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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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912 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 912
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 17
Gots: 42 | 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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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
Photo of rowingbrewer


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
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a nose that bears more than a passing resemblance to fresh-baked bread: heavy aromas of toasted grains, yeast, wheat, even a slightly burnt crust. Some nice fruit flavors lie just beneath, with emphases on apricots and berries.

On the tongue, the brew is a good mix of fruits and grains, being almost cereal-like in its mixture of toasted grains with apricots and berries. The hops quickly enter the scene, bringing a halt to the breakfast cereal comparison, but adding a nice light bitter layer of grapefruit and pine. The rest of the mouthful is slightly heavier on hops than grains, but some wheat flavors still come through. The aftertaste is largely hop-based. Subsequent sips lose almost all of the berry and fruit flavors, and the ale becomes hops and grains. Mouthfeel is very light--close to water--and carbonation is set at light to medium-light.

Overall, a decent ale, but I wish a few more handfuls of malt had been added to try and keep the flavors present throughout subsequent mouthfuls.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 20:05:59 | More by jondeelee
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New York

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden amber color with a creamy white head. Good head retention

S- Herbal, leafy, with touches of lemon zest. Notes of lemon grass and spices

T- Nice herbal over tones, with a slight soapy flavor. Strong hop presence.

M- Smooth beer with not much carbonation. Light acidity on front end that matches with the bitterness.

O- Very drinkable. Then ice bitterness with the citrus notes makes this a great summertime pale ale.

Serving type: growler

08-03-2011 17:56:41 | More by vfgccp
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice surprise here! Scored a can of this while spending time in the city. Glad I did. Poured into a glass to get the full experience. Hazy straw color with thick white head. Nice. Nice pepper nose. Some fruit. Clean. Drinks nice and bright.


Serving type: can

08-01-2011 13:45:16 | More by Mypintishalffull
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3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a SA Perfect Pint.

A: Dark orange with a frothy finger of dirty white head.

S: Caramel malts, papaya, tangerine, light hoppiness, and some cereal grains.

T: Maltier here than in the nose. Caramel, wet bread, tropical fruits, and light hoppiness.

M: Medium-light thickness with below-average carbonation.

O: It's a mediocre pale ale. I wouldn't actively seek it out.

Serving type: can

07-30-2011 23:07:39 | More by bucklemyshoe
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3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured aggressively down center of the glass a murky deep orange honey color with a mountain off white fluffy head. Mild lacing that slips down the glass.

Fresh flowers, floral hops & orange peel dominate the nose. Obvious pale malts come through as well. Caramel comes in to play as it warms up & unfolds some more character.

First thing I notice is how incredibly smooth this beer is - wow! This is probably the smoothest drinking brew I have had to date. It just slips over your tongue & down the hatch almost too soon, as if you want to hold onto the mouth for a bit longer.

On the palate is a pretty standard pale ale with a little fruity citrus zing on the back. Earthy floral hops & mild pale malts consume the palate. Everything is really subtle though.

Highlight of this for me was the drinkability - just ridiculously nice mouthfeel. Subtle & refreshing flavors & at $1.99 per bottle - its not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 21:39:56 | More by hoptualBrew
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3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can single purchased at the Hunger Mountain Co-op in Montpelier. Poured into a Le Merle tulip. Bottom stamped 1161 1103.

Pours a hazy reddish amber with almost no head. Nose is dominated by caramel candy and yeasty bread. Palate is slightly bitter with some hops, amber caramel malt and that baking bread thing again. Some citrus, some candy. Great balance.

A solid English Pale Ale and from a can, even. I've had this from a 22oz bottle before and I feel like this is about the same experience, although I remember it from the bottle being a little more yeasty (in that English way).

Serving type: can

07-20-2011 04:09:54 | More by SFLpunk
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Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy brown colour with some slight foamy head that quickly recedes to a ring.

S: Rather subdued aromas. Picking up some caramel malt over floral hops, along with a fainter sweet-syrupy nectarine smell.

T: Quite similar to smell with hints of caramel malt and floral hops in what seems like equal amounts to me. Quite an earthy taste that I'm liking in this. Can't pick out any fruit that was present in the aroma. Balanced nicely overall.

M: Clean and crisp, but with some resin and particles.

D: I could easily drink this again. A great beer for drinking casually throughout the evening. Will be picking this up again.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 22:46:36 | More by Digimaika2
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New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Body is clear copper - gold. A hard pour raises 2 fingers of light cream colored large bubbled foam. Head sinks to a skim and leaves spotty lace.

Scent is strong floral, and yeasty fresh bread. Nice scent - fairly wafts off the glass. Digging in a bit I get light fruity notes as well

Taste is floral and fruity with soft warm yeasty bread dough base. Hops are very subtle - primarily floral with a just a kiss of citrus and some earthy notes. Love the malt and yeast flavors and scents from this beer. Very warm and satisfying. There is a soft bitterness that gently builds on the palate but never becomes intense. A touch of molasses sweetness.

Mouth is juicy.

Drinkability is very good.

Very good example of an English Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 17:53:54 | More by sethmeister
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale hazy yellow with nice pillowy head. Sticks pretty well to the glass. Really pure and pristine looking.

