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Satisfaction Jacksin - Ale Asylum

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86
very good

242 Ratings
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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
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: 242 | Reviews: 87
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Photo of blackearth
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Ale Asylum in Madison, WI. Pours a ruby red body with a thick off white head that falls to a cap. Aroma is all hops - with smells of pine needles, citrus and astringency mixed together. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with the hops dominating the flavor. The malts are somewhere in there, but barely detectable to me. An okay beer, but nothing too special.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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 cokes
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a burnt polished copper with a thick and lasting dome of tan froth above that leaves the sides of the glass positively filthy.
The nose is greeted with a multi-faceted (if not overtly loud) hop persona. Equal parts woody, piney, peppery, and tropical fruity. Malt gives a mainstay of toasty caramel and grain.
Toastier than expected as it hits the tongue. Malt is big here with roasted nuts, caramel, toasted grains, and near Barleywine-esque notes of sherry and dates and figs. Hops ooze in, first with an awkward, powdered pill-like astringency, then broader and more confident with apricot juiciness, pine resin tackiness, wood pulp earthiness, orange peel zestiness, peppery pepperiness, and rose petal floral-...uh...-ness, and a steady minerality. Hop flavor is broad and deep, but the overall bitterness is "only" moderate, mostly due to the unyielding malts. Alcohol is notable, and brings a resurgence of sherry note on the close, with a touch of heat this time.
Full bodied, though somewhat lightened with a steady, percolating, tiny-grained CO2 bead. It carries a strange sense of being both heavier and lighter than it actually is.
It drinks pretty large. I would have guessed the ABV to be 10%+ until I was told otherwise. It seems at times like a cross between a barleywine and a DIPA. The malt balance works with the array of hop flavors, but the lack of a defined bitterness might dissuade some that strictly want unadulterated hops.
More than anything, though, this makes me salivate about thinking of the prospect of a barleywine from Ale Asylum. Seems like a perfect mid-winter seasonal. How about it guys?

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

Enjoyed at Pizza Plant Transit, This one is all malts and bitterness, fortunately both are tasty and balance themselves, so decent beer for the style. Passable appearance, aroma, mouthfeel.
Bottle at The Bomb Shelter 15 months later was just as good.

Photo of augustgarage
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to northyorksammy for the box of Wisconsin! Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head oversnized snifter.

Flame/tenné liquid with a very slight off-white collar in the glass. No real lacing or legs. Poor retention.

Fruity, peppery, citrus-laden hop notes in the nose with hints of capsicum and caramel.

Dark malty palate entry suggests caramel, toast, and maybe a kiss of rye. Moderate bitterness comes through on the mid-palate, though the hop flavors, while lasting, are unfocused. Herbal, earthy, peppery finish with maybe a touch of diacetyl in the aftertaste.

Medium-light bodied, slick and vaguely oily yet somehow watery mouthfeel with low carbonation.

Unique, but not entirely satisfactory example of the style.

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, scooped a sixer somewhere

spelling optional!

appearance: served in a unmarked chalice, nice dark amber body, big frothy beige cap with strong lacing

smell: nicely hopped - fruit punch, sticky pine, juicy citrus, noticeable caramel malt body

taste: had a growler of this a while back when it was first released and remember liking but not loving - thats pretty consistent with my opinion of the bottled release as well but this is still a very nice offering. the hop profile is nice, and actually differs a bit from the other hoppers in the lineup...well rounded spicy pine, tropical fruit, and citrus zest. the thick caramel malt base forms a nice balance. if i concentrate hard enough, i can taste Hawaiian Punch

mouthfeel: relatively low bitterness, great balance

drinkability: quite enjoyable

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Ale Asylum (Madison, WI) on 8/9/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear copper, topped with a thin covering of slightly off-white head. This retains with a thinner looking creamy richness that leaves some thick swathes of lace behind which hang down the sides with a sticky look. The aroma has some rather big malt character going on with it but the hops are equally huge as well, with some tangy sweet notes of pineapple and apricot, while more bitter grapefruit comes out along the back. Pine and spice add some sharpness to this but it's mostly coming off as overall sweet and sticky in the nose.

Caramel, bread, and tropical fruit all form a thick backbone of sweetness in the taste, which is more than up to the challenge of balancing the hops. Speaking of which, this possesses a big bite of spice and bitter grapefruit that leaves dry earth and lingering resins in the backend. This finishes with a more moderate dryness, as some residual sweetness makes itself know as well. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied and this thankfully has a nice easy smoothness to the carbonation despite the bigger feel on this. Some of the ABV is definitely felt in the body but I'm happy to report that I'm not really picking up any actual alcohol flavor at all.

