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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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242 Ratings

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Ratings: 242
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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Photo of Offa
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is very much in the West Coast american tradition in terms of character, yet its elements are fairly balanced and it's not overly grapefruity, positive traits in my book.

Faintly hazy but bright amber, it has a medium off-white head steadily shrinking to a thin wispy top and a foamy ring with only a little weak lace.

The aroma is grapefruit, general candied citrus, caramelly grain, raisiny-appley alcohol. It's pleasant and overall pretty solid, definitely in the tradition and indicating some balance.

The taste is grapefruity hop up front, but not too strong, along with lemon zest, grass, green leaves, and underth this a light, full caramelly-raisiny sweetness with hint of candied citrus. The mostly citrusy bitterness is just strong enough to slightly dominate the raisiny-grain sweetness. It is zesty and the bitterness and sweet caramelly-fruit/grain character both linger a bit. Overall, this is a tasty IPA, with hop character that dominates byt is carried by sufficient maltiness, sweetness, and range of flavour. The body and character are firm and hold up well.

Offa, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
4.47/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fish Tale Organic India Pale Ale is a hazy, medium-light amber ale with a light khaki film of a head with a cluster of big bubbles and thick sheets of lacing. Fresh, bright hops are in the nose. It's very piny, with a resinous (pine tar?) note from the malt. It smells great. It's medium bodied, silky and soft with a dry, fluffy finish. It has a huge, bitter flavor. It's very piny and well supported by a resiny malt flavor. It's very good and to the point.

yesyouam, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of beertunes
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

beertunes, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

DiabolikDUB, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of PDXHops
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

PDXHops, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of RJLarse
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

RJLarse, May 25, 2009
Photo of gford217
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

gford217, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of joshsbeerblog
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

joshsbeerblog, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.48/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

jujubeast6000, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of madtappers
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

madtappers, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of Spikester
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Spikester, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

zeff80, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of John_M
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

John_M, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Gavage, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of tbeck
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

tbeck, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of grub
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

grub, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of dbONE
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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

dbONE, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Wasatch, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of bobsy
4.4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

bobsy, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of surlyseth
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

surlyseth, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

yemenmocha, May 14, 2008
Photo of gpcollen1
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

gpcollen1, May 02, 2008
Photo of ghostwalker
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

ghostwalker, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

SurlyDuff, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of BeerZack
2.3/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

BeerZack, Mar 23, 2008
Fish Tale India Pale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
80 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.