Wookey Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012

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4,615
Reviews:
702
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
8.75%
 
 
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Ratings: 4,615 |  Reviews: 702
Photo of DavoleBomb
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark mahogany red/brown with a thick, chunky head; clots of lacing along the pint glass. The nose is all bright, floral hops; spicy and citrusy. The taste reinforces the hop presence with a relatively thin malt note; strong hop bitterness. The feel is also fairly light, slightly over-carbonated; crisp, clean, and dry.

The rye and hops really standout with the aroma and taste. But the balance seems off. The malt characteristics seem fairly weak and the mouthfeel thin and watery. Still, if hops are your thing, this is one to check out.

Re-review update (10-06-2013): had another bottle and found the body to be much better, more fitting for a dark ale. Also, the taste seemed better, more malty. Hop aroma and flavor characteristics remain strong per my initial review. So, I've bumped up both taste and mouthfeel by .50 from my previous rating and bumped up my overall by .50.

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Photo of 2GOOFY
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Rizzy17
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of laituegonflable
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slick black colour, bit of colour when held up to the light. Head is beige, leaving nice little trails of lace and sunk to a thinnish crown. Looks pretty nice.

Smells mega-hoppy. Not a lot of roasty malt is immediately apparent, just Cascade hops with big citrus, pine and herbal notes. Touch of wet bark, coriander and white pepper at the back. Wouldn't mind more roasty character, but still a nice aroma.

Taste is a bit sweeter and nuttier, with malts taking the fore. Macadamia and peanutty notes with oatmeal and a touch of bitter chocolate. Hops on the finish, slightly resinous but mostly lemon and pine notes with a very slight hint of lychee. Finish is a nice confusion of roasty/hoppy bitterness. Not sure which is prevalent but they're both pretty nice.

Bit sharp upfront, bit of fizz. Body is more notable on the back and a bit dry, but yeah, not bad.

Nice IBA. Good hops and nice roasty characters as well. Could up the roast on the nose and the hops on the front palate, but plenty to like nonetheless. I'm nit-picking, really.

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Photo of illidurit
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From growler. Dark brown clear pour. Nice citrusy aroma, grapefruity in essence but not a totally generic C-hop profile at all. Flavor is citric up front with a malty finish that screams ’rye.’ Not very roasty. It’s a nice idea -- many black IPAs have a hollow roastiness that doesn’t mesh with the hops, but Wookey Jack’s main malt note in the flavor is rye, a tried and true hop complement. Well done.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2013-09-20 in Columbia, PA

A - Opaque dark brown with a 2-finger tan head and great lacing.

S - LOTS of pine and dank earth. Sweet roasted malt. Light citrus and hop floral. Not getting coffee, or chocolate. Very nice. Not overly-strong.

T - Mmmm. Like a porter with some extra hops. There's a rich, deep-roasted/light-char malt presence but nowhere as strong as Parabola. The IPA-ness of the beer is evident. Some of the pine carries over from the smell and there's a bit of citrus and some hop bitterness that is evident but constrained. This beer is remarkably well-balanced. It dries nicely and finally in the aftertaste you discover a note of dark chocolate.

M - Lighter bodied than it looks. Call it light-medium body with light carbonation.

O - OK. This is one fine beer. It's as good or better than my previous favorite black IPA; Founders' El Diablo Del Noche. Gotta have more of this.

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Photo of jophish17
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of francisweizen
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Jeffo
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Doopie pimped this beer all summer, so I had to pick one up when I saw it a Premiere Gourmet in NY.

From a bomber into a snifter
Black Rye IPA

APPEARANCE: Comes out like a porter. A brown pour yields a one finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with great retention. Bistre brown in color with higher levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a full, bubbly wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A good wisp remains leacing some lacing the whole way down. Looks very nice.

SMELL: Dark malts, caramel notes, and piles of citrus and piney hops. Lots of grapefruit, lemon and orange, with some notes of pineapple. Very bold and enticing.

TASTE: Follows the nose. Dark malts and caramel up front, then lots of bitter, piney hops at the swallow. Bolder finish of caramel, melon sweetness, citrus, grapefruit, and piney hop bitterness lingers nicely. This is very much a DIPA with a touch of dark malts. Really tasty stuff, but if could be more "black" for the style.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Not quite as creamy as hoped, slightly prickly going down and finishes a touch dry on the palate. A bit of heat lingers as well. Decent enough, but a creamier, smoother feel would help quite a bit.

OVERALL: This was really, really nice. Lots of hop flavor, though the "black" part of the Black Ale, namely the dark malts and light roasted flavors, didn't quite come through. A better feel would have helped showcase what was there a little better as well. Nevertheless, I"m very glad I had a chance to try this enjoyable beer, or Doopie would have held it over my head for months. Cheers!

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Photo of Hootie159
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of suckaj
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Domvan
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of DrMindbender
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ConradKenney
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of AMCimpi
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 4,615 ratings.
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