Fish Tale Amber Ale - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Fish Tale Amber AleFish Tale Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

114 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAngel on 05-04-2002

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Ratings: 114 | Reviews: 73
Reviews by BeerAdvocate:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

Certified organic and brewed with Santiam and Haller- taur hops. Dubbed "The First Ale of the Republic" and brewed in keeping with the Cascadian commitment to protect natural water resources. (Check out zapatopi. net/cascadia for some paranoia-fueled fun.)

Thick, bubbly head rises to three fingers in height and leaves a substantial amount of lace on the glass. Bright amber hue glows when put up to light. Strapping caramel aroma from the malt, with fresh-cut grass and a hint of lemon in the back. More smoothness than crispness, with a medium level of carbonation and a stable body and mouthfeel. Spicy hop bitterness strikes first with peppery, herbal and mild lemon flavors. Modest caramel malt flavor intertwines with the hops to show balance. Flavors remain far into the semi-sweet finish.

Nothing earth-shattering, just a downright drinkable Amber Ale; and the hop character adds a kick to it like no other Amber out there. It really grew on us after a while. A plate of thin-sliced bresaola and buffalo mozzarella would be an ideal pairing.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see this Seattle brewery now here in NC.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear rich amber with a well defined slight off white head that left a broken ring of lace as it settled quickly.Aromas mainly consisted of toasted malt and caramel with a faint herbal hop note.Toasty and moderatly sweet on the palate with some tea-like hops in a lingering finish.A little sharp in the mouth but not to much of a problem.A pretty easy quaffing American amber with a decent hop profile.

Photo of RoyalT
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance – Nice, deep red tinted with brown and orange. The head was good as well, lasting for a few minutes as it laced.

Smell – There’s a nice mix of hops in there. The citrus and floral are almost evenly balanced, and a hint of pine fits right in. There’s also a mild musty smell though that doesn’t belong, but the caramel malt balance makes up for it.

Taste – Something got lost in the nose to mouth translation. This one didn’t deliver on any of the hop aroma, and the malt was bland. There’s also a funky taste in there that I can’t identify.

Mouthfeel – This felt really good in the mouth. It is dry, medium-bodied, and leaves your lips smacking.

Drinkability – This went down well enough, but I won’t buy again.

Photo of Jason
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the side of the label. This bottle was from Liquid Solutions.

Appearance: Dense and rocky off white head holds three fingers deep for a little while, clear and bright reddish auburn colour.

Smell: Bready and husky grain aroma with subtle fruity undertones and light hopping in the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Moderate body with a smooth and crisp mouth feel, a heavy hand of toasted malt on the palate. Nice bite from the hop bitterness shows and slightly juicy underbelly of citric hop. Some fruity flavours and nutty yeast make their way to the taste buds. Finishes a little sweet.

Notes: A rock solid amber ale, nothing special just an easy drinking ale. Quite enjoyable.

Photo of Thrasher
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a lot of character, with caramel, Oktoberfesty malts and a light gumminess from the hops. Initially the flavor seems vacuous, and the aroma isn't much in the charm department, but the beer evolves over the course of the pint into a compulsive, savory refreshment. This may have to do with the pint warming, but I think it has more to do with the palate calibrating itself to the beer: it's organic and subtle, and there's not a big blast of malt, nor a sharp tweak of hops. One's tongue needs to reach for the flavors, to dig a bit deeper; once this is accomplished, a perfectly balanced, addictive brew becomes plainly apparent. I sampled this with pizza last night, and it was a fine match, but its subtleties were obscured by the overbearing flavors of the pie. Tonight, unaccompanied, a near-perfect interplay is illuminated between the brown-sugar, somewhat metallic, malts, and the grapefruit bittersweet hops. The yeast, which can be somewhat obnoxious in other Fish beers, is in perfect harmony here. Is this a world-class beer? No, not really. It may be too subtle to deem truly great, and it's not an especially interesting beer. But it is wholly successful, with not a note out of place. One slight change or variance to the brew and its effect would be diminished.

Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy medium orange-brown hue, with two fingers of foamy off-white head, which leaves very little lace as it disappears. It smells of sweet caramel malt, mild grapefruit hops, and some ripe black fruit. The taste is mild caramel malt, and mixed citrus and floral hops. The carbonation is a bit on the high side, the body adequately weighty, and it finishes with a decent dry hops zing.

A nicely hoppy mild amber ale - the vast majority of brewers of this ubiquitous style could take note.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy, rusty orange with an off-white, finger width head. Average retention. Lacing is spotty at best, with little stick.

