Beer Review: FIRESTONE WOOKEY JACK – TASTING NOTES

Beer Review: FIRESTONE WOOKEY JACK – TASTING NOTES

The Wookey Jack pours a midnight red, presenting itself with a tight, creamy tan head that lingers, leaving behind a foam coating. Its dark allure sets the stage for what’s to come.

Aroma:

The aroma is unapologetically bold, dominated by a strong hop presence reminiscent of pine and grapefruit. It aligns with the ideal olfactory experience for a Black IPA, a nose so intense that you could easily close your eyes and be oblivious to the beer’s color. Drawing parallels to Stone’s 15th Anniversary or Sublimely Self Righteous, it exudes a magical quality that captivates.

Taste:

Wookey Jack’s flavor journey begins with an assertive piney hop bitterness, complemented by earthy, slightly toasted rye. The finish is marked by a lingering, long-lasting bitterness. Devoid of sweetness or fruity undertones, it boasts an aggressive character that persists well beyond each sip.

Mouthfeel:

In terms of mouthfeel, this brew is a full-bodied revelation, offering a slightly creamy texture and maintaining an average level of carbonation. It contributes to a robust and satisfying drinking experience.

Overall:

Let’s be clear – the only familial tie Wookey Jack shares with Union and Double Jack is its last name. This beer defies expectations, steering away from the fruity and sweet stereotypes. Instead, it embraces a rustic, aggressive, and bitter profile. The rye presence here is among the most pronounced I’ve encountered since Bruery’s Rugbrod, catching you off guard with each sip. While it may take a few more rounds to secure its spot on my Firestone favorites list, this true Black IPA deserves applause for avoiding the pitfalls of being an over-marketed porter. Priced reasonably at $6-7 per bomber, it’s a worthy investment for those seeking an authentic and distinctive brewing experience. Consider grabbing a few bottles – I’m inclined to believe it would shine equally well in a 6-pack format. Cheers to Firestone Walker for staying true to the essence of a Black IPA.