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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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239 Ratings

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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAngel on 11-20-2002)
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3.23/5  rDev -8.5%

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy warm amber color with a small slightly off-white head that quickly dissolves into a thin layer around the glass. The aroma has lots of malt in it with some fruitiness. Not a whole lot of hops present on the nose of this beer. The flavor has a strong malt backbone filled with toasted and caramel malts and some tangy, fruity hops to round it out. Its a light to medium bodied beer that has a good amount of carbonation. This is alright, I just wish the nose of this beer had more hops. But this is a balanced IPA not a hop bomb.

06-16-2009 02:52:56 | More by DiabolikDUB
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South Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -13.6%

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter.

A decent, but unremarkable IPA. Pours see-thru orange/amber with a finger of creamy head, but little retention and even less lace. Smells like a moderately hopped IPA which, in fact, it turns out to be. Bitterness comes in the form of some pine and light fruitiness, but doesn't linger. What does linger is the same slightly odd herbal/minty flavor from their amber ale (house yeast character?). Aside from that flavor, this beer finishes fairly dry.

06-06-2009 23:31:52 | More by PDXHops
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3.95/5  rDev +11.9%

I bought a six-pack of Fish Tale Organic IPA at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold color with just a hint of haze. Creamy stark white head is minimally resilient. Not much lace on this one.

Smell is a pine--citrus aroma. More citrus than pine I think. It is a fairly sweet smell.

Taste is a caramel malt flavor up front, more malt than the smell suggests, and a citrus lemon grapefruit finish. Mildlt bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Typical for an IPA.

Drinkable for sure. It's not a brand I find on my regular rounds, but when I find it I'd buy it again, especially on sale. I think I got this for $6.99.

The organic properties of the product do nothing for me.

05-24-2009 23:54:01 | More by RJLarse
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3.6/5  rDev +2%

12oz bottle courtesy of 5000 poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head that hangs on as a healthy cap and leaves decent lacing.

The aroma is fruity with some citrus hops, especially oranges and hints of grapefruit. There is some malt in the nose as well, but everything is very sweet overall.

The taste has the same orange hops up front with some sweetish malts forming the backbone. The finish has a slight hop bitterness, a tart citric bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation and not too bitter or sticky.

This is a decent IPA but nothing stands out in any way. There are some hops and malts but it's a bit too sweet with a little less hop presence than I would expect in an IPA.

04-14-2009 03:49:06 | More by gford217
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3.35/5  rDev -5.1%

shockingly, this might have been my first washington beer. hazy orange, thick head. floral, piney hops on nose. flavor is of grapefruit hops and very bready... bitterness is mild at best. easy drinking but the flavor wasn't my favorite. not bad at all, but there are much better ipa's out there.

02-11-2009 00:45:03 | More by joshsbeerblog
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2.48/5  rDev -29.7%

Reviewed 5/29/2006 (Bottle - Tall hefe glass):

Pours an amber brown-yellow @ bottom in colored body, cloudy, with a smallish white head. Has a hoppy aroma, but light aroma. A hoppy taste, malty, dry bitter slightly acidic aftertaste, not much flavor. Light tasting.

01-15-2009 04:55:17 | More by jujubeast6000
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4.05/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

12-30-2008 22:04:52 | More by madtappers
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3.98/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

12-30-2008 05:38:45 | More by Spikester
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3.9/5  rDev +10.5%

A - Poured out a hazy, orange-amber color with a small, foamy, off-white head. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of ripe oranges and floral notes. A sweet caramel aroma, too.

T - It tasted of spicy hops, citrus, lemon and grasses. It was balanced out by a sweet caramel maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a good IPA. I really enjoyed my first Fish Tale beer.

11-13-2008 02:57:16 | More by zeff80
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3.8/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

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

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

09-19-2008 11:22:32 | More by Gavage
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4.18/5  rDev +18.4%

Poured a clear, light copper with a thin brownish white head. Aroma was of hops, slightly piney. Taste was bitterness but well balanced with the hops and malts. Not overly sweet, very tasty. Excellent texture, not heavy or light. It did have a lot of carbonation. Enjoyable beer where a six pack could easily be handled. Overall the beer had good flavor for an IPA.

08-26-2008 03:53:50 | More by tbeck
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Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%

got this one from CBA. thanks chris!

12oz bottle. sampled aug 24/08.

pours orangey amber, not quite copper coloured, with a small dense off-white head. the head drops fast and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. bit of caramel. bread and biscuit malt. bit of alcohol. grapefruit and pine. bit of tangerine and orange.

taste is nice. medium bitterness level. bit of alcohol. light bread and biscuit malt. touch of caramel. light grapefruit and pine. bit of orange.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced overall. not quite the malt and hop depth i'd like, but decent.

08-24-2008 18:47:56 | More by grub
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4.15/5  rDev +17.6%

I poured the into a regular pint glass pretty fast for a 12oz bottle.
A modest creamy off white head sat on top a deep golden body.
The aroma starts of with a piney citrus blend that morphs into cut grass and earth tones.
The first sip brings in a smooth soft malty caramel flavor with a strong hop package. Laced with herbal tones, citrus notes and fruit the hops balance the maltyness that hold up longer that you expect from a regular IPA
Organic is the way to go these days and it will get you to go through the whole 6 pack and want you to take the gas guzzler to the store for another

08-05-2008 03:45:28 | More by dbONE
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3.85/5  rDev +9.1%

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which does leave some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some nice hoppyness, and citrus. The taste is slightly sweet (nice), malty/hoppy, with some nice citrus notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty IPA.

