Fish Tale India Pale Ale - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Fish Tale India Pale AleFish Tale India Pale Ale

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259 Ratings

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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.31%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAngel on 11-20-2002

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dull hazed copper with a tight 1/2 finger white head that left pretty fast.For a west coast American IPA the hop aromas are really subdued but noticable more of a herbal "green" quality with alot of caramel malt.Like the aromas the hop profile seemed subtle starting out biscuity and a little caramelly sweet fisnish herbal with an earthy dry note.A good pale ale but IPA not so sure,the flavors are pretty good and its quaffable but not enough hop profile for what it is in my opinion.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

Brewed with organic barley, Centennial hops and Pacific Gem--a super high alpha acid hop from New Zealand.

Light on carbonation, so the pour was vigorous to thicken the head to two fingers. The head drops to a thin lace with some retention. The pale amber color has a stunning clarity to it. Pungent, piney hop aroma-- peppery and spicy with a hint of grain. Early in the game, the hops have a bitter burn to them--spicy and piney with a pungent, oily flavor. A bit of a hop bomb up front. Malt is silent for the most part, with a quick splash of biscuity grain. A faint breath of alcohol comes out when the beer warms up a bit, as does a tad more maltiness. Clean flavors throughout. Regardless, hops still have a firm grip around the palate far into the semi-dry finish.

If there are any hopheads into organic living, this beer is for you--as for any other hopheads, this will certainly suffice. Hops are quite unique and the higher alpha acid hops don't hold back at all. A hot-pot of coconut green curry, scallops, shrimp and basil over some jasmine rice was the perfect pairing.

Photo of Schmit
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful beer with a lingering hop aftermath.

$3.99 for a 22-oz. bottle at Tacoma Boys this week. Have had this on tap in Fish Brewing's Olympia brewpub before, but this is my first time having it from a bottle.

No head on this one; a few bubbles dissipate quickly. But the color is a pleasingly deep-hued reddish-orange. I get resinous and floral aromas, nothing overpowering. Flavor is good, not necessarily outstanding but well-balanced; citrus sweetness and earthy bitterness. As the lack of head suggested, carbonation in this one is a little flat. Surprising, though, how the hop bitterness really lasts with kind of a "slow burn" effect.

Nothing I'd seek out since it's so ubiquitous around here, but a decent IPA I'm sure I'll buy some time again. Plus, it's nice to know it's certified organic.

Photo of Thrasher
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's pretty similar to Fish's Wild Salmon Pale Ale, except with much more hops obviously... yeah so that's a big difference, but the beer provokes a nearly identical response: admiration for the cleanness and succinctness of the elements of its flavor, recognition of its quality, and the petty, niggling desire for something more. Visually, it might as well be the same beer. It's copper, perhaps a bit closer to yellow on the color spectrum, and a lazier head that is quicker to depart. The nose is full of hops, quite a tropical citrus aroma. Malt flavor is meek, and the hops are juicy, with just a spicy trace of bitterness. It's pretty drinkable though. The mouthfeel is fluid and hop flavor lingers without any stinging bitterness. I don't love it, but I can't find anything bad about it. The bottle is better than a recent cask pint from the Rose and Raindrop.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this a few times at the brewpub in Olympia. Good amber appearance, pine and grapefruit to a lesser extent aroma.

Taste, definitely hoppy, bitter, but not over the top, but not British. American, but not upper echelon of West Coast ipas. This one accentuates more of the bitterness than the hop mouthfeel. Long boil/high alpha acid combination to get here.

Gets a little bit mundane down the stretch, takes on the muted wood and earth feel to it. One of their better beers though. Would it kill you guys to get some decently priced apparel?

Photo of glid02
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle via trade with barleywinefiend - thanks!

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pale malts with slight hints of breadiness along with muted floral and citrus hops. The aromas aren't disagreeable but they seem so muted it doesn't exactly draw one in to taking a sip.

