R.J. King Wingwalker Pale Ale - World Brews
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4.45/5 rDev +41.3%
Pours a rich copper color with a very tight off-white head about two fingers thick which recedes to a halo of foam that lasts to the bottom of the glass.
Smell is a little flat...some burnt caramel and a little bit of orange citrus.
Taste is off the rocker, though...this is basically Dogfish Head 90 minute without the bitterness. Lots and lots and lots of strong orange citrus flavor backed by a nice sweet caramel balance with a mildly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy.
Drinkability is off the charts. All of that flavor without a palate destroying bitterness, and an ABV that hovers just over the session beer range? I'll take another six pack or two, please!
Found this at Sunflower Market...first time I've ever seen it...for $6.99 a pack on sale. A real deal, great beer, I'll get another pack if it's still there next time.
04-06-2007 02:53:52 | More by UberWasser
4.03/5 rDev +27.9%
Container Volume: 355ml
Container type: bottle
Purchased @: j-o
Head: 1/8 " head lasting throughout
Lace: slight (falling slowly)
Color: medium amber
Aroma: excellent - citrus/pine
Mouthfeel: medium-full bodied
Palate: adjusts well
Comments: Highly hopped. Not sweet, but citrusy. Jewel-Osco seems to be carrying these...I'm the 10th rating here as well!!! they're at 83%
Mowing/Working on car- maybe
With Friends- y
Get my buzz on- y
09-11-2006 04:52:44 | More by TechMyst
4.03/5 rDev +27.9%
I like this one. Smell of citrus. When you drink it it has a good bite to it. Goes down smooth with a somewhat bitter fruity after taste (to me at least).
Very drinkable but not the best pale ale I have had but still a decent beer.
I say try a six pack and decide for yourself.
03-25-2010 06:35:12 | More by lph0911
4/5 rDev +27%
12 oz brown longneck with a the cool old airplane on the label. No freshness dating.
The beer pours a burnished copper with a 1 inch sand colored head.
Nice aroma of citrus, pine and some slightly caramelized malts.
The taste tracks very close to the smell. Some modestly bitter pine taste backed by enough sweet malts to add balance. There is some fresh grainy taste which adds some additional interest. I wonder how close this recipe is to City Brewerys normal pale ale. Regardless, it is a tasty offering.
The mouth is pleasantly thick and bit oily. Very easy drinker,. Trust me, this is a good session beer. Well done by the folks in La Crosse.
02-02-2007 01:37:41 | More by Redrover
4/5 rDev +27%
Contrary to what others have wrote, I think this beer is pretty good! Poured into a pint glass it appears a great butterscotch, amber color. One finger head with a moderate amount of lacing down the glass. Its nose is sweet and spicy, mostly toasty notes. Its flavor is spicy and citrusy, the hops come through nicely. It was a tad on the sweeter side, but not too much. Mouthfeel is great, moderate amount of carbonation, easily drinkable, refreshing, and priced right. For $5.99 a six-pack, this Pale Ale is great alternative to your typical grocery store brews and is surprisingly tastey! Try this one.
03-06-2008 00:15:38 | More by riboflavin88
3.98/5 rDev +26.3%
I was very suprised to find this at my local Shaws Supermarket here in Keene, NH...any new or different beer that comes through here is a suprise because we have such a crappy selection since we have to buy our beer in Convenience stores and or Supermarkets. They only had 12 packs of each Lager, Light lager & Pale ale so I took a sample of each one and made myself a mix-six pack.(You gotta improvise when the selection is so bad!)
Lable states: Flight 3 Citrusy hops and full bodied.
AP: Pours a clear, very bubbly pure Amber color with an 1/8' deep, scattered covering for a head. Leaves some sticky lacing all around the glass.
Nose: Fruity and citrusy hop(they were'nt kidding) with an herbal and nutmeg-like sweet malted scent. Decent aroma overall.
