Fish Tale Organic Blonde Ale | Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Fish Tale Organic Blonde AleFish Tale Organic Blonde Ale

Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Washington, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by cvschaller on 07-25-2005

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of Metaltildeath
4/5  rDev +24.6%

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy pale golden hue, with one finger of soapy white head, which disappears quickly, leaving random splotches of lace around the glass. It smells of bready barley malt, and fruity floral hops. The taste is more bready, grainy malt, a bit of citrus, and floral, herbal hops. The carbonation is on the low side, the body soft and pretty smooth. It finishes, surprise, with a mildly sweet breadiness and soft bitter hoppiness.

Consistent, if anything, this beer. I'm not a huge fan of this particular style; however, this one is quite flavourful, and went down well with leftover turkey.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of philbertk
3.71/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fish Brewing Company--Fish Tale Blonde Ale--2006 Release--12 oz. Bottle--4.00% ABV--15 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Blonde Ale--Lacy head. Hazy rich bright gold color.Mild butter floral hop front. Rich creamy sweet malty butter caramel mild fruit ester body. Smooth clean mild hop citrus lingering malt end. Hoppy Blonde Pilsner Ale. Sampled 8/3/2006.

Fish Brewing Company--Fish Tale Blonde Ale--2007 Release--12 oz. Bottle--4.00% ABV--20 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Blonde Ale--Thin head. Cold haze rich bright gold color. Mellow malt banana hop front. Crisp mild sweet medium bodied caramel mild fruit sourdough body. Clean mild tangy mild citrus end. Tasty rich flavored Blonde. Sampled 6/18/2007.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.58/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

Fish Brewing mashes in a little bit of rye malt for this summer seasonal. Dim golden hue has some haze, not cloudy, but definitely hazy. White lacing wavers to just a thin ring. Kiss of spicy rye malt in the nose, doughy maltiness and a faint flowery hop show that this is a very delicate aroma. The intense crispness cleans the palate with every sip, slightly smooth and creamy moderate body. Quick blast of pleasant maltiness is split apart by the spicy rye malt tone. Light flowery hop flavor throughout with a sufficient bitterness that couples with the rye to keep an even balance. Semidry finish with more spice and a long, lingering dried grass malt flavor.

Ample flavor to go around, crisp and drinkable, which are two great qualities to have in a summer seasonal. The rye kicks it up a notch compared to most Blonde Ales that tend to be quite pedestrian. Solid pick.

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flecked orange-amber with sunflower yellow edges. The cap is bone white with a faint hint of amber and is on the small side despite a high-altitude pour. At least the foam manages to stay inflated for a while. There isn't much happening on the lace generation front. American blonde ale is a style that has a hard time impressing with its looks.

The nose is sweet and pale malty, with very little hoppiness. In fact, it's hard to appreciate the Tettanger at all. That's okay, blonde ales are all about the blonde malt, so I don't miss the hops that much. There better be a little more hoppiness on the palate or I won't be quite so forgiving.

Fish Tale Blonde is standard issue for the style. The beginning and middle portions of the flavor arc are rather ho-hum, but something interesting happens on the finish. It's there that the generic pale malt sweetness turns decidedly honey-like and spicy. I'm not talking a huge about-face, but a noticeable one.

It tastes like the hops lie in wait and then seize their opportunity once the maltier flavors have subsided. That explains the spicy, herbal flavors (that lack much accompanying bitterness), but not the honeyish ones. I wish the beer tasted like it does after it leaves the mouth while it's still in the mouth. That's not too much to ask, is it?

The mouthfeel is roughly medium for the style. There's no hint of creaminess, but it gets the job done with a minimum of fuss and bother. Likewise the carbonation. It's neither too wild, nor too laid back.

Fish Tale Blonde is a relatively unexciting version of a relatively unexciting style. Blonde ales have always struck me as beer by committee. In other words, beer that is designed to appeal to a wide cross-section of people by virtue of its inoffensiveness. That isn't a bad concept if all you want to do is wash down your pizza, but I require a little more in order to be impressed.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - nearly clear golden, short white head quickly dissipated to a random spots
S - strong grainy aroma with leafy and metallic notes and mild fruitiness
T - toasty grainy malt with a bitter leafy hop note, slightly metallic and with a bit of pepper and fruit on the late finish
M - very light with a puckering feel that builds through the finish
O - its has characteristic of a kolsch and/or pilsner, nothing really stands out about it, but it is easy drinking

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Photo of MaxOhle
3.4/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Fish Tale Blonde pours out a hazy orange color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is pepper, tobacco, and peaches. The flavor is spicy up front, with a strong taste of tobacco. I get that same tobacco flavor in Fish Tale's Pale Ale. A tasty fruit flavor comes in at the middle and lasts through to a refreshing finish. Some grassy hop flavor comes in at the finish too. Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little high. A decent, but weird, blonde ale.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.32/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look – light golden color, clear, with light but good carbonation and about half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – light, grainy, but somewhat earthy smell. It literally smells like something grown from the earth like beans.

Taste – much like the smell, it tastes light with a touch of a cereal grain type of taste, but also with that “home-grown” type of flare as well, which lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well-balanced, but does lean a bit on the watery side.

