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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: 129 | 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 armock
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a fruity hoppy malty nose

T - Is fairly well balanced between the hops and caramel malt

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation

D - A well made pale thats pretty easy to drink has a good balanced taste that makes it easy to want multiple servings worth trying sometime

Photo of bsend
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer from my server in a pint.

The beer had a light but definite orange/gold color to it. It had a two inch head creamy head that stayed for half the beer.

The smell was a toss up. Basic yeast smell with slight hints of dry fruit.

While sipping into this I noticed a sweet but down to earth flavor. Initially some biscuit flavor that reminded me of fig newtons that played into the taste of dry apricot. This pale ale at 6.8% abv tasted like it was under 5.

Creamy and light carbonation makes this brew have a decent experience when swished around the mouth.

As previously mentioned, tasted a lot lighter than the labeled abv. This beer goes down smooth and you can easily enjoy a few of these.

Final Thoughts - Complex interesting flavor from a pale ale makes this one worth at least trying. Definitely a usual for me at one of the local pubs.

Photo of tittymcj
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Drank this specimen with William Pang (Queens, NY), good friend and fellow BA.

Pours out a hazy orange color, with a thin, quickly dissipating head and light lacing.

Smells mostly of malt and fruit of some sort. Not much hops at all present

The taste is almost exclusively malt sweetness and a little bit of bread/biscuit flavor. A little sugary fruit along with it for the ride.

Nothing special in the feel, just another thin beer with light carbonation.

Definitely one I could drink multiples of because of it's light body and fairly plain taste.

Photo of hopdog
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a clear medium amber color with a smaller sized white head. Citrus (oranges) aroma and tastes. Some caramel as well. Slightly sweet. This was a nice refreshing beer (I just drank two stouts before this one).

Notes from: 11/12/04

Photo of allergictomacros
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a little too cold, but I was thirsty... Good looking brew at any rate. Amber/copper with some chill hazing a a sticky tan foam. Aroma seems balanced. Some floral hops and a light maltiness. Light fruitiness includes apple, pear and an earthiness. Flavour is also well balanced. Dry-ish with solid body, some acid up front and a moderate lingering bitterness. Tastes a bit "green" and grassy hop and bit of astringency. Generally inoffensive, and well balanced, but not quite smooth as I'd like.

Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a rocky head; a few strands of lace

Smell: Fairly non-descript, with a hint of floral orange atop a toasted malt, toffee base

Taste: Toasty at the outset, with a a tea-like earthy bitterness that develops by mid-palate; after the swallow, the tea-like flavors move in a slightly herbacious, slightly metallic direction, but the finish is dominated by the toasty malt; all in all, very subtle

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Another English style pale ale from New England; unlike some of the others I have tried, I am not really crazy about the flavor profile

Thanks, donkeyrunner, for the opportunity

Photo of timmay41
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.


Photo of fostwal
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of msolar
3.87/5  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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.39/5  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.

Photo of avalon07
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of corey0212
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Photo of Durge
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of BeaBeerWife
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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).

Photo of Brad007
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

Photo of Rainintheface
4.03/5  rDev +11%
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

Photo of far333
4.02/5  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.

Photo of leif86
2.33/5  rDev -35.8%
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.

Whale's Tale Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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