Tasting: September 3, 2012
Style: Black Rye IPA
Is this beer named for the tall, hairy Star Wars character from the planet Kashyyk or is it named for the hippies of planet Earth seen at Grateful Dead and Phish concerts? The spelling of Wookey (instead of wookie) might also refer to a town in England called Wookey Hole. A cool sounding place that’s home to a large cave and a witch that turned to stone. My wife’s been there. It’s about twenty miles from Bath. She said she remembers it as being pronounced WOO-key versus Wu-KEY. From what I’ve read on-line, the only explanation that is eliminated is the Star Wars reference. At least George Lucas’ legal team can take a breather and sit this one out.
This one is a limited release with a freshness life of about 120 days. I was happy to find a case in Pennsylvania. Anyone want a bottle? Let me know. As usual, Firestone Walker provides quite a bit of information about this unfiltered beer. They list it as 8.3% ABV with an IBU of 60. Oh, and they say that it’s made with a dash of wookey dust. FDA approved wookey dust (I hope). Pours very dark with a fleeting coffee colored head. Nice aroma of pine and subtle citrus. What strikes me about this “Rye-PA” is what doesn’t strike me. I’m not hit over the head with massive hops or grain but it isn’t wimpy either. It’s a nice balance of the hop and malt each with a chance to shine on the palate. Roasted flavor over citric and herbal hops. The spice of the rye is very subtle, but present. The mouthfeel here is smooth, light to medium body with smooth carbonation and light resiny stickiness. A real sophisticated Black IPA. I like it 90 points.