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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BA SCORE
84
good

361 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 361
Hads: 1,119
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 25
Gots: 186 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Quaffer on 12-07-2001

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Photo of DRBarnthouse
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (259 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy reddish-brown color with a finger of fluffy foam and nice lacing. Aroma is English malts and a earthy, ruddy bitterness.

First sip is minerally, sweet, and lightly hopped. A malty-style pale ale. There is a definite mineral/earthy quality to this brew. Overall pretty unexciting, but no real flaws to speak of. Probably wouldn't get again, but I wouldn't complain if it was the only thing to drink at a party. (460 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium orange hue with light to moderate haze and an active effervescence. Head poured a thick finger of frothy ivory foam and leaves a bit of creamy lace as it dissipates. Quite nice!

Smell: slightly toasty dry malt aroma with earthy hops and plenty of yeasty character. There's also a hint of spiciness here I like. Frankly, it's pretty good!

Taste: dryish, toasty malt with lots of earthy hop flavor and a pretty strong bitterness. A little caramel sweetness comes through around the edges, but this is merely a highlight. I find myself really liking this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation and a pretty nice creaminess. I like it.

Overall: I didn't know what to expect here, but I think this is quite a successful representation of the style. In addition to that, it's a pretty tasty and satisfying beer in its own right. Good stuff! (927 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (952 characters)

Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got a bomber of this beer on sale for $4 at my local liquor store. The label is stained and a little dirty, so I figure its been dry-stored for a couple years.

A: Well as soon as I opened this beer, I had a foam-head emergency. So the pour was 70/30 foam in my glass.The head is soapy off-white and the body consists of a hazy and dark apple juice color.

S: Aroma is strong and floats right out of the glass. Has some pungent hops and a strong fruit smell like a pear or an apple. Also get some wet wheat and maybe a hint of honey.

T: Taste is a lot better than the smell. Getting some earth type grassy notes, honey and a bit of caramel. The beer finish with some white fruit and a yeast type, dry finish.

M: Sweeter than I expected, lots of carbonation to this medium-light bodied beer.

O: Not the greatest pale ale I have ever had, but not bad. Does a good job of distinguishing itself as a Pale Ale opposed to an IPA or a cross between. Would not seek this beer out again though. (990 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with a dense off-white head that settles to a inch-thick cap. Mild aromas of English toffee, caramel, and yeasty bread. Very clean and crisp. Taste is similarly clean and simple, with more mild breadiness, sweet caramel, and a touch of herbal hops. Mouthfeel is light and sharp, with a medium body and good carbonation. Overall another easy-drinker from Cisco, masters of understated and sessionable beer. (424 characters)

Photo of DivaTron
3.2/5  rDev -14%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of NuclearRich
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.

A: A gorgeous copper & gold hue, crystal clear with a pillowy thick head of white foam that never really quits and lasts til the last drop. An awesome lace coats the glass all the way down, with nice dense rings where I paused from the tasting.

S: Malty, with some earthy and mildly pungent hops. Smells like something from Germany. A little plain, but inviting nonetheless.

T: Pretty standard pale ale flavor, but thats not a bad thing considering the amount of just OK versions are out there. Well balanced, with an upfront malty flavor, followed by subtle hops. A little toasty and nutty. Not hop heavy, but still assertive. A slight citrus with some earthy and herbal notes.

M: The ample foam kisses you with silkiness. A nice clean, light, and sharp body. Leaves just a little flavor behind, begging for another sip.

O: A great pale ale that I will pick up more often. An easy drinker and light enough to be quite sessionable. Not a first choice, but one that I would still recommend as a second choice to someone at the bar. (1,055 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a nonic tumbler- pours a clear, relatively dark copper color with two fingers plus of cream colored head, good retention and a little bit of lacing without much lasting power.

Smell is mild and appealing- citrusy hops and carmel sweetness (an American twist on an English style).

Taste is a little odd- strange tang on the backside of the palate. Citrus and minerals up front, followed by a hint of the caramel, back to lemony hops to finish semi-dry. Something just not quite right about it to me.

Mouthfeel is good- medium light body, moderate carbonation, but that weird tang kinda does something to the drinkability. Overall I'd say this is a decent pale ale but lacking direction. (718 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to ChefBergo for this extra bottle. Thanks Shawn!

poured into a glass stien.

No freshness date to be found on the bottle.

