Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.46/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
The bottle is of decent age, brewed at 3/4/13, written on the bottom left of the label.
A light tan one finger head, almost like a milk stout. The color is pitch black with a bit of brown coming through at the edges as the head recedes quickly.
The aroma is of big grapefruit with pine, malted sweetness and rye, and citrus. Certaintly smells like an IPA. As it warms up, it’s more orange and fresh fruit.
The flavor is surprising. It has a big grapefruit bitterness like Double Jack and also juicy orange and citrus. Then with a smooth clean malt that comes behind it, which then leaves a grapefruit peel finish along with an orange candy sweetness. It leaves your mouth watering because it’s so quite dry and strong.
The malt profile instead of crystal malt like Double IPAs has more of this breadiness and caramel behind it instead of rounded stickiness. There’s also a rye spice in there like Hop Rod Rye. Quite prominent actually in the later part of the beer.
As this beer warms up, the roasted malt notes slowly come through along with the rye.
Quite a complex beer, but not too far from a Double IPA. I’ve only had this with Sublimely Self Righteous, which I really did not like at all. This on the other hand is a really complex and delicious. For a rye beer, I think I like Hop Rod Rye more, but just slightly. This really is an impressive beer. Not shockingly different enough from a Double IPA for me to really go crazy for it about the style however.
Serving type: bottle
05-08-2013 03:56:13 | More by dar482
4.03/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl oz (650ml) bottle
Bottled on: 02/18/13
Served in a pint glass
Dark mahogany appearance. The liquid was topped by a tight, creamy, two-finger, beige colored crown that slowly receded to a resilient cap of foam. Thick patches of lacing stuck along glass. As the liquid fell, the patches transformed into a curtain of froth.
While this beer is listed as an American black ale, the aroma was dominated by IPA-like characteristics. Quite hoppy with strong citrus notes. Orange peel was apparent. Slightly sweet. Somewhat piney. A touch of chocolate and roasted malts were noticeable in the background. Hints of a dry, powdery yeastiness came through as well.
The flavor profile was quite similar to nose. Very hoppy and crisp. Lots of citrus. Hefty dose of orange peel. Touch of sweetness. Pine notes came through strong on the back end. The finish was crisp, dry and bitter with intense, lingering notes of pine resin. Although the beer looked dark and malty, I picked up no indication of any roasted or chocolate malts.
The mouthfeel was lighter bodied than anticipated. Smooth, creamy and soft on the palate with a crisp, bubbly, medium effervescence.
This American black ale leans much more in the direction of an IPA than a dark ale of any type. While it lacked some complexity, it was flavorful and quite drinkable. All in all, a respectable offering from Firestone Walker.
Serving type: bottle
05-08-2013 02:14:53 | More by Damian
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,099 ratings.