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 jegross2
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Satisfaction Jacksin from Ale Asylum. Yes, I spelled that right.
Score: 83

2011 bottle served in a snifter. Why a snifter? Well, the Old Fashioned apparently does not have tulip, Duvel, or Sam Adams glasses (see my Hop Whore review), and the pint glass does very little for the aroma.

Appearance: Pours one-half finger of creamy head (maybe this is low, as it was poured into an undersized snifter) that quickly dissipates into a thin ring around the glass. Translucent dark copper color. Below average lacing. 3/5

Smell: Very fruit. Tropical citrus hops. Lightly tart and very floral. A little apple/apple juice. Hints of booziness. 3.5/5

Taste: Heavy, earthy centennial hops hit right away. Much more earthy and less citrusy than expected. Gets a bit astringent as it layers. A little tangy. There is some brief caramel-malty sweetness on the mid-palate, but the earthy hops feels very heavy on the tongue, and that is overpowering the rest of the flavors. Beer finishes, and lingers, with earthy bitterness. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a low amount of carbonation that makes the earthy bitterness of the beer sit heavy, rather than pop, on the tongue. Under-carbonated for an IPA, in my opinion. Finishes bone-dry and bitter. 3.5/5.

Overall: A decent, but nothing special double IPA. I'd drink it again, but wouldn't seek it out.

Recommendation: Casual beer drinkers probably won't like the heavy bitterness of the beer, and beer geeks can safely avoid this one without missing much.

Pairings: Earthy, grass-fed hamburgers with olive-oil fries.

Cost: $3.25 for a 12 oz at the bar, $14.99 for a six pack. (1,638 characters)

Photo of iabeerbaron
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (283 characters)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of amphion1065
2.34/5  rDev -36.1%
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. (1,113 characters)

Photo of suncrust
2.69/5  rDev -26.5%
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. (1,131 characters)

Photo of agotz
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (959 characters)

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

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

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

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

M: Creamy, nice feeling beer..

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

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of nppeders
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of adman08
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (907 characters)

Photo of cavedave
2.77/5  rDev -24.3%
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. (729 characters)

Photo of RHCP313
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
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. (1,472 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to northyorksammy for the box of Wisconsin! Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head oversnized snifter.

Flame/tenné liquid with a very slight off-white collar in the glass. No real lacing or legs. Poor retention.

Fruity, peppery, citrus-laden hop notes in the nose with hints of capsicum and caramel.

Dark malty palate entry suggests caramel, toast, and maybe a kiss of rye. Moderate bitterness comes through on the mid-palate, though the hop flavors, while lasting, are unfocused. Herbal, earthy, peppery finish with maybe a touch of diacetyl in the aftertaste.

Medium-light bodied, slick and vaguely oily yet somehow watery mouthfeel with low carbonation.

Unique, but not entirely satisfactory example of the style. (745 characters)

Photo of dimensionQ
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (618 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 TheDTrain
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (449 characters)

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

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

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

S - Equal between sweet and hops

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

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

D - Goes down fine, but one is plenty

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

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

Clear dark orange, good initial head.

Lots of caramel malt, some floral hops.

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

Viscous mouthfeel.

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

Photo of 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 GPHarris
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (331 characters)

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