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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

124 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.62%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAngel on 05-04-2002)
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Photo of redfox405
1.5/5  rDev -54.7%

Photo of shelby415
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a half inch off-white head which vanished immediately. Hazy apricot colored body. Smells mildy of hops and a little citrus. Taste has malt up front and then hops and citrus matching the smell. There's a fairly long light malty finish which is pleasant, but, the aftertaste is actually soapy, I kid you not. And it wasn't a dirty or soapy glass.

Photo of Nixon
4.55/5  rDev +37.5%
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.

Photo of andrenaline
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a golden colour with a copper hue, thin layer of head with little retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Light citrus hops and caramel and toffee notes come through on the finish.

T - The bitterness is a bit of a turn-off, and a sweet corn flavour lingers on the finish. Some citrus hops come through alongside the caramel notes.

M - Medium bodied, a tad prickly but finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - Not the worst, but certainly not the best. A bit of a disappointment but easily drinkable. I would never turn one down, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get one.

Photo of HugePlume
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of BeerMark
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fish Tale Wild Salmon Pale Ale is a decent beer. Nice caramel color in my pint glass. Not a whole lot of aroma. Tastes like a decent pale ale with some hops and malt coming through. While it is pleasant tasting, there is not much excitement going on here. An average pale ale at best.

Photo of Mora2000
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Liverpool08
3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured into a pint glass. Golden and transparent with almost an inch of white head. Looks like a pale ale.

S - Honeysuckle and slight citrus... but very slight.

T - Malty and sweet at first, followed by nice bitterness. However, there is not anything else going on here and the bitterness holds on a bit too long.

M - Light and crisp. Moderate carbonation. Feels right for a pale ale.

O - An average pale ale. "Certified Organic" apparently... but this beer needs some more flavor to bring it up.

Photo of steven9000
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
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

Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is a little on the faint side for the style with some caramel malts and some citrusy hops. The aroma is certainly not bad, just a little subdued.

T- The taste is more flavorful the aroma would suggest. The taste starts out with a nice malt backbone along with some caramel flavors and finishes with a dose of bitterness from the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty straightforward American Pale Ale. It is nothing that will knock your socks off, but a pretty decent representation of the style. Worth a try, but not something I would likely pick up again.

Photo of nickfl
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew pours a cloudy orange color with a white head, fluffy with decent retention and good lacing.
Smell is citrus, hops wheat and malt notes.
Taste is hops, malt and citrus.
Medium bodied and relatively smooth after the initial bite. It's good, but nothing great.

Photo of beerdrifter
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber pour with decent lacing. Fruity, floral nose with hints of pine and bready malt. The sweetness of the malt is a bit subdued. Lacks a ton of flavor but it's easy drinking, sessionable, not much else going on. Pretty average for a pale ale.

Photo of colts9016
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of babaracas
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with 1/4 inch of head, spotty lacing. Smell: pale malt, slightly citric and floral. Taste: floral, earthy, and slightly citric hops, bready malt. Hops are pretty subdued. Looks like the notcher missed the label and it's most likely not super fresh. Still decent, would like to try a fresher one.

Photo of hreb
4.1/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

Photo of SickBrew
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tbeck
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Fish Tale Wild Salmon Pale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
77 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.