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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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930 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 930
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 17
Gots: 53 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

11-22-2011 01:33:21 | More by carnoustie7
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-20-2011 03:02:33 | More by DoctorB2B
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-18-2011 22:41:32 | More by JAHMUR
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New York

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-17-2011 01:52:27 | More by Vinlespo
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4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single - pint pour

Pours a nice golden orange with big pillow head, took a while to come down. nice.

Smells fruity, really fruity, in a good way if that's your cup o tea. Taste follows, acidic and tart, pleasantly so.

Feels super smooth and drinkable, this went down fast.

Overall this is a solid pale - I DO plan on buying this again. This would be a great boat beer in the spring time.

Serving type: can

11-16-2011 16:20:49 | More by engagechad
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-16-2011 03:50:23 | More by ElGallo
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4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-16-2011 00:49:33 | More by HopStoopid120
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New York

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-15-2011 16:30:26 | More by mjtiernan
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-15-2011 05:28:43 | More by Lawnboy33
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-15-2011 00:33:37 | More by thebouch01
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5/5  rDev +37.4%

11-14-2011 20:36:46 | More by BelgianDip
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2.4/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. can. Best by : Feb 2012

Thin tan head that levels quickly with a light webby lacing. Medium-dark brown body. Nose fresh cardboard with a little musty peach, like when home brewers use cheaper dried yeast. Taste is similar, though with more of the peach character and a white wine tartness. Bitterness is very sour and doesn't balance well. A little dry. I am not a fan, though I'll give the other brews a try.

Serving type: can

11-10-2011 01:26:11 | More by tapman
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Poured a brownish/amber color with a small, slightly off-white head that hung around. Good lacing.

S: Definitely getting the hops. Slightly bitter, but pleasant.

T: Off the bat I got a VERY nice balance of hops and a subtle sweetness (citrusy/orange?). But it's a bit more complex than that. In addition to the hops and citrus it's slightly spicy with some faint floral notes. Has a crispness to it that's really awesome. A very clean finish.

M: Medium bodied. Perfect carbonation for an English Pale.

O: I really enjoyed this beer! Subtle complexity that keeps it very drinkable. Could drink this year round and will definitely buy again!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 15:41:10 | More by alohaspicoli
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2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
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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3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a creamy off-white head. Smells of sweet toffee. Taste is toffee up front, followed by some earthy floral bitterness. Sweet candy finish. Mouthfeel is rich. Overall quite good. It does seem to be missing something, perhaps the yeast from tasting just like an English bitter. A very good beer either way though.

Serving type: can

10-16-2011 23:43:54 | More by tronester
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4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice large tight white head. Golden amber hazy body.

English aroma toffee biscuty bit nutty and butterscotch. Light floral hop is vague, but there.

Slight yeast fruityness apricotish. Toffee and caramel are met just by a touch of bitterness.

Nice beer very balanced flavors meld nicely into a uniquely british pale ale. Very light mouthfeel. Would be very nice with a meal.

Serving type: can

09-27-2011 02:54:41 | More by bfields4
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can into pint glass
A – 2 finger light tan head on top of a hazy amber with gold edges, lacing left all around and finished receding with a thin top layer 4.5
S – Leather, berries, grasses, caramel with a slight citris & pine 3.5
T – Very well balanced, light bread, slightly bitter hops with orange semi-sweet malts & caramel, yeasty floral bitterness. 4.5
M – Moderate body with ample carbonation provides lightness, has texture without being chewy 4
O – Makes my best of Pale Ale list, I really enjoyed this beer and will be picking this up in the future when available in Denver. Top notch drinkability. 4.5

Serving type: can

09-12-2011 23:16:32 | More by rsdaugherty
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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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4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice amber brown, darker than most pales with an inch of head that turns to an impressive lace ring that very sticky.

S - Typical pale malts with a bit of bitterness in the nose. Smells good.

T - Taste is hop with very little yeast and a touch of sweetness in the finish giving it an almost toffee taste. A nice bit of fruity ester taste too.

M - Light to medium has a very smooth body.

