness in front. Allows a nice eloquent bitterness underneath. The taste was mainly the same with a sweet dry aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing the maltiness to cling to my tongue nicely. Overall, I say this was a pretty good American Pale Ale that I could have again.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Bulk_Carrier
3.7
Madison NorBeaster Chocolate Imperial Stout
On tap at the brewpub. This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a nice looking dark brown close to black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. The smell had some light roasty coffee a bit rugged and grainy. Chocolate is light. Coffee is slightly more pronounced. The flavor is basically the same as the smell. Definitely that rugged almost burnt coffee bean aftertaste. Semi-dry smooth finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt good and low. Overall, good Imperial Stout for the most part, could come back to.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Bulk_Carrier
4
Madison Sucker Pond Blonde
Served in a pint glass. The appearance was a hazy yellow color with a bar pourís kind of slim white head that left no lacing. The smell had some sweet wheat, lemon juice sweetness, and a modified pine bitterness underneath. The taste was sweet mainly through the wheat and lemon . Combined sweet to bitter aftertaste. Wet smooth crisp sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a fantastic sessionability about it. Carbonation runs smooth and light. Overall, I didnít really see this as a kolsch but a fantastic Blonde ale that I would have again.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Bulk_Carrier
4
Madison Ju-c
On tap at the brewpub. This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a hazy glossy burnt yellow to orange color with a slim bar pourís kind of white head. Light lacing runs here and there. The smell takes on a huge burst of bitter orange rind. Extra citrus / lemon bitter hops play with a light pine underneath. The taste leaned towards the bitter rind-like quality. Full and leaning on the bitterness to embrace and pound on into the aftertaste. Semi-smooth bitter finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing the bitterness to hit appropriately. Overall, I say this was a very good DIPA that I would have again.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

TylerGreenDC
3.4
Madison Hopback IPA
Draft. This is a classic, old school, throwback, 1990s PNW IPA. Faint aroma of citrus and pine that get huge as you drink it. Lots of bittersweet. Well done.
Friday, February 19, 2016

Bulk_Carrier
3.9
Madison Old 76 Strong Ale
On tap at the brewpub. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking transparent burnt red color. Carbonation could be seen rising to fill a thin bar pourís kind of head. Lacing was stringy and spotty. The smell starts off with some cherry to apple - like sweet fruitiness. Light tobacco rounds it out. Dried woodiness here and there. The taste was mainly sweet through the fruits. Tobacco and woody edges lead into the background. Dry sweet fruity aftertaste leads into a quick dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs light. Overall, this was a pretty good English Strong ale that I would have again.
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Bulk_Carrier
3.8
Madison Burnt
On tap at the brewpub. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking somewhat dark hazy yet transparent brown color with some carbonation rising to fill a slim bar pourís kind of head. Lacing slid in some semi-clingy rings. The smell starts off with some dried sweet nuts. Light caramel notes slide in underneath dried hemp (comes across spicy). The taste had dried sweet palatable flavor over top of the hemp, spicy once again. Light semi-sweet nutty to spicy character in the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation seemed good for the style and for me. Overall, Iíd say this was a pretty good American styled brown ale that I would have again.
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Bulk_Carrier
3.7
Madison Breakfast Porter
On tap at the brewpub. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking hazy dark brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light ringy to semi-messy lacing all around. The smell started off with a sharp sweet to bready muffin - like aroma taking in some blueberries to run over sweet and roasty coffee and chocolate beans. Somehow, it reminds me of Founderís Breakfast Stout with someone crumbling blueberry muffins into it. The taste was more Porter leaning as subtle roasty coffee and cocoa flavors become more pronounced over some light sweet blueberry as it warms. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly low allowing slight stickiness but not overbearing. Overall, I say this was a pretty good Porter with a nice blueberry muffin sort of thing going on. Iíd have again.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Bulk_Carrier
3.7
Madison Fresh Cut Pale Ale
This was poured into a pint glass on tap at the brewpub. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a thin white layer of foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. The smell started off with sweet orange pulp leading into a semi-sweet dry sticky resin to bitter spruce. Somewhat reminds me of Christmas tree. The taste was mainly sprucy / resin sweet with a nice juicy sweet background of the hops bursting into dry sweet malts. A light sweet sticky citrus runs into the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation seemed good for the style and for me. Semi-smooth transition all around. Overall, APA, sure fits and with the spruce, hell yeah, perfect for the season!
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Bulk_Carrier
3.6
Madison Irish Red
On tap at the brewpub, this was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking hazy to transparent burnt red color. Bar pourís slim white head dissipates pretty quickly. Ringy lacing clings to the glass. The smell starts off with rich sweet caramel malts up front allowing gentle roasty nuts and toffee to balance. Light toast as well. The taste was mainly sweet with a moderate toast and roastiness balancing it all out. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs nice and low. Sweetness comes across dry on my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good Irish Red ale.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

mansquito
2.7
Madison Irish Red
Growler from pub: pours brownish red with off white head. Aroma is a bit of toffee and earthiness. Taste was unimpressive. I didnít think it was gross like others here, but I was still unimpressed.
Friday, January 2, 2015

