The Whale
Community Beer Works

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Community Beer Works
New York, United States
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #82
Ranked #12,153
3.99 | pDev: 8.77%
May 18, 2022
Apr 20, 2012
Very Good
The WhaleThe Whale
Notes: 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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4 by Taenim from New Jersey on May 18, 2022
4.15 by cambabeer from New York on May 08, 2022
3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 26, 2022
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by officerbill from New York

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
3.81 by smithj4 from New York on Oct 23, 2021
4.24 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Oct 07, 2021
3.77 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Sep 26, 2021
3 by prisdefer from New York on Aug 10, 2021
3.84 by biteme398 from Virginia on Aug 09, 2021
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4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

Excellent brown ale. One of the best I’ve had. Strong aroma and taste of coffee.

Jun 05, 2021
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3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by FrMatthewLC from Canada (NS)

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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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by The_Beer_Guru from New York

Great easy drinking brown ale!

Dec 17, 2020
3.49 by pkalix from California on Dec 05, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Nass from Florida

There is a date on the bottom of the can but it's hard for me to decipher. The pour is brown with half a finger white foam of head. The taste is roasted malt, cacao nib notes, & some coffee notes although I don't think there is coffee in this beer. This is a well made brown ale. Cheers! A-

Nov 27, 2020
4 by paulish from New York on Nov 25, 2020
3.91 by crobinso from Colorado on Aug 29, 2020
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by stevoj from Idaho

12 oz can from Market in the Square. Dark brown, tight beige head fades to ring. Rich roasty, malty aroma. Taste follows with hints of chocolate, light coffee, nuts. Simple, clean, tasty. Well executed brown ale.

Jul 30, 2020
4.01 by Scottsbeer from Florida on Feb 10, 2020
3.3 by Wellgoose12 from New York on Sep 15, 2019
4.04 by Timfromthemainland from New York on Jan 03, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by nodder from New York

This is, hands down, the best brown ale I've tried. Also the best local beer I've tried to style. Great roast and coffee flavors. I'll be buying this one again. Well done!

Jan 02, 2019
3.87 by nater919 from New York on Jun 16, 2018
4 by YinzBrew from Pennsylvania on Jun 15, 2018
4.04 by Yeagerds from New York on May 27, 2018
4.13 by JarMills from Canada (BC) on Feb 20, 2018
4 by Gkruszewski from New York on Feb 16, 2018
3.69 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Feb 11, 2018
3.75 by ajdemma from New York on Jan 12, 2018
4.37 by Ryften from Pennsylvania on Nov 26, 2017
3.75 by zotzot from Vermont on Aug 29, 2017
4.06 by JLC60 from Maryland on Aug 29, 2017
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

The appearance was a dark brown color with a level foamy white head. Mild stringy lace. The aroma had some roasty malts, good dose of nuts, some caramel/toffee maltiness, light coffee, and a little bit of dark chocolate. Some leafy hops at the very end - some light bitterness. The flavor leaned into the roast initially and then created a nice delicate sweet to roasty aftertaste. Smooth sweet and roasty finish. The feel was about medium bodied with a decent sessionability about it. Good carbonation. ABV felt fine. Overall, damn good brown ale that I would love to have again.

Jun 26, 2017
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4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by GreesyFizeek from New York

On tap at Swifwater Brewing in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a slightly hazed golden brown color, slightly dark, with a good amount of lacing, and a little bit of head.

This smells like baked brown bread, cocoa powder, roasty coffee, and toffee.

This has a really evocative flavor profile, and is surprisingly flavorful for the ABV and style. It really tastes like they added coffee to this, and even like they added some chocolate- they really massaged some great flavors out of the malts here. There's tastes of freshly baked brown bread, rye, toffee, and a little bit of caramel- but it's not too sweet at all.

This has a pretty creamy mouthfeel, slightly thin on the finish, with a good level of carbonation.

This is absolutely excellent- one of the best brown ales on the market.

Jun 17, 2017
3.75 by twillingthenoz from New York on Apr 30, 2017
3.68 by DaveCash from New York on Feb 19, 2017
3.95 by SkeletonBitch from New York on Aug 02, 2016
4.1 by LeftHanded666 from New York on Aug 02, 2016
3.35 by h8r from New York on Jun 10, 2016
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4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by SenorBiggles from Canada (ON)

Growler fill from the brewery (free with the purchase of a steel growler, which was nice). A complex, well-balanced brown ale. I don't think I have anything bad to say about this one. Big coffee and roasted nut flavours, and just enough sweetness to balance everything out. I'd love to see more brown ales like this made where I am in Ontario.

May 29, 2016
3.55 by LakeEffectSteam from New York on Dec 05, 2015
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