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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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362 Reviews
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Reviews: 362
Hads: 1,130
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 25
Gots: 189 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: Quaffer on 12-07-2001

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish orange with tiny white head. Floral and malt aroma with hints of sweet fruits (cherries?). Taste follows with big floral flavor on top of some cherries and bland malt flavor (malt extract?). Medium light mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Not a bad beer, but not one to seek out. Tastes very much like my first homebrew. (341 characters)

Photo of Hesperus
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Soft, clear amber with short-lasting thin, white head.

Smell: Caramel-like maltiness, earthy hops, fruity yeast notes, barely detectable citrus notes.

Taste: Caramel matliness and earthy, piney hops. Some fruity esters. Very dry.

Mouthfeel: Thin and dry with moderate carbonation, refreshing.

Overall: A good pale ale that drifts away from the standard ultra-piney hop aroma/flavor that one expects from more American styled pale ales. (451 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle lured into a pilsner glass

Copper russet liquid with faint carbonation. Two finger white foam cap settles down with a beautiful history of lacings.

Aroma of malts with a hint of citrus , fruit and pine.

Gentle malt with a rush of hops, slight bitterness, lingers on the tongue. Mild bitter aftertaste. Light mouthfeel .

Nice , enjoyable beer. Not one that I am rushing out to fill up my fridge but would drink it again if offered on tap. (450 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with an off-white thin head with short retention.
Light malty aroma with English hops and hints of earthy hops and caramel.
Flavor is much more intense than aroma. Taste of slightly toasted and nutty malts with lots of English hops. Earthy and caramel notes. Hints of citrus peel and fruits. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with good carbonation.
This is a beef up English Pale Ale. Less sweet and more hoppy than its inspiration. I did like this American interpretation. Very sessionable. (507 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: A beautiful dark clear amber, finger high white head dissipated to sparse patches of surface foam and a little lacing.

s: Mild malt and pine.

t: Fairly well balanced malt/resiny hops, leaving a rather bitter finish on the sides of the tongue. Tasty malt becomes more evident over time.

m: Moderate with lingering bitterness.

o: A good, hoppy pale ale. (409 characters)

Photo of dmamiano
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I guess this beer came across as really underwhelming. The fact that I paid a good bit for this led to high expectations.
Poured rather nicely with a nice head and ample lacing.
Golden amber in color.
Smelled rather malty...leaned way towards the less hopped up side which is what I didnt expect.
Tasted mimicked. more of a malt backing than hops. I am guessing English style pale ale. (386 characters)

Photo of MrMister
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I bought just one bottle at Brooklyn supermarket. It looked interesting so I thought to give it a try.

A-Dark caramel appearance with a bit of fizz, it's nice looking and light shines through quite easily. My beer poured with an almost non-existent white head.

S- Whale's Tale Pale Ale smells great. Very citrusy/fruity with a tiny bit of hop thrown in at the end. Smells a little sweater than most APAs maybe.

T-The taste is clean and crisp, notes of citrus are at the front end followed by a light hoppiness and malt.

M-Pleseant. The amount of carbonation for this beer is spot on. It's very smooth and crisp.

O-I liked the beer enough but I don't think I'll buy it again soon; though I'm always glad to try new beers. (725 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 12 pack from the Wegmans in Northborough, MA on 7/6/13 for $ 13.99.

poured from a 12 oz can into a glass tumbler, served at fridge temp.

coppery amber with a 1 finger manila head. nice lacing.

aroma: nutty malt and apricots.

mouthfeel: full and nice.

taste: bunch o malt with fruity notes like apricots or sultanas.

notes: awesome beer, love it! (360 characters)

Photo of BeerDocT
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance 3.5: Pours out a very attractive deep, golden brown. Lots of little CO2 bubbles, but very little head.

Smell 3.5: Nice bouquet. light and nuanced hints of malt, yeast and hops. Everything is mid-level and not overpowering.

Taste 3.25: Front is slightly sour, but only slightly. Middle is where the hops and barley seep in, but they are very slight and somewhat dry. Finish is where more of the grains and hops pop up, but again, very subdued and more dryness present. Aftertaste is short and dry.

Mouthfeel: 3.25: Carbonation level is good for this style of beer.

Overall 3.5: Good beer, but nothing that extraordinary. What really sets it apart for me is its dryness. This is a pervasive dryness that is felt at every level of the taste. While this beer is not suited (IMHO) to a good session, it is excellent with food. I imagine it would also be great with seafood, particularly heavy, fried foods. (916 characters)

Photo of Mullen2525
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a Wachusett Octoberfest glass with a very thin head, very little retention and no lacing. Clean and clear, with a burnt orange tinge.

S- Earthy with a bit of citrus peel, presumably from the hops.

T- Tastes like it smells earthy with a hint of citrus on the back end that balances the overall bready taste.

M- Smooth to start, dry on the back end.

O- Solid Pale. Great alternative to over citrus peeled summer beers. (435 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Note: I poured two cans after dinner this evening. The two pours showed different qualities in the appearance. I did a better job with the first pour and will rate the beer based on the better pour.

A - Two fingers of head that showed well-above-average retention. Really thick creamy head that maintained all the way to the bottom. Really nice lacing on the glass throughout. I would call the color a deep copper, someone also mentioned mahogany notes, which I agree with.

S - I rarely pick up strong scents from pale ales and don't give them much thought. I don't remember anything special here.

T - Initial hop bitterness that mellows quickly into a smooth malty medley. I think the main thing I picked up was a toffee flavor. Malt breadiness is definitely prevalent here and works well.

