Firestone Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA
Brewed by: Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: IPA
- Variation: Black, Rye
- Seasonal: No
- ABV: 8.3%
- IBU: 80
Notes: A member of Firestone Walker’s “Proprietor’s Reserve” series.
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
A unique twist on the Cascadian Dark Ale style. Wookey Jack offers true hop aroma to rival most IPAs, with pungent citrus and herbal hop nuances, a hint of peppery rye and earthiness on the nose. Big roasty malt flavors with balanced hop bitterness and spicy rye offer a full and complex texture with a refined bittered finish. A truly different IPA for dark beer fans.
Hops: German Magnum (bittering), Citra, and Amarillo
Malts: Pale Malt, Malted Rye, Dash of Cara-Rye, Midnight Wheat from Briess, and De-Bittered Black Malt (Weyermann – Germany/Patagonia malting – Chile)
Additional: Dash of Wookey dust
More Wookey Jack Images
Artwork: Follows the Firestone Walker brand template, using small brewing tank with “Proprietor’s Reserve” text.
Color: Almost pure black, much like a porter or stout in appearance.
Aroma: Sweet malty aroma like caramel, hints of spruce.
Arrived in: 22 oz. Bottle
Served in: Short Tulip
We really, really try to make our beer reviews as non-selective as possible. As in, we have never had the beer, and walk into the review process blindly.
But from time to time, we will also post a review that’s basically a recommendation, since we have drank it before, and just wanted to sing its praises. Firestone Walker Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA is one of those cases…
We picked up a few bottles for our Star Wars May the 4th Instagram post and then realized we had never reviewed it for the site. Problem solved.
The bottle’s copper colored tear-off foil gave the allure of a limited release. Actually, when we first found this beer years ago, we thought it was a limited release. But no, luckily you can buy Wookey Jack year round, which is a good thing since it’s so delicious.
This black ale poured a light tan, fluffy sea foam head a couple fingers thick. Wookey Jack’s frothiness lasted a few minutes, and by the end of the beer, the whole glass was spotted with lacing.
There was not much carbonation to the ale itself, which lended a fairly creamy consistency. Not stout-like, but a little soupy for an IPA, more along the lines of a porter.
Wookey Jack featured a bitter roast up front, like coffee from its wide variety of dark malt(s). Its sweet middle quickly took on the sugary sweetness of raisins that bordered on mild barrel-agedness.
Until the finish, you almost forgot you were drinking an IPA, but you soon got a flavorful reminder. The roast and sweetness are overtaken by the flavor you have been waiting for — a spicy bite of rye, with the pininess of an IPA.
Firestone Walker’s unique brewing process to make Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA conveyed the true creativity of today’s craft beer movement. An unfiltered ale (unfined), with two varieties of rye for spice, and double dry-hopped with Citra and Amarillo, allowing ample hoppiness to climb over its dark malt base.
A “unique twist on the Cascadian Dark Ale style”, indeed…
Final Score: 4/5
Firestone Walker Wookey Jack is one of the best Black IPAs / Rye IPAs / Cascadian Dark Ales you will find on the market today. It works to satisfy any dark beer craving you may have, along with the spiciness of rye, and punch of piney hops.