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

Fish Tale India Pale AleFish Tale India Pale Ale

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221 Ratings

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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.56%

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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAngel on 11-20-2002)
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Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at beer revolution 19/1/12

A slight haze in a golden copper body with few visible bubbles but a tight cream colored finger of foam that leaves a couple partial rings of lace

S floral citrus and a little pine

T not far from the smell but with a little caramel malt and the hops aren't as strong

M a little bitter bite and something left behind in the mouth to savor

0 decent brew for sure, but im not blown away

worth a try but don't go serching for it

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 23:09:56 | More by wordemupg
Photo of sholland119


2.65/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Capone's, 8/4.

A-Pours a clear golden amber with a very thin white head.

S-Sweet malt, light hops. Nothing special.

T-Malty with some earthy bitterness. The finish has a lipstick character that is rather unpleasant.

M-Light to medium bodied, undercarbonated.

O-I was not really a fan of this one.


Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2011 12:49:41 | More by sholland119
Photo of Nikokristiansson

New York

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: orange copper, inch of white head, some yellowness making me think this will be light on hops

s: pine, typical west coast ipa notes, definitely some citrus in there but can't pinpoint what fruits exactly

t: nice fresh hops greet the tongue, not really any taste of booze although I expect this 6.5% or less

m: hop bitterness at first but then you taste those grapes with some nice toasted malt to finish

d: easy to drink this. but not really hoppy enough for my taste.

o: decent ipa. nothing that blew me away and i doubt i'd try this again. however this might be a good ipa to recommend to newbies of craft beer as a sort of gateway ipa, enough to peek their interests without hitting them over the head with hops and scaring them away.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2011 01:47:26 | More by Nikokristiansson
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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?

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2011 22:22:50 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of beertunes


3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. A typical medium amber color with less than an inch of off-white head that had below average retention and lacing.

Mostly floral hop scents meet the nose without an olfactory assault. The flavor is also more floral, with some citrus and pine components. The beer is crisp without being sharp.

Typical IPA body, with the drinkability being above average due to the smoothness. Overall, an average IPA that rises up because of it's pleasant drinkability. Worth trying, and perhaps a little effort to find.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2009 09:53:20 | More by beertunes
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4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As we all no beer is organic in nature, so don't let the "organic" tag scare you off, just means no chemicals were used on the hops, barley or malt.

This beer pours a cloudy golden brown with a white head. Lets of a piney yet citrus aroma to the noise.

Very very drinkable probably to drinkable for an IPA.

Next time your in Olympia stop by the brewery and try one, don't know many places that have it on tap outside of Olympia, WA area.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2008 22:04:52 | More by madtappers
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3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Claudia's sports bar in Portland the other day.

The beer pours a solid orange color with good head retention and lacing. I get the expected hoppy citrus on the nose, but not much else. The beer smells as if it will be on the hoppy side as far as IPA's go, which to no great surprise, it is. The beer is very hoppy and dry on the palate, with barely enough malt to hold up the hops. It's neither heavy nor tiring on the palate, but is a bit one dimensional IMO. Mouthfeel is fairly light and one can tell the abv. is not too high (thankfully).

This is a good, solid NW IPA. However, I remember thinking "this is just a typical, well made, NW IPA." There's nothing wrong with that, but there are so many better options in the NW IPA portfolio, I'm not sure why I would ever order this. So I probably won't.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2008 02:27:05 | More by johnmichaelsen
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New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy dark orange in color with a short one finger head that breaks apart immediately. No lacing develops.

Smell: loads of floral hops and citrus tones rise easily out of the glass and into the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange citrus, hints of grapefruit citrus, and a soft bitterness for the style. There is a bit of bready quality to the beer overall.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Medium bodied. Very brief aftertaste dominated by citrus.

Drinkability: decent beer, but overall this IPA falls into the milder IPA category that allows you to quaff a few of these.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2008 11:22:32 | More by Gavage
Photo of RedDiamond


3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fish’s IPA emphasizes balance over extremes. It arrives with a dense head of white, cottony suds leaving an impressive array of rim-to-rim lace. The organic Pacific Gem hops smell green and immediate.

But nothing is overplayed in this clear copper ale. The gentle sweetness of organic malts provides a sound working platform for a complimentary bitterness suited to popular tastes. Refined filtration produces clarity of body and a clean taste. A very drinkable ale and proof positive that organic ingredients don’t equate with a compromise in taste.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2004 23:54:09 | More by RedDiamond
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4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice amber color with a light head. This beers aroma is that of intense hops with strong floral, citrus and pine scents. This aroma is repeated in the taste with a bitter hoppy favor of floral, citrus and pine. This beers malt flavors are subdued by the hops but not only is that typical of the style but refreshing after your mouth gets watering after smelling the hops. This beer is sold as organic.

This style of IPA is the domestic style as opposed to the higher proof export style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2003 12:37:14 | More by zacharius
Photo of AUGRAD06


3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 22:38:42 | More by AUGRAD06
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2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A somewhat plain and basic beer lacking hops in what we'd expect of an IPA. Slightly reminds me of the 'tea' you make during a brew then carbonated. Floral on the front decent mouth feel with an overwhelming barley that lasts all the way through.

Perhaps weak or light hops with a flavor that lingers a little longer than desired.

A very drinkable beer that would be great on the river or in the summer, but not one I'd buy off the tap or out of the rack unless I was limited on options or wanted to drink in the sun. Someone could pound this in seconds and not even realize it.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 02:07:35 | More by BabaYagaRIS
Photo of MickeyD


3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

Appearance: Little to no head to speak of, very light gold color when held to the light and few carbonation bubbles. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: mostly hops. Some pine towards the end.