There's a lot of "largeness" going on with DIPA in both the malt and hops department but fortunately the great feel on this helps save the day, keeping this flowing readily and not allowing any of that big ABV to hang around for too long.

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured In: Tulip Glass
Purchased At: Steve's Liquor (Madison, WI)

I'm a big fan of Ale Asylum. Hopalicious is an incredible beer and Ballistic was on its tail. When I heard about an IIPA from Ale Asylum my eyes lit up.

Appearance: Pours a very deep fire hued amber color. It looks rather similar to Surly Furious. A finger of head sits at the top of my glass, but it dissipates pretty quickly. A few sheets of lacing at the top of the glass.

Smell: As soon as I cracked open the bottle I took a whiff. The centennial hops poured out. I poured it into my tulip glass and started jotting down my appearance notes. I came back to the smell, and took a whiff. The hops seem to have left my glass. Well, not entirely, but it's no longer overwhelming which I would suspect from an IIPA. It's a fight between sweet malt and citrus hops, but I wish it was a little more one sided.

Taste: I must be crazy, right? An IIPA but Ale Asylum, and it's not living up to the expectations of an IIPA. The taste unveils, as the nose did, a fight between malt and hops. The malt tastes sweet and bread-like. The hops are citrus, wielding notes of grapefruit and orange peel. It leaves a bitter aftertaste, but nothing out of line. Some hop oils are coating my teeth, gums and tongue. The aftertaste is more grapefruit from those centennial hops. The slightly high ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: The beer hits the tongue unleashing a crisp kick of carbonation. A medium bodied beer, presenting just a dab of chewiness.

Drinkability: A bit of a let down to be honest. I'd take a Hopalicious over this any day. Sure, I know Hopalicious is categorized as an APA, but it's far from it. It's definitely an IPA, and it has the hop character to be an IIPA, but not the malt characteristics. This is a good beer, but I wouldn't pick this up again. There are better IIPA's available around Wisconsin to make this take a back seat. And given the price of this, it wouldn't end up in my crate again, even if it became a regular offering. I still love Ale Asylum though.

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish orange, thick sheets of lacing in a goblet. Good retention, thick ring at the edge with an island cluster of bubbles in the center.

Sweet tropical aroma, orange rind, vague caramel malt, and lots of pineapple flavor. Resiny and bitter, more sweet though, with a lingering cantaloupe fruitiness and some dryness from the alcohol. Full bodied, creamy feel, with a lighter heft than most DIPA's. Really enjoy the tropical flavors, though it didn't make as big as an impression as Ballistic.

Thanks Andy for tossing me an extra of this!

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

In honor of the Badgers Rose Bowl trip, I cracked open an Ale Asylum out of Madison, WI. Appearance was an intriguing dirty amber. You could actually see bits of yeast in the glass! Aroma & flavor was surprisingly dominated by the malts. Hops was secondary followed by crisp pine, orange, grapefruit, and an alcohol hint.

Great drinkability but a bit lacking in hops & body for a DIPA. For $3 a bottle, I'm on the fence about picking this up again.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. No date or info.

A - A patient pour brought about an incredibly dense light toffee-colored head with great retention. As it went down it left rings of thick lacing on the glass. The color is a slightly hazy rich ruby red with a copper hue to it.

S - The aroma is full of fresh, hoppy goodness. Lots of floral, pine, and grapefruit notes with an earthy malt backbone. Some sweet honey and caramel in the background too. Good nose but not very dynamic.

T - The earthy flavors really come out strong in the taste. The malts have a sweet quality about them with a light honey dab. and the hops pack a pine-needle punch. A small note of nuttiness lingers modestly while the finish demands your attention with a bitter and citric zest.

M - The bitter, dry finish is nicely juxtaposed to the smooth feel of this beer. Medium-full bodied and well balanced.

D - Not incredibly diverse in it's presentation but a good Double IPA nonetheless. Simple yet good but possibly cloying, it's another nice Ale Asylum brew.

Photo of suncrust
2.69/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured to a tulip glass.

A- Poured a pumpkin honey gold, reddish amber hue. Medium carbonation with a bubbly head that left behind a little lacing.

S- Clean hop aroma, citrus, orange peels and a kind of light spicy tone. Small trace of pineapple. As it warmed, aromas of biscuit and pizza dough started to come out.

