Large combined production brewery and restaurant located on the outskirts of town in a developing commercial-industrial park. I’ve not had anything remarkably good from Ale Asylum (ignoring some of my earlier reviews which can’t be trusted), but they seem capable of making solid low-to-mid 3-level beer, with the occasional goof up such as DMS in their lagers or husky malt. It doesn’t live up to the reputation it has gained among American craft beer fans, and their attempts at Old World styles leave a lot to be desired.
t0rin0 (1529) 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 don’t 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 didn’t 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?
Large place near the airport. Production brewing combined with a brewpub. Large parking lot, pretty fully. Plenty of tables, including outdoor seating and a large bar in front. Fairly busy on a Friday, but not crazy. Bartender was a bit hard to get the attention of at times, but nothing egregious. All beers available as 4 oz samples. I generally found their beers to be solid, if unexceptional.
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. I’d 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 (903) 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 = ★★★½ (Solid place, near the top of the list for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
(Visited 08/2014): Ale Asylum is located on the northeast part of Madison near the airport on Pankratz. There is a large parking lot in front of the building.
The interior is dark with sort of a heavy metal theme, with red walls and hanging lights. The beers available are denoted by lit signs behind the bar.
As for the beers, there are around 11 available. On our visit the menu included a Blond, Hefe, Nut Brown, Kink Belgian, Porter, Stout, Amber and a couple IPAs. A sampler is available. The beers were above average on the whole.
Service on a relatively slow Friday evening was good. The bartender was personable and knew the beers.
We did not have food on our visit.
Overall this is a worthwhile brewpub to visit in Madison, with nice ambiance and a solid beer list.
Huge place. Large two story bar, lots of swag around, kind of a sprawling restaurant area with windows of the brewing areas. About a dozen beers on tap. All well executed and enjoyable. Bar staff was a little passive. Flight was a little pricy at 6 for $15 but it is a crap toon of beer. Did not try the food. Plenty of parking. Overall a worthwhile stop.
2013: Magnificent. Absolutely great beers. Very cool atmosphere and great service. It’s not in the center of the city but that’s why it was easy to reach by car. I definitely would like to visit again.
2016: And another visit. 15 beers on tap. Flight of 6 available. This time I wasn’t exactly as impressed. Slow and inattentive service but the beers are solid. Probably on our list next time in Madison area.
jackl (740) Minneapolis, Minnesota | September 19, 2016
Large brewpub located near Madison’s airport. Nice place with high ceilings and a large patio. There were roughly 10 beers on tap. The beer was pretty well executed and solid all around. Flights are served in pretty big measures (something like 6-8oz pours!). The bartenders were friendly and seemed to be enjoying themselves. I didn’t eat, but the food looked pretty good. Overall, a solid brewpub experience. I’d return.