HenrikSoegaard
2.8
Madison Octoberfest
Bottle. Frothy White good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Light malty and hopy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.
Saturday, December 27, 2014

Braudog
3.8
Madison Hopback IPA
Draft at the brewpub. Golden bronze with a nice if a bit thin locked head. Rich and malty to its core, but the thick citrus swirl atop the flavor is rich and sturdy. Hello Vermont! (#5799, 10/8/2014)
Saturday, October 11, 2014

jb
3.6
Madison Maple Porter (Sugar Shack Porter)
At the brew pub. 7.0 abv. They called it robust maple porter. Probably the same stuff. Rich. Sweet. Decadent. With the usual porter notes plus some richer notes
Saturday, September 20, 2014

jb
3.6
Madison Old 76 Strong Ale
On tap at the brew pub. Dominated by malt notes like caramel in the nose. Beautiful dark and reddish with great lacing pattern. Hops appeared as it warmed. A fine beer.
Saturday, September 20, 2014

AdamChandler
3
Madison Wassickís White Wall
cloudy thin yellow. No nose at all. Very lemony, like lemon bread, very wheat heavy and a great body. thin taste but it has a nice mineral water taste.
Saturday, June 7, 2014

AdamChandler
3.3
Madison Irish Red
dark red. nose is sweet but itís hard to pick up a lot of nose. very bready, grapey, fruit juice bitter finish.
Saturday, June 7, 2014

AdamChandler
1.5
Madison Battlefield Stout
Pitch black, 1 finger creamy head. charcoal and heavy ash and smells like rotten milk. Taste is rotten milk lots of it. whoa.
Saturday, June 7, 2014

AdamChandler
2.6
Madison Crowtown Pale Ale
dark red, pineapple nose, birch oak and simcoe. Taste is very resinous, decent malt backbone. piney and resinous
Saturday, June 7, 2014

AdamChandler
2.6
Madison Sucker Pond Blonde
very pale yellow. rusty nail nose with peach skin. lemon and very thin body. honey finish
Saturday, June 7, 2014

AdamChandler
3
Madison Bucks Honey Wheat
mild brown. comes with a lime in the glass. smells very grapey with tree bark. sweet finish, mild creaminess, grape skin and a resinous bitterness on the finish.
Saturday, June 7, 2014

AdamChandler
3.3
Madison Old 76 Strong Ale
burnt oaky red. esthery with fruit and banana cloves on the nose. This is quite nice. lots of fruity creamy and a strange funk at the finish.
Saturday, June 7, 2014

AdamChandler
3.7
Madison Hefeweizen
cloudy dark orange. no head. lots of banana yeasty esters. sweet, chewy quite lovely but maybe too much candy sweetness.
Saturday, June 7, 2014

Leighton
3
Madison Whisky Porter
Draft at the brewpub. Pours clear, amber-brown with a creamy, light beige head. The aroma is fairly tame, just some burnt toast. Light to medium sweet flavor with some tangy wood, dried berries, hints of cocoa. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Moderate sweetness to finish, some further lightly tangy dark berries, wood, leather. Nothing special.
Thursday, June 5, 2014

Leighton
3.7
Madison Battlefield Stout
Draft at the brewpub. Pours rich brown with a creamy, beige head. Nice dark malt aroma with hints of milk chocolate and coffee grounds. Medium sweet flavor with relaxed roasted malts, baking cocoa, earth, burnt toast. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Nicely balanced to finish with fairly dynamic chocolate character, some milk chocolate, a bit of bittersweet cocoa. Very drinkable with good depth for the ABV. Sound.
Thursday, June 5, 2014

Leighton
3
Madison Hopback IPA
Draft at the brewpub. Pours clear gold with with a creamy, white head. Good aroma with notes of pine and pithy citrus. Medium sweet flavor with some grass, orange rind, a bit of pine needles, chlorine, dry bread. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Bitter finish, a little astringent and chlorinated, but some nice, rich citrus fruits. OK.
Thursday, June 5, 2014