Taste: A rather complex, herbal abd citrusy bitter-hop flavor that is well balanced by the oak-wood nutmeg malt flavor that finishes with a smoked and herbal hop flavor that becomes leafy and earthy in the aftertaste.
MF: This is a medium to full body Pale Ale that feels crisp and rather heavy. It displays a nice mellowing feel as the flavor settles on the palate.
DA: This is a decent Pale...stands up to some of the best I feel. Look out Sierra Nevada!! (tehe)
12-06-2006 17:12:21 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
3.98/5 rDev +26.3%
Poured a clear amber color with 1/2" head. The head has great retention, with nice lacing.
Very nice aroma, very hoppy with lots of bright citrus undertones.
As expected, a very citrusy and hoppy flavor, that was fairly well balanced. Not a bad tasting beer, definitely worth a try.
Nice mouthfeel, not too thin, not too thick. Proper carbonation.
Overall, a very drinkable beer. Well rounded, and I will be buying again.
09-18-2006 02:42:58 | More by drotski
3.93/5 rDev +24.8%
12 oz. brown screwtop bottle bought at Shaw's in Augusta of all places. I have to say the label suggests they know their prospective customers. The label itself is good looking enough, but it says right on it "citrusy hops and full bodied." I know some craft brewers do this too, but not many that can be acquired here do. Anyway...
Orange, more red really, slightly murky body with thing and quickly dissipating head. Smells not that strong, but hops dominate the aroma. Much hop bitterness is present, but there's a faily decent malt backbone there. Still a hop-forward beer, though I'm not sure I'd say citrus as much as pine and planty, but not in a bad way. Rather tasty. Not as full bodied or flavored, but medium to slightly over medium on both counts. Tasty, but not as overwealming as APAs can sometimes be. Fairly drinkable.
10-13-2006 01:40:44 | More by MrHurmateeowish
3.9/5 rDev +23.8%
Poured from a 12oz bottle from albertson (six pack was only $7).
I really enjoyed this beer overall. The hops are present but not overpowering. It has a lightly carmel-sweet flavor (maybe a bit of cirtrus). The head was decent but not great, and the lacing was a bit spotty. However the drinkability and the overall flavor IMO is very good. Not quite as bitter as a sierra nevada and a bit sweeter. Good beer overall and i'll definitely buy it again.
03-02-2008 23:58:13 | More by mwolfe
3.9/5 rDev +23.8%
Bottle: brown 355mL bottle, funky and classically styled label.
Appearance: light amber colouring with a big, bubbling head. Crisp, clear and very enticing.
Aroma: a reasonably strong aroma of citric hops.
Taste: the citric hop flavours maintain, but also a clean, light malt.
Aftertaste: that lovely hops flavour lingers over the citrus.
Mouth feel: moderate body and carbonation, suits the style well and brings the flavours forward.
Overall: very nice American Pale Ale. Nicely hopped, nicely combined flavours. Lovely sessional beer if in the mood for a sweetish citrus beer with some nice hops bitterness undertones.
07-02-2012 12:55:32 | More by SmashPants
3.88/5 rDev +23.2%
Picked up at major supermarket chain and I hope they keep it coming. Heres why. Poured into a pounder glass it forms a good sized loose head that leaves some ring lacing and eventually just a small island. Light copper body.
Citrusy and fruity but not annoying at all as the hops have good body and some drying power. Clean and crisp. Not much else to say as its pretty straight forward leaning on the hops with a smooth, sweet malt backdrop that doesn't get in the way.
Notes: Admittadly I was happy to find an Ale at a supermarket that was cheap, but I wasn't expecting such a fine product. Its an easy drinking pale that hits all the major characteristics in stride.
10-06-2006 00:44:05 | More by DogFood11
3.88/5 rDev +23.2%
Pours a light amber with nice fluffy, persistent head. Absolutely brilliantly clear. A very inviting beer to simply look at!
Initial smell is a slightly underwhelming whiff of citrus hops (possibly cascade and centennial). Despite this, one might forgive the lack of hop kick in the nose due to the length of time on the shelf.
