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
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of leinie13
4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Carrico
4.44/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of evilcatfish
2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of slapperloon
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%

Photo of Punkyg0608
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.

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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.

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