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

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Fish Tale India Pale AleFish Tale India Pale Ale

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAngel on 11-20-2002

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Ratings: 284 |  Reviews: 163
Reviews by MickeyD:
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3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dull hazed copper with a tight 1/2 finger white head that left pretty fast.For a west coast American IPA the hop aromas are really subdued but noticable more of a herbal "green" quality with alot of caramel malt.Like the aromas the hop profile seemed subtle starting out biscuity and a little caramelly sweet fisnish herbal with an earthy dry note.A good pale ale but IPA not so sure,the flavors are pretty good and its quaffable but not enough hop profile for what it is in my opinion.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

Brewed with organic barley, Centennial hops and Pacific Gem--a super high alpha acid hop from New Zealand.

Light on carbonation, so the pour was vigorous to thicken the head to two fingers. The head drops to a thin lace with some retention. The pale amber color has a stunning clarity to it. Pungent, piney hop aroma-- peppery and spicy with a hint of grain. Early in the game, the hops have a bitter burn to them--spicy and piney with a pungent, oily flavor. A bit of a hop bomb up front. Malt is silent for the most part, with a quick splash of biscuity grain. A faint breath of alcohol comes out when the beer warms up a bit, as does a tad more maltiness. Clean flavors throughout. Regardless, hops still have a firm grip around the palate far into the semi-dry finish.

If there are any hopheads into organic living, this beer is for you--as for any other hopheads, this will certainly suffice. Hops are quite unique and the higher alpha acid hops don't hold back at all. A hot-pot of coconut green curry, scallops, shrimp and basil over some jasmine rice was the perfect pairing.

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Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Schmit
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful beer with a lingering hop aftermath.

$3.99 for a 22-oz. bottle at Tacoma Boys this week. Have had this on tap in Fish Brewing's Olympia brewpub before, but this is my first time having it from a bottle.

No head on this one; a few bubbles dissipate quickly. But the color is a pleasingly deep-hued reddish-orange. I get resinous and floral aromas, nothing overpowering. Flavor is good, not necessarily outstanding but well-balanced; citrus sweetness and earthy bitterness. As the lack of head suggested, carbonation in this one is a little flat. Surprising, though, how the hop bitterness really lasts with kind of a "slow burn" effect.

Nothing I'd seek out since it's so ubiquitous around here, but a decent IPA I'm sure I'll buy some time again. Plus, it's nice to know it's certified organic.

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Photo of virinow
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Thrasher
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's pretty similar to Fish's Wild Salmon Pale Ale, except with much more hops obviously... yeah so that's a big difference, but the beer provokes a nearly identical response: admiration for the cleanness and succinctness of the elements of its flavor, recognition of its quality, and the petty, niggling desire for something more. Visually, it might as well be the same beer. It's copper, perhaps a bit closer to yellow on the color spectrum, and a lazier head that is quicker to depart. The nose is full of hops, quite a tropical citrus aroma. Malt flavor is meek, and the hops are juicy, with just a spicy trace of bitterness. It's pretty drinkable though. The mouthfeel is fluid and hop flavor lingers without any stinging bitterness. I don't love it, but I can't find anything bad about it. The bottle is better than a recent cask pint from the Rose and Raindrop.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this a few times at the brewpub in Olympia. Good amber appearance, pine and grapefruit to a lesser extent aroma.

Taste, definitely hoppy, bitter, but not over the top, but not British. American, but not upper echelon of West Coast ipas. This one accentuates more of the bitterness than the hop mouthfeel. Long boil/high alpha acid combination to get here.

Gets a little bit mundane down the stretch, takes on the muted wood and earth feel to it. One of their better beers though. Would it kill you guys to get some decently priced apparel?

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Photo of glid02
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle via trade with barleywinefiend - thanks!

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pale malts with slight hints of breadiness along with muted floral and citrus hops. The aromas aren't disagreeable but they seem so muted it doesn't exactly draw one in to taking a sip.

Tastes a bit better than it smells. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by light citrus hops. Midway through the sip the hops turn more toward the earthy side of things before carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is not so great. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass but I would not be interested in another.

Overall, as mentioned in my description of the aroma there was nothing specifically disagreeable about this beer except for the fact that nothing was especially agreeable either.

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Photo of ReddMoneyBrown
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, a single from Zyn in Calgary. The label is organic and fishy-looking as ever was.

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale copper amber hue, with two flabby fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and sudsy off-white head, which settles in due time, leaving a wide swath of streaky, splotchy lace around the glass.

It smells straight off of a semi-sweet orange flesh and bitter pine needle hoppiness, a bit of musty weeds, and some mild biscuity caramel malt. The taste is crackery, bready caramel and pale malt, with some mild, and still musty pine, blended citrus, and floral hop bitterness alternating randomly throughout.

The carbonation is moderately zippy, but mostly plain in its workaday frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, despite (or because of) the particular nature of the hop bill here. It finishes off-dry, a little clingy from the sweetness of the latent doughy malt, and with enough lingering bitterness to encourage taking this ride for another go around.

A decent IPA, if a bit muted on both sides of the coin, which, on the plus side, helps it go down in a way that would encourage multiple rounds of indulgence, delaying palate fatigue, as it were. And you can't discount the hippie culture surrounding this offering - just check out the pub in bucolic Olympia's cute as sin 'downtown' outskirts - you'll see what I mean.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of appenzeller
2.97/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber, thin head. Aroma is citrus like and bright, hops scents as well, but sweeter than usual for an IPA. Taste is distinctive, spices (hard to identify, like cinnamon) are very up front, citrus, and hops profile is lower than a typical west coast IPA. Mouthfeel is very light, aftertaste is slightly offputting and lacks bitterness. Drinkability is fair.

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Photo of cokes
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuzzy amber with a pocked head of khaki.
Fragrant of sugared oranges and pine sap.
Enters with bready canvas, that turns vaguely toasty, and moreso sweet with caramel maltiness that tends towards fruit as it warms. Ventures into peach, blood oranges, and pineapple. The hops carry a grassy, metallic, mild bitterness, with softer eruptions of grapefruit and pine.
Medium in build, softly carbonated. Lacks oomph and I'm not sure about the "India" part, but it remains a nice, if standard, session Indialmost Pale Ale.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wanted to try another organic beer and being a pale ale fan I picked up this one.

The head was creamy-white and bubbly that eventually fizzed out to a slight film on the top. The color was clear amber and I enjoyed the smell of floral hops and sweet malts.

I was impressed by the full body of the brew. It was hoppy throughout but the bitterness was just right. There was some citrus undertones and some faint sweetness that make for a nice balanced palette. A nice one here.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a golden-orange color, topped by a small, creamy white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is nicely balanced between lightly sweet malt and a good amount of floral hops. Palate is a little maltier than I prefer in an IPA, with caramel and lightly roasted malts offset slightly by a decent hop profile with some citrusty notes. Body is nice, just a bit sticky like a good IPA should be. Not my favorite of the regional IPA offerings, but a solid beer nonetheless.

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Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bytor31
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DOCRW
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of BeerZack
2.34/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear amber with small head that fades to thin ring rather quickly.

Smells slightly sweet and caramalty with some astringent hoppiness.

Some sweet caramel and slightly roasty malt flavors with fruity bitterness that leaves an aspirin-like aftertaste.

Pretty astringent and thin tasting overall, wouldn't buy again.

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