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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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BA SCORE
82
good

973 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 973
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 23
Gots: 70 | 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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sethmeister

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +8%

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.

07-12-2011 17:53:54 | More by sethmeister
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jmerloni

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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.

07-11-2011 03:38:48 | More by jmerloni
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billzav

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

07-08-2011 15:37:09 | More by billzav
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gestyr

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

06-30-2011 00:25:40 | More by gestyr
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Spump78

Florida

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

06-29-2011 19:24:19 | More by Spump78
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.4/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

06-22-2011 17:29:19 | More by Bendurgin
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PokerGod

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

06-22-2011 04:32:53 | More by PokerGod
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Thads324

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

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!!!

06-21-2011 20:52:16 | More by Thads324
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.28/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

06-17-2011 03:34:14 | More by bishopdc0
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TonyReaves

Maine

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

06-14-2011 03:45:20 | More by TonyReaves
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nastley3

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

05-27-2011 03:07:23 | More by nastley3
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diddly

New York

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint.

Good color for a pale ale, deep amber; head is off white with good retention.

Aroma is not as strong as would be expected - hops are there, but not as much as anticipated or desired.

Taste is pretty hoppy and nice, with decent balance of malty flavors. Some bready flavor comes through, as expected in a pale ale. Hops seem more piney than floral, however.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied.

Overall a nice, if average, pale ale. I'm not sure I had the freshest of bottles, so the aroma and taste may be a little off.

05-26-2011 04:43:12 | More by diddly
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muttyd

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -14.8%

Pours a hazy pale amber with a thin off white head. Aroma is grainy malt forward with a touch of fruity hops. Some buttery notes in the nose as well. Bready, toffee malt sweetness and slightly citrusy. The butterscotch character is more pronounced in the flavor. Moderate carbonation with a light, crisp body. Great summer sipper beer.

05-21-2011 00:16:53 | More by muttyd
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OldIronLungs

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +3%

Had some left over from yesterday, waiting on my mash to finish up.

Poured into a pint glass a light copper hue with a finger of off-white head.

Nose is lightly floral with a touch of earthy spiciness on top of subtle sweet malt.

Nicely carbonated bite, lightly bready, solid maltiness that is never too sweet, and kept in balance by a bitterness that's similar to the nose - light, somewhat floral and earthy at the same time. It's very crisp and clean, obviously quite drinkable.

05-15-2011 18:39:27 | More by OldIronLungs
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +15.9%

Again really English inspired ales coming out of New England, pours a deep slightly hazed copper hue with a bright thicket of light khaki foam arising with large bubbles. Aroma is floral and earthy more so than aggressive and citric. This is really nice a fruity/earthy subtle experience versus the average American pale that borders as an IPA. Nice breadiness from the yeast and malts utilized here, definitely a beer that can be drank in number wouldn't mind the 12 pack of cans for tailgating. I'm sure this one is meant to be consumed fresh. Still has a fair amount of bitterness but it's completely different kind of hop flavor more earthy/floral notes coming out rather than the high alpha acid hops that our beers typically are brewed with. There's almost a layer of brine that brings the sweet malts, floral/fruity notes all together along with the thick crusted artisan bread like notes that I get with each sip from the yeast. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied what a great drinking session ale it really packs in the flavor I'm glad I tried this beer after seeing it in BA mag ads for the past few years, it's about time I scored a few bottles. I paid high end pricing on this but it was well worth it.

04-25-2011 08:57:56 | More by WVbeergeek
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macpapi

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

12 oz bottle (3/4 pint)

Pours a somewhat hazy, coppery color with a 1/2 inch tannish-white head. Minimal lacing.

Smell is somewhat buttery, hints of butterscotch, a bit of caramel malt. Pretty mellow on the whole.

Taste is dominated by biscuity malt, with hints of butteriness. There is also a slight hop pull, though almost non-existent. Pretty balanced, if not-too-exciting flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is noted by medium carbonation, pretty full flavor, toned-down hop presence.

It would be easy to drink a few of this beer. Decent flavor. Full, but not too challenging. I usually like to sample several different beers, but this would be a good one to move beyond the initial heavy focus on smell, flavor, mouthfee, etc. from the first one, to a realize it as a pretty simple yet tasty brew for the rest of the evening. Definitely would fit the bill as a slightly-elevated ABV session-type beer.

04-14-2011 00:56:03 | More by macpapi
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moester13

Nebraska

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured a dark yellow-gold, without much head, and the little bit that formed dissolved quickly. Pretty nice aroma, sweet honey and toffee notes with an underlying herbal/floral hoppiness. First taste is a malty caramel sweetness, and a clean and subtle hop finish. Some darker flavors underneath that I couldn't quite pick out, could be raisins.
Pretty average pale, but overall very well-balanced and dangerously drinkable.