S - Yeast, hops, citrus, lemon.

T - Exactly as on the nose but yeastier and breadier than expected. Really really delicious. It tastes like a wheaty fruit garden.

M - Medium to full bodied, very clean, dry.

D - I would definitely get this again. Great great great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 03:38:48 | More by jmerloni
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4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This copper colored English Pale Ale has subtle notes of citrus hops balanced by breaded malt and toffee with a smooth dry finish. The buttery character of this ale makes it an easy session beer for anytime of the year. Very easy to drink and quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 15:37:09 | More by billzav
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4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber in to a weisen glass.

A: Pours a light amber, slightly hazy. Thick creamy head is long lasting and leaves lacing behind.

S: Malty, grainy, slightly citrus, slight earthy tones.

T: Good malty backbone. Slight caramel taste. Subdued hops flavor and no residual bitterness. Very balanced.

M: Medium body with adequate carbonation.

O: A good solid example of the style. Nice well-rounded ale. Would go great with seafood. I will buy again when I am up in the distrobution area.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 00:25:40 | More by gestyr
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3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice copper color, slightly hazy. It initially had a thick creamy head but dissipated quickly.

S: Floral aroma with some citrus notes as well but deceptively underwhelming.

T: Starts and finishes very dry. Sweet and earthy middle, toasted bread comes to mind. with a bitter finish. The sweet and bitter balanced nicely. Average carbonation, medium body, and finished a touch on the oily side.

D: Mild but intriguing to the palate. Goes down easy and is very enjoyable. Refreshingly crisp

O: Would absolutely drink again but probably wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Serving type: can

06-29-2011 19:24:19 | More by Spump78
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3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a somewhat dark amber color with a thin layer of beige foam on top.

Not much to smell on this one. Very faint it actually kind of smells a lager with kind of a corny aroma. A little bit of citrus peel gives a little sweetness to round this out with a little bit of floral hops in the background. Kind of grassy flavor with a big malt backbone. Actually a prett good balance here. Pretty tasty.

Medium body here with soft carbonation. Not a bad pale ale. Good flavors but the aroma seems a little underwheming and deceptive. I'd say a pretty good one to enjoy from the can when you want to just have a beer and not think about it too much.

Serving type: can

06-22-2011 17:29:19 | More by Bendurgin
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz glass poured into a mug.

Appearance- Dark golden color, with a decent amount of head. nice retention, with awesome lacework left on the glass.

Smell- Intriguing. It says IPA, but through the hops I smell citrus and malts.

Taste- Super-balanced. Hoppy IPA, but malty goodness, with citrusy yeasts, completely balance out this flavorful IPA. Absolutely delicious.

Overall- Extremely impressed with this beer. Without a doubt, I will look to find more of this beer..., and you should too.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 04:32:53 | More by PokerGod
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3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A : pours a nice amber with a lovely two fingers of frothy yet loosely bubbled head. Tight head on top that looks really thick. A bit of haze to the color. Head dissipates within a half glass being drunk.

S : very little aroma. A hint of sweet buttered bread and a tiny bit of earthy hops. A bit of honey towards the end.

T : Starts a little dry with a bit of wheat bread (not wheat malt, but whole wheat bread). The middle is full of a long and flavorful yet not bitter hop. Slightly earthy and slightly fruity and vibrant. finishes quick and dry.

M : easy going, mild, clean and very dry

A great little english style pale ale. Easy to drink and flavorful, but nothing is overpowering or overwhelming, very much in a good way. A great all year round beer and fresh smash fruit in the bottom would be lovely since everything is blended so well and is subdued. I have to say the price is a little daunting, $9.99 a six? I don't live in nantucket dammit!!!

Serving type: can

06-21-2011 20:52:16 | More by Thads324
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3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color is amber and has a big head up front. The head dissipates and leaves a floating cloud in the middle.

The aroma is a mix of malts up front, pale base malts and crystal. The hops presents itself at the end.

The taste starts up sweet with a slight sour perhaps from an aciduated not doesn't seem like a hop sour. The carbonation comes in and dissipates quickly. The end a hop bitter comes in and finishes.

Serving type: can

06-17-2011 03:34:14 | More by bishopdc0
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3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass.

Copper colored with a creamy head. Lively with carbonation streaming up.

Smells like toffee, pine and some light grapefruit.

Flavor is sweet at first. A lot of caramel/toffee/bread up front, with a citrusy, bitter finish. Emphasis on the malt. I taste the alcohol just a little in the finish.

Medium-bodied, carbonation on the low side makes this easy to drink.

Overall, a nice English pale. Not amazing, but if I couldn't get Geary's this would be in my fridge all the time.

Serving type: can

06-14-2011 03:45:20 | More by TonyReaves
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3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Average head retention, fairly clear, copper in color.

S: Strong. Malty but not very hoppy in smell

T: This beer starts by tasting very watery, has a sweet middle and a slightly hoppy finish. If it weren’t so watery in the beginning the taste of this beer would score higher.

M: This beer is not carbonated enough and the mouthfeel is very watery.

O: I think this beer would be dramatically better if not so watery.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 03:07:23 | More by nastley3
Whale's Tale Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 912 ratings.