Whale's Tale Pale Ale
Cisco Brewers Inc.

Whale's Tale Pale AleWhale's Tale Pale Ale
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Pale Ale - English
Ranked #67
Ranked #42,216
3.65 | pDev: 13.15%
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States
Whale's Tale Pale AleWhale's Tale Pale Ale
Notes: Whale's Tale Pale Ale is an English style pale ale named in honor of Nantucket's whaling history. Wonderfully balanced with Maris Otter malt, hints of crystal malt and generously hopped with East Kent Goldings, it has a rich honey color and fruity hop aroma.

40 IBU
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An average pour from a 12-oz. can produced a finger of off-white soapy foam with average retention and spots of lace.
A slight haze to an amber-straw body.

Mild smell of bread, dough and cracker with floral and herbal hops in the background.

Neutral on sweetness and mildly bitter, a light spicy taste is added to the hops. Pale toasted malt with a hint of caramel and vague fruit moderate the bitterness. A very faint citrus bite (mostly lemon) and malt sweetness blend and liven up up the middle. The finish is semi-dry as bitterness rises to above average. Spicy and herbal hops linger a while.

light body with average carbonation, sessionable and smooth. I think this is more like an English IPA than a Pale Ale.
Enjoyable easy drinker, perfect for a 3.5 hour Football session.

Dec 03, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

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

Jun 02, 2019
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Mugman8 from New York

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.

Apr 27, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

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!

Jan 20, 2019
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pubscout from New Jersey

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.

Jan 03, 2019
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Ronl12 from Massachusetts

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.

Dec 19, 2018
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Roby923 from Canada (AB)

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.

Sep 08, 2018
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JRed from New Jersey

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.

Aug 19, 2018
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Kateybird from Massachusetts

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.

Jul 31, 2018
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jadpsu from Georgia

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.

May 11, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

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.

Apr 19, 2018
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

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.

Apr 16, 2018
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hopsputin from New Jersey

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

Dec 23, 2017
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nhdjinn from New Hampshire

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

Dec 12, 2017
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Moir1994CT from Connecticut

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.

Nov 19, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

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.

Sep 23, 2017
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keith40 from Massachusetts

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.

Jul 12, 2017
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DrewSnyc667 from Massachusetts

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...

Jun 25, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jun 05, 2017
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EmeraldMist from Maryland

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.

May 07, 2017
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CTHomer from Connecticut

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;

Dec 31, 2016
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Holderness from Massachusetts

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

Dec 18, 2016
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Jedimaster333 from New Jersey

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.

Jul 09, 2016
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crotharagain from Rhode Island

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.

May 15, 2016
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

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.

Feb 06, 2016
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