Taste is clean. VERY clean. No yeast flavor present. It's almost a yeast flavour unto itself - the really clean fermentation flavour. Hops just slightly more prominent in the taste with a nice, well-balanced bitterness.
All in all, an enjoyable APA from a previously unknown (by me) american brewery.
03-16-2012 10:25:17 | More by Toffman
3.85/5 rDev +22.2%
Pours a clear orange colored ale with very little head formation.
Smell is sweet and malty with a notable amount of cascade hop in the smell. The scent is a bit spicy and there is a vanilla scent here.
Taste is sweet and a little spicy at the beginning. There is a fruit flavor here of apricots for some reason mixed with the taste of tea. Quite an interesting and lively tasting ale. The taste of this is a great deal like DFH Aprihop.
Mouthfeel is good.
Much more drinkable than I expected. The taste is basically a clone of DFH Aprihop, so if you like that you will like this.
07-16-2006 05:32:39 | More by Zorro
3.83/5 rDev +21.6%
Apperance- Pours a clear, copper/amber color with lots of effervecnance. The head is failry small and tight with some staying power and lacing.
Aroma- Nice balance of malt sweetness, and citrusy aroma hops with an herbal and mild grassy scent.
Taste- Nicely complex for an APA, herbal and citrusy bitter-hop flavor that is well balanced by the malt sweetness. Has a mild smoked flavor that becomes just a hair grassy in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy body with the perfect level of cabonation. A bit heavier than most APAs, but still quite nice.
Drinkability- Very nice APA.
05-24-2007 02:56:49 | More by theopholis
3.73/5 rDev +18.4%
RJ Wingwalker started showing up at the local Jewel-Oscos several months ago. I was skeptical at first, thinking this was another Plank Road type swindle. As far as I can tell though, it's just a brewery that got distribution in a huge grocery store for some reason.
That's a good thing though, because I think this is the closest thing to real beer that I've seen there yet. I'm tired of having to get guiness or sierra nevada every time. Plus they have frequent sales, I picked up a 12-pack for 10.99 yesterday; they had fat tire on the same shelf for 16.99.
I don't usually use a glass, so I don't really know what it looks like. It already comes in a container that I can drink out of, ya know?
The smell, as other reviewer have said, tells you all you need to know. Flowery hops and a strong citrus aroma. That's pretty much what it tastes like. It's a bit dry, and it's hard to pound them down for some reason, despite the modest alcohol content.
Still, overall it's a pleasant tasting beer and a great bargain. It's got a bit more character that sierra nevada pale ale, the "other" grocery store beer (around here anyway).
I don't know if this is available outside of chicagoland, but if you're in the area and you need to go over there by jewels for some milk and eggs, check out the wine and spirits section, 'cause they have beer too.
10-05-2007 14:08:57 | More by sopclod
3.68/5 rDev +16.8%
This is a nice pale ale witha beautiful amber color and a very creamy and fluffy white head. The aroma is quite citrisy and hoppy. The beer is medium bodied but tastes lighter than it looks. The citris taste really mellows the flavor of the hops and lets the malt come out. If it were a bit more carbonated it would be a really great pale ale. It is very drinkable and I would drink a few before the day was done if I had the choice to. Enjoy this one, it's a good pale ale.
10-08-2007 05:09:01 | More by erosier
3.68/5 rDev +16.8%
Pours into the pilsner a somewhat dirty looking brownish gold color with many tiny bubbles floating up to fuel an impressive medium tan head. Head fades away at a very casual rate, leaving behind a good amount of lacing. Nose is citrus, hops, and yeast pretty much in equal portions. So far, better than I expected from the new kid craft beer. Taste is solid on the hops, very decent, with some citrus in the background and a bit of perhaps too-sweet malt cropping up toward the end. Finishes on a moderately bitter note. Mouth is very good for a pale ale: semi-syrup and viscous, but watery enough to be drinkable. Good level of carbonation keeps it lively in the mouth. Drinkability is very good; this one smells good, tastes good, and goes down smooth. A good chillin beer. Recommended.
