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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

117 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 17.22%
Wants: 2
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAngel on 05-04-2002)
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Reviews by Pooba001:
Photo of Pooba001
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a good light pale ale color, with little head. Carbonation looks nice, but that head could definitely be better. Smells include orange and lemon peel, grass, corn.

Taste isn't anything special either. Light malt flavor, some grain, mild hops. Its pale alright, but if you're looking for an American Pale Ale with a little bit of hop kick, this bottle isn't the place to find it. Nothing here to offend, but nothing to impress either.

Mouthfeel is good, the appropriate carbonation comes into play here. Drinkability I can't rate high because even though I could drink a few of these, there are so many much better pale ales that there's no reason to keep having mediocre ones like this.

Pooba001, Jun 01, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Nice head that I had to control at the pour. The body is very light (a little too light) orange and clear.

Smell – This one smells like the yard waste bin on a hot summer day just before the garbage man comes to empty it out. There’s a tinge of malt and maybe some citrus hops, but they are hard to find.

Taste – It tastes marginally better than it smells, thank God. The citrus hop flavor really comes out nicely, although this one is pretty one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel – On the light side of medium-bodied and not much else to say.

Drinkability – This went down OK, although I won’t buy again.

Comments – I was very disappointed in this offering from Fish Tale. Prior to this, I have rated five other beers of theirs and they AVERAGE over 4.3. They were all larger bottles – maybe they don’t work as hard at getting the good stuff in the 12 ouncers?

RoyalT, Nov 27, 2003
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Mora2000, May 20, 2011
Photo of Thrasher
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A widely available organic pale that reminds me of some New England beers; the ringwood butteriness seems very indicative of Geary's. Do they use ringwood yeast for this beer? If not, it must be a cousin. The other ingredients are delicate enough to allow a yeast flavor to shine through. It's a clean-tasting beer otherwise; neither malts or hops are leading the dance and it seems to be somewhat true (in certain cases) that organic ingredients can lead to a rather transparent tasting beer. But this is certainly enjoyable and would be a great sessional: it's an inviting copper-orange with smallish but bright head and a twinge of aromatics that is subtle yet manages to overpower the smell of bleach on my hands (I just cleaned my kitchen). Hops and malts introduce themselves to your tongue very politely, while the yeast ingratiates itself just a tad. Hops is the last to leave but still manages to disappear pretty quickly. Mouthfeel is just right for a beer of this type. Some appetizingly new, bready flavors show up midway through the pint -- welcome party crashers. I can see how some would find this beer boring but I can't find anything wrong with it.

Thrasher, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

biboergosum, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of HugePlume
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

HugePlume, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of hreb
4.1/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My girlfriend (who doesn't even like beer...yet) brought me back a 6-pack of these personally from Olympia, WA. I was given a choice of "pale ale" or "amber", and I apparently chose the former. My first experience with Washington's Fish Tale.

Beer spawned in November (4 months ago). Cold 12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Beer pours a bright clear orange with a thin orangey-white head. Aroma is hoppy -- more floral than bitter, and faintly sweet, like candied citrus peel.

The label says "organic" and "Brewed in the Republic of Cascadia" so I'm expecting a sharp, bitter American pale ale, more like IPA than it deserves. Brewed by dirty hippies from the wrong coast.

In reality, the mouthfeel is immediately sharp, but mellows instantly. The beer is sweet, but VERY subtly. The label of this "beer/bière" gives no hints about the variety of "organic barley" used, but it does identify just 2 varieties of hops: Northern Brewer and Organic Cascade. Cascade we know. American IPA this is NOT. This is a really high-quality, well-balanced, APA. I guess it's the Northern Brewer that imparts a pleasant, flowery-citrus aromatic note.

The flavors are just strong enough to make the beer interesting. Overall, it's a very well-executed beer which I could easily drink all day.

hreb, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's great when saving the earth and something you really enjoy come together... and Fish Tale's organic pale ale is one of those things! It's hazy orange body rests gently beneath a short-lived head of creamy ivory froth that leaves some nice spots of lace about the glass. The nose is more malty than hoppy, but you can detect some grassy and floral notes in the background. It's delicate, very fine-bubbled carbonation leaves it smooth and even somewhat creamy in the mouth. The subtly sweet and grainy malt is well-infused with a mildly grassy and delicately floral hop flavor; and nicely balanced by a firm bitterness that brings it to a dry conclusion. It's not an aggressive beer by any means, but it's malt and hop combination is quite charming. A drinkable, everyday ale that resfreshes and satisfies.

