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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAngel on 05-04-2002

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Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 141
Photo of IronDjinn
3.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a 6 of this, newly available in the area. Pours out a clear polished copper hue, intense carbonation, with two fingers of tight spongy head possessing some pretty impressive retention. I've been glancing at it the past 2 minutes since I opened the bottle and there is no sign of it fading whatsoever, another .5 to the rating just for that alone. Small thatches of lacing as I begin to empty the glass. A very earthy, dry grass character to the nose, some bitter and citrus hops manage to poke through off and on, but for the most part this mysterious mustiness dominates the aroma. The flavour also contains this deep rooted earthiness to it, I'm picking up a peatiness to it as well (fond flashbacks of a bottle of Laguvalin), with the hops only rising beyond this all at the tail of the finish with a light refreshing break. The aftertaste reverts back to a woodsy note. Not quite smoky, but very woody and earthy. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, almost bang on what I look for in an ale, they definitely got that right. In the end this is a pretty well put together pale ale, looks great and fantastic mouthfeel, but the overwhelming earth tones don't do much for me, and therefore the lack of appeal in the aroma and taste. I almost wish I could rate this higher, but it comes down to personal tastes in the end. After finishing the glass there's still a finger's width of head left at the bottom, that is some pretty amazing head retention for a pale ale, I salute Fish Tale for that accomplishment.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright coppery orange; the color of fresh, juicy apricots. A modest number of tiny particles swirl within, as do a few larger flakes that resemble citrus pulp. The head is golden ivory in color and creamysoft. It falls to a one finger disk the consistency of whipped butter and deposits a good bit of melty lace. So far, so good.

The nose leaves a lot to be desired. I get the impression of sweet, citrusy hops, but they're way too weak. It's difficult to tell if the hop load is insufficient or if something else is smothering the hoppiness. There is a slight off-aroma, but I can't be sure of its origins.

Wild Salmon tastes like it smells, more or less. There's disappointingly little hoppiness, even for a pale ale. With a hop bill consisting of Chinook (primarily), Cascade and Willamette, you'd think this would be a no-brainer. Well evidently it was a 'brainer' and the brewers weren't smart enough to figure out what makes for a good APA (clue: a lot of good hop flavor).

The beer is acceptably malted I guess, but then it wouldn't take much to counter the paltry amount of hops. For some reason, much more bitterness is evident than actual Chinook (et al) flavor. Unsweetened grapefruit and bitter lemon shine the brightest. Bitterness increases throughout and dominates the dry, clean finish. The mouthfeel is medium for the style with a generous amount of carbonation.

The only other Fish Brewing Company beers that I've had have been IPAs. I thought Fish Tale IPA was just okay and I loved Winterfish. Wild Salmon is definitely closer to just okay. I can't recommend it, but I'm glad that my purchase went toward saving a Wild Pacific Salmon or two.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's great when saving the earth and something you really enjoy come together... and Fish Tale's organic pale ale is one of those things! It's hazy orange body rests gently beneath a short-lived head of creamy ivory froth that leaves some nice spots of lace about the glass. The nose is more malty than hoppy, but you can detect some grassy and floral notes in the background. It's delicate, very fine-bubbled carbonation leaves it smooth and even somewhat creamy in the mouth. The subtly sweet and grainy malt is well-infused with a mildly grassy and delicately floral hop flavor; and nicely balanced by a firm bitterness that brings it to a dry conclusion. It's not an aggressive beer by any means, but it's malt and hop combination is quite charming. A drinkable, everyday ale that resfreshes and satisfies.

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

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful breadlike maltiness that is earthy and slightly dry. There is a nice complimentary hop aroma that balances the nose. The taste is decent. It has a sweet malty flavor with a dry musty aftertaste. There are some bitter hop notes, but they are quite subtle. It has a watery finish. It lacks mouthfeel. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent pale ale. It has an excellent aroma, but the taste is not well balanced and lacks body.

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Photo of beertaster13
2.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Average across the board, pours a bland orange with yellow highlights, the head is white but falters to a fizzle, lacing is nowhere to be found. The smell is very sweet, fruity and hints of caramel, a slight subtle hop is detected. The tase is rather dull, a sweetness is detected but it is light and somewhat to light, the hops while barely traceable by tongue leave alot to be desired. Medium bodied, an average pale ale at best.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale burnt orange with a shaving cream dense foamy head that leaves alot of lacing down the glass. The smell is a nice buttered bread and popcorn with a creamy malt in the background. I like buttery, but this one is close to being overwhelming. The taste is more butter, but a more balanced execution with a sweet thick biscuit malt and a fruity hop punch in the background. This is a light to medium bodied beer that finishes slightly sweet.

