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Fish Tale Wild Salmon Pale Ale - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Fish Tale Wild Salmon Pale AleFish Tale Wild Salmon Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
76
okay

130 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAngel on 05-04-2002

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Ratings: 130 | Reviews: 84
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355 ml bottle poured into a Red Racer pint glass. A cloudy dark honey amber hue with a finger of creamy off-white foam. Aroma is dry biscuit, a touch of caramel, and low key but fresh citrus rind (grapefruit, mostly?) and pine. A whiff of peach. Taste largely reflects the nose. Biscuit-like backbone, rather dry, with some robust lemon and yellow grapefruit notes, decent dose of pine resin, particularly in the dry finish. Admittedly, the finish is rather off ... Almost a muddled compost pile note. Medium body and carbonation. Very much a typical APA with a little extra pine heft. Might be too unassuming for many in this craft beer era of bigger = better.

Photo of jbredbeard
2.38/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I gave this 3 stars instead of 2.5 because it is not as bad as I thought it would be. Almost no aroma but a slight citrus bitterness in flavor throughout. It's more like a light pale ale. Wouldn't turn down a free one, but would not request it.

Photo of WAbeerfiend
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Bottled 10.2013.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip (other glasses were dirty) on 01.27.14.

A: Cloudy amber. 1/2 finger head.

S: Caramel.

T: Biscuit dominates. Caramel back end.

M: Smooth.

O: This was easy to drink. It tasted more like an amber than an APA, though.

Photo of Murrhey
4.02/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Half-finger white head with thick bubbles and quickly eroding head. Golden color with slight haziness. Relatively nice looking beer.

S- Pineapple, aromatic fruitiness and floral aromas. Slightly sweet and definitely fruity. Caramel maltiness and tropical sort of hops. Wonderful aroma.

T- Great flavor. Buoyant hops, wonderful light malt body. Very well-rounded and tasty.

M- Medium bodied feel with good carbonation. Feels very nice.

O- Surprisingly great beer. Did not expect this to be so good. Tasty, aromatic, and feels good.

Photo of Spikester
3.56/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a good sized white head. Some lacings.
Aroma is caramel malts with a hint of floral hops.
Taste is sweet caramel with a backup of bitter hops. Well balanced. Very nice profile for a mostly organic brew.
Mouthfeel is average for the style.
Drinkability is good considering the listed 5.5% abv. Edit: Website says 5.0% abv. 32 IBU.
Nice organic Pale. Edit: Might be closer to an Extra Pale Ale nowadays.

Photo of hackmann
2.9/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: misty burnt orange body with an almost two finger egg shell colored head that leave some lacing.

Aroma: very light nose; very light non-descript citrus and fruit; it is more biscuit than anything else; uneventful

Flavors: lightly toasted grains; faint minty-herbal hop; herb biscuit; dust

Mouthfeel: low-moderate carbonation, closer to low; a soft yet strange bitter note; flannel texture; dusty-dirty mineral like aftertaste; the aftertaste does seem to linger – longer than I want it to; the aftertaste makes me want to go brush my teeth; just inside of medium body, the flavors are mild and the dirty aftertaste is medium and the weight feels mild-medium

To the Point: a dirty Pale Ale; you’ve heard of a dirty martini right; to bad I bought a six pack – should have bought a single bottle; organic hell - give me some pesticides

Photo of beertunes
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

3rd in a row that I've had multiple times, yet never reviewed. Served in straight pint glass. Poured a lovely medium gold color with 3/4 inch of white head that had slightly less than typical retention and lacing, but that color was gorgeous!

The aroma was on the mild side of typical, nice grains, some floral hops, and just a touch of yeast. The flavor profile was the same, except that the hops were a bit tangier, and there a nice citrus note at the back.

The body was OK, smooth and even, but a somewhat lower level of carbonation was a bit weird. Drinkability was very good, these always disappear when you throw a couple sixers into the cooler at a cookout. Overall, a nice, solid, unexciting brew. It's not going to thrill you, but it'll never let you down either. Take a sixer to an outing, and see how it goes.

Photo of KBomb
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy, orange-brown color. Head is about half a finger of bubbly, soapy foam.

Smells of citrusy, a touch of pine and grass, but quite a lot of citric fruit aroma coming from the cascade hops.

