Fish Tale Amber Ale
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Style:
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #619
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
82
Ranked #43,319
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 10.53%
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
133
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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
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Reviews by Keepnitrl:
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Keepnitrl from Washington

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Jul 24, 2014
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robotic_being from Florida

3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

May 12, 2019
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

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.

Sep 27, 2010
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the side of the label. This bottle was from Liquid Solutions.

Appearance: Dense and rocky off white head holds three fingers deep for a little while, clear and bright reddish auburn colour.

Smell: Bready and husky grain aroma with subtle fruity undertones and light hopping in the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Moderate body with a smooth and crisp mouth feel, a heavy hand of toasted malt on the palate. Nice bite from the hop bitterness shows and slightly juicy underbelly of citric hop. Some fruity flavours and nutty yeast make their way to the taste buds. Finishes a little sweet.

Notes: A rock solid amber ale, nothing special just an easy drinking ale. Quite enjoyable.

Mar 30, 2003
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frank4sail from New Jersey

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

Hoppy slightly sweet nose with a touch of alcohol in the back of your nose. Very, very carbonated looks almost like cherry 7-up with a little white head. Deep sweet maly taste with a complementing hop finish. Very balenced. The mouth is refreshing and effervescent for an amber. It is not flat and overly malty like lots of reds... I like the character oof the brew alot.

Cheers to mattmaples for the sample.

Aug 09, 2002
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beerguy101 from California

3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, large white foamy head. Aroma is malty, fruity and slightly sweet. A medium bodied Amber Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are citrusy. Mildly hopped, mild malts, slightly bitter, yet the malts are evident. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Aug 14, 2003
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beernut7 from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice medium bodied amber with complex malt character and spicy hop balance. Real good right off the line.

May 04, 2002
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BeerAngel from Texas

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

Pours a clear yet dark copper color with a very nice dense cream-colored head. The mouthwatering aroma consists of fresh baked bread, smooth malts, and faint alcohol. The taste is a tad lighter than the smell conveys, but it is still a nice fairly complex blend of again the fresh bread and biscuity malts with noticeable, but mild hops in the background. This is a medium bodied beer that finishes right in the middle of dry and sweet.

Note: This would be one heck of a session brew for the flavor, the abv, and the drinkability of this beverage! Very solid stuff! Cheers!

Apr 14, 2004
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oberon from North Carolina

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.

Feb 03, 2011
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Thrasher from Oregon

3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a lot of character, with caramel, Oktoberfesty malts and a light gumminess from the hops. Initially the flavor seems vacuous, and the aroma isn't much in the charm department, but the beer evolves over the course of the pint into a compulsive, savory refreshment. This may have to do with the pint warming, but I think it has more to do with the palate calibrating itself to the beer: it's organic and subtle, and there's not a big blast of malt, nor a sharp tweak of hops. One's tongue needs to reach for the flavors, to dig a bit deeper; once this is accomplished, a perfectly balanced, addictive brew becomes plainly apparent. I sampled this with pizza last night, and it was a fine match, but its subtleties were obscured by the overbearing flavors of the pie. Tonight, unaccompanied, a near-perfect interplay is illuminated between the brown-sugar, somewhat metallic, malts, and the grapefruit bittersweet hops. The yeast, which can be somewhat obnoxious in other Fish beers, is in perfect harmony here. Is this a world-class beer? No, not really. It may be too subtle to deem truly great, and it's not an especially interesting beer. But it is wholly successful, with not a note out of place. One slight change or variance to the brew and its effect would be diminished.

Apr 29, 2006
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cokes from Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly misty copper with a modest beige cap.
Nose of sweet bread biscuits and browning grass.
Begins dryish, yet with an undercutting sweetness. Like saltines spinkled with toffee. Turns a touch milky sour in the middle, combining with a jolt of underripe pineapple. Dry again at the close with dead leaves and prairie grass, a la hallertau.
Roughly medium bodied, lowly carbonated.
It's a drinkable brew, in a no-frills sense, but that sourness is out of place, and there are superior versions everywhere.

