Wookey Jack (Firestone Walker)
Purchased at Taylor’s Market and poured into pint glasses.
This black rye IPA from Firestone Walker (the Champion Brewery winner at the 2012 World Beer Cup), pours a murky black with a slowly retreating, cola-colored head, and smells of pungent hops, pine bark, and roasted coffee beans. Its’ initial mouthfeel is somewhat dry and watery for a dark IPA, but there is a pleasant pepper bite from the rye. The second wave of flavor is by far the best, with notes of chewy grass, cracked pepper, dank weed, coffee, and even a little milk chocolate. Wookey Jack’s finish is long but measured, a real accomplishment considering the assemblage of strong flavors.