Wookey Jack

California
United States
Wookey Jack Firestone Walker Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
98
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20
Description 

Wookey Jack is our first foray into the dark outer world of black IPAs. Rich dark malts and spicy rye careen into bold citrus laden hops creating a new dimension in IPA flavor. This brew has been left unfiltered and unfined to retain all of its texture and character. At 60 IBUs, Wookey Jack is gnarly on the outside yet complex and refined on the inside.

Profile

ABV: 
8.3%
IBUs: 
60
Served at: 
50° - 55° F
Hops: 
German Magnum, Citra, Amarillo
Malts: 
Pale, Rye, Cara-Rye, Midnight Wheat, De-Bittered Black
Judges Review 
Phil Farrell's picture
Judges Rating:
98
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

As I lean in to check out the garnet highlights and thick tan head, I get hit with the Pacific Northwest in all its hop glory. Loads of grapefruit and pine with a nuance of citrus zest and spice dominate the aroma. After it warms, there’s a whiff of chocolate roast. The flavor is as good as the hop aroma. Following a hop appetizer, there’s a complex roast infusion with chocolate notes and a spicy rye-like tang. The finish is dry and crisp with a firm bitterness that lingers with a nuance of coffee and a full dose of resin, grapefruit and pine. This is an amped up IPA with a few special surprises. The brewer’s true genius was not overdoing the sharp roast and rye – a symphony rather than a jam session.