Dec 03, 2004
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jreitman from California

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

Amber color with a good medium body. Malts balance very well with a medium hop bitterness. Nut flavors present near the finish. A nicely enjoyable beer.

Jun 17, 2002
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not only is it organic, it's delicious! Its deep reddish-copper body reveals glowing dark-orange highlights beneath a head of off-white froth. The retention is good, and it initially leaves some thin lace about the glass. Rich caramelish malt welcomes you in the nose; and it's lightly creamy and smooth across the palate with a medium body and median carbonation that gently bristles the tongue. The rich, toasty, nutty, and caramelish malt returns in the flavor peppered with lightly pine-like, subtly citrusy, and floral hop flavors; all backed by a solid bitterness. It finishes drying with a lingering bitterness and some mild, residual caramel maltiness. Nicely done!

Apr 23, 2005
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Gusler from Arizona

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

A dark amber on the pour with a monstrous head, frothy in consistency, beige in color and the residual lace a find sheet to cover the glass. Nose has nice malt sweetness, crisp and clean, a real sniffer. Sweet malt start and the top middling and the finish mildly acidic, the hops pertinent, and the aftertaste dry and long lasting, a real treat to the palate.

Mar 02, 2003
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philbertk from Washington

3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fish Brewing Company--Organic Amber Ale--2000 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Light sediment. Clear thin copper amber color. Mild smoky floral hop front leads to fruity toasted earthy mildly sweet thin ESB like body. Smooth. Nice balanced hop finish. Light but flavorful. Sampled 4/6/2000. Fish Brewing Company--Organic Amber Ale--2001 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear bright rich copper red amber color. Malty big head with medium lace. Malty sweet roasted floral front. Slightly earthy light roasted sweet dry cherry fruit body. Ends with tingly earthy hops. ESB? Sampled 8/9/2001. Fish Brewing Company--Fish Tale Organic Amber Ale--USDA Organic Logo--2004 12 oz. Bottle. 4.00% ABV. 30 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Rich lacy head. Light sediment clouds hazy rich bright dark amber color. Malty nice mild floral hop front. Smooth crusty doughy rich malty mellow sweet fruit ester caramel body. Malty mild hop end. Sampled 9/7/2004. Fish Brewing Company--Fish Tale Organic Amber Ale--USDA Organic--2006 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.50% ABV--22 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Amber Ale--5.0% Web. Mild lace head. Clear bright rich amber orange color. Mild malt fruit hop front. Crisp dry sweet mild caramel fruit tangy mild bisquit body. Tangy refreshing mild Santiam Hallertau hop spice end. Sampled 5/16/2006. Fish Brewing Company--Fish Tale Organic Amber Ale--USDA Organic--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. 22 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Thin white mild lace head. Pretty rich clear bright amber red color. Rich floral malt mild toasted fruit ester hop front. Thin textured sweet caramel fruit toasted tasty mildly doughy amber ale fruit body. Refreshing smooth minimal hop spice clean end. Sampled 5/31/2010. 2 @ $3.69 Each

May 31, 2010
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: bright, beautiful garnet hue, with a nicely well-retained creamy head.
Aroma: empty, airy, earthy, yeasty, in that order. I feel this is perhaps an ale that needs at least a moment or two for it's best features to unfold. Hints of fruit emerge, and are appreciated.
Taste is rich, full , wel-rounded, vibrant, delicious. Cherries ring in my mind, melons, nectarines...a bountiful cornucopia, full and forward, with a long, rich, resounding finish.
Much more flavorful than your ordinary Amber, and one of the first times that I felt that the "organic" tag actually transferred into the quality of the brew.
thanks to Gromit

Jul 12, 2003
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Reidrover from Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from the 12 oz brown long neck ingredients clearly stated on the label " Water, Organic Barley, Santiam hops and hallertaur hops"
Nice looking amber, its a dark amber coloured ale..with a nice sized frothy white head..slightly hazy.
Aroam is mostly of that organic barley malt though the hops do show through.
Taste is sort of creamy malt, very slight hop undertones near end.
Mouthfeel is the beers strong point very smooth very easy over the tongue..creamy.
The nice mouthfeel makes this a very drinkable amber..nice I would buy this again.

