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Satisfaction Jacksin - Ale Asylum

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93 Reviews
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Reviews: 93
Hads: 264
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 22.1%
Wants: 18
Gots: 22 | 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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Photo of amphion1065
2.34/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle into a CBC pint. Thanks htomsirveaux! Reviewed from notes.

Pours a fairly dark shade of tangerine with beautiful clarity. A creamy, one-finger white head has great retention, thought there's unfortunately only minor lacing.

Very strong hop presence in the nose. A lot of citrus fruits here, namely papaya and mango. On the sweeter side, there's come malt for counterbalance. However, there's also a very clear band-aid aroma that's quite unpleasant.

The taste largely follows the aroma, though there's significantly more malt. Lots of citrus fruit notes up front, but that bizarre medicinal, antiseptic flavor is too strong to ignore. Some bready malt, but for the most part it's just very sweet. Astringent soapiness in the finish.

Same deal with the taste. Big citrus fruit, but that medicinal sting is brutal. Malty as all get out. Some bread. Astringent soapiness.

Mouthfeel is on the flat side, to the extent that this just seems syrupy. Not the easiest DIPA to drink.

I have to wonder how old this bottle was, but in any event this was substandard. Some decidedly off flavors at work.

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Photo of suncrust
2.69/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

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Photo of cavedave
2.77/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark bronze, thick and cloudy, topped by a finger of beige head that is slow to go. Slathers of lace cling like crazy climbers.

Not much aroma, perhaps a bit of caramel and pine, even lighter grass and citrus.

Lotta pine in front of the sip, then some vegetal and dank, some caramel and bready sweet, ending with the sweet getting a bit syrupy and some deep pine bitter resin kicking in. Very unbalanced, and not that tasty, not that clean, and lacking artistry.

Despite the thick look, and extreme hopping, it is less viscous than many IIPA, and has a finish that is not clean, and less than optimal in all other ways.

This is a slap in the face without dexterity, and a form made without craft nor balance. Not recommended.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.87/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

A- Burnt-orange with a 1 finger tan head that lingers and leaves nice lacing.

S- Smells of sweet malts, that's it.

T- Carmel, hop acid, no bitterness

D- Drinks almost too easily, more on the bland side. Age of this bottle may be in question.

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2.97/5  rDev -19.9%
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

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Photo of mikereaser
2.97/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 12/13/09

A - Pours a cloudy chestnut brown with just a layer of fine bubbles on the surface

S - citrus hops with a malty backbone, orange & lemon & grapefruit aromas

T - light malt base, some citrus hops, bitter finish

M - good carbonation but a sort of metallic bite to it

D - not bad, but the metallic taste keeps me from wanting another

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Photo of david131
2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of RHCP313
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint. No Bottled On Date visible.

Playing: The Black Keys–Brothers

A: Pours a dark honey amber with some gold and ruby highlights when held to the light. A relatively thick ring of eggshell head follows the pour but dissipates, leaving some immediate lace sticking to the sides of my pint. Hazy with slow carbonation showing.

S: First smells are juicy, citrusy hops. Some tropical fruit fills the nose, almost artificial reminiscent of Starburst candy. Some sweet malt coming through and maybe a little heat. A really nice smelling beer.

T: Unfortunately, the details in the nose are not coming through on flavor. Pretty thin overall taste, with lemon and tart fruit supported by a malt backbone you kind of have to search for. Slightly bitter, but a little disappointing for a DIPA recipe that claims three pounds of Centennial hops per barrel.

M: I was worried about this at the pour. Thin, and barely carbonated. A slick, watery mouthfeel makes me wonder if I picked up an old or loosely capped bottle.

O: Damn. Ale Asylum is definitely one of my favorite up-and-coming breweries and I really don't feel like Satisfaction Jacksin stands up to the other quality brews I've had by them. Something just doesn't seem right. The only thing that seemed to shine was the nose, and the rest fell flat...literally. I'll definitely keep drinking Ale Asylum, but I'll wait to try this again until it's fresh on draft somewhere.

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Photo of samie85
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of MeowTom
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big beer. But it's more like just adding a load a hops and not tuning the mix to work together. I agree with the first part of the description but not the last. Pours with a medium sized off white head and good lace. Color is a clear medium amber. Aroma is very hoppy and a little malt. Flavor is like aroma. Finish is like flavor. Just a big hoppy beer with some malt. And a little booze. I like a lot of their others much more.

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Photo of Axic10
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice copper pour with a medium sized white head. Really nice lacing that sticks to the glass.
Smell has citrusy hop aroma up front and then the malty sweetness after. Flavor is similar to the smell; hop flavor and then the sweetness. Maybe a little sweeter than some double IPAs I've had. I really love Ale Asylum but was somewhat disappointed with this overally sweet IIPA.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle dated 1/19/2016. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark mahogany-copper body, two finger white head, nice lacing. Smells primarily of toasted malt, a bit of peppery spice, some pine, mildly metallic smell. I'm not sure that I would have been able to distinguish this as a double IPA versus a hoppy dubbel. Flavour is similarly muddled; lots of sweet caramel, peppery yeast, a fair amount of pine on the end. Sure, this doesn't have a lot of clove or banana, but aside from that I have to think it's basically a hoppy dubbel. The aromatic hops don't come out like it should. Moderate, non-descript, slightly resinous bitterness on the finish. Good body, not syrupy but medium, good carbonation; the aftertaste is fairly bitter resin and spices. I wonder if the yeast used to make this had some Belgian influence, and it wouldn't surprise me given they enjoy using Belgian yeast in a lot of beers, e.g. Bedlam. That being said, this is fairly average for a double IPA and is too sweet and peppery for my tastes.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of chicano4craft
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
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!

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of biker30x
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of BasterdInABasket
3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
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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Photo of klikger
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of crewfan16
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of bonk0076
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Satisfaction Jacksin from Ale Asylum
84 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.