Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,747 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,747
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 219
Gots: 505 | FT: 12
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:
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(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012)
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look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: A very fluffy off-white nearly tan head that fades down to a light film of foam on the surface. Not much lacing. The beer is pitch black.

S: Lots of fresh-smelling hops! It really does. If you've ever smelled raw hop pellets, this smells like a freshly opened bag. A huge rush of citrus scent, and a little bit of earthiness hiding in the back.

T: It has a lot of hop bitterness. There's an up-front flavor that is similar to spruce, then the citrus rind flavor creeps in. I don't get much malt flavor, and there is zero alcohol flavor. It basically tastes like a double IPA. I saw that rye was mentioned on the label. I can only guess that it's in here, because the hops mask it pretty well.

M: The mouthfeel is very dry, and is surprisingly light. Drink the beer with your eyes closed and you will notice that it is not medium bodied.

O: Obviously this is a really great beer, and it is perfect for those who enjoy drinking IPAs of every variation. I can not stress enough, that a person should not view the color as anything other than color! It has barely any malt character. People who don't like stouts or porters, will have no problem drinking this whatsoever. On a personal note, I really wish that the malts would come through a little more. However, that doesn't change the fact that this is a really great beer and that ABAs are really open to personal interpretation.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From: Binny's, Des Plaines, IL
Date: "Bottled on 7/19/12"
Glass: Tulip

Firestone Walker's black IPA is a citrusy, piney, hop-lover's dark beer dream, with a recipe that involves all these elements welded to a smooth and noticeable roasted malt base. With a price point of $6 per bomber, this is definitely among the better, lower-priced dark IPAs out there.

Pours a 2cm tall head of tan foam, which is dense and composed of smallish bubbles. Retention is above average, gradually descending to a thin ring around the glass with a thin island of foam atop the body. Lacing is present and noticeable, but modest. Body is an opaque dark brown to black, while the carbonation is not visible through the body.

Aroma of slight roasted malt, grapefruit-like hops, a bit of Christmas wreath pine, all covered with a very light, but very smooth chocolate-caramel sweetness. Very pleasant, definitely refined, could use a bit more upfront character, but perhaps this is due to age.

Opens with smooth roasted malt flavors that delve into slight chocolate territory, and features citrusy fruity flavors, particularly grapefruit. Mid-palate notices bittering hops, some grapefruit flavors, a bit of pine, and a surprising burst of peppery spiciness, from hop choices obviously. Back palate continues the peppery spiciness, hop bitterness, and slight, smooth roastiness. Long-lingering, somewhat intense bitterness and more subdued pine resin flavors, accentuated with a slight roasted and sweet malt character.

Beer is medium-bodied, with medium-low levels of carbonation. Resultant mouthfeel is smooth, somewhat thick, and creamy, with slight traces of carbonation. Finishes dry on the palate, as expected from hops.

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A - black with a soft, dense cap of brown head that has decent retention

S - woody, spicy, earthy, rye, herbal

T - roasted malts, rye, peppery, spicy and herba hopsl, woody, earthy

M - medium to full bodied, smooth, well carboanted

This is an intense, hoppy, complex beer. The rye is forward and peppery. The hops are spicy and herbl. There's a nice earthiness that settles the roasted malts. There's some woodiness as well that isn't as pleasant. Overall, a really good, complex Black IPA that's worth checking out.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a goblet. Bottle calls this a "Black Rye IPA".

Pours pitch black with two glorious fingers of foam that hangs around for a while. Aroma is extremely hoppy with citrus hop aromas. Closing your eyes you could mistake this for a straight up IPA.

First sip yields a nicely balanced brew, with a refreshing burst of hop flavor. Rye spiciness is present as well. Bitterness is quite mild and fades quickly into the malty body of this brew. This is a really flavorful, easy drinking beer that doesn't fit a set style. I'm really digging the hop flavors.

Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,747 ratings.