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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Photo of teromous
2.72/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.02/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.04/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of Severdali
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

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Photo of AUGRAD06
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of BabaYagaRIS
2.7/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of MickeyD
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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Photo of Murrhey
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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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 OWSLEY069
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of seand
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
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...

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of EspressoGuy
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: deep honey gold; some head but dissipates quickly
S: some buiscuit but little hops; plain, even stale, with little character in any way
T: where's the taste? Some bitterness on the finish but I'm not getting much focus. Like a casserole tossed together rather than a dish with a few fine fresh ingredients.
M: good mouthfeel
O: forgettable. A plain IPA that isn't offensive but certainly not memorable.

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

Received bottle as a gift for helping out a friend.

Beer poured a cloudy orange with little to no head.

Nose is slight hint of citrus.

Taste is pretty well balanced, pale malt backbone and citrus and slightly piney hops complement pretty well.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated.

Overall not a bad beer but not one to track down but is definitely worthy of a shot.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - very attractive pour with a nice orange body and thick frothy off-white head. There's allot of rising carbonation into a head with nice stamina.

S - Orange, grapefruit, very subtle pine, and sweet malt.

T - The beer's flavor offers a sharp hoppy bitterness. There's an aftertaste that sticks with me that I wouldn't describe as something I necessarily care for.

M - Felt throughout my mouth the beer has a mildly coarse feel with a watery ending and strangely enough... a reminiscing finish.

~ Unfortunately the flavors making up a beer are difficult to get past when reaching this final section of drinkability. That being said, the brew looks, smell and feels like a winner. For that I rate the final category being better than average but it still could use some character in the taste section.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a chance to pick this up down at Total Wine in West Orange recently. As much as I love IPA's, this one just didn't measure up to the others that I've had recently. It went down easily and had a good , balanced body to it, but the biting hops and strong alcoholic presence just weren't there. The organic aspect seemed like a hook too (no pun intended), as that didn't make this stand out from other IPA's that I've had of late.

Sure, there's the usual pine and grapefruit here but the "burn" was missing from the taste. Not a lot of carbonation here too even though the pour was fairly typical and the hue wasn't much darker than the copper that I expected. The mouthfeel was more towards the malty side without any of the oil or resin that one would find in a West Coast IPA. The lacing was great to behold but how much of that is because of the organic aspect was beyond me! The grassy notes underneath the subdued taste lessened the beer's impact too, which isn't really saying much given that this is nearly a beginner's take on an IPA.

How this beer was 6.50% ABV was beyond me as well, given that I couldn't taste it or feel much of it when I finished off the bottle. I would probably want to try one of these again in the summer when I don't want my beer to dehydrate me but aside from the Organic aspect of this, I couldn't see myself trying one again. It wasn't that this was bad but with so many other examples of this out there, this would need some big changes to make it stand out from the pack. This is only worth a try for someone unaccustomed to this style.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.97/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a regular glass.

A: Pours a dark copper colored body. The head is a one finger tall off white color with average retention and excellent lacing.

S: Typical grapefruit aroma and a bit of sweet malt, but also a little grassiness. Not terribly unique, but quite well executed.

T: Very mild for an IPA, in fact it's too mild. There's a very small 'ping' of hops on the finish to remind you, yes, this is in IPA, but really, the hoppiness would be weak even for a regular pale ale. Decent malt profile and drinkability, though.

M: The finish is overly chalky and has a weird bitterness to it (not really from hops; I can't put my finger on it), but it features spot on carbonation and body fullness. Like the flavor, it neither offends nor impresses.

O: Though this beer is very, very average (apart from the great smell), I do have to give props for the organic aspect of this beer. It won't make me extra generous with the rating, but it's good to see breweries realizing how fragile this mortal coil is. Now that I'm done kissing our planet's ass, I can sum the quality of this beer in one word: ehhh...

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Photo of smakawhat
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Never heard of this brewery before, let's see how this goes, my latest foray into a beer with the USDA organic logo was a real disaster for an IPA.

Barely a finger of off white creamy head, manages to sit well, but body color is hazy dull amber. Practically frozen in place body with not much to see, cloudy, hazy, dull, filmy looking through the glass. You can just see a little bit of slow rising carbonation through the body up to the light.

Nose is fairly muted, small grapefruit, but mostly not much going on. I don't sense anything off putting or faulty, but for an IPA there isn't much a sense of any hop presence here.

Taste is not what I get primarily, what I get is a near sense of flat fizzyness. Cola like sweetness mixes with some orange, and with that fizzy tight carbonation borders into Orange Crush soda. There is a real nice aftertaste though of malt and chocolate milk. Aftertaste brings a little bit of that malt mixing with some faint pine dryness.

Overall this didn't start out to well, but it improved after numerous sips. It got better, but it's mouthfeel sort of distracts. This tastes like an Orange Crush beer.

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