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Whale's Tale Pale Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,029 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,029
Reviews: 356
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 23
Gots: 91 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Quaffer on 12-07-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,029 | Reviews: 356 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by LumpyGuitar:
Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a can as it was all that was available. Love the can art.

Poured a golden yellow with a frothy white head. Head is solid, a good 2 fingers, and retention and lacing are good.

Smells of sharp dry hops and fresh water.

Taste is smooth, with the sharp sweetness of the hop on the finish.

Mouthfeel is fresh and clean. Body is on the light side.

Drinkability is good. I feel bad that I got this in the fall otherwise this would have easily been my summer pick for a pale. Easy to drink a few in a row.

LumpyGuitar, Oct 24, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slight hazed burnt orange with some chunks and floaties swirling about with a creamy-like slight off-white head.Fruity estures in the aroma along with some caramel/biscuit malt with a lighter herbal note.Very English hop profile quite fruity and herbal in its character with a big caramel base with that herbal note in the finish.Well if you like English style pales this is your thing,for me its quaffable but not my style,saying that its a decent beer to be had.

oberon, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – The body here is rich orange in color. The head was rather small but very clingy.

Smell – This nose is nicely balanced. The light, even hops are mostly citrus and supported well with a good toasted malt backbone.

Taste – Again, a very balanced Pale Ale. The toasty malts are a bit bigger at the taste and did a good job of holding up the fruity hops.

Mouthfeel – This one is medium-bodied with some light carbonation that keeps things interesting. I even picked up a light dryness at the finish. Nice.

Drinkability – This is a good, easy-sipping East Coast Pale Ale that I would definitely buy again.

Comments – I had the pleasure of tasting this one at the Anam Cara pre-party for the 2004 Belgian Beer Fest. A pub full of great beer and great friends; what more could you ask for?

RoyalT, Nov 13, 2004
Photo of ExtraStout
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod.

Pours a rather murky amber-brown with almost no head. Mild, spotty lacing.

Aroma is caramel malty with some fruity tones and a fair amount of citrusy hops.

Slightly sweet and caramel malty upfront with a nice fruitiness. Leads into a medium bitterness and fair amount of citrusy hop flavors. Finishes a bit sweet and malty.

Medium body, low carbonation.

Overall, a rather tasty APA that shows some balance and doesn't eclipse the malt with hops - not that there's anything wrong with that.

ExtraStout, May 31, 2013
Photo of Matthew342
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Matthew342, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of steelerguy
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark cloudy amber, a little too dark for pale ale. Nice 2 finger head, pretty sticky on the side, and almost 0 carbonation...disappointing, could have been much better.

S - Nice bready smell, would have loved to have some hop aroma in there too, but there wasn't much.

T - Nice light malt complimented by some floral hops. A bit delicate, but well balanced and smooth, with a touch of sweetness.

M - Silky and smooth, finishes a little too creamy with no carbonation to clean the palate.

D - This beer could be a good deal better than it ended up being. Some carbonation along with some hop aroma would really improve this brew.

steelerguy, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

SuomiHobbit, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of DRBarnthouse
5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Pint Glass ...Dark Amber in color - one of the darkest Pale Ale's I've had. Great fruity aroma hits your nose well before the beer hits the mouth. The taste is thick on the tongue with a nice lingering hop taste. This is an EXCEPTIONAL Pale Ale.

DRBarnthouse, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of SmellTheGluv
1.75/5  rDev -51.9%

SmellTheGluv, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of JasonA
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

cloudy orange amber. Very surprised how opaque this amber is. Impressed.

Some citrus, not much hops. I dont get much from the smell. I do have alittle clogged nose, but not to this extent.

Very hoppy tasting for the little smell I got. Nice alcohol bite, didnt see the coming. Maybe biscuit, some citrus. Hops are overpowering flavor.

Dry. Very drying. Nice. Feels like a special beer (costs like one).

