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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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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
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 riboflavin88
4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

riboflavin88, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of mwolfe
3.9/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

mwolfe, Mar 02, 2008
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.

Dogbrick, Dec 19, 2007
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 scottum
3.38/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with a thin white headskie. Taste balance is solid, however nothing special is going on here. Hops are sharp but weak, and the malt bill is tired at best. Certainly easy to drink, but what's the point when there are so many better pale ales available.

scottum, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of erosier
3.68/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

erosier, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of sopclod
3.73/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

sopclod, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

It pours a dark auburn color with a small head.

The aroma is a hop-kick in the sinuses. This one is loaded with piney and citrus hops. Absolutely loaded.

As expected, the taste doesnt waiver far from the aroma. Very citrusy and hoppy.

The mouthfeel is almost heavy, especially when considering the style. Drinkability is alson decent, but as most hoppy pale ales that cross my palate these days, one or two is all I care to put down in a sitting.

jasonpeckins32, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of Bierman9
3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

overall: 3.2
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 2.5

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Bierman9, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of Bookseeb
3.48/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a nice dark amber with a thin head that dissapates. Aroma is of sweet malts and citrus, the same can be said for the taste with a hint of smoke. Has a medium mouthfeel that seems full bodied with a good amount of hops and carbonation to give it that spike. Not great, but it has character to try.

Bookseeb, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of theopholis
3.83/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

theopholis, May 24, 2007
Photo of UberWasser
4.45/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

UberWasser, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of HochFliegen
3.6/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

HochFliegen, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of kmpitz2
2.8/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

kmpitz2, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
3.2/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jdhilt, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Brewery’s 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.

Redrover, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.65/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Gueuzedude, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.98/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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)

GratefulBeerGuy, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.93/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

MrHurmateeowish, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
3.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

DogFood11, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.58/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Manosbeeroffate, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of jettjon
3.68/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jettjon, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of ruleof72
3.65/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

ruleof72, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of drotski
3.98/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

drotski, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of TechMyst
4.03/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Container Volume: 355ml

Container type: bottle

Fresh: y

Purchased @: j-o

Cost: $6.5/6pack

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%

Conditions:
Mowing/Working on car- maybe
With Friends- y
Sipping- y
Get my buzz on- y

TechMyst, Sep 11, 2006
R.J. King Wingwalker Pale Ale from World Brews
74 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.