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

Fish Tale Wild Salmon Pale AleFish Tale Wild Salmon Pale Ale

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110 Ratings

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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 17.63%

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 woemad


2.73/5  rDev -17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2004 23:59:53 | More by woemad
Photo of RedDiamond


3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2004 05:33:11 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of RoyalT


2.85/5  rDev -13.4%
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?

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2003 01:00:18 | More by RoyalT
Photo of beerguy101


2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2003 03:12:30 | More by beerguy101
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2003 00:57:12 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Gusler


3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2003 13:34:59 | More by Gusler
Photo of beernut7


4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice representation of the style. Good dark golden color and lacey head. Nice hop aroma and flavor, just right level of IBUs. Goes down in schools.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2002 14:24:31 | More by beernut7
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Fish Tale Wild Salmon Pale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
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