Fish Tale Organic Blonde Ale - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
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3/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
07-12-2007 04:52:58 | More by July2Nov
3.03/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
11-25-2006 18:02:04 | More by IronDjinn
3.18/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
04-29-2006 02:35:42 | More by Thrasher
3.5/5 rDev +9%
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.
04-08-2006 20:48:27 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.4/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
01-15-2006 20:51:26 | More by beveragecaptain
3.1/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
11-29-2005 02:34:39 | More by rebel1771
Fish Tale Organic Blonde Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
76 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.