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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

112 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 10.86%
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 cswhitehorse
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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

Photo of jwc215
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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!

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.

Photo of rkuhnel
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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

Photo of flexabull
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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.

Photo of Gavage
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of JohnY
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of Thrasher
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of trevorwideman
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of RJLarse
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of rebel1771
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.65/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of fisherman34
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 I’ve sampled.

Photo of czechsaaz
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of canucklehead
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of clvand0
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of troutmask96
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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?...

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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

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.

Photo of cokes
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Fish Tale Amber Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
82 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.