Ale Asylum

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BEER AVG
3.81/5
Based on:
28 Beers
1,153 Reviews
Place Score: 91
Reviews: 69
Visits: 178
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

2002 Pankratz St.
Madison, Wisconsin, 53704
United States
phone: (608) 663-3926

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Reviews: 69 | Visits: 178
Reviews by MarcatGSB:
Photo of MarcatGSB
3.38/5  rDev -17%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Mixed feelings on the Ale Asylum. Was driving back from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to Iowa City after a long weekend, and wanted to stop for a pint and some food. Great location for us, as we travel on the 18/151 and it's easy off, easy on for us.

The bar was not overly busy, and there were quite a few empty tables through out. There was one bartender on, and one cocktail server on, so I thought to myself "Great, I'll be able to chat with the bartender, find some things out about the beer, etc etc". I could not have been further away from the truth. The bartender was not personable, and frantic. As we didn't realize before arriving at Ale Asylum, they do not serve any food other than pizza on Sundays, so that put a slight damper on everything as well. Service aside, menu confusion aside, beer was good!

I began with a Mercy, their Grand Cru, and was very impressed. I thought it was very tasty, great bronze color, nice mouthfeel, and did not come across as being nearly 10% ABV. Emily had the Belgian Triple (which was listed on their board, but poured out of a bottle without being told, which I thought was odd). The Triple Nova was crisp and sweet, nicely finished, a great drinking triple. I had another Mercy, and Emily finished with an Oatmeal Stout, which was pretty pedestrian, typical Oatmeal Stout.

Overall, the beer was good. I'm not sure if it's posted somewhere about the restricted menu on Sunday, but I couldn't find anything on their website, and that made our experience less enjoyable than hoped and expected, after reading the other reviews. The service was mediocre at best, and left a rather sour taste in our mouths. I probably won't be back, but will pick up some Mercy in a bottle if I see it around. (1,746 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of mkaili
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of atorres
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Vonerichs
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Pretty decent brewery vibe with nice outdoor seating.

Service was ho-hum to start. We sat at dining tables, not the bar, and it took forever to get a first drink and eventually place our order. After that, service was decent.

Selection of both food and beer are ok, with about 8 taps at the time of various styles.

Price was average brewery prices. (357 characters)

Photo of jonesjere
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Sconnie25
3.39/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

Was slightly disappointed when I was here. (42 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Danmullens1
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of ALC82
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of aidman
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of djhowell
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of invalid665
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

Photo of scaliasux
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of atone315
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Visited on 2/28/15 as part of the Hop Head Beer Tour. Building was huge, atmosphere felt a tad "corporate". Will definitely stop here again but wouldn't make it the main focus of my trip. (187 characters)

Photo of RobinLee
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Nice tour, place is pretty big but we still got to see and hear about all of it. They have all their bottled beers, as well as a couple tap-only, so pretty solid selection. Food was great, came out in timely fashion. If I have a complaint, it is a bit dark in the back, but that's a small personal issue (I don't have the best eyesight to begin with). (354 characters)

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.07/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Imacopyouidiot
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of jmundth
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Dovers
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Austin32
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.25

They built a brand new location, full of style, atmosphere and great beer.....unfortunately the handful of times I have been there the service has been below average and the food barely passes low end bar food. Again, very cool building, great drinking atmosphere and great beer... but eat somewhere else. (305 characters)

Photo of redleg411
4/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of 1eyed_jack
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Diaper-Daniels
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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