Smell - Moderate caramel aroma. Hops are well hidden, but faint notes of floral and citrus peaks through as the beer warms.

Taste - Caramel dominates the flavor profile from start to finish. Hops play a small supporting role, staying mostly subdued, but do well to keep this from becoming too sweet. There is a subtle orange note sitting behind the caramel near the finish, and that's basically it.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth going down.

Overall - This beer's a one trick pony, but that trick is pretty good. Caramel bomb. I wouldn't miss this if I never had it again, but I wouldn't regret buying it either. Nice session beer candidate. Reminds me quite a bit of Mad River Steelhead Extra Pale Ale, only not nearly as good.

Photo of cokes
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly misty copper with a modest beige cap.
Nose of sweet bread biscuits and browning grass.
Begins dryish, yet with an undercutting sweetness. Like saltines spinkled with toffee. Turns a touch milky sour in the middle, combining with a jolt of underripe pineapple. Dry again at the close with dead leaves and prairie grass, a la hallertau.
Roughly medium bodied, lowly carbonated.
It's a drinkable brew, in a no-frills sense, but that sourness is out of place, and there are superior versions everywhere.

Photo of hreb
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle of Fish Tale Organic Amber Ale spawned in October (year unspecifed?? oh well, seems fresh enough). Beer pours cola brown/orange with just a hint of off-white head. Aroma is slightly smoky, slightly fruity.

Flavor is less impressive...only the very edge of bitterness, and the middle is of an average, bland red or brown ale. Carbonation is pleasantly heavy to cut through the chalky mess.

My least favorite Fish Tale.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not only is it organic, it's delicious! Its deep reddish-copper body reveals glowing dark-orange highlights beneath a head of off-white froth. The retention is good, and it initially leaves some thin lace about the glass. Rich caramelish malt welcomes you in the nose; and it's lightly creamy and smooth across the palate with a medium body and median carbonation that gently bristles the tongue. The rich, toasty, nutty, and caramelish malt returns in the flavor peppered with lightly pine-like, subtly citrusy, and floral hop flavors; all backed by a solid bitterness. It finishes drying with a lingering bitterness and some mild, residual caramel maltiness. Nicely done!

Photo of morimech
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat darker amber with one finger of head that quickly settled to a ring of bubbles. Just a little lacing is left down the glass.

Mostly sweet malt aroma. Notes of caramel, nuts, and a mild fruitiness.

Rather pedestrian flavor but it is inoffensive. Mostly caramel malt with some yeast esters. There is a moderate hop bitterness but not much hop flavor.

Feels a little undercarbonated in an otherwise medium body. Could use some more life to excite the palate.

About as middle-of-the-road as a beer could get. Nothing wrong with the beer, but nothing really interesting about it either.

Photo of rebel1771
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazey copper color with a huge head. Caramel and hops smell. The taste is very well done with toasty malts in the front followed by a bit of hop bitterness at the end. A well done Amber Ale that is easily one of my favorites from this brewery.

Photo of tone77
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of malts. Taste is a good balance of malts and hops, some sweetness and caramel notes. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Photo of Samp01
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy amber, with a nice beige head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, sweet spices and bready yeast notes. Taste is malty, bready, with some light hops. Palate is nice med body, moderate carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel, malt, yeast with some light hops bitterness ending in a lingering nutty, and bready aftertaste. Overall makes for a nice easy drinking sessionable brew

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Piscator 34: Poured a cloudy deep amber color ale with a nice foamy head with some good retention and lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops is more dominant then expected with some light caramel malt. Taste is a mix between some bitter and light citrus hops and some caramel malt with some light sweetness also noticeable. Overall, I thought this was a nice hoppy session ale.

Photo of charlesw
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured, well, reddish amber. Crazy, huh? It had a tiny, whitish head that lasted a couple of minutes - not really dense, but not airy. Oh, did it ever smell good - it screamed "Malt! I'm all about malt! Get your malt! Let's talk about malt! I love malt!" It didn't really taste that malty... Anyway, yeah, bummer, I mean, the nose was so promising and then when actually tasting it, well, it was just a beer. Sure, there was a little malt to it and a touch of the hop bitterness, but the taste definitely wasn't up to the aroma. And it got funky as it warmed up in my hand. Still, if you're not going to nurse your beer for 1/2 hour this is a fine beverage.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz from the Coop for about $1.50... shared with my brother .. mine from a shaker pint.. listening to the 2nd half of Donald Glaude Live at Ruby Skye.

A true amber color.. crystal clear.. minimal bubbles coming to the surface.... almost no head.. no lacing... very pretty despite the nonexistant lacing.

