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Fish Tale Amber Ale - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Fish Tale Amber AleFish Tale Amber Ale

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73 Reviews
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Reviews: 73
Hads: 120
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | 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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Reviews: 73 | Hads: 120
Photo of PDXHops
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter.

Deep amber see-thru body with a smallish head that quickly recedes to a ring of loose soapy bubbles and a skim. What's left behind is not sticky enough for any lace.

Smells of sweet malt and baking bread, with a slight yeasty tang.

Very doughy/yeasty in the mouth up front, followed by soapy and spicy hops, plus some nuttiness and general malt sweetness. Kiss of citrus torward the finish. Medium bodied, highish carbonation. An sort of herby/minty flavor lingers after the swallow- a bit distracting, and reduces the enjoyment factor a bit.

Overall impression: Decent amber ale.

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

Bottle courtesy of mreusch. Pours a murky light brown with a small ring of white head. Aroma of super sweet strawberries and sweet jam. Flavor is light and only slightly fruity. Easy drinking. Nice amber ale!
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20

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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.

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Photo of tbeck
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber in color with a thin white head. Very clean, crisp aroma of hops, malts and citruis. The initial taste was off, burnt molasses and metallic tasting. After the initial it was a deep maltiness, but no hops, not very sweet. Texture was good, on the light side. These can be drank all night, not bad taste and light.

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Photo of mhewes
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A : Pours a clear copper with a offwhite head that doesn't leave much lacing behind

S : Malty with doughy aromas. The smell is slightly off with a tang to it

T : It has a doughy, grainy malt flavor to it. There's a little hop spiciness on the finish. The taste is a little off which I was expecting since it's organic.

M : Light-bodied, medium carbonation, oily

D : It's ok but there's better amber ales out there that I would have instead.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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!

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Photo of Drew966
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fish Tale Organic Amber Ale pours a hazy copper color with a minimal white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma strikes me as primarily malty. The flavor is okay, it's heavy on the caramel malt and a decent amount of hops, but as some others point out, it tastes like an organic beer, by which I mean there is an off flavor that I've only had in organic beers and I don't really know what it is, but it's there and I haven't noticed it in non-organic beer. It almost seems a bit cardboard like to me. In any case, this is a decent beer, but not especially compelling. Worth a try, it probably wouldn't be too hard to session this beer.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Some ambers are brewed to English bitter designs, others to the German alt model. This one’s an alt. The aroma is grainy and the taste is nutty and grainy with a slight yeasted tang. The body is filtered to a radiant golden and shows no head or lace.

Casual and clean with no lingering aftertaste.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Shadman
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this in the cellar for a few months.

Well it certainly has the color down. Nice, slightly cloudy copper red in color with a smallish head that left quickly. Aroma was nice, if a bit muted. Mostly west coast hop and mostly roasted malt. Taste is quite heavy on the malt side, roasted with some west-coast hop in the background, thankfully. Smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel. A decent ale if, as one reviewer put it, you let it warm a little out of the fridge.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Fish Tale Amber pour a darkish tan color with a little bit of foamy head.

The aroma was mostly biscuity malt.

The taste to me was malt dominated, a little spicy and finished with some hop bitterness. In the mouth the feel was thin and slippery and hit the tip of the tongue and kept on going. Felt it was a middle of the road amber.

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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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!

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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.

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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

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Photo of flexabull
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer pours a very clear and bright amber color with a decent head.

Aromas are of dough, spice, and some sweetness from the malts.

Flavors are smokey, spicy, and a bit sweet from the malts. There is a hint of creaminess too. Beer finishes with a dry and crisp hop bite.

Mouthfeel is about average. Nothing too special.

Drinkability is good on this one. This is a session worthy Amber Ale. It's not a great beer, but it's pretty good, and worth a try.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my third Fish Brewing ale that I've had, and on first pour it dosen't look much different than the other two.

Slightly cloudy Coppery-Red colour, Almost no head, slight lacing. It does look pretty tasty. Nose is full of West Coast hops and a slight roasted malt character. Very earthy. First taste has some roasted/coffee caramel notes and a not overpowering citrus hoppiness. Grassy and earthy to be sure. Sticky and dry on the way down. Perhaps a bit over-carbonated for the style, but there is a nice bite to it.

This isn't an offensive brew, but I'm a little disappointed in Fish Tale beers. The 3 I've tried (IPA, Amber Ale, Wild Salmon) are all so very similar and the only major difference being how hopped they are. I'm sure that at least one of these beers could be scrapped seeing as their similarities are awfully glaring.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked up some Fish Tale brews to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a schooner glass.

Pours an orange copper color and is slightly cloudy. One finger of bubbly white head dissipates quickly to an eighth inch film on the surface of the beer. The head produces minimal lacing on the side of the glass.

The smell is fairly robust and has a sweet fruity aroma.

The taste is fruity, citrus, lemon and orange, with hints of malted grain and something of an acerbic or vinegar taste. There is a mild hop finish. The aftertaste is of slightly bitter hops.

The mouth feel is thin, crisp and refreshing.

This is a drinkable beer, but I think the acerbic flavor is a bit over done. It’s an OK amber ale, but I’ve had better at a comparable or better price. I would have Fish Tale Pale again, but I would not necessarily choose it over many others.

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Fish Tale Amber Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
82 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.