Notes: This beer has all the right characteristics in all the wrong proportions. I like what it has, it's just not balanced right. It's a decent beer that needs a little tweaking. Cheers!

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Photo of woemad
2.7/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29.

This poured a pale gold/yellow color, with a big white head. Lots of lacing. This is probably the most pale pale ale I've ever had. Apparently Fish is taking a more "Kokanee" approach these days. The head and lacing is the only thing keeping this from getting a lower rating.

Smell was not particularly enjoyable. The primary odor is of mildly sweet malts. Not much hoppiness is discerned. There is also a slight odor of corn making it's lamentable presence known in the background.

Taste wasn't much better than the smell. There is more of a hoppiness here, but it's still rather anemic. The malt sweetness is much more noticeable. More than anything else, this strikes me as what an ale version of crappy macro lagers would taste like.

Mouthfeel was rather nondescript. It was thicker than the crappy lagers this beer reminded me of, but otherwise unimpressive.

Now that I have had this, I find no reason why I should ever drink it again. If this was marketed as another crappy macro offering, I'd consider it at least acceptable, though without much enthusiasm. That this comes from the same people who make Poseidon fills me with dismay.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wild Salmon is nearly identical in its copper-gold color and clarity to Fish’s IPA and bears a close resemblance to their amber, though perhaps a shade darker. It shows minimal head and lace with relaxed carbonation. Hop aroma makes a brief appearance.

Despite its visual polish, Wild Salmon’s taste is dominated by funky yeast esters. I generally prefer a cleaner tasting pale, but the yeasts don’t trounce the malts entirely and organic Cascade hops provide a sharp, bitter close. Be advised that the Fishbowl brewpub often lists Wild Salmon simply as “Organic Pale,” so don’t be caught off guard if its proper name is withheld.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.86/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Nice head that I had to control at the pour. The body is very light (a little too light) orange and clear.

Smell – This one smells like the yard waste bin on a hot summer day just before the garbage man comes to empty it out. There’s a tinge of malt and maybe some citrus hops, but they are hard to find.

Taste – It tastes marginally better than it smells, thank God. The citrus hop flavor really comes out nicely, although this one is pretty one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel – On the light side of medium-bodied and not much else to say.

Drinkability – This went down OK, although I won’t buy again.

Comments – I was very disappointed in this offering from Fish Tale. Prior to this, I have rated five other beers of theirs and they AVERAGE over 4.3. They were all larger bottles – maybe they don’t work as hard at getting the good stuff in the 12 ouncers?

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Photo of beerguy101
2.94/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium gold color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. A medium bodied Pale Ale. Medium malts and hops. Nice flavor, mild and refreshing and somewhat dry. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My experience with another Fish Tale Organic was rather pleasant, and I had high hopes for this one as well....
Clear, light amber hue, with a an ample, white head, that drifts swiftly down to size. Aroma is on the quiet side, to be polite. Alert, awake, fresh, even zesty, but possessing no particular flavorful sensations, nothing I like to detect in an ale, no matter how pale. As time goes on, the nose grows particularly more bitter, and there's an increasing fruitiness flowering, but only a bit.
Once over the lips and on the tongue, disappointment prevails. Very simple, with a some hop presence, but remarkably mild at that, and very scant malt, if any. That hoppiness rides meekly through the finish and it's appreciated well enough, but it's a far cry from what I want.
Light body, slight texture, feeling more like a faint, inoffensive ESB than a fruity, hoppy pale ale. I'm not going to quibble over stylistic designations any longer, just end on the note that it moved me not.
Thanks to Gromit for the chance to try it, though.

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Photo of Gusler
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nebulous golden orange color, the head prodigious in size, frothy in texture, the color a Very light tan and the residual lace a thick sealing sheet. The nose is mostly malt, light hints of the hops, cotton candy sweet as with the start, lots of malt and somewhat sweet. Top is skinny in feel, the finish lightly carbonated, the hops pertinent in their bitterness, the aftertaste droughty, a decent beer, but not a great beer, still drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of beernut7
4.1/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice representation of the style. Good dark golden color and lacey head. Nice hop aroma and flavor, just right level of IBUs. Goes down in schools.

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