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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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world-class

3,293 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,293
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 180
Gots: 333 | FT: 7
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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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%

Wookey Jack opens to a hoppy aroma, pink grapefruit, lemon oil, and mint mixing with lesser touches of pine resin, dandelion stem, and grapefruit rind. A good measure of orange, berry, cherry, apricot, and peach fruit esters add healthy doses of sugar, playing nicely off of the citrus-centric hops. The sugars extend into heaps of brown sugar and candi sugar, adding a crystallized super sweet rim around the edge. Small chunks of toast crust and biscuit add some earthiness, as does a very, very faint edge of ash. As a whole, the nose is very nice, though the “black” part of “black IPA” is hardly noticeable here, and the peppery rye is largely subsumed beneath the massive quantities of hops and sugars. The nose is still excellent, however, speaking to a well-made IPA that boasts a wide variety of hop aromas.

On the tongue, the first notes are of hops, which bring pink grapefruit and grapefruit rind, as well as lemon oil, eucalyptus, pine, mint, and lesser notes of dandelion stem, the flavors mainly geared toward minty and citrusy. These are met almost immediately by a wave of ash and rye, as if thick brown rye bread had been deeply toasted and sprinkled with fresh-cracked pepper. The blackness here is excellent, reminiscent of fine breads, but also containing heavy ash, bits of tobacco, black malt, and semi-burnt molasses. These black, ashy notes are strong enough that they largely take over the beer, which is impressive, given the strength of the hops. In subsequent sips, the exact same process repeats itself: an initial blast of hops, then, as the beer is held on the tongue, the black ashy flavors take over. The hops aren’t overwhelmed here, but mix with the ash (as well as the few orange-oil-and-berry fruit esters that manage to make their way through the black morass) to form a lemon-lime overtone that adds a refreshing citrusy relief to the blackness. The aftertaste is a continuation of the heavy ashy notes, with lingering bits of citrusy hops, and at least the ashy notes stay on the tongue for a very long time. Mouthfeel is a full medium to medium-full, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, fizzing up on the tongue.

Overall, this is an excellent black rye IPA, and one of the few on the market where the black, ashy notes mix well with the hops; too often they clash horribly. Well worth trying.

06-14-2013 17:05:32 | More by jondeelee
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

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

10-01-2012 13:11:17 | More by oberon
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-25-2013 18:21:27 | More by aszatk01
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

01-13-2014 14:05:54 | More by tectactoe
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

04-12-2014 14:07:58 | More by ExtraStout
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DavyJones

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%

09-02-2012 23:14:14 | More by DavyJones
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MadScientist

New York

4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-18-2013 22:42:40 | More by MadScientist
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Runs4Beer

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%

12-22-2012 03:52:43 | More by Runs4Beer
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jono0101

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-01-2013 22:48:42 | More by jono0101
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-14-2014 02:01:36 | More by brownbeer
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Narshwaggle


4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-26-2012 16:12:55 | More by Narshwaggle
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Tiernan

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.9%

10-21-2013 23:21:32 | More by Tiernan
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TimBeaulieu

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-20-2014 02:39:27 | More by TimBeaulieu
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SkiBum22

New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%

04-22-2013 20:21:14 | More by SkiBum22
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beergod82

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

02-09-2014 06:32:52 | More by beergod82
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joemetric

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-10-2014 16:00:55 | More by joemetric
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steelerguy

New York

4.63/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

10-09-2012 23:48:26 | More by steelerguy
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Bitzer

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%

08-19-2014 01:12:20 | More by Bitzer
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Ben7773

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

01-01-2014 22:11:52 | More by Ben7773
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SanDNigel

California

4.36/5  rDev +2.6%

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...))

06-08-2013 06:47:43 | More by SanDNigel
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supa0525

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

05-19-2013 13:29:48 | More by supa0525
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.9%

05-02-2014 22:50:00 | More by danthehopslamman
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NWer

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

04-21-2012 01:19:33 | More by NWer
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-11-2014 05:45:57 | More by DaftPatrick
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Kappakoosh

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.9%

12-26-2013 01:30:34 | More by Kappakoosh
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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,293 ratings.