Fish Tale Organic India Pale Ale
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

Fish Tale Organic India Pale AleFish Tale Organic India Pale Ale
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #7,007
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
81
Ranked #46,018
Avg:
3.55 | pDev: 12.68%
Reviews:
166
Ratings:
298
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Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
 
Washington, United States
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Year-round
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SCORE
81
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Fish Tale Organic India Pale AleFish Tale Organic India Pale Ale
Notes: Fish Tale Organic India Pale Ale is a medium-bodied beer with a rich golden color. The organic pale and crystal malts lay down a firm malt body. This provides the backbone for an assertive hop profile featuring organic Pacific Gem. The moment the Mighty Fish Brewers sampled this pungent and resinous New Zealand hop, they knew it would be perfect for their Organic I.P.A. The result: A Cascadian treasure.

42 IBU
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear, bright amber appearance with a small, off white head and good lacing. Subdued citrus aroma with a little resin in the background. Balanced flavors, from the fairly sweet malt backbone to a more aggressively hopped mid range. Aftertaste had a bit more bite. Pleasant, medium bodied, decently carbonated mouthfeel leading to a lingering finish.

Sep 11, 2020
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can:

Pours slightly hazed yellow amber with a foamy white head. Trailing spotted lace.

The smell is of mild grapefruit and oranges/tangerine with herbal spicing (dab of black pepper?).

The taste is of floral/herbal light spicing with some grapefruit. A touch of caramel gives a sweet balance to a mildly bitter, lightly toasted and spicy finish.

It is somewhat watery thin, but enough flavor lingers and it is smooth.

A decent, basic, Pacific Northwest IPA.

Sep 01, 2019
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CTHomer from Connecticut

2.94/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

A: slight haze; bronze in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

s: vegetal; quite sre this isn't what the brewer intended;

T: follows the noce from start to finish; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: there's a stamp on the bottom of the can, but it desn't correspond with dated; might be old - I don't know and the brewery clearly doesn't want me to know either - hence the review; if I knew it was old, I wouldn't review it;

Jun 12, 2019
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 07/22/17:

Finely hazed pinkish shade of orange amber, semi-opaque. Bright cream colored head of fine, milky, filmy foam with moderate retention and wet and fast-sinking legs. Aromas of pine, resin, wood, leather, orange, lemon, strongest between first part of pour and initial head dissipation before pouring the rest, then far more subtle and melded. Honestly, too much going on and then not enough. Palate favors the leather and resin suggestions as showcased in nose, nearing pine, spice, and even soap or perfume by the finish, but there is a fun citric tartness behind it that, alongside a grain bill suggestive of caramel, balances out any bitterness the average craft drinker might find off-putting or pushing the boundaries of drinkability. Medium-bodied, half watery, half creamy feel. Soft and smooth at first but activating quickly to prickly carbonation before fizzing out for the most part to yield smooth velvet.

Jun 18, 2018
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A thanks to the commander of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts, light citrus. Taste is malts, herbal, light resin notes, mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

Jan 07, 2018
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Skrumpy from Oregon

3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear, amber color, with a bubbly head. Streak lacing. The aroma is light citrus, caramel, and herbs. The flavor is toffee, tangerine, grass, and grapefruit. Very bitter in the aftertaste, resinous. A beer worth trying out, but not necessarily something I'd purchase regularly.

May 02, 2017
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teromous from Virginia

2.72/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't see any bottle date.

Appearance: The beer pours clear at first and then some large sediment started pouring in before I got half-way through the bottle. The bottom of the bottle started to pour heavy sediment (about 2-3 ounces) so I had to leave that out. The body of the beer is a murky tea color with a very thin white film of a head. No real retention other than the white film. It does leave good lacing on the glass.

Aroma: There is a nice light caramel aroma and just a light bit of a hop resin aroma. It has a very "East Coast" style scent despite being brewed in Washington.

Taste: There is some spruce flavor and just a touch of pine but it has this watered-down flavor in the middle of each sip and at the end. There is a nice bitterness but just not enough flavor.

Mouthfeel: It has good bitterness and the beer has a nice clear mouthfeel but it lacks a bit of texture to really hold itself to the palate.

Overall: At first the flavor tastes good but it slopes off very quickly and leaves only bitterness. While the flavors in the beer that are present at the beginning of each sip are good the overall drinking experience was just lackluster. I wouldn't drink it again and It isn't a beer I would really recommend.

Mar 12, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Comes in a light auburn and amber appearance, darker than your average ipa these days SRM wise. Hit the c hop grapefruit notes.

