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R.J. King Wingwalker Pale Ale - World Brews

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R.J. King Wingwalker Pale AleR.J. King Wingwalker Pale Ale

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 84
Avg: 3.15
pDev: 20.63%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: scruffwhor on 07-08-2006

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Photo of wmtxbb
1.82/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Horrible head retention; looks just like soda. Clear golden color.

Smell: Light malt scent, that's it; really lacking so far.

Taste: Very light body, has this nasty bitter flavor that seems like it isn't from the hops.

I can't finish this. One of the worst beers I've had since reviewing Budweiser.

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Photo of leadguit1
1.82/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

looks good after pouring into glass

smell is all malt almost "stale" , didn't like it

taste was very much like "paste " from first grade ...sorry, i dont mean to be rude or mean, ,, it just was real bad. Pale Ale has a taste, floaral, for example , bitter, for example this is not Pale Ale.

foamy mouth, good distribution of taste.

would not want this beer to be the only beer around

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Photo of Brad007
2/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a pale amber color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is nice and malty, bready with only a hint of any hops. Taste is mostly sweet upfront with not much of the malt or hops showing through. No date code on this either. It's just too sweet for my liking and a poor attempt at a pale ale.The malt is only slightly detectable.

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Photo of cgentzkow
2.06/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

1st beer rating. Bought 6 pack bottles at Albertsons in Long Beach, CA. Never heard of Wingwalker or R.J. King. Now I know why... Bottle says "citrusy hops and full bodied"... Get full bodied, don't get citrusy or much any hops at all for that matter. Huge malt flavor and that's all... No bueno para mi!

Makes me wonder, with the craft beer movement grocery stores are carrying many great craft beer. CA has many great craft beer brewers. Why is Alb (gigantic grocer) carrying this one from NY? Don't know and won't buy again...

In fact the more I drink it the more I hate it. Must be the east coast west coast thing... And why beer shouldn't travel that far. I should take back my critique, as I must have gotten a spoiled batch. Yuck!

Ok 1/2 thru my first bottle, 4th update... Please someone stop this and refund me for 5.5... Aweful!

Still drinking...

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Photo of Parrotshake
2.16/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Brewed by World Brews, California, you say? The label says Rochester, NY. What's going on here?

Pours a clear amber with about a finger of quickly disappearing head. Looks pretty good to me at first but no head retention whatsoever. Quite a weak nose. Smelling it repeatedly doesn't help - honey sweetness and nothing else I can really discern.

Taste-wise I am inclined to doubt that this is an ale at all. A thin-bodied, sweet thing that tastes of caramel and pears and pretty much nothing else. Metallic/herbal hops in the finish, lingering bitterness. Not sure what to make of this.

Thin and underwhelming in the mouth. Inoffensive but too sweet to be sessionable. A few bucks more expensive than as good or better beers. Interest in craft beer in Australia is finally starting to take off and as such shit like this, available though big liquor chains, has found it's niche. It's not as bad as XXXX, but nor is it particularly good. It is well-packaged and from "New York", though.

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Photo of cjones112173
2.22/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

1st review, so bear with me here...

I enjoy sampling different beers from the grocery store. Wide variety of 12 packs, I prefer to stay away from the more mass produced brands, and if something is on sale, it's even better.

This pale ale was on sale, regular $17.99 to $12.99 for a 12 pack, so I figured I'd give it a try. From the time I twisted the top - I was fully expecting a pop top - I knew it wasn't going to be good. The smell was adequate, the taste was mediocre and the drinkability, well, it's better than Budweiser.

Overall, I would not recommend this beer at all. It's slightly below average, though for the price it's downright horrible.

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Photo of MrKennedy
2.29/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle from Woolworths Liquor, West Ryde, poured into a Golden Monkey tulip.

True gold in colour, with a nice off-white foam on top that retains well. Some streaky lacing.

Smell is slightly sweet, some apricot and a touch of mango, but otherwise not much else there.

Dull citrus taste, some apricot in there, but otherwise metallic and a fair bit of it.

Slightly creamy mouthfeel, some metallic bitterness. Some gaps in the feel, watery in patches.

Leaves you feeling underwhelmed, but thankful that you don't have another in the fridge. Needs a hopping overhaul and to rid itself of a metallic flavour and you might have an average beer.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.41/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired at the local Jewel Osco, $12.00 for a 12 pack. I should probably note that my bottle is different than the one pictured, with a blue label and claiming a 5.30% abv rather than 5.4% as BeerAdvocate says.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - After it finished overflowing from the bottle, it poured me a nice two fingers of fluffy white head with decent retention, on top of a somewhat cloudy yellow-orange body.

S - Muted hops and pale dusty malts. Vague sweet tea leaf type smell.

T - Light fruity lemon hops, dry pale malt, and copper. Metallic copper taste is a bit dominant. Finishes with a bit of green apple skin sweetness.

M - Mouthfeel is neutral, nothing really to speak of. Not bitter, not hoppy. Finishes itself off pretty quickly. Thin and watery, with a bit of dry malts and copper being the only tastes that linger around.

