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Brewed by:
Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States
aleasylum.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.25%

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.

Added by EliteDigger on 10-02-2009

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3.73
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21.98%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of TheDTrain
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of crossovert
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of ncketchum
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Ri0
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into snifter. best by date of 11-20-13.

A - Hazy dark copper with an off white 1.5 finger head that slowly develops. It does fade into a ring, but leaves a lot of webbed lacing on the glass.

S - Citrus, pine, and floral. Sweetness from the malts, caramel, honey, brown sugar.

T - Bitter pine up front with notes of floral and citrus. It is quickly put aside by a big sweet malt flavor in the middle. Honey, syrup, brown sugar and caramel come in very quickly. There is a light citrus bitter finish. If you are looking for the bitter to take over, this will disappoint.

M - It is a medium to full bodied IIPA with decent carbonation. A slick, yet syrup like feel.

O - This year the bottle will have a best buy date stamped on it about 4 months after bottling. This reminds me of Double Crooked Tree, but not as intense. It does have a bitter front, but it is quickly pushed aside by a massive wave of malt sweetness. You have to really pay attention to notice how bitter it starts, but most people only get the sweetness in the middle. Bought a 6pk for $12.49

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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 blackearth
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Ale Asylum in Madison, WI. Pours a ruby red body with a thick off white head that falls to a cap. Aroma is all hops - with smells of pine needles, citrus and astringency mixed together. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with the hops dominating the flavor. The malts are somewhere in there, but barely detectable to me. An okay beer, but nothing too special.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Medium-dark amber. Quite cloudy. Medium tall, off-white head with good persistence.

S - Mostly hops with a little malty sweetness. Citrus, mostly orange, a little resin.

T - A lot of hops character, but balanced by sweet medium roasted malts. Orange and resin with toffee-like sweetness.

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Photo of joe1510
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$9.99 6-Pack
Cabin Stop - Hayward, WI

Best by: 12/8/15

Satisfaction Jacksin forms a creamy, meringue-like, craggy head on even an easy pour. The foam is dirty white with a respectable stickiness that sheets the glass on the way down. The foam certainly shows staying power. This sticky head sits atop a harvest orange body that, when backlit, glows from top to bottom.Carbonation seems to burst from every surface of the glass. A damn fine looking beer!

Orange and earth come to the forefront in the nose. The orange is like marmalade with a touch of spice while the earth is herbal and slightly dank. The orange is rich, even syrupy at times, like a glaze. Soft caramel runs a current through the background while joined by freshly baked bread notes. The big dose of Centennial lends good depth and a rich character. Different, savory, unique.

While the nose was savory and rich the flavor profile is juicy and sweet. Upfront the nose is full of orange oils, marmalade, and juice that follows through to the middle where it's met by some soft herbal characteristics. The middle segues into the savory, rich orange again with earth-y notes of damp soil and that dank forest note that's so hard to pinpoint where exactly itcomes from.

The body sits squarely in the middle of the spectrum at moderate while the active carbonation lightens it up on the backend. The bitterness is soft at first but grows with each successive sip to a sturdy moderate. The finish dries up slowly and a whiff of booze creeps up the nasal cavity. While the bubbles are active they're also soft giving the body a plush feel. Highly drinkable to be sure.

The first couple bottles of this I tried, I wasn't as big a fan as I am now. It's unique, it has a ton of depth, and it's old school. The Centennial is bold and dense while the malt base is flavorful and complimentary, unlike so many of the pale single mindedness malt profiles being thrown around today. I like this beer, it's good!

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of monkeyonmaibock
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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

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Photo of GPHarris
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright copper with a fluffy beige head and sticky strands of lace.

S - Piney, resiny, tropical fruits with an equal dose of toasty caramel and bready grains.

T - Malty with caramel and bready grains. The hops come through in a powdery, resiny flavor, citrus, pine and floral hops.

M - Medium to full body and juicy. Maybe a touch sticky sweet.

D - Somewhat barleywine like and a little too malty to be a regular purchase.

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Photo of cokes
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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?

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Photo of jera1350
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is poured a deep ruby with a nice off white head. It almost looks like an amber or a strong ale. The nose on the beer is filled with tons and tons of spicy hops, which I'm surprised by. I was expecting a nice foral nose similar to Two Hearted. Underneath the spiciness of the hops there is a grapefruit and a sweety bready flavour. I expect much more in a nose from a double IPA. The nose on Hopalicious is much more potent (in a good way).

When I take a sip from the beer I can taste all the goodness of the centennial hops with a nice layer of sweet caramel and breadiness. The centennial hops have a bit more of a spiciness when used at his amount (3 pounds per barrel), and I feel like hop oils are carressing my tongue with every sip. I quite enjoy the flavour actually. Behind all the hops is a slight bit of alcohol that is a tad bit surprising in an 8.25% IPA. One would think they'd be able to hide that much better. More sips on this beer reveal and more balanced IPA. I get more caramel breadiness and spicy hops rather than the spicy/citrus notes from before. While I enjoy this, the beer needs a better choice of hops flavour and aroma.

I could drink a few in the night, but I doubt I'll pick up another sixer of this. Tasty and well brewed, though.

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Photo of wgk
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-24-2012 I said...

This seasonal was better in 2011. The 2012 smell seems the same but the taste and the mouth feel are both less than I remember them being last year. Maybe the new kettles in the new brew place haven't come around yet? This year's batch is really not able to hide the alcohol in the brew flavor and missed the balance that 2011 had, I think. Worse, but not a problem for Ale Asylum or the brew...the retailer jacked the price by $4 a six-pack over other competitors. $15 a six-pack isn't being nice and wouldn't bring back anyone for a second go at this stuff.

See what you think, but don't waste your money...I say there are lots of DIPAs that beat this 2012 batch for the $$.

Today 11/10/2013 I can say...

The 2013 seasonal is really back in tune with what I remember from 2011...very very good. But, the amount of scratch that fell out of my wallet when I bought it at $13/6 pack makes me have to wonder whether or not I REALLY want to buy it again until next season...and I probably won't, totally because of the $.

Also, but not a factor, AA used to use the squat bottles and now long-necks. I absolutely LOVED the way they USED to fill those squat bottles to the very MAX. It must be a $cheap thrill for me, I guess.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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

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Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a dark orange brown. The head is tan with orange highlights and sits at least an inch high. After receding it leaves a nice ring of lace.

The aroma is a strong dose of hops. Piney with grapefruit and pineapple. I'm getting a good dose of black licorice in there as well. Unique for sure.

The flavor is close to the nose. Grapefruit, oranges, pineapple and there's that anise again. Very hoppy with a tiny hint of malt to smooth things out. I suppose I could take a point of for the anise but I love it so harm done.

Medium body with loads of carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall a very unique and flavorful DIPA. Proud to call it a Wisconsin product.

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Satisfaction Jacksin from Ale Asylum
3.73 out of 5 based on 280 ratings.
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