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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAngel on 11-20-2002

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Photo of yesyouam
4.47/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fish Tale Organic India Pale Ale is a hazy, medium-light amber ale with a light khaki film of a head with a cluster of big bubbles and thick sheets of lacing. Fresh, bright hops are in the nose. It's very piny, with a resinous (pine tar?) note from the malt. It smells great. It's medium bodied, silky and soft with a dry, fluffy finish. It has a huge, bitter flavor. It's very piny and well supported by a resiny malt flavor. It's very good and to the point.

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Photo of bobsy
4.39/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light orange body with a good white head, which soon dissipates to leave some wispy cover. Floral, herbal aroma with some grapefruit and honey. The taste has a good deal of citrus, and lychee along with sweet bready malts. The flavour has a wonderful earthy, herbal edge to it, which really sets it apart from a number of IPAs in the field. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Excellent drinkability... I can sink these all night long!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is hazy copper in color. Small particulates are observed in suspension. Caramel malt and citric hop tones mix on the nose. The taste is not as "over-the-top" bitter as I expected, but very nice nonetheless. There is a bitterness evident. But what's even more enjoyable are the hop tastes. There's a unique twist on the hop taste that is hard to describe in this beer. A dry, dandelion, citric, piney, herbal blend that is very pleasing (at least to my buds). The malt backing is sufficient. I pick up notes of pale and caramel malts. A lingering dryness and bitterness (which is bigger than I first thought). Medium-full body. Great taste = great drinkability. Yet another solid West Coast IPA.

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Photo of zacharius
4.32/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice amber color with a light head. This beers aroma is that of intense hops with strong floral, citrus and pine scents. This aroma is repeated in the taste with a bitter hoppy favor of floral, citrus and pine. This beers malt flavors are subdued by the hops but not only is that typical of the style but refreshing after your mouth gets watering after smelling the hops. This beer is sold as organic.

This style of IPA is the domestic style as opposed to the higher proof export style.

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Photo of ccrida
4.27/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint, the Fish Tale IPA is a clear burnt gold with a small egg shell that quickly fades to a light collar and skim, leaving an pretty nice lace.

The aroma is fairly strong, and I have to say there at least as much bready malt as there is hops, which have an earthy, spicy citrus quality. I'd prefer more punch, especially since this is from the NW, but I like it, especially the bread.

The taste is pretty good, with the hops taking more of a dominant role then in the taste, with lots of lemon lime citrus. The malt is not as bready, and overall this IPA is very smooth with a nice, clean finish. Very enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is nice, medium bodied, and only slightly oily, in spite of all the hops it's packing.

This is an excellent IPA and very drinkable. I wish I had a bunch more of these for tonight!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.26/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.50... Poured into my shaker pint... still listening to James Aabiela Alive V.1 mix.

Aggressive pour left a very shortlasting 3/4" head above a hazy straw/honey colored brew... underwhelming at best.

Smell is spicey hops.... unexpected fruit/berry aroma from the hops that definately does not come from the yeast or malts... though it easily could be mistaken for such. A smidge of citrus... but definately the hop aroma is something I've never encountered. ... I don't know what to say other than ... "Interesting?!?!" Smell is berry with enough sweetness to really bring it out and make me think about things.

Taste is the same odd hop flavor with a good bitterness balanced by toasty lite caramel malts. The berry flavor is ALL through out the flavor of this beer... sorta soapy and fruity. Lighter body for a PNW IPA, but still pretty good for the style... good carbonation... lingering fruit palate that sticks around to the next sip

After checking online, and checking out the hop profile, I sorta expected this.

This brew uses an organic hop out of New Zealand called Pacific Gem.. Apparently, Pacific Gem has a dominant berry profile. I am going to go out on a limb here and say everyone who panned this beer do a little research and give another go.... I really like it now that I know the "weird" aroma and flavor compound is simply a unique hop. If you are reading this review, then please give this beer another go with the newer hop Fish Tail is using... it is unlike anything I can remember enjoying.

Edit: The berry flavor and aroma really shows itself as it warms up, to the point of if I didn't know what I was looking for, I would swear there were blackberries used as an additive. This beer really steps outside the bounds of what a traditional citrus/pine/floral hoppy PNW IPA is... burpy berry ... good.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.26/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a highly carbonated light amber-gold that is brilliantly clear (when served at 50 degrees). This beer has some major head retention qualities as the white head jumps um fast and stays there leaving thick lace as the beer is drank. Aroma is a little subtle for an IPA although there is a nice hop aroma that is a bit citrussy with some earthy tones. The flavor is exquisite as the clean hop bitterness is balanced with malt just enough to present a perfect segue into the hop flavors. The bitterness dosen't detract from the pure hop flavor and the comes back in the finish to let you know that you are drinking an IPA. There is also a slight hint of fruitiness that i can't quite place my finger on as well. The finish is very clean with not much lingering hop bitterness making this beer have a nice smooth quality. The hop balance is one of the most notable qualities of this ale as the flavors blend very well. The carbonation level was just enough send up tiny streams of bubbles and this contributed to a very nice smoothness. Very drinkable.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale copper color with a nice frothy cream-colored head. The aroma consists of a sweet baked bread aroma with a nice sweet fruit and citrus hop that is blended nicely. The taste is a pungent citrusy hop with a light floral slide into the biscuity malt background making a complex mix of nice flavors. This is a smooth medium bodied beer that finishes with a dry bitter end.

