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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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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 Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (250 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 Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
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! (548 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,519 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to brian23456 for this extra in a recent trade. Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip glass. No obvious born-on date.

A - Pours with a finger of late rising slightly yellowed foam that recedes to a thin cap and leaves some attractive lacing. Pretty dark and murky, even for a DIPA - verges on cherry brown.

S - A mix of citrus zest, spiciness, and a bit of earth. There's a touch of alcohol present. The malt character is quite restrained, so I'm guessing this is fairly fresh, and consists of some brown sugar and bread. I wish the hops character had a little more sweetness to it.

T - The taste has more malt character, with some nice brown sugar and caramel notes - I can see this developing into a nice American barleywine down the road. The hops are still pretty pervasive, and the earthy and spicy elements take center stage, which is surprising considering the bottle mentions the copious amount of Centennial hops used. I got a little more citrus as the beer warmed up. Bitterness is present, but not over the top.

M - It's a touch too carbonated for my liking, with some harsher burning sensations instead of a pleasant tingle. Body is sticky and medium in density - fairly appropriate for the style. There's some definite warmth after half a bottle.

D - I'd never heard of this beer, but it was pretty good! It seems to verge on Rye PA territory with the spiciness, and it disappoints a touch in regard to the label's description. Still, I'd drink it again if I were in Madison and needed a hop fix. (1,510 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (1,248 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, burgandy tone. Tight off white cap. Lacing comes in evenly spaced rings. Rich caramel malt tones on the nose with hops punctuating with piney and resiny notes. Flavor follows suit with a nicely balanced DIPA. Caramel and toffee malt base with herbal, resiny, piney and tropical hop tones. What's maybe missing a little bit in this DIPA is a pronounced bitterness. It's there, but lighter than I'd expect from a DIPA (and the neck label). Body is medium-full. And the carbonation is spot on. Quite enjoyable. (513 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
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. (258 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 dirtylou
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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 (814 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 cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome extra sent from BarrytheBear!

A-pours a dark mahogony red, hazed but tranparent, tons of creamy off white to light tan head with tons of lacing from big hop presence.

S-big time burnt caramel, notes of cooked brown sugar, pine takes over, juicy citrus hops lighter in the back.

T-the taste has a solid balance, big time malt presence, toasted, slightly burnt brown sugar, sweet caramel, tons of pine comes in, juicy citric hop, resignous and minerally, moderate lingering bitterness.

M-medium to full body, quite syrupy and creamy texture, moderate carbonation to balance, wet and juicy throughout.

D-tasty imperial IPA, good balance, works very well together and nice level of bitterness to keep enjoyable but still show the strong hop presence. (759 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Auburn colored...muddied...minimal head

S-Barleywinesque with the strong toffeeish maltiness...rustic hop presence..

T-Pretty balanced but maltier than hoppier....reminds again of a BW with the caramel/toffee malt load and the woodsy/rustic hoppiness. Nice flavor.

M-Full bodied...creamy texture...not much bitterness on the finish.

D-A nice enjoyable beer. Not much of a DIPA but a nice beer none-the-less (412 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one!

(A)- Pours a clear reddish caramel colored amber. Produced a decent tan colored head with decent retention.

(S)- A dry yet fresh citrus body of pineapple and lime. Bits of a piney woodiness at the end.

(T)- A good dry yet caramel-like maltiness up front that flows into a great creamy pine and pineapple citrus.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Malty? Yes. Hoppy? For sure. What I like about this is its balance of malt sweetness and hops. Superbly balanced and doesnt melt your palate in a huge IBU level like some DIPA's are these days.

(D)- A solid DIPA with a smooth, crisp, and creamy profile. A great and refreshing take on a style where bigger IBU often means better. A superb balance. Very much fits the style, but is a smoother, sessionable take on the style at the same time. Further proof that the west coast is not the only place who knows hops; the midwest can too! (994 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (429 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 gford217
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of Frankenbrew.

Pours very dark for a DIPA. It's a translucent amber with a small thick beige head that recedes to a bubbly collar and leaves excellent lacing.

The aroma is excellent with a big juicy citrus hop presence up front - oranges and grapefruits. There is some sweet caramel malts and a hint of pine resin.

The taste is just as good and very well balanced. There is plenty of sweet juicy citrus with oranges taking the lead but the malts are hefty and lead to a slightly bitter, resinous finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky with hop juice. Low, soft carbonation and sweeter on the palate than most DIPAs.

This is one of the better balanced DIPAs I've had lately, largely because I am a huge fan of hoppy but well-balanced DIPAs. This is no hop bomb, but it is an excellent and drinkable beer. (841 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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? (1,636 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I guess you could call this dark orange, but it's almost a light brown with an orange tinge. The head is tan in color and has a nice creamy texture to it. A bit of lace as well.

The smell is pretty light. What I do pick up is some piney hops, but that is about it.

A nice crisp bitterness with notes of pine and grapefruit peel. A decent caramel malt presence that adds balance. A little bit of alcohol is present as well, but not much.

The mouthfeel is very pleasant with a creamy texture. Semi-dry finish and between medium and full bodied.

A very solid and enjoyable DIPA. Nothing about it really jumps out. It's easy to drink and is well done as are most of Ale Asylum's brews. I would recommend this one. (714 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 GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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! (909 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this from BeerFMAndy as part of an awesome Wisconsin monster box he sent my way. Thanks Andy!

A: Pours a beautiful cloudy caramel color, with a huge foamy head that stayed afloat throughout the session.

S: Cascady! Grapefruity! Malty! Yummy! Despite the floral smell, I detect a strong caramel malt presence. I can't wait to dig in!

T: It has a terrific ground up aspirin (or even Flintstone Vitamin) quality that I'm very fond of. It's very hop forward, with the cascade taking center stage, but fortunately, the malt is not far behind. It reminds me of a slightly smaller version of Port Brewing's Hop 15.

M: It's sweet for sure, but it is more of a "man candy" sweetness that is not cloying and can be addicting if you are a hophead. The carbonation is great, and the ABV would be undetectable even under the most powerful microscope in the galaxy.

D: I saw on their website that this is being sold in sixers for a limited time. That could be dangerous.... (970 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)

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