NeroFiddled, Mar 30, 2005
Photo of ElGordo
2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright golden-orange color with a thin, wispy, stark white head. Aroma of mildly sweet malt and a touch of fruity hops; a bit rough around the edges. Palate is rough and noisy - sweet malt melds with mildly bitter hops, yielding to a strangely sweet, fruity finish. Mouthfeel is a bit foamy and strangely hot. Overall, not a particularly pleasant beer to drink. This could be the reason a number of people are instantly put off by any beer labeled "organic".

ElGordo, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, Woodman's, making a difference...one organic beer at a time

appearance: pale golden orange, mildly hazy, slightly foamy off white head, decent lacing around the rim

smell: not very strong, slightly earth...lightly toasted malts, some mildly chalky hops, slightly grassy and floral

taste: not very complex...decently balanced, lightly floral hops, toasted malt backbone...I wish organic beers were good, but sadly i havent had one i care for yet, kind of an odd aftertaste that I cant put my finger on, a bit of smoke

mouthfeel: watery, dry finish

drinkability: drinkable but not that great

dirtylou, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is a little on the faint side for the style with some caramel malts and some citrusy hops. The aroma is certainly not bad, just a little subdued.

T- The taste is more flavorful the aroma would suggest. The taste starts out with a nice malt backbone along with some caramel flavors and finishes with a dose of bitterness from the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty straightforward American Pale Ale. It is nothing that will knock your socks off, but a pretty decent representation of the style. Worth a try, but not something I would likely pick up again.

cjgator3, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of Jay_544
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

Jay_544, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of avisong
3/5  rDev -9.4%

avisong, May 01, 2014
Photo of Fatehunter
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Fatehunter, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
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

joemcgrath27, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of vanrassel
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a pale copper with an airy, two finger head. The first thing you smell is a blast of citrusy hops, but that yields to pleasant notes of grain and biscuity malt.

Hops and malt battle for control of the taste, with the end result being a well-balanced, if not entirely memorable drink. This has a nice crisp texture with lively carbonation that plays on the palate and finishes clean.

vanrassel, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of rebel1771
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale gold color with a small head. Smell consits of strong hops with floral undertones. The taste is pretty normal for a pale ale with the hops taking center stage. There's not a whole lot to say about this ale accept that it is smooth, easy to drink and not the most complex brew around.

rebel1771, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of churchillwinston
4.15/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is great to find a beer that finds it own path and this is definitely one of them. I found the appearance a little hazy which added to the enjoyment as it gives an appearance of a roughly brewed beer that all homebrewers would appreciate. A great hop aroma and taste but I think that the aftertaste leaves you waiting for something more. I would certainly recommend this to anybody who is a fan of this style.

churchillwinston, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of TheSamKuehn
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

TheSamKuehn, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of akorsak
2.65/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions. It is certified organic, which makes this my first organic beer (I think).

A: The ale is an amber orange color, clear with no sediment. The head was near 1.5 fingers on pour but has reduced to a thin white webbing on the top of the beer.

S: The nose is a very toasted malt aroma with no sign of any hops.

T: The first thing that I thought on sip was drinking peanut juice, assuming such a thing exists. It is dry, very grainy and chewy. I was hoping for some cascade goodness, but the hops never took the time to appear. There is a bitterness but it lacks a coherent definition, coming across as a celery-like flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is muttled, with graininess and an unpleasant hop body. This is not a beer to use as a gateway into the world of organic beer.

D: The ale leaves an awkward aftertaste in the mouth that I don't think I could stomach again.

akorsak, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vibrant orange with tangerine highlights. A finger of frothy offwhite head. Organic waves of lace.

Pine, Grapefruit, Spicy Resins. Toasty caramel bready malt.

Spicy citrus and herbal bite. Toasty bready caramel. Bitter pine and resin finish.

Sticky, med body, dry, pleasant carbonation.

Nice hoppy bitter pale ale that is just short of IPA. very drinkable. I find that the Fish Tale beers are best fresh, they seem to degrade fairly rapidly. Get em fresh and you wont be disappointed.

CHILLINDYLAN, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of Luweezy
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Luweezy, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of deansellers
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

deansellers, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Piscator 34: Poured a cloudy orangey/beige color ale with a big foamy head. Aroma of sweet malt with a nice floral hoppy touch. Taste is also quite sweet with some nice floral notes and a medium bitter finish. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation. I really liked how the hops provide a nice floral aspects without bringing too much bitterness to the beer.

Phyl21ca, Aug 28, 2007
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Fish Tale Wild Salmon Pale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
76 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.