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: 375 | Ratings: 1,216
Photo of HamdenHector
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
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 -18.2%
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 +0.5%
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 -8.4%
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 -7.9%
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 +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 SoulFroosh
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. Does exactly what it says on the tin.
English style through and through.
Great English ales are flavorful yet subtle with a beautiful mouthfeel.
They nailed that with this beer.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5


bottle to pint glass

LOOK: Light copper color, little head.
AROMA: Bread, Cereal, leaves?, cooked vegetables.
TASTE: Grainy, similar to aromatics. A touch sweet, but an almost Sour aftertaste.

Light body and drinakble,

From Beer of the month Club, courtesy of Amy and Brian.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look- pours a light amber with a hint of orange. An aggressive pour yielded a big foamy head. Good lace retention.
Smell- I got a surprisingly and slightly tart and sour aroma initially. Then, a malty sweetness took over. Also some floral esters. Pleasant.
Taste- toasted malt with some lemon on the back end. The finish was bitter and herbal. It felt a little off.
Feel- very smooth. Low carbonation. Medium body .
A decent pale ale, but, not my favorite.

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Photo of predikit
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper, with a bubbly white head that dissipated quickly, leaves no lacing behind on the glass.

Smell is mostly bready malts, this bottle carries a faint hint of skunk which may skew my rating a bit, I assume the bottle was a little mistreated.

Taste has a nice subtle caramel and bready malt character, which quickly slides into an herbal hop bite which takes most of the finish.

Extremely light bodied, thin and watery, the beer is crisp at the very least but has no other lasting characteristics. The alcohol is well hidden.

Not a bad beer by any means, would be a very forgiving and approachable beer for a new to craft drinker, the hops are a bit on the bitter side for such a beginner though. I certainly wouldn't turn it down if offered, but I don't see myself going out of the way to purchase it.

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Photo of cab4514
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not a very hoppy light IPA. Very light and refreshing. A good summer/beach beer. If you're looking for a dry hoppy IPA, it's probably not what you're looking for. A solid beer overall.

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Photo of Botulizard
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Light, refreshing, and supremely easy drinking. Mild hop notes give it flavor and character, but don't overpower. Could be an everyday beer, but for me, this beer says summer.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Balanced malt/hop flavor that drinks easy, albeit with a really light finish. I prefer a more hop-forward profile as opposed to the lighter side of a pale ale. Solid beer but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Overall it's a pretty nice pale ale, definitely on the side of English rather than American. Hops are more in the background and they are bitter, earthy, and a hint piney. Malts are sweet and caramel and dominate most of the palate. Finishes clean and bitter. Overall easy to drink, but more mediocre than anything.

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Photo of IIPAHOP
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent Pale Ale. Light looking. Very smooth going down. Taste is also very nice. Had a can..would love to try the bottle. Next time I am at the cape I will search one out.

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Photo of HankSingle
4.39/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is basically a perfect beer. Good flavor, but not overpowering, cinching, crisp bite, medium body for a pale, with a nice, sapping finish. Love it. I cant ever turn it down when it is on tap where I am eating.

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Photo of seedyone
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Nice toasty taste with a mild sweetness. Late easy bitterness combines for a pretty good quaff. Texture tempts to take deep gulps which with the session friendly (almost)5.6% ABV makes this a nice find.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy gold with a finely bubbled 2” of white foam cap that dissipates to thin film. Smell: very bready, fresh baked white bread Taste: rich malty sweet fruit with a gentle hop accent and a slightly dfry finish. Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of jrich8919
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Out of a can, poured into a pint mug.
Look: Nice cloudy, orange, amber hue. Ample head that sticks to the side of the glass.
Nose: Gentle citrus hop character, bright.
Taste: Excellent balance malt/hop. Hops start as potpourri, end as grapefruit/orange variety of citrus.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation is noticeably higher out of a can in relation to a bottle or draft (had all three). I prefer it with the higher carbonation because it's dry and crisp, and it sets the hops free... the hops are certainly more present in the nose with the higher carbonation.
Overall: While the carbonation in a can is higher than might be stylistically appropriate for an EPA, it is an exceptionally drinkable medium-body beer with great flavor characteristics. Don't expect the huge hop profile that you would from an APA... it is a true EPA in that regard.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%

One of the cleanest tasting beers I've tried. The beer pours a light yellow with a very thin head. The smell is pine from the hops and then a bit of a bread scent. The taste was very clean with focus on the hops in the beginning leading to a lot of great citrus notes. The finish had a nice bite with little aftertaste which was very refreshing.

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Photo of DStrauss1987
4/5  rDev +8.4%

This is just a straight up solid beer. Decent body and good finish. I'm not crazy about hops but this could use a tad more. Still, just a very very decent beer.

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Photo of crhensel
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a light copper, almost Amber with a thin head of light foam. Aroma was spicy with a sweet fruit note. Great carbonation helped bring out the bitterness of the hops very well and finished with a sweet caramel flavor. Very nice and refreshing.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A minimal head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted and slight sweet Maris Otter malt follow by herbal and slight orange citrus hops.

Taste: Chewy and crunchy bread, pale malts, herbal, and slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, refreshing, a little chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: As for an EPA, more earthy and fruity notes would be good.

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Photo of jman42
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: AWESOME! Beautiful copper finish, crystal clear. Good head retention and nice lacing

Smell: Good hoppy aroma. Nothing outrageously great about it - maybe a slight undertone of vanilla

Taste: Good, but not grabbing me. Definitely has some pale ale hoppiness to it, but nothing that is really grabbing me

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy, but I'm left with some bitterness that takes away from it

Overall: Looks better than it tastes. I bought a six pack of cans for taking to the golf course or drinking on the riding mower while cutting my grass. More than good enough for that (better than the typical Yuengling or Heineken you find in cans), but I think I'd rather buy Six Point in cans for that for now on.

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Photo of TippedMixology
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A very nice pale ale, a mouthful to say but not to drink.

Appearance - Very nice amber, deep caramel. Does not look like a pale ale. A good finger of head, dissipated quickly.

Smell - Pretty bland smell. Slightly fruity, but not much there.

Taste - Pretty much the same. There's some character for a pale ale, but you wont be overwhelmed by an particular note. Slightly overpowered by bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Good carb, lingering bitterness. Nothing interesting to report.

Overall - A good pale ale which pretty much gives you everything you want if you're not in the mood for a really interesting beer.

- Adam from Tipped Mixology

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