Fish Tale Amber Ale
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

Fish Tale Amber AleFish Tale Amber Ale
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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #619
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
82
Ranked #41,392
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 10.8%
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
132
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Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
 
Washington, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
82
Good
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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a mug: color is amber, a little murky, head presents at least 1/2 inch deep, head is light tan with fine bubbles.

Smell is pleasant malt with toast, light caramel and hint of biscuit; hops are present- earthy and herbal aromas.

Taste is similar to the aroma with good toast, caramel and biscuit flavor with earthy and herbal hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp, a bit sharp maybe from fermentation, moderate carbonation.

Overall a good, solid amber ale with pleasant flavor and aroma.

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Photo of tallpeaks_coldpints
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I respect beer and respect it even more when it's organic. With only 2 ingredients in addition to water, Fish Tale Amber Ale is a winner in my book.

Smell is that of a lightly roasted malt which suggests that it'll be an easy drinker. The color is a deep amber only made more beautiful when held in a little sunlight (where any respected beer should be imbibed). The head was surprisingly creamy and only hurt a little when I accidentally sniffed some up.. whoops! The mouth feel was lighter than expected and honestly left me wanting a little, unfortunately. Overall, I love that it is organic, delicious and refreshing. I will definitely be snagging a six pack again.

Anyone know where fish tale is on tap in Seattle?

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
2.87/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a decent hazy looking orange color with a quickly dissipating one finger white foamy head. There was some light lacing that slid into the beer. The smell had some roasty dried caramel malts that showed some light sweetness. Also, there were some light nuts. The taste was mainly sweet but also had a decent roasty dried caramel. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a slight watery finish. Overall, weird beer. I guess it’s just weird beer night. Would I have this again, probably not on purpose but I still could be swayed if I had to.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Been drinking this stuff for nearly 20 years. In a one word review, I would simply say: average.
But we like to get into the usual descriptors repeated ad nauseum so here we go:

Amber beer pours amber in color, a solid 5/6" white head on the top, good retention. Aroma was of red malt caramel and not much else.

Taste reveals more of the red malt edge, some hopping that isn't the usual Cascade hopping, not exorbitant by any means, I'm guessing this is around 40ibu? Keeps the red and and caramel malts in the mouth feel the whole time. The hops are relatively negligible aside from the bitterness contribution.

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Photo of btheluvdoctor
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this one as part of a build your own 6 pack. It's not a back beer with nice color and smell. There was nothing special in the taste but on the other hand it was easy to drink. I would give it another try.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a fairly hazy burnt red color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Trickling messy lacing runs down into the glass.
The smell started off with some caramel, roasty and semi-sweet, light floral yet subtle toffee combines decently.
The taste was moderately sweet with an ample amount of roastiness to amplify and surround nicely. Bready to slick biscuity aftertaste leads into the finish.
The mouthfeel accompanies a nice slickness to it. Surprisingly enough, its definitely one that just rolls right on down my throat.
Overall, good Amber ale that just comes off pretty sessionable. Definitely a food beer.

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Photo of 57md
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%

Copper color. Bready nose. Hearty and flavorful.

Sadly, I have found that most organic beers are somewhat lacking in the flavor department. This is an example of an organic that is full-flavored as well.

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Photo of jburris64
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Dark amber color, slightly cloudy when poured into a pint glass.
Clean crisp taste with a mild aftertaste.
Excellent amber worth trying or having on hand to share.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some hops and some fruit.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel, citrus and some other fruits. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bronze with a slight redish tint. Light tan head with a medium carbonation.

S: Spice and wheat bread. Toasted seeds like cashew and walnut and malted barley. A dash of metal and aluminum.

T: Sweet brown sugar notes and tangy finish. New wood, maybe cedar. Rich and nutty with a cinnamon and nutmeg spice. Mellow and smooth and light for an amber with still a well rounded palette of toast and grain.

