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

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Fish Tale Organic Blonde AleFish Tale Organic Blonde Ale

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BA SCORE
76
okay

31 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 1
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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kingcrowing

Vermont

2.45/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 01:35:17 | More by kingcrowing
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.68/5  rDev -16.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 19:50:35 | More by barleywinefiend
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RedDiamond

Oregon

2.78/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2008 02:48:25 | More by RedDiamond
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.8/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 01:54:57 | More by beerthulhu
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a hazy, dirtied (maybe filthy) blonde-hued body with a small, wispy, whitish head.

Smell: Cereal-scented barley with a faint floral undertones and a odd splash of apple juice.

Taste: Golden barley with a small dose of malty sweetness. Sip of mass-made cider. Not picking up any of the added rye grain. Lightly floral hops, very light bitterness. Sweetish, curiously cidery finish. Dull. Cidery.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: This one never aspires to be more than a humdrum blonde ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 13:29:44 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Gusler

Arizona

3/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 18:33:19 | More by Gusler
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harpus

Alabama

3/5  rDev -6.5%

07-22-2013 15:34:47 | More by harpus
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July2Nov

Hawaii

3/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 04:52:58 | More by July2Nov
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shelby415

Oregon

3/5  rDev -6.5%

02-25-2012 07:04:35 | More by shelby415
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

3/5  rDev -6.5%

10-03-2013 08:23:54 | More by abeeronthebeach
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 18:02:04 | More by IronDjinn
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woemad

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2007 07:54:44 | More by woemad
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 00:42:29 | More by cswhitehorse
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

3.08/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 01:11:53 | More by cdkrenz
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rebel1771

Florida

3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2005 02:34:39 | More by rebel1771
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theopholis

California

3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 05:10:46 | More by theopholis
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Thrasher

Oregon

3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 02:35:42 | More by Thrasher
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 17:03:52 | More by Reidrover
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 02:09:12 | More by Monkeyknife
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Smurf2055

Washington

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-08-2013 19:24:41 | More by Smurf2055
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look – light golden color, clear, with light but good carbonation and about half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – light, grainy, but somewhat earthy smell. It literally smells like something grown from the earth like beans.

Taste – much like the smell, it tastes light with a touch of a cereal grain type of taste, but also with that “home-grown” type of flare as well, which lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well-balanced, but does lean a bit on the watery side.

Overall – a little interesting, but otherwise nothing terribly fancy. Not bad-tasting though.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 06:42:04 | More by Nerudamann
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 20:51:26 | More by beveragecaptain
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 23:56:18 | More by joemcgrath27
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DOCRW

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +9%

05-07-2014 01:16:34 | More by DOCRW
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flecked orange-amber with sunflower yellow edges. The cap is bone white with a faint hint of amber and is on the small side despite a high-altitude pour. At least the foam manages to stay inflated for a while. There isn't much happening on the lace generation front. American blonde ale is a style that has a hard time impressing with its looks.

The nose is sweet and pale malty, with very little hoppiness. In fact, it's hard to appreciate the Tettanger at all. That's okay, blonde ales are all about the blonde malt, so I don't miss the hops that much. There better be a little more hoppiness on the palate or I won't be quite so forgiving.

Fish Tale Blonde is standard issue for the style. The beginning and middle portions of the flavor arc are rather ho-hum, but something interesting happens on the finish. It's there that the generic pale malt sweetness turns decidedly honey-like and spicy. I'm not talking a huge about-face, but a noticeable one.

It tastes like the hops lie in wait and then seize their opportunity once the maltier flavors have subsided. That explains the spicy, herbal flavors (that lack much accompanying bitterness), but not the honeyish ones. I wish the beer tasted like it does after it leaves the mouth while it's still in the mouth. That's not too much to ask, is it?

The mouthfeel is roughly medium for the style. There's no hint of creaminess, but it gets the job done with a minimum of fuss and bother. Likewise the carbonation. It's neither too wild, nor too laid back.

Fish Tale Blonde is a relatively unexciting version of a relatively unexciting style. Blonde ales have always struck me as beer by committee. In other words, beer that is designed to appeal to a wide cross-section of people by virtue of its inoffensiveness. That isn't a bad concept if all you want to do is wash down your pizza, but I require a little more in order to be impressed.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2006 20:48:27 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Fish Tale Organic Blonde Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
76 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.