Fish Tale Wild Salmon Pale Ale | Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Fish Tale Wild Salmon Pale AleFish Tale Wild Salmon Pale Ale

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 141
Photo of Pooba001
3.16/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a good light pale ale color, with little head. Carbonation looks nice, but that head could definitely be better. Smells include orange and lemon peel, grass, corn.

Taste isn't anything special either. Light malt flavor, some grain, mild hops. Its pale alright, but if you're looking for an American Pale Ale with a little bit of hop kick, this bottle isn't the place to find it. Nothing here to offend, but nothing to impress either.

Mouthfeel is good, the appropriate carbonation comes into play here. Drinkability I can't rate high because even though I could drink a few of these, there are so many much better pale ales that there's no reason to keep having mediocre ones like this.

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Photo of akorsak
2.68/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions. It is certified organic, which makes this my first organic beer (I think).

A: The ale is an amber orange color, clear with no sediment. The head was near 1.5 fingers on pour but has reduced to a thin white webbing on the top of the beer.

S: The nose is a very toasted malt aroma with no sign of any hops.

T: The first thing that I thought on sip was drinking peanut juice, assuming such a thing exists. It is dry, very grainy and chewy. I was hoping for some cascade goodness, but the hops never took the time to appear. There is a bitterness but it lacks a coherent definition, coming across as a celery-like flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is muttled, with graininess and an unpleasant hop body. This is not a beer to use as a gateway into the world of organic beer.

D: The ale leaves an awkward aftertaste in the mouth that I don't think I could stomach again.

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Photo of ElGordo
2.65/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright golden-orange color with a thin, wispy, stark white head. Aroma of mildly sweet malt and a touch of fruity hops; a bit rough around the edges. Palate is rough and noisy - sweet malt melds with mildly bitter hops, yielding to a strangely sweet, fruity finish. Mouthfeel is a bit foamy and strangely hot. Overall, not a particularly pleasant beer to drink. This could be the reason a number of people are instantly put off by any beer labeled "organic".

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Photo of Reidrover
2.06/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

OK pours a nice dark amber, darker than most APAs, small bubbly white head. Oh man... I think I got a bad one. The aroma is like boiled peanuts with a load of malt extract thrown in. Taste is nothing..just faint malt and honey. No hops. Mouthfeel is thin, watery Not a good beer..I HOPE this was off but according to the label this was only brewed 2 months ago. This is terrible for an APA and barelly acceptable for an English Pale. I will try another someday..maybe this particular bottle was bad!

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Photo of BDTyre
3.36/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Average APA, but one of the better organic beers I've had.

Hazy amber colour with a well-developed foamy off-white head. Astringent, boring smell. I can't really make out any particular smells, but rather a one dimensional blending of hops and malts. Slight hop bite to it.

Taste is a bit better. Pale malts with a hop zest and a coppery background. More developed than the scent would have you believe.

Carbonation could be toned down a fair amount; combined with the hop profile it makes this beer seem too fizzy when it really shouldn't be. Drinkability is decent, this is a possible session ale.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.66/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Acquired via trade from waldowin, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him for the opportunity to try this beer. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma isn’t very strong, but contains citrus, hops, grain and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is very bready and malty, with some smokiness to it. There’s a background of hops & citrus, but neither seemed very pronounced.

M: Crisp, but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean & dry finish.

D: I didn’t find this beer to be very tasty or easy to drink. Slightly filling and there isn’t much kick. This was my first organic beer and although I’m not sure how much that factored into my perception of the beer, I know I didn’t really like the beer too much.

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Photo of tonistruth
2.96/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- partly cloudy, orange tinted, straw color w/ a 1" off white head that settles to a little ring, retent is just "alright".

S- grassy and pine hop aromas, some malt in there, but overall rather faint

T- some malt sweetness, grassy hop flavor toward finish, grain husk to it, citrus in the aftertaste. Tastes are about as mild as the aroma

M- nice body and carbonation, overall smooth with coarse occurences.

D- easy drinking pale, had some inviting flavor but it was just too mild or blah to be blunt. Glad i tried it, but i doubt we'll be meeting again.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a pale copper with an airy, two finger head. The first thing you smell is a blast of citrusy hops, but that yields to pleasant notes of grain and biscuity malt.

Hops and malt battle for control of the taste, with the end result being a well-balanced, if not entirely memorable drink. This has a nice crisp texture with lively carbonation that plays on the palate and finishes clean.