Overall, a very boring mediocre beer, much like many of it's companions apparently. The only friend of this beer that I have drank was the R.J. King Wingwalker India Pale Ale, which was by far a better choice. Light bodied and lightly carbonated, yet the two bottles of this sh*t that I've uncapped both exploded foam, so needless to say this beer is pissing me off. Moderate abv, but I would spring for the IPA if you're ever in a pinch and need to get your quick buzz because it's tastier and has a higher abv. Not a beer I will be trying again after I kill this 12 pack.

R.J. King Wingwalker Pale Ale ---2.5/5

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.44/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Copper pour, 1" head, a smattering of lace with equally inconsistent retention. Overall, the beer looks just fine. Aroma, really disappointing if you go for hop aroma. Just a bitter aroma. Super alpha acid hopping used in low quantity.

Just bitter, like a major copper flavor going on here. Could call it grapefruit-penny-anti-hop pale ale. A ton of carbonation. Just like what is all too commone in pales/ipas/dipas, tons of bitter viciousness, but no hop mouthfeel.

Why does this investment group called World Brews always acquire the worst garbage and find ways to put it out thousands of miles away. Can't say I've ever had anything worth having fromo them, again.

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Photo of Kulrak
2.46/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light straw color with about 1cm of chunky white head that's fading away, but lacing around the edges. Smells mostly of water with a very slight citrus scent. The taste is fairly clean, very faintly hoppy. Finishes clean. Mouthfeel is watery and flat. Overall, it's flavorless and flat. Something someone that enjoys macros would enjoy.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
2.47/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not much to say here...Pours copper and slightly hazy with fizzy, fluffy head that disappears quickly. Smell is a nice balance of hops and caramel malt with the sweet malt being more noticable. Taste is a mess. While there is a slight hop presence, this is a sweet malt bomb, very strong caramel taste with a touch of toasted grain and hops. Just too sweet. Mouthfeel was actually fine. Not too heavy, slightly oily feeling left behind. Overall not a very impressive beer.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.53/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, this beer shows a slightly hazy orange amber in color with a thin head. Retention is light and lacing is present but brief.

Smell is of citric sweetness and extremely reminiscent of Firestone Pale Ale, a bit too nectar like. Taste seems a bit more bitter and with a bit of a chalky finish. Dryness carries through to the feel and to the finish. You can have this one as I assume it's another contract brewed knockoff of a beer that wasn't very good to begin with. I think a friend picked it up at Albertson's, perhaps a 'house' brand. Will confirm and update. Either way, I would avoid this debacle.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.56/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Radiant pumpkin with butterscotch trim. If color is any indication, there's a fair amount of caramel malt present. Atop the beer sits three fingers of foam that is somewhere between pastel orange and beige. The head is styrofoam-stiff, hangs around forever and decorates the glass with small chunks of suds.

The nose is too wimpy, delivering nothing but a whiff of caramel malt and an even smaller whiff of fruity hops. If blinded, identifying the proper style would not have been a slam-dunk. The only good point is that no real nastiness is appreciated either.

Wingwalker Pale Ale is a pretty lousy APA. Coming from City Brewery (famed in song and story for the creation of all manner of malt liquors) that isn't a huge surprise. Their own City Pale Ale is no great shakes; nor is anything else they foist on the beer drinking denizens of Wisconsin.

Any number of halfway talented homebrewers could come up with something better than this. There's a muddled undercurrent of caramel malt that gives the beer a weak tea and tobacco flavor, along with a modicum of sweetness. Very little hop flavor and very little hop bitterness don't help. A strange grapefruit-like vibe makes me think that past-their-prime Cascade hops were used.

As with most beer that puts the words 'full bodied' on the label, this one isn't. It's at least medium in heft, but the shortage of bubbles makes it feel especially lackluster. No volume isn't necessarily a negative since there isn't anything here worth tasting anyway.

Except for appearance, R.J. King Wingwalker Pale Ale is below average right down the line. Those who know good beer (still, sadly, a minority) will want to give this forgettable APA a wide berth. Don't be fooled by the fairly well-done label.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.68/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Needed to grab one more beer for the mixed sixer and chose this one because I never even heard of it. Pours a cloudy orange color, nice little head to it and even some decent lacing. Taste is.. just way too busy. The hops try and get a big kick in there but the malt has other ideas.. just a mix up in your mouth basically. I haven't really had too many unbalanced beers and was unsure if there was such a thing.. then I had one sip of this and thought "wow, this is definitely unbalanced." Wouldn't recommend, but hooray beer!

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.7/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Sounds dangerous... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises funky orange peel, mild greens, cilantro, and dry biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a vein of what I can only describe as flat, old Squirt. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a fairly sad little pale ale, one that lacks all sorts of character.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.71/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep copper color, almost to deep to be a Pale, more like an amber but it had good carbonation ans big dirty white head billowed out. The nose was a little hoppy and good but the taste was waaay off balance for a Pale. Someone malted this thng too much and hopped it to little in my opinion. It even tasted a bit caramel, biscuity too. Just not a good pale for me.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.76/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a pint glass:

A: clear light copper colored body with a small off white colored head, the head lasts a little bit and leaves behind spots of lacing

S: soap with a sort of mixture of sweet caramel and bready malts, light floral and citrus in the background

T: sweet caramel and bread

M: medium, some harshness on the tongue, sessionable, sticky finish

O: I've had better from this company and most likely wouldn't get this one again

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Photo of RJLarse
2.8/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a six-pack of Wing Walker Pale Ale at a grocery store to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint glass.

