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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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 brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a sturdy head that leaves a modicum of lace behind

Smell: Piney hops waft above a toffee malt base

Taste: After a touch of toffee, the piney and grainy hops take over, yet are somewhat restrained and allow the malt back into the picture by mid-palate; after the swallow, the grainy flavors are joined by some lemony citrus and there is a touch of residual sweetness at the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This one just holds on to the reigns a bit much for me to enjoy it that much; let those hops roam free

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Piscator34: Poured an hazy deep amber color ale with a nice foamy head with some good retention but minimal lacing. Aroma of medium bitter hops with some subtle citrus notes. Taste is also dominated by some medium bitter hoppy notes with some subtle malt presence. Above average body with some medium carbonation. I thought this was OK overall but probably one the most disappointing beers in this organic series.

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Photo of zeff80
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, orange-amber color with a small, foamy, off-white head. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of ripe oranges and floral notes. A sweet caramel aroma, too.

T - It tasted of spicy hops, citrus, lemon and grasses. It was balanced out by a sweet caramel maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a good IPA. I really enjoyed my first Fish Tale beer.

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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 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 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 Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle at the Farmhouse, Emmaus, PA

Poured from a bottle into a stem glass, this beer had displayed a slightly hazy honey color, with a small layer of white bubbles for a head. Smell was a pretty good balance of sweet malts and sugars, and crisp hops. Gentle floral hoppiness in the taste right off the bat, but this quickly mellowed out, and I got a very distinct iced tea profile. Not what I expected from the style, but actually quite interesting and welcome. Some citrus and toffee notes at play too, making for an interesting yet very mild complexity. Smooth and clean in the mouth, on the lighter end of medium-bodied, and quite drinkable overall.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber body with a thin white head.

Smell: Very redolent aroma of soap and fragrant lavender -- it's like a top-notch hand soap!

Taste: Light, toasted malt flavor with very, very little sweetness. Floral hops with hints of apricots. Strong bitterness that lasts into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A fine, though fairly average IPA.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazed orange-amber topped by a large, moderately firm head of cream-colored foam. A soft mesa appears as the cap slowly melts to a one-finger cap. A better than average amount of glass coverage seals the deal on a very nice appearance. Pleasant nose, but a bit too subdued. Citrusy hops (Centennial) that are more orangey than anything else supercede pale malt. Again, not a lot happening.

I'm not impressed with the flavor at all. IPAs should be all about the hops, but they aren't overly abundant in this beer. There is a sharp bitterness, but not a whole lot of hop flavor. C'mon guys, Centennial is a kick-butt hop, take off the reins. There's too much malt on board that, unfortunately, gets in the way of the hop love. I also think that I can appreciate alcohol on the palate; almost inconceivable in a beer with an ABV barely above 5%.

Perhaps I've been spoiled by some recently sampled, incredible IPAs and this beer simply suffers in comparison. I don't think that's it though. I think it's just that Fish Tale India Pale Ale isn't very good. Don't go out of your way to grab this fish by the tail.

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

This was served from the cask in a nonic
A - Copper with a thin light head with a slight hazy appearance The cask ale had a decent amount of lace.

S - Aroma of grapefruity citrus hops and tinges of alcohol. A nice malty sweet smell accompanies some pine aromas.

M - Medium bodied, smooth warming and a bitter with a light finish.

T - Fruity and citrus hops with a warming alcohol that is not overdone. A sting of bitter hops is there with the sweetness of malt. The finish is kind of flat and didn't really gain much from the cask.

D - A really tasty IPA that is easy to drink and has a high quaffability factor. The hops aren't restrained, but don't really attack with the first sip either.The alcohol warms and doesn't bother hiding. The cask serving was fresh and smooth with plenty of fresh hop flavor and a sweet finish.

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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 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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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed, pale peach appearance, slim wafer of milky white head.

Piney, grassy, citric nose, in that order...grapefruit and mango...lemon peel, orange pith...

Nice bitterness up front, gripping the palate, same flavors as in nose coating the tongue and dripping down over the senses...toasty malt lies below. Medium bodied, crisp, good sustain of hop bitterness over the length of the glass, dry, bitter finish. Classic PacNW hop profile, done in a mild, easy drinking style.

This one sits in the middle of my IPA preference, though, and that's fine. Quite likable, worth the price, and worth revisiting.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

10/03/05- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dating on label. Poured into my Red Tail Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Orange with a slight amber hue. A bit of cloudy character. Larger one inch head with medium lace.

Smell- Not really much hops to speak off. Some wandering pine scent, but mostly some darker malt. Has an odd grassy scent. Maybe even like a vegatable garden.

