Whale's Tale Pale Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.
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Reviews by TXHops:
3.28/5 rDev -9.9%
Nice presentationGewurztraminer style, brown 750 Ml, cap-finished bottle with a sophisticated looking brown label, matching the style of the other Cisco labels. No dating system was evident. This sure is a pricey offering though, at almost $7 for a 750 of pale ale The beer pours a slightly hazed, orangey-amber with a massive, bottle-conditioned head of soapy-looking beach foam, which had an interesting tendency to collapse like a soufflé. I had a hard time coaxing much of an aroma out of this onethere were some hops, but mostly I smelled yeast. The flavor started the same way-yeasty, with some hops underneath. Talk about clean: the intensely-prickly carbonation washed away any flavor before it had a chance to take root in my mouth. A more vigorous top-up pour released an even larger head, but also allowed some of the subtle, pale maltiness to come through. The bottle claims this to be an IPA style, though the web page makes a seemingly contradictory claim of an English style beer. Id put my money on the latter, as I certainly dont taste any American hops. The web page goes on to mention a kiss of Kent Goldings, which seem to be evident in their tart earthiness, though not abundant. Style buffs may call this an English IPA. Personally, I wish it had more hops and/or more malt character. Sub 1.070 OG beers can be wonderful to drink, but it helps if theres something interesting going oninteresting, estery yeast strain, aromatic malts, bold hop expression, Maris Otter sweetnessjust give me something This beers biggest attraction was its simplicity, its cleanliness and its spritzy yeastiness. Its possible that this is an old bottle, but it tasted fresh enough. Boring overall
06-06-2003 20:24:17 | More by TXHops
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3.65/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
04-30-2006 20:29:32 | More by oberon
3.5/5 rDev -3.8%
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?
11-13-2004 02:12:44 | More by RoyalT
3.41/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
05-31-2013 01:57:47 | More by ExtraStout
3.7/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
11-16-2010 01:24:57 | More by steelerguy
5/5 rDev +37.4%
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.
09-30-2012 17:46:41 | More by DRBarnthouse
4.25/5 rDev +16.8%
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.
03-18-2007 20:21:56 | More by JasonA
3.85/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
03-03-2010 15:20:22 | More by lordofthewiens
3.88/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
06-28-2002 05:02:01 | More by Todd
4.22/5 rDev +15.9%
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.
09-28-2002 21:21:48 | More by sponberg
3.28/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
06-17-2011 03:34:14 | More by bishopdc0
1.53/5 rDev -58%
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
06-16-2004 00:20:56 | More by Billolick
3.75/5 rDev +3%
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.
03-27-2004 03:01:31 | More by fdrich29
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
02-12-2011 04:19:32 | More by Homebrew35
3.55/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
11-08-2009 16:40:12 | More by tigg924
Whale's Tale Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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