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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

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Quaffer on 12-07-2001

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Reviews: 373 | Ratings: 1,196
Reviews by chodinheaven:
Photo of chodinheaven
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit hazy in this light amber ale with a medium sized white and seafoamy head on top that dissapates pretty quickly. It does leave some snakey lacing. The aroma is a bit musty and fruity, apricots coming to mind as well as orange rind and tangerines. Pleasant aroma even with the mustyish smell, which isn't overpowering at all. More of a hint.

Caramelly and biscuity malts up front that form a base for the other flavors of the beer. Light to medium body that works for the style, but doesn't really satisfy overall. The mustiness does come through a bit in the taste as well, as subtle as the aroma, but leaving a somewhat odd aftertaste. Tangerine taste comes out a bit, but not in abundance. The citrusy hops come in at the end with a bit more than slight bitterness and a touch of grapefruit, cleaning out most of the other flavors. Dryish finish with that odd aftertaste that doesn't really do much for me.

Not a bad beer overall, easy to drink and pretty classic to style. Not one that I would seek out however. Just a bit lackluster in this tasting, but don't let that stop you from trying it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Dragginballs76
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of q33jeff
2.62/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

**FROM OLD NOTES, 01/8/12: Bread, Cereal, leaves?, cooked vegetablesLight copper colorBread, Cereal, leaves?, cooked vegetables. A touch sweet, but an almost Sour aftertaste. Crisp and drinakble, From Beer of the month Club, courtesy of Amy and Brian. **

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slight hazed burnt orange with some chunks and floaties swirling about with a creamy-like slight off-white head.Fruity estures in the aroma along with some caramel/biscuit malt with a lighter herbal note.Very English hop profile quite fruity and herbal in its character with a big caramel base with that herbal note in the finish.Well if you like English style pales this is your thing,for me its quaffable but not my style,saying that its a decent beer to be had.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – The body here is rich orange in color. The head was rather small but very clingy.

Smell – This nose is nicely balanced. The light, even hops are mostly citrus and supported well with a good toasted malt backbone.

Taste – Again, a very balanced Pale Ale. The toasty malts are a bit bigger at the taste and did a good job of holding up the fruity hops.

Mouthfeel – This one is medium-bodied with some light carbonation that keeps things interesting. I even picked up a light dryness at the finish. Nice.

Drinkability – This is a good, easy-sipping East Coast Pale Ale that I would definitely buy again.

Comments – I had the pleasure of tasting this one at the Anam Cara pre-party for the 2004 Belgian Beer Fest. A pub full of great beer and great friends; what more could you ask for?

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod.

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.

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Photo of Matthew342
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of steelerguy
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark cloudy amber, a little too dark for pale ale. Nice 2 finger head, pretty sticky on the side, and almost 0 carbonation...disappointing, could have been much better.

S - Nice bready smell, would have loved to have some hop aroma in there too, but there wasn't much.

T - Nice light malt complimented by some floral hops. A bit delicate, but well balanced and smooth, with a touch of sweetness.

M - Silky and smooth, finishes a little too creamy with no carbonation to clean the palate.

D - This beer could be a good deal better than it ended up being. Some carbonation along with some hop aroma would really improve this brew.

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Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of DRBarnthouse
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Pint Glass ...Dark Amber in color - one of the darkest Pale Ale's I've had. Great fruity aroma hits your nose well before the beer hits the mouth. The taste is thick on the tongue with a nice lingering hop taste. This is an EXCEPTIONAL Pale Ale.

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Photo of SmellTheGluv
1.75/5  rDev -52.6%

Photo of JasonA
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

cloudy orange amber. Very surprised how opaque this amber is. Impressed.

Some citrus, not much hops. I dont get much from the smell. I do have alittle clogged nose, but not to this extent.

Very hoppy tasting for the little smell I got. Nice alcohol bite, didnt see the coming. Maybe biscuit, some citrus. Hops are overpowering flavor.

Dry. Very drying. Nice. Feels like a special beer (costs like one).

Overall this is one of the best APA's Ive ever had. Its not a style I would drink all the time. Very nice to have one once and a while. I would love to find this on draft. Highly recommended.

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was copper colored with a medium-sized tan head. There was a bit of lacing. It had a fruity, sweet malt aroma. A fruity taste, mostly orange. A little bit of caramel, and the tiniest bit of hops that came in late. A nice, middle-of-the road APA.

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Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Todd
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Bukowski's in Boston, MA. A very nice brew with a very bready character, smooth caramel and ample sweetness. Fruity sweetness rides along the beer's backbone. Hop bitterness is low, just enough to balance.

I'd definitely have this again on-tap, and in fact prefer it over the bottle.

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Photo of sponberg
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint at Redbones. Deep golden/amber with a vanilla head. Citric hops, apple, and an almost honey like maltiness in the aroma lead to a very well balanced hoppy/biscuity/fruit malty flavor. The finish gets a touch more bitter, but it retains its character through the end. Almost dangerously drinkable as a summer brew.

The bottled version I had a week earlier was much more citric -almost tasted like a cross between the draft version and a Berlinerweisse - and was bottle conditioned with Cisco's typically explosive yeast. Maybe an old bottle? It was still eminently quaffable.

This brewery's beers all seem to be a half step off style - which, as someone who never colored inside the lines, I appreciate.

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Photo of TTripp725
2.59/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Jcorn
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bishopdc0
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of VernonKell
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of anjah
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Billolick
1.55/5  rDev -58%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

cought an obvious off bottle this time. Cap came off with a loud blast. Beer poured very cloudy, super carbonated, huge head that stayed and stayed. off flavors of butterscotch and fusil(sp?) alcohol. Sounds good huh? To bad cuz I was looking foward to try this one. Oh well I will give another bottle a try someday hopefully soon

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Whale's Tale Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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