Cocktail Hour: Wingwalker Pale Ale

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Oktoberfest is almost over, so this is my very last beer review.  Let’s all breathe a sigh of relief, as I am horrible at describing beer flavors.  <<sigh>>  For my very last beer review, I chose a beer that is more accessible than the others I previously bought.  It’s Wingwalker Pale Ale It’s not from Japan and it’s not from the Czech Republic; it’s from good ol’ Wisconsin!

As this is not an imported beer, you should be able to get this at your local grocery store or liquor store.  I got a six-pack of the stuff for about $7 at my local Jewel.

The second I got into my apartment, I heard, “Oh, I love that stuff!” coming from one of my roommates, so I was pretty excited to try it.  I enjoy pale ales more than darker ones; they have a more subtle flavor and always seem much easier to drink.

When I poured out the beer, it was a light golden color- similar to your typical lager.   It had a pretty light and frothy head, once again, similar to your typical lager.  AND it even smelled like a lager.  I was beginning to doubt that this was really an ale.

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Before I tasted it, I wanted to see what other had to say, so I checked out http://BeerAdvocate.com.  This was their review:

“Pale amber color. Aromas of brown sugar and toasted date bread follow through on a crisp, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with good depth and a mild citrus marmalade and straw-like hop impression on the finish.”

Now, I’ve never been one who has been able to say, “ah, yes, this beer has a slight biscuity taste, with undertones of gooseberry and fresh ground pepper,” but upon my first taste, I actually realized what the site was talking about.

I really could taste a kind of toasted bread flavor (but date bread? I don’t know).  I loved the aftertaste; I couldn’t get enough of it.  It really was kind of biscuity and bready.  It did have a very slight metallic flavor that I didn’t love, but it wasn’t strong enough to deter me.  Like last week, this beer was gone pretty quickly so I don’t have much more to say about the actual taste of this beer except that I loved it!

Wingwalker is a great alternative to a six-pack of Bud or Miller.  For just about the same price, you get a high-quality ale with TONS more flavor. And there’s not just pale ale; they also make amber ale, lager, and a couple of other seasonal ales.

Thanks for listening to me TRY to describe beers for the last 3 weeks.  I’m back to cocktails now, so come back next Friday for some kind of sweet treat!

If you’re looking for some awesome recipes that you can add beer to, check out these 12, including beer and cheese soup, beer cake, and buffalo beer chili!

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  • http://www.zacalife.com/what-causes-hangovers.html hangover cures

    I am a beer lover, I think that there are many local brews that are among the better ones, can’t judge a beer by it’s lable though haha! Nice review!

  • http://fudgeripple.blogspot.com christy

    this beer sounds good. i am a big fan of pale ale–i hope i can find it in california. i am going on the hunt come monday! thanks for stopping by my place last week

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