Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.53/5 rDev +6.3%
A: First thing first -- maybe the bubbliest head I've seen on a brew. Big and bubbly and tan. The body pours a dark dark brown -- almost black color. You can't see through this beer, but there are some bubbles in the body near the edge of the glass. Preliminary lacing is pretty good. Solid appearance.
S: This is the hoppiest Black (Rye) IPA I've ever smelled. Super solid. So solid. It's like getting the best of a citrusy/piney hop with a roasted malt / toasted grain aroma. If I was blindfolded I'd think IPA for sure. Maybe the littlest bit of chocolate in the back. This definitely deserves a 5.
T: First thing I notice is the finish is thicker and chocolately than I'm used to in a regular IPA. Very unique. A lot of complexity in the flavor. A sure mix of hops and roasted malts having a karate fight -- each one wants to shine. No sip is like the other. One sip is all hops. The next sip the malts take over. Really is fantastic, though. Hops really shine at first, the finish is dominated by the malts. Really good tasting brew.
M: Medium body brew, but I'm find the body change consistency the longer you let the beer linger in your mouth. I imagine the brew will get thicker as it warms. Great carbonation -- no worries there. Some interesting chewiness that brings out the hops, then the malts, and then a warm alcohol -- almost whiskey like. Not a velvety feel -- a little rough, but there are so many positives in this brew that I don't think the feel will stand out as lackluster. Solid feel.
O: You gotta try this brew. The hops are really killer. I'm not a huge Black IPA guy, but this blew my mind. Not much more to say -- it's all above. Great overall beer.
09-23-2012 18:12:20 | More by C20Percent
4.28/5 rDev +0.5%
A: Pours a very dark brown (almost black) in color. The beer has a half finger tall beige head that reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium sized thick patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Very subtle notes of roasted malts with very strong aromas of hops - there are pine/resin hops that dominate with some lighter influences of citrus/orange rind hops.
T: Very nicely balanced since there is a presence of roasted malts and lots of hops but the beer is not overly bitter. The beer starts with light flavors of roasted malts with a much stronger presence of pine/resin hops and lighter citrus/orange rind hops. There are light amounts of lingering bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy with some light amounts of dryness in the finish.
O: Great example of the style (American Black Ale/Black IPA) with only the subtle notes of the roasted malts and the stronger presence of hops flavors and aromas. Very enjoyable, glad I finally got the chance to try this one after the fiasco of this being distributed in NJ.
09-23-2012 16:50:39 | More by dbrauneis
District of Columbia
4.43/5 rDev +4%
This is a great beer and a great concept by FW for adding the rye to black IPA, and in my opinion it really works!
The beer pours a healthy dark brown with lighter brown on the sides, pretty good head but not amazing, some lacing. The smell and taste really showcase the rye tinged spicy malt backbone with some great citrus hops also staring prominently. It tastes almost like a draft hoppy beer out of the bottle, which can sometimes be a tough thing to accomplish! Silky slightly toasted malts add in to give it that black malt taste that pairs so well against the resinous hops. Easily one of the better black IPAs I've had to date! The feel is good, some nice lingering flavors and medium body.
A very nice brew from FW, I will definitely be going back for more of this beer at the store!
09-23-2012 14:02:10 | More by Dreadnaught33
4.15/5 rDev -2.6%
A: The beer is very dark brown (close to being jet black) in color. It poured with a half finger high tan head that hardly died down and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: The nose has aromas of spices (either from the hops or rye) and some hints of orange citrus.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of spices, which linger though the finish. The hops contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Although this is a Black Ale, there are only some hints of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The bitterness leaves your mouth very dry.
O: While this beer is dark, it seems to taste more like an spicy IPA with rye because the roasted flavors are not that prominent. Nonetheless, it is rather easy to drink.
09-23-2012 00:38:29 | More by metter98
4.18/5 rDev -1.9%
Poured from a bomber into a stemmed tulip glass.
