Satisfaction Jacksin - Ale Asylum

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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 13
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:
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.

(Beer added by: EliteDigger on 10-02-2009)
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Photo of Strix
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of Chaney
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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....

Photo of GPHarris
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick tan head into a snifter that left a thin ring of lace and some sheeting. the body was a densely colored brown.
s - caramel malts, brown sugar. not much of a hop aroma which is disappointing.
t - some piney hops and an underlying sweetness.
m - medium and slick.
d - very well-balanced and easy sipper.

Photo of samie85
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
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 Wisconsinality
3.35/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of hawks10
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Ale Asylum pint glass. No freshness date, but as a Fall 2010 release, I assume this one is pretty fresh...

Pours a pretty haze, dark copper color. When held to the light it is a nice glowing dark amber, appears hazy and thick, just how I like my IPA's. Two fingers of dense off white head forms and sticks around forever, leaving some lacing behind...

An abundance of floral and slightly tropical hop aromas hit you first. You can tell a load of malt was used in this brew as well, very sweet with caramel and toffee. Balanced, nice...

Flavor falls a little short of expectations given the nice intensity of the aroma. Citrus hops hit first but then the thick malt takes over, sweet and sugary, caramel. Could use a bit more bittering from the hops, although bitter, the sweetness of the malt overshadows the hops, not enough bite. Still pretty good, but a little less sweet and a little more hop would greatly benefit this beer...

Medium to heavy bodied, thick, sticky, resinous. Low carbonation, but enough...

Decent DIPA, didn't do anything to wow me, but didn't have any seriously bad aspects...would try again, probably on tap, if no other options...

Photo of Florida9
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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 jera1350
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of crossovert
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle. No sign of a date.

It pours slightly dark for th style, it is an orangeish/reddish/copperish brown with golden highlights. The head is large and off-white, it is frothy and takes a while to recede leaving some decent lacing.

The smell is caramally, boozy, and pretty hoppy as well. It has a bit of citrus and pine in there that smells candied with the sweetness this beer carries in the smell.

The taste is a bit weak for a dipa. It has lots of grain and malt flavors, a hit of caramel and some smooth nicely flavored hops that don't provide much bitterness over the top of all that. My main qualm is that it is a bit watery.

It is merely okay, one of the lesser DIPAs in Wisconsin. Very drinkable though, if you want a summer DIPA that you can just suck down on a hot day this would work.

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

This one was served in a pint glass with a thick off-white head atop the cloudy darker amber body. The aroma is intensely hoppy--the typical American hop character -- grapefruit, pine, and a bit floral. A bit of sweetness and caramel aromas can be picked up beneath the massive amounts of hops. The flavor is highly hoppy -- much like the nose with a firm hop bitterness. The malt is in the background and takes on a bittersweet quality with all the hops. The carbonation is moderate and body medium-full. Overall a tasty brew that hides its ABV dangerously well.

Photo of SykDoc
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a hazy amber color. A 1/8 inch off-white head forms and reduces to a mild lacing. No sediment and carbonation is obvious.

The aroma is solid with a nice caramel sweetness up front followed by a citrus/pine hops following behind.

The taste is a bit sweet for my liking. The lemon/pine mixture is there, but it almost seems like eating a piece of caramel with just a hint that is tasty, but not balancing.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a somewhat balancing dose of carbonation. It is a bit too sugary and syrupy, but still good. Minimal dryness at the end.

I think this is a drinkable beer and the solidity is based on a modest balance and a sweetness that makes it decent but just a bit much for me.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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 sweemzander
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

Photo of AgentZero
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a perfect.

Pours a light auburn into copper with a smallish cloud. Decent sized tightly formed head recedes slowly and laces well. A good thing given the head killing ABV.

Aroma is citrus hops on the front with a sweet malt backing. Middle brings bready, sweet malt. Malt aroma is of sweet bread, lemon poppy seed muffins. Finishes with tropical fruit hops and a light alcohol whiff.

Flavor opens with citrus hops. Hops are bitter, but with an earthy pineapple and sour citrus rider. Hops bring bitterness in the middle. Middle yields very slightly to malt, bready and sweet with a dark fruit bread flavor, figs and dates mixed into sweet bread.Malt also gives a unique earthiness the like of I've only tasted in Scotch Ales. Finishes citric and bitter from the hops. Hop bitterness cleanses the palate and dries out the sweet malt. Slight amount of alcohol on the exhale.

Mouthfeel is creamy and carbonation is very well done. Slightly thick from the malt bill, finishes sticky on the lips, but not cloyingly so.

Very much a sipper, but easy to drink too fast. The hop bomb that was Ballistic was a completely different beer and I feel that the brewers did very well given the grain bill on this one.

Photo of cdkrenz
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Middy, thanks for the bottle.

A - Deep clear amber body with a head of three inches or more, and light tan with tons of frothy stamina.

S - Citrus, grapefruit and subtle grass.

T - Ripe hop flavor with a super balance against the malt. The flavors are more bready than the aromas with a tail of bitterness to beg for more.

M - The feel is fantastic. I'm drinking this beer right around 55 - 60 degrees and the texture is light and airy with a smooth middle and slow finish.

~ This is another fine brew offered up by the folks in Madtown. I'm impressed with the variety of styles they put out and how they do such a fine job with each. This beer is certainly one I will be looking for by six-pack.

Photo of klikger
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
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 monkeyonmaibock
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I drank this beer at a tasting and was very impressed by the deep rusty color. I could smell the hops right up front as would be expected from an Imperial IPA but I found some malts there as well.
Taking my first sip, I was not prepared for the near perfect balance between the malts and the hops. It was not the extreme bitterness that I would have expected, but really a slight sweetness followed by a subtle hop note. There was no lingering hop flavor as I would have expected.

Photo of Axic10
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of drpimento
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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 Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Satisfaction Jacksin from Ale Asylum
86 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.