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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 lacqueredmouse


3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasantly hazed orange hue, with a filmy, and pocked head of white head, which leaves little lacing, and subsides almost to nothingness. Body has a bit of heft to it, and the carbonation is languid almost to the point of lethargy.

Nose is robust with hops, but oddly sweet, with a touch of butterscotch to it. The hoppiness is pretty generic west-coast, with a hint of sweet citrus and some mild tropical notes. There's also a sweet graininess like crystal malts in there. Overall, it's ok, but very generic.

Taste is a bit better, although the sweetness is also still a little too pronounced. But apart from that, there's a really pleasant fresh hop character giving mild fruitiness and a sharp cleansing bitterness. A bit more dryness on the back would add a bit to the drinkability—as it is, the sweetness stays around slightly too long. Feel is clean, although the sweetness on the back means it feels just a little cloying.

Pretty drinkable, all up. There's certainly ways it could be improved, but it's solid enough and with plenty of character. I've certainly had better IPAs, but I've had far, far worse, as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 00:49:40 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange colour, finger of soapy head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Nice sweet citrus hops, touch of pineapple and cotton candy with a hint of caramel on the finish.

T - The sweetness of the hops comes through nicely with the citrus notes dominating and some erthy undertones. The caramel lingers on the tongue alongside some bitter leafy notes.

M - A tad thin, but the dryness is nice.

O - A tasty IPA boasting some solid hop notes and pleasant bitterness levels. An easy drinking go-to beer that I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 22:07:01 | More by andrenaline
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 jdense


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

22 oz bottle shared with neighborhood beer compadre poured into Delirium Tremens snifter 7.26.11.

One finger white head, quick dissipation with minimal if any lacing. Clear orange amber body not much visible carbonation. Not much going on in the nose, a bit of tropical hops and wee bit of caramel with some bready malts. Taste mirrors nose, pretty sweet, more tropical than citrus, not picking up any resiny hops. Mouthfeel is light, a small bit of effervescence. Unremarkable, certainly not the best product from this brewery. Too many other good PNW IPAs to be had, I'll pass on this next time.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 13:49:23 | More by jdense
Photo of draheim


3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This review developed from notes taken within minutes after returning from a restaurant where I drank this beer.

12oz bottled into a weizen glass; April tab cut on label indicating this beer was bottled in April.

Hazy orange amber, 1 finger head.

Flory, hoppy aroma.

Taste follows nose: medium malt body with aromatic hops and a bitter finish.

Overall this is a typical representation of a Northwest-style IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 03:38:12 | More by draheim
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

2.15/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

$2.50 single from Abe's.

Hazy dark orange body, topped by one finger-plus of level off-white foam.

Almost no aroma whatsoever. A faint echo of caramel and biscuit.

Sweet caramel start. Nondescript fruit middle. Minor bitterness at the swallow and through the finish.

Ok mouthfeel.

A disappointing lackluster IPA from the west coast. Pass unless the organic status is your interest.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 22:32:57 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes a while back
A - light hazy burnt orange, short head dissipated to random covering and random lacing
S - lemon, pine, and herbal hops, toasted grains, light mandarin
T - lemon zest with light perfumy and piney hop notes, sharp grain malt backbone, lightly spicy finish
M - lowish carbonation, somewhat oily, medium dry bitter
O - a tasty offering with a solid hop profile backed up by proper pale ale maltiness, goes down easy but could use more carbonation

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 02:36:15 | More by joemcgrath27
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Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, organic and fishy-looking as ever was.

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale copper amber hue, with two flabby fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and sudsy off-white head, which settles in due time, leaving a wide swath of streaky, splotchy lace around the glass.

It smells straight off of a semi-sweet orange flesh and bitter pine needle hoppiness, a bit of musty weeds, and some mild biscuity caramel malt. The taste is crackery, bready caramel and pale malt, with some mild, and still musty pine, blended citrus, and floral hop bitterness alternating randomly throughout.

The carbonation is moderately zippy, but mostly plain in its workaday frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, despite (or because of) the particular nature of the hop bill here. It finishes off-dry, a little clingy from the sweetness of the latent doughy malt, and with enough lingering bitterness to encourage taking this ride for another go around.

A decent IPA, if a bit muted on both sides of the coin, which, on the plus side, helps it go down in a way that would encourage multiple rounds of indulgence, delaying palate fatigue, as it were. And you can't discount the hippie culture surrounding this offering - just check out the pub in bucolic Olympia's cute as sin 'downtown' outskirts - you'll see what I mean.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 21:24:10 | More by biboergosum
Photo of Schmit


3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful beer with a lingering hop aftermath.

