Ale Asylum

BEER AVG
3.84/5
Ale AsylumAle Asylum
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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:
32
Ratings:
5,041
Reviews:
1,269
PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Ratings:
205
Reviews:
73
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
3.93%
 
 
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Reviews by Yetiman420:
Photo of Yetiman420
4.64/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

As a point of reference, I've had the pleasure of visiting around 170 brewpubs in North America. Business travel sure has its perks.

I'm typing this review courtesy of Ale Asylum's complimentary wireless internet access (currently working on one of their three Belgium offerings).

As others have mentioned, AA is in an industrial area and the inside is surprisingly sophisticated for the location. It's close to the airport so I decided to stop by on my flight out ($14 cab ride from the east side of downtown Madison).

To this point, I've had the west-coast hopped up Amber and a Belgium and can easily say the quality of beer here is worth the trip. It's obvious they take it seriously which is reflected in the product.

The only food offering is a small deli counter with premium ingredients.

With only two brewpubs to choose from in Madison, this one will be your better pick if beer quality is what you crave.

Update post visit: I also had their amazingly fragrant hoppy pale and an excellent sandwich from their deli. The place also has a West-Coast Choppers feel to it with the industrial decor and two bald dudes (one with a long goatee). Excellent work and worth the visit!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of AtWorsttheBestOf
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of KarlHungus
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Ale Asylum is quickly and easily accessible from I-90/94. The atmosphere is warm, and pleasing. There are a lot of windows letting in light that balances out the more darkly colored interior. I saw no televisions in the bar area which is also nice. All put together Ale Asylum is the kind of place where you end up talking beer with the people next to you.

The beer on my trip were both nice. The hefe was well enough made with enough banana and clove to satisfy my tastes. The Baltic Porter collaboration beer they made with the Wisconsin Brewers Guild was absolutely amazing. It was one of the best I've tasted. I only had time for two beers, but could happily have spent the rest of the day getting to know the other twenty or so of their beers they had on tap.

The food was good. The burger I ordered was cooked properly, and the toppings were well chosen. I would eat there again.

Overall, Ale Asylum is a place I will visit again in the future.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of HazzMatt19
5/5  rDev +22.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of hoosier222002
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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

Photo of SSGCujo
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of BuckyNBeer
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of iRun2Beer
4/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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

Large modern kinda place, tasty food options....multiple tap for all your beer need, some comfortable large/communal tables as well as pleasant out door seating available...good place to go with a group....friendly and professional service, got our group drinks and fed in a very enjoyable manner...well worth a visit if you are in the Madison area.

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Photo of Poloplaya
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

Photo of deereless
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

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Ale Asylum in Madison, WI
3.84 out of 5 based on 5,041 ratings.
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