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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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BA SCORE
82
good

105 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAngel on 05-04-2002)
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of philbertk
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

Fish Brewing Company--Organic Amber Ale--2000 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Light sediment. Clear thin copper amber color. Mild smoky floral hop front leads to fruity toasted earthy mildly sweet thin ESB like body. Smooth. Nice balanced hop finish. Light but flavorful. Sampled 4/6/2000. Fish Brewing Company--Organic Amber Ale--2001 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear bright rich copper red amber color. Malty big head with medium lace. Malty sweet roasted floral front. Slightly earthy light roasted sweet dry cherry fruit body. Ends with tingly earthy hops. ESB? Sampled 8/9/2001. Fish Brewing Company--Fish Tale Organic Amber Ale--USDA Organic Logo--2004 12 oz. Bottle. 4.00% ABV. 30 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Rich lacy head. Light sediment clouds hazy rich bright dark amber color. Malty nice mild floral hop front. Smooth crusty doughy rich malty mellow sweet fruit ester caramel body. Malty mild hop end. Sampled 9/7/2004. Fish Brewing Company--Fish Tale Organic Amber Ale--USDA Organic--2006 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.50% ABV--22 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Amber Ale--5.0% Web. Mild lace head. Clear bright rich amber orange color. Mild malt fruit hop front. Crisp dry sweet mild caramel fruit tangy mild bisquit body. Tangy refreshing mild Santiam Hallertau hop spice end. Sampled 5/16/2006. Fish Brewing Company--Fish Tale Organic Amber Ale--USDA Organic--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. 22 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Thin white mild lace head. Pretty rich clear bright amber red color. Rich floral malt mild toasted fruit ester hop front. Thin textured sweet caramel fruit toasted tasty mildly doughy amber ale fruit body. Refreshing smooth minimal hop spice clean end. Sampled 5/31/2010. 2 @ $3.69 Each

philbertk, May 31, 2010
Photo of Blissfullbrew
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%

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

Blissfullbrew, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of GreenCard
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

Appearance: coppery orange, slight haze, off-white suds with decent head retention

Aroma: biscuity malt, leather, grain

Flavor: medium malt sweetness with a nutty, toasted accent (similar to Alaskan Amber); slight acidity and a hint of toffee caramel; finishes semisweet with a light caramel aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, smooth

Other comments: Subtle, gentle, drinkable amber. Reminds me of a cross between Alaskan Amber and Alaskan Summer Ale.

GreenCard, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
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.

biboergosum, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of Offa
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

Offa, Aug 18, 2009
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3.1/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

PDXHops, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

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
3.6/5

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 02, 2008
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3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

uwmgdman, Sep 20, 2008
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3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

tbeck, Aug 17, 2008
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3.1/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

mhewes, Aug 03, 2008
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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.

Wasatch, Jul 27, 2008
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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.

GClarkage, Jun 20, 2008
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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!

ccrida, Feb 03, 2008
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3.58/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

Drew966, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of RedDiamond
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

RedDiamond, Jan 20, 2008
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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.

barleywinefiend, Jan 15, 2008
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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.

JohnGalt1, Dec 18, 2007
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3.28/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

Shadman, Dec 12, 2007
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3.43/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

cswhitehorse, Dec 05, 2007
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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

brentk56, Dec 03, 2007
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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!

jwc215, Oct 23, 2007
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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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 13, 2007
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3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

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

rkuhnel, Apr 06, 2007
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3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

flexabull, Feb 23, 2007
Fish Tale Amber Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
82 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.