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Fish Tale Organic Blonde Ale - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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BA SCORE
77
okay

32 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cvschaller on 07-25-2005)
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

Fish Brewing mashes in a little bit of rye malt for this summer seasonal. Dim golden hue has some haze, not cloudy, but definitely hazy. White lacing wavers to just a thin ring. Kiss of spicy rye malt in the nose, doughy maltiness and a faint flowery hop show that this is a very delicate aroma. The intense crispness cleans the palate with every sip, slightly smooth and creamy moderate body. Quick blast of pleasant maltiness is split apart by the spicy rye malt tone. Light flowery hop flavor throughout with a sufficient bitterness that couples with the rye to keep an even balance. Semidry finish with more spice and a long, lingering dried grass malt flavor.

Ample flavor to go around, crisp and drinkable, which are two great qualities to have in a summer seasonal. The rye kicks it up a notch compared to most Blonde Ales that tend to be quite pedestrian. Solid pick.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 10, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of kingcrowing
2.45/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle.

Very light and clear with a small white head. Nose is very light andbland.

Taste is crisp, sharp and its got a really bit of a wheaty flavor to it the Mouthfeel is smooth and full with quite a bit of carbonation with an almost bready finish.

kingcrowing, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of Thrasher
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blonde ales often appeal to the lowest common denominator. This is not intended as an insult, but rather a statement of fact: casual beer drinkers prefer lighter beers, and many seasoned beergeeks can still appreciate the simpler pleasures of a blonde ale, in between lashings of bourbon-barrel-aged double dry-hopped imperial lambic. But, like almost every blonde ale, Fish Tale Blonde Ale is essentially a wanna-be lager. The malts have a gentle brassiness and the Tettnanger hops indicate a desire to emulate the spiciness of German beers. But the fruity, Ringwood-y yeast dominates the proceedings with all the delicacy of a grizzly bear doing needlepoint. There's some crispness, but not enough. There's not nearly enough dryness. And there's none of the clarity, either in appearance or flavor, that characterizes the best German lagers. It wants to be a pilsner so bad, but it just ain't. It's something else - a compromise. If it's good and fresh (as mine was) you'll derive some enjoyment out of it, but its pleasures are nothing exceptional.

Thrasher, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy pale golden hue, with one finger of soapy white head, which disappears quickly, leaving random splotches of lace around the glass. It smells of bready barley malt, and fruity floral hops. The taste is more bready, grainy malt, a bit of citrus, and floral, herbal hops. The carbonation is on the low side, the body soft and pretty smooth. It finishes, surprise, with a mildly sweet breadiness and soft bitter hoppiness.

Consistent, if anything, this beer. I'm not a huge fan of this particular style; however, this one is quite flavourful, and went down well with leftover turkey.

biboergosum, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of DOCRW
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

DOCRW, May 07, 2014
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - nearly clear golden, short white head quickly dissipated to a random spots
S - strong grainy aroma with leafy and metallic notes and mild fruitiness
T - toasty grainy malt with a bitter leafy hop note, slightly metallic and with a bit of pepper and fruit on the late finish
M - very light with a puckering feel that builds through the finish
O - its has characteristic of a kolsch and/or pilsner, nothing really stands out about it, but it is easy drinking

joemcgrath27, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of rebel1771
3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden color with a big head. Smell is sweet with a pappery twinge. Taste has an unexpected pepper blast right up front followed my a mellow hop finish. Not quite what I was expecting from a blonde ale. Still, not a bad ale but there are better options when it comes to a blonde ale out there.

rebel1771, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of beerthulhu
2.8/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

4% certified organic.

A: Pale lemony pour, slight cloudiness, with a mixture of micro & macro bubbles. Dirty white head is slight and washy, lackluster providing no window dresing.

S: dried grains, dried lemon bread, very weak aromatically.

T: Lemon straw, citrusy flavor, a bit tart, wheat with some lemony hop flavor but not particularly tasty. Linear experience, no bright spots.

M: Some signs of carbonation crispness, light bready body, tart.

O: Overall an average experience sums this up best lacking any real drinking enjoyment, with a meh sensation all the way through. Your not missing much here and at .99 a bottle thankfully im not missing much either.

beerthulhu, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of theopholis
3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- This poured a mostly clear, medium gold color with a small white head. Very little head retention, no lacing. Looks a little like a urine sample after a heavy night of partying.

Aroma- The aroma is quite subtle. Very clean and crisp smelling. first thing that comes to mind is a nice malt sweetness, followed by a mild graininess. Also a hint of corn.

Taste- It's okay. A very mild malt sweetness followed by a grainy middle and just a hint of pepper in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body (for style). A bit over-carbonated.

Drinkability- Not a great beer overall, but worth trying. This would be a very good lawnmore beer.

theopholis, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of IronDjinn
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled this first at the 2006 Calgary Beer Fest and was impressed with it then. Bought a 6 of this when it became available to fully enjoy and pass around.

Pours out a hazy marmalade hue with a plethora of suspended particles--sea monkeys anyone? Tall creamy white head that settles down to a thick cap, with lots of lacing as the glass empties. Great retention.

The aroma is mellow, mild hints of grassy hops, honey, and some spice. Some grain surfaces, but is still held behind the spice.

Mild flavour as well, slight sweet grains up front, a honey sweetness in the middle which starts to blend with some pepper, while finishing with fresh grassy hops, and then becoming far more herbal on the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is light, the carbonation is the most predominant texture, although it is not overbearing.

An enjoyable blonde, especially for hotter weather, but not necessarily worth the import price tag for what you get. Still, the Fish Tale beers are worth trying at least once in my books.