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Photo of loren01
2.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a light amber color, minimal head, minimal lacing.
S: Not much of a smell, slightly grassy. Also slightly fruity.
T: Taste is biscuty, slight hoppiness/grassy taste.
M: Medium bodied, a little too fizzy
D: Fairly below average to average pale ale across the board. I've had much better. I don't believe that I would buy this again.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

mid dark gold with a big pancake batter head, the nose is strangely missing. the taste is a big bold PNW pale ale that finishes fairly bitter. i find the balance a little weak but all in all this beer is pretty decent. still not at a sierra nevada level

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Photo of churchillwinston
4.12/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is great to find a beer that finds it own path and this is definitely one of them. I found the appearance a little hazy which added to the enjoyment as it gives an appearance of a roughly brewed beer that all homebrewers would appreciate. A great hop aroma and taste but I think that the aftertaste leaves you waiting for something more. I would certainly recommend this to anybody who is a fan of this style.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A widely available organic pale that reminds me of some New England beers; the ringwood butteriness seems very indicative of Geary's. Do they use ringwood yeast for this beer? If not, it must be a cousin. The other ingredients are delicate enough to allow a yeast flavor to shine through. It's a clean-tasting beer otherwise; neither malts or hops are leading the dance and it seems to be somewhat true (in certain cases) that organic ingredients can lead to a rather transparent tasting beer. But this is certainly enjoyable and would be a great sessional: it's an inviting copper-orange with smallish but bright head and a twinge of aromatics that is subtle yet manages to overpower the smell of bleach on my hands (I just cleaned my kitchen). Hops and malts introduce themselves to your tongue very politely, while the yeast ingratiates itself just a tad. Hops is the last to leave but still manages to disappear pretty quickly. Mouthfeel is just right for a beer of this type. Some appetizingly new, bready flavors show up midway through the pint -- welcome party crashers. I can see how some would find this beer boring but I can't find anything wrong with it.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.92/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up some Fish Tale brews to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a weizen glass.

Pours an orange copper color and is slightly cloudy. One finger of bubbly white head dissipates quickly to an eighth inch film on the surface of the beer. The head produces moderate lacing on the side of the glass.

The smell is fairly robust and has a sweet fruity aroma.

The taste is fruity, citrus, lemon and orange, with hints of malted grain and something of a cereal taste. There is a mild hop finish. The aftertaste is of slightly bitter hops.

The mouth feel is thin, crisp and refreshing.

This is a drinkable beer, but I think the malted grain flavor is a bit over done. It’s an OK pale ale, but I’ve had better at a comparable or better price. I would have Fish Tale Pale again, but I would not necessarily choose it over some others.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a brilliantly clear, amber-copper color and is topped by a frothy, one-finger thick, off-white colored head, which dissapears to a wispy ring of a head fairly quickly. The aroma is a mix of light hop and malt notes, quite appropriate actually. I get notes of caramalized malt, a grapefruit-like citrus character, some orange contributions and some sweet & toasty grain notes.

The taste is lightly sweet up front, with a solid malt character consisting of a light toffee note and a bit of dry, toasted grain notes. There is a citrusy hop character here as well, which reminds me of oranges and some grapefruit. There is this really weird phenolic note in the finish, it is quite noticeable and almost seems a bit like burnt plastic. It couples with a light astringent bitterness, which otherwise would be quite appropriate, but here just makes things worse. This is not horrible, just that the finish is quite off-putting. Otherwise it is a nice mix of hop and malt notes, and would be a quaffable Pale Ale.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer, along with a few other Fish Tale offerings, is a recent addition to the MLCC shelves. I'm always interested in West Coast brews, especially pale ales, India or otherwise.

Poured into a pint glass. Pretty dark copper colour, somewhat cloudy, nice head and good lacing. Very pretty pour. Nose is somewhat caramel sweet but mostly strong citrus hops, just as I expected. First taste is really quite good. Fairly well balanced, good grapefruit hop flavour but mellowed a bit by the roasted malts, letting you know that this isn't an IPA. Lively mouthfeel, good tongue bite, all around this is a decent brew. Not as good as their IPA, but not a bad offering.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Fish Tale Wild Salmon Pale Ale has a mostly clear orange color with a small, white head. Lots of rising bubbles. The aroma is malty and fruity, with hints of tobacco. Dry, grassy flavor becomes sweet and fruity when I swallow. The tobacco notes in the nose are more pronounced in the flavor. Some grassy hops, but for the most part, the malt dominates. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty good drinkability. Despite some negative reviews, I thought this was a more than decent pale ale.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, Woodman's, making a organic beer at a time

appearance: pale golden orange, mildly hazy, slightly foamy off white head, decent lacing around the rim

smell: not very strong, slightly earth...lightly toasted malts, some mildly chalky hops, slightly grassy and floral

taste: not very complex...decently balanced, lightly floral hops, toasted malt backbone...I wish organic beers were good, but sadly i havent had one i care for yet, kind of an odd aftertaste that I cant put my finger on, a bit of smoke

