Firestone Walker – Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA: If you search this beer on the internet, you will notice that ratebeer has it on the top 10 Black IPA’s of the world which is always exciting to find a beer that higly regarded, however sometimes can cause you to over anticipate the beverage and therefore feel a bit dissapointed. I didn’t realize how high this was rated until after trying it, so fortunately that wasn’t going to happen to me, and honestly after trying it I don’t think it would have either way because this stuff was awesome! It is brewed at a strength of 8.3% abv with 80 IBUs and can be found in some Haggen grocery stores in Bellingham.
Aroma and Appearance: It pours a dark brown with a hint of red, there are two fingers of tan foam and no visible bubbles. The aroma was a bit mind blowing, with some fruity tangerine, mango, sweet malt, rye grains and a bit of smoke. You could smell this forever, it is so intriguing.
Flavour: This craft beer starts with an orange and tangerine citrus flavour that moves into a deep smokey sweet rye malt that is hard to put into words, eventually finishing with a grapefruit juice bitterness that caps of a tongue tantalizing experience.
Overall Impression: If it isn’t obvious already, I love this one.
Rating: I give it an awesome rating of 9/10, I will buy this every time I see it on the selves and will happily drink it again and again.
Food Pairing: Had it with some grilled chicken and apple sausages, was a nice combo.
I tend to buy any Rye IPA I see now, the unique malts seems to work really well with the hops in this style.