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Whale's Tale Pale Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.

Whale's Tale Pale AleWhale's Tale Pale Ale

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844 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 844
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%

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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Photo of ExtraStout


3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2013 01:57:47 | More by ExtraStout
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South Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured golden yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, spicy hop, and subtle milk chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, fruit, earth hop, and skunky hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly average brew. Out of the pale ales that I had in this sampler flight this was my least favorite of the bunch. The skunky note I picked up on in this one really wasn’t that pleasant at all and really took me back at first. As it warmed this became a little more sharp. Also the milk chocolate note on the nose felt a little out of place as well. I think this brew might have had an identity crisis if I am honest and didn’t know what it wanted to be when it grew up. Worth trying, but I doubt I will be having it again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2012 12:09:30 | More by thagr81us
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Rhode Island

3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at grand cru in hyannis Massachusetts

A- pours a clear copper body with a medium white head with some sticky lacing

S- not too much going on. Malty and somewhat corny

T- grassy, citrus, slight metallic aftertaste

M- medium carbonation as mouthfeel

A middle of the road pale ale. Could use more hop character

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2012 01:25:59 | More by gcamparone
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Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

At the Cisco restaurant at Logan. Served too cold.

A: Nice dark color, good retention and lacing.

S: Modest, faint hops, not much else. Perhaps it's because it's too cold, but it is being served by a branded restaurant...

T: Good, bready malt, but I'm really surprised by the prominence of the hops. They are much more prevalent than I remember from the bottled version, grapefruity and somewhat bitter. The beer comes into balance as it warms, though.

M: Overcarbonated for my tastes.

O: A solid but unremarkable pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 18:31:42 | More by greybeardloon
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New York

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it on tap at the brewery on Nantucket on 8/25/12, where it was served in a plastic cup.

A: Coppery-amber body with an off-white head. Leaves some lace.

S: Not a lot of nose - some faint hoppiness over a touch of caramel malt.

T: Biscuity, with a bit of caramel malt. Finishes with a dry, metallic hop bitterness. A decent APA, though nothing to write home about.

M: Close to medium in heft, carbonation is modest, fits the beer well.

O: Decent. Nothing tremendous, but decent.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 18:26:07 | More by Kendo
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3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance –The brew was served a clear amber color with a two finger white head. The head faded relatively fast to leave a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was heaviest of caramel and some bready malt aromas. Some citrus and a light pine hop were also present mixed within; although these aromas were on the lighter side.

Taste – The taste begins of a bready malt flavor mixed with a lighter caramel sweetness. As the taste advances from there, hop flavors begin to enter the flavor profile. A more mild earthy and piney hop are the first to be detected followed by a light citrus bitter hop. These in the end take away from some of the sweetness and leave a slightly bitter dryness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – A body of the beer was medium with a carbonation level below average. Both suited the more bready nature of the beer quite well.

Overall – An OK brew, but nothing really all that special.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2012 18:26:06 | More by Darkmagus82
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3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Whale's tail is easy, crisp, and refreshing. It achieves this through its simplicity. Despite convention, I would recommend it be served as cold as possible, and when the weather is as warm as possible.

A- Clear orange amber. Thin, dissipating head, but tenacious lacing lining the entire glass.

S- It smells a bit briny, oceany... no kidding! A hint of pine. Very subtle, clean.

T- Bright and refreshing. A hint of citrus... quite buttery without being creamy (who'd have thought?). Quickly resolves into a clean piney aftertaste.

M- Full bodied, as far as palate coverage goes, but very sort lived/ front-loaded. Great carb. Spatially balanced but temporally over-eager.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2012 03:22:21 | More by DivaTron
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Poor Henry's.

Copper color head. Light lacing. Not much of a head.

Brown sugar? Weird in a pale ale. Dough and caramel nutty taste, bread crust or toasted bread. This is a more malt based pale ale than hoppy.

Light to medium body, medium carbonation, easy drinking.

Overall, unique pale ale. I would called it lighter style of a brown ale. It reminds me of Olde Burneside Ten Penny Ale, which certainly isn't a bad thing.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 06:46:52 | More by 9InchNails
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4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very drinkable Pale Ale. The smell is nice with it's light sweetness and hint of what's to come. A perfect fit with the chili I'm enjoying it with.