Overall I can't say it's more session able than other pales but I wouldn't turn it down. Too bad I can only find this at two places, no six packs with a single price of $2.50-$3.50. Ow well.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 01:28:52 | More by DrDemento456
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4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours amoight yellow straw color with a decent head that recedes at a fairly quick pace. The smell is earthy hops with a bit of a malt backbone. The flavor follows suit with earthy bitter hops in the flavor and a good breadlike malt backbone. Tue mouthfeel is fairly light with good carbonation. The is a very drinkable beer on a hot day and a great example of an English pale.

Serving type: can

08-24-2011 12:02:44 | More by rowingbrewer
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4.83/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a surly nonic (thanks to expedition for the glass!). Huge thanks to Palphen for this awesome extra! Excited for my first Cisco brew.

A: Pours a browned red that gets murky with carbonation toward the head and has two finger head of collapsing, slightly tanned foam. Great lacing. This is by far the darkest pale ale I've had.

S: Damn this thing is aromatic. Punching with juicy fruit scents-- peach, watermelon, mango, coconut, pineapple-- with toasted grains and roasted nuts weighing them down with a little smoky, burnt, savory character, all being pinched off in the end with nice citrus hops. This beer is up to something wicked.

T: Very much what I got in the nose with more life and well-integrated characters than I could have even anticipated. Ever part of this, the fruitiness, the more roasted RIS flavors, and the hop flavor and mouthfeel development are all delicious, top-class and work together great.

M: Thickish on the mouthfeel which matches the darker flavors, but the carbonation and quick disappearance as the beer slips out of your mouth makes it refreshing and crisp, which helps it fit the style and work with the hops.

O: This beer was great. I would absolutely drink this again. It reminds me, strangely, of the kids dessert dirt and worms. Oreos, cool whip and sour gummy worms don't sound like a match but put them together and you have a surprisingly tasty and fun dessert. Cisco took 3 taste spectrums I didn't expect to play too well together, but they really did it perfectly. This beer is damn good. Huge thanks again to Palphen for this great throw in.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 06:25:27 | More by Klym
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3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden orange, decent head. Dissipated quickly, most likely due to serving from a can.

S: Great aroma of english hops. Definitely picked up the EKG

T: Well balanced flavors. Just enough malt to back up the strong flavors of english hops. Maybe a little citrus?

M: good carbonation, but maybe a little thin.

O: Decent English pale ale. Serving from a can effected the overall appearance of the beer. Much better appearance from a bottle. Definitely recommended.

poured from a can into a 4 oz tasting glass

Serving type: can

08-16-2011 02:48:22 | More by ActonBrewer
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New York

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A very semi-dark peachy hazy color that looks pretty radiant in the glass. Retention doesn't linger as long as I'd hoped. Bubbles are thick and off-white, a nice ring remaining around the body of the brew.

Smell: Lingering candied fruits, sweetness, and a bit of chocolate or toffee, though the latter remains fairly mild. Definitely an English version, that's for sure.

Taste: The hops are here throughout, unlike what you can gather from the aroma. But this remains fairly mild, with a nice amount of fruit and candy flavors lingering with some mildly bitter hops on the side of lemongrass and orange.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a fairly silky carbonation overall.

Drinkability: Picked this up for $9 for the six-pack in Portland, and it was definitely a good purchase. A highly sessionable and tasty brew, and pretty perfect for this point in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 21:43:01 | More by asabreed
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3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#33. Can into a Portsmouth pint.

A: Rusty orange, off white head that sticks around for about 30 seconds. Average for EIPA.

S: Good bit of English malts and a lift whiff of hops on the back end. Good smell to it.

T: Odd initial taste of some citrus, fighting it out with the malts, then finally the hops clean to the finish. Took a couple sips to get used to, but then really enjoyed.

M: Nice, smooth carbonation with a malts thickening the overall feel.

O: Nice English IPA, even though I'm not a huge fan of the style. I would keep a few cans around for the change of pace.

Serving type: can

08-07-2011 17:41:17 | More by TJBurgess
Whale's Tale Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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