M: Thin in a cool and refreshing way. A bit of a steel aftertaste mixed in qua woodiness that lingers long and dry.

O: Long time since I've had a good amber.. Or any amber in fact. Very light and drinkable for an amber. Full flavor without the overly hoppy flavor. Not bad for a beer I bought on clearance.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a dark caramel copper color. A cream colored head recedes to a chunky film, with good webby lacing. The beer smells deliciously of malts, bready yeast, and sweet caramel. The taste is also bready with a glaze of sweet caramel over it. Light grain notes fill out the back end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, a really great tasting amber ale with all of the great amber characteristics.

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

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy, rusty orange with an off-white, finger width head. Average retention. Lacing is spotty at best, with little stick.

Smell - Moderate caramel aroma. Hops are well hidden, but faint notes of floral and citrus peaks through as the beer warms.

Taste - Caramel dominates the flavor profile from start to finish. Hops play a small supporting role, staying mostly subdued, but do well to keep this from becoming too sweet. There is a subtle orange note sitting behind the caramel near the finish, and that's basically it.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth going down.

Overall - This beer's a one trick pony, but that trick is pretty good. Caramel bomb. I wouldn't miss this if I never had it again, but I wouldn't regret buying it either. Nice session beer candidate. Reminds me quite a bit of Mad River Steelhead Extra Pale Ale, only not nearly as good.

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Photo of morimech
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat darker amber with one finger of head that quickly settled to a ring of bubbles. Just a little lacing is left down the glass.

Mostly sweet malt aroma. Notes of caramel, nuts, and a mild fruitiness.

Rather pedestrian flavor but it is inoffensive. Mostly caramel malt with some yeast esters. There is a moderate hop bitterness but not much hop flavor.

Feels a little undercarbonated in an otherwise medium body. Could use some more life to excite the palate.

About as middle-of-the-road as a beer could get. Nothing wrong with the beer, but nothing really interesting about it either.

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Photo of seand
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent amber with a fair amount of fizzy white head. Most of the foam dissipates fairly quickly, leaving small spots of lacing.

S: Sweet grainy malt, mostly pleasant. There's a slightly weird note, almost like milk that hasn't quite gone bad; blended in it's not really bad, and adds complexity, it's just a little strange.

T: Sweet basic amber ale. Good, and a very competent interpretation of the style, but it certainly doesn't break new ground.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall, very good. Not exceptional, but it doesn't need to be, or, I think, aim to be. I'd have it again.

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Photo of ckollias
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a cooper-orange hue with a small white head that leaves a nice trail down the glass and ends in a wispy lace.

S: Mild sweet and hoppy aroma. Not a huge nose here.

T: A little sweet and a little bitter with a musty sort of flavor. A little hoppy in the middle and finished on the dry side.

M: Thin body and medium carbonation.

O: Interesting beer – but I’ll pass next time.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear medium orange with a decent off-white head. Some retention.

Caramel and toasted grain in the nose. A bit mild.

Nice toasted malt, caramel sweetness, balanced by some mild hop bitterness. This one has a bit of an herbal touch to it, in both sweetness and bitterness. Flavor washes out a bit, which I did not like, but still finishes with all characteristics in place.

A little lean and thinner than I'd like, but still ok. Not bad. Fairly drinkable, but nothing I'd need to hunt down. I did like it.

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Photo of tone77
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of malts. Taste is a good balance of malts and hops, some sweetness and caramel notes. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy amber colour, finger of head with solid retention and some nice sticky lacing.

S - Scent is mild with a touch of musty caramel notes and some biscuit notes.

T - A tad mild, but the musty caramel and biscuit notes come through. A touch of bitter leafy hops linger on the finish alongside some buttered bread.

M - Thin... Could use a carbonation lift.

O - A tasty amber, but could use some more bold flavours and a carbonation lift. I was satisfied but was looking forward to my next beer after a few sips.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy amber with one-finger, fizzy white head that lasted less than a minute. No lacing. Okay bubbles.

