R.J. King Wingwalker Winter Brew
World Brews

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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #844
Ranked #50,906
3.41 | pDev: 8.21%
World Brews
California, United States
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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 10
Photo of matjack85
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

All the beers in the Wing Walker series have the same picture on the label, only the background color and flight numbers change from one variety to another. This Winter Brew is labeled as flight 6 and the background color is arctic blue. While the BA page lists the abv as a ?, my bottle is clearly marked as having an abv of 6.3%.

The beer pours a crystal clear copper/amber color and makes a huge 4 finger light tan head that lasts about 2 minutes and leaves behind a ton of lacing.

The beer has a sweet bubble gum-like smell with faint malt and spices in the background.

The smell is a lot stronger than the taste. This is a very weak and watery beer. There is malt and hops and spices in it but they can hardly be detected. It's so thin it's like drinking flavored water with medium carbonation. There was a slight spicy aftertaste which I liked.

The 6.3% abv is not noticeable at all making these easy to down, but I don't think I'll be downing any more of them. A dull and much too light an offering for a winter seasonal.

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Photo of ElGeordie
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked up a 6 pack of this from an Albertsons in CA where I was working for a while.
I thought for a winter beer it was a little bit thin and insipid.
The colour looked good - coppery brown, but the flavour and overall mouth feed were lacking.
Fairly drinkable but not what I thought it would be.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle from a six-pack my dad found somewhere. I had never heard of the beer or the brewer before, so why not give it a try?

Pours a moderate copper/amber with no head to speak of. Aroma is faint, pleasant enough, with a bit of winter spiciness, but fairly vague as to what the spices might be. True to of the flavor- malty and a mud of winter spices, no real hops to speak of.

Fine for what it was, an easy drinker, but did not at all excite me, or make me want to grab my dad's last bottle.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cool caamel copper with some medium bubbling, and a good head. The aroma is a malty sweetith lots of bready notes. The taste is an easy toasty malt with a little hops that make a great balance. I'd say 75% malt and 25% hops. Hints of whole wheat bread are there too. Very smoot, easy, clean, an refreshing. Pretty good session beer.

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Photo of larsee01
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Poured from bottle to pint glass. Clear, reddish copper color. No head to speak of.

S--Pleasant, malty scent. Mild floral hops.

T--Mild to moderate floral hoppy start with a very slight hint of metallic taste. A bit of a biscuity maltiness that returns to mild hop bitterness at the finish. I prefer a heavier, fruitier, malty winter brew, but this is well-balanced and tastes good.

M--Again, balanced. Lingering presence in the mouth but smooth and clean. No bubbly carbonation here, but does it need it?

D--A casually drinkable beer. Sessionable for a winter ale. You won't pound it--nor should you--but you'll drink a six pack and feel great before you know it.

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Photo of Redrover
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown longneck. The label informs me that this is flight #6 in the series of beers in the Wing Walker line.

Poured into a Ravenswood mug, the beer is copper colored with an off-white thick head.

The aroma is of malts a hint of hops and unless I’m imagining it, some spices.

The taste is of caramel malts, with subtle nutty flavors. The hops are present for balance and add a bit of pine note. Spice (mainly pepper and clove) adds a nice accent.

The mouth is pleasant enough, but I like my winter brews to have a bit more backbone. This is an easy enough drinker for someone looking for an introduction to winter beers.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz single bought at Albertsons for 79 cents. Ok looking ale, clear amber, with good carbonation and a very nice light tan head, that persists. Malty aroma mainlly, some hopping well in the back, rather subdued but not unpleasant. Spicy, semi-bitter malts and a nice touch of hop in the back and in the aftertaste, Slght tang of dark chocolate and pepper. Not bad on the palate, actually quite acceptable levels of carbonation and a nice long drawn out after taste. Overall, I really liked this one, especially for the price. It aint no Jubelale or Wassail , but it is certainlly acceptable.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Albertson’s in Tehachapi, CA. This brew pours a mostly clear orange-amber color with a medium thin light beige head that dissipates steadily. Stringy lacing. Aroma of malt and spices with some hops in the background. Medium body with equal parts hops and malt backed up by hints of nuts and spices. The finish is moderately spicy and has a lingering hops aftertaste. Not bad, and it is nice to finally try a halfway decent beer from the Wingwalker line.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle from Shaw’s. A somewhat vigorous pour yields a golden amber body translucent with a slight chill haze and a half inch of off-white head that dissipates rather quickly but leaves a little lacing that clings to the side of the glass. Smells like biscuit and caramel malt, but not strongly. Roasty rich caramel malt dominates that flavor with hints of nut and chocolate with a slight hop bite in the background. Slight hints of caramel and nut linger on the palate in an otherwise clean finish. Medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation. By no means the greatest winter offering around, but definitely a pretty solid beer and an easy drinker for sure. Definitely will be picking this one up again - especially for the price.

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R.J. King Wingwalker Winter Brew from World Brews
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 10 ratings