Satisfaction Jacksin - Ale Asylum

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87
very good

243 Ratings
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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 17
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.25% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: EliteDigger on 10-02-2009

With over 3 pounds of Centennial hops per barrel, this double IPA has a slightly punishing yet entirely pleasing bitterness that dances on the tongue.
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Ratings: 243 | Reviews: 87
Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev +3.6%

From notes on 9/28/13

Pours with almost no head. Very very dark orange color. Nice hoppy taste. Kind of hits your palate hard though. Lots and lots of floral aroma and taste. Most flowery beer I've had.

Photo of martyl1000
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A hazy, amber-rust, with a fast-going head that sticky's up the glass.

A wholly anonymous aroma, quiet, very reserved. I mean it's hard to get anything in the nose. Some wine-like fruit, candy shell. That's about all, folks.

In the mouth the fruit steps forth as navel orange and pineapple, turning to tart lemonade in the middle. White grapefruit rind bitterness in the long finish. A little sweetness lingers. The 8.5% alcohol is there, but not calling attention to itself.

I wish there were more malt, caramel malt would be nice. The sweet fruit provides balancing. I just wish it were more grainy.

Photo of jwc215
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 04/2014:

Pours hazed orange amber with a foamy off-white head that stays. Ample lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus, pine, caramel and black pepper.

The taste is of sweet caramel and resin with medicinal/aspirin-ish bitterness in the finish.

It just hits full-bodied. It is chewy and very smooth with a carbonation level that fits it well.

This is a satisfying DIPA. Appropriately strong with lingering hop bitterness.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mhksuccess for sharing this at dabaloons' tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, citrus zest, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with earth and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some fairly earthy flavors.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ale Asylum Satisfaction Jacksin {sic} Double IPA. Ale Asylum, Madiosn, WI.
Like every Ale Asylum bottle, no information about ABV is included, or even hinted at. It's the Wisconsin way. There is a spot for a "Best Enjoyed By" date, but it is blank. (8.5%, we eventually learned.)

Dark ruby coloration, clear, solid, lasting creamy white head on top.

Aroma: grapefruit rind, lemon and lime. Prickly pine on the side. Pretty nice, so far.

Taste: Hop bomb from the get-go. Medium-bodied. Boldly bitter hoppitude commands the palate. Bright and juicy with plenty of malt to hold it all down. Am I satisfied? Fairly, though not overly. Not as much as the dude on the label illustration, that's for sure.

Hey, what do they tell us on the label, what's the gobbledygook? "Three pounds of centennial hops per barrel give our double IPA a slightly punishing yet entirely pleasing bitterness that dances on the tongue. Satisfaction is brewed with passion and is best enjoyed that way."

It's actually fairly easy-drinking, says this hop-head. Not really punishing. Or am I just jaded?

A good-drinking double IPA, nothing earth-shaking, world-toppling, or regime-changing happening here. Sometimes things work out that way, to our satisfaction, or not.

Photo of wgk
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-24-2012 I said...

This seasonal was better in 2011. The 2012 smell seems the same but the taste and the mouth feel are both less than I remember them being last year. Maybe the new kettles in the new brew place haven't come around yet? This year's batch is really not able to hide the alcohol in the brew flavor and missed the balance that 2011 had, I think. Worse, but not a problem for Ale Asylum or the brew...the retailer jacked the price by $4 a six-pack over other competitors. $15 a six-pack isn't being nice and wouldn't bring back anyone for a second go at this stuff.

See what you think, but don't waste your money...I say there are lots of DIPAs that beat this 2012 batch for the $$.

Today 11/10/2013 I can say...

The 2013 seasonal is really back in tune with what I remember from 2011...very very good. But, the amount of scratch that fell out of my wallet when I bought it at $13/6 pack makes me have to wonder whether or not I REALLY want to buy it again until next season...and I probably won't, totally because of the $.

Also, but not a factor, AA used to use the squat bottles and now long-necks. I absolutely LOVED the way they USED to fill those squat bottles to the very MAX. It must be a $cheap thrill for me, I guess.

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light hazy amber, half finger of off white head

Smell is pine resin, citrus orange and grapefruit, spicy hops, mango, decent malt backing

Taste is orange, resin hops, pine, caramel, bready malt, grapefruit bitterness, herbal spicy hop, a little bit of booze in the finish along with a pine finish.

Mouthfeel is medium full, drying, lingering bitterness

Well it is not my favorite Ale Asylum hop beer.... Which is not saying anything bad.... As I love everything they have in the hop land!

