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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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BA SCORE
80
good

242 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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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 charlatan
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with honey colour and a head which doesn't stick around. Smells of grapefruit with a hint of yeast. The malt and some yeast flavour take away from the decent citrus hops, turning this into more of a pale ale than a northwest IPA. I am not impressed with this brew. It seems a little stale, yet the bottle indicates it is only two months old ("spawned" in January). Definitely not on a par with other Fish Tale ales I have sampled.

charlatan, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a mild malt scent that boasts of pale, carapils, and bisquit malts. It has a mild citrus hop aroma as well. It's well balanced, but not hopped enough for my tastes. The taste is decent also. It has a nice bitter hop flavor, but the malts seem a bit too sweet. It goes down easy and finishes refreshingly bitter and earthy. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, although it has a few flaws. It's nothing I'd go out of my way to find, but it'll do in a pinch.

WesWes, Mar 11, 2005
Photo of cokes
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

cokes, Dec 03, 2004
Photo of Skidz
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out light gold and sits a hazy amber brown in the glass with a creamy off-white head with nice, fine lacings.

Smells of caramel and malts with a hint of fruity esters; canned peaches and pears. Hops offer a mild and bland grassy, green aroma.

Tastes lightly sweet and malty up front with upcoming hop spiciness. Faint toasty flavors, like it was left over from last christmas. Hop bitterness is medium and lends a bit of oily, lime rind-like flavors on the finish.

Clean and crisp in the mouth with a fair amount of small, tingling carbonation. Medium bodied.

I doubt this would make it to the Indies, and I kind of wish it didn't make it to my fridge. Hopping was less than adequate and lacks the attidute of a true American IPA. If I'm at a party and there's no hops, I'm like, "Hey Goober! Where's the hops?!"

Skidz, Nov 17, 2004
Photo of freed
2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this back in college and didn't think much of it. Someone left some in my fridge, so now's my chance to review it.

The body is somewhat hazy and a deep straw in color, but lacks any head. The fizzing at the immediate pouring seemed a bad omen.

The aroma is predominantly of malt and maybe a little of metal silo. Its quite and off-putting aroma for an IPA.

The taste is rather dull - heavy on the rough hewn malt flavor, hops are really kind of an afterthought, flavor-wise. Its more of a british hop profile, so nothing really stands out. I think that maybe there were more hops on the label an in the beer.

The mouth is left drier that it ought to, and I recognize the sensation from early homebrews. I'd be inclined to say it was a bad bottle, but its exactly as I remember it. Needs more hops. Much more.

freed, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of woemad
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

OK, a little background as to why I bought an entire 6-pack of this very average IPA. I had to go to the Olympia area for my brother's wedding. I had gone from Spokane to Kennewick (where my parents live) to pick up a much larger car of theirs in order to haul some supplies for the wedding. I left for the west side around 6AM, and got into Olympia around 10 or so. As I wasn't meeting my brother until 1PM in Montesano, I decided I could visit the Fishbowl - then discovered I'd forgotten to print out directions from beerfly the night before! I stopped at a Thriftway down by the waterfront to get the address out of a phonebook at an adjacent payphone - and discovered the phonebook had been stolen. So, I walked into the store, looked for a Fish 6-pk, bought one of the ipa ('cause I'd never seen it in Spokane), took the bottles out and used the map on the bottom to find the brewpub! So- on with the beer...

Poured an orangey gold color. Great big creamy off-white head. Moderate amount of lace.

Smell was a little bit weak. There was a citrusy hoppy aroma, and some weak malt odor in the background. Sadly, that was it. This was an IPA? From the Northwest?!

Taste was very similar to the smell. Yes, the hops were prominent, but they were so one-dimensional. The maltyness in the background seemed very half-hearted as well. There is a pleasing, almost piney dry aspect, but it's just not enough to redeem this to any level beyond acceptable. Just like Fish's organic pale ale, I'm left with the impression organic must mean bland, yet this is the same brewery that makes Mudshark, Poseidon, Detonator, Monkfish and Leviathan, not to mention the tasty Leavenworth beers. Go figure.

Mouthfeel was average. This is a medium bodied ale. No surprises here.

This is drinkable in the sense that it's better than a typical macro beer. However, I was looking forward to a good IPA with some bite. The fact that Fish is crafting an IPA of organic components is admirable, but that bit of labeling shouldn't be the best thing about the beer, dammit!

woemad, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
2.33/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very Cool Label....certified organic. The head comes on strong but leaves in a hurry. The aroma has a pretty nice hop smell but is followed by a strong manure type aroma. The taste is not that much better. Bitter but not in a good way. Very one sided and uneventful. Ok shot at an IPA, but not very alluring!