Taste: A good balance of hops and malt. The bitterness is certainly there but not as bitter as you might expect from an IPA.

Mouth feel: very clean and smooth but not very robust.

Overall: This beer really suffers from lack of head and color in my opinion. However it is very refreshing and not overly bitter for an IPA. I think I might buy this again but not overly impressed.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 03:59:17 | More by MickeyD
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2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Bottled in January. Reviewed live.

A- One-finger white head. Large bubbles and very thin lacing. Extremely long retention. 10 minutes in and it is still strong. Honey color with particulate. Medium clarity.

S- Floral hops, some earthiness as well. Dank and wet smelling.

T- Bitter and surprisingly boozy. Metallic. Strange, sour and yeasty.

M- Heavier feel for the style. Meh.

O- This is a strangely dank IPA. I'm not really a fan of it.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 07:38:04 | More by Murrhey
Photo of jimmah120


3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle with no date. served in a mason jar

look is golden orange with lots of fine suspends sediment. spotty head and lacing hold back an otherwise beautiful beer. smell is weak: barnyard scent with some skunk and strawberries off in the background. taste is fishy, literally and figuratively. barnyard taste and floral/grassy hops. feel is light, with a pleasant lingering bitterness.

decent but forgettable; needed either more malt or hop presence. gave me some nice floral hop burps, tho.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 20:28:47 | More by jimmah120
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 04:24:12 | More by TheSixthRing
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3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, a mellow pine hop. In the taste, citrus rinds of grapefruit, and a pine like end. A hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange and a small grapefruit citrus to pine hops in the aftertaste. Nice hops, kind of faint, about average.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 15:32:31 | More by OWSLEY069
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3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange amber with a small amount of dense white head. Enough of a film retains to leave thick walls of lacing.

S: Floral hops with just a touch of citrus. Lightly malty.

T: Mild almost watery malt sweetness leading into a fuller finish of grapefruit-like hops.

M: Light to medium body, fuller towards the finish.

Overall, just decent. Not bad, not outstanding. I'd drink it again but probably wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 00:37:15 | More by seand
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3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled Jan 2012(we will see how this goes). Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention; that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, biscuit, caramel, pineapple, pine, floral, and light herbal. Nice aromas with good strength and balance; maybe a touch too sweet. Taste of grapefruit, orange, floral, biscuit, caramel, pine, honey, and light herbal spiciness. Fair amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, biscuit, pine, honey, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a short bit. Very good balance of malt/hop flavors with bitterness; no cloying at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good IPA. Nice hop flavor balance with malt sweetness; and nicely smooth and crisp to drink. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 05:36:33 | More by superspak
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3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown bottle served in a tumbler.

Deep pale maple in color with some noticeable sediment. Creamy tan head with decent retention leaving a bit of ringed lacing in its wake. The aroma includes a bit of citrus over light tea and a delicate buttery biscuit; moderate floral hops. The flavors are much like the aromas foreshadow: tea with a touch of sweetness prior to a full floral, yet not quite perfume hop character. The lemon adds a nice component which cuts the English malt character. Rounder in body than most American IPA; certainly drinks more like an English IPA regarding texture. A pretty good offering; nothing special, but nothing offensive either.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 23:54:29 | More by NEhophead
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Ontario (Canada)

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

The most flavourful (i.e. best) "organic" beer I have ever tried - received as a gift, but one I would consider purchasing in future just to show what's possible under that difficult label.

Pours a hazy dark gold bordering on amber with a reasonable off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing. Aroma is a highlight with citrus notes over a bready backbone. Unfortunately the flavour isn't as well balanced as I'd choose, with the bitterness at the finish overwhelming everything else. There are some malts and tropical fruit hop glimmers at the start, but I think this beer is capable of greater depth. Still a concept I'd support and may well "gift" to others...

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 01:38:33 | More by hopsolutely
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3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like this IPA. Has a nice spicy hoppy burn to it. Kind of one dimensional in that it hits and doesn't deviate, but that is cool with me since the character that is there is nice. At least I think so. It could be rounded out a bit more as there are some tones of fruit and tang that seem outside the lines of an IPA. But overall, I like it. And for an organic ale, definitely is a good one.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 07:25:27 | More by RblWthACoz
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British Columbia (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: deep honey gold; some head but dissipates quickly
S: some buiscuit but little hops; plain, even stale, with little character in any way
T: where's the taste? Some bitterness on the finish but I'm not getting much focus. Like a casserole tossed together rather than a dish with a few fine fresh ingredients.
M: good mouthfeel
O: forgettable. A plain IPA that isn't offensive but certainly not memorable.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 22:36:18 | More by EspressoGuy
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received bottle as a gift for helping out a friend.

Beer poured a cloudy orange with little to no head.

Nose is slight hint of citrus.

Taste is pretty well balanced, pale malt backbone and citrus and slightly piney hops complement pretty well.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated.

Overall not a bad beer but not one to track down but is definitely worthy of a shot.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 23:18:21 | More by arizcards
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3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - very attractive pour with a nice orange body and thick frothy off-white head. There's allot of rising carbonation into a head with nice stamina.

S - Orange, grapefruit, very subtle pine, and sweet malt.

T - The beer's flavor offers a sharp hoppy bitterness. There's an aftertaste that sticks with me that I wouldn't describe as something I necessarily care for.

M - Felt throughout my mouth the beer has a mildly coarse feel with a watery ending and strangely enough... a reminiscing finish.

~ Unfortunately the flavors making up a beer are difficult to get past when reaching this final section of drinkability. That being said, the brew looks, smell and feels like a winner. For that I rate the final category being better than average but it still could use some character in the taste section.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 20:26:29 | More by cdkrenz
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Fish Tale India Pale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.