IronDjinn, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours from the 12-ounce bottle a clear gold, the head two fingers, the texture creamy and the color white, lacing provides a nice concealing sheet upon the glass. Nose has a sweet malt aroma; hint of hops, citrus like crispness, start has a decent malt presence with a bit of bitter bite, top light to medium in feel. Finish sternly acidic, somewhat sweet with the hops present, quite dry aftertaste, a drinkable beer, average at best, nice session beer.

Gusler, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of bubseymour
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

bubseymour, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Smurf2055
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Smurf2055, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Reidrover
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep ,clear golden ale, with a off white bubbly head. Nice enough aroma, mainlly doughy maltiness, some hops but very faint. Semi-sweet taste, not cloying, mainlly malty, with a lemon after taste, ho hops detected, Ok on the palate, actually quite " substantial for the style. Overall a nice enjoyable ale, nothing spectacular but OK.

Reidrover, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle a light golden color with a very thin white head. No lacing left behind.

The aroma was mostly light grains and just a hint of of floral hoppiness.

The taste was fairly bland with just a sweet maltiness presented. Nothing there as far as hops.

Lighter bodied and crisp with a moderate carbonation.

A fairly average American Blonde from Fish Tale. Nothing stood out or delivered anything to make it memorable.

Monkeyknife, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Fish Tale Blonde pours out a hazy orange color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is pepper, tobacco, and peaches. The flavor is spicy up front, with a strong taste of tobacco. I get that same tobacco flavor in Fish Tale's Pale Ale. A tasty fruit flavor comes in at the middle and lasts through to a refreshing finish. Some grassy hop flavor comes in at the finish too. Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little high. A decent, but weird, blonde ale.

beveragecaptain, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -7.1%

harpus, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of cdkrenz
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to theskinny!

A - Yellow, slightly hazy body with a stark white head of about a quarter inch.

S - Mild wheat aroma with a hint of sweet.

T - Slight banana with a maltly backdrop. Nothing extraordinary in this flavor.

M - Slightly coarse throughout with a moderate thickness.

~ This is a decent Blonde but not something I would recommend to a friend.

cdkrenz, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of philbertk
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fish Brewing Company--Fish Tale Blonde Ale--2006 Release--12 oz. Bottle--4.00% ABV--15 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Blonde Ale--Lacy head. Hazy rich bright gold color.Mild butter floral hop front. Rich creamy sweet malty butter caramel mild fruit ester body. Smooth clean mild hop citrus lingering malt end. Hoppy Blonde Pilsner Ale. Sampled 8/3/2006.

Fish Brewing Company--Fish Tale Blonde Ale--2007 Release--12 oz. Bottle--4.00% ABV--20 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Blonde Ale--Thin head. Cold haze rich bright gold color. Mellow malt banana hop front. Crisp mild sweet medium bodied caramel mild fruit sourdough body. Clean mild tangy mild citrus end. Tasty rich flavored Blonde. Sampled 6/18/2007.

philbertk, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of July2Nov
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A very light golden hue with little to no carbonation.

S: Very hoppy right off the bat with a sweetness toward the end.

T & M: Pretty weak tasting with slight hops at the beginning and it goes toward a spicy end. It's a step above water. Not great, but certainly not bad either. Just so-so.

D: I'm not disappointed in the end product, but I probably will never try this again. It just doesn't have that umph! that I'm looking for.

July2Nov, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of woemad
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $ 1.49. According to the label, this was "spawned" in June.

This poured a medium gold color with a moderate sized bone-white head that stuck arouond for a few minutes. What little lace there was confined itself to leaving the occaisional spot on the sides of the glass.

The smell of this beer was fairly restrained. Mildly malty, with a bit of pepper and honey thrown in. Largely confines itself to being inoffensive.

The taste is similar to smell. This is meant to be mild and bland, and tastes accordingly.

The mouithfeel is bland as well. I feel this is where this could have shined by providing a refreshing crisp sensation, but it's virtually MIA instead.

This is actually too inconsequential tasting to be very refreshing. If the mouthfeel or flavor was a little more interesting I would consider it a decent lawnmower beer. Instead it's something that tastes vaguely like a beer.

woemad, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of shelby415
3/5  rDev -7.1%

shelby415, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The blonde pours a clear golden blonde color with very little foam head and some nice webbing on the side of the glass. It comes with a spawned on date which is nice. The smell is a small hoppy but not a lot coming through. It is malty on the palate and leaves a slight lemon taste on the mouth. Not bad but a bit pedestrian.

cswhitehorse, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.68/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a golden yellow with low carbonation leaving a small whispy cap that quickly fades into nothing

S: Musty, what else can I say?

T: A little sweet apple cider, honeyish upfront with a somewhat clean but bitter, astringent fiunish

M: Light bodied, sordove boring, flat and not to appealing

O: A pretty poor representation of the style

barleywinefiend, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of RedDiamond
2.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Einstein said the definition of insanity was repeating the same behavior over and over again and expecting a different outcome. This explains why I continue to lose money at blackjack and why I still order blonde ales expecting them to be something other than boring crossover beers.

Case in point: Fish Tale Blonde. This odorless ale brewed with a touch of rye shows refined clarity in a shimmering hue of polished brass. It's quite pretty though it has a mediocre head. (Why must even a blonde beer lend itself to the stereotype?) My first impression of the taste was one of enthusiastic blandness: dour English yeasts and bashful hops on a base malt beer of restrained identity. As I kept drinking, the beer opened up somewhat. Good thing I never drink samplers or I would never have located the vague expression of spice that emerges late in the play.

A beer for people who fear beers.

RedDiamond, Jan 24, 2008
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Fish Tale Organic Blonde Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
77 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.