Notes: This is one underrated beer imho! It is complex and very well balanced for the style. It's drinkability is exceptional for a hoppy beer like this. Very nice! Cheers!

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Photo of MsRif
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had from a bottle at the Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. Poured a hazy golden yellow color with a thin white head that mostly receded. Had an aroma of sweet malts and citrus hops. Pretty darn enticing for an IPA. Tasted of sweet malts and citrus hops with a touch of honey and floral notes. Complex and well-balanced, this IPA is the perfect mix of malts and hops.

Medium-bodied with good carbonation. SMOOTH. Very drinkable. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of tbeck
4.19/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear, light copper with a thin brownish white head. Aroma was of hops, slightly piney. Taste was bitterness but well balanced with the hops and malts. Not overly sweet, very tasty. Excellent texture, not heavy or light. It did have a lot of carbonation. Enjoyable beer where a six pack could easily be handled. Overall the beer had good flavor for an IPA.

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Photo of dickroop
4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a clear amber with a modest head and nice lacing. Its aroma was promising and seductive -- hoppy for sure with hints of honey and a slight phenolic or medicinal smell, but not bad.

The taste was mostly hops, piney and citrus, intense and good. What malt flavor there is plays a smaller, supporting role. There is good bittering. The overall impact is clean, medium-bodied, a little chewey, with a smart, clean finish.

Overall, I rate this beer above average, because I like the NW style of hopping (without the excess malt). A taste and refreshing brew, recommended.

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Photo of dbONE
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I poured the into a regular pint glass pretty fast for a 12oz bottle.
A modest creamy off white head sat on top a deep golden body.
The aroma starts of with a piney citrus blend that morphs into cut grass and earth tones.
The first sip brings in a smooth soft malty caramel flavor with a strong hop package. Laced with herbal tones, citrus notes and fruit the hops balance the maltyness that hold up longer that you expect from a regular IPA
Organic is the way to go these days and it will get you to go through the whole 6 pack and want you to take the gas guzzler to the store for another

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Photo of Gusler
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A sparklingly clear amber color as it sets in the glass with a modest sized head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a nice bit of lace to cover the glass. Hop floral nose that is malt sweet, fresh and crisp, a real treat for the senses, start is also malt sweet, the top middling in its feel, acidity is moderate and the hops spectacular in their spiciness, dry as a bone aftertaste and a quite good representative to the style.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes a while back
A - light hazy burnt orange, short head dissipated to random covering and random lacing
S - lemon, pine, and herbal hops, toasted grains, light mandarin
T - lemon zest with light perfumy and piney hop notes, sharp grain malt backbone, lightly spicy finish
M - lowish carbonation, somewhat oily, medium dry bitter
O - a tasty offering with a solid hop profile backed up by proper pale ale maltiness, goes down easy but could use more carbonation

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a big, rocky initial head with very good lacing. The head fades to a thin cap. The smell is filled with nice piney and citrusy hops. Very fresh smelling, and with just enough malt in the background to balance the hops. The taste is softer than the nose would lead you to expect. Earthy hops develop more citrus and bitter as you drink. Definite flavor of apricots. The finish develops bready malt flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth and a little soft. Very pleasant beer, and readily available as a single at many Whole Foods. Kudos to them for making an organic as well.

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Photo of unclederby
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured clear orange into my pint glass with little head that was soon gone. Smell is earthy and perfumey. Taste is more perfumey than earthy though, with a floral and citrusy hop presence. Hop dose is mild and is balanced with crystal malts. Finish is crisp, clean and dry. Amply carbonated, this ale floats lightly on the palate. A nice little IPA and quite sessionable.

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Photo of madtappers
4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As we all no beer is organic in nature, so don't let the "organic" tag scare you off, just means no chemicals were used on the hops, barley or malt.

This beer pours a cloudy golden brown with a white head. Lets of a piney yet citrus aroma to the noise.

Very very drinkable probably to drinkable for an IPA.

Next time your in Olympia stop by the brewery and try one, don't know many places that have it on tap outside of Olympia, WA area.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Good to see that the ingredients used are certified organic. The beer is hazy amber color, with a few suspended particles floating around...nothing to worry about though. The head isn't really thick, but it sticks around...settling to a thick layer over the brew. Good sticky lacing clings to the side of the glass. The carbonation appears to be of small bubbles gradually rising to the top.

S- Well the hops are definitely the dominant aroma here, and they have a nice fresh leafy smell, which is what I want to be smelling with this style. Behind the hops, I do detect the sweet malt and some fresh flowery aromas mixed in there as well.

