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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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129 Ratings

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAngel on 05-04-2002

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Ratings: 129 | Reviews: 84
Photo of canucklehead
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

mid dark gold with a big pancake batter head, the nose is strangely missing. the taste is a big bold PNW pale ale that finishes fairly bitter. i find the balance a little weak but all in all this beer is pretty decent. still not at a sierra nevada level

Photo of churchillwinston
4.12/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Photo of Thrasher
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of RJLarse
2.92/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of trevorwideman
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer, along with a few other Fish Tale offerings, is a recent addition to the MLCC shelves. I'm always interested in West Coast brews, especially pale ales, India or otherwise.

Poured into a pint glass. Pretty dark copper colour, somewhat cloudy, nice head and good lacing. Very pretty pour. Nose is somewhat caramel sweet but mostly strong citrus hops, just as I expected. First taste is really quite good. Fairly well balanced, good grapefruit hop flavour but mellowed a bit by the roasted malts, letting you know that this isn't an IPA. Lively mouthfeel, good tongue bite, all around this is a decent brew. Not as good as their IPA, but not a bad offering.

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, Woodman's, making a difference...one organic beer at a time

appearance: pale golden orange, mildly hazy, slightly foamy off white head, decent lacing around the rim

smell: not very strong, slightly earth...lightly toasted malts, some mildly chalky hops, slightly grassy and floral

taste: not very complex...decently balanced, lightly floral hops, toasted malt backbone...I wish organic beers were good, but sadly i havent had one i care for yet, kind of an odd aftertaste that I cant put my finger on, a bit of smoke

mouthfeel: watery, dry finish

drinkability: drinkable but not that great

Photo of BigBry
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 12 oz bottle.
Another Certified Organic brew from Fish Tale. Pours a clear copper color, lots of carbonation. Two fingers of white head, good retention, thin wisps of lacing left trailing down the glass. An earthy, grassy smell. Some, but not very much citrus hops in the aroma. The flavour also contains this earthiness (I also picked this up in their IPA). I found the flavor quite restrained, especially after enjoying the IPA, and found myself wanting more taste. The aftertaste is more earthy and woody. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. Slightly above average when compared to some of their other brews.

Photo of rebel1771
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale gold color with a small head. Smell consits of strong hops with floral undertones. The taste is pretty normal for a pale ale with the hops taking center stage. There's not a whole lot to say about this ale accept that it is smooth, easy to drink and not the most complex brew around.

Photo of fisherman34
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light amber in colour. The aroma is all caramel malt with this one. The flavor is also dominated by caramel, with some notes of peach and a bit of mild orange on the back end. A little watery, but about what you’d expect from a low test beer. I’m wondering what happened to all of the hops with this one?

Photo of bcm119
2.76/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of Illinick
2.33/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of Cwrw
3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of MrNuggets
2.56/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.24/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of beertaster13
2.9/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of BeerAngel
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of woemad
2.7/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wild Salmon is nearly identical in its copper-gold color and clarity to Fish’s 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 Salmon’s taste is dominated by funky yeast esters. I generally prefer a cleaner tasting pale, but the yeasts don’t 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 don’t be caught off guard if its proper name is withheld.

Photo of RoyalT
2.86/5  rDev -13.3%
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?

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Fish Tale Wild Salmon Pale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
76 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.