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

Brewed by:
World Brews
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by scruffwhor on 07-08-2006

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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 62
Photo of oriolesfan4
2.68/5  rDev -13%
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 bunnyhustle
2.47/5  rDev -19.8%
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 -17.9%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.67/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.71/5  rDev -12%
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 riboflavin88
3.98/5  rDev +29.2%
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.

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Photo of mwolfe
3.86/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Brad007
2/5  rDev -35.1%
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 scottum
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of erosier
3.65/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of sopclod
3.72/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of jp32
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Photo of Bookseeb
3.46/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of theopholis
3.8/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

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Photo of UberWasser
4.36/5  rDev +41.6%
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.

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Photo of HochFliegen
3.62/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of kmpitz2
2.83/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +29.9%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.62/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.97/5  rDev +28.9%
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)

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.92/5  rDev +27.3%
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.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.85/5  rDev +25%
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.

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R.J. King Wingwalker Pale Ale from World Brews
Beer rating: 3.08 out of 5 with 86 ratings