Tastes a bit better than it smells. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by light citrus hops. Midway through the sip the hops turn more toward the earthy side of things before carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is not so great. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass but I would not be interested in another.

Overall, as mentioned in my description of the aroma there was nothing specifically disagreeable about this beer except for the fact that nothing was especially agreeable either.

Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, a single from Zyn in Calgary. The label is organic and fishy-looking as ever was.

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale copper amber hue, with two flabby fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and sudsy off-white head, which settles in due time, leaving a wide swath of streaky, splotchy lace around the glass.

It smells straight off of a semi-sweet orange flesh and bitter pine needle hoppiness, a bit of musty weeds, and some mild biscuity caramel malt. The taste is crackery, bready caramel and pale malt, with some mild, and still musty pine, blended citrus, and floral hop bitterness alternating randomly throughout.

The carbonation is moderately zippy, but mostly plain in its workaday frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, despite (or because of) the particular nature of the hop bill here. It finishes off-dry, a little clingy from the sweetness of the latent doughy malt, and with enough lingering bitterness to encourage taking this ride for another go around.

A decent IPA, if a bit muted on both sides of the coin, which, on the plus side, helps it go down in a way that would encourage multiple rounds of indulgence, delaying palate fatigue, as it were. And you can't discount the hippie culture surrounding this offering - just check out the pub in bucolic Olympia's cute as sin 'downtown' outskirts - you'll see what I mean.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden amber with an off-white, finger width head. Average retention. Lacing is thin, somewhat spotty, with good stick.

Smell - Predominant caramel aroma. Hops hit on citrus and floral notes, but are very, very subtle.

Taste - Ahh, there's some hops. Starts with caramel sweetness, then a moderate amount of hops peak through, exhibiting mostly a sweet orange citrus, with faint floral notes. Finishes bittersweet, and with nice balance.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Somewhat creamy. Smooth. Very drinkable.

Overall - IPA? Not quite. Most APA's these days show more hop bite than this brew, though it's quite drinkable all the same. Might be a good IPA for those looking to get into the style, but this isn't going to wow any hop heads.

Photo of appenzeller
2.97/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber, thin head. Aroma is citrus like and bright, hops scents as well, but sweeter than usual for an IPA. Taste is distinctive, spices (hard to identify, like cinnamon) are very up front, citrus, and hops profile is lower than a typical west coast IPA. Mouthfeel is very light, aftertaste is slightly offputting and lacks bitterness. Drinkability is fair.

Photo of cokes
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuzzy amber with a pocked head of khaki.
Fragrant of sugared oranges and pine sap.
Enters with bready canvas, that turns vaguely toasty, and moreso sweet with caramel maltiness that tends towards fruit as it warms. Ventures into peach, blood oranges, and pineapple. The hops carry a grassy, metallic, mild bitterness, with softer eruptions of grapefruit and pine.
Medium in build, softly carbonated. Lacks oomph and I'm not sure about the "India" part, but it remains a nice, if standard, session Indialmost Pale Ale.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wanted to try another organic beer and being a pale ale fan I picked up this one.

The head was creamy-white and bubbly that eventually fizzed out to a slight film on the top. The color was clear amber and I enjoyed the smell of floral hops and sweet malts.

I was impressed by the full body of the brew. It was hoppy throughout but the bitterness was just right. There was some citrus undertones and some faint sweetness that make for a nice balanced palette. A nice one here.

Photo of ElGordo
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a golden-orange color, topped by a small, creamy white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is nicely balanced between lightly sweet malt and a good amount of floral hops. Palate is a little maltier than I prefer in an IPA, with caramel and lightly roasted malts offset slightly by a decent hop profile with some citrusty notes. Body is nice, just a bit sticky like a good IPA should be. Not my favorite of the regional IPA offerings, but a solid beer nonetheless.

Photo of BeerZack
2.34/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear amber with small head that fades to thin ring rather quickly.

