Fish Tale Wild Salmon Pale Ale - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
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3.43/5 rDev +3.6%
Bright coppery orange; the color of fresh, juicy apricots. A modest number of tiny particles swirl within, as do a few larger flakes that resemble citrus pulp. The head is golden ivory in color and creamysoft. It falls to a one finger disk the consistency of whipped butter and deposits a good bit of melty lace. So far, so good.
The nose leaves a lot to be desired. I get the impression of sweet, citrusy hops, but they're way too weak. It's difficult to tell if the hop load is insufficient or if something else is smothering the hoppiness. There is a slight off-aroma, but I can't be sure of its origins.
Wild Salmon tastes like it smells, more or less. There's disappointingly little hoppiness, even for a pale ale. With a hop bill consisting of Chinook (primarily), Cascade and Willamette, you'd think this would be a no-brainer. Well evidently it was a 'brainer' and the brewers weren't smart enough to figure out what makes for a good APA (clue: a lot of good hop flavor).
The beer is acceptably malted I guess, but then it wouldn't take much to counter the paltry amount of hops. For some reason, much more bitterness is evident than actual Chinook (et al) flavor. Unsweetened grapefruit and bitter lemon shine the brightest. Bitterness increases throughout and dominates the dry, clean finish. The mouthfeel is medium for the style with a generous amount of carbonation.
The only other Fish Brewing Company beers that I've had have been IPAs. I thought Fish Tale IPA was just okay and I loved Winterfish. Wild Salmon is definitely closer to just okay. I can't recommend it, but I'm glad that my purchase went toward saving a Wild Pacific Salmon or two.
04-17-2005 13:03:30 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.63/5 rDev +9.7%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a whipped egg white head that sticks and laces reasonably well
Smell: Biscuity malt with subtle undertones of floral hops
Taste: At the outset, there is a nice blend of both the biscuity malt and the floral hops, with the floral qualities increasing by mid-palate; after the swallow, it all fades away too quickly, with neither flavor persisting well into the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Although rather boring, this makes for a nice drinkable beer
12-04-2007 02:45:03 | More by brentk56
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
3.1/5 rDev -6.3%
Appearance: Pours a rather clear, orangey-copper body sporting a small ring of white bubbles.
Smell: Scent of sweaty grains with notes of herbs and lemon zest.
Taste: Mild maltiness with just a touch of caramel sweetness and a hint of grains. Dash of clean water. Hop flavors of citrus and aged dried herbs but with only a mild bitterness. Finishes crisp with an equally mild bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Not the most thrilling beer I've come across, but I suppose it's decent enough for an organic brew. Let's leave it at that.
03-19-2008 20:35:37 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.68/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
10-11-2010 07:09:27 | More by biboergosum
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
2.63/5 rDev -20.5%
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.
11-19-2006 02:16:50 | More by TheManiacalOne
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
3.33/5 rDev +0.6%
My experience with another Fish Tale Organic was rather pleasant, and I had high hopes for this one as well....
Clear, light amber hue, with a an ample, white head, that drifts swiftly down to size. Aroma is on the quiet side, to be polite. Alert, awake, fresh, even zesty, but possessing no particular flavorful sensations, nothing I like to detect in an ale, no matter how pale. As time goes on, the nose grows particularly more bitter, and there's an increasing fruitiness flowering, but only a bit.
Once over the lips and on the tongue, disappointment prevails. Very simple, with a some hop presence, but remarkably mild at that, and very scant malt, if any. That hoppiness rides meekly through the finish and it's appreciated well enough, but it's a far cry from what I want.
Light body, slight texture, feeling more like a faint, inoffensive ESB than a fruity, hoppy pale ale. I'm not going to quibble over stylistic designations any longer, just end on the note that it moved me not.
Thanks to Gromit for the chance to try it, though.