Sep 04, 2004
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rebel1771 from Florida

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazey copper color with a huge head. Caramel and hops smell. The taste is very well done with toasty malts in the front followed by a bit of hop bitterness at the end. A well done Amber Ale that is easily one of my favorites from this brewery.

Dec 04, 2005
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GreenCard from Maryland

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: coppery orange, slight haze, off-white suds with decent head retention

Aroma: biscuity malt, leather, grain

Flavor: medium malt sweetness with a nutty, toasted accent (similar to Alaskan Amber); slight acidity and a hint of toffee caramel; finishes semisweet with a light caramel aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, smooth

Other comments: Subtle, gentle, drinkable amber. Reminds me of a cross between Alaskan Amber and Alaskan Summer Ale.

Nov 23, 2009
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canucklehead from Canada (BC)

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This just showed up in some beer and wine stores in North and West Van which is the first time I can remember a beer that is worth drinking not being at the gov liqour stores. T

This is a malty take on the style which I prefer as it then contrasts with the hoppy pale ale. I liked the fullness of flavour and decent malt finish. A decent amber that is also organic.

Jul 20, 2005
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Gavage from Nevada

3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear amber in color with a one finger head. Mild lacing develops. Nice carbonation levels.

Smell: simple caramel candy is all that is picked up.

Taste: bread, caramel, ripe fruits, mellow bitterness, and a bit of yeast. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smoother towards the finish. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: pretty good. A nicely quaffable brew here.

Jul 28, 2006
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clvand0 from Kentucky

3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a standard amber color with very little head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is somewhat plain. A little caramel and a little nutty - pretty faint. The flavor has a nice caramel malt character with some nuttiness and a hint of darker malts. The finish gives me the feel of slight oxidation, but it's not major. Body is moderate and the drinkability is good.

Jul 06, 2005
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charlesw from New York

3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured, well, reddish amber. Crazy, huh? It had a tiny, whitish head that lasted a couple of minutes - not really dense, but not airy. Oh, did it ever smell good - it screamed "Malt! I'm all about malt! Get your malt! Let's talk about malt! I love malt!" It didn't really taste that malty... Anyway, yeah, bummer, I mean, the nose was so promising and then when actually tasting it, well, it was just a beer. Sure, there was a little malt to it and a touch of the hop bitterness, but the taste definitely wasn't up to the aroma. And it got funky as it warmed up in my hand. Still, if you're not going to nurse your beer for 1/2 hour this is a fine beverage.

Apr 11, 2004
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IronDjinn from Canada (AB)

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2nd of the Fish Tale line to make an appearance in these parts, and a welcome one at that. They certainly go out of their way to let you know this stuff is organic, 4 seperate times on the label including the USDA stamp. And I applaud the step.

This amber, true to name, pours out a chill-hazed ruddy copper with a modest sized tan head. The aroma is a bit subdued, low lying toffee malt, light hops and a touch of earth. Things come back on the upswing with the flavour. Nicely balanced, the malt carries the body and the flavour in the beginning, but not too sweet, like the malt extract flavour a lot of amber ales succumb to. While the hops are present at first as well, they pick up momentum towards the finish, a nice clean swing of the pendulum. Not too bitter or astringent, the hops do their job well in this balancing act. The flavour itself is nothing outstanding, nothing jumps out and grabs my attention or challenges my taste buds, this is simply a well crafted ale that has attained synchronicity with its ingredients, and I give credit where credit is due. The mouthfeel is light and creamy, a complimentary texture for what the flavour holds. This would make a good session ale, I look forward to picking up more.

Jun 15, 2005
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WesWes from New York

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a light amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a creamy roasted malt scent that is a bit sweet and breadlike. The taste is decent. It has a very malty flavor that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It is sweet and full flavored. It also has a bitter hop bite that hits you in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good beer. I think it's a little too sweet for some, but it's very flavorful and highly drinkable.

Mar 14, 2005
Fish Tale Amber Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 133 ratings