R.J. King Wing Walker Pale Ale

Fresher than a Curtiss Jenny, less dangerous than hanging off of one.

Fresher than a Curtiss Jenny, less dangerous than hanging off of one.

What a pleasant surprise.  I think City Brewery is getting better.  Having sampled their wares in the first few months of their existence and thinking it was worse than the 1982 version of Wisconsin Club (that, in my books is hideously bad – the taste of rust and green beans comes to mind) it’s good to see they are improving with age.  Wing Walker Lager is OK, it grew on me.  But the Pale Ale pours nice with a big head, amber in color and plenty of lacing.  The bouquet is a bit rusty, but intriguing, and possessing the more pleasing pale ale qualities as well.  Think of a poor man’s Sierra Nevada Lite.  There is the slightest hint of butterscotch in the bouquet, but mainly it’s a hops-on-malt affair.  It has a reasonable full body too, and the initial hop blast makes way for some sweetness, only to be followed again by a hoppy aftertaste.  I’d call this a nice beer.

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