Fish Tale Wild Salmon Pale Ale - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
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4.55/5 rDev +37.5%
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.
12-05-2011 22:51:36 | More by Nixon
4.15/5 rDev +25.4%
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.
06-06-2006 03:38:42 | More by churchillwinston
4.1/5 rDev +23.9%
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.
03-09-2009 23:34:39 | More by hreb
4.09/5 rDev +23.6%
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.
01-28-2013 21:21:06 | More by ademotte89
4.03/5 rDev +21.8%
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.
08-28-2007 20:05:41 | More by Phyl21ca
3.99/5 rDev +20.5%
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.
08-30-2013 04:42:29 | More by Murrhey
3.95/5 rDev +19.3%
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.
03-19-2011 02:12:28 | More by steven9000
3.9/5 rDev +17.8%
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.
05-06-2011 04:23:29 | More by Liverpool08
3.9/5 rDev +17.8%
Smokey peach. Lots of sustaining carbonation streams. Compact parched white foam reaches slender height. Keeps a moderate haze on top once it shrinks. Large and patchy lacing morphs into cob webbings.
Nose is a mere poke at that air with nominal amounts of caramel, lightly zested citrus, and softly intwined fresh spruce cuttings. Clean and respectfully undertowed.
Crisp taster on the first span of flavor where semi citric tones of dullish grapefruit and lemon slide into a grassy realm towards the hind quarters. Mild and clean. Smooth, sweet malt sugar backing holding balance. A peek of toastyness makes its way around the edges where the grasses bend. Bitterness only breaks a smidgeon of accountability in tone and effect.
Clean and smooth medium body with a favorable carbonation level that lets the malts and hops do its calm balancing. No hop beast I assure you. Simply mild mannered and pleasant enough, staying steady in flavor and body rendering a certain undefinable quality of good Ol' fashioned sessioning.
06-08-2005 18:58:06 | More by tavernjef
3.88/5 rDev +17.2%
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.
06-15-2011 02:16:21 | More by HugePlume
3.88/5 rDev +17.2%
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.
03-30-2005 22:55:52 | More by NeroFiddled
3.88/5 rDev +17.2%
Fish Tale Wild Salmon Pale Ale has a mostly clear orange color with a small, white head. Lots of rising bubbles. The aroma is malty and fruity, with hints of tobacco. Dry, grassy flavor becomes sweet and fruity when I swallow. Some grassy hops, but for the most part, the malt dominates. Medium mouthfeel. Anyone who does not appreciate Fish beers should have their beer card taken away fro life.
12-27-2007 01:56:51 | More by barleywinefiend
3.85/5 rDev +16.3%
Picked this up from The Beer Shoppe in Yakima, WA.
Pours a clear, copper with very little head. It went immediately into a nice collar, but little laciness. Aroma was malts and hops, nice and balanced. Well-balanced taste of malt and hops (sweet and bitter), although the aftertaste had some bitterness to it, but not bad. Good texture. An excellent beer session wise, although it borders on the sweetness side.
09-04-2008 04:51:38 | More by tbeck
3.85/5 rDev +16.3%
Poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees.
Appearance: A nice two finger head that is foamy and creamy with a little retention. The color of the beer is a nice orange color with reddish copper highlights. The body of the beer is cloudy but there is some clarity. There are some effervescence in the beer.
Nose: There is a nice malty aroma with citrus, pine and floral bouquet. In the back ground of the beer is a subtle sweetness.
Taste: A very nice malty backbone with a descent hop front. There is citrus, pine and floral with a honey like sweetness hanging ever so slightly.
Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, slightly astringent and smooth. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium to full. I am very surprised on how well this beer tasted. The beer is very smooth and very well put together. I enjoyed drinking it.
08-08-2009 03:51:18 | More by colts9016
3.83/5 rDev +15.7%
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
12-02-2010 01:45:40 | More by joemcgrath27
3.78/5 rDev +14.2%
A - One finger of white head on top of a slightly hazy, copper colored body. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.
S - An aroma of pine hops with a little bit of fleshy grapefruit underneath. Some toasted, sweet malt and perhaps a hint of toffee.
T - Lightly sweet, toasty malt up front with mild pine hops. A little bit of spicy bitterness comes on in the middle with some fruity orange hop flavor. Finishes with light bitterness balancing a light toasted malt bready character.
M - Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.
D - This beer manages to be both very light and drinkable, while also having a relative strong hop character. There is a good deal of hop aroma and while the flavor starts out relatively strong it fades towards the end. Overall, it is a nice, drinkable beer; nothing to write home about, but it gets the job done just as intended.
03-21-2010 07:03:38 | More by nickfl
3.75/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
03-19-2010 21:38:02 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
Fish Tale Wild Salmon Pale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
76 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.