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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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95
world-class

3,529 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,529
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 201
Gots: 419 | FT: 9
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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

CasanovaCummins, Mar 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

RMoeNay, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep brown with a tan full head that leaves nice sticky lace. Skim retention.

Malt aroma is not toasty or smoky, or even a bit spicy. Some resinous hop notes, and malt. Nice.

Nice firm hop presence up front. Immediately bitter, with some charred notes and a spicy bitter bite as the palate clears. The dark roasted malt has no sweetness, or if it does the hops just crush it. Spicy rye gives this some nice balance.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

Nice brew from this brewer. This is a style that is tough to do right. They hit this just right, and are hop-strong. The off-balance here is actually appropriate and works well. Not overly boozy, and no off flavors. Well structured beer.

OtherShoe2, Mar 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

MickeyMonk, Mar 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

KevinMc, Mar 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

dapatte2, Mar 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

jrstamp, Mar 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

AOShabaz, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of Pinknuggets
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to rock art pint glass

A:very dark brown could be black when not up to the light it is completely opaque it has a small tan head that leaves a thick heavy lacing around the top of the glass. Pretty much what I want to see from a black ipa without being unreal

S: pretty hoppy upfront lots of resiny piney hop aromas there are definitely some notes of rye an dark malts but they are definitely in the background as the hops are pretty dominant even as the beer starts to warm the hop smell remains strong though fades a little

T: follows the nose and it is very hoppy up front an has a big hop bitterness and resin up front, but once that fades there is a significant dark malt presence it has a sweetness to it but the is also there with a fairly heavy presence of the rye mixed in with the malt that almost overpowers the bitterness of the hops in the finish but does not completely overtake the flavor. Though I would not describe it as well balanced.

M: it goes down pretty smooth the hops do leave a somewhat resinous feel to it but that does not necessarily last as it would with a standard hoppy ipa. It is thin and pretty light considering the abv which is not really noticeable at all as this beer is pretty drinkable.

O:This is definitely one of the best black ipa's I've had the rye definitely helps this beer stand out as difference but I am happy to say I liked this after being somewhat underwhelming by union and double jack. I highly recommend this beer a quality offering from firestone walker

Pinknuggets, Mar 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

tom10101, Mar 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

gtermi, Mar 20, 2013
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4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yeasty aroma accompanied by a serious punch of green hops. Centennial, Amarillo? [almost: website says Citra & Amarillo] Beer itself is nearly opaque black with just a tinge of reddish brown when held up to direct light. Extra large brown head. Flavor is a really smooth, almost creamy, full-on rye IPA. The robust edge in the rye flavor is complemented perfectly by the healthy IBU quotient, though I don't think there's anything roasty or otherwise blackened in the flavor to suggest the black Lovibond rating. It's even a little bit citrusy.

22oz bottle with "12/14/12 09:20" printed on the bottom left. Highly recommended. Among the best rye IPAs I've ever had. Must try side by side with Lenny's some time. (interesting side note: though this is 83% as alcoholic as Lenny's, it's about a third as viscous.)

hreb, Mar 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Spigs, Mar 20, 2013
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4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bomber bottle with the typical Firestone Walker label with the lion and bear getting ready to duke it out. In between the fighting beasts is the name of the beer in big bold black letters. In the lower left hand corner in the small black strip along the bottom was a bottled date of 1/10/13. Around the cap is an easy to open piece of plastic.

Out of the bottle into a Big Eddy Snifter came a beer that was as black as a moonless night in the desert. It was as thick as oil, but they both have the same color. I was in denial of the blackness of the beer. Every time I put this beer to the light, I kept on seeing a reflection of myself in the glass. On top of this solid black brew was a 1/2 an inch light beige head of foam. Great retention that left behind a beige film and a ton of spots and streaks of lace around the glass.

When I got that hissing sound from the cap, that's when I got a strong whiff of pine. It wasn't a straight up pine aroma. I could detect some grapefruit mixed in with the pine. When it was poured, the grapefruit/pine didn't settle down. Behind that was some orange, a drop of tangerine, and some lightly bitter citrus/ herbal hops. After all that, the beer finishes up with nice roasted rye malt backbone. The hops won't jump out at you. The rye toned the hops down.

While the pine/grapefruit kicked off the aroma, it was the roasted rye that kicked off the taste. The rye lasts a few seconds before it lets through this interesting dry citrus fruit hoppy taste. It wasn't one taste after another. It was one big mixed taste. This mixed ball of taste contained slightly bitter citrus hops, a hint of black licorice, grapefruit, pine, and a splash of orange peel. Very good and very flavorful.

This was a medium bodied Black IPA with a long lasting dry and roasted aftertaste. The aftertaste was all about the roasted rye. There were some citrus elements in there as well, but I could tell that the aftertaste was all about the roasted rye.

Thanks to this beer, I'm starting to like the American Black Ale style. The malted rye in this beer mixes well with the citrus hops, grapefruit, and pine. It was also nice that its not an expensive beer. You don't need to break the bank for this beer. Would I drink another one? I could go for another fresh bottle in the near future.

AltBock, Mar 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

doc17325, Mar 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

heavenlyStash, Mar 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black with a hint of red at the edges when held to the light. A thick creamy tan head shrinks slowly, paneling the glass in lace.

Scent is slightly phenolic at first. Linseed oil? Oranges. Sticky pinesap. Pineapples.

Taste is pineapple. Orange and grapefruit. Lemon / lime. Momentarily salty-sweet on the lips like sugar-sprinkled grapefruit segments. Hop flavors are intense and complex. Spicy rye grain present but clearly playing a supporting role. Very subtle roasted notes. As the beer warms a hint of bitter chocolate malt emerges.

Mouth is a juicy and oily medium.

Really a fantastic beer. Bold and intense with a lot going on yet the end result is very satisfying and drinkable. This here is a great big smelly hairy wookey of an ale and I like it.

sethmeister, Mar 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Ak555667, Mar 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

CuriousMonk, Mar 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

onedogtwodog, Mar 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

halo913, Mar 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

adamdarcy, Mar 17, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz served in a Sam Adams perfect pint

A - Dark brown with a small mocha colored head. The head stays active and forms a thin ceiling of bubbles that stays until the last sip.

S - Pungent hops, green pine, orange, grapefruit, rye really comes out strong as it warms up.

T - Roasted wet grain, orange and grapefruit oils, some sappy pine mixed in, sharp rye really stand out and adds a sharp earthiness. There's a faint smokey character, some sweet citrus, finishes with green, resinous, hop bitterness.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

Nice pungent hop aroma with a nice roasty background. The rye really shined here and mix well with the hop profile. Good stuff. I did a blind taste test with another Black Rye IPA and the Wookey was the better of the two.

StaveHooks, Mar 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

ManLoveBeer, Mar 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

davemathews68, Mar 16, 2013
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,529 ratings.