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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,409 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,409
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 191
Gots: 380 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012)
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Reviews by Phelps:
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4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The origins of the name Wookey Jack are ambiguous. Some say that it's related to Phish, the favorite band of Firestone's head brewer, Matt Brynildson. Others think it's named for Wookey Hole, a village in England known for its dark caves and resident witch. I prefer to think it was inspired by this scene from Star Wars in which Chewbacca and R2D2 are playing holographic chess:

Chewbacca: Ghaaa!
C-3PO: He made a fair move. Screaming about it can't help you.
Han Solo: Let him have it. It's not wise to upset a Wookiee.
C-3PO: But sir, nobody worries about upsetting a droid.
Han Solo: That's 'cause droids don't pull people's arms out of their sockets when they lose. Wookiees are known to do that.
Chewbacca: Grrf.

Regardless of what's in the name, we know what's in the beer: pale and black malt, rye, Midnight wheat, and a dash of Wookey dust (on this ingredient the brewery is also infuriatingly silent). German Magnum hops are added for bitterness; Citra and Amarillo for flavor and aroma. The brew is then double dry-hopped with Citra and Amarillo.

Wookey is the third of Firestone Walker's Jacks, joining Union Jack (an American IPA) and Double Jack (a double IPA), and is the brewery's first black IPA. Poured into a snifter, it's as inky-black as the deep space Chewie travels through. Pour it hard and you'll get about an inch of sandy tan foam that's creamy and sticky, decorating the sides of the glass in beautiful, resinous webs.

Hops are massive in the nose, and it's a beautiful blend -- lots of pine needles, orange pith and lime peel. Just a hint of dank resin is offset by a subtle smoky note and a touch of dark chocolate. It's a very forest-like aroma, like a pine tree that grows oranges downwind of a campfire.

While there's no shortage of black IPAs on the market now, a black rye IPA is a different story -- and it's what makes Wookey Jack interesting. The spicy malt interacts with the hops well, playing off the bitterness -- 60 IBUs, if you wanted to know -- while adding its own playful bite. The front of the flavor is a blend of tangerine, pine resin, subtle tropical fruits and rye. The swallow is better-rounded, with swirls of cocoa and dark chocolate meeting the fruity hops. Smoky toast rises after the swallow, lingering in the mouth until the next sip ups the hops again.

Firestone chose to leave Wookey Jack unfiltered and unfined, meaning some small particulates are left floating in the beer. While this might affect the appearance of a standard IPA, for which clarity is key, in a black IPA it's moot, and in fact improves the body, giving it a silky, creamy texture.

Roasted malts have been applied with a deft hand in this brew. There's just enough to round out the edges of the flavor, but not so much that the hops are interrupted. The flavor doesn't pull your arms out of their sockets, but rather caresses you with a Wookiee-like growl. Ghaaa.

Phelps, May 31, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Budinetz
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a Teku glass. Bottled on 5/15/14 stamped on the label.

Pours an opaque black color, about 50-60 SRM with a khaki colored head that dissipates slowly. Visible lacing all around the glass as it is consumed with a constant ring around the glass just at the surface of the beer.

Smells of roasted malt, sweet caramel, rich hop oils, and grass.

Tastes sweet upon first sip with a nice chocolatey middle and a dry roasted malt finish with a pleasant bitterness from the hop content.

Very slick on the tongue with a slight prickliness that leaves the mouth yearning for another sip. Leaves the mouth feeling dry upon swallowing but definitely compliments the palate.

One of the best ABA styles I have had the pleasure of consuming. Quite drinkable despite the 8.3% abv and very easy on the palate. Would definitely seek this one out.

Cheers!

Budinetz, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of oberon
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep cola color with one finger beige colored head atop.Great aromas of roast,earth,and pine resin,a littlbitter chocolate is there as well as the beer warmed a little.Big roast up front on the palate with earthiness and bitter chocolate,the piney hops hit hard in the finish.This is a big brash ABA,maybe the best I have had.Awesome

oberon, Oct 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

aszatk01, Mar 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

tectactoe, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of ExtraStout
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A good drinking draft and spot on black IPA solid offering. Very good, another solid Firestone Walker offering. Black bodied, assertive carbonation. Average mouthfeel. Solid hops, solid roast,anise. Rye spice adds some edge. Roast aroma. Significant grapefruit.

ExtraStout, Apr 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

DavyJones, Sep 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

MadScientist, Feb 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Runs4Beer, Dec 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

jono0101, Jun 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

brownbeer, Feb 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Narshwaggle, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Tiernan, Oct 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

TimBeaulieu, Feb 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

SkiBum22, Apr 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

beergod82, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of joemetric
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of steelerguy
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black...wait, if you tilt the glass you can see that it is actually slightly translucent and a deep walnut color. Tan head, that fades quickly leaving just a covering on top with a few unfortunate large bubbles.

S - Get ready to enjoy as soon as you open a bottle, the citrus hop aromas that immediately escape are divine. Once poured, the hops are still present, but joined by a lot of chocolate and a bit of roasted coffee.

T - This is first and foremost an IPA, even better a rye IPA. The hop delivery is smooth with lots of citrus and a touch of floral. There is a sweetness and a bit of spice from the rye that plays perfectly with the floral notes of the hopes, and then the chocolate comes on as you finish, with just a hint of roasted coffee aftertaste.

M - Mediums bodied, velvety, and warming. Just enough alcohol and carbonation to linger.

O - This is one of those beers that should be a standard. If you want to make a black IPA, Cascadian ale, American Black ale...whatever you want to call it, this is it. There are lots of black IPAs out there since it became "the thing" to do, but this one does it right.

steelerguy, Oct 10, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

Bitzer, Aug 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Ben7773, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of SanDNigel
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz into tulip pint
A- Coca-cola color on the pour with a thick creamy light tan head that doesn't want to go anywhere-I'm excited
S- Chocolate Chip Power Bar, toasted malt with a sweet hoppy rye backbone
T- Oohh. Aahh. Thats good. It's unexpectedly refreshing. Lighter than I thought it would be. Not lighter as in lacking flavor, just in body. Very unique. Brownie points for being something different. It just tastes like someone brewed exactly what they wanted to. Very mellowed hops
M- IPA mouthfeel; refreshing, big bubble, light (enough) bodied, but the roastey toasty-ness coats the tongue
This is a very good beer I would drink any time. I appreciate what it is. Is there bigger better beers... of coarse. But this beer is delicious and enjoyable, and for that I give it credit.

(Firestone Walker, I had written you off. I am sorry, I didn't mean it, I know good things happen there. The Costco pack does not do you justice (obviously...))

SanDNigel, Jun 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

supa0525, May 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

danthehopslamman, May 02, 2014
Photo of NWer
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served too cold at local establishment that seems to have no trouble getting great brews.
First keg in Washington State? Incredible considering the competition. Don't know how they do it.
Nice dark pour into a stemmed glass. Virtually no head. Took a sip & decided I needed to wait for it to warm. Served way too cold. Cradling it in my hands to help it along.
Flavors definitely evolve with patience. Malt smoothness & rye up front with a nice hoppy persistence.
Well worth the effort to seek out. A fun beer. Can't wait to find it in bottles.

NWer, Apr 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

DaftPatrick, May 11, 2014
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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,409 ratings.