Thursday, May 13th 2010
Whale's Tale Pale Ale
Brand new to the world of craft beer in cans. Whale's Tale Pale Ale is Cisco's only canned release to date and its just in time for the summer on Nantucket (or anywhere else for that matter). This was a great choice of style to put in cans! Cheers!
From the Cisco site:
"An amber English-style ale that has a nice balance between hops and malt. It's the most popular of our beers and the most versatile in terms of pairing with food or people."
Here we go...
Pour - dark golden delicious, like sparkling apple juice. A perfect little stream of bubbles forms a rather large fluffy white head. This is what I like to see. My eyes are satisfied.
Aroma - toasty, bready, caramel, burnt sugar, cider and a bit yeast. It all comes together nicely in the nose.
Taste - starts of sweet, definitely a caramel flavor on the tongue followed by a nice dose of citrusy bitterness but not too much. The balance meter seems to point a little more towards malty with this one but the hops are definitely there as well. Some toasty flavors round this one out and make for an all around great beer. Plenty of flavor but nothing that is going to weight you down or prevent you from having another one (or two or three...).
Overall - great stuff. This is a tremendously easy drinking brew from the folks at Cisco. It is so nice of them to put it in a can for all of us on the go. Cheers!
Would I buy more of it? - you bet. This is a great pale ale in a can and tremendously sessionable so its downright perfect for an afternoon on a boat or in your own backyard.
Note - From the Cisco site, "If you're not familiar with Nantucket history, you'll be interested to know that this tiny island was once the Whaling Capital of the World. Knowing a bit of the history of a place can really help put life in perspective, and I like to encourage people to spend part of their time here visiting the Whaling Museum, the Oldest House, and the windmill. Calling our beer "Whale's Tale" is a little tribute to the whaling era and a way to say hey, whales are people too! Let's appreciate their contribution to Nantucket's prosperity."
Posted by Russ
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