Whale's Tale Pale Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.
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Reviews by cjacobsen:
4.03/5 rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Best before April 2012. Poured into a pint glass.
(A) Pours a clear, darker golden color with bits of brown in the darker parts of the glass. Has a decent off white head of tightly formed bubbles that recedes to a nice layer of head-film on the top of the beer. Not as light of a color as most pale ales. Looks quite promising.
(S) There is a bit of caramel and light malt. Some honey. A bit of hops is spread throughout the aroma. Some faint citrus notes are buried beneath the aroma.
(T) Light and caramel malts play a big factor in this flavor. There is a hint of honey, orange and grapefruit the blend well to give a bit of a lighter acidic tinge to the taste. Semi-sweet but semi-bitter. Good blend of the two and nicely balanced.
(M) Crisp and well balanced. Light in body but with decent substance. Kind of oily and pretty smooth.
(O) Solid pale ale. Not as hoppy as some of the pale ales that I've had recently or what I've been used to, but it's very crisp and quite refreshing. Seems to have a bit more to the flavor profile and is a well rounded beer.
Serving type: bottle
11-16-2011 01:08:03 | More by cjacobsen
More User Reviews:
3.63/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I've had this beer on tap and in a can, and while it's considerably better on tap the can is a good alternative if there's nowhere around you that has it. My one complaint would be the price. I paid $18 for a 12-pack, and while it's a pretty solid pale ale, there's nothing about it that should warrant such a steep price point in my opinion.
Appearance - Really inviting orangey-amber color, very transparent. Pretty weak head though, dissipated quickly and there was very little lacing.
Smell - Refreshing, hoppy aroma. Notes of citrus are present.
Taste - A little maltier than I prefer, but that's to be expected in an English-style I guess. You can still feel the hop presence though, and the citrus is there, especially in the aftertaste. This beer pairs well with most foods though and functions really well as a session-type ale.
Mouthfeel - Smooth, with a great carbonation to it. Sort of a dry finish which I wasn't expecting but it was nice regardless.
If you can find this beer on tap, I highly recommend it. If not though, the can still keeps the elements in balance and is a perfectly good session beer as long as you don't mind the price.
Serving type: can
02-03-2014 21:44:41 | More by WyethBednar
3.13/5 rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grape juice, and slight herbal aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, fruit, and some charcoal like flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with an odd charcoal quality that reminds me of burnt steak.
Serving type: bottle
01-31-2014 06:48:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
Whale's Tale Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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