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Ale Asylum

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3.83/5
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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
Reviews:
1,281
Ratings:
5,090
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.12/5
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
206
pDev:
9.22%
 
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Reviews by ericfb18:
Photo of ericfb18
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Visited while on a business trip to Madison...

Unusual location in some sort of a strip mall. Decent atmosphere...visited on a Wednesday and had to wait a few minutes for a seat at the bar...dining room was empty. Did not try the food, but it seemed to be all prepared...no kitchen, only a toaster oven.

As for the beer, I ordered a few samplers consisting of Hopalicious, Ambergeddon, Mercy Grand Cru, Diablo, Tripel Nova and Happy Ending...all pretty good beers. Ended up taking a six pack of Hopalicious back to NJ. Their Ballistic IPA was not available during my visit, but hear great things about it. Wish I would have had the time to try the Big Slick Stout.

The two bartenders working seemed to know their stuff, but service lacked a bit...took awhile to get a beer.

Overall a good place to get some Wisconsin beers, and would visit again...everything reasonably priced, especially coming from a NJ cost mentality.

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Photo of Redrover
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

My wife & I stopped by for dinner and beers during a recent foray into Madison.

This is a pretty impressive spot. They did a nice job fitting and inviting bar into the production brewery.

The bar/restaurant space is large. As you enter you wills see the long bar straight ahead. The barroom has lots of tables including some ones for large groups. There is also another room that was hosting a large group while we were there. The rooms are airy with some neat use of pallets for decoration. It had a nice conversational buzz during happy hour.

The service was decent and friendly. We sat at the bar and had two different tenders that kept up with beer and food orders.

They had about 20 house beers on tap including regulars, and specials. Specials that I recall included a session APA, two barrel aged stouts (Russian and Belgian styles), double IPAs, etc. We liked everything that we had.

The food was decent with the highlight being a really good beer cheese sausage soup.

I will be making a return visit as it is an easy stop on our way out of town.

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Photo of AtWorsttheBestOf
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of KarlHungus
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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 +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of HazzMatt19
5/5  rDev +21.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of hoosier222002
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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

Photo of SSGCujo
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of BuckyNBeer
3.75/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of iRun2Beer
4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Billolick
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
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 +6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of pkeating59
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Rilesmiles
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

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

Photo of oldmanirish
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of CoreyC
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of davillanx
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Lesingnon
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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4.45/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of rossracing
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

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3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4

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4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of redgorillabreath
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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Ale Asylum in Madison, WI
Brewery rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 5,090 ratings
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