Monday, December 17, 2012

Firestone Walker Wookey Jack

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Tonight I am trying my first beer from Firestone Walker, their Black Rye IPA Wookey Jack.  Wookey Jack won a gold medal in this year's Great American Beer Festival in the American-style black ale category.  This is a pretty highly regarded beer which I found on a local beer shop's shelf for fairly cheap.  Firestone Walker suggests drinking this beer within 120 days of the bottling date.  This beer was bottled on July 19, so it's a little bit past its prime.  It may not be at peak, but I have a feeling it will be just fine!

Wookey Jack
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
8.3% ABV
80 IBUs
Bottled on 07/19/12
Fun Fact:  Unfiltered.  Anyone know where the name Wookey Jack comes from?

Wookey Jack pours a dark, dark brown, almost black color.  It started with a multi-finger high, off white head with a hint of tan in the color.  Taking in the smells of this beer, I get grapefruit and other citrus aromas. There may be tad of spice in the aroma too.  The first things I taste in Wookey Jack is grapefruit and rye spices.  As it warms, some roasted malt and a hint of darker, perhaps chocolate, malt comes through.  I only get the slightest suggestion of alcohol, even as the beer warms.  The beer has average carbonation levels and a medium body.

Overall:  A great beer.  I could definitely enjoy this over and over again.  Next time it's released, I need to get this fresh!

What do you think of Wookey Jack?  What's your favorite Firestone brew?  Let me know in the comments!

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