Overall – a little interesting, but otherwise nothing terribly fancy. Not bad-tasting though.

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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.19/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle a light golden color with a very thin white head. No lacing left behind.

The aroma was mostly light grains and just a hint of of floral hoppiness.

The taste was fairly bland with just a sweet maltiness presented. Nothing there as far as hops.

Lighter bodied and crisp with a moderate carbonation.

A fairly average American Blonde from Fish Tale. Nothing stood out or delivered anything to make it memorable.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blonde ales often appeal to the lowest common denominator. This is not intended as an insult, but rather a statement of fact: casual beer drinkers prefer lighter beers, and many seasoned beergeeks can still appreciate the simpler pleasures of a blonde ale, in between lashings of bourbon-barrel-aged double dry-hopped imperial lambic. But, like almost every blonde ale, Fish Tale Blonde Ale is essentially a wanna-be lager. The malts have a gentle brassiness and the Tettnanger hops indicate a desire to emulate the spiciness of German beers. But the fruity, Ringwood-y yeast dominates the proceedings with all the delicacy of a grizzly bear doing needlepoint. There's some crispness, but not enough. There's not nearly enough dryness. And there's none of the clarity, either in appearance or flavor, that characterizes the best German lagers. It wants to be a pilsner so bad, but it just ain't. It's something else - a compromise. If it's good and fresh (as mine was) you'll derive some enjoyment out of it, but its pleasures are nothing exceptional.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep ,clear golden ale, with a off white bubbly head. Nice enough aroma, mainlly doughy maltiness, some hops but very faint. Semi-sweet taste, not cloying, mainlly malty, with a lemon after taste, ho hops detected, Ok on the palate, actually quite " substantial for the style. Overall a nice enjoyable ale, nothing spectacular but OK.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden color with a big head. Smell is sweet with a pappery twinge. Taste has an unexpected pepper blast right up front followed my a mellow hop finish. Not quite what I was expecting from a blonde ale. Still, not a bad ale but there are better options when it comes to a blonde ale out there.

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Photo of theopholis
3.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- This poured a mostly clear, medium gold color with a small white head. Very little head retention, no lacing. Looks a little like a urine sample after a heavy night of partying.

Aroma- The aroma is quite subtle. Very clean and crisp smelling. first thing that comes to mind is a nice malt sweetness, followed by a mild graininess. Also a hint of corn.

Taste- It's okay. A very mild malt sweetness followed by a grainy middle and just a hint of pepper in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body (for style). A bit over-carbonated.

Drinkability- Not a great beer overall, but worth trying. This would be a very good lawnmore beer.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to theskinny!

A - Yellow, slightly hazy body with a stark white head of about a quarter inch.

S - Mild wheat aroma with a hint of sweet.

T - Slight banana with a maltly backdrop. Nothing extraordinary in this flavor.

M - Slightly coarse throughout with a moderate thickness.

~ This is a decent Blonde but not something I would recommend to a friend.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled this first at the 2006 Calgary Beer Fest and was impressed with it then. Bought a 6 of this when it became available to fully enjoy and pass around.

Pours out a hazy marmalade hue with a plethora of suspended particles--sea monkeys anyone? Tall creamy white head that settles down to a thick cap, with lots of lacing as the glass empties. Great retention.

The aroma is mellow, mild hints of grassy hops, honey, and some spice. Some grain surfaces, but is still held behind the spice.

Mild flavour as well, slight sweet grains up front, a honey sweetness in the middle which starts to blend with some pepper, while finishing with fresh grassy hops, and then becoming far more herbal on the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is light, the carbonation is the most predominant texture, although it is not overbearing.

An enjoyable blonde, especially for hotter weather, but not necessarily worth the import price tag for what you get. Still, the Fish Tale beers are worth trying at least once in my books.

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Photo of woemad
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $ 1.49. According to the label, this was "spawned" in June.

This poured a medium gold color with a moderate sized bone-white head that stuck arouond for a few minutes. What little lace there was confined itself to leaving the occaisional spot on the sides of the glass.

The smell of this beer was fairly restrained. Mildly malty, with a bit of pepper and honey thrown in. Largely confines itself to being inoffensive.

The taste is similar to smell. This is meant to be mild and bland, and tastes accordingly.

The mouithfeel is bland as well. I feel this is where this could have shined by providing a refreshing crisp sensation, but it's virtually MIA instead.

This is actually too inconsequential tasting to be very refreshing. If the mouthfeel or flavor was a little more interesting I would consider it a decent lawnmower beer. Instead it's something that tastes vaguely like a beer.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The blonde pours a clear golden blonde color with very little foam head and some nice webbing on the side of the glass. It comes with a spawned on date which is nice. The smell is a small hoppy but not a lot coming through. It is malty on the palate and leaves a slight lemon taste on the mouth. Not bad but a bit pedestrian.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours from the 12-ounce bottle a clear gold, the head two fingers, the texture creamy and the color white, lacing provides a nice concealing sheet upon the glass. Nose has a sweet malt aroma; hint of hops, citrus like crispness, start has a decent malt presence with a bit of bitter bite, top light to medium in feel. Finish sternly acidic, somewhat sweet with the hops present, quite dry aftertaste, a drinkable beer, average at best, nice session beer.

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Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -6.5%

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