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Wookey Jack

Rating: 4.35

Another black IPA now, I’ve tried quite a few of these recently which is always a good thing since it’s up there with my favourite styles of beer. This one comes from the Firestone Walker brewery in California and is one of a number of beers from them that I picked up at the start of the summer. This one was a new beer for 2012, the brewery’s first attempt at a black IPA, and is one that’s already won a number of awards in the three years since. Along with winning back to back gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival under the American-style black ale category in 2012 and 2013, the beer was then named at one of the 25 best by Draft magazine in 2012 so I’m expecting big things from this one.

Wookey Jack

Appearance (4/5): This one pours a really dark looking and quite deep brown colour that boarders on black. The body is opaque and is topped with a foamy, tan brown head that’s just under a centimetre tall before turning patchy and leaving some lacing on the sides after about thirty seconds.
Aroma (9/10): Strong and dark malts with some coffee kick things off here, there some quite strong hops making an appearance too though early on. I got some nice pine notes with good sweetness in there as well with the beer coming through with pleasant tropical fruit notes, quite a bit of citrus and some touches of spice after that. The beer had quite a good balance on the nose and was definitely strong enough with some bitterness and very faint alcohol right at the end.
Taste (8/10): Tropical fruits and some grapefruit gets things rolling with the taste, there is quite a bit of citrus in there too, not to mention some darker malts, hints of chocolate and a little coffee as well. Again there is some nice sweetness coming through with a little caramel but the hops aren’t to be outdone with some touches of resinous pine before some faint alcohol sees things out.
Palate (5/5): This one comes through with a medium to full body that features plenty of bitterness from the start, there’s some nice sweetness imparted from the malts as well and I could detect a slight citrus tang in there as well. The beer was quite smooth and had an excellent balance, there was moderate carbonation and a faint touch of alcohol towards the finish; really nice stuff from Firestone Walker here.

Overall (17/20): Quite a strong tasting beer that hit the spot with a good combination of pine and tropical fruits early on that was balanced out well thanks to the darker malts and some sweetness. Despite the strength and the fact that touches of alcohol were showing towards the end, the beer was quite an easy one to drink and I worked my way through it quicker than I probably should have; an excellent beer and one I’ll be on the look out for again.

Brewed In: Paso Robles, California, United States of America
Brewery: Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
First Brewed: 2012
Full Name: Firestone Walker Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA
Type: Black IPA
Abv: 8.3%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £3.60

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