Ale Asylum

2002 Pankratz St
Madison, Wisconsin United States 53704
brewpub (Ale Asylum)  4.65/5.0 82 reviews
Mon-Thu 11a-12a, Fri&Sat 11a-2:30a, Sun 11a-10pm

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
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?
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
pablo951  (112) Chicago, Illinois | July 6, 2013
Great out of the way place in Madison Wi. A.e Asylum anchors down Madison as far as beer goes. Their selection on tap is all you need. This is a classic brew pub, indoor and outdoor seating .
82
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Braudog  (863) Yorktown, 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. 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)
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
ChiGuy68  (48) Illinois | April 5, 2013| Updated May 6, 2013
Nice bar, two levels, pool table, and lots of seating. They have 10 taps and you can get a flight, but my favorite tap ran dry.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere  (525) 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!
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
jmagnus87  (92) Rockford, Illinois | January 27, 2013
Really cool place. No TVs. Bartenders absolutely knew their beer and had cool bar tricks to go with it. 7 beers on tap with a bunch of bottle choices too. Food was great. Me and the lady split a pizza. Good value for what you get. I had a full pint, plus a flight of the rest of the brews. I can’t wait to go back.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
beerbaaron  (163) Arizona | November 17, 2012| Updated January 15, 2015
If you are there at off peak hours you are fine, otherwise it is usually quite crowded. The place has a pleasing modern look, but after a while there really isn’t much too look at. I believe this is the type of place that can benefit from a TV or 2. Kinda high priced pub food. Great beer.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale  (342) Lansing, Kansas | October 15, 2012
Stopped in on a Friday night. Was extremely busy. Service was a bit slow but understandable. Food selection was limited. The sandwich I selected was excellent. Their beers were well above average. Think a must stop if in the area.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
imthebest  (192) , | July 16, 2012
Somewhere in between a brewery tasting room and a brewpub. Has one or two beers not available in stores. Went on the tour once and it was one of the best brewery tours I’ve been on in terms of tourguide enthusiasm and technical detail. Couldn’t believe the $2 happy hour. A nice place to visit for the tour.
88
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
XmnwildX12  (51) Farmington, Minnesota | July 8, 2012
Got to enjoy the rather quick and informal tour. Has $2 pints for happy hour and the sampler at $2 a beer (large tasting glasses). Enjoyed the brewers style that is fixated more on the taste of the hop rather than the bitterness. Will definitely stop back when in the area!
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy  (80) Wisconsin | May 29, 2012
Interesting place in a light industrial area by the airport. Face of the building looks like office space, however inside is a smallish bar area, a fair size restaurant seating area and an outdoor patio facing the main drag - some personality. Getting the tender’s attention was not always easy on a Sat late afternoon, and not always because of the crowd. The food was tasty, if not something you really wanted to watch them prepare. 9 taps with a nice range of styles, and the beer quality is fine. I will be interested to see their new facility in August mostly to see if it causes their offerings to expand.

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