A good into to Pale Ales if you are looking to get you or a friend started with Pale Ales.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2011 17:26:43 | More by kingstonma
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2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The smell is the first thing I paid attention too here. It wasn't that pleasant, there was a fruitful smell, but the lemony smell was not that impressive, not appealing.

Unfiltered, nice appearance, has that light amber look. A lot of head, (I had the beginning of the keg.)

There was definetly a citrus taste that I would campare to Sam Adams Summer. I was not in paticularly please with it though.

The mouthfeel was nothing special either.

Maybe I had a bad batch, or maybe this just isn't my type, but I really did not like this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2011 23:24:46 | More by davewlfpckfan29
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a pint glass, the beer is a decent copper-amber coloring, both dark and slightly hazy, with a slim, low profile, off-white head. Aromas are rich and plentiful, with a malt caramel presence lightly highlighted by a touch of hops and spice. The beer was smooth, yet light and crisp. Flavors are toasty, while carrying a sweet toffee and caramel backbone and spicy, dry, green hops. The aftertaste is peppery spiced and darkly sweet, balanced very well together. The beer has a quick, clean finish. Smooth and effervescent overall, the caramel-hops blend is unbelievably balanced. Very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2011 03:05:18 | More by GarthDanielson
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New York

3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ordered at joe's in boston on tap. Came in a pint. Had a nice orange with a thin yeasty head. Subtle hops on the nose. A bit watery in the nose even. Very earthy on the tongue. Reminds me new belgium. Almost a bit too grassy. Extremely earthy. Mouth is somewhat watery but has a bift of a kick. Good session for the fans of earthy, not my style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2010 00:30:35 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of uustal

Rhode Island

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fruits shine through this American Pale Ale. Hints of orange and cherry are the main flavors. Mild sweet taste to the beer. Finishes with a little hop and some dryness. A little watery as well creates a light mouthfeel. Not a big flavored APA by any means.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2010 02:21:59 | More by uustal
Photo of sccala

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was the "log of the month" beer on tap at my house. Poured and settled really nicely into a 16oz "Blue Moon" pint glass.

A- 2 finger head, thick and creamy. Awesome lacing. Color was a hazy amber/copper. The only downside was the carbonation isn't bursting like I'd expect, but it wasn't poor either.

S- Slightly sweet. Sort of buttery. Bready. Buttery crackers!

T- Perfectly hoppy for this style! perfect! A bit of a malty aftertaste as well, and that buttery sweetness comes back for a quick goodbye after the swallow.

M- The combo of the hops, buttery sweetness, and carbonation (which didn't "look" great) all come together for a nice treat.

D- What a wonderful beer. Cisco made sure their flagship (this is their flaghship, right?!) is one to talk about!

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2010 22:34:57 | More by sccala
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cisco Whale's Tale Pale Ale has a copper body with a finger of off-white head that leaves decent lacing on my glass.

The aroma has fruity hops and a balancing malt sweetness.

The hop profile of Whale's Tale is pretty tasty, with lots of fruity hops that taste like pineapple and orange, but with only a little bit of bitterness. A toffee like sweetness balances out the hops nicely. A solid APA.

Mouthfeel is moderate in both body and carbonation, with just a slight oily feel to it.

Definitely an easy drinker, and it was great to see this beer on tap at a restaurant that I 1) had to wait for a table and 2) did not expect any good beers to be on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2010 23:17:05 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of jdrury245


3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours hazy. White to off white head.

S - Citrus with a hint of sweet caramel.

T - Clean pale and caramel malts. Slight alcohol note. Nice slight bite that hits the back of your throat. Mild compared to an American pale ale.

M - Body medium. Very smooth and clean feeling around the mouth.

D - Great session beer. Nice clean taste with a slight bite that is sure to quench your thirst.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2009 18:09:59 | More by jdrury245
Photo of tigg924


3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2009 16:40:12 | More by tigg924
Photo of david18

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good beer but I wouldn't call it a pale ale. It's a little too sweet and a little too belgiany to be called an american pale ale. It really tastes more like a belgian pale ale than an american pale ale. It's very good but a little more intense than the positioning might make you believe.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2009 22:21:28 | More by david18
Photo of Baileyuk


3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap, Poured well. Looked attractive. An okay head and retention. Lacing was okay also.

