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 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
TheHOFF43  (169) Robbinsdale, Minnesota | October 13, 2015
Stopped here about 9:30 on a Thursday night. Pretty empty at the time. Ordered a pizza that was good but just a pizza. 16 beers on tap. Service at the bar was good but the bartender was short with us despite being a mostly empty place. Some excellent beers, some were bad. Overall a really nice place. It was very dark inside.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
deyholla  (646) Minneapolis, Minnesota | September 8, 2016
Huge place with a crisp feeling to it. A nice outdoor seating area and plenty of seating space inside. Bartender was friendly and pretty knowledgeable. The have 12ish beers on tap with large samplers available. Some bottles to go as well. The quesadilla I had was quite enjoyable. Prices were good overall but the sampler was a bit steep. Overall a really solid spot.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh  (741) Tampere, Finland | November 6, 2016
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.
78
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
ryanfolty  (239) Bourbon County, Minnesota | August 3, 2015
Met up with my brother-in-law here for lunch and some brews on BVery’s recommendation. Location was easy to find and close to highway. Service was very good and there was a decent selection of beers. Did the sampler of 6 for $15, the servings were large and waiter said was about 3 pints of beer. Solid place to stop by when in the area.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
imthebest  (218) , | 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.
78
  • 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?
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
bartlebier  (161) Belchium im Biersgau, Germany | March 18, 2014
Visited 09/2013 after a very adventurous bike ride in the direction of the airport over the adjacent golf course and through hedges. Probably advisable to come by car, given the size of the parking lot. Refurbished industrial look with large tables and some cozier nooks and corners. Attentive enough student service scurrying about. Had tastes of all of our 10+ group’s tasters, but at that point I was just happy to get something with punch to drink to drown out the bramble stings and only the Hopalicious stood out. Quite a few other reputable offerings went out quickly...Will have to revisit in person or by growler.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale  (382) 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 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
savnac  (284) Anchorage, Alaska | December 29, 2011
Very cool place located in a commercial area. Interior is nice and clean, not huge, I could see it getting packed in there. Service is pretty much sell ordering at the bar, but they brought out the sampler to us. They had a couple of food items but we didn’t eat. Value on the beer was excellent considering the quality. This place is a must stop if you are in the Madison area.
78
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
heemer77  (227) Urbandale, Iowa | October 23, 2006
One of the brewers insisted that this was a brewery and not a brewpub. There are only sandwiches to be had for food. Also, they will be bottling 4 of their regular line up sometime in November 2006. The beers were solid, but the location leavers something to be desired. Not much in the way of decoration.
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 brewery’s signature beer. I’m 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.

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