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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

114 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 17.22%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | 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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Ratings: 114 | Reviews: 81 | Display Reviews Only:
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One_Man_Gang


1/5  rDev -69.8%

11-17-2012 19:15:24 | More by One_Man_Gang
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beerme626

Kentucky

1.5/5  rDev -54.7%

10-18-2012 02:53:17 | More by beerme626
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redfox405

Massachusetts

1.5/5  rDev -54.7%

03-17-2012 21:36:27 | More by redfox405
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Reidrover

Oregon

2.05/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

OK pours a nice dark amber, darker than most APAs, small bubbly white head. Oh man... I think I got a bad one. The aroma is like boiled peanuts with a load of malt extract thrown in. Taste is nothing..just faint malt and honey. No hops. Mouthfeel is thin, watery Not a good beer..I HOPE this was off but according to the label this was only brewed 2 months ago. This is terrible for an APA and barelly acceptable for an English Pale. I will try another someday..maybe this particular bottle was bad!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 19:39:57 | More by Reidrover
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -32%

11-12-2012 02:50:06 | More by TheBigBoy
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.35/5  rDev -29%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 18:16:02 | More by OWSLEY069
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Illinick

Pennsylvania

2.35/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured out a golden color with hints of orange. Big, white, frothy head that dissipates to ring and island spots. Good lacing.
S: Bland! citrus hops but an off smell of burnt wood and charcoal, almost hickory smoked smell. Definate burnt wood. Not pleasant.
T: Bland taste with citrus hops, hay, and the presence of burnt/smoked wood flavor.
MF: light and watery with little carbonation.
Overall: Not impressed in the least with this brew. It's my first experience with Fish Tales and I was dissapointed to say the least. Only bright spot was good lacing.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2005 17:08:19 | More by Illinick
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nolvar

Oregon

2.48/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Rich copper color, small head that quickly faded.
S - Not much to smell, very slight fruit/berry
T - Biscuity malt flavor dominates, slight citrus hop up front, with a touch more bittering that lingers momentarily in the finish.
M - Carbonation hits up front, maybe a touch too much. Light to medium body, slight oiliness
D - eh, probably wouldn't buy again. I like their winter beer though and the IPA

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 02:07:50 | More by nolvar
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MrNuggets

Oregon

2.48/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nice fluffy head with a hazy orange body.
Smells of hops.
This is too bitter for a pale ale. Leaving an almost unpleasent taste in my mouth. A grassy, bitter beer face type bitterness.
Not to enthused about drinking the rest of the six pack.
Being in the salmon business I wanted very much to love this beer, but no such luck.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2005 06:28:50 | More by MrNuggets
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ElGordo

Oregon

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".

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 07:05:03 | More by ElGordo
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Acquired via trade from waldowin, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him for the opportunity to try this beer. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma isn’t very strong, but contains citrus, hops, grain and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is very bready and malty, with some smokiness to it. There’s a background of hops & citrus, but neither seemed very pronounced.

M: Crisp, but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean & dry finish.

D: I didn’t find this beer to be very tasty or easy to drink. Slightly filling and there isn’t much kick. This was my first organic beer and although I’m not sure how much that factored into my perception of the beer, I know I didn’t really like the beer too much.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 02:16:50 | More by TheManiacalOne
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden amber ale that is too thin in the mouth and nose to be a pale ale. Nose is noticably absent of a distinct hop aroma, and has a rather uneven, hard water smell that continues into the taste. There's a bit of malt in the base, but is very thin, watery and overshadowed by the mineral taste. Below par.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 00:47:12 | More by FightingEntropy
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 02:31:59 | More by akorsak
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woemad

Washington

2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29.

This poured a pale gold/yellow color, with a big white head. Lots of lacing. This is probably the most pale pale ale I've ever had. Apparently Fish is taking a more "Kokanee" approach these days. The head and lacing is the only thing keeping this from getting a lower rating.

Smell was not particularly enjoyable. The primary odor is of mildly sweet malts. Not much hoppiness is discerned. There is also a slight odor of corn making it's lamentable presence known in the background.

Taste wasn't much better than the smell. There is more of a hoppiness here, but it's still rather anemic. The malt sweetness is much more noticeable. More than anything else, this strikes me as what an ale version of crappy macro lagers would taste like.

Mouthfeel was rather nondescript. It was thicker than the crappy lagers this beer reminded me of, but otherwise unimpressive.

