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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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939 Ratings
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Ratings: 939
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 18
Gots: 57 | 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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Photo of timmay41


3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sort of amber-orange with a pretty substantial head.

Smell: Crisp, particularly immediately after pouring. Hints of hops and fruit. Gets slightly sweeter, more malt tones after a few sips.

Taste: A little pedestrian considering the appearance and bouquet. Expected a little more hop bitterness. Subtle malts and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth, medium-bodied. Lingers for just a moment with an almost caramel sweetness.

Drinkability: Recommended as a session beer, particularly if you want to get lost in other stuff and rather blissfully keep on sipping without exerting much sensory energy. More going on than the North Coast Red Seal, but not as much fun as Dale's Pale Ale. I'd drink it on draught when I see it though.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2009 01:53:25 | More by timmay41
Photo of sholland119


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

Got this one in trade from corey0212. Thanks for the chance to try this.

A-Pours a mildly hazy copper amber with a thin white head and very little lacing.

S-Some toasted malt and a bready yeastiness.

T-Taste starts with a moderate toasted malt and mild yeasty sourness. Pleasant with a bit of a bitter finish.

M-Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

D-Very pleasant. Tasty for a pale ale.


Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 23:07:39 | More by sholland119
Photo of fostwal


3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer is a decent beer. The color is a clear amber. The smell is very faint. The taste is not over powering either. Just a little bit of hops and malt. Little to no carbonation gives this beer a mellow mouthfeel. Overall, its a nice beer to drink, but its not very memorable.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 21:23:35 | More by fostwal
Photo of Reagan1984


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

The pint came with no head at all. The beer was basic amber with some orange highlights and had no real visible carbonation. No lacing remained.

The aroma was very light and mostly sweet. A bit of a roasted malt character and a bunch of yeast notes..

Flavor was o.k. Nothing to write home about.(but good enough to write on-line....) It was well balanced, but not very complex or flavorful. There was some basic caramel malt flavors and a touch of fruit. But I really tastes some doughy and yeast flavors throughout.

Mouth feel was medium bodied and this was very drinkable, just not overly exciting.

Nothing wrong with it, just not a lot right with it either.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2008 12:18:56 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of msolar


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice orange color with a bit of lacing. Almost honey colored. Smells sweet but pretty well balanced. It has an interesting flavor - it didn't match what I was expecting. There's a decent hops aftertaste that's not overwhelming like an IPA. I can't think of any complex pale ales, but this one is more interesting than the usual mix. I'd prefer something with more body, but I'd put this on tap at home in the spring or summer. Good beer, I'd recommend buying some.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2008 19:36:52 | More by msolar
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: Poured a dark ruby orange color, creamy white head. Retention was average while the lacing was fair.

S: light malt aroma, and caramel for aroma.

T: Spicy flavor, caramel, and citrus tones. Spicy hops in the start which fades to a nice floral finish with some citrus. Decent bitterness that is well balanced with some sweet caramel leaving a only slight bittering after taste. Overall slightly above average per style, hopping is low to moderate.

M: decent mouthful, light edgy carbonation, crisp.

D: okay but nothing that would stand out.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 23:32:03 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another wonderful bottle I picked up from a kind New England trader recently. I got soo many new beers in the last week, I hardly any what to do with myself, but that is neither here nor there, lets get to the beer shall we! Twelve ounce bottle was served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 10/07/2008.

The pour was standard fair for the most part with a hazy, light amber color that came forward rather quickly. Some nice and light carbonation could be seen bubbling up from the bottom of the glass that came to the top as a two inch layer of white foam that quickly settled down, leaving little side lace in its wake. Nice layer of sediment on the bottom was noticed after it was all said and done.

The aroma was very nice, light grains and nice bready malts that combined with a light almost pear like aroma. Hints of some citric hops dancing around in there as well as it warmed up. Much more of this continued on as the flavor started to roll across the tongue. Nice hints of grass, fresh orange peel and a good touch of light grain all blended together quite nicely. For a pale ale, it was simply splendid. I could have drank this one all day to be honest. Nice quick, clean, and very dry finish left me with the nice long lasting finish of fresh grass flavor that lasted long into the biscuit like malt back. Nice light to medium bodied ale was more then decently carbonated and this only added to its wonderful session ability.