07-31-2008 02:21:50 | More by Wasatch
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Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +24.6%

Light orange body with a good white head, which soon dissipates to leave some wispy cover. Floral, herbal aroma with some grapefruit and honey. The taste has a good deal of citrus, and lychee along with sweet bready malts. The flavour has a wonderful earthy, herbal edge to it, which really sets it apart from a number of IPAs in the field. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Excellent drinkability... I can sink these all night long!

07-14-2008 20:48:58 | More by bobsy
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3/5  rDev -15%

Colorful, borderline psychedelic label sucked me in.

A: Very clear, orange copper, small head.

S: Super inviting. Citric, yet balanced.

T&M: Great up front, just as advertised. Aftertaste is really disappointing. Chalk and aspirin.

D: Meh.

A much better organic IPA is made by Butte Creek.

06-07-2008 23:18:17 | More by surlyseth
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3.73/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours clear bright yellow to slight orange, contrasting thin white head that gives good belgian lace.

Nose is soft, with aromas of peach juices, and honey.

Palate is rounded with sweet maltiness in there with the hops, rather malty for an IPA. Again, soft fruitiness is there - honeydew melon or cantaloupe, with not a lot of hop bite for an IPA.

05-14-2008 05:48:16 | More by yemenmocha
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3.55/5  rDev +0.6%

Pours a very dull orange/yellow into my Sam Adams glass. A small head rises and quickly settles to just a ring around the glass. Aroma is lightly hoppy with a slight streak of citrus and waft of sweetness.

Hits the mouth lightly with a bit of carbonation ushering in a mildly sweet brew. Quickly gets a bit bitter and hoppy - yields a very dry finish with bitter all around.

This one is light and drinkable yet packs a bit of flavor to hold it up. Not really anything special but a nice one to drink here and there.

05-01-2008 23:18:52 | More by gpcollen1
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3.48/5  rDev -1.4%

Cloudy orange body with a finger of off-white/yellow head.

Nose is bitter hops with a mild citrus blast. Good, but a little light for me.

Taste is tart with a low-to-medium creamy maltiness up front. Finish is a little less hoppy that I expected, especially with Centennial hops in the mix.

Mouthfeel is tangy and acidic. Nice.

Drinkability is pretty good. Moderately quenching, a little astringent.

Wears its ABV well. Overall, a nice IPA.

04-30-2008 05:46:09 | More by ghostwalker
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3.93/5  rDev +11.3%

Busy label with a bright fish tail/tale flapping across it.

Pours a clear orangy amber. Not much as far as a head, but it has super-sticky lacing that is tenacious.

Strong spicy aromas of bitter hops. Light floral and earthy sweetness.

Cinnamon is in there representin' the spiciness. Light bitter hops, with a sweet sugary citrus candy flavor. Floral and herbal. Purfume.

Mouthfeel is full and sweet. Resin stickiness, but not over the top.

Drinkiability is great, better than more than half the ipa's out there.

04-26-2008 02:21:35 | More by SurlyDuff
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North Carolina

2.3/5  rDev -34.8%

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.

03-23-2008 07:10:37 | More by BeerZack
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4.28/5  rDev +21.2%

Picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.50... Poured into my shaker pint... still listening to James Aabiela Alive V.1 mix.

Aggressive pour left a very shortlasting 3/4" head above a hazy straw/honey colored brew... underwhelming at best.

Smell is spicey hops.... unexpected fruit/berry aroma from the hops that definately does not come from the yeast or malts... though it easily could be mistaken for such. A smidge of citrus... but definately the hop aroma is something I've never encountered. ... I don't know what to say other than ... "Interesting?!?!" Smell is berry with enough sweetness to really bring it out and make me think about things.

Taste is the same odd hop flavor with a good bitterness balanced by toasty lite caramel malts. The berry flavor is ALL through out the flavor of this beer... sorta soapy and fruity. Lighter body for a PNW IPA, but still pretty good for the style... good carbonation... lingering fruit palate that sticks around to the next sip

After checking online, and checking out the hop profile, I sorta expected this.

This brew uses an organic hop out of New Zealand called Pacific Gem.. Apparently, Pacific Gem has a dominant berry profile. I am going to go out on a limb here and say everyone who panned this beer do a little research and give another go.... I really like it now that I know the "weird" aroma and flavor compound is simply a unique hop. If you are reading this review, then please give this beer another go with the newer hop Fish Tail is using... it is unlike anything I can remember enjoying.

Edit: The berry flavor and aroma really shows itself as it warms up, to the point of if I didn't know what I was looking for, I would swear there were blackberries used as an additive. This beer really steps outside the bounds of what a traditional citrus/pine/floral hoppy PNW IPA is... burpy berry ... good.

12-04-2007 09:09:10 | More by JohnGalt1
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a sturdy head that leaves a modicum of lace behind

Smell: Piney hops waft above a toffee malt base

Taste: After a touch of toffee, the piney and grainy hops take over, yet are somewhat restrained and allow the malt back into the picture by mid-palate; after the swallow, the grainy flavors are joined by some lemony citrus and there is a touch of residual sweetness at the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This one just holds on to the reigns a bit much for me to enjoy it that much; let those hops roam free

12-03-2007 23:53:34 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

10-02-2007 17:19:25 | More by Phyl21ca
Fish Tale India Pale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
80 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.