The smell and taste had an overly earthy hint. It was lighter on the hops than I like but that seems very typical for other brews I had in Boston. Hops were very present but mellow. The maltiness of this brew was well done and very balanced.

Carbonation was great, and despite not liking the main taste it was easy to drink and if I had liked the tones of this beer I would have definitely been able to put down a few more.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2009 14:12:11 | More by Baileyuk
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3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer from my server in a pint.

The beer had a light but definite orange/gold color to it. It had a two inch head creamy head that stayed for half the beer.

The smell was a toss up. Basic yeast smell with slight hints of dry fruit.

While sipping into this I noticed a sweet but down to earth flavor. Initially some biscuit flavor that reminded me of fig newtons that played into the taste of dry apricot. This pale ale at 6.8% abv tasted like it was under 5.

Creamy and light carbonation makes this brew have a decent experience when swished around the mouth.

As previously mentioned, tasted a lot lighter than the labeled abv. This beer goes down smooth and you can easily enjoy a few of these.

Final Thoughts - Complex interesting flavor from a pale ale makes this one worth at least trying. Definitely a usual for me at one of the local pubs.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2009 21:01:27 | More by bsend
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3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sort of amber-orange with a pretty substantial head.

Smell: Crisp, particularly immediately after pouring. Hints of hops and fruit. Gets slightly sweeter, more malt tones after a few sips.

Taste: A little pedestrian considering the appearance and bouquet. Expected a little more hop bitterness. Subtle malts and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth, medium-bodied. Lingers for just a moment with an almost caramel sweetness.

Drinkability: Recommended as a session beer, particularly if you want to get lost in other stuff and rather blissfully keep on sipping without exerting much sensory energy. More going on than the North Coast Red Seal, but not as much fun as Dale's Pale Ale. I'd drink it on draught when I see it though.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2009 01:53:25 | More by timmay41
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pint came with no head at all. The beer was basic amber with some orange highlights and had no real visible carbonation. No lacing remained.

The aroma was very light and mostly sweet. A bit of a roasted malt character and a bunch of yeast notes..

Flavor was o.k. Nothing to write home about.(but good enough to write on-line....) It was well balanced, but not very complex or flavorful. There was some basic caramel malt flavors and a touch of fruit. But I really tastes some doughy and yeast flavors throughout.

Mouth feel was medium bodied and this was very drinkable, just not overly exciting.

Nothing wrong with it, just not a lot right with it either.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2008 12:18:56 | More by Reagan1984
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3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice orange color with a bit of lacing. Almost honey colored. Smells sweet but pretty well balanced. It has an interesting flavor - it didn't match what I was expecting. There's a decent hops aftertaste that's not overwhelming like an IPA. I can't think of any complex pale ales, but this one is more interesting than the usual mix. I'd prefer something with more body, but I'd put this on tap at home in the spring or summer. Good beer, I'd recommend buying some.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2008 19:36:52 | More by msolar
Photo of Durge


4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sad little cup at the Gazebo on Nantucket, this poured a cloudy gold with nice off-white foam and good lace. Smells of mellow citrus hops and biscuit, fresh and crisp. It has an energetic carbonation with orange and banana highlights in a bready mix. Highly refreshing, endlessly drinkable, a full feel without loosing the light refreshing quality. The tart edges come out more as you go with some peppery touches.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2008 04:26:46 | More by Durge
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3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Cisco restaurant at Logan Airport.

A - Golden orange color with thick off-white head. Decent retention and light lacing.

S - On the weaker side for APA aromas. Smells of bready malts with a faint hint of floral hops.

T - A very sweet bready malt taste up front. A citrusy hop taste comes into the taste midway through and again finished crisp and sweet.

M/D - Medium bodied and very easy drinking. Not the best Pale Ale I have ever had, but a nice offering.

I would consider this more in line with an English Pale Ale instead of an APA. A good beer none the less.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2008 00:03:09 | More by ckeegan04
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Whale's Tale Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 844 ratings.