Whale Ale | Six Row Brewing Company

Whale AleWhale Ale
BA SCORE
3.52/5
85 Ratings
Whale AleWhale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Six Row Brewing Company
Missouri, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

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

Added by Vancer on 12-06-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
85
pDev:
14.77%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of nmann08
2.5/5  rDev -29%

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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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Tone
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, herbs, hops, slight hop oil, tartness, hint of grass, slight pale malt, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, tartness, slight hop, grass, and citrus (tangerine/peach?). Overall, weak appearance, good aroma, feel, and body.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of beernads
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of beergoot
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Deep golden body and a thin white head that quickly fades away to a bare wisp; leaves some lacing on the glass. Rich grain and wheat aroma; toasted bread. Sour and bitter flavor up front; some cereal-like flavors floundering in the background. Medium body; smooth and glassy feel.

A ho-hum beer with a thin, watery feel with some lime/orange rind citrus flavors. It leave a somewhat harsh, metallic aftertaste with the hop bitterness. A rather forgettable beer experience.

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Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of Franziskaner
3.73/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Vancer
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Elicoleman
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of IpeeA
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Eaglefan344
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

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Whale Ale from Six Row Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 85 ratings
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