Ale Asylum

2002 Pankratz St
Madison, Wisconsin United States 53704
brewpub (Ale Asylum)  4.65/5.0 86 reviews
Mon-Thu 11a-12a, Fri&Sat 11a-2:30a, Sun 11a-10pm

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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
smoosh  (37) New Albany, Indiana | December 27, 2011
Visited on a recent trip to a Wisconsin football game to do the Jump Around! It took a while to find the place, but once we did I was very glad! They had a house beer sampler with about 10 different beers. It kind of stalled in the middle of the road brews - too many amber colored and malty sweet beers for my palate. But we had a pizza and a BBQ sandwich that were quite good. Cool place!
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
kbutler1  (106) Minnesota | November 28, 2011
Stopped in on a recent trip while coming back from MI. Sort of off the beaten path but that was ok as there was a WI football game going on and the downtown area was packed. Nice little bar and tables as you first walk in and tables off to the right as well. Friendly staff. Food menu is small but the soup, pizza, and sandwich we got was pretty good. Ended up grabbing a few beers as well. Overall, a cool bar that I would stop in again at.
86
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
alagnak  (90) Littleton, Colorado | October 26, 2011
In a what seems to be small-brewery standard industrial park on the East side. Tasting room/dining area is really nice, Ale Asylum labels/stickers/posters cover alomst evey square inch of several walls. Nice "woody/Modern" look. Beers were all excellent, food choices looked very good and pretty expansive, though we just threw darts and drank. Definitely a good stop in madison if you’re out on the East side, and worth a side trip even if youre not.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
theisti  (889) 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.
88
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
BVery  (668) Plymouth, Minnesota | September 5, 2011| Updated March 23, 2015
I love this place - best brewpub stop on this Wisconsin tour I’m 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. New location, updated rating. Wow. Destination brewery. Go here.
98
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman  (95) Texas | August 14, 2011
I am enamored by this place and their beer. It has some sort of "crazy" feel on the inside, pictures of their beer stuff all over the place with various styles of rock ’n’ roll playing in the background, dim lighting. Almost exceptional service, and they do have a good selection of their own beers on tap, several "tap room only beers" too. Well priced. They do offer food, but I did not have any. I wanna go back, badly.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
jlruthven  (13) Madison, Wisconsin | July 22, 2011
Nice little place on the outskirts of Madison. Really out of the way, in the sort of location you’d think sells linoleum siding or something. Anyway, you walk in almost directly into the bar area: a few standup tables, a booth or two, couple of pool tables. The bar is great: small, intimate, and you can see the brewery operation itself right behind the bartender. Quite solid draught selection: Bedlam, Ballistic, Big Slick, plus the porter, and a few others. Great for the money, plus you can get growlers for between $10-$15. Definitely going back when I’m in Madison again.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
PaulUnwin  (124) Pinellas Park, Florida | July 10, 2011
Nice little brewery, the taster consisted of every beer they had on draught, took a bit of time to get through as it was the last place I visited. They offered food but I’d eaten. Nice bar and seating area, can’t remember off hand the names of the beers, I guess that’s why people take notes. All the beers were pretty solid, it was about 6 weeks ago and that’s why I can’t remember the beers. This brewery is not downtown, and the parking is plentiful.
80
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
bigtaster  (93) Grand Rapids, Michigan | May 5, 2011
Nice place, slow the night I visited, but really nice. The beer I had was good, pizza was great, crowd was older, surprised that not many people were there. Staff was nice, very midwestern. Will come back the next time I’m in Madison.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
CheersMate  (188) Portland (Sellhood), Oregon | April 26, 2011
Awesome place. I thought that it would be a lot closer to the downtown area, but it’s, actually, very close to my hotel room. Great service. Their taps all all of their house beers, that is - no guest taps here, folks. Even though the aforementioned statement might seem discouraging, it shouldn’t be; their house beers are great. Their beers are great. The menu isn’t big at all, but they do have a few nice selections. I had the black bean burger with their Soup of the Day -- which was excellent. This place has some wonderful things about it, e.g., there’s a pretty nice pool table in the back. I’m in Wisconsin on business, and they made me feel right at home. There weren’t any seats at the bar, but that’s cool. The Hopalicious and the Gold Digger were both great beers. Overall, this is an awesome place, and worth a stop if you’re in town .
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
cbfobes  (27) Quad Cities, Illinois | February 2, 2011
My go to place in Madison, great selection of brews and the pizza’s 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!

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