Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,125 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,125
Reviews: 623
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 295
Gots: 739 | FT: 15
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012

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Photo of GPHarris
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a three-fingers thick creamy, coffee-colored head into a snifter that left great lacing and sheeting throughout that billowed nicely. the body was a dark black color.
s - big piney hops.
t - complex flavors here of pine, rye, and roasted chocolate.
m - creamy and slick.
o - whew, this is good. i really dig this style and this is one of the best i've had.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Black color. Three fingers of of tan, frothy head. Retention is very good and plenty of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Big citrusy hoppiness with emphasis on orange and pineapple. Light roastiness. Pleasant spicy earthiness from the rye. Smells pretty good.

4.0 T: As far as black IPAs go, this is one of the better ones. It's not overly roasty nor is it overly bitter from the hops. Orange and pineapple citrus. Spicy rye. Light roastiness. Tasty.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth.

4.0 D: Good beer among a wretched style. I don't think I would have given such high scores if this was any other style, but so it is. Making a black IPA that is even drinkable is already above average and this is one of the better ones.

Photo of PeacefulHopFrog
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

650ML bottle, no bottling date, even though there is a space for it.

A - Dark chocolate brown, to the point where light only shines through at the bottom. Thick, dark golden-brown head lingers to a light brown layer after 10 minutes.

S - Roasted malt and hop resin flood the nose with a hint of citrus fruit.


T - Roasted, malty flavor with a touch of chocolate that hides behind a subtle smoky background taste.

M - Very mild mouthfeel for the aggressive appearance and smell. A longer finish is present, but it is not one of those finishes that feels like all you can taste is floral hop. A very drinkable beer indeed.

There are so many incredible beers out there, but Firestone Walker continues to impress me with every new addition to their line. I have never had a black rye IPA before but this one has set an incredibly high standard for me.

Photo of Rippeddisc
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Flew this home with me 2 months ago...

A - poors super dark brown...2 finger head, down to thin lacing

S - bubble gum, fruit-grapefruit, malt/bread, bit yeasty, great nose here

T/M - holy monkeys. doesnt match the nose. roasted malt sweetness with bit of the rye spice, hops build in the background and make love to your mouth.

O - I'm a fan of this style...and this beer doesnt need to get any more perfect. Find it. Drink it. Sleep next to the bottle.

Photo of nimrod979
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber. No freshness date. Poured into a standard pint glass. Love the name, haha, Wookey.

Appearance: Pours almost black with some cola-like highlights when held to the light. One and half fingers of beige head. Longer than average retention. when it finally settles it's a thin layer with some chunky bubbly spots. Excellent lacing.

Aroma: Big pine resin followed by grapefruit-y hops. Hints of roasted malts and chocolate hiding out in there.

Taste: Same as the aroma but the roasted malts are a bit more pronounced. Chocolate malt still hides a bit but that's fine by me. This is a FINE fucking example of a "Black IPA" The rye throws in a bit of spice that meshes well with the hoppy flavors. Everything here works. The rye becomes a little more apparent as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly smooth and easy. The flavors and hops bitterness are bold but nothing you can't handle. Fuller side of medium bodied. Carbonation is average for the style. LOOONG finish of citrusy hops AND roasted malts. Interesting.

I'd throw this up with the ranks of Self-Righteous and DFH IBA. Two beers I already loved.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, date is not visible but spring '12 release
Central Waters globe

A: Pours a deep dark brown. Almost black. Some reddish hues towards to edges. Light tan half finger head. Some lacing bits when you give it an aggressive swirl.

S: It's pretty amazing. I get all fruity hops initially on the nose. Grapefruit and citrus. Then digging in you get some roast even while cold. Chocolate is there.

T: Up front you get some nice bitterness, but not too much. Mid mouth you get the malts, but also the rye malts. Adds that touch of spice. The color doesn't lead to as much coffee and chocolate as it would appear. The malts add some creamy texture. And aid in a bitter yet smooth close.

M: Medium bodied

O: A BIPA for sure

Photo of kindbill
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased 650 ml from High Spirits in Providence, RI. Poured into standard pint glass.

Pours black. Frothy with 2 fingers of head. Smells of hops, resin, dark malts, slight chocolate and coffee notes.

Initial thought is that this is unique brew. You get rye spiciness and hops and bitterness up front and dark chocolate and burnt coffee with the finish.