Overall this is one of the best APA's Ive ever had. Its not a style I would drink all the time. Very nice to have one once and a while. I would love to find this on draft. Highly recommended.

JasonA, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was copper colored with a medium-sized tan head. There was a bit of lacing. It had a fruity, sweet malt aroma. A fruity taste, mostly orange. A little bit of caramel, and the tiniest bit of hops that came in late. A nice, middle-of-the road APA.

lordofthewiens, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +9.9%

csmartin6, May 06, 2012
Photo of Todd
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Bukowski's in Boston, MA. A very nice brew with a very bready character, smooth caramel and ample sweetness. Fruity sweetness rides along the beer's backbone. Hop bitterness is low, just enough to balance.

I'd definitely have this again on-tap, and in fact prefer it over the bottle.

Todd, Jun 28, 2002
Photo of sponberg
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint at Redbones. Deep golden/amber with a vanilla head. Citric hops, apple, and an almost honey like maltiness in the aroma lead to a very well balanced hoppy/biscuity/fruit malty flavor. The finish gets a touch more bitter, but it retains its character through the end. Almost dangerously drinkable as a summer brew.

The bottled version I had a week earlier was much more citric -almost tasted like a cross between the draft version and a Berlinerweisse - and was bottle conditioned with Cisco's typically explosive yeast. Maybe an old bottle? It was still eminently quaffable.

This brewery's beers all seem to be a half step off style - which, as someone who never colored inside the lines, I appreciate.

sponberg, Sep 28, 2002
Photo of bishopdc0
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color is amber and has a big head up front. The head dissipates and leaves a floating cloud in the middle.

The aroma is a mix of malts up front, pale base malts and crystal. The hops presents itself at the end.

The taste starts up sweet with a slight sour perhaps from an aciduated not doesn't seem like a hop sour. The carbonation comes in and dissipates quickly. The end a hop bitter comes in and finishes.

bishopdc0, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +9.9%

SmellsofMahagony, May 17, 2013
Photo of VernonKell
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Doomcifer, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of anjah
4/5  rDev +9.9%

anjah, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of Billolick
1.53/5  rDev -58%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

cought an obvious off bottle this time. Cap came off with a loud blast. Beer poured very cloudy, super carbonated, huge head that stayed and stayed. off flavors of butterscotch and fusil(sp?) alcohol. Sounds good huh? To bad cuz I was looking foward to try this one. Oh well I will give another bottle a try someday hopefully soon

Billolick, Jun 16, 2004
Photo of fdrich29
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked bottle with a retro, simply stated label.

Lots of thick, out of control, crazy head on this one with nice lacing. Smells of hops and malt and tastes of the same. Lots of carbination starting trouble in the mouth before it settles itself down and behaves. I'm glad I tried this one that called to me from the bottom shelf at Gordon's in Waltham, but I don't know if I would get it again if I had something hoppier to choose. According to their website it was intentionally brewed to be not so hoppy. Some people like less hops, some like more. I'm the later so please grab me a 90 Minute.

fdrich29, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of Homebrew35
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice creamy one and a half finger head. Very nice retention, a big ring and a few big bubbles with a slight cap. Hazy golden color. Smells is quite different that the usual pale ale. Very bready, some woody quality, carmel, toffee. Tastes carmel, sweet, some toffee, carmelized almost burnt sugar flavor. Quite different in the finish bready, yeasty, doughy. I'm not sure if I like this but it not the usual earthy, bitter pale. Medium bodied, medium carbing, it leaves a slick oily finish. I could drink only one or two of these in a night. $1.80 a single.

Homebrew35, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of tigg924
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark gold in color, clear, 1/4 inch head, minmal carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and light hops

Taste: tea, hops, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: sweet with a slightly bitter backbone, minimal carb, light bodied

Drinkability: This is an above average pale ale. I like the balck tea taste. I think I could have three but not a six.

tigg924, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of Pat_McWilliams
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Pat_McWilliams, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

GreenMountainBoy, May 27, 2012
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Whale's Tale Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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