$3.99 for a 22-oz. bottle at Tacoma Boys this week. Have had this on tap in Fish Brewing's Olympia brewpub before, but this is my first time having it from a bottle.

No head on this one; a few bubbles dissipate quickly. But the color is a pleasingly deep-hued reddish-orange. I get resinous and floral aromas, nothing overpowering. Flavor is good, not necessarily outstanding but well-balanced; citrus sweetness and earthy bitterness. As the lack of head suggested, carbonation in this one is a little flat. Surprising, though, how the hop bitterness really lasts with kind of a "slow burn" effect.

Nothing I'd seek out since it's so ubiquitous around here, but a decent IPA I'm sure I'll buy some time again. Plus, it's nice to know it's certified organic.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 06:24:58 | More by Schmit
Photo of Nerudamann


3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look - murky amber color, with about half a finger of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - interesting smell for an IPA, somewhat fruity aromas and very earthy tones.

Taste and Mouthfeel - much like the smell, earthy tones with an interestingly sweet twist to the hops. Not very bitter at all, but what bitterness there is arrives late in the middle of the taste. Texture is very smooth, almost watery. Again, an interesting aftertaste. I would describe more if I could place the taste. Good though.

Overall - a good brew, especially when given the goal of going organic and/or gluten free. Good taste...would drink more.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 03:34:56 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of Japerrault


3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden amber ale, thin white head. Some lacing.

S: Carmel and piney resiny hops.

T: Pine, grapefruit, medium bitterness throughout, burnt flavors in the aftertaste. Not much malt flavor present.

M: Medium-light body, medium-light carbonation. Bit of a thin feel.

O: Overall an interesting beer. Not particularly deep in flavors, but the hops are different from other IPAs I've tasted. Not my favorite, but interesting none the less.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 17:44:08 | More by Japerrault
Photo of biggred1


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

Clear, coppery amber with a slight tan cap that leaves scraps of lace on the glass as it falls. Nice hoppy aroma with some orange-like citrus friuty notes. Unique and tasty hop-centric flavor profile, this is my first experience with Pacific Gem hops and I like what I taste, bitter and hop oily without venturing into DIPA flavors. This beer has a less than sturdy malt backbone and I'm fine with that. Light bodied with prickly carbonation and an oily hop bitterness in the finish. I like this beer a lot, it's a nice change of pace and is a good IPA if you need certified organic products.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 22:10:02 | More by biggred1
Photo of MrOH


2.15/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Deep gold to light copper. Small white head.

Weak (for an IPA) grapefruit, some blackcurrant, caramel underneath it all.

Orange, currants, a little bit of malt. IPA bitterness, but not hop flavor or aroma, might be an older bottle. No date that I can see, though, so it's gonna cost it points. A touch of alcohol in the back.

Standard IPA mouthfeel.

It's like SNPA with more bitterness and alcohol. I'd probably like it a lot more with more hoppiness.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 20:46:12 | More by MrOH
Photo of jeffjeff1


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

I picked this up at Monument Wines and Spirits.

Appearance- amber color, very thin head

Smell- piney and citrus hops

Taste- malt, piney hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I would drink it again. It's a pretty good IPA although definitely not the best just pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 18:26:10 | More by jeffjeff1
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 BeardedRiker


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

I wanted to try another organic beer and being a pale ale fan I picked up this one.

The head was creamy-white and bubbly that eventually fizzed out to a slight film on the top. The color was clear amber and I enjoyed the smell of floral hops and sweet malts.

I was impressed by the full body of the brew. It was hoppy throughout but the bitterness was just right. There was some citrus undertones and some faint sweetness that make for a nice balanced palette. A nice one here.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 21:05:44 | More by BeardedRiker
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

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

A: Pours a pale, clear orange-gold color. The head has a faintly orange tint and is pretty large, with a somewhat dense, frothy texture. Retention is solid, and some attractive lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Some caramel sweetness. Perhaps some very faint toastiness. Citric and somewhat piney hop aromas are present, but in a fairly muddled, nondescript fashion for an IPA.

T: Some malt sweetness up front - caramel and light toffee notes. Again a bit toasty. Citric (orange/lemon) and light piney hop flavors contribute a medium bitterness. Some light fruity esters.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is soft, lending a somewhat watery feel. The lack of assertive hop dryness doesn't help in that regard.

