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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,522 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,522
Reviews: 539
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 201
Gots: 418 | 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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Photo of whatthehull
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tulip

A - deep dark opaque mahogany. Awesome two finger tan creamy head and some sticky lacing

S - Tons of spicy rye and hops. Very floral (earthy sweet flowers), almost a coffee like note, belgian like yeast, pine, grapefruit, weed, tons of new wood, slight pineapple, nice sugar note and crisp robust toasty malts

T - Up front the hops is lovely. Hitting your pallet with floral, spicy and earthy hops. Grapefruit, pineapple, pine, rye, baking spices, tons of wood and earth. belgian like yeast, huge toasty sweet sugary malts, more flowers and some serious dankness

M - Medium bodied, very well balanced, nice very enjoyable complexity, medium acidity and long spicy sweet finish

D/O - Very nice, refreshing, enjoyable and kinda fun to drink. It has a whole lot going on for the beer nerd and not to much going on for the novice. If you like hoppy beers with a rad twist, this is a nice addition to the rye IPA. Not for the "beer" drinker at all. Firestone does it again with another beer that can be enjoyed anytime of day or year

Final thoughts - At $5 a pop and a nice 8+% abv, this is one to add to your reviewed section and cellar. Yum

whatthehull, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of vfgccp
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BO May 2012, opened July 2012

A - Towering off-white head with a mixed, but mostly creamy, bubble structure. Awesome retention and lace. Black with cola brown highlights. This is about as good as it gets for a black IPA.

S - Nice, relatively bright nose. Damp herbal hop, black pepper, nug, sweet grains.

T - Nice rye bite, touch of honey, roast, sharp woody bitterness.

M - Smooth, medium/light body. Par carbonation. Dry backend.

O - Nice roast with a deep woody bitterness.

vfgccp, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Poucher86
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Poucher86, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

650ml brown glass bottle with foiled over pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger khaki head of nice cream and thickness, and great retention for the high ABV. Colour is a solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Appealing for the style.

Sm: Floral hops, some pine, must, dark malts, stale malts, and cream. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Unpleasantly aggressive hop bitterness atop clean malts, some floral character, and hints of citrus. Pleasant but unimpressive. There's little complexity or subtlety. It's too bold and aggressive. Overbearing.

Mf: Too sharp. Too thick. Coarse and dry on the climax, but nicely wet on the open.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. A let-down from Firestone Walker, but then I've come to expect that from them.

C

kojevergas, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of jrohrbacher
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

jrohrbacher, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Gmann
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep brown color with a big puffy toasted khaki colored head that slowly dissipated into a puffy cap. Left a wall of lacing.

The aroma is of a nice citrus hop, plenty of grapefruit. Some light pine in the aroma as well. I find that the hops overpower the malt in the aroma as I really don't pick up much.

Definitely more of a mix in the flavor. The malt is fairly substantial but very smooth, not much bitterness from the malt, which is a big plus for me for this style. The malt mostly has a big bready flavor, some toasted pumpernickle and a peppery spice from the rye. The hop profile is mostly grapefruit with some pine. A bit of resin but not overly bitter at all. Some rusty notes in the end.

The feel is moderate to full with soft carbonation. Extremely smooth for the style. Usually black IPA's crush you with both roasted malt and hop bitterness. Slightly bitter on the finish.

Probably the best black IPA that I have had. Not a huge fan of the style but the flavor and feel was so smooth.

Gmann, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Odysseyalien
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Odysseyalien, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of denver10
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a khaki head. An aroma filled with the smell of the woods and pine trees, some rye, and chocolate. A very smooth flavor or pine, chocolate, rye. A nice full, creamy mouthfeel. Overall. not a Black IPA fan at all but I love this one. The balance and smoothness to this was very impressive.

denver10, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of TrevorWGrover
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

TrevorWGrover, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black with only a slight hint of red on the edges when held to the light. Ultra fluffy tan head with great retention and strong, clingy lacing. Good looking beverage.

S- Fresh hops, with some spicy, dank notes. Also some chocolate and spicy rye. Really complex. Awesome smell.

T- To taste this beer is to know what complexity really means. Citrus hops layered on top of chocolate layered on top of spicy rye and a malty chocolate coffee aftertaste. This beer has so many things going on and it does all of them well. This is a ridiculously complex and brilliant beer. Super tasty.

M- Just about right for the style.