Overall I thought this was outstanding. My first taste of Cisco and I was very impressed. It was light, well balanced and very nicely hopped. I would have no issue with making this one a regular session ale any day of the week.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 13:57:13 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, this beer had a copper color and a cloudy consistency. Not a whole lot of head, but some good lacing.

S: A mild aroma of malt and grains, but not a whole lot else.

T: Had a slightly toasted malt taste up front, but that turned watery very quickly. Very thin.

M: An average amount of carbonation and a slick finish. medium-bodied.

D: This is a wholly uninteresting beer, lacking character. It never grabbed hold of me and the taste was simply too thin.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 12:42:00 | More by avalon07
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a wispy, bubbly, off-white head.

Smell: Toasty, grainy nose with some sweetish hints and a touch of citrus fruitiness.

Taste: A taste of toasted grains and English malts with a light sweetness and a faint fruitiness. Light citrus hops with a faint bitterness. Dry, somewhat watery finish.

Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A bit weak, I must admit.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 01:41:07 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of corey0212


4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazed deep orange, coppery highlights, nice big fluffy tan head fades slow and hangs around for a while, some patches of sticky lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet caramel malt, grassy hops, slightly floral. Some piney hops up front, mellow caramel sweetness to the malt, and an almost honey-like sweetness on the back-end. Medium-bodied, nicely carbonated, with a slight chewiness to the beer. I could drink this all night. One of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 22:59:47 | More by corey0212
Photo of Durge


4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sad little cup at the Gazebo on Nantucket, this poured a cloudy gold with nice off-white foam and good lace. Smells of mellow citrus hops and biscuit, fresh and crisp. It has an energetic carbonation with orange and banana highlights in a bready mix. Highly refreshing, endlessly drinkable, a full feel without loosing the light refreshing quality. The tart edges come out more as you go with some peppery touches.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2008 04:26:46 | More by Durge
Photo of ATLbeerDog


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

From a bottle - Pours a slightly cloudy yellow/orange with a small quickly receding head. Smells of piney hops dominate. First sip is light but refreshing with a nice hop taste balanced with the not too malty ale. Slighty under carbonated but still pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 03:14:31 | More by ATLbeerDog
Photo of ckeegan04


3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Cisco restaurant at Logan Airport.

A - Golden orange color with thick off-white head. Decent retention and light lacing.

S - On the weaker side for APA aromas. Smells of bready malts with a faint hint of floral hops.

T - A very sweet bready malt taste up front. A citrusy hop taste comes into the taste midway through and again finished crisp and sweet.

M/D - Medium bodied and very easy drinking. Not the best Pale Ale I have ever had, but a nice offering.

I would consider this more in line with an English Pale Ale instead of an APA. A good beer none the less.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2008 00:03:09 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of BeaBeerWife


4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber, a head that sticks round and loves me long time. smellz r lovely sweet maltyness with some fruit-e-ness. Taste tells a different story than the smellz. Strong maltsweetness and big but short hop bitterness strike... leaving a gap in the middle, which actually seems unique. A very nice. A great english/american hybrid pale.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 03:46:03 | More by BeaBeerWife
Photo of OtherShoe2


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

Had both 12 oz., bomber, and tap in past, but 12 oz. bottle last night. On tap is much better.

Pours bright orange with a nice thick head that stays well as you down the pint.

Smells of sweet brown bread, a bit butter and brown sugar in there as well. Some orange/citrus?

Taste: This is a good one. Bread, caramel, some citric bitterness.

Mouthfeel: This one has more carbonation than you'd expect. Some people hate this or find it to be a flaw, but i think this actually is a plus. Keeps the sweet from being too cloying.

Drinkability: This can be dangerous (as it is very easy to knock more than a few of these back). At $8.00-$9.00/4-pack, tough to drink all of the time (for about the same price, you can buy the big bottle bomber, but you get less beer -- stick with the 4-pack).

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 12:57:43 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of Brad007


3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: Pours a beautiful copper color with lots of carbonation and a thick, fluffy white head from the pour.

Aroma: Sweet and mildly bitter with an emphasis on malt. Decent amount of breadiness tucked away in the aroma.

