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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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BA SCORE
74
okay

80 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 19.68%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scruffwhor on 07-08-2006)
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Photo of leadguit1
1.78/5  rDev -43.5%
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

leadguit1, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of wmtxbb
1.83/5  rDev -41.9%
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.

wmtxbb, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of naturallight1
2/5  rDev -36.5%

naturallight1, Jan 21, 2013
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.

Brad007, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of cgentzkow
2.05/5  rDev -34.9%
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...

cgentzkow, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of Parrotshake
2.15/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

Parrotshake, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of cjones112173
2.2/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

cjones112173, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of MrKennedy
2.25/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

MrKennedy, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of bunnyhustle
2.42/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

bunnyhustle, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of mfnmbvp
2.43/5  rDev -22.9%
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

mfnmbvp, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.45/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of Kulrak
2.45/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Kulrak, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of sparx1100
2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

sparx1100, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of fox227
2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

fox227, Dec 24, 2011
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.

HalfFull, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.55/5  rDev -19%
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.

BuckeyeNation, May 31, 2009
Photo of oriolesfan4
2.65/5  rDev -15.9%
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!

oriolesfan4, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of TMoney2591
2.68/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

TMoney2591, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.68/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

barleywinefiend, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of avisong
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

avisong, May 18, 2012
Photo of matjack85
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

matjack85, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of pin
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

pin, May 18, 2012
Photo of Mattyb79
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

Mattyb79, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Slongie
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

Slongie, May 29, 2014
Photo of RJLarse
2.78/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

RJLarse, Sep 11, 2006
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R.J. King Wingwalker Pale Ale from World Brews
74 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.