Leighton
3.4
Madison Old 76 Strong Ale
Draft at the brewpub. Pours clear, rich caramel-gold with a foamy, tan head. The nose has some bready malts, ripe fruits. Medium sweet flavor with bitter grain husks, old ripe fruits, fruitcake, creamy toffee. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. There is a slightly incongruous bitter edge to finish, a little grassy, plus further ripe fruits, berries, and creamy toffee. Not bad.
Thursday, June 5, 2014

Leighton
3.3
Madison Bucks Honey Wheat
Draft at the brewpub. Pours clear, rich good with a frothy white head. Simple bready malt nose, light perfume. Medium sweet flavor, more bread, lihht sugars, honey, faint grain husk. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Fairly simple and sweet to finish, some toasty sugars, a bit of caramel. Fine.
Thursday, June 5, 2014

Leighton
3.8
Madison Sucker Pond Blonde
Draft at the brewpub. Pours mostly clear, bright yellow with a creamy, pure white head. Basic nose with light cereal, hay, some grains, white bread. Light sweet flavor with dry biscuits, straw, white bread, low bitterness. Light in body with fine to average carbonation. Simple, sweet finish with slight bitter hay, pale cereal, biscuits. A delightful little kolsch.
Thursday, June 5, 2014

Leighton
3.2
Madison Hefeweizen
Draft at the brewpub. Garnished with a lemon. Pours hazy gold with a creamy, white head. The nose has sugary, grainy wheat bread, yeast and lemon zest. Medium sweet flavor with bubblegum, light grains, toasted sugars. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish with more sugary, grainy wheat, slight gum and candi sugar. So so.
Thursday, June 5, 2014

Leighton
3.6
Madison Wassickís White Wall
Draft at the brewpub. Garnished with an orange. Pours unclear gold with a flimsy, white head. Pleasant aroma with citrus, coriiander, definitely some wheat. Light-medium sweet flavor with pleasant citrus nuance, doughy wheat, some hay, slight phenols, coriander, lemon peel. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet but nicely balaned to finish, with faint traw and rind bitterness, a bit of orange. Very nice witbier.
Thursday, June 5, 2014

blipp
3.5
Madison Citra IPA
Draft. Pours golden orange with a white head. Dank and citric hoppy notes, pale malty base, faint rustic notes, and moderate bitterness. Pretty good.
Saturday, May 24, 2014

blipp
3.3
Madison Old 76 Strong Ale
Draft. Pours Amber with an off white head. Toasty malts, light fruity notes, light earthy notes, and a balanced toasted malt and lightly bitter finish. Not bad.
Saturday, May 24, 2014

blipp
3.5
Madison Battlefield Stout
Draft at the brewpub. Pours near black with a beige head. Medium roasted malts, light sweetness, clean nutty finish, and low bitterness. Pretty good.
Saturday, May 24, 2014

blipp
3.3
Madison Hefeweizen
Draft. Pours golden orange with a white head. Fruity and spicy yeast, some light bubblegummy notes, moderate sweetness throughout, and low bitterness. Pretty good.
Saturday, May 24, 2014

blipp
2.3
Madison Irish Red
Draft at "Mikeís Irish Red." Pours amber orange with a white head. Sweet crystal malts, lighter toasty notes, and hint of diacetyl. Not horrible, but not good either.
Saturday, May 24, 2014

blipp
3.5
Madison Hopback IPA
Draft. Pours orange with a white head. Fruity citric hops, moderate bitterness, light malty sweetness, and some lingering floral bitterness. Not bad.
Saturday, May 24, 2014

blipp
3.6
Madison Wassickís White Wall
Draft at the brewpub. Pours golden yellow with a white head. Fruity citrus, coriander, some zesty tanginess, and a lighter sweetness. Pretty enjoyable and drinkable.
Saturday, May 24, 2014

blipp
3.1
Madison Bucks Honey Wheat
Draft the brewpub. Pours golden orange with a white head. Fruity sweetness with a light wheaty base, low bitterness, and a light fruity finish. Not bad.
Saturday, May 24, 2014

blipp
3.3
Madison Sucker Pond Blonde
Draft. Pours golden yellow white head. Clean malty base, low bitterness, no sweetness and a clean finish with no off flavors. Very drinkable.
Saturday, May 24, 2014

Sregnar35
3.3
Madison Octoberfest
Pours amber with a small thin head. Aroma is caramel and slight hops. Flavor is sweet caramel and a clean finish, not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Saturday, October 19, 2013

Sregnar35
3.6
Madison Hopback IPA
Pours amber with big bubbles and a nice lace. Aroma is mellow bitter grassy hops. Flavor is soapy and bitter with a bit if sweetness, not great. Updated 4/25/15, solid IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Saturday, October 19, 2013