Appearance: an orangish copper colored beer that is opaque. One finger of white head that drops to a minimal cap.

Smell: mild sweetness from the malts that smells of wheat and honey. Grassy hops and light citrus notes from the hops.

Taste: This beer is actually sweeter than I expected. Its malts taste just like caramel and honey. Really mild bitterness that is mostly grassy and a slightly fruity note that I can pick out specifically what fruits i am detecting here. I think that this beer is a little old. The hops just dont seem that fresh to me and the malts seem to over run this beers overall flavor profile. It almost tastes like a malt forward amber ale.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Easy drinker and well carbonated.

Overall: This is a nice beer. Wish that it was know when it was bottled. So that I knew if I was drinking the beer fresh or not. (1,032 characters)

Photo of shand
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an undated 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This beer pours out a hazy orange color with two fingers of head. The aroma is sweet and bready, with some fruity and herbal hops. The taste is smooth and bready, with a bit of prickliness and fruitiness from the hops. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and easy-drinking, and the drinkability is good. It's a solid English style pale ale. Won't blow your mind, but it's a good drink. (447 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear copper in color. The beer has a three finger tall creamy light beige head that reduces into a very dense finger tall head that is slightly thicker at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Light aromas of pale malts with moderate aromas of earthy and floral hops.

T: The taste of this beer follows the smell... The beer starts out with some pale and caramel malt flavors and then the hop flavors come in. The hop flavors contribute some earthiness and just a hint of floral notes. The beer is very well balanced.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very smooth.

O: This beer is very enjoyable and very easy to drink, I find it to be extremely well balanced. This would be a great summer beer for drinking at cookouts. I could easily pair this beer with lots of different foods. Definitely sessionable. (878 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Into a nonic:

A: copper colored body with a two finger thick off-white head that leaves a fair amount of foamy lacing in its wake, barely any carbonation is seen rising. No rings are left as the beer goes down.

S: balanced between the malts and the hops with a slight herbal aroma.

T: balanced between the malts and the hops. A good sweetness dominates the taste.

M: medium with a good smooth and creamy feel. It leaves a wet sweet finish. A medium carbonation is felt in the mouth. This is a pretty drinkable beer.

O: this is a pretty good brew that was balanced all around. Yet, it may be nothing to scream about, its still good. I would have this again. (661 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium copper color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and big bubbles of surface foam. Full ring of lacing.

S- Balanced aroma of bready malt and herbal hops.

T- Neutral flavor with the hops giving forth just as much bitterness as the malt does sweetness. Both are prevalent enough to provide a good amount of substance.

M- Smooth and calm. Medium carbonation.

O- Pretty much ordinary across the board. A good session beer. (553 characters)

Photo of areich6
2.91/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours very dark copper/amber color. After looking into English Pale Ales that isn't unusual.

S: Lots of malt and bite from something. Maybe hops?

T: Very odd. Don't really know how to describe this. I can taste some amber malt characteristics along with a tiny, tiny amount of hoppiness, and a bit grapefruit at the very end. However, even if this common for the style, I don't particulary like it.

M: A lot of biting carbonation.

O: My experience with "English" pale ales is very limited. In fact this might be the only one I have had. However, even if this beer does in fact stay true to this particular genre of beer, I still must say that I disliked it based on the taste alone. But since it is getting some high reviews, Im going to give it a few points based on the fact that I must be somewhat ignorant to this style and therefore cannot completely accurately rate it. (886 characters)

Photo of pschul4
3.01/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Shared with areich6

A- Pours very dark but after looking in to EPA's it's not out of catagory.

S- Smells like your basic Pale ale (citrus/malts) with something else there.. something not so great... molassis?

T- That molassis-ish flavor from the scent is back. And it's the only thing you get out of this taste. Ugh this is gonna get chugged...