T- This is a nicely balanced IPA style beer. Of course, the bitterness of the hops are forefront, striking my palate immediately. After the initial bitterness, the sweeter components of the beer come through...a nice sweet grain flavor, leading to a slightly citrusy flavored finish. The overall flavor is leafy, earthy, bitter and just the right amount of sweetness mixed together.

M- A good medium body best describes this beer. The carbonation is low, with the bubbles being of a fine grade. This allows me to really get a good sense of the floral/leafy feel for this beer...just like some bitter greens in a salad.

D- Fish Tale makes this style easy to drink. I would love to have this with some spicy curry as I think it's a perfect match for that. On it's own, I would enjoy a couple of these before thinking about moving onto something else. A good effort for this style and I recommend others to give it a try!

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Photo of gbontrag
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty dusty golden, clear. Nice lofty froth collapses and holds long enough to cling to my whiskers. Quite aromatic. Smells of fresh cut kale, chard and collard greens, a little citrusy.
That's tasty. The hops jump out of the glass and french kiss with a resinous fresh oregano, sage smooch. The more I lick the more stems of alfalfa and grass I get. A bit of dandelion and spinach. Smooth malt character is just barely sweet enough to temper the hops. There's a puffed rice chewiness to this, which isn't really chewy at all. It's good. This would make a great sauce for wild salmon. Great quality burps.

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Photo of flexabull
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was kind of surprised to see this at a local natural food store. I've been to the brewery, and was happy with their brews... so here goes.

Puts a bright and clear amber color. A nice looking head, and a lot of carbonation is visible.

Aromas are of citrus and pine. Not strong, but they are noted, and pleasant.

Flavor is kind of subtle, and a bit different, but I like it. Citrus and bitter like on the first sip, but not overpowering. Beer then settles into a light tart toffee and creamy malt flavor, and then finishes with a slight hop bite. Nice balance. Too me, this is a hoppy NW IPA, that is just toned down a tiny bit.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice full body, and long finish.

Drinkability is quite good. I am glad I bought a whole six pack. Money well spent.

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Photo of seedee17
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden-amber hue, head recedes to a light film that remains to the end
S: smells like fresh hops, not too overwhelming, nicely balanced with a biscuity malt aroma
T: fairly mild hop flavor for an American IPA, more bitterness from the hops than anything, really well balanced with the malt, though, finshes with a lot more hop flavor
M: creamy and smooth, nice lively carbonation
D: not as hoppy as I had hoped, but overall a nice, balanced, refreshing beer

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Photo of tavernjef
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice bronzey golden glow, clear with a few slow bubbles of carbonation flowing in the middle. Soft, thin topping of whitish foam lasts only briefly before hitting its always stable position of dusty mist and collaring. Lots of thick lacing in bottom tattered sheeting.

Could smell this right away as it was being poured, quite a nice clean array of pale peachy resin juices and soft delicate pine notes. Almost has a certain smokey sense to it that carries a wheat germ or breadish quality. Quite nice and fairly unique.

Taste is clean and pale with a smallish tint of smoldering pine and dullish citrus. I kinda get a mess of unripe mango, some lemon notes, dull pineapple, and a bit of tangerine in there. Very soft and delicate on the palate. I guess that whole organic thing takes away from some of the excitement it might have had otherwise? Hard to say...but its a very easy drinker. Mostly malty with a slender sweetened round tone to it. The hoppyness is fluffy and kinda piney with some of the citric stuff hitting here and there. No real finish for an IPA however as its light nature is more akin to a Belgian Pale. I do like it, just not quite up to par for IPA standards.

Body is a lighter medium with a creamy center and a slender pulling hoppy tone to it. Crisp, fresh, and rounded, but lacking a real IPA grunge or flare.

Very drinkable for the most part. Even though it doesn't quite fit the bill of a soild IPA, its well-crafted and tastes good enough for some decent sessioning.

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Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of mousse-like, off-white foam on top of a lightly cascading, hazy orange body.

S - A slight orange-zest hop aroma and some toasty biscuit malt.

T - Slightly sweet toast and caramel malt up front. LIght, fruity hops with some orange and pineapple notes. Finishes slightly sweet with toasted grain and light bitterness.

M - Medium thick body, low carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A nicely done cask IPA. Well balanced with enough sweetness and body to compensate for the lack of carbonation.

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Photo of Spikester
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber with a one finger cream color head. Plentiful lacings.
Aroma is orange and cantelope.
Taste is medium bitter citrus hops with a touch of fruitiness and a good amount of sweet malts. Pretty mild IPA and very smooth on the palate. Wish their were some way to make this flavor at about 5.5 % abv. Excellent drinker.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Compared to Winterfish this is a lighter more quaffable IPA but
it still packs a IBU punch and has a grapefruit nose. I really like
the balance of the hops and the malt which puts this beer a cut
above a lot of the local IPA's (except possibly Spinnakers or Tree).
I am going to hoard this beer and also buy some Winterfish too
since good U.S. beer can disapear in a matter of weeks in B.C.
liquor stores.

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