The Whale
Community Beer Works

The WhaleThe Whale
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Community Beer Works
New York, United States
American Brown Ale
Ranked #65
Ranked #11,559
3.99 | pDev: 8.52%
Jan 26, 2024
Apr 20, 2012
The Whale is a smooth yet complex beer, packed with flavor yet easy to drink. We layer distinctive English brown malt and two types of chocolate malt to create aromas and flavors of coffee, chocolate and a surprisingly deep roast.
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very dark walnut brown with little light transmission in the glass and a patchy, thin, light khaki head with slight lacing. Aroma of lightly toasted malt, coffee, light bakers chocolate and molasses; coffee forward. Flavor is lightly toasted malt, cocoa, diner coffee and a hint of caramel. Light coffee and bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. A pleasant, light brown ale that leans to the English style. Light in roast with a light hop bitterness, mostly in the finish. Well brewed and to style, a satisfying session brown ale.
Jan 26, 2024
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Reviewed by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours dark like a coke with an off white tannish head. Head had good staying power. Nose was caramel, cereal and slight coffee. Taste was semi sweet with a burnt caramel or coffee flavor. Nice bready finish.
Jan 13, 2024
Rated: 4.47 by StrangerTides from New York

Apr 08, 2023
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Reviewed by maddogruss from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: pours a brown body with an off white head with some retention and decent lacing.
S: sweet, earthy toasty notes with hints of burnt caramel.
T: sweet, toasty burnt caramel notes with a. Slightly cereal finish.
M: full bodied and smooth.
O: nice feel and taste combo; solid overall.
Feb 13, 2023
Rated: 4.1 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Oct 22, 2022
Rated: 3.77 by PaleAleWalt from New York

Jul 28, 2022
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
on draft, in a nonic pint glass

medium brown in color, off-white colored head. Nice toasty malt aroma and flavor, good balance not too sweet. medium bodied.
Jun 25, 2022
Rated: 4 by Taenim from Maine

May 18, 2022
Rated: 4.15 by cambabeer from New York

May 08, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 26, 2022
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Reviewed by officerbill from New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L: a clear root beer color, that you can see through when held up to the light, with a thin off white head that quickly dissolves into a film.
S: not a lot there, mostly some roast malts and weak coffee
T: dark toast, weak coffee, a hint of chocolate, a little dark chocolate/hoppy bitterness that grows stronger as the beer warms
F: a little sweet at the beginning, but a dry finish with a mild round bitter aftertaste which grows stronger as the beer warms
O: Not too bad. The aromas are right, just weak. The flavors are nice, just weak. The biggest issue for me is how much strength the dark chocolate undertones and hoppy edge grow as the beer warms. The Whale is a fine, enjoyable brown ale when it is cold, but becomes more of a single note when it approaches room temperature
Nov 13, 2021
Rated: 3.81 by smithj4 from New York

Oct 23, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Oct 07, 2021
Rated: 3.77 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Sep 26, 2021
Rated: 3 by prisdefer from New York

Aug 10, 2021
Rated: 3.84 by biteme398 from New York

Aug 09, 2021
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Rated by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Excellent brown ale. One of the best I’ve had. Strong aroma and taste of coffee.
Jun 05, 2021
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Reviewed by FrMatthewLC from Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
This seemed like a pretty standard brown ale but a little underwhelming. Nothing stood out and it tasted a little of for the style. I can't quite put my finger on it.
Apr 28, 2021
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Rated by The_Beer_Guru from New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Great easy drinking brown ale!
Dec 17, 2020
Rated: 3.49 by pkalix from California

Dec 05, 2020
The Whale from Community Beer Works
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 88 ratings