04-05-2011 18:05:46 | More by moester13
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robwestcott

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

thanks to thecpj and Noob bif round 3 for this one.

poured cold from the can a crisp, clear, translucent copper with a thin, off white, short lasting head.

nice solid, but not overwhelming, aroma of earthy hops and a bit of toffee.

earthy hops forward, very refreshing, subtle bitter to the roof of the mouth with a nice malty sweet balance.

light bodied, subtle bitter, medium carbonation.

drinkable - yep.

03-11-2011 02:13:53 | More by robwestcott
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Homebrew35

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours a nice creamy one and a half finger head. Very nice retention, a big ring and a few big bubbles with a slight cap. Hazy golden color. Smells is quite different that the usual pale ale. Very bready, some woody quality, carmel, toffee. Tastes carmel, sweet, some toffee, carmelized almost burnt sugar flavor. Quite different in the finish bready, yeasty, doughy. I'm not sure if I like this but it not the usual earthy, bitter pale. Medium bodied, medium carbing, it leaves a slick oily finish. I could drink only one or two of these in a night. $1.80 a single.

02-12-2011 04:19:32 | More by Homebrew35
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MrWinky

Maryland

2.73/5  rDev -25%

I lived up in RI for a while was hoping for a bit more from this brewery...The distillery produces some great vodka but the brewery leaves something to be desired...I think its called flavor. Disappointing.

A. Very light amber with little to no head at all.

S. Basically a thin wiff of lemon...was hoping for a bit more hop and at least some malt aroma.

T. A very mild hop/malt flavor. Very much one-note and lacking anything substantial.

M. Weak. Thin. Little carbonation at all.

D. Very easy to drink if the alternative is a ML or the like but definitely not preferred.

02-09-2011 15:14:11 | More by MrWinky
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

Pours a nice clear orangy brown color, big poof of slightly off white head, decent lacing. Scent is of freshly dried malt, lightly sweet with a good amount of toast and roasted nuts, grassy hops and a his of citrus. Taste is aggressively malt forward with grassy hops playing more of abackground note, more akin to a bitter than English Pale. Medium bodied, good moderate carbonation. A nicely done English style beer with a good malt profile.

02-07-2011 14:29:16 | More by rfgetz
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Nascartailgatefa

New York

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

Served from a bottle at Durgin Park in Boston Massachusetts.

Copper colored finish with a head of about two inches in thickness. Minor lacing is present

A nice aromatic combination of bitter hops and sweet malt.

A quality malt body has a touch of sweetness. Some fruit flavors are present. Some slight bitterness on the finish.

Decent drinkability for a full bodied beer. Would drink again.

01-31-2011 21:12:53 | More by Nascartailgatefa
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patreely12

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

A - pours a cloudy orange copper. big foamy head settles to about a finger. very nice soapy lacing.

S - malts and hops. strong citrus too (orange). smells appetizing enough, but nothing special.

T/M - tastes very much like the nose. mild hops, less bitter than expected, almost lacking. tastes sort of like a watered down belgian. I wish the flavors were more prominent. it's not very abrasive in any way, but also dull. the orange flavor is crisp and refreshing. low carbonation. does go down smooth and some of the citrus lingers in the aftertaste.

D - very easy to drink. good for a session. if you like rogue's dead guy ale you'll like this.

01-22-2011 04:47:13 | More by patreely12
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +8%

Orange copper color with a one finger big bubbly head.

Bread biscuit and a hint of toffee in your face with a citrus twist. Musty earth hops with a backing or orange citrus.

A bigger bitter punch than I expected. A lot of the biscuit malt shows through slightly toasted butterscotch candy. Some pine rosin and a lot of orange peel. Sweet malt mildly bitter finish.

Well balanced medium body next to a descent hop combination. I could see having a 3-4of these over the course of a Bruins game.

01-19-2011 02:09:24 | More by DrinkingDrake
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mirish72

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.9%

Picked a twelve pack of cans on a recent visit to the outer Cape. Had tried this beer before awhile back on Nantucket and have had it on tap over the years. This is a solid offering and is definitely worth trying.

Pours amber with a nice head. Has a hoppy and fruity aroma, but you can definitely notice the malty backbone on this one, almost bread like. The beer has a great balance and is really drinkable, probably also helped by the fact that they were in cans. Really tasty, pick some up.

01-01-2011 18:36:43 | More by mirish72
Whale's Tale Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 973 ratings.