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BEER AVG
3.87/5
Based on:
25 Beers
4,047 Ratings
Place Score: 92
Ratings: 164
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.12
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 by botham:
Photo of botham
4.53/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Ale Asylum is fantastic. Located at the end suite of a strip mall, one feels like they are entering a dentists office walking up, but inside is truly a brewpub that loves its beer. The décor is semi-hard rock/goth in aesthetics, though this does not take away from the brewpub atmosphere. Upon entering, the bar faces the front door, with restaurant style and lounge seating along the right side, and the brewing facilities behind the bar. There is a decent size outdoor beer garden to the right, with a nice aura for drinking outdoors in pleasant weather.

The beer was excellent and the selection was decent. There were six offerings at the time, all of which pretty standard as far as styles go, but each that this BA had (The Happy Ending Belgian Abbey, The Contorter Porter and the Big Slick Stout Oatmeal Stout) was great to excellent. Very well proportioned, fresh, and supremely composed, the beers at this brewpub are definitely worth the stop, even if it is out of the way.

The food is good. Pizza is the main offering, with some unique combinations and high quality ingredients. The buffalo chicken pizza was very good, and the cookies (bought two for the road) were very good as well.

Service was knowledgeable and seemed to be interested in beer, as well as knowing quite a bit about the operations and upcoming offerings. Food and beer was served promptly, and was poured very well.

Overall, this BA has found a new go-to spot in Madison for beer. The brews are fresh and excellent, the food is great, and the atmosphere is very conducive to drinking great beer. Cheers!

More User Reviews:
Photo of atone315
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of RobinLee
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
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).

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Imacopyouidiot
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of jmundth
4.49/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Dovers
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Austin32
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of redleg411
4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

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4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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Ale Asylum in Madison, WI
92 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.