That same dominant citrus character accompanies the taste: orange peel, a little piney hops, a straight bitter finish of moderate strength. Some grainy malt provides a little balance. Leaves a little bit of bitter aftertaste lacking some of the more interesting hop flavors experienced earlier.

High carbonation gives a very crisp mouthfeel, but makes for a filling pale ale.

Not a bad APA by any stretch of the imagination. Not quite alluring enough to make it on a "must try" list.

Photo of MickeyD
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

Appearance: Light golden brown with little wispy head.

Smell: all I can say is that it was a little weird. Not really hoppy, not really malty.

Taste: Slight hops and good malt tastes. Well blended I think.

Mouth feel: clean taste good malt taste with a little sweet after taste.

Overall: Not a bad beer. I like the malt taste but not a very robust.

Photo of JenConCol
3.42/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent pale ale. Enjoyed with a burger. Nice colour in the glass with foamy head. Did not take formal notes so trying this from memory. Nose has some fruity undertones. In the mouth was well balanced and smooth. Finish is good. Would buy again but nothing overly special

Photo of ademotte89
4.05/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle purchased from Smith's Bayway Market in Coos Bay, Oregon. Drank from a chilled pint glass.

Pours a sort of lite amber with about a finger of slightly off white head. Lasting head which thins out but remains.

I don't get much from the aroma. a little citrus, a little malt.

Very nice lite flavor. No overpowering flavors. like with the aroma I get a little bit of citrus some malty sweet and just a tiny bit of hoppiness that really helps balance the flavor. VERY drinkable. light to medium mouth feel with a nice amount of carbonation.

All in all a pretty good pale ale. Would buy again.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.34/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy deep orange-ish color with a small off white head. In the aroma, a lighter gingerbread malt to nothing. In the taste, gingerbread like malt and a small hop presence. malty and mellow. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry gingerbread maltiness in the aftertaste. Very English, malt heavy and lacking nose.

Photo of Oakenator
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden brown and cloudy to let you know it is unfiltered. Nice head on the pour, not much lacing ona clean glass. For a pale ale the hop flowers come through on the nose. Good pale ale flavor with a slight hint of citrus on the backend. Nice ale for a hot day.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a half inch off-white head which vanished immediately. Hazy apricot colored body. Smells mildy of hops and a little citrus. Taste has malt up front and then hops and citrus matching the smell. There's a fairly long light malty finish which is pleasant, but, the aftertaste is actually soapy, I kid you not. And it wasn't a dirty or soapy glass.

Photo of Nixon
4.5/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whenever I buy this beer I wonder why I don't just buy it every time.

I'm a big fan of Manny's Pale Ale but it's only available on tap. I find Fish Tail Pale Ale to be a very similar beer in its flavor profile and since I can get it in bottles I'm always grateful to have some in the refrigerator.

I like the orange color and the fact that it's not too gassy. The slight cloudiness lets me know that they didn't filter all the good stuff out of it. This beer is a darn good example of the Northwest style. It has just the right amount of sweetness. And what keeps it in my fridge is the hop flavor. It has a huge Cascade-like flowery, piney hop flavor that I find irresistible. And the bitterness is at the right level too. It doesn't make my face go all 'Renee Zellweger'...it's more like a level that compliments the sweetness and lets the hop flavor stand up and speak for itself.

I can't really give you one of those high-falootin' 'vanilla jamminess with a toasted butterscotch treacle graininess' kind of descriptions. All I can tell you is that to my tongue and its associated parts this is a really well made outstanding beer that I intend to keep in my regular rotation.

Photo of andrenaline
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a golden colour with a copper hue, thin layer of head with little retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Light citrus hops and caramel and toffee notes come through on the finish.

T - The bitterness is a bit of a turn-off, and a sweet corn flavour lingers on the finish. Some citrus hops come through alongside the caramel notes.

M - Medium bodied, a tad prickly but finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - Not the worst, but certainly not the best. A bit of a disappointment but easily drinkable. I would never turn one down, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get one.

Photo of HugePlume
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time to do a formal review of an old favorite. 12oz bottle poured into a pint.

A- Pours with a fizzy 1.5 finger foam head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Color is a whispy orange-like light amber. Nice color, not easily mistaken for something else.

S- Light on the nose, mostly some floral hop and a light biscuit grain.

T- Steps it up a notch here, great balance of citrusy hops laid over a foundation of ultra smooth slightly cereal like malt. Nice bitterness, with a clean dry finish. Crisp.

