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

Brewed by:
World Brews
California, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by scruffwhor on 07-08-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
85
Avg:
3.14
pDev:
24.2%
 
 
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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 85
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.97/5  rDev +26.4%
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 jwinship83
3.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of dansmcd
2.86/5  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.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.8/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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 erosier
3.65/5  rDev +16.2%
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 MrHurmateeowish
3.92/5  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.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.88/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.12/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.46/5  rDev +10.2%
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 jettjon
3.68/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of scottum
3.35/5  rDev +6.7%
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 theopholis
3.8/5  rDev +21%
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 BeerKangaroo
2.76/5  rDev -12.1%
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

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Photo of bunnyhustle
2.47/5  rDev -21.3%
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 MrKennedy
2.29/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

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Photo of Kulrak
2.46/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of HochFliegen
3.62/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.58/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of cgentzkow
2.06/5  rDev -34.4%
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...

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Photo of TechMyst
4.04/5  rDev +28.7%
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

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Photo of Parrotshake
2.16/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

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Photo of wmtxbb
1.82/5  rDev -42%
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.

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Photo of NickRivers
3.38/5  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.

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Photo of Tang07
3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks good in a glass. It pours a nice orange/amber with an OK head.

It laced the glass all the way down.

The smell is very light on the malt and a solid citrus/pine smell of hop.

It's very well hopped. There is a nice piney taste, but it could use a bit more malt to balance it out. It tastes like they wanted it hoppy but didn't bother to balance it with some solid hop.

the mouth feel was OK. The cabonation is a bit coarse and and it lacks body.

It is quite drinkable. It would be good cool weather beer paired with something sweet or spicey.

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