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Whale Ale - Six Row Brewing Company

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70 Ratings

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Six Row Brewing Company visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
What can we say about this one? A bit of luck meets years of homebrewing experience? When it came time to test out our brewing system for the first time, we needed something that we wouldn't feel too bad about dumping if we had equipment troubles. One of our brewers had enough malt in his homebrew stock, which unfortunately wasn't being used due to all his spare time being spent helping get Six Row started, for a batch.

However, it was a bit of a motley collection of ten (yes, ten!) malts, everything from wheat to pale to crystal to aromatic to our namesake. With a little supplemental malt from the local homebrew store, some Cascade and Goldings hops and a blend of US ale yeasts, the Whale (wheat/pale) ale was born. Pale copper in color, this is an interesting beer that has already been enjoyed by many. Let us know how you would describe it.

31.4 IBU

(Beer added by: Vancer on 12-06-2009)
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Reviews by Carrico:
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4.49/5  rDev +27.6%

I was very confused when I first heard the term, "Whale Ale". Then I realized that this is a pale ale using wheat. The color is very similar to what you would find in a Belgian White. The taste is somewhat bitter but it certainly isn't the dominating factor. This is probably one of my favorite brews at the moment and if you ever find yourself in St.Louis, you should give a try.

01-08-2013 21:16:11 | More by Carrico
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

04-19-2013 03:05:24 | More by Jason
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3.74/5  rDev +6.3%

Light gold in color and a bit of haziness. A millimeter of white foam rests on top. Light malt and cereal grains great me with the aroma. I get some unexpected brisk hop flavor of the pine variety. Mouthfeel is very smooth. This is very refreshing on a hot day like today. I later could get a bit of the hop aroma as the beer warmed slightly.

08-31-2013 18:17:34 | More by Franziskaner
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

12-05-2013 23:42:02 | More by navband
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

05-01-2013 15:35:12 | More by Schlafly33
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

06-22-2013 20:18:57 | More by Gonzoillini
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2/5  rDev -43.2%

11-20-2011 13:51:12 | More by mdvatab
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

03-17-2013 22:36:21 | More by leinie13
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

01-01-2013 20:22:58 | More by Rwang
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

05-06-2014 19:48:20 | More by caustin90
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

11-09-2013 22:48:22 | More by Eaglefan344
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2.83/5  rDev -19.6%

Pours out a slightly cloudy yellow amber color with just a tad of the white foam. No lacing here.
Smell is faint bread and just a touch of spice.
Taste is weak and watery but the flavor is there. Some lemon but mostly dry grain.
Mouthfeel is very clean and that is not a good thing. This is a wash-out more than a good mouthfull of beer.
Overall this isn't terrible but leaves a lot to the imagination.

09-17-2012 03:07:32 | More by peabody
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

04-30-2014 02:21:10 | More by mendvicdog
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

03-29-2013 01:40:47 | More by Packman4IL
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

01-30-2013 02:46:04 | More by FLBeerGuy
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

06-29-2012 23:46:27 | More by ucsbmullet
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4.13/5  rDev +17.3%

I was impressed by how balanced this beer was, especially after hearing that it was made with 10 malts, and included wheat.

What stood out was its taste: what I thought to be honey peaked through the hops the most. It was crisp and held its taste throughout the sample.

I drank it alone, but imagined it would taste great with something light, like a salad with some citrus on it or a cheese and nut platter.

07-19-2010 15:52:37 | More by CTwriter
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3.68/5  rDev +4.5%

22 oz bomber into a shaker.

A - Deep gold to amber with a slight haze. Moderate bright white head. Carbonation appears moderate. Lacing slight.

S - Distant ale esters with a hint of bready malt at the fringes of perception. No off aromas detected, but I want more.

T - Initial toasted bread transitions to a biscuity mid with very distinct, clean bitterness. A honey like flavor near the back transitions to a very clean, dry finish with only a wisp of ending bitterness. The very picture of drinkability.

M - Medium body with brisk carbonation. Pushes the envelope of heaviness for a light session beer.

O - A zombie of ingredients turns into a mild-mannered session wheat pale ale. I could put down a few on a hot day like this. Not a once in a lifetime beer, but for a session pale ale, it's top-of-the-line.

05-25-2012 20:38:09 | More by Megahertz
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

11-22-2011 06:44:30 | More by mmitgang
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3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured from the tap a cloudy peach color with no head whatsoever.

Aroma of hoppy lemon, faint yeast and grain.

The taste was malty with grassy hops and a light fruitiness.

Light-to-medium bodied and crisp with a moderate carbonation.

A decent beer from Six Row.

11-19-2011 05:17:16 | More by Monkeyknife
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3.76/5  rDev +6.8%

08-27-2014 01:56:42 | More by Stephen_Woods
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4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

03-14-2012 00:36:30 | More by ch473
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

07-17-2014 03:35:05 | More by brecklem
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

01-05-2012 00:20:18 | More by jadeal
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3.55/5  rDev +0.9%

Orange in color and quite cloudy. Head and lacing were so-so.

Smelled slightly sourish, with plenty of malts and no shortage of hops either, along with a lightly lemony scent.

Tasted rather forwardly lemony and quite sour although we're not talking a "sour" here, just of a more sour taste than I would expect from this style, and much more than I expected from the smell. Wheat flavors came next, along with a nice hops profile and a bready malt finish.

The body was pretty good, medium and pretty easy to drink, with a lemony aftertaste.

A bit of an odd beer if you ask me. Tasty but not fantastic.

07-09-2011 12:38:29 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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Whale Ale from Six Row Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.