M- Well carbonated, slightly slick. Light, very clean finish.

O- Exceptionally drinkable, bit still tasty. Great flavorful session pale.

Photo of BeerMark
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fish Tale Wild Salmon Pale Ale is a decent beer. Nice caramel color in my pint glass. Not a whole lot of aroma. Tastes like a decent pale ale with some hops and malt coming through. While it is pleasant tasting, there is not much excitement going on here. An average pale ale at best.

Photo of Mora2000
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the grain with some grass and orange citrus notes mixed in. The flavor is a mix of grass, wheat and some orange. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Liverpool08
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark amber with a small white head. Nose is malty, but nothing exciting. Taste is a very nice crisp malty biscuit. A really nice Pale Ale. This is not a super hoppy version of the style, more of a clean malty take. Goes great with seafood or steak, nice and clean with a light mouthfeel. These brews from the Northwest are just great simple tasty beers.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.11/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured into a pint glass. Golden and transparent with almost an inch of white head. Looks like a pale ale.

S - Honeysuckle and slight citrus... but very slight.

T - Malty and sweet at first, followed by nice bitterness. However, there is not anything else going on here and the bitterness holds on a bit too long.

M - Light and crisp. Moderate carbonation. Feels right for a pale ale.

O - An average pale ale. "Certified Organic" apparently... but this beer needs some more flavor to bring it up.

Photo of steven9000
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- A merky orange color with a 2 finger creamy off white head.

smell- I definitely smell the cascade hops along with a nice malty sweatiness. Smells very nice.

taste- Same as the smell get a nice amount of cascade hops and a nice malty sweetness. While its in the mouth it feels wet but after about 5 seconds of swallowing it my mouth gets dry.

mouthfeel- It definitely has a light mouth feel with medium carbonation.

Overall this beer is one of my favorite session ales. Its very good and easy to drink. Right at 5.5%. Would be very nice with a BBQ on a hot summer day.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - almost clear orange golden, short white head, average retention but nice lacing left
S - herbs and citrus, toasted nuttiness and caramel, slightly spicy
T - floral and citrus hops dominate with some pine, nutty malt, and a little peppery
M - thin and smooth, subtle bitterness
D - goes down very easy and has a nice hop profile with the nutty malt flavour providing an interesting mix, definitely distinguishes itself as an APA, very sessionable

Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. One of the few PACNW breweries available in my neighbourhood.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, ebullient and eventually creamy off-white head, which leaves a wall of pock-marked lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells mildly of semi-sweet biscuity caramel malt, peppy orange cream, underripe pineapple, and floral, leafy hops. The taste is more perfunctory grainy and lightly bready caramel malt, similar complex citrus notes from the nose - pineapple, kiwi, mandarin orange - a touch of wet stone, and a soft piney, floral hop bitterness.

The carbonation is moderate, manifesting in a pervasive frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, with the understated bready caramel malt and increasingly bitter citrus and leafy pine hops carrying on as the band plays us out.

A pretty decent APA, overall, and well-balanced, but maybe just a little too fruity to make me want another one that soon, despite that game finishing bitter flourish. Fish makes some good stuff, and this has the potential to be right up there - I think I need to try this fresh from the brewery - it's in the plans.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

A beer dedicated to wild salmon, and organic at that--brewed with organic barley, Northern Brewer and Organic Cascade hops.
A sizeable head forms after a stiff pour. The off-white lace left behind holds to the glass quite well. Shimmering copper hue flaunts its clarity. Minty and citric aromas from the hops mingle well with a mas- sive waft of biscuity malt--an altogether clean nose.

Bulls-eye for the level of carbonation as it throws a perfect crispness into the mouthfeel and moderate body. A slight chewy maltiness, with toasted-biscuit and feed-grain flavors, butt up against lovely citrus, herbal and minty hop flavors which bring a balanced bitterness. Clean palate, with a kiss of yeast and a faint fruitiness. Finishes relatively dry with a long lingering hop flavor and breath of toasted grain.

Chalk this one up as another great American-brewed session ale, and at only 4 percent ABV, it means that you can partake a bit more. There are so many flavors packed into this mid-sized brew that add to its quaffing factor. By name alone, pair this with a plate of smoked salmon, plain goat cheese, and a fresh baguette.

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Fish Tale Wild Salmon Pale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
76 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.