Pours a pale copper color and is hazy. A foamy one-finger white head forms, and dissipates quickly to a ring around the side of the glass. The head produces a little lacing on the sides of the glass while drinking.

The smell is fairly faint and typical of the style. Hop aromas and some pine fragrances.

The taste is very acerbic. The label says “citrusy hops and full bodied.” I would agree, but I think the bitterness is overdone, and there is a hint of skunk flavor.

The mouth feel is full-bodied and dry.

This is a drinkable beer I guess? The second and third are better than the first, so perhaps it’s an acquired taste? All in all it’s a bit more acid and bitter than it needs to be, and the flavors are not real well balanced. I’d pick a lot of other pale ales over this one.

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Photo of kmpitz2
2.83/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. The brew is a solid copper color with an apparent lack of head and a lack of carbonation. Clarity is excellent. The nose is a little peppery in the hop and there is a mild caramel. I find it a little bland. The flavor is very strong in the caramel, with a more mild peppery hop and a strong metallic finish. I am not really impressed with the apparent lack of hop and the metallic finish. Mouthfeel is a light moderate with a lighter carbonation. Nothing really exciting. I am fairly underimpressed here. The beer just is lacking all around.

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Photo of dansmcd
2.86/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a misty mid-amber under half a finger of creamy white head and then short rings of lace.

S - Very low on hops, I'm getting some hay. Clean and lightly floral.

T - Slightly vinuous, green apple and lemon. Bland.

M - Light to medium bodied, with moderate carbonation.

O - Pretty disappointing. Leave it on the shelf.

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Photo of Prostman81
2.96/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank this at a buddy's house, he had picked this up on sale at a local grocery store. Pretty much a run of the mill Pale Ale, although not as much hop aroma or taste as I expect in an American Pale Ale. Not offensive though, and besides from being a little bland, was definitely sessionable. Not something I'd buy personally, as I can crank out a better Pale Ale on my own.

Was surprised to learn later about the brewery that created this and their dubious products; must have stretched their brewmasters to their limits. I can almost hear, "What, no CORN?! What do you mean I have to bitter higher than 10 IBUs?! What's an aroma hop addition?" and so on.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Albertson’s in Tehachapi, CA. Pours a slightly hazed golden-amber color with a medium thin ivory head that dissipates fairly quickly. Spotty lacing. The aroma is mildly malty with some hops and caramel. Medium-bodied with fruity hops and sweet caramel flavors. The finish is dry with a slightly floral hops aftertaste. Barely average overall.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep amber color. Poured a 2 finger foamy white head with fair retention. Laced in thin, broken rings.

S: Citrus and crystal malts. Bitter bite in the nose.

T: Citrus, prapefruit and slightly sweet crystal malt. Not a lot of malt character in the middle. Enough bittering to balance all but lingering slightly sweet aftertaste.

M: Light side of medium body. Balanced carbontation. Crisp and fairly smooth with a slight aftertaste in the finish.

D: Drinkable, just nothing special or remarkable. Gets better as I keep pounding 'em back.

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Photo of portia99
3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Pours a perfectly clear pale amber color with a thin fizzy half finger of off white foam that falls rapidly leaving behind only a light collar and no lacing.

S - Caramel and bready malt, a bit metallic. Hops are light and a bit earthy...less hops than I have come to expect in APA.

T - Flavor follows the aroma pretty closely. Filled with caramel and bready malt. Hops are also quite low in flavor too. What hops exist are earthy and maybe a bit herbal. Behind it all, some buttery diacetyl.

M - Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation that is fizzy and a bit soda-like in feel. Malt sits on the tongue throughout every sip and well into the aftertaste.

D - Not a huge fan of this one. Well crafted but not really to style. No freshness date on the bottle so I have no idea how old/new this is, but the bottle hypes citrusy hops and I'm getting none of that here. Would be fine in the absence of a selection of other craft beers, but I'm looking at this as a one time experience. Happy to have tried it, but...on to bigger and better beers.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no freshness information drank from a standard american pint glass.

A- this one pours out a clear light copper colored body with a small off white colored head. the head lasts a little bit and leaves behind irregular spots of lacing.

S- sweet caramel and bready malts up first, and then some floral and citrus hops. a little bit of grapefruit.

T- the taste opens up with sweet bready and caramel malts and ends with a nice dose of hops. floral, grapefruit, and a little bit of orange.

M- medium bodied with too much carbonation.

D- compared to the other offerings from this brewery's line, this one isnt all that terrible. something i can see picking up to go to a picnic or bbq with. a somewhat nice bargain.

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R.J. King Wingwalker Pale Ale from World Brews
74 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.