Whalers Brewing Company

Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #300
Ranked #8,735
4.01 | pDev: 11.72%
Whalers Brewing Company
Rhode Island, United States
Very Good
Notes: Dry hopped American Pale Ale
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 104 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of far333
2.71/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Twelve ounce can dated 10/30/19. Looks like a Hefeweizen, hazy and pale yellow, with a low white head that settles out quickly. Aroma of honey and melon. Flavor is a bit nondescript, quite vegetal, lots of tea, fleshy fruit that I can’t identify. Moderate mouthfeel. Very average overall.

 295 characters

Photo of DavetotheB
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 12oz can dated 8/27/19 into a pint glass. Pours a very murky, nearly opaque dark brownish yellow with a finger and a half of fluffy white head, moderate retention and good lacing. Smell is mild, mainly bitter hoppiness and very faint citrus. The beer tastes like it should for a PA, mild but tasty. Picking up just a bit of lemon in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth. Maybe I'm biased because my sister brought this to me but this is a solid APA.

 466 characters

Photo of BrewAskew
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold, creamy head.

Clean pale malt, moderate hops.

Clean, crisp biscuity malt, clean crisp hop flavor and bitterness. Balanced.

Light, nominal Co2. Feels nice.

Another personal comfort beer in RI

 249 characters

Photo of Alexc11
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Meets American IPA requirements. Had out of the can. Tropical, cloudy yellow colour. Thin head. Strong citrus hop notes. Bitterness a little elevated but not overwhelming. Good beer if you like this style.

 205 characters

Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sample at the kickoff party at Homebrewcon
Slightly hazy light golden color with a thin white head that persists
Bready lightly toasty maltiness. Citrusy fruity hops.

 166 characters

Photo of Gatch
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer portrays one of the under-appreciated aspects of the craft beer movement. It’s available almost anywhere in RI now alongside drafts/taps that you commonly find at regular bars and restaurants. And that allows it to be a go-to option when all other beers are trash at an establishment. Outside of that, it’s a really good APA that checks all the boxes. Great hop profile and so easy to drink. Like, seriously, it’s a perfect session beer. Also at a great price, it’s now one of the few “no-brainers” when I walk into a store looking for a 6-pack for the weekend ($7.99?! What!?).

 600 characters

Photo of wizmasta
2.96/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

If you’re an NE IPA fan this is NOT the beer for you. Malt bomb. My palate must be destroyed because I don’t understand how anyone would voluntarily drink this type of beer.

 177 characters

Photo of Amendm
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12-oz. can dated 10/16/18 needed an average pour for a finger sized frothy white head with long retention and streaky lace. Slightly hazy golden straw color appears yellow in front of light.
Big smell of bright piney and floral hops with some citrus and malt sweetness.
Taste begins bitter and semi-dry as caramel malt changes the middle to semi-bitter and semi-sweet with light citrus. Bitterness returns for the quick dry finish as the malt richness fades, the bright hops from the smell plus peppery spice linger on the palate for a while. Medium bitterness overall.
Medium body, above average carbonation. Smooth despite the big hop flavors and bitterness.
Nice balance of hop bite and semi-sweet malt. True to style, difficult to find any fault with this beer.

 765 characters

Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned 10/08/18
Pours a nice foamy bubbly 1 finger head nice retention and lacing, hazy tangerine orange color

Nose little cracker malt, grassy citrus hops, little spicy, fairly light

Taste brings fair hops, grassy citrus, rind, pithy, little tangerine orange and grapefruit, mild cracker toasty malt, mild bitterness esp for an APA, drier finish

Mouth is med bod, decent carb

Overall meh, pretty light all around, nose was super light, taste was ok but not much going on and not even close to enough bitterness for APA

 523 characters

Photo of egrandfield
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

All I can say is I'm happy that a RI craft brewery is making very very solid beer. This is good stuff that smells like sunshine.

L: Buttery gold
S: Hops, citrus
T: Mellow, Smooth
F: Goes down easy
O: Very good beer for drinking

 228 characters

Photo of Ronl12
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into IPA glass.
Look is cloudy golden yellow. Smell is tropical fruit/orange/papaya. Taste follows nose very nice citrus top and smooth ending. Feel is nice easy drink. This is a very good APA. Well balanced and a really good drink.

 242 characters

Photo of DaveMaciolek21
2.28/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Sharply hopped, light golden ale. Not much nuance here, just a bitter bite and then gone. Not sure how this beer received an Exceptional rating. It's rather one-note and unexceptional, in fact..

 194 characters

Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this at Mews Tavern in Rhode Island. It poured a clear orangish with white head that left a spotty lace. The scent had hop hints that included some citrus flare. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with some fruit notes present. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

 335 characters

Photo of jhavs
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into stemless wine glass. Hazy yellow straw with thick foamy head, just off-white, settles slowly into thin cap.

Citrus, grassy hops and a bit of grapefruit pith in the aroma.

Flavor is floral, citrus and light fruit. Some grassy and earthy hops but overall smooth and not aggressive. Light bitterness balances the hint of sweetness.

Moderate carbonation and lighter than medium body. Clean and refreshing.

A nice easy going brew, nothing really wrong with it. I could sip on a few in a row and be content. I think I would like in the summer as a beach beer.

 580 characters

Photo of jmdrpi
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at brewery

Clear yellow golden in color, bright white colored head. Some lacing. Earthy hop aroma. Clean mild malt, moderately bitter. Thin bodied.

 157 characters

Photo of Jwale73
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz. can served in a tulip nonic. Pours a hazy gold with loose, off-white, 1/8th inch head that dissipates into a broken slick. Nose expresses light notes of citrus and pith. Taste follows nose with the additional presence of a light malt bill - slightly crackery. Mouthfeel is light in body with a carbonation just shy of lively with a pleasant, semi-crisp finish. All and all, an easy drinking APA.

 406 characters

Photo of WunderLlama
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can poured into teku

Hazy yellow, one finger white foam cap settles to a ring

Aroma of pine , tangerine

Taste of pine hops , tangerine , grapefruit hops

Low sudsing , dry finish

Good beer

 194 characters

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color. Fairly clear in appearance. Light in flavor. Pine, grapefruit pith and orange zest. Lower in sweetness. Light bodied. The boardslide was a way better apa than this.

 186 characters

Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

A mildly hazy light orange with a dense, off-white head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is bright and fruity, clean and refreshing, with mostly citrus and with a mild stone fruit note. Clean, rather pulp-free mandarins, fuzz-free peach and a little grape are present. A faint malt character is present, complementing the nose. On the palate, this opens with a mild and pleasant bitterness and a nice, juicy hop flavor. Again, there's citrus and stone fruit that dominate, and the mild sweetness adds to the juiciness of the hop flavors. Drying on the finish, this beer is clean and refreshing. Recommended.

 642 characters

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a burnt golden color with a slight transparency about it. Some carbonation could be seen ever so slightly rising to fill a quickly dissipating finger’s worth of white foamy head. Not much lace. The aroma had some sweet danky onion, light citrus and a little bit of sharp bitter pine. Low malt quality - really subtle. The flavor was moderately sweet through the previously mentioned aromas. Bitterness did find it’s way into the overall taste fairly nice. The aftertaste was fully blended. Finish was danky sweet and bitter pine. The feel was about medium bodied, perhaps slightly under with a clean sessionability about it. Good carbonation. ABV felt appropriate. Overall, pretty nice APA worthy of having again.

 778 characters

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 5/13/2016 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of floral hops that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a long time.

 753 characters

Rise from Whalers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 104 ratings