M- Best part of the beer (a very low bar) nice and light with some great carbonation

O- If this tasted better it would be an awesome beer... Didn't mean to state the obvious (526 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours amber in color with a foamy beige head, decent retention and lacing. Aromas are bready malt, caramel, and herbal hops, very earthy. Tastes are bready, earthy, herbal, caramely, peppery, rye, citric, leathery. Mouth-feel is medium bodied with ample carbonation, smooth, creamy, finishes bitter and overly dry. Overall, nice complexity, I'm not a big fan of the herbal characteristics, but this was pretty good, and what I'd expect from the style. (464 characters)

Photo of slader
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty ale for the long term. Full disclosure: After my first sip I was ready to commit the unthinkable: chucking out the 12 pack into the trash. But this beer grew on me. By my fourth can in as many days, I was a respectful admirer. Tastes like the sun dried leather tethered to a harpoon after a day long Nantucket sleigh ride ;) Proof that change is constant and that if you open your mind your palate will follow. P.S. The color is amazing. Authentic copper with a bit of haze. (482 characters)

Photo of chodinheaven
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit hazy in this light amber ale with a medium sized white and seafoamy head on top that dissapates pretty quickly. It does leave some snakey lacing. The aroma is a bit musty and fruity, apricots coming to mind as well as orange rind and tangerines. Pleasant aroma even with the mustyish smell, which isn't overpowering at all. More of a hint.

Caramelly and biscuity malts up front that form a base for the other flavors of the beer. Light to medium body that works for the style, but doesn't really satisfy overall. The mustiness does come through a bit in the taste as well, as subtle as the aroma, but leaving a somewhat odd aftertaste. Tangerine taste comes out a bit, but not in abundance. The citrusy hops come in at the end with a bit more than slight bitterness and a touch of grapefruit, cleaning out most of the other flavors. Dryish finish with that odd aftertaste that doesn't really do much for me.

Not a bad beer overall, easy to drink and pretty classic to style. Not one that I would seek out however. Just a bit lackluster in this tasting, but don't let that stop you from trying it. (1,106 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one into a pint glass. It has a nice golden copper body with a 2' foamy head. The smell is of citrus and some malts. The taste has more malt than hop to my taste buds, nothing out standing. The mouthfeel is good and overall this is a ok beer. (256 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a pretty good pale ale. pours a hazy copper color with a rather small off white head. smells crisp and refreshing, lemony hops and a healthy dose of english malts lends a nice light doughy smell. flavor is refreshing too, a nice pale ale for springtime. the english malts give it just enough body, but the hop profile is the star here. a little fruity without being sweet, and crisp without being at all bitter. excellent with a grilled veggie burger. full enough body to stand up to all kinds of food, i will buy this one again. (529 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1151st Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Purchased from Total Wine Tampa for $1.79

App- A super dark orange color. Don't remember when I had this 7 years ago and it was a good looking 1-1/2 finger head with a white color and some good dotty cling.

Smell- A little small hops with some candy like tangerine and even a small malty note.

Taste- A nice hoppy little pale ale. I don't remember it being this good. A small bit of sweet with some sugars and also some caramel thrown in.

Mouth- A fuller medium body with a medium carbonation and leaves a good citrus hoppy note on the end.

Drink- It's a tasteful little pale ale. Has a nice rounded flavor and lends itself to the malty english note which I expected. I would take another bottle. (743 characters)

Photo of Tartarus
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A&S: Pours with about a fingers worth of head despite a delicate pour. Looks fantastic. Smell is citrus with a bit of malt, nothing stands out too much.

T&M: Taste is a balanced blend of malts, hops and citrus flavor in a very smooth mouthfeel. This is my third or fourth can of my 12 pack, and I've noticed that it seems a bit off-puttingly smooth when poured aggressively, so I've tried to take that into account during the pour. With a delicate pour there is a nice crisp hint of carbonation.

O: Very solid. Pretty tasty and not too pricey. A nice session ale that won't rip your taste buds off but that still has a good crisp taste. (638 characters)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into standard pint.

A - Pours a deep, hazy, amber with a one finger head. Retention is good and the lacing is great.

S - Biscuity malt, toffee, sourdough, grain, and a sweet fruit background. The hops are not very prominent in the nose.

T - Follows the nose with an overwhelming buttered bread flavor. Mildly sweet in the beginning, with the hops making an appearance for the finish. The hops are slightly bitter, rounding out the flavors. Very enjoyable.

M - Slightly chewy feel with decent carbonation.

O - I support this brewery whenever I can because of the great times I have had at the brewery while visiting on Nantucket. This is a very respectable flagship beer from Cisco in what I consider to be an underrated style. I think it is a bit thicker than I would like from a beer that claims "perfectly suited for your next session" but I would definitely drink a few. The all-blue can stands out among the rest and I appreciate the simple artwork. Very well done from Cisco Brewers. (1,013 characters)

Whale's Tale Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.