Give it a shot, a bit pricey but I will buy a 6 or 2 every year that if for sure!

Photo of chicano4craft
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip. Reddish with an amber look. Big fluuffy white head. Sticks around for awhile with good lacing.

Very malty nose. Very unexpected. Sweet for an DIPA. Hops are hard to find. They show up in a "off" sort of way. Not quite citrus, but something to that extent.

Taste isn't balanced. But instead of a lean toward the hops like other DIPA's it's all sweet malt. The hops give off a metallic taste. More barleywine than anything. Not what I was looking for.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are average. I'm really disappointed in this beer. From a brewery that does hops exceptionally well I was expecting so much more. I would have settled for a doubled version of Hopalicious. This is the lone disappointment I've had for Ale Asylum. Oh well.

***A friend told me I must have had an old bottle so he gave me a fresh one to try.
Totally different beer! Nice aroma and crisp hop flavors. Pine and citrus with just enough malt to balance. Changed my scores to reflect my second experience. The color even seemed to be clearer with less of an amber color. More dark golden. Drink your IPA's fresh!

Photo of Ri0
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into snifter. best by date of 11-20-13.

A - Hazy dark copper with an off white 1.5 finger head that slowly develops. It does fade into a ring, but leaves a lot of webbed lacing on the glass.

S - Citrus, pine, and floral. Sweetness from the malts, caramel, honey, brown sugar.

T - Bitter pine up front with notes of floral and citrus. It is quickly put aside by a big sweet malt flavor in the middle. Honey, syrup, brown sugar and caramel come in very quickly. There is a light citrus bitter finish. If you are looking for the bitter to take over, this will disappoint.

M - It is a medium to full bodied IIPA with decent carbonation. A slick, yet syrup like feel.

O - This year the bottle will have a best buy date stamped on it about 4 months after bottling. This reminds me of Double Crooked Tree, but not as intense. It does have a bitter front, but it is quickly pushed aside by a massive wave of malt sweetness. You have to really pay attention to notice how bitter it starts, but most people only get the sweetness in the middle. Bought a 6pk for $12.49

Photo of Tuey13
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy amber color with a thick white head approx. 1.5 finger.

Smells very earthy and malty... i can smell the sweetness on the nose, different for most double IPA's... which in my opinion is a good thing I get the pineapple and citrus on the nose as well as some pine of course.

The taste is very bitter up front and then very sweet... i kinda like how this hits with a one two punch. Some may think this is unbalance... while true, it is a refreshing change to have a taste euphoria in my mouth different from the "norm".

I drank these on warm days and cold days and I found the flavors morph as it warms... very interesting. Give this a try, very delicious and interesting.... what we need more of in the beer world.

Cheers all!

Photo of BadgerRedAl
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This brew was much better last year. Very citrus nose and taste, orange mainly. Alot of competing flavors that never really comes together. Is it a DIPA? is it a heavily hopped wheat beer? is it worth 14/6? I'd say no to all. They have a very nice new brewery though, thats worth a tour

Photo of facundoCNB
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a beautiful deep amber in color with a finger of creme colored head. smells malt heavy with a nice tropical smell of hops (pineapple, grapefruit, mango). said hops make this beer not only extremely bitter up front, but hit you right in the cheeks with its sweet tart citrusy hop profile! i know this bottle has a few months on it, i can't imagine it fresh! medium body with moderate carbonation, and very tart on the cheeks!

an excellent unique ipa. the flavor profile is like nothing i have ever had before, and i just realized the abv on this, which you can't taste one bit!

Photo of THANAT0PSIS
2.97/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ale Asylum Satisfaction Jacksin

Appearance: Local Madison favorite Ale Asylum’s IIPA pours a deep, brown tinged, rusty amber. There is a small, one finger of off-white head that disappears quite quickly; better retention would be nice, but the above-average lacing makes up for it. There is also a wealth of sediment, which makes for a very cloudy look. This is a very unique looking IIPA, though the sediment could have been toned down a bit for a cleaner, nicer look.

Aroma: The aroma is extremely fruity, with lots of citrus in the form of oranges, mangoes, and tangerines. Pine is also a component. There are definitely some sweet, caramel malts just behind the fruitiness, which is typical of an IIPA, along with a very nice creaminess, which is not. It is strange, but the aroma really evokes strawberry banana yogurt. That makes very little sense, given that none of those ingredients are in the beer (obviously), but that is what comes through when all the components come together. It’s interesting, to say the least.