Black IPA is starting to become a vague and broad beer varietal. You could label this a dark ale, black ale or black ipa very easily. Tastes like a rye ipa stout hybrid. The alcohol is noticeable but this is a relatively smooth 8.3%. One of the most unique beers I've enjoyed in 2012. Big fan of Firestone Walker and this does not disappoint.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

consumed on 7/14, while I was "on Hiatus." picked up locally. enjoyed from my FW snifter.

a - brew poured a deep pewter black...looking like a porter with about 2 fingers of frothy cream colored head. as the head dissolved away the glass was coated with foamy lacing and the head never truly went away.

s - wow, what a medley. roast, rye, and hops. lots of earthy twigs and sticks are in there as well.

t - lots of chocolate at first, then some char which eventually shows the rye. rather interesting. different for certain. leaves a grainy finish. as i drank the beer more, it began to feel more like a rye ipa and i got into it a bit more, but it is no rye'd da lightning. first sips weren't wonderful, but 5th 6th and beyond were actually really good.

m - char and roastiness on a medium to light bodied brew with good carbonation. the hops and rye give it a bit of a zing, not so much bitter.

o - if there are 2 things in this world that i love, it is IPAs and Rye beers…but a black rye IPA had me wondering. what a wild combination. it is good, but not necessarily my favorite. even black IPAs are a tough style for me...there are a few that i adore (either, or, 5 years later, etc)...glad i tried it, at first it really seemed like this isn't something that i'd be looking for again, but as i drank it and the Rye IPA came out and shined more and it was actually quite good and potentially something i'd get again.

bottle

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

Almost black with a very dense, thick, khaki head. Really nice fruity hops to this. Lots of grapefruit and pineapple with a touch of pine. Some roast, but it’s restrained and luckily not really any chocolate. Mildly sweet on the palate, but a nice pine bitterness and plenty of fresh grapefruit flavor. There is some pineapple, but it’s not as intense as on the nose. A touch of roasted malt flavor to it, too.

Photo of whatthehull
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
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

Photo of vfgccp
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

***
01/06/15: Further impressions:

I dig the label design, even if it is a bit generic. I wanted to revisit this Black IPA now that I have more experience with the style. Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX. Reviewed live.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2 fingers wide. Pale tan colour. Nicely creamy and full, with a sumptuous even consistency and a soft appearance. Retention is good for the ABV and style - about 8-9 minutes. Leaves a nice ring of even coating of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Predictably, it's an opaque black. More stout-like and dark than I'm accustomed to with beers of this style; few are ink-black.

Overall, it's apt for the style albeit typical. Not unique or special.

AROMA: The hop profile seems apt for the style: pine, a bit of evergreen, sappy tree resins. Suggests a sticky feeling brew with a pronounced hop profile but no untamed hop bitterness. Some cream and dark malts seem to cover up the hop bite, bringing enough sweetness to keep the brew in balance but not so much that it's cloying. Hopefully the taste lives up to the aroma.

Aromatic intensity is moderate. No yeast character, overt alcohol, or off-notes are present.

TASTE/TEXTURE: It's definitely hop forward, with pine dominating the hop profile. Subsidiary hoppy notes of evergreen, sap, and mild resins complement. The hop bitterness is a bit too aggressive, tipping the balance too much towards the hops. A sore absence of roasted barley holds the brew back, but it does have some fairly harsh dark and schwarz malts which lend it a rough-around-the-edges feel, violating the cleanliness of the flavour profile but also bringing some needed sweetness into the mix.

Like with most beers in this still-young style, the dark malts are just fundamentally mismatched to the hops. Rye's signature spiciness never manifests, making me wonder if enough rye was used in the grain bill. Fortunately, no untoward yeast presence, hop presence, or overt alcohol comes through. As it warms, a pleasant suggestion of faint milk chocolate emerges.

Moreover, the flavour profile overall is both simple and shallow, with merely average flavour duration and intensity. Has no stand-out characteristics. I do like the evergreen hop character, and I think that's the right direction to take in this style, but it undercommits.

Mouthfeelwise, it's aptly creamy and smooth, but the hop bitterness does drag on the palate and unfortunately its blatant overcarbonation restricts drinkability. A softer more luscious feel would do wonders. I like its coating, slightly chewy presence on the palate. Ultimately, this texture neither elevates the beer nor accentuates any constituent flavours.

OVERALL: This is certainly an above average attempt at the style, and while it's drinkable I can't say it's anywhere near world-class. I'll be avoiding it in the future, and continue to be skeptical of the hullabaloo surrounding Firestone Walker. More of a focus on the evergreen hop character, some tweaking of the ingredient choices (if you're going to do rye, do rye), and a leavened creamier texture would help bring this beer up to a B-.

