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Whale's Tale Pale Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Whale's Tale Pale AleWhale's Tale Pale Ale

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972 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 972
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 23
Gots: 70 | 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)
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Reviews by Thads324:
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3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

A : pours a nice amber with a lovely two fingers of frothy yet loosely bubbled head. Tight head on top that looks really thick. A bit of haze to the color. Head dissipates within a half glass being drunk.

S : very little aroma. A hint of sweet buttered bread and a tiny bit of earthy hops. A bit of honey towards the end.

T : Starts a little dry with a bit of wheat bread (not wheat malt, but whole wheat bread). The middle is full of a long and flavorful yet not bitter hop. Slightly earthy and slightly fruity and vibrant. finishes quick and dry.

M : easy going, mild, clean and very dry

A great little english style pale ale. Easy to drink and flavorful, but nothing is overpowering or overwhelming, very much in a good way. A great all year round beer and fresh smash fruit in the bottom would be lovely since everything is blended so well and is subdued. I have to say the price is a little daunting, $9.99 a six? I don't live in nantucket dammit!!!

06-21-2011 20:52:16 | More by Thads324
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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
Photo of RoyalT


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
Photo of ExtraStout


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
Photo of Matthew342

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

06-28-2014 14:11:11 | More by Matthew342
Photo of steelerguy

New York

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
Photo of SuomiHobbit


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

06-23-2013 17:53:51 | More by SuomiHobbit
Photo of DRBarnthouse

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
Photo of SmellTheGluv

1.75/5  rDev -51.9%

06-22-2014 00:57:46 | More by SmellTheGluv
Photo of JasonA


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
Photo of lordofthewiens


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
Photo of csmartin6

New York

4/5  rDev +9.9%

05-06-2012 01:56:30 | More by csmartin6
Photo of Todd


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
Photo of sponberg

New York

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
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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
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

05-17-2013 01:35:36 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

11-15-2012 22:33:22 | More by VernonKell
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +3%

08-01-2014 14:09:36 | More by Doomcifer
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.9%

03-27-2013 04:59:58 | More by anjah
Photo of Billolick

New York

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
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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
Photo of Homebrew35


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
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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
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

07-07-2014 22:00:48 | More by Pat_McWilliams
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

05-27-2012 17:48:01 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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Whale's Tale Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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