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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

111 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

SolipsismalCat, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle traded to me from user azurescens. thanks! drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- the beer pours out an amber colored body with a slight haze to it. a small khaki colored head forms on top and leaves pretty quickly. small spots of lacing are left behind.

S- the smell here is quick and to the point. toasted bready malts start off and are joined by some caramel which adds a level of sweetness. a little bit of herbal and earthy hops at the end.

T- the taste is just as simple as the nose, which isnt necessarily a bad thing. caramel and toasted bread malts lead the way. a little bit of toffee in the middle. spicy, earthy, and herbal hops at the end.

M- medium bodied. medium carbonation.

O- a simple beer that serves its purpose well. very flavorful compared to other beers at its strength. i can see drinking this again outside during the summer if it were available to me.

jwinship83, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of Onenote81
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool bottle sent down to me from my brother. Never had anything from these guys, so, excited to give 'em a try. 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark rusty ruby color with a small white head capping it off. Light lace left behind. The nose is not hoppy in any way, which is odd, given the style. Lots of toffee and malt in the aroma. Light fruitiness on the finish.

The mouth is moderately full. Ample carbonation. Creamy finish. The flavors are a little tame as well. This is definitely erring on the side of malts, rather than hops. Sweet caramel, toffee, breads. Very faint bitterness. I wish there were a bit more punch to this, but I'm not surprised given its organic background. My experience with most 'organics' is that they are usually mellow, and lacking in zip. Still, not a bad beer to have on a warm afternoon.

Onenote81, May 21, 2011
Photo of Samp01
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
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

Samp01, Apr 12, 2011
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.

oberon, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of hreb
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

hreb, Dec 29, 2010
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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of philbertk
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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%
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

Blissfullbrew, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of GreenCard
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
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.

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

Offa, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of PDXHops
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

PDXHops, Jun 06, 2009
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
3.6/5

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of uwmgdman
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

uwmgdman, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of tbeck
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

tbeck, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of mhewes
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

mhewes, Aug 03, 2008
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.

Wasatch, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

GClarkage, Jun 20, 2008
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!

ccrida, Feb 03, 2008
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.

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

RedDiamond, Jan 20, 2008
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.

barleywinefiend, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

JohnGalt1, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of Shadman
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Shadman, Dec 12, 2007
Fish Tale Amber Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
82 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.