Taste plenty bitter, average amount of hop grapefruit flavor. Malty. Toffee wood like malt notes. Some crystal malt.

Relatively average stuff with a good C hop bitterness kick, I'm sure you can find 100s of similar examples.

Apr 18, 2016
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SitkaSteve from Idaho

3.02/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a glossy bronzed orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated pretty quickly. Lacing was sliding right on into the beer.
The smell had a semi-sweet orange citrus malt running into light caramel malt tones. Bitterness? Hmmm....seems a bit weak, I did get some light grassy hops somewhat there.
The taste was moderately sweet with a super light bitterness trying to make an effort for a stance in the flavor. The aftertaste was somewhat sweet through the orange and caramel malt base.
The mouthfeel had a light to medium on the body with an okay sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light. There's a good bitter harshness about the feel.
Overall, for the most part, its a decent AIPA, but if anything, maybe a bit more oomph on the bitterness in the aroma and taste and this could be way better than I'm currently rating it. I wanna come back to this, but am hoping for better.

Oct 15, 2015
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.04/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. it's got months to be notched, maybe February? If so, then almost a year old. boo.

hazy orange rust colored, very thin head. some lacing. aroma is just a bit hoppy, earthy. taste is a bit sweet, aftertaste is only slightly hoppy. seems like it probably is old and faded. medium body, average carbonation.

Jan 27, 2015
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Severdali from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Pale orange and cloudy pour, initial high head that dissipates quickly. Light sticky lace.

Getting a caramel scent and nice earthy quality to it. Probably due to organic grown ingredients. Smells of slight citrus/rind and earth.

Tastes of slight apple/orange twang slightly caramel backbone/inbetween short and medium more on the medium side- length and medium carbonation

Not a lot of complex or developed flavor, but a good simple IPA with nice earthy notes on the smell and a clean aftertaste.

Dec 06, 2014
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stevoj from Idaho

3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Boise Co-op. NW IPAs, getting difficult to keep track of. Nice amber body, soft airy head. Hoppy aroma, citrus/pine taste, but very smooth.

Sep 06, 2014
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CalgaryFMC from Canada (AB)

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Tried a pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. Pale clear classic amber hue with around an inch of whitish head gracing the top. Aroma rather inviting, hop citrus and spice notes galore with just the barest hint of rock candy sweetness. Initial few sips fit the "hop bomb" mould, lots of bright vibrant lemon, lime, grapefruit and tangerine rind/juice which taken together remind one of a mixed citrus beverage with breakfast. Some nice warm black pepper and pine elements come through as well, although eventually things settle down and one is left consuming a pleasant enough tart IPA, rather thin of body, fizzy, and with the malts largely in the background except for an emergent light sweetness. Hop flavors carry through into the semi- dry finish. Although this won't shift too many people's paradigms, there is little to complain about either, and this one gets my vote for its fresh citrus character and smooth bitterness. Some may want more malt to shine through and/or more bitterness up front.

Aug 23, 2014
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AUGRAD06 from Alabama

3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this while dining at Bone-Fish Grill. I thought it was on tap, so a bottle was a little bit of a disappointment (not that that's the beers fault). Typical IPA aroma and a bright orange amber color with light carbonation. It had a good mouth feel, and then a surprising finish/after taste. Almost a tannin like taste from a red wine. It was worth trying, but I doubt I'll try it again. I've found other IPAs I like more.

Jan 13, 2014
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BabaYagaRIS from Washington

2.7/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A somewhat plain and basic beer lacking hops in what we'd expect of an IPA. Slightly reminds me of the 'tea' you make during a brew then carbonated. Floral on the front decent mouth feel with an overwhelming barley that lasts all the way through.

Perhaps weak or light hops with a flavor that lingers a little longer than desired.

A very drinkable beer that would be great on the river or in the summer, but not one I'd buy off the tap or out of the rack unless I was limited on options or wanted to drink in the sun. Someone could pound this in seconds and not even realize it.

Sep 01, 2013
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MickeyD from Kansas

3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

Appearance: Little to no head to speak of, very light gold color when held to the light and few carbonation bubbles. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: mostly hops. Some pine towards the end.

Taste: A good balance of hops and malt. The bitterness is certainly there but not as bitter as you might expect from an IPA.

Mouth feel: very clean and smooth but not very robust.

Overall: This beer really suffers from lack of head and color in my opinion. However it is very refreshing and not overly bitter for an IPA. I think I might buy this again but not overly impressed.

Feb 21, 2013
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Murrhey from Washington

2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Bottled in January. Reviewed live.

