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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,402 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,402
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 189
Gots: 378 | FT: 10
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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4/5  rDev -6.1%

theleechster, Jul 07, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev -15.5%

Bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Dark black with almost no light penetration with three fingers of an off white head. Tiny bubbles emerge and dance up the side of the glass. Spectacular lacing.

S: Smells like a spicy and tropical IPA to me!

T: Big on the spicy malt notes with a bit of hop bitterness. Not a lot of tropical flavors that the nose had. Good, but sort of weird.

M: Tingly spiciness with a little bit of heat. Medium carbonation.

O: This was my first black IPA, and I can't say I'm a fan. Not bad, just not what I'm in the mood for on a summer night. The nose on this is really awesome and it looks beautiful. Sadly it goes downhill after that. Not much downhill, but still enough to not be my cup of tea.

Lordquackingstic, Jul 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Focusf111, Jul 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

AaronBurr, Jul 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

EzraAtom, Jul 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Slipmthgoose, Jul 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Soneast, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Black throughout, though the edges are very dark ruby, with a thin khaki colored head that leaves the glass completely messy with stick on the drink down.

Big, dank aroma of pine needles, tree sap, citrus, and roasted malt. A nearly perfect, big, expressive aroma for a black IPA.

The flavor too is full of pine, tree sap, and earthy flavors, butted up against big notes of roasted malt and mild coffee. This is a bold, expressive, delicious black IPA.

Medium body with moderate-high carbonation.

One of my favorites within the style. I love this stuff.

ehammond1, Jul 04, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Split a bomber with a couple friends. Poured brown with a light tan head and had a big, juicy aroma. Seriously, this reminds me of sweetened tropical fruit punch. Of course, there's also a spicy roasted edge to the aroma.

The taste is well balanced between hops, rye, and barley. Surprisingly well balanced. So many black IPAs are all hops, or not enough. And so few rye beers actually have a discernible rye character. But this beer has a healthy portion of each element.

Upfront is that same juicy pineapple hops hit. Then as the spicy rye and roasted barley roll in, so does a spicier citrus hops mix. Damn that's tasty. The body is a little lighter for an 8%+ beer and the semi-dry peppery finish, makes this almost too drinkable. Find this beer.

tempest, Jul 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

danipp, Jul 04, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small carbonation bubbles rise up in the beer during the entire drink down. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, citrus zest, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a roasty and hop bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great beer with a very nice balance between roast and hop aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

kuhndog, Jul 04, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

On Tap at Teresa's Next Door. Served in a tulip glass.

Wookie came to me looking to me black in the glass, saying drink me. The liquid is a deep black with small brown edges on the edge. A nice cream colored head that is a nice inch with nice retentionand stick, clings down the glass. Smell is very bright with citrus hop scent, a nice dose of chocolate, some roast and a bit of perfume. The hops do shine with vigor, with a nice floral/tropic display. Taste is tropic up front swindled by the chocolate malt. There is a nice rye component here that strays this from the big black IPA pack. I don't know, im not a big fan of the style, but this seems a bit different and flavorful. A nice build with not a heaping of alcohol, 10oz's is plenty for me though.

BARFLYB, Jul 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

jwat, Jul 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.6%

brez8791, Jul 03, 2012
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4.24/5  rDev -0.5%

Dark brown with big tan foamy head with good retention and lacing. Strong citrus with light roasted and herbal aromas. Orange rind and spice finish, brown sugar sweetness with roasty bittering linger and herbal notes. Light bittering linger. Thin feel with good carbonation and light bite.

Great balance of flavors. First black IPA that wasn’t over roasty. A fantastic blend of flavors that’s more subdued than other pioneers of the style. However, I would call it a more refined flavor with the rye and complex flavors.

Bfarr, Jul 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

vr6corrado, Jul 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

BCross, Jul 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

2beerdogs, Jul 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

DeezGunz14, Jun 30, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Cap was slightly rusted.

A: More than two fingers of tan head rise creamy above an opaque, almost-black beer. Incredible retention, great lace, and impressive darkness.

S: Very nice hops. Spicy, piny Amarillo. Turns strangely and faintly metallic after my first sip...

T/M/O: Interesting. Darker, chalkier, chocolatier than expected. Perhaps this is the "wookey dust," haha. Otherwise, a dense, smooth, balanced IPA. The Citra works excellently, providing a sweeter-tinged citric bite, tropical fruit, and lingering pine. Perfect hop, perfect addition. The rye malt adds an fascinating component to the overall malt base, which is otherwise dominated by the black malt. Overall, excellent.

Malts: Pale Malt, Malted Rye, Dash of Cara-Rye, Midnight Wheat from Briess, De-Bittered Black Malt (Weyermann - Germany/Patagonia malting - Chile), Dash of Wookey dust
Hops: German Magnum (bittering), Citra & Amarillo (flavor/aroma and double dry-hopped)

AgentMunky, Jun 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Devi0us, Jun 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

bhir, Jun 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

kylefurlong, Jun 28, 2012
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4.73/5  rDev +11%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into Duvel tulip

Brought from California myself, its a fresh one!

A - Deep dark black with maybe a shade of brown. Light is consumed within the Wookey. Huge bubbly tan head. THICK and clingy. Drink me for the eyes.

S - Pine, roasted malt, hints of rye. Perhaps a smidge of citrus. Big lovely nose. Drink me for the nose.

T - Here goes; Oh my thats a nice blend of styles. Hops on the front, fresh and bitter...followed by a perfect blending of the rye malt...that in turn gives way to the looked for hops at the end. Perfect balance IMHO. Drink me!

M - Big carbonation but it (shocker) is the ideal amount to carry the flavor across the palate. Coats but not cloying, finishes clean and crisp. Mmmm.

O - FW is really becoming my go-to brewer lately and Wookey only furthers that path. Ideally balanced beer (as are most of theirs), refreshing, complex and just DAMN good. Find it, trade for it, just get it. Move over Stone, FW now has the best black IPA.

Momar42, Jun 27, 2012
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,402 ratings.