Fish Tale Amber Ale - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
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2.65/5 rDev -26.2%
Dusky pumpkin with a bright, orange peel border. The head is a frothy pillow of orange-tinted ivory that looks soft, but persists nicely. Unfortunately, it doesn't look so good as it deflates and doesn't leave me with much lace to look at.
There isn't much to go on regarding the nose. In fact, I can't even tell if it's malt-dominant or hop-dominant; something that should be fairly easy to determine. According to the 'spawned on' date notched on the label, this is still fresh beer. Hard to figure.
After one sip, I would have bet a case of Westvleteren 12 (if I had one) that this is an organic beer. Not all organic beer has this particular off-flavor, but all beer that has this particular off-flavor is organic beer. I find it impossible to describe accurately. Words like 'clay' and 'vegetal' will have to do.
Amber Ale isn't very malty, although it's still more malty than hoppy. There's minimal, if any, sweetness and even less bitterness. How can a beer that's brewed with pale, crystal and Munich malt, as well as Santiam and Hallertauer hops, not taste like any one of those ingredients? It's a mystery to me.
The observant will have noticed that I haven't used any flavor comparisons (tastes like... ), because there aren't any. This is one of the few beers that I can recall whose flavor, and it does have flavor, defies description. It's like wind. You're sure it exists, but you can't catch it or hold it; and describing it is nearly impossible. This review is shaping up to have as little useful content as the beer.
I see no problems with the mouthfeel. It's medium in heft, firm rather than soft, slightly slick on the finish and has an acceptable amount of carbonation. With a more interesting payload, it might have impressed me more.
Fish Tale Amber Ale is the poster child for (some) organic beer. While it's far from truly offensive, it tastes as if anything that might have provided zest, or life, or even recognizable craft beer flavor, has been sucked out with ruthless efficiency. Sterile is the word that has just occurred to me. Unfortunately, it fits perfectly.
10-18-2005 23:56:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.65/5 rDev +1.7%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a modest head that sends a few shards of lace up the side of the pint glass
Smell: Caramel Munich malt (think Oktoberfest) aroma, an earthy tone and a very slight tinge of lemony citrus
Taste: Opens with a caramel malt flavor that is joined, mid-palate, by some modest earthy bitterness that quickly fades; after the swallow, the primary flavors remain malty with just a modest undertone of spicy hops; the finish is slightly sweet
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: While far from my favorite style, there is nothing offensive about this beer and it is easy to drink
12-03-2007 23:08:40 | More by brentk56
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
08-13-2007 20:03:56 | More by Phyl21ca
3.68/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
02-03-2011 21:11:40 | More by oberon
3.68/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
09-08-2009 22:05:58 | More by biboergosum
4.1/5 rDev +14.2%
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!
04-23-2005 14:14:22 | More by NeroFiddled
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
02-02-2014 22:05:00 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.6/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
03-30-2003 18:09:19 | More by Jason
4.08/5 rDev +13.6%
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
07-12-2003 02:55:23 | More by feloniousmonk
3.68/5 rDev +2.5%
The beer 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.
03-14-2005 03:37:31 | More by WesWes
3.93/5 rDev +9.5%
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!
10-23-2007 20:14:14 | More by jwc215
3.83/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
07-28-2006 00:01:35 | More by Gavage
3.3/5 rDev -8.1%
06/20/08- Consumed during my two week Montana vacation.
Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info on the bottle. Poured into mu Duvel tulip.
Appearance- Light amber colored pour with a 1/2 inch head and light lace tracks.
Smell- Has that slight organic wet cardboard scent I am used to. Light stale hops aroma as well.
Taste- Flavor is much better than the nose. Hops seem very fresh with a mild fruity grapefruit rind flavor. Malt is lightly caramel flavored.
Mouthfeel- Medium to higher carbonation level, light hoppy aftertaste.
Drinkability- Not bad for an organic ale. Worth giving a try.
06-20-2008 21:54:24 | More by GClarkage
4/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
01-15-2008 05:45:37 | More by barleywinefiend
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
Pours a nice amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, and bready. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, and with some bready notes. Medium body. Drinkable, not really a fan of organic brew's, and I did not know at the time of purchase, there would have been a good chance I would not have bought this one or the other's, but it is tasty.
07-27-2008 21:11:20 | More by Wasatch
3.8/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
12-18-2007 08:53:45 | More by JohnGalt1
3.5/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
03-02-2003 15:39:53 | More by Gusler
4.18/5 rDev +16.4%
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!
02-03-2008 07:46:12 | More by ccrida
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
11-26-2011 16:25:35 | More by tone77
3.35/5 rDev -6.7%
Appearance Nice, deep red tinted with brown and orange. The head was good as well, lasting for a few minutes as it laced.
Smell Theres a nice mix of hops in there. The citrus and floral are almost evenly balanced, and a hint of pine fits right in. Theres also a mild musty smell though that doesnt belong, but the caramel malt balance makes up for it.
Taste Something got lost in the nose to mouth translation. This one didnt deliver on any of the hop aroma, and the malt was bland. Theres also a funky taste in there that I cant 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 wont buy again.
11-27-2003 02:26:30 | More by RoyalT
Fish Tale Amber Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
82 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.