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

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76
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127 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.31%
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

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Beer added by: BeerAngel on 05-04-2002

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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
2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
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
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
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
3.82/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of FightingEntropy
2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.11/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Redrover
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of nolvar
2.47/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Pooba001
3.16/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a good light pale ale color, with little head. Carbonation looks nice, but that head could definitely be better. Smells include orange and lemon peel, grass, corn.

Taste isn't anything special either. Light malt flavor, some grain, mild hops. Its pale alright, but if you're looking for an American Pale Ale with a little bit of hop kick, this bottle isn't the place to find it. Nothing here to offend, but nothing to impress either.

Mouthfeel is good, the appropriate carbonation comes into play here. Drinkability I can't rate high because even though I could drink a few of these, there are so many much better pale ales that there's no reason to keep having mediocre ones like this.

Photo of akorsak
2.68/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of ElGordo
2.65/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright golden-orange color with a thin, wispy, stark white head. Aroma of mildly sweet malt and a touch of fruity hops; a bit rough around the edges. Palate is rough and noisy - sweet malt melds with mildly bitter hops, yielding to a strangely sweet, fruity finish. Mouthfeel is a bit foamy and strangely hot. Overall, not a particularly pleasant beer to drink. This could be the reason a number of people are instantly put off by any beer labeled "organic".

Photo of Reidrover
2.06/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

OK pours a nice dark amber, darker than most APAs, small bubbly white head. Oh man... I think I got a bad one. The aroma is like boiled peanuts with a load of malt extract thrown in. Taste is nothing..just faint malt and honey. No hops. Mouthfeel is thin, watery Not a good beer..I HOPE this was off but according to the label this was only brewed 2 months ago. This is terrible for an APA and barelly acceptable for an English Pale. I will try another someday..maybe this particular bottle was bad!

Photo of BDTyre
3.36/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Average APA, but one of the better organic beers I've had.

Hazy amber colour with a well-developed foamy off-white head. Astringent, boring smell. I can't really make out any particular smells, but rather a one dimensional blending of hops and malts. Slight hop bite to it.

Taste is a bit better. Pale malts with a hop zest and a coppery background. More developed than the scent would have you believe.

Carbonation could be toned down a fair amount; combined with the hop profile it makes this beer seem too fizzy when it really shouldn't be. Drinkability is decent, this is a possible session ale.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.66/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of tonistruth
2.96/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- partly cloudy, orange tinted, straw color w/ a 1" off white head that settles to a little ring, retent is just "alright".

S- grassy and pine hop aromas, some malt in there, but overall rather faint

T- some malt sweetness, grassy hop flavor toward finish, grain husk to it, citrus in the aftertaste. Tastes are about as mild as the aroma

M- nice body and carbonation, overall smooth with coarse occurences.

D- easy drinking pale, had some inviting flavor but it was just too mild or blah to be blunt. Glad i tried it, but i doubt we'll be meeting again.

Photo of vanrassel
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a pale copper with an airy, two finger head. The first thing you smell is a blast of citrusy hops, but that yields to pleasant notes of grain and biscuity malt.

Hops and malt battle for control of the taste, with the end result being a well-balanced, if not entirely memorable drink. This has a nice crisp texture with lively carbonation that plays on the palate and finishes clean.

Photo of loren01
2.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a light amber color, minimal head, minimal lacing.
S: Not much of a smell, slightly grassy. Also slightly fruity.
T: Taste is biscuty, slight hoppiness/grassy taste.
M: Medium bodied, a little too fizzy
D: Fairly below average to average pale ale across the board. I've had much better. I don't believe that I would buy this again.

Photo of canucklehead
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
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 +24.5%
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.

Fish Tale Wild Salmon Pale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
76 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.