S: Malt and a little bit of caramel fruity aroma.

T: Sweet caramel and toasted bread. Very light earthy hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: I was disappointed in the head, and the aroma was a bit underwhelming. But, the taste was descent, and it was very drinkable. Solid amber ale.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle traded to me from user azurescens. thanks! drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- the beer pours out an amber colored body with a slight haze to it. a small khaki colored head forms on top and leaves pretty quickly. small spots of lacing are left behind.

S- the smell here is quick and to the point. toasted bready malts start off and are joined by some caramel which adds a level of sweetness. a little bit of herbal and earthy hops at the end.

T- the taste is just as simple as the nose, which isnt necessarily a bad thing. caramel and toasted bread malts lead the way. a little bit of toffee in the middle. spicy, earthy, and herbal hops at the end.

M- medium bodied. medium carbonation.

O- a simple beer that serves its purpose well. very flavorful compared to other beers at its strength. i can see drinking this again outside during the summer if it were available to me.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.09/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool bottle sent down to me from my brother. Never had anything from these guys, so, excited to give 'em a try. 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark rusty ruby color with a small white head capping it off. Light lace left behind. The nose is not hoppy in any way, which is odd, given the style. Lots of toffee and malt in the aroma. Light fruitiness on the finish.

The mouth is moderately full. Ample carbonation. Creamy finish. The flavors are a little tame as well. This is definitely erring on the side of malts, rather than hops. Sweet caramel, toffee, breads. Very faint bitterness. I wish there were a bit more punch to this, but I'm not surprised given its organic background. My experience with most 'organics' is that they are usually mellow, and lacking in zip. Still, not a bad beer to have on a warm afternoon.

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Photo of Samp01
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy amber, with a nice beige head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, sweet spices and bready yeast notes. Taste is malty, bready, with some light hops. Palate is nice med body, moderate carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel, malt, yeast with some light hops bitterness ending in a lingering nutty, and bready aftertaste. Overall makes for a nice easy drinking sessionable brew

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see this Seattle brewery now here in NC.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear rich amber with a well defined slight off white head that left a broken ring of lace as it settled quickly.Aromas mainly consisted of toasted malt and caramel with a faint herbal hop note.Toasty and moderatly sweet on the palate with some tea-like hops in a lingering finish.A little sharp in the mouth but not to much of a problem.A pretty easy quaffing American amber with a decent hop profile.

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Photo of hreb
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle of Fish Tale Organic Amber Ale spawned in October (year unspecifed?? oh well, seems fresh enough). Beer pours cola brown/orange with just a hint of off-white head. Aroma is slightly smoky, slightly fruity.

Flavor is less impressive...only the very edge of bitterness, and the middle is of an average, bland red or brown ale. Carbonation is pleasantly heavy to cut through the chalky mess.

My least favorite Fish Tale.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

Certified organic and brewed with Santiam and Haller- taur hops. Dubbed "The First Ale of the Republic" and brewed in keeping with the Cascadian commitment to protect natural water resources. (Check out zapatopi. net/cascadia for some paranoia-fueled fun.)

Thick, bubbly head rises to three fingers in height and leaves a substantial amount of lace on the glass. Bright amber hue glows when put up to light. Strapping caramel aroma from the malt, with fresh-cut grass and a hint of lemon in the back. More smoothness than crispness, with a medium level of carbonation and a stable body and mouthfeel. Spicy hop bitterness strikes first with peppery, herbal and mild lemon flavors. Modest caramel malt flavor intertwines with the hops to show balance. Flavors remain far into the semi-sweet finish.

Nothing earth-shattering, just a downright drinkable Amber Ale; and the hop character adds a kick to it like no other Amber out there. It really grew on us after a while. A plate of thin-sliced bresaola and buffalo mozzarella would be an ideal pairing.

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Fish Tale Amber Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 132 ratings