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Fish Tale Wild Salmon Pale Ale - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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BA SCORE
76
okay

115 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 17.22%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | 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 Liverpool08
3.9/5  rDev +17.8%

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.

Liverpool08, May 06, 2011
Photo of Fatehunter
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

Fatehunter, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of steven9000
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%

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.

steven9000, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%

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

joemcgrath27, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
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.

biboergosum, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of cjgator3
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

cjgator3, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of nickfl
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.

nickfl, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

CHILLINDYLAN, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of PorterLambic
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

PorterLambic, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of beerdrifter
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

beerdrifter, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of colts9016
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

colts9016, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of babaracas
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

babaracas, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of hreb
4.1/5  rDev +23.9%

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.

hreb, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of SickBrew
2.8/5  rDev -15.4%

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.

SickBrew, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of Gavage
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.

Gavage, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of tbeck
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

tbeck, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
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.

Wasatch, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of FightingEntropy
2.63/5  rDev -20.5%

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.

FightingEntropy, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of Redrover
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%

I had this one at Salty's at Redondo Beach. This is a nice restaurant with great views. Note that they were donating a portion of the proceeds to the Puget Sound restoration group. I like to do good while I drink...

Served in a standard shaker, the beer is copper with a beige head.

It has a nice citrus and toast nose.

Citrus and pine taste moderate bitterness backed by toasted crackers. Balanced but becomes slightly plastic/solvent like late.

The mouth is crisp but drinkablity suffers a bit from the beer's finish.

Redrover, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of nolvar
2.48/5  rDev -25.1%

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

nolvar, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
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.

barleywinefiend, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
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.

JohnGalt1, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of ccrida
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Served in a nonic at the brewpub (much to cold, a theme amongst their draughts), Wild Salmon is bronze colored with a thin, off-white collar.

Smell is a mild, floral hop aroma.

Taste is very spicy with a woody malt character and firm, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is sharp and thin, but with a creaminess to the carbonation.

Drinkablity is average, as is everything else about this APA. Another well made, forgettable Fish brew, this one on the less tasty end of their spectrum. For what it's worth, I noticed it seemed popular with the locals, or at least other bar patrons.

ccrida, Dec 07, 2007
Fish Tale Wild Salmon Pale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
76 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.