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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#771
Reviews:
702
Ratings:
4,620
pDev:
8.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wookey Jack opens to a hoppy aroma, pink grapefruit, lemon oil, and mint mixing with lesser touches of pine resin, dandelion stem, and grapefruit rind. A good measure of orange, berry, cherry, apricot, and peach fruit esters add healthy doses of sugar, playing nicely off of the citrus-centric hops. The sugars extend into heaps of brown sugar and candi sugar, adding a crystallized super sweet rim around the edge. Small chunks of toast crust and biscuit add some earthiness, as does a very, very faint edge of ash. As a whole, the nose is very nice, though the “black” part of “black IPA” is hardly noticeable here, and the peppery rye is largely subsumed beneath the massive quantities of hops and sugars. The nose is still excellent, however, speaking to a well-made IPA that boasts a wide variety of hop aromas.

On the tongue, the first notes are of hops, which bring pink grapefruit and grapefruit rind, as well as lemon oil, eucalyptus, pine, mint, and lesser notes of dandelion stem, the flavors mainly geared toward minty and citrusy. These are met almost immediately by a wave of ash and rye, as if thick brown rye bread had been deeply toasted and sprinkled with fresh-cracked pepper. The blackness here is excellent, reminiscent of fine breads, but also containing heavy ash, bits of tobacco, black malt, and semi-burnt molasses. These black, ashy notes are strong enough that they largely take over the beer, which is impressive, given the strength of the hops. In subsequent sips, the exact same process repeats itself: an initial blast of hops, then, as the beer is held on the tongue, the black ashy flavors take over. The hops aren’t overwhelmed here, but mix with the ash (as well as the few orange-oil-and-berry fruit esters that manage to make their way through the black morass) to form a lemon-lime overtone that adds a refreshing citrusy relief to the blackness. The aftertaste is a continuation of the heavy ashy notes, with lingering bits of citrusy hops, and at least the ashy notes stay on the tongue for a very long time. Mouthfeel is a full medium to medium-full, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, fizzing up on the tongue.

Overall, this is an excellent black rye IPA, and one of the few on the market where the black, ashy notes mix well with the hops; too often they clash horribly. Well worth trying.

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Black and opaque, capped with 2+ fingers of tan foam. Excellent head retention with plenty of lacing. Pine and grapefruit aromas usually associated with hop bombs are present, and they mesh with dark, roasty malt aromas to produce a pineapple-like aroma. This is something I've encounted in other strong, hoppy beers, especially American Barleywines and Strong Ales. That pineapple is somewhat fleeting, though, as the aroma settles to a piney, resiny state. Bit of soapiness that's off-putting.

The flavor is all IPA - hop flavors are firmly in control. Apparent bitterness is less than, say, FW's own Union Jack IPA. Rye's dry, distinctive character is noticeable. Darker malt flavor notes are subdued by the overall hop-forward character. Pineapple, grapefruit notes. This is in DIPA territory in terms of ABV, but there's no intrusion of alcohol into the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is much like a top-tier IPA in terms of smoothness and oiliness.

I found this to be a well-done IPA in a dark suit. The addition of rye and dark malts add a nice twist.

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A: Black with a sudsy, bubbly tan colored head--good retention and okay lacing

S: Lots of rye and piney hops up front; there's a subtle chocolatey malt undertone--but mostly hop resins and spicy rye

T: More hop forward up front than aromas indicated but then the spicy dark rye work their way in; mmmm

F: Medium body; oily and sticky; just what I want in an IBA

O: A real solid Black IPA; hoppy, spicy, a decent malt backbone, good stuff

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 4,620 ratings
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