Cocktail Hour: Wingwalker Pale Ale
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.
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!
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