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Satisfaction Jacksin - Ale Asylum

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Satisfaction JacksinSatisfaction Jacksin

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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
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 93 | Hads: 264
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 kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of ncketchum
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sierra Nevada imperial pint glas

A - pours a cloudy, almost milky dark orange. An aggressive pour results in about a half finger of white head which fades quickly, leaving a bit of lacing.

S - hoppy, citrusy -orange, grapefruit,

T - hops dominate, little bit of citrus, ending with a bit of sweet carmel in the end

M - thick, chewy, not much carbonation, not much alcohol noted

O - this is a nice, drinkable DIPA, which hides the alcohol well. A good offering from Ale Asylum, I could easily put a few of these down

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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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 jegross2
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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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 kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Poured into a pint glass a dark, clear copper color with a light tan head. Sweet citrus and floral nose. Medium mouhfeel. Malty sweetness followed by citrus rind hop flavor. Fairly balanced but leans toward the malty side. Easy drinking. Some lace. Sligh lingering bitterness.

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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 beagle75
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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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 agotz
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured for a 12oz bottle into tulip. No bottle date.

Pours a cloudy dark copper with a one inch light tan head that quickly dissipates to a spotty egg shell that sticks around. Lacing is pretty strong.

Aroma has some nice citrus hop up front that blend nicely into a strong caramel malt sweetness. This beer smells good just not as intense as a lot of other IIPAs.

Taste is a lot like the aroma. The hop citrus flavor isn't given much room before the caramel sweetness comes in and coats the palate. A nice sharp bitterness does do a admirable job cleaning up all the sweetness but comes up a little short in the end.

Mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation. If the carbonation was a little stronger it might help lift the some of the sweetness.

Ale Asylum is one of my go to breweries. I'm not a fan of IIPAs that are this sweet though. This beer is not bad by any stretch of the imagination but I feel it is the least successful of all their beers.

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Photo of vande
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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...

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice orange, bright amber, 1 finger head, bubbly, leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S - Very citrusy, lots of grapefruit, a bit of pine, sweet malt.

T - Good balance of floral and grapefruit. Fruity yet floral. A bit of a sugary taste, almost like eating some cotton candy.

M - Very smooth. Carbonation pretty low.

Overall - Pretty decent IPA, not a hop wallop, a little too sugary, but still a good beer to enjoy.

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Photo of nppeders
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy burnt orange beer in a shaker pint. White tightly bubbled head that lingers for a long while before falling to a full lace around the full glass. Big citrus nose--grapefruit, orange, lemon. First sniff with head was very strong, but then more subtle as it settled. Slight earthiness in nose as well. Sweet malt for the front of the taste followed by a solid hop bite with more fruit, pine and resin underneaths--coats the tongue with a slightly oily bitterness that builds to the bottom of the glass. Wanted to take this one home, but not bottle sales after 9 pm, evidently.

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Photo of adman08
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours slightly cloudy due to a small amount of sediment in the bottle. Has a slightly copper amber color. Pours with ample off-white head that fades slowly and leaves nice lacing and a thin layer of foam on the surface of the beer.
S-Strong aromas of citrus with a slightly earthy, herbal scent as well. Some malt comes through also.
T-Hops dominate. Strong flavors of citrus and herbal/earthy hops. Lots of malt as well. The citrus flavor from the hops combined with the malt results in a slightly sweet flavor.
M-Very thick and malty. Slightly sticky but not a beer that will completely weigh you down. Good carbonation.
Overall, a very good double IPA. I look forward to the release of this beer every year and it's always a little different. This years has more sweetness and a more pronounced citrus hop flavor. Considering the high alcohol and all the hops it's actually a fairly refreshing beer.

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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 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 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 dimensionQ
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An overall average double IPA since it uses straight Cascade hops, and it is overall a bit too sweet for its own good. It's all pine on the nose, and pine in the taste, but overall, it uses way too much caramel malt. If the recipe used a bit less, it would be a nice, dry and crisp double IPA and be a far superior brew. It is still light compare to some other brewers' IIPAs, but for this beer to be remarkable it requires it to be very dry. A recipe tweak could easily turn this into a finely attenuated brew for one of those brutal fall heatwaves. Otherwise, it is a bit too sweet and run of the mill for my tastes.

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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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Photo of TheDTrain
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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Photo of in780
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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

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