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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
77
okay

85 Reviews
THE BROS
84
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Reviews: 85
Hads: 133
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAngel on 05-04-2002

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Reviews: 85 | Hads: 133
Photo of Nixon
4.5/5  rDev +34.7%
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. (1,182 characters)

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
4.26/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: darker amber hue. Brilliant copper caught my attention

S: Hoppy. Slightly alcoholic. This ale has a nice, crisp scent.

T: Hopped up like one of my favorite beers should be. It is a tad bitter, but thats how i like my pale ales. This one is refreshing, that is certain!

M: Perfect consistency. Remains on the palate, too.

O: better than their IPA in my opinion. Too bad very few places sell this stuff where I live. About to share one with a pal (464 characters)

Photo of churchillwinston
4.12/5  rDev +23.4%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of hreb
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
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. (1,283 characters)

Photo of beernut7
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice representation of the style. Good dark golden color and lacey head. Nice hop aroma and flavor, just right level of IBUs. Goes down in schools. (150 characters)

Photo of ademotte89
4.05/5  rDev +21.3%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
4.02/5  rDev +20.4%
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. (655 characters)

Photo of steven9000
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of Liverpool08
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,026 characters)

Photo of HugePlume
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (810 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (396 characters)

Photo of tbeck
3.82/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (412 characters)

Photo of colts9016
3.82/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (854 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
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 (449 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (888 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (1,175 characters)

Photo of Thrasher
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (1,165 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (1,207 characters)

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. 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. The tobacco notes in the nose are more pronounced in the flavor. Some grassy hops, but for the most part, the malt dominates. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty good drinkability. Despite some negative reviews, I thought this was a more than decent pale ale. (492 characters)

Photo of vanrassel
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (402 characters)

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Fish Tale Wild Salmon Pale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
77 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.