ALESwhatCURESya, Aug 26, 2004
Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a highly carbonated light amber-gold that is brilliantly clear (when served at 50 degrees). This beer has some major head retention qualities as the white head jumps um fast and stays there leaving thick lace as the beer is drank. Aroma is a little subtle for an IPA although there is a nice hop aroma that is a bit citrussy with some earthy tones. The flavor is exquisite as the clean hop bitterness is balanced with malt just enough to present a perfect segue into the hop flavors. The bitterness dosen't detract from the pure hop flavor and the comes back in the finish to let you know that you are drinking an IPA. There is also a slight hint of fruitiness that i can't quite place my finger on as well. The finish is very clean with not much lingering hop bitterness making this beer have a nice smooth quality. The hop balance is one of the most notable qualities of this ale as the flavors blend very well. The carbonation level was just enough send up tiny streams of bubbles and this contributed to a very nice smoothness. Very drinkable.

RenoZymurgist, Jul 29, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazed orange-amber topped by a large, moderately firm head of cream-colored foam. A soft mesa appears as the cap slowly melts to a one-finger cap. A better than average amount of glass coverage seals the deal on a very nice appearance. Pleasant nose, but a bit too subdued. Citrusy hops (Centennial) that are more orangey than anything else supercede pale malt. Again, not a lot happening.

I'm not impressed with the flavor at all. IPAs should be all about the hops, but they aren't overly abundant in this beer. There is a sharp bitterness, but not a whole lot of hop flavor. C'mon guys, Centennial is a kick-butt hop, take off the reins. There's too much malt on board that, unfortunately, gets in the way of the hop love. I also think that I can appreciate alcohol on the palate; almost inconceivable in a beer with an ABV barely above 5%.

Perhaps I've been spoiled by some recently sampled, incredible IPAs and this beer simply suffers in comparison. I don't think that's it though. I think it's just that Fish Tale India Pale Ale isn't very good. Don't go out of your way to grab this fish by the tail.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 04, 2004
Photo of BeerAngel
4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale copper color with a nice frothy cream-colored head. The aroma consists of a sweet baked bread aroma with a nice sweet fruit and citrus hop that is blended nicely. The taste is a pungent citrusy hop with a light floral slide into the biscuity malt background making a complex mix of nice flavors. This is a smooth medium bodied beer that finishes with a dry bitter end.

Notes: This is one underrated beer imho! It is complex and very well balanced for the style. It's drinkability is exceptional for a hoppy beer like this. Very nice! Cheers!

BeerAngel, Apr 18, 2004
Photo of RedDiamond
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

RedDiamond, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of beerguy101
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light gold color, medium foamy head. Medium bodied IPA. Malty and aggressively hoppy. Malt sweetness balanced by spicy hoppyness. Good balanced. Nice flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp, slightly smooth. Aftertaste is bitter.

beerguy101, Aug 14, 2003
Photo of canucklehead
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Compared to Winterfish this is a lighter more quaffable IPA but
it still packs a IBU punch and has a grapefruit nose. I really like
the balance of the hops and the malt which puts this beer a cut
above a lot of the local IPA's (except possibly Spinnakers or Tree).
I am going to hoard this beer and also buy some Winterfish too
since good U.S. beer can disapear in a matter of weeks in B.C.
liquor stores.

canucklehead, Apr 05, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought in the 12 oz brown bottle "certified organic"
great foamy white head atop a lovelly amber/orange beer very nice looking stuff.
the aroma as would be expected froman IPA is mainlly hops , hops, hops!
mmm this is a weird tasting IPA..i taste the hops ok but i get a sort of soapy taste in my mouth..its not pleasant , happily it doesnt linger but it knocked a whole point off my score.
very nice on the tongue intrigueing but not overwhelming.
Would be better drinkable if the soapy taste wasn't there..maybe I got a bad bottle or something?

Reidrover, Apr 05, 2003
Photo of Gusler
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A sparklingly clear amber color as it sets in the glass with a modest sized head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a nice bit of lace to cover the glass. Hop floral nose that is malt sweet, fresh and crisp, a real treat for the senses, start is also malt sweet, the top middling in its feel, acidity is moderate and the hops spectacular in their spiciness, dry as a bone aftertaste and a quite good representative to the style.

Gusler, Mar 14, 2003
Photo of zacharius
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

zacharius, Mar 04, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is hazy copper in color. Small particulates are observed in suspension. Caramel malt and citric hop tones mix on the nose. The taste is not as "over-the-top" bitter as I expected, but very nice nonetheless. There is a bitterness evident. But what's even more enjoyable are the hop tastes. There's a unique twist on the hop taste that is hard to describe in this beer. A dry, dandelion, citric, piney, herbal blend that is very pleasing (at least to my buds). The malt backing is sufficient. I pick up notes of pale and caramel malts. A lingering dryness and bitterness (which is bigger than I first thought). Medium-full body. Great taste = great drinkability. Yet another solid West Coast IPA.

Bighuge, Nov 20, 2002
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Fish Tale India Pale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
80 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.