Ale Asylum

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BEER AVG
3.81/5
Ale AsylumAle Asylum
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2002 Pankratz St.
Madison, Wisconsin, 53704
United States

(608) 663-3926 | map
aleasylum.com

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Added by nghab on 05-08-2006

BEER STATS
Beers:
29
Reviews:
1,272
Ratings:
5,083
PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
198
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
3.93%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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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.

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More User Reviews:
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3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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4.11/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of pkeating59
4.11/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Rilesmiles
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

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

Photo of oldmanirish
4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of CoreyC
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of davillanx
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Lesingnon
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of jpbolton
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of rossracing
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Photo of adamranders
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of redgorillabreath
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of XBeerBellyT
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Struck me as Surly light. A nice big facility but it there's no real sense of character. They have quite a few beers on tap but they become a bit samey. Few stand out as superlative. Definitely a solid place to visit if in Madison but not a destination.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of d5001986
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Sprague67
5/5  rDev +22.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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

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Ale Asylum in Madison, WI
3.81 out of 5 based on 5,083 ratings.
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