Taste- Even has some vegatable taste to it. Has a big metallic taste to it with just a bit of hops lingering. Even the malt isn't as big as the scent.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated.

Drinkability- Don't know what I would classify this beer as. Lacking hops to be an IPA and lacking the malt to be a Pale Ale. Odd beer with an odd flavor.

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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 Gavage
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy dark orange in color with a short one finger head that breaks apart immediately. No lacing develops.

Smell: loads of floral hops and citrus tones rise easily out of the glass and into the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange citrus, hints of grapefruit citrus, and a soft bitterness for the style. There is a bit of bready quality to the beer overall.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Medium bodied. Very brief aftertaste dominated by citrus.

Drinkability: decent beer, but overall this IPA falls into the milder IPA category that allows you to quaff a few of these.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which does leave some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some nice hoppyness, and citrus. The taste is slightly sweet (nice), malty/hoppy, with some nice citrus notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty IPA.

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

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a mild malt scent that boasts of pale, carapils, and bisquit malts. It has a mild citrus hop aroma as well. It's well balanced, but not hopped enough for my tastes. The taste is decent also. It has a nice bitter hop flavor, but the malts seem a bit too sweet. It goes down easy and finishes refreshingly bitter and earthy. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, although it has a few flaws. It's nothing I'd go out of my way to find, but it'll do in a pinch.

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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 Gueuzedude
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a brilliantly clear, reddish copper color that is topped by a frothy, light tan colored head that is initially two-fingers thick. The aroma is nicely hoppy with notes of pine and grapefruit being prominent. Sweet orange aromatics are noticeable as well, which rounds out the dominant fruity aromatic notes.

The beer is creamy with a nice orange note, the combination makes me think of an orange cream soda. There is enough malt sweetness here to accentuate the fruit flavors, but not quite enough to drown out the solid sharp pine-like notes. A solid bitterness is in the finish that lingers on with a sharp citrus character.

This beer is pretty darn tasty, I wasn't expecting it to be quite so good. It is perhaps a bit simplistic in its hop leaning, but it is after all an IPA. Hop flavored with a solid bitterness and just enough malt to accentuate the fruit aspects of the hops.

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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 John_M
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Claudia's sports bar in Portland the other day.

The beer pours a solid orange color with good head retention and lacing. I get the expected hoppy citrus on the nose, but not much else. The beer smells as if it will be on the hoppy side as far as IPA's go, which to no great surprise, it is. The beer is very hoppy and dry on the palate, with barely enough malt to hold up the hops. It's neither heavy nor tiring on the palate, but is a bit one dimensional IMO. Mouthfeel is fairly light and one can tell the abv. is not too high (thankfully).

This is a good, solid NW IPA. However, I remember thinking "this is just a typical, well made, NW IPA." There's nothing wrong with that, but there are so many better options in the NW IPA portfolio, I'm not sure why I would ever order this. So I probably won't.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasantly hazed orange hue, with a filmy, and pocked head of white head, which leaves little lacing, and subsides almost to nothingness. Body has a bit of heft to it, and the carbonation is languid almost to the point of lethargy.

Nose is robust with hops, but oddly sweet, with a touch of butterscotch to it. The hoppiness is pretty generic west-coast, with a hint of sweet citrus and some mild tropical notes. There's also a sweet graininess like crystal malts in there. Overall, it's ok, but very generic.

Taste is a bit better, although the sweetness is also still a little too pronounced. But apart from that, there's a really pleasant fresh hop character giving mild fruitiness and a sharp cleansing bitterness. A bit more dryness on the back would add a bit to the drinkability—as it is, the sweetness stays around slightly too long. Feel is clean, although the sweetness on the back means it feels just a little cloying.

Pretty drinkable, all up. There's certainly ways it could be improved, but it's solid enough and with plenty of character. I've certainly had better IPAs, but I've had far, far worse, as well.

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Photo of corby112
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange color with a one finger, frothy off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral hop aroma with a nice balance of earthy pine, citrus/tropical fruit and pale malt. Dank, resinous notes with lots of grass and pine needle countered by hints of grapefruit, pineapple, mango and orange peel as well as some biscuity malt.

Medium bodied with a blast of dry, piny hops that linger over the sweeter notes and pale malts into slightly dry finish. Not overly bitter with sweet fruit notes countering the grassy, floral notes. Hints of grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel followed by biscuity malt and graham cracker. A bit thinner than expected and not as complex as nose suggests but still pretty flavorful and easy to drink.

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