Taste: It is hard to know what to make of this. There is a lot going on, but it does not really come together in any appealing way. There is hoppy bitterness in the form of rinds, minimal tangerine, apricot, and oranges, and a touch of malty sweetness that does not align with the color or aroma at all. Some sips even contain a bit of spiciness and yeastiness, due to its unfiltered nature. Whatever it is, it is confusing to the palate, and not really pleasing at all.

Mouthfeel: Here is another miss for this beer… The liquid feels watery and thin, yet oily, and the nearly non-existent carbonation does it no favors. The bitterness is minimally astringent, and there is a minor alcohol warmth at the tail end of each drink; these are the crowning features of the beer, which really does not say much for it. If possible, this is even less pleasing than the taste.

Overall: I do not think it is possible to be as disappointed in a beer as I am in this one. There is nothing really special going on here besides the unusual aroma, the taste never comes together into anything pleasing, and the mouthfeel is borderline offensive. The IIPA is one of my favorite styles, but this was just a complete miss on all fronts. It pains me to knock Ale Asylum, since it is a hometown brewery, but this beer is below average, plain and simple. 12/20

Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle of the new bottling line (it's a long neck) from the new brewery

Looks like a beer. Has a head. Whatever, appearance is over-rated.

Really pungent hop aroma with a caramel-y support from the malt, they combine for a semi-candied orange kinda smell with some pine-y resin thrown in.

Flavor follows aroma. More pine, citrus and caramel with some perfume-y spice.

Goes down smooth, a little too smooth, I was expecting a little more bitterness. It's more bracing than bitter. It does the trick. I like it.

Photo of MeowTom
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a brown with red tinge to the sides and a nice thick creamy head about a inch high but settles to a coating that last the whole time you drink it. Very pretty, my issue is that it is well out of the pale realm and this seams to be a trend with a lot of IPAs and DIPAs, maybe we should start the trend of naming them American Browns, and American Ambers...I don't know just a ramble of thought.

S- A nice wonderful fresh hoppy scent that fills the nose.

T- Not much in the realm of grain flavor, but the hops are nice and really cut through the beer. It's a little lacking in flavor, although the flavor that is there is great.

M- Nice carbonation and a solid mouth feel. I won't say it's a heavy body, but it has it.

O- Well made beer that just is average.

Photo of BasterdInABasket
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into ST Imperial Glass
A- Very hazy and copper in color, specks of sediment on bottom even though its a fresh bottle. pours 1.5 finger off-white head, some ok spotty lacing, and retention. Not the prettiest looking DIPA.
S- A lot of maltiness, caramel mostly, the citrus is pretty nice, some orange, a low-key hoppiness.
T- Dominant caramel malt sweetness, a lot of orange. pine and citrusy flavors go along nicely, some hoppy bitterness but not nearly enough, the flavors that are there are good but doesn't have that typical DIPA bite to it
M- Smooth and full body, almost no carbonation, slightly oily, drinkable for a DIPA
O- Defintely a different kind of DIPA. Im a fan of their other hopped up beers. This is missing that big bite I look for in a DIPA. The bitterness is not even "slightly punishing" as the label suggests.

Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a muddy looking brownish copper color with an off white head on top. The smell of the beer was full of hoppy aromas and hints of sweet malt. The taste of the beer gives off a healthy amount of hop bitterness that gives off essence of pine and grapefruit. The mouthfeel of this beer is on the thicker side, slightly oily with a moderate carbonation level. Overall this is a pretty solid beer, I can't find too much to complain about other than it's appearance. Still very drinkable and worth trying.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Amber with orange highlights, one finger of cream colored head that sticks around for a minute or so and leaves behind some decent lacing.

S, T. Heavy sweet caramel malt, pine resin bite and floral / herbal garnishes all over the place. A very malt-forward IPA.

M. Lightly carbonated, heavier side of medium thickness.

For my tastes in an IPA, this one is far too unbalanced towards sweetness...but that's just my opinion. If you like IPAs to be really sweet, than you should try this one.

Photo of biker30x
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a pilsner.

An orange hazy beer with an orange-ish head that faded quickly & left heavy lacing.

Orange & cardamom in the nose and all over the body. Slightly thinner in flavor & mouthfeel than many DIPAs, but overall a very drinkable beer with a unique but pleasant taste & an interesting finish. Oh, and the hops...piny, prickly and satisfyingly sharp, a DIPA worth seeking out.

