Fish Tale Amber Ale | Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

BA SCORE
82
good
125 Ratings
Fish Tale Amber AleFish Tale Amber Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAngel on 05-04-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
125
Reviews:
76
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
10.89%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 125 |  Reviews: 76
Photo of Kevlee722
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Falcone
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Nage37
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of Ceballonegro
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of ckollias
3/5  rDev -16.2%
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 shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of chandraman23
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Jamstone714
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of JerryLevinson
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of tone77
3.83/5  rDev +7%
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 twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of andrenaline
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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 +7.5%
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 +1.4%
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 -13.7%
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%
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 +2.8%
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 -7.3%
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 +11.7%
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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Photo of philbertk
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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Photo of Blissfullbrew
4.31/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours with a copper red color that has minimal lacing and few legs. The nectar has a thick sweet nose with hints of caramel or a carnival. Strong meaty fruit taste which has a light honey after-taste. This is honestly one of the best amber ales I have ever had, plus it is organic. The carbonation makes this a very well balanced

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Photo of GreenCard
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy medium orange-brown hue, with two fingers of foamy off-white head, which leaves very little lace as it disappears. It smells of sweet caramel malt, mild grapefruit hops, and some ripe black fruit. The taste is mild caramel malt, and mixed citrus and floral hops. The carbonation is a bit on the high side, the body adequately weighty, and it finishes with a decent dry hops zing.

A nicely hoppy mild amber ale - the vast majority of brewers of this ubiquitous style could take note.

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Fish Tale Amber Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
3.58 out of 5 based on 125 ratings.
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