Satisfaction Jacksin - Ale Asylum

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Reviews: 88
Hads: 243
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 6.83%
Wants: 17
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Ale Asylum visit their website
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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Photo of nppeders
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance - orange, crimson, hazy, not much head, lacing okay.

smell - very citrusy, caramel malts, and floral hops. Smells like Centennial hops

taste - malty, caramel, citrus and piney hops. Tastes like Centennial hops.

mouthfeel - very low carbonation, more carbonation would really help the hops pop more.

overall - kindof uninspired. Nothing great, yet nothing too offensive. Seems like the hop profile could be a little more complex for such a good beer. (469 characters)

Photo of BadgerRedAl
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
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 (286 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (1,049 characters)

Photo of Strix
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark orange, good initial head.

Lots of caramel malt, some floral hops.

Very sweet --- caramel and toffee are up front, slight floral and muted pine hop notes. Verging on too buttery when cold, but this improved as it warmed.

Viscous mouthfeel.

This was just fine, but wasn't really what excites me in a DIPA. (319 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of vande
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, dark amber in color..to the point where its almost a sunset orange..

S: Light aroma of orange peel, grapefruity hops...

T: Not as hoppy as I'd expected... a little bit of Tanginess... again, the hops are not as present as I would have originally thought... not sure how old the bottle, not necessarily flat..more mellow I guess...

M: Creamy, nice feeling beer..

O: I like Ale Asylum. This is a decent beer..nothing worth going well out of your way for, but a decent drinking brew... So many DIPAs out there though... (529 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, medium amber color with a heavy ring of peripheral off-white bubbles. Light lacing remains and a few specks of yeast sediment are seen at the bottom of the glass.

S: Aggressive hops convey mixed citrus qualities in the nose that are joined by less potent herbaceous and earthy smells. Nothing really says malt in the smell, although a suggestion of sweetness to come is transmitted. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins sweet, with acidic and lively grapefruit citrus aromatics that are more intense than they are interesting. As the early assault of hop flavors relent, soft and mild bready malt emerges in the brief middle. The finish is moderately bitter, somewhat herbaceous but otherwise clean. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, sticky and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Intense but simplistic, this beer is a mixed bag of style-appropriate, if not particularly memorable, flavors. It would likely seduce only the newly-converted hop-head. Think of it as training wheels for the top tier DIPAs. (1,101 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper color brew with a two finger head that dissipated slowly and left some okay lacing behind. Transparent beer.

S - Citrus hops, but not grapefruit. Lot of sweet malts and caramel in there. Slight bit of lemon zest, although I wouldn't say it smells lemony.

T - Fairly sweet, hops are quite muted for something that is DIPA. A little bitter, but mostly this is just a sweet IPA that is a bit thick with the caramel malts.

M - Syrupy, medium bodied, solid dose of carbonation.

D - Pretty easy to get down, probably the best characteristic of this beer other than the smell. It's okay, wouldn't turn it down, but wouldn't seek it out. (645 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap @ Brickhouse BBQ

A: Served in a shaker pint with just the slightest surface coating of off-white head. Beer itself is deep caramel brown in color. There is minimal lacing

S: Sweet caramel malt with some pine and citrus.

T: Damn, this one has some serious caramel malt. A bit of orange and some faint hops try to cut through the malt, but sweet malt is the dominant flavor here. Moderate bitterness. Lingering malt finish.

M: On the heavier side of medium with a good dose of residual maltiness in the mouth. Lower carb level. Alcohol shows through as a bit of heat.

D: An average, rather malt centric and sweetish tasting DIPA that is not to my liking. Not necessarily difficult to drink, just not my preferred expression of the style. (750 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (777 characters)

Photo of in780
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle given to me by my bro in law...thanks Matt. Into a pint glass. Here we go:

A - Amber color with visible yeast, slight head. Looks pretty.

S - Equal between sweet and hops

T - Plenty of hops but balanced. Alcohol is a little evident but not overpowering. Aftertaste is on the bitter side

M - A little thinner than most DIPAs I've had

D - Goes down fine, but one is plenty

OK, not at the top of my list to seek out again (437 characters)

Photo of jegross2
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (1,638 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of crewfan16
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

picked up the last time i went through madison for $10 a sixer. Didnt seem like too bad of a deal for a DIPA

a- pours a darkish ruby color with hints of straw along the edges. just a slight white head rises and falls pretty quickly.

s- tons of citrus, grapefruit maybe. quite a bit of caramel sweetness as well. average for a DIPA, but nothing too crazy

t- starts out a little sweet with the citrus again, then gets almost astringent with resin and bitterness. finishes with lots of malt and sweetness and a bit of caramel

m- carbonation seems a little light. finishes bitter and a bit dry. mouthfeel is nice and coating. not boozy at all

overall, just an average DIPA. that strange astringent flavor just throws it off for me. Not bad, but not up there in the top brews of the style. (790 characters)

Photo of bonk0076
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish brown cloudy color with a magnificent tan head that leaves a nice sticky lacing. Aroma of pine and citrus notes, with subtle floral and caramel scents beneath it. Taste is dominated by the bitterness of hops, with very little sweetness to balance it. Slightly watery mouthfeel. (298 characters)

Photo of klikger
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (848 characters)

Photo of BasterdInABasket
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (849 characters)

Photo of biker30x
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (745 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby red pour with a whispy head

Scents of mild citrus on a bed a caramel

Tastes of smokey malts with a hint of citric orange hops. Rather simplistic actually. Alcohol heat punches through in the end.

Prickly carbonation seals the deal.

Drinkable, but not particularly memorable. Price makes this harder to take. (317 characters)

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (2,043 characters)

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into English pint.

A- Pours a deep ruby red with a slight haze to it and isn't completely transparent. Pours a half finger of head that dissipates quickly but leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S- Big amounts of hops and malt at the forefront. A little bit of tropical fruit and a bunch of pine. A good sweetness from the malt and a little grass on the end.

T- The malt is much more pronounced in the taste and the hops seem to be more balanced. There is a sweetness to the beer and goes well with the tropical fruits. Like the nose, there is a definite grassy tone but overall well balanced.

M- Medium to full bodied that lacks a big hop bite like I was hoping for. Almost a chewy beer that is a little dry on the finish.

D- Decent beer that has nice balance but nothing really sticks out with it. There was no dating on the bottle so there is a chance that the hops aren't as present because of it. I guess I will never know so this is what I have to go by. (986 characters)

Photo of chicano4craft
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
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! (1,104 characters)

Photo of Axic10
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (489 characters)

Satisfaction Jacksin from Ale Asylum
83 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.