Fish Tale Amber Ale - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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BA SCORE
82
good

73 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 116
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 7.8%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAngel on 05-04-2002

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Reviews: 73 | Hads: 116
Photo of Blissfullbrew
4.31/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours with a copper red color that has minimal lacing and few legs. The nectar has a thick sweet nose with hints of caramel or a carnival. Strong meaty fruit taste which has a light honey after-taste. This is honestly one of the best amber ales I have ever had, plus it is organic. The carbonation makes this a very well balanced (339 characters)

Photo of jburris64
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Dark amber color, slightly cloudy when poured into a pint glass.
Clean crisp taste with a mild aftertaste.
Excellent amber worth trying or having on hand to share. (163 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic, amber with a medium-large, thick bone colored head that leaves very heavy lace.

Smell is fresh cereals, nice and doughy.

Taste is also pretty grainy, but not in the astringent manner of some ambers, something very fresh about this one...nice little herbal mint spice to the hops rounds it out, overall pretty balanced and smooth, with a pretty clean finish. Nothing special per se, but really well executed.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, with a lighter body.

Drinkability is pretty high, this is a really nice and easy drinking amber. Enough flavor to satisfy, but rounded out enough to chug if your in the mood to do so! (664 characters)

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! (673 characters)

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

12 ounce bottle. Fish Tale Amber pours out a dark amber color with a small head. The aroma is malty and a bit fruity. The flavor starts off sweet and malty, but a smoky tobacco like flavor comes in at the middle. This is accompanied by a light fruitiness. Finishes with a grassy hop flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Drinkability is quite good. This beer is a lot more refreshing than I expected. A good amber ale. (406 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a dark caramel copper color. A cream colored head recedes to a chunky film, with good webby lacing. The beer smells deliciously of malts, bready yeast, and sweet caramel. The taste is also bready with a glaze of sweet caramel over it. Light grain notes fill out the back end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, a really great tasting amber ale with all of the great amber characteristics. (442 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: bright, beautiful garnet hue, with a nicely well-retained creamy head.
Aroma: empty, airy, earthy, yeasty, in that order. I feel this is perhaps an ale that needs at least a moment or two for it's best features to unfold. Hints of fruit emerge, and are appreciated.
Taste is rich, full , wel-rounded, vibrant, delicious. Cherries ring in my mind, melons, nectarines...a bountiful cornucopia, full and forward, with a long, rich, resounding finish.
Much more flavorful than your ordinary Amber, and one of the first times that I felt that the "organic" tag actually transferred into the quality of the brew.
thanks to Gromit (640 characters)

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. (1,097 characters)

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. (417 characters)

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

Amber color with a good medium body. Malts balance very well with a medium hop bitterness. Nut flavors present near the finish. A nicely enjoyable beer. (155 characters)

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

Pours a clear yet dark copper color with a very nice dense cream-colored head. The mouthwatering aroma consists of fresh baked bread, smooth malts, and faint alcohol. The taste is a tad lighter than the smell conveys, but it is still a nice fairly complex blend of again the fresh bread and biscuity malts with noticeable, but mild hops in the background. This is a medium bodied beer that finishes right in the middle of dry and sweet.

Note: This would be one heck of a session brew for the flavor, the abv, and the drinkability of this beverage! Very solid stuff! Cheers! (577 characters)

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

Pours a light amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a creamy roasted malt scent that is a bit sweet and breadlike. The taste is decent. It has a very malty flavor that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It is sweet and full flavored. It also has a bitter hop bite that hits you in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good beer. I think it's a little too sweet for some, but it's very flavorful and highly drinkable. (544 characters)

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! (659 characters)

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

A: Pours a translucent amber with a fair amount of fizzy white head. Most of the foam dissipates fairly quickly, leaving small spots of lacing.

S: Sweet grainy malt, mostly pleasant. There's a slightly weird note, almost like milk that hasn't quite gone bad; blended in it's not really bad, and adds complexity, it's just a little strange.

T: Sweet basic amber ale. Good, and a very competent interpretation of the style, but it certainly doesn't break new ground.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall, very good. Not exceptional, but it doesn't need to be, or, I think, aim to be. I'd have it again. (611 characters)

Photo of uwmgdman
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy amber color with a thin white head. The aroma is moderately-high caramel flavor with a hint of spicy hop aroma. The flavor is moderate-high caramel, with a medium-low spicy hop flavor. The body and carbonation are both medium. Overall a smooth finishing well done amber ale. (305 characters)

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. (251 characters)

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. (1,237 characters)

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

This is a very good, flavourful, well-rounded, balanced ale.

Red amber, faintly murkey, it has a medium pale tan head steadily shrinking to a thin, wispy top and ring with a little weak lace.

The aroma is a bit subdued, fermented raisins and plums, grape juice, general fruitiness, milk chocolate, toasted grain.

The taste is a smooth, well-integrated character, chocolatey-toasty with whole wheat bread, hay, light, vague stewed fruit, light spicey-herbal hop character and light citrus quaility near the finish. It's lightly on the sweet side but has light, balancing bitterness. The afetrtaste has hints of grain, leafy vegetable, and fruit. It is a bit subdued and not overly interesting, almost one-dimensional, but the character is firm, it does have a little bit of complexity, and it holds up well. It has somewhat low carbonation, somewhat full, thick feel but it's not quite oily. (893 characters)

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. (1,290 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy amber with one-finger, fizzy white head that lasted less than a minute. No lacing. Okay bubbles.

S: Malt and a little bit of caramel fruity aroma.

T: Sweet caramel and toasted bread. Very light earthy hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: I was disappointed in the head, and the aroma was a bit underwhelming. But, the taste was descent, and it was very drinkable. Solid amber ale. (477 characters)

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. (251 characters)

Photo of rkuhnel
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Way overpriced at $8.29 for a sixpack, this poured as its type suggests a clean amber with a white head that faded fast and left average lacing. Nose of caremel, malts and hops, Mouthfeel smooth. Flavors complex, and contain some citrus, flowers, and some hnps. Slightly aweet finish. I am not a great fan of ambers and consider them hard to do well. This one is above average (376 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%

Copper color. Bready nose. Hearty and flavorful.

Sadly, I have found that most organic beers are somewhat lacking in the flavor department. This is an example of an organic that is full-flavored as well. (208 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This just showed up in some beer and wine stores in North and West Van which is the first time I can remember a beer that is worth drinking not being at the gov liqour stores. T

This is a malty take on the style which I prefer as it then contrasts with the hoppy pale ale. I liked the fullness of flavour and decent malt finish. A decent amber that is also organic. (368 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear amber in color with a one finger head. Mild lacing develops. Nice carbonation levels.

Smell: simple caramel candy is all that is picked up.

Taste: bread, caramel, ripe fruits, mellow bitterness, and a bit of yeast. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smoother towards the finish. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: pretty good. A nicely quaffable brew here. (403 characters)

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