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Whale Ale - Six Row Brewing Company

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76 Ratings

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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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 Vancer:
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3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is currently their "crazy" beer, with the 10 malts, combined with a hearty dose of hops, producing an unique brew.

Semi hazy amber as it's not filtered, a tinge of copper around the edges, the big malt bill leaves sheets of Brussels lace in the standard shaker pint.

Very malty wheat aroma, thick and rich. Quaff reminds me a bit of a Belgian Wit with some orange and citrus arriving on the scene. Good thing there's a good hop finish, the initial quaff is fairly sweet, close to cloying. But in the end, she balances out, a tasty lil' brew.

Vancer, Dec 06, 2009
More User Reviews:
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Jason, Apr 19, 2013
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3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Franziskaner, Aug 31, 2013
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navband, Dec 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +14%

leinie13, Mar 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Rwang, Jan 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Eaglefan344, Nov 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Elicoleman, Aug 29, 2014
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2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

peabody, Sep 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

mendvicdog, Apr 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Packman4IL, Mar 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

FLBeerGuy, Jan 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

ucsbmullet, Jun 30, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

CTwriter, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of Megahertz
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Megahertz, May 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14%

mmitgang, Nov 22, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Monkeyknife, Nov 19, 2011
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Stephen_Woods, Aug 27, 2014
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ch473, Mar 14, 2012
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brecklem, Jul 17, 2014
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Whale Ale from Six Row Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.