Smells slightly sweet and caramalty with some astringent hoppiness.

Some sweet caramel and slightly roasty malt flavors with fruity bitterness that leaves an aspirin-like aftertaste.

Pretty astringent and thin tasting overall, wouldn't buy again.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes a while back
A - light hazy burnt orange, short head dissipated to random covering and random lacing
S - lemon, pine, and herbal hops, toasted grains, light mandarin
T - lemon zest with light perfumy and piney hop notes, sharp grain malt backbone, lightly spicy finish
M - lowish carbonation, somewhat oily, medium dry bitter
O - a tasty offering with a solid hop profile backed up by proper pale ale maltiness, goes down easy but could use more carbonation

Photo of rebel1771
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale copper color with a huge head. I've noticed that most of the brews from Fish Tale have huge heads, interesting. The nose of this IPA is Piney and hoppy. This brew has great flavor consisting mainly of hops (duh) with stong citrus and pine flavors. An all around good brew, well worth a second round.

Photo of AUGRAD06
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this while dining at Bone-Fish Grill. I thought it was on tap, so a bottle was a little bit of a disappointment (not that that's the beers fault). Typical IPA aroma and a bright orange amber color with light carbonation. It had a good mouth feel, and then a surprising finish/after taste. Almost a tannin like taste from a red wine. It was worth trying, but I doubt I'll try it again. I've found other IPAs I like more.

Photo of GimmeAles
2.76/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First time trying this varietal Fish brew and first certified organic brew I've had as well. Only a few, simple ingredients in beer, could only be made better being organic right? Dissapointingly, no. Appearance is nice - dark-golden/light amber color, lively off-white, 2-finger head which receeds to a silky skim leaving light lace on the glass.

Smell is light on the hops (even for a Pale Ale in my opinion), malty, biscuit-like notes as well, with only the slightly suggestion of citrus or pine.

Taste is dissapointing. Perhaps it's because of the refined punch of the Connaught Ranger IPA (Far West Ireland Brewing) I have on-tap at home, but the Fish was flat, lifeless and musty (bread mold or wet cardboard comes to mind). Really, such a strange and unexpected taste, that it feels strange to type it. No rich hop oils to coat the mouth, though it is smooth. No sweet/bitter balance, no vanilla, caramel, or pineapple to be found, just a light Pale Ale without much character.

"Spawned-on" date of bottle is January '05 like charlatan's, so perhaps this was just from a sub-par batch. With the wet-carboard element it could be an oxidized or light-stuck beer, but I'm not sure the simple use of organic ingredients is the cause for such lack of flavour. I will not look for it again.

Photo of ChrisCage
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Good to see that the ingredients used are certified organic. The beer is hazy amber color, with a few suspended particles floating around...nothing to worry about though. The head isn't really thick, but it sticks around...settling to a thick layer over the brew. Good sticky lacing clings to the side of the glass. The carbonation appears to be of small bubbles gradually rising to the top.

S- Well the hops are definitely the dominant aroma here, and they have a nice fresh leafy smell, which is what I want to be smelling with this style. Behind the hops, I do detect the sweet malt and some fresh flowery aromas mixed in there as well.

T- This is a nicely balanced IPA style beer. Of course, the bitterness of the hops are forefront, striking my palate immediately. After the initial bitterness, the sweeter components of the beer come through...a nice sweet grain flavor, leading to a slightly citrusy flavored finish. The overall flavor is leafy, earthy, bitter and just the right amount of sweetness mixed together.

M- A good medium body best describes this beer. The carbonation is low, with the bubbles being of a fine grade. This allows me to really get a good sense of the floral/leafy feel for this beer...just like some bitter greens in a salad.

D- Fish Tale makes this style easy to drink. I would love to have this with some spicy curry as I think it's a perfect match for that. On it's own, I would enjoy a couple of these before thinking about moving onto something else. A good effort for this style and I recommend others to give it a try!