07-21-2003 00:57:12 | More by feloniousmonk
3.63/5 rDev +9.7%
The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful breadlike maltiness that is earthy and slightly dry. There is a nice complimentary hop aroma that balances the nose. The taste is decent. It has a sweet malty flavor with a dry musty aftertaste. There are some bitter hop notes, but they are quite subtle. It has a watery finish. It lacks mouthfeel. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent pale ale. It has an excellent aroma, but the taste is not well balanced and lacks body.
10-02-2004 00:55:33 | More by WesWes
3.25/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
05-20-2011 02:22:16 | More by Mora2000
3.03/5 rDev -8.5%
This beer is a brilliantly clear, amber-copper color and is topped by a frothy, one-finger thick, off-white colored head, which dissapears to a wispy ring of a head fairly quickly. The aroma is a mix of light hop and malt notes, quite appropriate actually. I get notes of caramalized malt, a grapefruit-like citrus character, some orange contributions and some sweet & toasty grain notes.
The taste is lightly sweet up front, with a solid malt character consisting of a light toffee note and a bit of dry, toasted grain notes. There is a citrusy hop character here as well, which reminds me of oranges and some grapefruit. There is this really weird phenolic note in the finish, it is quite noticeable and almost seems a bit like burnt plastic. It couples with a light astringent bitterness, which otherwise would be quite appropriate, but here just makes things worse. This is not horrible, just that the finish is quite off-putting. Otherwise it is a nice mix of hop and malt notes, and would be a quaffable Pale Ale.
03-14-2006 00:16:24 | More by Gueuzedude
3.43/5 rDev +3.6%
Appearance: clear orange in color with a 1/2" head that falls apart quickly. Some spotty lacing developed during the session.
Smell: orange citrus and caramel are soft but pleasant.
Taste: nice malt profile, oranges, black plums, and a soft bitterness. This beer leans towards the malt side, but it is not totally unbalanced.
Mouthfeel: lightly crisp to start but ends smooth. Medium bodied beer.
Drinkability: would like a bit more hops in this one, but this can easily be called a session ale. Another example of an organic beer that leaves you wanting a bit more flavor.
09-19-2008 11:28:31 | More by Gavage
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
2.65/5 rDev -19.9%
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.
04-15-2007 02:31:59 | More by akorsak
3.5/5 rDev +5.7%
Pours a very slight hazy clear golden orange color, nice carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, with some minimal sticky lacing hanging around. The nose is more on the malty side, but with some hops in there. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with some hoppy bitterness thrown in. Medium body, the finish is dry/bitter. Drinkable, not a bad brew, nothing special.
07-27-2008 21:55:32 | More by Wasatch
3.5/5 rDev +5.7%
12oz purchased at the Boise Coop for about $1.50... Shared with my brother ... my half in my New Belgium Balloon... while listening to the Boise RIS party mix.. Cowboy Junkies "Common Disaster".
Fairly clear orange copper brew topped by a 1/2" head that left pretty nice lacing for an APA.
Smell is restrained by interesting.. citrus/berry hop aromas melds well with toasted bread malts... clean.. not alot of fruitiness.
Mouthfeel is medium and flavor is more of the same... low toasty malts are dominant... could definately use more hop flavor. What hops are there are herbs and grapefruit with a little cattiness.
Another average/above average pale ale... I want more from these PNW brewers.. It seems lately like only the smaller guys are pushing it.... Don't get me wrong, If I buy a flight of pales, this is almost always one I pick up; but for reviewing purposes... I expect more.
12-13-2007 08:40:20 | More by JohnGalt1
3.2/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
05-22-2013 01:47:39 | More by beertunes
3.45/5 rDev +4.2%
The beer pours a nebulous golden orange color, the head prodigious in size, frothy in texture, the color a Very light tan and the residual lace a thick sealing sheet. The nose is mostly malt, light hints of the hops, cotton candy sweet as with the start, lots of malt and somewhat sweet. Top is skinny in feel, the finish lightly carbonated, the hops pertinent in their bitterness, the aftertaste droughty, a decent beer, but not a great beer, still drinkable nonetheless.
02-09-2003 13:34:59 | More by Gusler
Fish Tale Wild Salmon Pale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
76 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.