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Whale Ale - Six Row Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
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80 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | 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:
Beer added by: Vancer on 12-06-2009

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
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of peabody
2.85/5  rDev -19%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of Megahertz
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of soju6
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a copper color with a good head that fades to nominal lacing.

S: Mild aroma of citrus and fresh grain with a bit of sweetness in the background.

T: Mild taste of fresh grain with some citrus and bit of malt sweetness. nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: fairly light body, crisp but smooth with a nice balance.

O: Decent beer that goes down easy. Good summer time beer. Nice offering from a local brewer.

Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden/amber color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of wheat, grasses and some lemon. Nice but not spectacular.

T - It tasted of cracked wheat, some sweet caramel, grassy/yeastiness and a touch of lemon.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty nice wheat beer. Not my favorite style but it was pretty good.

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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2/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Bull and Bear restaurant in Edwardsville, IL, in a pint glass. Small, but dense, one-finger head, over a hazy pale yellow body. Decent lacing.

Light aroma - grainy with a little citrus. Not very impressive, but not far from what is expected from an Pale Wheat.

The flavor is OK - more lemon citrus than orange. A light bit of spicy hop flavor. Pretty good flavor blend, and I do like the slight emphasis on the hops.

Light consistency in the mouthfeel, and very drinkable. Looking forward to trying more from this brewery.

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3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was served this American Pale Wheat Ale on tap in a pint glass. The ale poured a slightly hazy amber color and it produced a decent white head with good retention. The was an ample amount of lacing left behind. The aroma was full of malt and wheat and hops. The beer was medium in body, a strong malt base with some orange peel, and citrus like hop flavor. This ale starts off a little sweet but it finish's clean. Overall, pretty good beer- First ale from Six Row- I will be making a trip to the brewery in the near future.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of Whale is cloudy straw with a light fluffy head on top. The smell is light, but is yeasty with hints of lemon and aroma hops (Cascade and Goldings). The beer is lightly carbonated and is very refreshing. It drinks with a notable yeast and somewhat malty backbone taste. It finishes clean with a light tingle from the carbonation. For being a beer that the brewers brewed only because they needed to test their equipment (and wouldn’t feel bad about dumping if it flopped), Six Row has found one of their flagship beers. It’s a tasty and session worthy beer.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a freshly filled growler.

A - Pours a pale golden color with a thin .5 inch head that is white and recedes at a medium rate.

S - Aroma starts off with refreshing grainy wheat and some slight bready sweetness. There are hints of grassy hops in the finish. Especially on the back end.

T & M - Starts off with some nice refreshing grain and and earthy wheat. Nice and bready with some slight grassy hops that give it a kick. Nothing too strong but there is some nice hop twang. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing and crisp perfect for yard work.

O - A good offering and probably my favorite from Six Row because of accessibility.

Whale Ale from Six Row Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.