D: A pretty mediocre IPA. Lacking substantial zest or character for the style. Reasonably drinkable, but not exciting enough for a real recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 02:26:57 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A nice, strong smell of hops, citrus, and a bit of malt.

T: Tasted of hops, a little grapefruit, caramel, and malt in the finish. Usually, organic beers are pretty thin on flavor. While this one wasn't particularly special, it did taste better than most organics.

M: A slightly undercarbonated beer with a very dry, smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: As organic beers go, this one is fairly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 14:18:36 | More by avalon07
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 glid02


3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle via trade with barleywinefiend - thanks!

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pale malts with slight hints of breadiness along with muted floral and citrus hops. The aromas aren't disagreeable but they seem so muted it doesn't exactly draw one in to taking a sip.

Tastes a bit better than it smells. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by light citrus hops. Midway through the sip the hops turn more toward the earthy side of things before carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is not so great. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass but I would not be interested in another.

Overall, as mentioned in my description of the aroma there was nothing specifically disagreeable about this beer except for the fact that nothing was especially agreeable either.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 21:59:37 | More by glid02
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

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

12 ounce single bottle. Slow pour yielded a quarter-inch thick foam top; minimal carbonation. Faint aroma of hops with an oily-resin smell noticeable... Light to medium-bodied mouthfeel; slight bitterness substantially rounded-out with a balance of malts which offset the piney tart flavor. First beer from this brewery... Average at best, nothing to write home about. Kudos for being organic, but that doesn't compensate for overall taste profile.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 01:28:36 | More by dsa7783
Photo of velosuds


3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at local natural foods store for $1.39 on sale. Normally see this offered at $9.99 a six pack.

A-Clear copper amber with about a one finger, off-white head with modest retention and lacing.

S-Citrusy hops and caramel malts. Faint aroma is too malt dominant and more like an APA.

T-Some mild hop bitterness up front and caramel malt sweetness in the finish. Not bad, just not nearly hoppy enough for an IPA.

M-Medium bodied, but a little more carbonation would help.

D-Another nondescript IPA. I liked it being organic, but probably won't buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 23:32:39 | More by velosuds
Photo of BeerAdvocate


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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

Brewed with organic barley, Centennial hops and Pacific Gem--a super high alpha acid hop from New Zealand.

Light on carbonation, so the pour was vigorous to thicken the head to two fingers. The head drops to a thin lace with some retention. The pale amber color has a stunning clarity to it. Pungent, piney hop aroma-- peppery and spicy with a hint of grain. Early in the game, the hops have a bitter burn to them--spicy and piney with a pungent, oily flavor. A bit of a hop bomb up front. Malt is silent for the most part, with a quick splash of biscuity grain. A faint breath of alcohol comes out when the beer warms up a bit, as does a tad more maltiness. Clean flavors throughout. Regardless, hops still have a firm grip around the palate far into the semi-dry finish.

If there are any hopheads into organic living, this beer is for you--as for any other hopheads, this will certainly suffice. Hops are quite unique and the higher alpha acid hops don't hold back at all. A hot-pot of coconut green curry, scallops, shrimp and basil over some jasmine rice was the perfect pairing.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 18:19:17 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of u2carew


3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick head that settles quickly. Slight chill haze but other than that clear bronze body. Lacing is thin and semi-sticky.
S) Peach. Floral. Hints of pine. Some grapefruit.
T) The flavors are a bit light throughout, but balanced. Caramel malty sweetness. Grapefruit rind tartness. Most of the flavors are right up front then fade. In the finish a floral dryness.
M) Fizzy, yet somewhat smooth. On the lighter side of medium body. Subtle tannin feel in the finish.
D) A decent IPA. I'd have another but not a blow your mind IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 22:23:34 | More by u2carew
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Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass. Two finger tan head on a clear reddish amber. Moderately carbonated at first. The head soon diminishes to a thin layer. Light lacing.
The smell is very pleasant. Citrusy spicy hop smells. Mild pine notes.
Tastes of fruit up front - a bit of a surprise but shouldn't be - after the smells. A milder slightly bitter hop finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth, medium body. The carbonation is markedly less. I think that more would be better. Drinkability is good. The balance and moderation of hop bitterness lends this beer to longer sessions.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 03:45:56 | More by scott451
Fish Tale India Pale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.