A- One-finger white head. Large bubbles and very thin lacing. Extremely long retention. 10 minutes in and it is still strong. Honey color with particulate. Medium clarity.

S- Floral hops, some earthiness as well. Dank and wet smelling.

T- Bitter and surprisingly boozy. Metallic. Strange, sour and yeasty.

M- Heavier feel for the style. Meh.

O- This is a strangely dank IPA. I'm not really a fan of it.

Feb 17, 2013
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle with no date. served in a mason jar

look is golden orange with lots of fine suspends sediment. spotty head and lacing hold back an otherwise beautiful beer. smell is weak: barnyard scent with some skunk and strawberries off in the background. taste is fishy, literally and figuratively. barnyard taste and floral/grassy hops. feel is light, with a pleasant lingering bitterness.

decent but forgettable; needed either more malt or hop presence. gave me some nice floral hop burps, tho.

Jan 12, 2013
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TheSixthRing from California

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden amber with an off-white, finger width head. Average retention. Lacing is thin, somewhat spotty, with good stick.

Smell - Predominant caramel aroma. Hops hit on citrus and floral notes, but are very, very subtle.

Taste - Ahh, there's some hops. Starts with caramel sweetness, then a moderate amount of hops peak through, exhibiting mostly a sweet orange citrus, with faint floral notes. Finishes bittersweet, and with nice balance.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Somewhat creamy. Smooth. Very drinkable.

Overall - IPA? Not quite. Most APA's these days show more hop bite than this brew, though it's quite drinkable all the same. Might be a good IPA for those looking to get into the style, but this isn't going to wow any hop heads.

Dec 13, 2012
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OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania

3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, a mellow pine hop. In the taste, citrus rinds of grapefruit, and a pine like end. A hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange and a small grapefruit citrus to pine hops in the aftertaste. Nice hops, kind of faint, about average.

Nov 23, 2012
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seand from California

3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange amber with a small amount of dense white head. Enough of a film retains to leave thick walls of lacing.

S: Floral hops with just a touch of citrus. Lightly malty.

T: Mild almost watery malt sweetness leading into a fuller finish of grapefruit-like hops.

M: Light to medium body, fuller towards the finish.

Overall, just decent. Not bad, not outstanding. I'd drink it again but probably wouldn't buy it again.

Oct 13, 2012
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superspak from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled Jan 2012(we will see how this goes). Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention; that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, biscuit, caramel, pineapple, pine, floral, and light herbal. Nice aromas with good strength and balance; maybe a touch too sweet. Taste of grapefruit, orange, floral, biscuit, caramel, pine, honey, and light herbal spiciness. Fair amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, biscuit, pine, honey, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a short bit. Very good balance of malt/hop flavors with bitterness; no cloying at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good IPA. Nice hop flavor balance with malt sweetness; and nicely smooth and crisp to drink. Very enjoyable.

Aug 26, 2012
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NEhophead from Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown bottle served in a tumbler.

Deep pale maple in color with some noticeable sediment. Creamy tan head with decent retention leaving a bit of ringed lacing in its wake. The aroma includes a bit of citrus over light tea and a delicate buttery biscuit; moderate floral hops. The flavors are much like the aromas foreshadow: tea with a touch of sweetness prior to a full floral, yet not quite perfume hop character. The lemon adds a nice component which cuts the English malt character. Rounder in body than most American IPA; certainly drinks more like an English IPA regarding texture. A pretty good offering; nothing special, but nothing offensive either.

Aug 13, 2012
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hopsolutely from Canada (ON)

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The most flavourful (i.e. best) "organic" beer I have ever tried - received as a gift, but one I would consider purchasing in future just to show what's possible under that difficult label.

Pours a hazy dark gold bordering on amber with a reasonable off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing. Aroma is a highlight with citrus notes over a bready backbone. Unfortunately the flavour isn't as well balanced as I'd choose, with the bitterness at the finish overwhelming everything else. There are some malts and tropical fruit hop glimmers at the start, but I think this beer is capable of greater depth. Still a concept I'd support and may well "gift" to others...

Jul 13, 2012
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like this IPA. Has a nice spicy hoppy burn to it. Kind of one dimensional in that it hits and doesn't deviate, but that is cool with me since the character that is there is nice. At least I think so. It could be rounded out a bit more as there are some tones of fruit and tang that seem outside the lines of an IPA. But overall, I like it. And for an organic ale, definitely is a good one.

Apr 14, 2012
Fish Tale Organic India Pale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 298 ratings