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Whale's Tale Pale Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Ratings: 1,070
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 24
Gots: 128 | 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 thebouch01
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of BelgianDip
5/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of tapman
2.43/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

Photo of alohaspicoli
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

Photo of davewlfpckfan29
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Photo of tronester
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of bfields4
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of rsdaugherty
4.21/5  rDev +16%
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

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of Klym
4.8/5  rDev +32.2%
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.

Photo of ActonBrewer
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
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

Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of TJBurgess
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of jondeelee
3.52/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of vfgccp
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Mypintishalffull
4.32/5  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.


Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of hoptualBrew
3.81/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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).

Photo of Digimaika2
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of sethmeister
3.92/5  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.

Photo of jmerloni
4.5/5  rDev +24%
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.

Photo of billzav
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Whale's Tale Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,070 ratings.