Photo of akorsak
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Liquid Solutions.

A: The ale is a lighter orange color, darker near the top than at the bottom. The head is practically nil.

S: The nose has a nice grapefruity hop aroma, not too big but not too small.

T: The ale has a big hop aroma that registers immediately after a sip. The grapefruit flavors that result are pleasing but the malt flavor that comes through after the hops is thin and has a strange biscuity taste that I noticed in the WIld Fish Pale Ale as well.

M: The mouthfeel has an awkward end, with the thin hop malt mix.

D: The thinness that emerges at the end of the sip makes me want to stick to just one bottle.

Photo of Jredner
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from World of Beer in Clearwater.

The body is an orange tinted yellow-gold and holds a very bubbly white head that is a thumb thick and someowhat creamy on top. Funky grapefruit, resiny mary-jane and some light sweet malt. Very light fore gets grapefruit bitter through the middle. Fairly thin bodied. Hops dominate the lightly sweet, reserved malt profile. Finish is grassy and bitter.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Piscator34: Poured an hazy deep amber color ale with a nice foamy head with some good retention but minimal lacing. Aroma of medium bitter hops with some subtle citrus notes. Taste is also dominated by some medium bitter hoppy notes with some subtle malt presence. Above average body with some medium carbonation. I thought this was OK overall but probably one the most disappointing beers in this organic series.

Photo of Spikester
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber with a one finger cream color head. Plentiful lacings.
Aroma is orange and cantelope.
Taste is medium bitter citrus hops with a touch of fruitiness and a good amount of sweet malts. Pretty mild IPA and very smooth on the palate. Wish their were some way to make this flavor at about 5.5 % abv. Excellent drinker.

Photo of PeatReek
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a ginormous head. That may have been due to a bad pour, but it's sticking around at least. Ah, delicious aroma! Huge piney, lemony Centennial hop aroma. Hints of grass and dried fruit. Light bodied and dry tasting; hop taste is disappointing compared to the initial bouquet rising from the pour. Also it's a little dirty, as if the final hop addition was a little too early. Fish Tale brewers: later hopping and more dry hops, please. Otherwise quite good; I'm a fan of heavy, syrupy IPAs, but it's nice to have one that's light and crisp enough to sip all afternoon. It tastes very subtle; I like the light body and low ABV.

Photo of u2carew
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick head that settles quickly. Slight chill haze but other than that clear bronze body. Lacing is thin and semi-sticky.
S) Peach. Floral. Hints of pine. Some grapefruit.
T) The flavors are a bit light throughout, but balanced. Caramel malty sweetness. Grapefruit rind tartness. Most of the flavors are right up front then fade. In the finish a floral dryness.
M) Fizzy, yet somewhat smooth. On the lighter side of medium body. Subtle tannin feel in the finish.
D) A decent IPA. I'd have another but not a blow your mind IPA.

Photo of smakawhat
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Never heard of this brewery before, let's see how this goes, my latest foray into a beer with the USDA organic logo was a real disaster for an IPA.

Barely a finger of off white creamy head, manages to sit well, but body color is hazy dull amber. Practically frozen in place body with not much to see, cloudy, hazy, dull, filmy looking through the glass. You can just see a little bit of slow rising carbonation through the body up to the light.

Nose is fairly muted, small grapefruit, but mostly not much going on. I don't sense anything off putting or faulty, but for an IPA there isn't much a sense of any hop presence here.

Taste is not what I get primarily, what I get is a near sense of flat fizzyness. Cola like sweetness mixes with some orange, and with that fizzy tight carbonation borders into Orange Crush soda. There is a real nice aftertaste though of malt and chocolate milk. Aftertaste brings a little bit of that malt mixing with some faint pine dryness.

Overall this didn't start out to well, but it improved after numerous sips. It got better, but it's mouthfeel sort of distracts. This tastes like an Orange Crush beer.

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Fish Tale India Pale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
80 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.