Whale's Tale Pale Ale | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Whale's Tale Pale AleWhale's Tale Pale Ale
Whale's Tale Pale AleWhale's Tale Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Reviews: 394 | Ratings: 1,296
Photo of VABA
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a light amber color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight malt and hop hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight malt and hop flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good Pale Ale

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Photo of Mugman8
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks great on the pour with nice billowy head, ample lacing and deep amber hue. Sweet malt and citrus taste is very smooth and balanced. This is a good one at a decent price.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours a lightly hazy amber with a modest head, slowly diminishing as you drinki it and leaving lacing. In the nose, it has a bit of citrus and malt. In the mouth, the same. Sessionable!

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Photo of pubscout
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hailey’s and chosen to accompany my breakfast of spicy corned beef hash and an egg over easy. Hops and sweet malt in a well balanced combination. At 5.6%, a decent session beer that would probably complement any food except dessert. A nice change from my usual breakfast beverage—Nestle’s Quik.

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Photo of Ronl12
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into chalice. Dated 8/30/18.
Look is semi-clear dark golden, almost reddish. Smell is light yeast and hops followed by sweet malt. Taste follows, very balanced. Feel is light. Overall a nice representation of the style.

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Photo of Roby923
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decent drinkable pale ale. First time trying this brewery. Light hops on the nose. Balanced by soft malts. Highly crushable. Bottled from Total in Norwalk CT.

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Photo of JRed
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent seared orange with white frothy head. Aroma of lemon skin, grass, spicy hops, citrus, and breadiness. Tastes of breadiness, lemon skin, grass, spicy hops, citrus. Hefty body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of Kateybird
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's o.k. Drinkable but nothing special. Wouldn't buy it again. It's a lovely orange in the glass. Can barely discern the hops and it just isn't interesting though it isn't bad. I do regret having purchased a 12 pack because frankly, I"m not sure it's worth the calories.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another from the pick 6, in Shangy's in Emmaus.
Poured into a Pilsner glass.
Look: Less than clear lightly tinted amber with a white head that does not last very long but leaves some side
glass lace.
Aroma: Some floral hops, some bread malts, neither of which are prominent.
Taste; Malts are stronger than the hops, but both are present. Somewhat sour.
Not a beer I would purchase again, maybe would try it if I found it on tap somewhere.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this at Mews Tavern in Rhode Island. It poured a clear orangish with white head that left a spotty lace. The scent had hop hints that included some citrus flare. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with some fruit notes present. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a decent beer.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated November 2017 into pint glass. (It's 6 months old so keep that in mind when reading this review.) Pours a very attractive golden-amber color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Initial impression is a faint taste of tropical fruits and a relatively mild earthy hops presence, with caramel and biscuit malts actually dominating the taste. Mouthfeel is medium, as is carbonation. Finish is malty with a slight lingering bitterness. Underwhelming but not bad.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clear dark amber color. 1 finger solid tan head. Looks like you could rest a coin on it

S: caramel, toffee, sweet berries, and dough. Smells more like an ESB than an English Pale Ale

T: toasted caramel, toffee, caramel, and a large doughy note

M: medium mouthfeel, lower carbonation

O: good beer, but doesn’t quite feel like an english Pale Ale. I’m thinking an ESB, and average at that

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Photo of nhdjinn
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle says English style Pale ale. Don't confuse this with a American pale ale is not the same class
English Bitters has 3 classes and ABV and hops would put this in a Extra Special Bitter

Looks: Very nice pale to amber color
Smell: malty with wood and musty - Fuggles hop?. I would guess American 2 row malt
Taste: Malt comes thru slight caramel - Hop hit is typical of an ESB but a tad weak per ABV
Overall not a bad English special Bitter. Its not Fullers ESB

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Photo of Moir1994CT
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a good pale ale but nothing fancy or superb id say. A middle of the road type of beer. Has good flavor thats for sure, but doesnt have as much punch as I'd like but maybe thats being nit picky.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Another find that I wouldn't find in the Midwest. Pleasantly spiced. I view Whale's Tale more like an APA that went well with lunch. To my mind, EPAs tend to have more of a contested interplay with the malt and hops and the malts usually win. But I definitely would have Whale's Tale again in a session or with lunch as its hops do not linger too long (even though they win in the end.)

9/24/17 From a bottle, Had two days later with appetizers. No discernible difference in freshness or taste from tap. Enjoyed more maltiness as it warmed.

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Photo of keith40
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Loved the copper color. Well balanced taste with some fruit and malt coming through. Very little bitterness and not overly carbonated making it easy to drink . Overall, a refreshing and tasty beer. Purchased at Town Center. Bottle marked Apr 2017.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - Tawny copper, crystal clear, creamy-ish head

S - biscuit, caramel, earthy hops

T - definitely bitter, but you know it’s an English IPA, can’t hide that malty backbone

M - a tad creamy, slick, not the best part of this beer

O - It’s ok...

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It poured a medium copper color with a two inch thick off-white head that leaves a fair amount of foamy lacing in my nonic. The body is brown/orange with barely any carbonation is seen rising. The smell is balanced between the malts and the hops with a slight herbal aroma. The taste is balanced between the malts and the hops. A good sweetness dominates the taste. The palate is medium with a good smooth and creamy feel. It leaves a wet finish with a sweet aftertaste. This is a pretty drinkable beer. Overall, this is good for its style and good for me.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - Pours a crystal clear honey orange color, a thin ring of off white head, no lacing.
Aroma - Grainy, sourdough, apple, yeast.
Taste - Red apple, apricot, fresh biscuit, sweet grain, spicy and floral hop halfway through. Good amount of bitterness towards the end. A dry and yeasty aftertaste.
Feel - Not quite medium bodied, well carbonated, dry, smooth.

Overall - Everything an English pale ale should have, very balanced and smooth drinking. Definitely recommended if you love the style.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; deep bronze in color; 1+ finger light khaki head that receded to a thick cap; nice lacing;

S: earthy, floral, citrus, caramel;

T: more earthy than anything else; very nice malt backbone; mild to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish; smooth;

O: the flavor didn't live up to the aroma;

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Photo of Holderness
3.02/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

L -- Medium orange amber with a slight haziness. Cream colored one finger head, moderate lacing
S -- Mild apple, pear, grapefruit, and floral aromas. Faint coppery maltiness
T -- Bitter. Odd metallic hoppiness, nutmeg, cinnamon, lemon
F -- Watery undertones and very imbalanced flavors. Heavily carbonated
O -- Another swing and a miss from Cisco

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Photo of Jedimaster333
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

English Ale. Easy to drink if you're accustomed to the heavier stuff. Athe 5.5 ABV, it's an easy beer to drink everyday.

Even with an aggressive pour, still a very light head.

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Photo of crotharagain
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing flashy or fantastic about this beer. It's like a dependable domestic partner. A decent pale ale that does the trick. Will pick it up again. Looking forward to visiting the brewery.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just had Whale’s Tale at a hotel bar in Boston. It had a copper color and a thin white head. Modest aroma and a bready malt taste with citrus, caramel and mild bitterness. A bit light in my opinion but OK.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour - Pours semi transparent copper color very thin white head that dissipates quickly some lacing.

Smell - sweet malts and bread not getting much else.

Taste - slight citrus pale malts very little bitterness.

Feel - Very light feel very smooth.

Overall - A good pale ale I would have again.

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