Whale's Tale Pale Ale | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Whale's Tale Pale AleWhale's Tale Pale Ale
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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

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Added by Quaffer on 12-07-2001

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Ratings: 1,254 |  Reviews: 382
Photo of jskennedy
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -58.7%

Photo of ferrari29
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic shaped-pint glass

A - Beer pours with a healthy, thick, and frothy looking off-white colored head; about one finger in size; beer has a dark copper, almost brown colored look; well-carbonated; stringy lacing forms around the glass; slightly cloudy looking body

S - Nice and fruity hop aroma; deep roasted malt nose and plenty of citrus pop

T - Smooth malty taste; roasted malt flavor; light fruit and citrus hop flavor; touch of brown nut ale flavor; bit on the burnt side

M - Frothy and creamy feel, turns thin and leaves behind a slight bitter taste and nice lingering roasted malt taste

D - Great tasting drink; smooth around the edges and very enjoyable; malt flavors touch of hops keeps this beer well-balanced and enjoyable no matter what time of day or meal

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear orange/amber hue with an off white head. earthy herbal and minty on the nose

Big apple fruit flavor with earthy undertones. some caramel sweetness and a semidry hop finish. a little thin in body but it works with the beers subtle flavors. some spiciness comes through on the finish and compliments the beer pretty well. surprisingly good.

thought this beer would suck but not bad whatsoever. my favorite english style ale yet to date. could definitely suck down a few of these subtler flavored brews.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden orange, very light head, constantly fizzing

S - sweet, fruity hop smell

T - sweet and malty with the right hint of bitterness from hops, wheaty after taste

M - very light and sweet, smooth going down

O - this is an excellent choice for a refreshing drink

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Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: brown/orange body, trace white head,
good lacing

S: caramel, malt, lemon grass, nutty

T: sweet grain, malt, nutty/semi-dry finish

M: med/light body, smooth body

O: Nice session brew, recommend
and try again. Very nice
american brew of a british beer.


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Photo of bonbini26
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale copper color with a little thun film of foam on top. OK bubbling, the hue is what dominates the appearance.

The nose is nothing but caramel and citric hops. Simple and sweet. A little more American than English though.

Soft resiny palate bitterness, upfront and throughout. Some minerl malt biscuits and piney, citric hops mix up for a classic Northeastern American Pale Ale. I'm glad I tried this beer, but the Northeast has nothing on the Midwest.

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Photo of bluesplit63
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of musicforairports
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best by April 2012. Reviewed 2 January 2012. Into a tulip.

Amber and cloudy. Slight head, minor lacing.

Smells buttery, and kind of like crackers. Usual lighter malt notes.

Taste is much like the nose, clean, buttery cracker malt, light caramel. Hops are light, but noticeable. Very lightly citrus-y and earthy. Pretty much what I expect out of an English Pale Ale--certainly no off flavors--and nothing more.

Light-medium mouthfeel.

This is an alright take on the style, but nothing I'd seek out. A little too easy-going and lacking in any assertive malty flavors, and certainly not hoppy ones.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of greenengineer
2.6/5  rDev -28.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Whale's Tale Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 1,254 ratings