09-22-2006 23:43:48 | More by jettjon
3.65/5 rDev +15.9%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of citrus, caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.
T: The taste is decently balanced with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel up front and nice complimentary hops bitterness. The malt character is on the thin side but it's enough to provide some substance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it's not the first APA that I would pick but it's still a decent beer that's worth drinking a few.
06-04-2008 03:32:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.65/5 rDev +15.9%
Pours with an initially one-finger thick, tan colored head that sits atop an almost brilliantly clear, reddish amber colored beer. The aroma is hop forward with a mix of green herbaceous notes and citrus. Notes of grapefruit and orange mingle with pine and perhaps a touch of menthol. The hop character is a touch green, I am not quite sure what it is, but it is slightly off-putting (though it is quite subtle). Perhaps it is something like a green onion not, but I am not positive. There is a touch of toasty, biscuit-like malt character towards the end of the aroma, but you really have to dig for it to be noticeable.
Lightly sweet up front, solid caramelized crystal malt notes keep this from being dry. Sweet citrus hop notes also add to the perception of sweetness. Notes of orange and a touch of grapefruit make up the fruity notes. For some reason the flavors in this beer taste a bit wan to me, not sure why though. There is that same, almost onion-like hop note from the aroma and it tends to distract a bit. This is quite an easy drinking beer, and part of me likes it quite a bit, it is just that at times there are some distracting notes to this that don't quite jive. I do like that the brewer was not shy with the hops, lots of hop character is in this beer, enough to make the malt only play a supporting role. In the end I am definitely enjoying this beer, so there you go.
12-09-2006 22:31:14 | More by Gueuzedude
3.65/5 rDev +15.9%
A- Medium golden color, slightly cloudy with thin head that sticks around
S- The best part, nice hoppy and grassy smell with hints of cinnamon?
T- slightly sweet with floral and grassy components, aftertaste is there but not too strong
M- Light to Medium
D- Above average but not super drinkable. A couple at a time, no more.
Overall I liked this beer. It has a nice hoppy flavor that is prominent enough. The taste is good with a slightly sweet and toased malt character. It has a good mouthfeel, kind of substantial without being overbearing. I could drink a few of these.
09-20-2006 23:08:48 | More by ruleof72
3.6/5 rDev +14.3%
Appearance- A one and a half finger head that recedes at a rate thats a bit too fast for me. Colro is a good middle ground amber with only a small, singgle stream of bubbles coming to the surface and no Brussell's lacing.
Smell- Definetly cascade hops and amber malts. Gives a bitter biscuit aroma.
Taste- A little too IPA for an APA. Toomuch hops for even an APA in my opnion. With that in mind, the malt makes a good connection with the hops. Makes me think of Polisj rye bread.
Mouthfeel- Defineltly astringent and palate cleansing. Leaves a slow aftertaste.
07-08-2006 02:11:34 | More by scruffwhor
3.6/5 rDev +14.3%
Pours a nice copper color with a very thin and whispy white head.
Smell was very much of carmel and spice or pepper like with a hint of citrus as well. Nice and hoppy smell very pleasant.
Taste was citrus like with a grapefruit like flavor. Very refreshing. Theres a malt sweetness as well balanced nicely with the hop aftertaste.
03-29-2007 05:22:08 | More by HochFliegen
3.58/5 rDev +13.7%
First time I ever heard or seen this, really vague labeling trying to pass itself off as a sophisticated micro. Pours a clear brown color. Smells quite sweet. Taste is like the bottle says, citrus, sweet citrus. Not overly sweet but not as dry tasting as your usual IPA or APA. Overall it's allright, nothing to get excited about.
09-25-2006 23:52:47 | More by Manosbeeroffate
R.J. King Wingwalker Pale Ale from World Brews
74 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.