A- They don't call it Black Ipa for nothing..it's dark. You can call it rick coffee brown and I can't argue, but it is dark and opaque. A solid 2-finger head that trims to a mocha colored film, nice lacing.
S- Just like a walk in the woods on a summer morning in NJ...fresh grass and pine sap. As this brew warms, the malt comes out, a little sweet and mocha. Oh, citrus, too.
T- It's hoppy, orange citrus and pine, and the rye malt balances the other sweet malt with a nice dry note. It tastes like it should. The alcohol is a bit heavy.
M- Rock solid, thick and creamy, with a bitter hop finish. The carbonation tingles as the flavor lingers.
O- After drinking many of this brew, I review as I enjoy. Rarely is my beer fridge w/o a bottle of Wookey Jack, a solid Black IPA.
09-22-2012 00:29:40 | More by NiceTaps
4.48/5 rDev +5.2%
On-tap, served in a pint glass
Wookey sits a dark chestnut brown with a one finger khaki cap. Good retention. The head clings to the sides all around, creating some pretty sheeting action.
The nose is of fresh pine needles, grass, orange peel, some light roast, and cocoa powder. The hops are really the focal point and they live up to the bill. Not much rye present on the nose.
Fresh cut grass, pine needles, and oranges leap onto the palate. Some mild roast comes through the middle along with cocoa powder in tow. The finish presents some spicy rye and hops. A mild bitterness builds with each sip, making this better and better as you work your way through the glass.
Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. The finish is dry and bitter. Delicious.
I really like this beer. Black IPA's really excel with a fresh grass/pine profile and a smooth feel. Throw a decent amount of rye in there and this is right in my wheelhouse. Well-crafted, and easily enjoyed.
09-20-2012 22:58:38 | More by ColForbinBC
3.73/5 rDev -12.4%
A - Black pour with a high brown cola colored foam that held nicely. Slight carbonation noted. Minimal lacing.
S - Has a very aromatic hoppy smell. Almost a floral scent. Notes of spices as well.
T - Tasted like a typical black IPA. Had a pronounced hoppy bite typical of an american IPA but tempered by some earthy spcies and a flavor of dark wheat bread.
M - I was pretty content after one of these. The scent was more potent as it warmed and the bitterness was perfect with my BBQ. Felt light for the ABV.
O - Not my favorite style, but I did appreciate this beer. Another nice offering from Firestone Walker, and for the brand alone I wanted to try this one. Lovers of black IPA's should enjoy this.
09-20-2012 19:27:02 | More by socon67
4.35/5 rDev +2.1%
Poured from a bomber into a New Belgium globe. Pours a deep dark black with a favorable amount of light mocha head. The aroma is mostly typical grapefruit/piney hops flavors of an IPA, with some slight dark malts in the background. The taste brings those dark malt and bread flavors more in line with the hops and grapefruit, providing a nice contrast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation, and a nice and clean finish.
Nice brew from FW, wouldn't mind finding some more of this.
09-20-2012 05:10:14 | More by mkotsayfan
4.15/5 rDev -2.6%
Poured from a bomber into a Tulip.
A: Pours a deep brown/black, barely transparent, with about two fingers of head a beige head that slowly dissipates to just under a finger. Big bubbles that leave a decent lacing. Might have screwed up this particular pour.
S: Toffee, roasty, sweet malts, maybe a hint of Vanilla, and a haunting note of Citrus.
T: Tastes big. Herbal and earthy right up front, met with a solid dark malt back. Not too sweet, but it's boldness definitely muscles through between the hops. Finishes with that Citrus I smelled, but it's very mellow. Has an unexpected acidic/mineral quality to it.
M: Medium/Light mouthfeel. Medium carbonation and a dry finish, supported by the acidic/mineral note that *almost* coats the tongue.
O: Having only had a few Black IPA's and a few Ryes I can safely say this is an interesting blend of both styles. I expected it to be more like a BIPA, and forgot about the rye until realizing how dry it was. It's definitely worth a try.
09-20-2012 03:34:27 | More by Brittanicvs
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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