Photo of jmarsh123
2.87/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark orange with a 1 finger off white head fading quickly leaving decent lacing.

Smells of slight caramel and equal balance of pine and floral hops.

Starts out with a little floral bitterness. A bit of sweet caramel takes over in the middle. Finishes slightly bitter with some pine hops.

Mouthfeel is a touch on the light side with medium carbonation.

Not really that great. A bit thin and too sweet for a DIPA.

Photo of kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Half Acre tulip.

A- Nice caramel with a 2 finger off-white head. Lots of spotty lacing remain on the glass.

S- Biscuit and some sweet malts. Lots of pine and floral hop aromas.

T- Nice caramel malt body with slight bready/biscuity taste. Actually get some slight citrus notes, but still dominated by spicy,herbal, pine hop bitterness.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Although this beer is fairly bitter it doesn't have a dry finish or lingering aftertaste.

O- This beer grows on you as you drink it. First sip wasn't too impressed, but after a few drinks I noticed this beer is a little more balanced than first thought.

Photo of ncketchum
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sierra Nevada imperial pint glas

A - pours a cloudy, almost milky dark orange. An aggressive pour results in about a half finger of white head which fades quickly, leaving a bit of lacing.

S - hoppy, citrusy -orange, grapefruit,

T - hops dominate, little bit of citrus, ending with a bit of sweet carmel in the end

M - thick, chewy, not much carbonation, not much alcohol noted

O - this is a nice, drinkable DIPA, which hides the alcohol well. A good offering from Ale Asylum, I could easily put a few of these down

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out the usual orange and copper color, about 1/2" of head to it, decent retention for a dipa. Sweet aroma, lots of caramel, hops aren't super fresh, but there's hops there.

Taste, again, more sweetness, caramel, the hops aren't really impressive in this beer, they lend themselves to create more of a citrus sweetness than anything, thankfully, not just a ridiculously bitter dipa, this one does incorporate a little bit of the tropical fruit sweetness, but not in the really good way like beers like Oracle, Double Jack or Lagunitas Sucks do in the upper echelon of style for tropical sweetnessy type of hop mouthfeel.

Kind of more reminiscient of Myrcenary than anything, which is to say it was pretty sweet and syrupy at times, but an overall enjoyable experience.

Photo of david131
2.99/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice hazy orange liquid with a thin white head that leaves some nice lacing. Rather robust looking.

S- Steamed vegetables, butter, pine, and a touch of citrus. Not really what I look for in the style.

T- Earth, pine, citrus rind, some vegetables and butter.

M- Lightly carbonated. A slightly dry, earthy, and bitter finish.

O- A bit earthy and carmely for my taste.

Photo of jegross2
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Satisfaction Jacksin from Ale Asylum. Yes, I spelled that right.
Score: 83

2011 bottle served in a snifter. Why a snifter? Well, the Old Fashioned apparently does not have tulip, Duvel, or Sam Adams glasses (see my Hop Whore review), and the pint glass does very little for the aroma.

Appearance: Pours one-half finger of creamy head (maybe this is low, as it was poured into an undersized snifter) that quickly dissipates into a thin ring around the glass. Translucent dark copper color. Below average lacing. 3/5

Smell: Very fruit. Tropical citrus hops. Lightly tart and very floral. A little apple/apple juice. Hints of booziness. 3.5/5

Taste: Heavy, earthy centennial hops hit right away. Much more earthy and less citrusy than expected. Gets a bit astringent as it layers. A little tangy. There is some brief caramel-malty sweetness on the mid-palate, but the earthy hops feels very heavy on the tongue, and that is overpowering the rest of the flavors. Beer finishes, and lingers, with earthy bitterness. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a low amount of carbonation that makes the earthy bitterness of the beer sit heavy, rather than pop, on the tongue. Under-carbonated for an IPA, in my opinion. Finishes bone-dry and bitter. 3.5/5.

Overall: A decent, but nothing special double IPA. I'd drink it again, but wouldn't seek it out.

Recommendation: Casual beer drinkers probably won't like the heavy bitterness of the beer, and beer geeks can safely avoid this one without missing much.

Pairings: Earthy, grass-fed hamburgers with olive-oil fries.

Cost: $3.25 for a 12 oz at the bar, $14.99 for a six pack.

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Satisfaction Jacksin from Ale Asylum
87 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.