mouthfeel: watery, dry finish

drinkability: drinkable but not that great

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Photo of BigBry
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 12 oz bottle.
Another Certified Organic brew from Fish Tale. Pours a clear copper color, lots of carbonation. Two fingers of white head, good retention, thin wisps of lacing left trailing down the glass. An earthy, grassy smell. Some, but not very much citrus hops in the aroma. The flavour also contains this earthiness (I also picked this up in their IPA). I found the flavor quite restrained, especially after enjoying the IPA, and found myself wanting more taste. The aftertaste is more earthy and woody. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. Slightly above average when compared to some of their other brews.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale gold color with a small head. Smell consits of strong hops with floral undertones. The taste is pretty normal for a pale ale with the hops taking center stage. There's not a whole lot to say about this ale accept that it is smooth, easy to drink and not the most complex brew around.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light amber in colour. The aroma is all caramel malt with this one. The flavor is also dominated by caramel, with some notes of peach and a bit of mild orange on the back end. A little watery, but about what you’d expect from a low test beer. I’m wondering what happened to all of the hops with this one?

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Photo of bcm119
2.76/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very odd beer. Maybe my sample was off. Pours a medium amber color with some thin white foam. Aroma is vinous; if my eyes were closed I'd think I was smelling a Viognier or Pinot Gris. Flowery with pear and melon, but in a dusty, slightly off way. Very weird. The nose is a strong yeasty, nutty, almost meaty flavor, but quickly backs off and leaves a weak, bubbly fruity apple flavor, with a somewhat normal finish. Acetaldehyde is overpowering. It really doesn't taste like a pale ale until the finish, which has hints of lightly toasted malt. Based on my sample, not a beer I'd buy again, but I might to see if mine was off.

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Photo of Illinick
2.33/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured out a golden color with hints of orange. Big, white, frothy head that dissipates to ring and island spots. Good lacing.
S: Bland! citrus hops but an off smell of burnt wood and charcoal, almost hickory smoked smell. Definate burnt wood. Not pleasant.
T: Bland taste with citrus hops, hay, and the presence of burnt/smoked wood flavor.
MF: light and watery with little carbonation.
Overall: Not impressed in the least with this brew. It's my first experience with Fish Tales and I was dissapointed to say the least. Only bright spot was good lacing.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smokey peach. Lots of sustaining carbonation streams. Compact parched white foam reaches slender height. Keeps a moderate haze on top once it shrinks. Large and patchy lacing morphs into cob webbings.
Nose is a mere poke at that air with nominal amounts of caramel, lightly zested citrus, and softly intwined fresh spruce cuttings. Clean and respectfully undertowed.
Crisp taster on the first span of flavor where semi citric tones of dullish grapefruit and lemon slide into a grassy realm towards the hind quarters. Mild and clean. Smooth, sweet malt sugar backing holding balance. A peek of toastyness makes its way around the edges where the grasses bend. Bitterness only breaks a smidgeon of accountability in tone and effect.
Clean and smooth medium body with a favorable carbonation level that lets the malts and hops do its calm balancing. No hop beast I assure you. Simply mild mannered and pleasant enough, staying steady in flavor and body rendering a certain undefinable quality of good Ol' fashioned sessioning.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wild Salmon pours with a sizable head that stays creamy on top, and actually churns very slowly even after sipping, and stays put. A light copper coloured beer, with the head being bone-white, dimpled here and there with darker spots. Thick lacing. I love the aroma of this beer simply because it seems to differ to me every time I have one. Occasionally I smell all roasted, candied malt--Irish red style. Other times I smell the generous hopping, giving big notes of grapefruit. For a Western Pale Ale, I think the balance is superb. That characteristic soapiness is present, as in Fish's IPA. Sniffing just above the rim gives the delicious malt: roasted, buttery, with caramel and candy. In closer the fatty oiliness of the hops is less appetising, but it does give some nice aromas of orange, grapefruit, and some strange plastic-like or intensely earthy and flowery notes. I also get some strawberry, like neapolitan ice-cream. The mouth at first senses the earthiness of the hops with some toasted malt, and by the end this is mostly hops, with a respectable backing of malt, and certainly with more body than their IPA. The taste is a little disappointing, however. Not much complexity, with the dusty hop feel playing against a caramel malt that gives some fresh bread, butterscotch, and some maple. A respectable dryness is left in the finish, along with the citrus and peppery feel. Medium-bodied, and actually quite drinkable I find, as the bitterness seems to die down after the first. Carbonation is lively, but not fizzy. A solid pale that I would buy again.

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Photo of MrNuggets
2.56/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nice fluffy head with a hazy orange body.
Smells of hops.
This is too bitter for a pale ale. Leaving an almost unpleasent taste in my mouth. A grassy, bitter beer face type bitterness.
Not to enthused about drinking the rest of the six pack.
Being in the salmon business I wanted very much to love this beer, but no such luck.

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Fish Tale Wild Salmon Pale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
3.31 out of 5 based on 141 ratings.
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