C+

Photo of Gmann
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of denver10
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
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

Photo of TexIndy
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
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]

Photo of beerdrifter
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in a trade with bfg75! Dark brown, almost black pour with a big two finger off white head with great retention and lacing. Glorious nose with loads of piney, resiny hops to complement the rye, which was a little more subdued than I would have expected. Roasty malt with hints of cocoa balance it out nicely. The taste is just as bold as the nose. Tons of resiny, piney, citrus hops are balanced perfectly with a solid roasty malt backbone with hints of caramel and cocoa. The rye is once again subdued, but definitely adds a unique twist to your typical Black IPA. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a nice bitter hop finish. Drinkability is off the charts on this one! Probably the most balanced Black IPA I've tasted to date, maybe even the best overall. Another amazing beer from one of my favorite breweries! Thanks to Ben for hooking me up with this one!!!

Photo of flexabull
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with a nice light tan colored head.

Aromas are pine like, with some earthiness, resin, and dark roasted malts.

Taste is smooth, subtle, and well balanced. Roasted malts, light cocoa and subtle sweetness. Finish is crisp, earthy, resiny, with some nice pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth.

Overall a very fine example of the style.

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black body with a foamy tan head. Good lacing around the edges of the glass.

S- Very floral and juicy hop aroma. Grapefruit pine, and citrus are in the front with no noticeable dark malt aromas.

T- A blast of those juicy hops up front, followed by a pine taste, finishing with a roasty aftertaste.

M- Very smooth, well carbonated and drinkable.

O- Most hop-forward black IPA I have had. The hop profile and aroma is makes you think you are drinking a regular IPA or an imperial amber, but the slight roasty finish lets you know the dark malt is there.

Photo of Zorro
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First the obvious remark "How many Wookies in a bottle of Wookey Jack?"

Clear dark brown colored ale with a tall and thick light brown colored head, looks are impressive.

Smell is strong hops and patent malt. Scents primarily of pine and eucalyptus. Scent of menthol is in this it numbs your nose when you sniff it. Lesser scents of chocolate and cake batter.

Starts out thick and bitter. Patent malt and menthol with a little carrot taste to it. Chocolate and rye with a hint of burnt rubber. hop remains mostly pine.

Good mouthfeel.

Overall a good beer but not an outstanding one.

Photo of mschind
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter from a bomber, no date that I could find. There is no light at all coming through this beer, opaque dark brown verging on black. I got a stout like mocha head half way up the glass that dissipated and coated nicely.

S- Intense resinous pine hops followed by spicy rye notes. The other malts are lost here which seems to be the intention. Why make a rye beer if rye isn't the star?

T- Huge citrus bitterness, slightly oily giving way to the rye malt with mild sweetness followed immediately by some roasted malt bitterness.

M- Mouthfeel is substantial, perhaps due to it being unfiltered. Smooth with enough carbonation to keep it full bodied but not viscous.

O- Another winner from Firestone Walker. It's the best black rye IPA I've ever had, the only one so far... I like the combination and can imagine some pastrami on pumpernickle going well with this.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from The Village Pump, $6.99. I never thought this would make it to MD. The bottle has the date 22 June 2012 printed on, but it's barely visible.

Pouring a blackish dark brown, this beer has a dense, creamy, light brown head with nice retention and lacing. The nose is nice! Big, pungent pine hops perfectly complement the rye, and the dark grains and a nice blend of roast and acidity to the nose. Unsweetened cocoa, citrus (oranges) and even some tropical fruit are present. The balance here leans towards aroma hops, just the way I like it, but the bitterness does lend an enjoyable pungency. Excellent stuff.

The palate opens with a big hop flavor, a blend of citrus, tropical fruit and pine. There's some papaya and pineapple to complement the citrus as well. This is followed by a blend of roast, light caramel and unsweetened cocoa. Cocoa and citrus is a favorite combination of mine, especially when done right, and this beer does just that. The rye does add another dimension, a wholesome, spicy grain flavor that matches well with the pine. The bitterness lasts on the finish, not as resiny as I'd like. Light in body with moderate carbonation, and the alcohol is very well hidden, all of which make this beer very drinkable. While the finish also doesn't have quite enough roast for my liking (and is even a tad watery at times), but it further aids the drinkability of this beer, which is through the roof IMO.

Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 4,125 ratings.