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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:
No notes at this time.

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


3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of mousse-like, off-white foam on top of a lightly cascading, hazy orange body.

S - A slight orange-zest hop aroma and some toasty biscuit malt.

T - Slightly sweet toast and caramel malt up front. LIght, fruity hops with some orange and pineapple notes. Finishes slightly sweet with toasted grain and light bitterness.

M - Medium thick body, low carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A nicely done cask IPA. Well balanced with enough sweetness and body to compensate for the lack of carbonation.

Serving type: cask

09-18-2009 17:14:58 | More by nickfl
Photo of Slatetank


3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was served from the cask in a nonic
A - Copper with a thin light head with a slight hazy appearance The cask ale had a decent amount of lace.

S - Aroma of grapefruity citrus hops and tinges of alcohol. A nice malty sweet smell accompanies some pine aromas.

M - Medium bodied, smooth warming and a bitter with a light finish.

T - Fruity and citrus hops with a warming alcohol that is not overdone. A sting of bitter hops is there with the sweetness of malt. The finish is kind of flat and didn't really gain much from the cask.

D - A really tasty IPA that is easy to drink and has a high quaffability factor. The hops aren't restrained, but don't really attack with the first sip either.The alcohol warms and doesn't bother hiding. The cask serving was fresh and smooth with plenty of fresh hop flavor and a sweet finish.

Serving type: cask

06-24-2007 03:46:30 | More by Slatetank
Photo of lostbearbrew


3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was the cask conditioned ale when we visited last week. So, being a cask-nut, thought I better start here.

Orange tones with some burnt sienna in the mix. Slightly cloudy haze in the beer, and decent head.

More like an English IPA in the nose - not much aroma at all overall, especially lacking in the hops. However, I did notice a little spicy hops buried into a rich malty profile.

Well, sort of wierd in the taste and mouthfeel. Taste had notes of respectable noble hops, and some malt, with an acidic or metallic taste underlying.

One was enough for now, and I'm taking home a bottle or two to try and see if the issues I had were cask related or if it is simply the brew - more soon.

One other note - wasn't bad when paired with the hummus app my wife and I shared.

Serving type: cask

10-24-2005 21:38:55 | More by lostbearbrew
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
Photo of BabaYagaRIS


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
Photo of Murrhey


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
Photo of OWSLEY069


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
Photo of seand


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
Photo of superspak


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
Photo of NEhophead


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
Photo of hopsolutely

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
Photo of RblWthACoz


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
Photo of EspressoGuy

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
Photo of arizcards


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
Photo of cdkrenz


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
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a chance to pick this up down at Total Wine in West Orange recently. As much as I love IPA's, this one just didn't measure up to the others that I've had recently. It went down easily and had a good , balanced body to it, but the biting hops and strong alcoholic presence just weren't there. The organic aspect seemed like a hook too (no pun intended), as that didn't make this stand out from other IPA's that I've had of late.

Sure, there's the usual pine and grapefruit here but the "burn" was missing from the taste. Not a lot of carbonation here too even though the pour was fairly typical and the hue wasn't much darker than the copper that I expected. The mouthfeel was more towards the malty side without any of the oil or resin that one would find in a West Coast IPA. The lacing was great to behold but how much of that is because of the organic aspect was beyond me! The grassy notes underneath the subdued taste lessened the beer's impact too, which isn't really saying much given that this is nearly a beginner's take on an IPA.

How this beer was 6.50% ABV was beyond me as well, given that I couldn't taste it or feel much of it when I finished off the bottle. I would probably want to try one of these again in the summer when I don't want my beer to dehydrate me but aside from the Organic aspect of this, I couldn't see myself trying one again. It wasn't that this was bad but with so many other examples of this out there, this would need some big changes to make it stand out from the pack. This is only worth a try for someone unaccustomed to this style.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 18:57:48 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of ThisWangsChung


2.9/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a regular glass.

A: Pours a dark copper colored body. The head is a one finger tall off white color with average retention and excellent lacing.

S: Typical grapefruit aroma and a bit of sweet malt, but also a little grassiness. Not terribly unique, but quite well executed.

T: Very mild for an IPA, in fact it's too mild. There's a very small 'ping' of hops on the finish to remind you, yes, this is in IPA, but really, the hoppiness would be weak even for a regular pale ale. Decent malt profile and drinkability, though.

M: The finish is overly chalky and has a weird bitterness to it (not really from hops; I can't put my finger on it), but it features spot on carbonation and body fullness. Like the flavor, it neither offends nor impresses.

O: Though this beer is very, very average (apart from the great smell), I do have to give props for the organic aspect of this beer. It won't make me extra generous with the rating, but it's good to see breweries realizing how fragile this mortal coil is. Now that I'm done kissing our planet's ass, I can sum the quality of this beer in one word: ehhh...

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 22:13:49 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of smakawhat


3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 03:06:53 | More by smakawhat
Photo of corby112


3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange color with a one finger, frothy off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral hop aroma with a nice balance of earthy pine, citrus/tropical fruit and pale malt. Dank, resinous notes with lots of grass and pine needle countered by hints of grapefruit, pineapple, mango and orange peel as well as some biscuity malt.

Medium bodied with a blast of dry, piny hops that linger over the sweeter notes and pale malts into slightly dry finish. Not overly bitter with sweet fruit notes countering the grassy, floral notes. Hints of grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel followed by biscuity malt and graham cracker. A bit thinner than expected and not as complex as nose suggests but still pretty flavorful and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 06:58:27 | More by corby112
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 grittybrews


3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a rich orange-amber with two fingers of fluffy eggshell head. Somewhat generic aroma of mild pine and grapefruit.

Moderate carbonation and a thinnish mouthfeel. Watery pine up front with very light grain and hints of muddled lemon/citrus.

Wasn't a huge fan; pretty inconspicuous IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 05:38:42 | More by grittybrews
Photo of kbkayla


3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had in a bottle.

A- Amber color, head retention almost non existent.

S- Picked up some citrus and grassy notes

T- Piney/citrus taste. Light on overall malt flavor do pick up slight caramel malt.

M- Lightly carbonated, dry texture.

Overall not terrible, but not a huge fan of the grassy and pineyness with the lack of malt back bone in this situation. It is very drinkable for it's abv (6.5). Props for being organic

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 02:29:37 | More by kbkayla
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Fish Tale India Pale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.