Taste: Very floral and bitter upfront with a lot of breadiness. Not as sweet as the aroma implies. Bitterness is subdued towards the middle, allowing the malt to shine through. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Breadiness and hop bitterness. Nothing offensive with the exception that the carbonation feels a bit over the top.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and seemingly fresh as well. It doesn't overwhelm on either hops or malt. I would drink it from the tap if I could. A very nice pale ale!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 18:21:51 | More by Brad007
Photo of Rainintheface


4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark copper/orange with an impressive 2+ finger foamy, cratered off white head. high carbonation

S: herbal, a little spice is present. caramel and distinctive orange

T: malt dominates in my opinion. oranges and citric zest follow

M: moderate in body with much carbonation and a dryish finish

D: very enjoyable. sure to have again

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 19:02:26 | More by Rainintheface
Photo of far333


4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, orangey amber. Low beige head despite a good pour. Aroma of slightly sweet and bready malt, some lemony zest and tea.

Initial flavor of thick maltiness, somewhat doughey, morphing to hop spiciness, subtle lemon, some toffee and green tea.

Full, rich, creamy and satisfying mouthfeel. Very drinkable, good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 18:04:13 | More by far333
Photo of leif86


2.25/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at the Squealing Pig in Boston.

Pours a cloudy coppery brew with little off-white head. A very floral aroma from this particular beer backed by the smell of hops. Tastes much the same as it smells. Too flowery and sweet and not bitter enough for either an APA (as it is listed here) or an IPA (as it was listed at the bar). This taste vanishes quickly and leaves you with a slight malt and slightly lemon like taste. I couldn't even drink one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2008 05:28:35 | More by leif86
Photo of BWMKappaSig


4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber with a thin off-white head.

Smell: Well balanced hops and caramel malt smell, leaning towards the malt.

Taste: Very well balanced, slightly hoppier than the smell. Enjoyable bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant, medium body.

Drinkability: The only thing keeping me from drinking multiple is the price!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 22:48:46 | More by BWMKappaSig
Photo of BDIMike


2.73/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy copper color. Very thin white head immediately dissipates.
Smell is very malty for pale ale. Not much else to the smell.
Taste is very bland. Not much hops at all.
Mouthfeel is okay. Good thickness, but I like more punch in a pale ale.
Drinkability is very good, because of lack of hops, but not good because this beer is way too boring to have more than one.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 01:25:44 | More by BDIMike
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a rather murky amber-brown with almost no head. Mild, spotty lacing.

Aroma is caramel malty with some fruity tones and a fair amount of citrusy hops.

Slightly sweet and caramel malty upfront with a nice fruitiness. Leads into a medium bitterness and fair amount of citrusy hop flavors. Finishes a bit sweet and malty.

Medium body, low carbonation.

Overall, a rather tasty APA that shows some balance and doesn't eclipse the malt with hops - not that there's anything wrong with that.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 00:36:51 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of paigertx

New York

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured with minimal head but good barley smell. Impressed with drinkability and consistancy of flavor as temperature changed but it lacked the hop flavor of a pale ale. 4-pack was quite pricey and would not buy again at that price(11.99). I can see enjoying(while paying) on nantucket or marthas vineyard but it is not in its place in manhattan. Craved more hop flavor after this one being a slight letdown in the hop hit on the tongue. Interestingly brewed under agreement with Ipswich(which has an amazing oatmeal stout).

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 00:22:12 | More by paigertx
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Super Saver in Somerville for $1.99...
First beer from this brewery, and I was immediately impressed by the overall appearance of this APA...
A slow and steady pour resulted in a hazy, dark-copper, ruby-red, bronze color with an enormous frothy and foamy head that exhibited enormous staying power before slowly receding and depositing a copious amount of lacing around the glass...
Mild, subtle, honey aroma with obvious bread and butter nuances thrown into the mix...
Great, full-flavored taste, bursting with strong caramel, light citrus, honey, bread and butter, and a slight tinge of vanilla...
Thick, heavy mouthfeel for a usually light, pale style and an impressive 6.8% ABV, which I thought was quite strong for the style...
Good level of drinkability as well made this a good representation of the style...

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 00:29:44 | More by dsa7783
Photo of currysage1


3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Moan and Dove.

Interesting APA, much darker than most.

Smell is nice, sweet and fruity, with some malty grain as well.

Citrusy - almost grapefruit - on the first sip, lots of brown sugar. Malty but very balanced, has a good hop presence as well. Interested in trying some of the others from Cisco.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2008 21:23:22 | More by currysage1
Whale's Tale Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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