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R.J. King Wingwalker Pale Ale - World Brews

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

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74
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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 19.62%


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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mfnmbvp

Illinois

2.43/5  rDev -23.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 02:40:20 | More by mfnmbvp
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. No answer to my simple queries from anyone even remotely related to the production, delivery, or retail side of this beer leads me to make rash assertions as to the origins of the offering, or rather the incestuous nature thereof.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of foamy, mildly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a few thin streaks of bridge-like lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds into the ether.

It smells of musty caramel malt, semi-sweet orchard fruit, a bit of overripe black berries, and some mildly funky earthy, leafy hops. The taste is grainy caramel malt, a touch of sour breadiness, bland earthy fruitiness - peaches and apples, mostly - and dead-eyed (anthropomorphized, apparently) leafy hops.

The carbonation is quite neutered, and barely noticeable, the body a so-so medium weight, and too pithy and cloying to be deemed all that smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, the grainy caramel malt still buoyed by a stale fruitiness, as the hops seem to be truly absent by this point, replaced by a small, finally evolved plastic twinge.

I'm not getting that unpleasant from the get-go impression that its colleagues seem to engender, so colour me surprised, I suppose, but its overall essence still gives me the minor willies, only if there's really nothing else on offer to make me change my mind.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 05:03:19 | More by biboergosum
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 22:44:02 | More by TMoney2591
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Kulrak

Australia

2.45/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 11:12:25 | More by Kulrak
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SmashPants

Australia

3.9/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 12:55:32 | More by SmashPants
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MrKennedy

Australia

2.25/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 12:41:40 | More by MrKennedy
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dansmcd

Australia

2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 07:14:12 | More by dansmcd
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Murrhey

Montana

3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger and a half width head. Bubbly off-white head. Orange color.

S- Heavy floral hops, some straw smells as well.

T- Light tastes, floral hops that finish sweet and smooth.

M- Light and well carbonated.

O- Something isn't right about it. Soapy and grassy. Not too bad for a cheap beer though.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 17:49:00 | More by Murrhey
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.45/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 03:23:50 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Parrotshake

Australia

2.15/5  rDev -32%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 12:09:12 | More by Parrotshake
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Toffman


3.88/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 10:25:17 | More by Toffman
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium orange with a white head that disappears. No lace.

Toasted malt and some caramel in the nose.

Toasted malt, some caramel sweetness, some surprise citric hop notes, but not enough to balance out the fairly pedestrian malt profile. Malt goes a touch bready and has a slight sour taste as the palate clears. Bitterness in the finish is mild.

Medium to medium light in body. Ok carbonation.

They made up for shortcomings with some hops. You get the feeling they know they are a bit lean in the malt dept. A beer going in the right direction with some stumbles on the way. Better than some, worse than others. I'd get a bit bored after a couple, but still worth drinking. This is more grilling beer than anything.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 05:07:43 | More by OtherShoe2
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

2.8/5  rDev -11.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 18:26:21 | More by BeerKangaroo
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NickRivers

California

3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A&S - Pours a clear amber with about a finger and a half of white foamy head. Smells of mostly caramel malt and citrus hops.

T&M - Light bodied, refreshing and light, pretty simple in flavor, mostly alcohol with some malt and citrus hop character.

O - Not a bad session brew. It might not be something I would crave, however it could be a beer to choose from if you and the buddies are looking for a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 05:54:14 | More by NickRivers
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wmtxbb

Illinois

1.83/5  rDev -42.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 03:23:56 | More by wmtxbb
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cjones112173

Vermont

2.2/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 02:34:24 | More by cjones112173
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cgentzkow

California

2.05/5  rDev -35.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 04:33:20 | More by cgentzkow
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jwinship83

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 16:49:53 | More by jwinship83
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Duff27

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Medium amber/copper color. Thin head, little lacing.

S- Probably the best thing about this beer. Citrus and a little floral.

T- Pretty bland for a Pale Ale. Taste reminds of BMC products apparently?

M- Few tingly bubbles on the tongue. It says "Full bodied" on the label but I'm not getting it.

D/O- Overall it leaves a bit to be desired. Probably could put down a few of these but if your going to do that, may as well grab a better tasting APA.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 02:32:26 | More by Duff27
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 22:45:13 | More by portia99
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lph0911

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 06:35:12 | More by lph0911
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Prostman81

Illinois

3/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 21:44:05 | More by Prostman81
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Bajasith

California

3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving was straight from a 12 ounce bottle to glass..

Appearance: Well, not much to say but looked like I just poured some filtered honey in my glass. Light amber/golden color with small head that dissapeared rather quickly...

Smell/Taste: Smell was not impressive because of the unbalanced aroma of hops and orange peel. Taste was of the same with slight bitter caramel aftertaste which was rather 'ok' for me...

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: My palate was not working with me on this one as the citrus tinge in my mouth and caramel/hops lingered after. Otherwise, drinkability is certainly there with this Pale Ale...

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 20:24:06 | More by Bajasith
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 17:09:14 | More by Haybeerman
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.55/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 12:18:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
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R.J. King Wingwalker Pale Ale from World Brews
74 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.