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Wookey Jack

Judges Rating: 
23 / 24
6 / 6
39 / 40
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.