Smell is nice malt mishmash.. caramel.. toasty.. and a pale backbone.. very low but spicy hops still play a role.

Drinkablity is amazing.. complex while still asking for another sip.. malt-centric for sure.. toasted malts are on the platter on this one.. caramel and honey flavors mix well with earthy hops... clean ... clean... clean.. some brown malts that are lingering finishers.... very tasty without being over the top in any way.. I would finish this one and immediately ask for another.. I call bullshit on the BA 4% ... waaayyy too much flavor for an American brew with that kind of ABV.

Fish Brewing has gone Organic recently, while organic brews have their problems... Fish has worked them out for sure.... I've tasted a bunch of "organic" brews and I always swore I could pick them out of a lineup, Fish has solved the "organic" problems.... This is drinkable and then some... I will buy again no doubt.

Photo of timtheenchanta
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very light brown in color with an eggshell white head that doesn't hold for long but leaves a thin layer on top of the beer with little to no lace down the glass.

Toasted/burnt malt flavor and smell. Very little hop balance. A little sweet tries to shine through before the harshness of the burnt character takes hold.

This is a very sessionable beer but not one I'm thrilled about.

Thank you jj21 for the chance to try this one.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2nd of the Fish Tale line to make an appearance in these parts, and a welcome one at that. They certainly go out of their way to let you know this stuff is organic, 4 seperate times on the label including the USDA stamp. And I applaud the step.

This amber, true to name, pours out a chill-hazed ruddy copper with a modest sized tan head. The aroma is a bit subdued, low lying toffee malt, light hops and a touch of earth. Things come back on the upswing with the flavour. Nicely balanced, the malt carries the body and the flavour in the beginning, but not too sweet, like the malt extract flavour a lot of amber ales succumb to. While the hops are present at first as well, they pick up momentum towards the finish, a nice clean swing of the pendulum. Not too bitter or astringent, the hops do their job well in this balancing act. The flavour itself is nothing outstanding, nothing jumps out and grabs my attention or challenges my taste buds, this is simply a well crafted ale that has attained synchronicity with its ingredients, and I give credit where credit is due. The mouthfeel is light and creamy, a complimentary texture for what the flavour holds. This would make a good session ale, I look forward to picking up more.

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark amber on the pour with a monstrous head, frothy in consistency, beige in color and the residual lace a find sheet to cover the glass. Nose has nice malt sweetness, crisp and clean, a real sniffer. Sweet malt start and the top middling and the finish mildly acidic, the hops pertinent, and the aftertaste dry and long lasting, a real treat to the palate.

Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy slightly sweet nose with a touch of alcohol in the back of your nose. Very, very carbonated looks almost like cherry 7-up with a little white head. Deep sweet maly taste with a complementing hop finish. Very balenced. The mouth is refreshing and effervescent for an amber. It is not flat and overly malty like lots of reds... I like the character oof the brew alot.

Cheers to mattmaples for the sample.

Photo of JohnY
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard US pint glass. Forms a thin tan head that dissipates quickly to a thin layer of foam that lasted the remainder of the pint. Copper to Light Amber in color and definately chill hazed. Initially no nose at all, then as it warmed up, it woke up a bit and displayed whifs of malt and caramel. Flavor too, while still cold, was a bit bland. But when it warmed a bit the flavor came out to play -- earthy, well balanced, slightly sweet with a slight hop bite. Overall a descent seesion ale, but let it warm a bit out of the fridge.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some hops and some fruit.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel, citrus and some other fruits. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

Photo of jwc215
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed amber with a thin head that becomes a patch. Thin amount of lacing slides down the glass.

The smell is of toffee/caramel, light toast and slight cocoa. Light citric fruitiness lies in the back.

The taste follows the nose - sweet malt with some balancing/supporting citric, slightly spicy hop bitterness. Remains appropriately malt accented throughout.

Light to medium in body, it's a bit thin, though not watery. Smooth. Could use a bit more body (and fullness in general).

A bit too thin to be outstanding, but a nice amber ale nevertheless.

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this one back for me from his trip to the Pacific NW!

Photo of Reidrover
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from the 12 oz brown long neck ingredients clearly stated on the label " Water, Organic Barley, Santiam hops and hallertaur hops"
Nice looking amber, its a dark amber coloured ale..with a nice sized frothy white head..slightly hazy.
Aroam is mostly of that organic barley malt though the hops do show through.
Taste is sort of creamy malt, very slight hop undertones near end.
Mouthfeel is the beers strong point very smooth very easy over the tongue..creamy.
The nice mouthfeel makes this a very drinkable amber..nice I would buy this again.

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Fish Tale Amber Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
82 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.