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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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1,055 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,055
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 23
Gots: 113 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: Quaffer on 12-07-2001

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Photo of jondeelee
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
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 +0.5%
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 +18.7%
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 -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.

Photo of hoptualBrew
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
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 -1.1%
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 +5.8%
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 +7.7%
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 +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.

Photo of billzav
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Photo of gestyr
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of Spump78
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of PokerGod
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of Thads324
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
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!!!

Photo of bishopdc0
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of TonyReaves
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of nastley3
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of diddly
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of muttyd
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of macpapi
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of moester13
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of robwestcott
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Whale's Tale Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,055 ratings.