Fish Tale Amber Ale - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
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3.1/5 rDev -13.6%
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.
06-21-2006 20:16:17 | More by JohnY
3.95/5 rDev +10%
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.
04-29-2006 03:19:10 | More by Thrasher
3.33/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
04-24-2006 20:42:41 | More by trevorwideman
2.68/5 rDev -25.3%
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. Its an OK amber ale, but Ive 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.
04-09-2006 05:12:58 | More by RJLarse
4.1/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
02-19-2006 22:54:45 | More by beveragecaptain
3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
12-04-2005 02:59:29 | More by rebel1771
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
3.28/5 rDev -8.6%
Medium amber in colour. Well balanced aromas of caramel malts and some green (grassy) hops. The flavors are well balanced like the aroma, but with some more compex notes of mint and mild munich malt. Nothing overly special, but a decent session beer. The best of the Fish Brewing beers that Ive sampled.
10-11-2005 15:58:25 | More by fisherman34
3.25/5 rDev -9.5%
Aroma is very malty with a light amount of citrussy hops (cascade maybe?) Nice amber color and clear, smallish head.
Initially starts bitter but gives way to a mostly malty flavor. Some cereal (grape nuts) flavor too. Hop bitterness overall is restrained and there's very little hop flavor too. But enough to keep it from tasting sweet.
Medium bodied and easy drinking. Nice medium/light carbonation.
A nice beer that could become one of my regular, every day type selections. Organic and brewed fairly locally.
09-08-2005 05:45:00 | More by czechsaaz
British Columbia (Canada)
3.83/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
07-20-2005 20:57:32 | More by canucklehead
3.28/5 rDev -8.6%
Pours a standard amber color with very little head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is somewhat plain. A little caramel and a little nutty - pretty faint. The flavor has a nice caramel malt character with some nuttiness and a hint of darker malts. The finish gives me the feel of slight oxidation, but it's not major. Body is moderate and the drinkability is good.
07-06-2005 01:10:46 | More by clvand0
3.25/5 rDev -9.5%
Thanks to NeroFiddled for this one.
It pours a slightly hazy amber color with a light ring and caoting around the top. The nose is slightly caramel, nutty and a touch of buttery diacetyl. Not much on the hops. The flavor is earthy, slightly roasty and nutty. Not my favorite brew here. The feel is light, with a light carbonation. Easy drinking, but I'm not digging the flavor so much. Pretty average brew.
07-06-2005 01:10:38 | More by kmpitz2
3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
06-15-2005 01:57:48 | More by IronDjinn
2.88/5 rDev -19.8%
Nothing special here. Very, very mediocre session brew is all. Nothing interesting about the pour, very little complexity for smell, tastes like a watered-down version of better ambers. Low carbonation and mild on the palette, I could drink this all night, but why would I?...
06-11-2005 20:39:58 | More by troutmask96
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
3.68/5 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
3.3/5 rDev -8.1%
Slightly misty copper with a modest beige cap.
Nose of sweet bread biscuits and browning grass.
Begins dryish, yet with an undercutting sweetness. Like saltines spinkled with toffee. Turns a touch milky sour in the middle, combining with a jolt of underripe pineapple. Dry again at the close with dead leaves and prairie grass, a la hallertau.
Roughly medium bodied, lowly carbonated.
It's a drinkable brew, in a no-frills sense, but that sourness is out of place, and there are superior versions everywhere.
12-03-2004 01:23:32 | More by cokes
3.78/5 rDev +5.3%
Served from the 12 oz brown long neck ingredients clearly stated on the label " Water, Organic Barley, Santiam hops and hallertaur hops"
Nice looking amber, its a dark amber coloured ale..with a nice sized frothy white head..slightly hazy.
Aroam is mostly of that organic barley malt though the hops do show through.
Taste is sort of creamy malt, very slight hop undertones near end.
Mouthfeel is the beers strong point very smooth very easy over the tongue..creamy.
The nice mouthfeel makes this a very drinkable amber..nice I would buy this again.
09-04-2004 03:53:58 | More by Reidrover
4/5 rDev +11.4%
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!
04-14-2004 03:42:40 | More by BeerAngel
3.08/5 rDev -14.2%
Poured, well, reddish amber. Crazy, huh? It had a tiny, whitish head that lasted a couple of minutes - not really dense, but not airy. Oh, did it ever smell good - it screamed "Malt! I'm all about malt! Get your malt! Let's talk about malt! I love malt!" It didn't really taste that malty... Anyway, yeah, bummer, I mean, the nose was so promising and then when actually tasting it, well, it was just a beer. Sure, there was a little malt to it and a touch of the hop bitterness, but the taste definitely wasn't up to the aroma. And it got funky as it warmed up in my hand. Still, if you're not going to nurse your beer for 1/2 hour this is a fine beverage.
04-11-2004 01:16:10 | More by charlesw
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
3.03/5 rDev -15.6%
Amber color, large white foamy head. Aroma is malty, fruity and slightly sweet. A medium bodied Amber Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are citrusy. Mildly hopped, mild malts, slightly bitter, yet the malts are evident. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
08-14-2003 02:40:50 | More by beerguy101
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
3.6/5 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
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
Fish Tale Amber Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
82 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.