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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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1,045 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,045
Reviews: 356
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 22
Gots: 95 | 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 gestyr
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.

Photo of Spump78
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.

Photo of Bendurgin
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.

Photo of PokerGod
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.

Photo of Thads324
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!!!

Photo of bishopdc0
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.

Photo of TonyReaves
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.

Photo of nastley3
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.

Photo of diddly
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
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
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
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
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of patreely12
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of mirish72
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass on 12/16/10

Many thanks to jleblanc

Cloudy, pale, burnt amber color with a little bit of chill haze. Bubbles cling to the inside of the glass. The head was slow to manifest; after a more aggressive pour, it filled out the glass with over three fingers of puffy foam. Retention is thinner but holds well, leaving pretty good lace.

The aroma is a subtle balance of malts & hops. Notes of bread, biscuit, hints of doughy yeast, earthy hops, muddled citrus & orange rind. Though I don't smell it now, while the head was tall I swear I smelled salmon. Salmon ...the hell? Tastes very similar to the way it smells (thankfully, without the salmon). The hops, offering a modest bitterness, are situated a step or two in front of the malts. Orange rind, toasted bread, biscuit & maybe a slight hint of caramel. Earthy & very dry; so much so that it almost has lingering notion of dirt. The feel is thinner, more watery, than I'd like for the style. Carbonation packs a little punch but isn't out of place. Quick finish with a splash of orange peel & some malty residuals.

Whale's Tale is plenty easy to drink. I get the impression this would shine on tap; I'd certainly be more inclined to so drink it. Worth a shot.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The brew pours slightly hazy, with a color between light brown and orange. The head is white, standing half a finger high. The aroma is sweet, with a surprisingly heavy handed grain up front. Bright hops are also in the mix, but are significantly held at bay by the strong, somewhat toasty, malts. As we sip, we get the grain bill up front. Those roasty toasty malts play in big. These fall to a middle that is sweeter and fruity. The hops begin to creep in, with a citrusy vibe, but merely act to balance, rather than contribute strongly to the flavor. The taste finishes with sourness and mild hops. The aftertaste retains the sour bite, but reverts back to a clean malty breath. The body is medium, and neither dry nor coating, but the mouth is left cooled and satiated. The carbonation flirts between medium and high, bringing the flavors higher up on the palate. The abv is standard and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what was most enjoyable about this brew was the interesting malt inclusions and the beer's simplicity. The nice balance and easy flavor pairings make this a nice selection for a relaxing, sipping brew. If anything, it would have been nice to see a more robust hop character at play with the heavy malts.

Photo of woosterbill
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can (extra courtesy of HopStoopid120) into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful, clear copper body with two fingers of soft white foam up above. Average retention and light lacing. Hugely attractive.

S: Pleasant, if somewhat subdued, aroma of toasty malt and earthy, flowery hops. Definitely one of the more distinctly English Pale Ales I've encountered, but not one of the more dynamic ones.

T: The Marris Otter dominates, providing lovely, complex flavors of toast, butterscotch, and toffee - light diacetyl helps rather than hinders. The hops are a bit lighter than necessary to provide full balance, but still give a faint whiff of floral bitterness on the back end. Quite tasty overall.

M: Crisp light body with a solid dose of lively, sharp carbonation. Enjoyable.

D: As mild as it is, the slight preponderance of malt sweetness keeps this from being as clean and drinkable as it could be.

Notes: Thanks for tossing this one in, Tony. Solid beer.


Whale's Tale Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 1,045 ratings.