Whale Ale | Kona Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by TheBigBoy on 01-24-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by BucannonXC5:
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3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: 0.5L (16.9 oz.) mug
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $15.99 (w/ VONS card) for a variety Redhook/Kona/Widmer 12-pack
Purchased: Feb. 21, 2014
Consumed: Feb. 21, 2014
Misc.: Born on date of Dec. 11, 2013

Poured a yellow straw semi-clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of spongy white head. OK layered lacing along the sides. Good retention on the top.

Smelled soapy, pine, mold, wet grass hops, wet Cascade hops, mildew, floral hops, caramel, honey, citrus hops.

Tasted pretty close to the nose. Got lots of different hops in floral, citrus and grass. Still pretty soapy with some pine in there. Caramel and honey as well. Did I mention soap? Didn’t tasted anywhere close to 6.0 percent.

Light body. Creamy texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Abrupt watery finish.

This beer was OK at times, but not quite good overall. I won’t have another one after the three I have left.

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of secondtooth
4.09/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw yellow, with average head. Lovely, attractive lace.

Nose is nicely floral hops. A solid and promising beginning.

Taste is delightful -- hoppy and floral with a tropical fruit bouquet. I get mango, pineapple, and citrus. There's a sharp and grainy wheat presence, too, but it's all carefully balanced and harmonious. A delicious ale!

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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.61/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this with the Craft Brew Alliance Explorer variety 12-pack. Pleasantly surprised. Refreshing and tasty, but nothing mind blowing. Really, I've yet to have anything amazing from Kona, but everything I have had has been surprisingly good. Maybe that's just because I don't expect anything crazy, but still. Beer I would easily stock up on to give out if I were hosting a party; especially to share with my non-craft fan friends.

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4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of TheMarkE
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Cloudy, very light straw color, about the same shade as a Bud Light Lime. Quickly disappearing head, moderate lacing and carbonation.

Smell: Pine, wet grass, mildew, citrus hops.

Taste: Pine, wet grass, citrus and floral hops, caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy.

The Verdict: It’s okay. Nothing exciting, just a drinkable Wheat Pale Ale. I expected more coming from Kona- more flavor, more hops, more something.

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Whale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 53 ratings
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