M - Nice light to medium bodied pale. I would have found it odd had it been lighter or heavier.

O - Just a quality beer. Nothing that blows me away, but something that I would enjoy drinking pretty much any time. (1,008 characters)

Photo of ExtraStout
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours honey colored with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Pears, not much else

T: Follows the nose, plus a touch of breadyness, some woody hops as well. More pears, plus caramel & dryness as this warms. Finishes fruitty, dry with a touch of caramel

MF: Light/medium bodied, firm carbonation, alright balance

This is a passable EPA, but nothing to get excited about (403 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a .5l glass.

A: Amber-orange in color with mahogany hues. clear with white head that is foamy, creamy, and rocky. OK head retention, excellent lacing. Good appearance.

S: Mild. Bready. Toast w/ hints of caramel and toffee. balanced by hops, lemon and citrus. Complex includes grass and oil and richness.

T: Initial caramel and toffee. Fresh bread and coffee. Earthy, grassy hops in background. Modest bitterness, tea-like. Semi-dry finish with soothing caramel, fresh bread, spice and a little bitter hops.

M: Medium bodied, creamy. Moderately low carbonation.

O: The malt is balanced by the hops. It's a good beer. I found it sessionable. Good first beer of evening or with pub fare and comfort foods. *(grilled burger on pretzel roll, heirloom tomato, grilled peppers, garlic, asparagus, mushrooms)

Came back to enjoy this in 12 pack of cans at WFM - very enjoyable. upped my rating. (918 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber-orange in color with red hues. Excellent clarity. The towering white head is foamy, creamy, and rocky all at once. Superb head retention. Clumps of foamy lacing become a permanent fixture. Great appearance.

S: Bready. Toast and crust. Hints of caramel and toffee. Hoppy zing of spritzy lemon and citrus, grassy and oily as well.

T: Big wave of caramel and toffee. Lots of toast and some crust. It almost flirts with a little bit of roasted coffee. Earthy and grassy hops hold their own. Modest bitterness, slight puckering lemony hop twang. A bit of a tea-like aspect. Semi-dry finish with lingering caramel, toffee, crust, and bitter lemony hops.

M: Medium bodied, but it comes across as a bit husky. Very creamy. Moderately low carbonation.

O: This pale ale lands toward the larger end of today's spectrum. The sturdy malt backbone is balanced well by a confidently assertive hop profile. It's a good beer, but it's size and substance make it more of a one-and-done type of brew than a sessionable option. Perhaps not quite as approachable to the neophyte as you'd want a flagship beer to be, but it certainly has its place. It's a good pairing option for pub fare and comfort foods. (1,237 characters)

Photo of ckollias
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark golden-amber hue with a thick, 2-finger, white head that slowly dissipates, leaves a nice trail, and ends in a solid lace.

S: Malty and bready aroma with hints of hops.

T: Similar to the smell there is a malty and bready flavor that is an equal mix of sweet and bitter and finishes slightly hoppy.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Just a so-so pale ale. Nothing I would grab again. (466 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Absolutely love the label on this. The simplicity of the whale tail and cool looking script.

Crystal clear copper body with a very thin layer of soft looking sandy colored foam that leaves some fair lace.

The nose is pretty light and one dimensional with biscuity/cereal english malt. There is a touch of fruity hops in the background.

Very pleasant flavor of biscuit and cracker with a lighter sweetness from the malt. The hops add a mild fruit and citrus flavor with light bitterness.

Light-medium body with crisp and clean feel.

I put the drinkability on this very high. A very flavorful pale ale that I could easily drink several of. Solid brew. (656 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Best buy November, 2012. Hazy copper body, off white head, moderate retention. Clear lacing, sticky. Aroma includes earthy bitterness, some caramel sweetness. Taste is slightly bitter with slight sweetness on the back end. Really not a bad pale ale, just nothing too memorable. (323 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with a fluffy off-white head and streaming carbonation within a pilsner glass.

Light, clean grains and malt with a light fruitiness, perhaps orange.

Flavors follow the nose quite closely, with light bitterness and a light finish.

Light to medium body with moderate carbonation, no alcohol, and cleansing.

Easily a go-to day-to-day beer which I enjoyed several times during a relaxing weekend while on Nantucket. (433 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
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. (972 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
3.31/5  rDev -11%
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 (326 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber with a light head on top, more like surface slush. It also has a murky and hazy clarity. Aroma is also malts with very little in the way of hops. Taste is malts and sweet at that. I wasn’t very impressed with this one. Made in the English tradition, I’ve try to take that into account but I think it lacks depth of flavor and in fact think it quite borish (380 characters)

Photo of beerpirates
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can thx to Chris from the busy bee Raleigh !

The pour is mostly clear copper with a firm one inch off white head.
The aroma is caramel malt with a dry grassy hop. Pretty faint nose.
The taste is a dull caramel maltiness, along with the grassy earthy hops. The malt is more present than the hops. Palate is medium bodied, dull carbonation, dry finish.
This was OK (372 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - lighter, clear amber with a short, soft, off white head that has good retention

S - big citrusy aroma

T - citrusy, hoppy, light malt character

M - medium bodied, smooth, crisp

This is a decent but simple beer. It has decent balance and decent drinkability. I think there are probably better pale ales out there so I probably won't be picking this up again, but it was good once. (386 characters)

Photo of greybeardloon
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (532 characters)

Whale's Tale Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.