T- Spicy bite and a dark, heavy aftertaste. Drinks like a shortbread cookie with a touch too much baking soda. Oddly, the aftertaste reminded me a lot of Fruity Pebbles cereal- sweet and sugary. Biscuity malts and cereal are the dominant characteristics amidst a light hop bitterness that can be felt in the back of the throat. Overall, mellower in the hop profile than expected. Much sweeter cold and as it warmed, the baking soda bitterness dominated the palate.

MF- Left a oily coat on the mouth. Not a very clean beer to drink. Aggressive and unbalanced.

O- Unbalanced and a bit off. Lacking a quality hop profile and the malt flavors just don't seem fresh. An absence of drinkability and I felt like they were almost trying too hard to make something bold. Smell was the best part of this one.

Photo of jegross2
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of THANAT0PSIS
2.97/5  rDev -22.9%
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 jmarsh123
2.87/5  rDev -25.5%
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 Axic10
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade with BarrytheBear.

Appearance: Pours a dark murky amber with a half finger of head.

Smell: Grapefruit, pineapple and slight mango with a strong aroma of malt.

Taste: Really malty with not as much hops as I'd think for a DIPA. Tasty malt flavor with a tinge of hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and decent carbonation

Drinkability: Glad I got to try but definitely nothing that I'd seek out again nor could I drink a lot of.

Photo of Ri0
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Casey10
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aquired as a extra from a great trader.

A - nice almost dark ruby red like pour with a nice 1 finger head that lasted for quite some time.

S - Detect slight pine, small ammount of cituis as well.

T - grapefuit, some pine nothing overwhelming though.

M - Leaves a small tart feel once consumed

D - Good brew, above average would choose this again but not seaching it out either.

Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip.

A: Pours a clear, deep, tarnished copper color with 1 1/4 fingers of extremely creamy, eggshell colored foam. Retention was excellent and whole sheets of sticky lace were left behind.

S: Typical Centennial mixture of resinous pine and juicy pineapple. A fleeting touch of mango leads into sweet caramel, brown sugar, and tangerines.

T: Freshly squeezed pine oils and pineapple (with maybe a hint of mango?) with some dry, toasted malt. Caramel, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cut grass, tangy citrus, and more pine come on strong during the long finish.

M: Pretty right on mix of spicy, sticky, and peppery hops with sweet, juicy tropical fruit. Resinous pine sap and sweet fruit with a dash of white pepper during the dry finish.

D: This is a damn near sessionable DIPA. Good thing this is "only" 8.25%, because this could get you into trouble, right quick!

Photo of levifunk
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - darker orange brown. small peach colored head that dies down quick.

s - smells isnt that strong. hops. some sweetness.

t - pine hops, not too much bitterness. grapefruit. some malts. its good, but I can't help but feel there is a void. that being said, it hides the 8.5% very well.

m - solid body with good carbonation. some syrupy stickiness. great mouthfeel.

o - its a good brew. I would recommend picking this up and giving it a try.

Photo of jwc215
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
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 samie85
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a deep caramel mahogany color with a glistening two finger, light tan, pillowy head.

S-Pine and pineapple with some mango and deep caramel malt notes.

T-Strong bitter pine with a little bit of piney hops and some caramel malt with a drying, bitter finish.

M-Pretty effervescent and well carbonated with medium body and a drying mouthfeel.

D-Pretty high considering ABV but I was hoping for a little more from this one. It's a really pine forward and dry IIPA, so those wary of such beers would be wise to avoid this one.

Photo of BadgerRedAl
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
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 klikger
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle(s) served in a tulip glass

A - Coloring is dark amber. There's a minuscule amount of head, but pretty nice lacing.

S - Floral and citrus hops with some caramelized sugars.

T - Very malty up front, with beet sugars and a hint of toffee. This sweetness dominates throughout, despite a late appearance by a fair amount of citrusy hops.

M - Medium to heavy bodied for a DIPA; more than a little under-carbonated.

D - Although the ABV is low enough (for the style) to positively impact quaffability, this beer is unbalanced on the sugary side, which discourages me from having too much.

This is a solid DIPA, but it's not up to Ale Asylum's standards, in my opinion. I'll enjoy a sixer on an annual basis to see if anything has changed, but, in the meanwhile, I'll be hoping that the brewer has a different imperial IPA in the works.

Photo of BasterdInABasket
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Satisfaction Jacksin from Ale Asylum
86 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.