R.J. King Wingwalker Pale Ale - World Brews
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2.55/5 rDev -19%
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.
05-31-2009 12:18:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.68/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
02-07-2013 22:44:02 | More by TMoney2591
3.18/5 rDev +1%
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.
02-08-2013 05:03:19 | More by biboergosum
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
2.65/5 rDev -15.9%
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!
02-05-2009 01:06:28 | More by oriolesfan4
2.68/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
04-05-2008 21:49:48 | More by barleywinefiend
3.2/5 rDev +1.6%
Pours a four finger white head that fades to a ring leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Mellowed hoppy flavor, some sweetness but lingering hoppy aftertaste. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.
02-07-2007 23:48:05 | More by jdhilt
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
2.45/5 rDev -22.2%
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.
03-19-2012 03:23:50 | More by Beerandraiderfan
2/5 rDev -36.5%
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.
11-11-2007 03:17:09 | More by Brad007
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
3/5 rDev -4.8%
Bottle from Albertsons 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.
12-19-2007 20:41:12 | More by Dogbrick
3.03/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
04-16-2010 02:32:26 | More by Duff27
3.03/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
06-08-2009 17:09:14 | More by Haybeerman
3.08/5 rDev -2.2%
From a 12oz bottle; no freshness info found...
Pours copper-colored, with a touch of haze within. Head was creamy and short, off white, and left little lacing. Aroma was lightly toasty, with some citrus coming forth. Not overly strong, overall, though. Fairly smooth on the tongue, though just a bit south of medium, despite the label referring to this bier as "full-bodied". Nope....
Flavor has a touch of light caramel sweetness at the outset. Hopping is a little more pronounced, but it's kind of funky. Tries to be citrussy, but ends up much more rindy, and not in a good way. This odd trait lingers in the aftertaste, which I found to be quite off-putting. Found this bier to be rather blah, overall. Pass.
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 2.5
08-12-2007 19:38:14 | More by Bierman9
3.43/5 rDev +8.9%
after the last beer from this brewery I am not looking forward to this at all. Again the appearance is right on form, amber beer with a large frothy off white head. The aroma is ok to, average for style slightly toffee malts and a whiff of hops. Hmm quite hoppy APA, very little malt backbone, as it says citric..and a creamy sort of body but its sort of strange..the malts are almost gone..not really balanced but really not that bad a taste Palate was all over the place watery, creamy, bitter ..etc strange. Overall quite a weird beer and slightly better than what I was expecting.
07-11-2006 07:15:00 | More by Reidrover
2.8/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
02-11-2007 03:58:01 | More by kmpitz2
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
3.45/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
12-26-2011 05:07:43 | More by OtherShoe2
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
3.05/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
04-13-2010 22:45:13 | More by portia99
R.J. King Wingwalker Pale Ale from World Brews
74 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.