R.J. King Wingwalker Pale Ale | World Brews

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

Brewed by:
World Brews
California, United States
wineryexchange.com

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
Ratings:
85
Reviews:
62
Avg:
3.14
pDev:
20.7%
 
 
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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 magpieken
3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

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 Slongie
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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 JJFordick
3/5  rDev -4.5%

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 GAMB1T
2.79/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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Photo of UberWasser
4.36/5  rDev +38.9%
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 Bajasith
3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
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...

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Photo of Torreon10
2.79/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ruleof72
3.67/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of Prostman81
2.96/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of naturallight1
2/5  rDev -36.3%

R.J. King Wingwalker Pale Ale from World Brews
3.14 out of 5 based on 85 ratings.
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