Fish Tale Wild Salmon Pale Ale - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
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3.6/5 rDev +8.8%
Wild Salmon pours with a sizable head that stays creamy on top, and actually churns very slowly even after sipping, and stays put. A light copper coloured beer, with the head being bone-white, dimpled here and there with darker spots. Thick lacing. I love the aroma of this beer simply because it seems to differ to me every time I have one. Occasionally I smell all roasted, candied malt--Irish red style. Other times I smell the generous hopping, giving big notes of grapefruit. For a Western Pale Ale, I think the balance is superb. That characteristic soapiness is present, as in Fish's IPA. Sniffing just above the rim gives the delicious malt: roasted, buttery, with caramel and candy. In closer the fatty oiliness of the hops is less appetising, but it does give some nice aromas of orange, grapefruit, and some strange plastic-like or intensely earthy and flowery notes. I also get some strawberry, like neapolitan ice-cream. The mouth at first senses the earthiness of the hops with some toasted malt, and by the end this is mostly hops, with a respectable backing of malt, and certainly with more body than their IPA. The taste is a little disappointing, however. Not much complexity, with the dusty hop feel playing against a caramel malt that gives some fresh bread, butterscotch, and some maple. A respectable dryness is left in the finish, along with the citrus and peppery feel. Medium-bodied, and actually quite drinkable I find, as the bitterness seems to die down after the first. Carbonation is lively, but not fizzy. A solid pale that I would buy again.
05-27-2005 07:48:58 | More by Cwrw
2.48/5 rDev -25.1%
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.
05-25-2005 06:28:50 | More by MrNuggets
3.23/5 rDev -2.4%
Picked up a 6 of this, newly available in the area. Pours out a clear polished copper hue, intense carbonation, with two fingers of tight spongy head possessing some pretty impressive retention. I've been glancing at it the past 2 minutes since I opened the bottle and there is no sign of it fading whatsoever, another .5 to the rating just for that alone. Small thatches of lacing as I begin to empty the glass. A very earthy, dry grass character to the nose, some bitter and citrus hops manage to poke through off and on, but for the most part this mysterious mustiness dominates the aroma. The flavour also contains this deep rooted earthiness to it, I'm picking up a peatiness to it as well (fond flashbacks of a bottle of Laguvalin), with the hops only rising beyond this all at the tail of the finish with a light refreshing break. The aftertaste reverts back to a woodsy note. Not quite smoky, but very woody and earthy. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, almost bang on what I look for in an ale, they definitely got that right. In the end this is a pretty well put together pale ale, looks great and fantastic mouthfeel, but the overwhelming earth tones don't do much for me, and therefore the lack of appeal in the aroma and taste. I almost wish I could rate this higher, but it comes down to personal tastes in the end. After finishing the glass there's still a finger's width of head left at the bottom, that is some pretty amazing head retention for a pale ale, I salute Fish Tale for that accomplishment.
05-21-2005 00:09:45 | More by IronDjinn
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
3.88/5 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
3.63/5 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
2.9/5 rDev -12.4%
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.
09-13-2004 05:37:09 | More by beertaster13
3.53/5 rDev +6.6%
Pours a clear pale burnt orange with a shaving cream dense foamy head that leaves alot of lacing down the glass. The smell is a nice buttered bread and popcorn with a creamy malt in the background. I like buttery, but this one is close to being overwhelming. The taste is more butter, but a more balanced execution with a sweet thick biscuit malt and a fruity hop punch in the background. This is a light to medium bodied beer that finishes slightly sweet.
Notes: This beer has all the right characteristics in all the wrong proportions. I like what it has, it's just not balanced right. It's a decent beer that needs a little tweaking. Cheers!
04-08-2004 02:03:11 | More by BeerAngel
2.73/5 rDev -17.5%
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.
04-05-2004 23:59:53 | More by woemad
3.13/5 rDev -5.4%
Wild Salmon is nearly identical in its copper-gold color and clarity to Fishs IPA and bears a close resemblance to their amber, though perhaps a shade darker. It shows minimal head and lace with relaxed carbonation. Hop aroma makes a brief appearance.
Despite its visual polish, Wild Salmons taste is dominated by funky yeast esters. I generally prefer a cleaner tasting pale, but the yeasts dont trounce the malts entirely and organic Cascade hops provide a sharp, bitter close. Be advised that the Fishbowl brewpub often lists Wild Salmon simply as Organic Pale, so dont be caught off guard if its proper name is withheld.
03-25-2004 05:33:11 | More by RedDiamond
2.85/5 rDev -13.9%
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. Theres 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 wont 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 dont work as hard at getting the good stuff in the 12 ouncers?
11-27-2003 01:00:18 | More by RoyalT
2.95/5 rDev -10.9%
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
08-14-2003 03:12:30 | More by beerguy101
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
3.45/5 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.