Ale Asylum

2002 Pankratz St
Madison, Wisconsin United States 53704
brewpub (Ale Asylum)  4.65/5.0 83 reviews
Mon-Thu 11a-12a, Fri&Sat 11a-2:30a, Sun 11a-10pm

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
JaBier  (100) Capital City, Ohio | November 14, 2010
Stopped in for a sampler after the OSU-Wisconsin game on 10/16/10. Small bar area, but we were able to find two seats. Service was good and the guy knew plenty about the beer. Selection was pretty solid. Pizza smelled good, but I wasnít hungry. A good spot to end the night.
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  • 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
kseecs16  (209) Naperville, Illinois | April 30, 2010
Nicely renovated and comfortably stylish space in an office/industrial park, but conveniently accessible off of 51. Parking was a little limited. Friendly staff and a diverse and interesting tap list. Smells like a brewery when you enter. I did not eat but food menu looked limited, though they some of the pizzas sounded pretty interesting.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Sabrinic  (5) Oak Lawn, Illinois | April 28, 2010
We planned a small weekend up in Central Wisconsin and decided to hit up as many breweries as possible. I came across this place on RateBeer and decided we had to try it. I will definitely drive the 2 1/2 hours again just to go to Ale Asylum. Big selection of their own beer, all of it great. Get the sampler - itís a good value and you get to try 10 beers, 4oz each. Loved the Hopalicious, Bedlam and Ballistic IPA the most. We stocked up on a few 6-packs before we left. You must try this place!
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  • 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.
80
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
coharahawk  (77) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | March 29, 2010
Stopped at this place on a busy Saturday in the early evening. Itís very modern and interestingly designed on the interior. Almost appears like a martini bar on the inside. They had most of their standard offerings on draft, of which most are at least pretty decent. I was kinda hoping for some brewery-only special releases, but oh well. The tour was very fun and probably the most detailed/informative tour Iíve been on, even though the tour group was really large. We had one of their pizzas, wihch are essentially frozen pizzas warmed in their little toaster oven thing. It was surprisingly good and they had several combinations of interesting toppings (goat cheese and walnuts, etc). I would definitely go back and recommend to others.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu  (569) Cincinnati, Ohio | March 23, 2010| Updated August 12, 2013
New review, based on the new location- which is HUGE. Itís a cool place out by the airport that looks fairly nondescript from the outside but has a ton of space inside. The beers remain on lighted signs behind the bar, which is a really great concept and easy way to see the offerings. Just like at the old place, we didnít come here to eat. Beers are very good and served in pint glasses. Service was incredibly friendly; it helped to be with another local restaurant person who knew the staff, to be fair. We played pool on one of two tables; there are also darts. This is a must-visit if youíre in the area, as one of the key brewers around.
80
  • 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.
78
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
jebert  (15) 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.
78
  • 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr  (106) Omaha, Nebraska | August 30, 2009
Finished up my Lake Michgan beer tour here. Kind of a nouveau industrial park feel. Very good beer. In fact, only Right Brain had better offerings in terms of deliciousness. All 10 beers on tap were very tasty. Limited food offerings. Nice bar staff. I get the sense that the owners here are a bit full of themselves, but why not when you make beer this good? If you can only stop at one brewpub in Madison, right now, make it this one.

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