O- Awesome. Straight up.

IPA4LIFE, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Narshwaggle
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Narshwaggle, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Chrixsus
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Chrixsus, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark ruby-brown coloring with a thin, filmy coating on the surface. Aromas of rich, sugary caramel, with a smokey highlight and a tangy, resiny presence. Smells interesting and tasty. Flavors are a darker and heavier roasted sweetness in the backbone, with some plum and date characteristics blending with a roasted coffee bitterness. The hops bitterness then chimes in, with resiny and floral components. Very dark and well blended, presenting with a meatier and smoother feel than most Ryes. Smooth aftertaste of roasted grain and mildly bitter hops. Clean, slightly sweet lingering finish. The beer is easy to drink, and the hops flavors build a bit while you make your way through multiple servings, but overall it avoids being overpowering. Very tasty.

GarthDanielson, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Zaphog, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Arbitrator
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Bottled 06/20/2012. Obviously, the bottle date isn't written in the box on the label that says "bottle date" -- why, that would be silly. It's stamped in black on the neck, where it's much more legible against a brown bottle holding a black beer.

A: Pours a black-ish body; it's technically a dark brown with mild translucence at the edges. But it looks black in the center. The head is a beige affair that leaves great trails of sticky lace and even maintains a modest collar on the beer as I drink. Nice.

S: A pine hop profile bounces off a strong grain aroma (must be the rye). I was hoping there would be some spice or citrus character to the nose, but if it's there, I'm not picking it up. It's earthy, which works well with the dark roasted notes.

T: Pine hops lead the charge, segueing into a mid-taste defined by roasted grains, cocoa, and earth. I pick up some of that citrus (oranges) I was looking for. Moreover, that spice that I was longing for in the nose is found here, in the form of a light burn near the finish; I might even have thought this was brewed with peppers except for the fact that the heat doesn't linger, and that I know otherwise.

M: Medium-plus bodied; the beer is packed with flavor and it clings to the palate with hop oils refusing to wash away. Bitterness becomes more pronounced in the aftertaste as the malt washes away and the oils work their magic. It's not really quaffable, as the rye and roast fight for attention.

O: This is a great occasional buy for $7, but I'm not sure it's worth the [small] premium over Sublimely Self Righteous.

Arbitrator, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Nage37, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of hoppymcgee
4.25/5  rDev 0%

hoppymcgee, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev 0%

JRod1969, Jul 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

GPGURU, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of pepelemofo
4/5  rDev -5.9%

pepelemofo, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Viciousknishs
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- perfect looking beer. Deep brown almost black with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Two and a half fingers of creamy light brown head. Superb head retention with plenty of sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Not the most aromatic beer but solid and layered none the less. hops and malt play off each other beautifully in the nose. Piney spicy woody hops combine with rye spice and light roasted malt tones. Some citrus and dark chocolate notes come out as well.

T- woody piney hops with a distinct rye spiciness on the front end. Roasted malt and big chocolate character blends in with notes of citrus peel from the hops. Aggressively bitter on the back end with a roasty mocha finish that lingers with leafy hops for an eternity!

MF- creamy slick mouthfeel with a medium body. Perfect carb for this kind of beer.

D- great drinkability

Overall an excellent black IPA

Viciousknishs, Jul 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

sanford_and_son, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of TexIndy
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber with a foil covered crown into a tulip glass. Was almost black with mahogany edges. It had a large tan head that settled into a constant foam cap. Thick collar with lots of thick lace with lots sticking. Excellent looking beer.

The aroma was roasted dark malts, dark chocolate, rye and earthy tones. Very pleasing. The taste follows the aroma and is very smooth and balanced. The aroma led me to think it would be overly bitter and dry like several ABA's that I've had in the past with similar aroma profiles but this one was different. Smooth and dangerously easy drinking from the start with a great bitter component that compliments instead of over-rides the rest of the flavors. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with good carb levels. Smooth after-taste with slight bitter finish.

Overall, excellent and one of the best beers I've had in awhile. Did I mention it's easy drinking and smooth - could get into a lot of trouble with this one. Most highly recommend. Not available here in TX - got in care package from umagum. Rotation - if available here, I'd grab several and pray that this becomes a regular release. [H;Y]

TexIndy, Jul 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Pugs78, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of CoryR
4/5  rDev -5.9%

CoryR, Jul 22, 2012
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,522 ratings.