Whale's Tale Pale Ale | Cisco Brewers Inc.

1,236 Ratings
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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Photo of angrybabboon
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle

Consumed 12/28/11

Appearance: Clear amber - somewhere between dark orange and light brown - minimal off-white head, not much lacing

Smell: Quite obviously an English Pale Ale - sweet grains, slightly toasted malts, toffee - some butter, diacetyl, and some genuinely interesting fruits - floral and fleshy orange

Taste: Good, especially for the style - sweet, slightly toasted, cooked grain - some light fruits, some serious buttery butterscotch (diacetyl), some minerality (but not as intense as something actually brewed in England) - on the sweet side, but some English hops provide some bitterness to balance

Mouthfeel: medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, could definitely be dryer

Overall: Very good, but not the best

This has a surprising amount of complexity. I hate to say it, but this reminds me of Bass, just with more depth. It's not as good as Ipswich Ale, but I'm glad to know that this beer is worth drinking. This would be great with food.

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Photo of Shilt
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of verdict603
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of carbonhaze74
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of greenengineer
2.6/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 Oz can into my Pretty Things pint glass, while watching the Pats.

A - deep bronze color, full head, fades quickly, persitant lacings
S - not much there
T - less flavor than I might expect. Little hop bitterness. Tangy.
M - fairly watery, decent fizz sticks around
O - drinkable Pale Ale. I like that it is local, and in a can. Nothing special, but nothing bad either.

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Photo of splitopenandmelt
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Jesse14
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mlazzaro
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks nice, slightly hazed amber color. Darker for a pale ale. Off white head with so-so retention. Interesting smell: blend of caramel malt and slight hop character. Smells like an English yeast strain. Flavor is kind of undefined and all jumbled together. Some citrus fruits from hops, yeast is floral and quite flavorful. Suitable bitterness. Complimenting acidity, Kind of thick for a pale, and Sweet. Mouthfeel has an odd "twang" at the end. In general the flavor arrangement pretty muddy. I'm not in love with this beer, but its pretty good.

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Photo of Celtics76
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of j89de
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of brokentee
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Donsmitty
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of IPAman89
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of gory4d
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of zipyth3pinhead
5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of brendaniel
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jilly425
5/5  rDev +35.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of chenieprudhomme
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of calmstock
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

Photo of jwelsh
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of LeoPanna
2.84/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cisco Brewers Whale’s Tale Pale Ale.. 12oz glass... best before Apr 2012
purchased at a convenient store in Astoria, Queens... they had a few others from Cisco....

A: Beautiful pour... the head formed in a strange rumbling way... deceptively clear reddish-brown color.. one finger white head... lacing is sticky as glue, doesn’t want to leave the sides...i can already tell the carbonation is going to be unique from the way it bubbles up

S: Very subtle hops... almost a fall leaf/twig essence. Not smelling much, might just be the turkish food i have sitting around... 3.0

T: Hard to taste at first because of the heavy carbonation at first. Quickly evolves into a very light hops/cherry taste which quickly turns back into a carbonated club soda feel... Not getting the apricot, orange that people are mentioning...It’s a refreshing beer, I’ll give it that, taste like lightly flavored sparkling water though... 2.5

MF: The carbonation feels like club soda. Not my favorite feel here. Beer doesn’t stick to my lips, the taste is muffled in the bubbles...2.5

O: Overall it’s an average ale with very little to it...Not too impressed, but it goes well with my food. 3.0

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Whale's Tale Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
3.69 out of 5 based on 1,236 ratings.
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