Now that I have had this, I find no reason why I should ever drink it again. If this was marketed as another crappy macro offering, I'd consider it at least acceptable, though without much enthusiasm. That this comes from the same people who make Poseidon fills me with dismay.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2004 23:59:53 | More by woemad
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bcm119

California

2.8/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very odd beer. Maybe my sample was off. Pours a medium amber color with some thin white foam. Aroma is vinous; if my eyes were closed I'd think I was smelling a Viognier or Pinot Gris. Flowery with pear and melon, but in a dusty, slightly off way. Very weird. The nose is a strong yeasty, nutty, almost meaty flavor, but quickly backs off and leaves a weak, bubbly fruity apple flavor, with a somewhat normal finish. Acetaldehyde is overpowering. It really doesn't taste like a pale ale until the finish, which has hints of lightly toasted malt. Based on my sample, not a beer I'd buy again, but I might to see if mine was off.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2005 05:17:44 | More by bcm119
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SickBrew

Washington

2.8/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this brew courtesy of my father in law. Poured into my favorite pilsner glass and observed about an eighth of an inch of head dissipate quickly to a thin ring. Color is yellow orange. Nose is mild and composed of sweet malts and some supporting hops, hey is there something organic in there. Actually there is something in the nose that's somewhat different and also comes through in the taste. I don't actually care for it to be truthful. Otherwise flavors are malty sweet with a touch of something slightly burnt. A bit off. Body is light and the carbonation level is subdued. Not my favorite from fish.

cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 01:24:20 | More by SickBrew
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RoyalT

Ohio

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?

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2003 01:00:18 | More by RoyalT
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loren01

Oregon

2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a light amber color, minimal head, minimal lacing.
S: Not much of a smell, slightly grassy. Also slightly fruity.
T: Taste is biscuty, slight hoppiness/grassy taste.
M: Medium bodied, a little too fizzy
D: Fairly below average to average pale ale across the board. I've had much better. I don't believe that I would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 06:16:05 | More by loren01
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RJLarse

Washington

2.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up some Fish Tale brews to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a weizen glass.

Pours an orange copper color and is slightly cloudy. One finger of bubbly white head dissipates quickly to an eighth inch film on the surface of the beer. The head produces moderate lacing on the side of the glass.

The smell is fairly robust and has a sweet fruity aroma.

The taste is fruity, citrus, lemon and orange, with hints of malted grain and something of a cereal taste. There is a mild hop finish. The aftertaste is of slightly bitter hops.

The mouth feel is thin, crisp and refreshing.

This is a drinkable beer, but I think the malted grain flavor is a bit over done. It’s an OK pale ale, but I’ve had better at a comparable or better price. I would have Fish Tale Pale again, but I would not necessarily choose it over some others.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 03:02:40 | More by RJLarse
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beertaster13

Washington

2.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Average across the board, pours a bland orange with yellow highlights, the head is white but falters to a fizzle, lacing is nowhere to be found. The smell is very sweet, fruity and hints of caramel, a slight subtle hop is detected. The tase is rather dull, a sweetness is detected but it is light and somewhat to light, the hops while barely traceable by tongue leave alot to be desired. Medium bodied, an average pale ale at best.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2004 05:37:09 | More by beertaster13
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hackmann

Michigan

2.9/5  rDev -12.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 03:28:41 | More by hackmann
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beerguy101

California

2.95/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium gold color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. A medium bodied Pale Ale. Medium malts and hops. Nice flavor, mild and refreshing and somewhat dry. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2003 03:12:30 | More by beerguy101
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tonistruth

Nevada

2.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- partly cloudy, orange tinted, straw color w/ a 1" off white head that settles to a little ring, retent is just "alright".

S- grassy and pine hop aromas, some malt in there, but overall rather faint

T- some malt sweetness, grassy hop flavor toward finish, grain husk to it, citrus in the aftertaste. Tastes are about as mild as the aroma

M- nice body and carbonation, overall smooth with coarse occurences.

D- easy drinking pale, had some inviting flavor but it was just too mild or blah to be blunt. Glad i tried it, but i doubt we'll be meeting again.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 22:00:40 | More by tonistruth
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avisong

Virginia

3/5  rDev -9.4%

05-01-2014 11:37:43 | More by avisong
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Luweezy

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -9.4%

10-17-2013 21:55:21 | More by Luweezy
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Fish Tale Wild Salmon Pale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
76 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.