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

Fish Tale India Pale AleFish Tale India Pale Ale
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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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Ratings: 280 |  Reviews: 161
Photo of u2carew
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick head that settles quickly. Slight chill haze but other than that clear bronze body. Lacing is thin and semi-sticky.
S) Peach. Floral. Hints of pine. Some grapefruit.
T) The flavors are a bit light throughout, but balanced. Caramel malty sweetness. Grapefruit rind tartness. Most of the flavors are right up front then fade. In the finish a floral dryness.
M) Fizzy, yet somewhat smooth. On the lighter side of medium body. Subtle tannin feel in the finish.
D) A decent IPA. I'd have another but not a blow your mind IPA.

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Photo of scott451
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass. Two finger tan head on a clear reddish amber. Moderately carbonated at first. The head soon diminishes to a thin layer. Light lacing.
The smell is very pleasant. Citrusy spicy hop smells. Mild pine notes.
Tastes of fruit up front - a bit of a surprise but shouldn't be - after the smells. A milder slightly bitter hop finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth, medium body. The carbonation is markedly less. I think that more would be better. Drinkability is good. The balance and moderation of hop bitterness lends this beer to longer sessions.

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Photo of wesl56
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

pours a nice red-amber, verry little bubbles and a faint head

taste is great, fruity, sweet hops that have a nice pleasantly bitter finish

however, im not sure if i got a bad bottle, but this beer seems almost flat... there is hardly any carbonation, very watery mouthfeel, which i dislike especially in an IPA... i prefer a solid bite from the bitterness and the carbonation, but there isnt anything here (looking at the other reviews, it seems everyone else agrees that there is minimal carbonation)

overall the flavor of this beer is great... the hops have an excellent fruity taste that blends well with the bitterness, but it just feels flat
i bought a 6er, so if any of the others are different, i'll update this review

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

Another blind review from the blind beers bif.

Pours a golden color (yellow with orange is clear with a steady stream of bubbles rising up. The head is egg-shell is lose and about an inch falls to a ring that leaves rings of lacing.

I smell tropical fruit, and biscuits. Not a lot going on here but it smells delicious.

I taste the tropical fruits and biscuits...there is something soapy as well.

Light to medium body, carbonation is there but doesnt bite, its a liitle warm on the back of my throat.

Smells good...taste good...goes down easy!

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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 jsprain1
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a honey amber color. Very clear. The head was very thin and disappeared almost immediately.
S- Pine, a little grassy, citrus zest, all with just a distant malt smell. A subtle smell, but a good one.
T- A bit of zippy bitterness hits the tongue imediately. A bit of toasted malt exists in the flavor, but citrus hoppiness is the main player. A little bit understated from what the smell indicated though. It lacked the finish for me I thought the opening hope bite would provide.
M- Medium bodied. Finishes dry, as most IPA's do.
D- This is a decent IPA that is an easy drinker. There are some flaws (apperance being the biggest), but all in all, it's a decent enough beer.

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Photo of DanOLeary
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Very high levels of citrus. Orange peel and orange juice primarily, with lingering grapefruit. Pale malted barley husk highlights the malt profile in the nose as well as an alcohol presence that I often find in Barley Wine Style Ale's, though here not nearly as strong.

Appearance: Light honey amber, nearly orange, with good clarity. The nearly pure white head forms low with a fairly aggressive pour. Moderately good retention with a few sticking points along the glass, though I wouldn't quite call it "lacing".

Flavor: The hops come forward as a grassy orange rind with a crisp, and nearly equal but not quite, blend of barley husk. Think unsalted crackers without the dryness and you'll have the malt. Bitterness plays in very lightly through the middle and the malt fades away quickly in the end, leaving you with a bite at the back of the throat and top of the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Hop bitterness causes a lightly drying effect as you swallow, but it is not predominant. Light malt sweetness balances well with the hops, and there is just a light alcohol warmth causing everything to be quite balanced, yet quite light all around. Crisp hops, dry malt.

Overall: I love the orange character in the aroma of this IPA. It's bright, focused, and not the ever-present grapefruit so often found in Northwest IPA's. The hop aroma doesn't quite play through to the bitterness and flavor however. These area's come off generally light all around, which does make for a very easy drinking IPA but will leave a big hop lover wanting more.

I would buy this beer again because it is such a nice drinking IPA and I love that aroma. It's extremely well balanced, but for one seeking hops the balance is to a fault. Throw some more bitterness in here to tip the scales.

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

Fish Brewing Company--Fish Tale Organic India Pale Ale--USDA Organic Logo--ABV on Bottle--2005 Release--12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV--42 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) IPA--Thick pour. Mild lace head. Clear bright rich golden color. Medium floral hop front. Smooth rich crisp caramel grapefruit citrus grassy rich IPA body.Crusty balanced bitter hop spice citrus end. Sampled 10/24/2005. Fish Brewing Company--Fish Tale Organic India Pale Ale--USDA Organic 2006-9 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.50% ABV--42 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) IPA--6.7% ABV on Web Page. Mild head. Cloudy bright golden orange color. Earthy floral Cascade hop front. Crisp mild earthy dry sweet caramel grapefruit grassy clean hop body. Dry bittersweet hop spice mild citrus end. Nice. Reviewed 6/2/2006. Fish Brewing Company--Fish Tale Organic India Pale Ale--Certified Organic--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 42+ IBU's? (3.5 / 5.0) "Centennial & Pacific Gem Hops". Thin lace thin white head. No sediment. Clear thing bright amber color. Flat floral mild hop toasted malt front. Mild creamy earthy hint sweet caramel cloying pine fruit malty body. Mild hop lingering fruit clean citrus end. Sampled 5/31/2010. 2 @ $3.69 Each.

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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 GreenCard
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pale copper-orange, slight haze, off-white frothy suds with good head retention, bits of lace

Aroma: apricot hops, toasty malt, grain

Flavor: medium malt balance that is quickly offset by a raspy hop flavor; fairly mellow bitterness; finishes dry with a lingering orange peel bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, gentle carbonation, crisp

Other comments: A balanced, drinkable IPA.

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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 TheFlern
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nice light amber with little head and almost no retention.

Smell: Citrus, , hops, and a nice yeast smell. Not bad but perhaps a little lacking in hoppiness.

Taste: Yeast andhops. More bland than anything else but this beer is still fairly balanced. This beer is also not dry enough and bitter enough to be a really good IPA.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation definitely decreased the quality of texture to the beer. It finishes pretty smooth but feels too light on the tongue.

Drinkability: You could drink plenty of these, not much body to the beer at all.

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

Thanks to JackCrow for sending this long awaited goody from one of my favorite brewries.

Pored a deep orange color with good carbonation and a small white head. Nose is faint with a light cramel, grain and grapefruit. Taste is a caramel malt, grain and earthiness and light grapefruit. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Drinkability is good and very sessionable!

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Photo of NorCalYeti
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

color- golden honey

appearance- very little carbonation, little to no lace

mouthfeel- crisp on the palate that rolls on the tongue to the back of the mouth

taste- malty with bitter hops, not sweet

aroma- sweet toasted malt, no real hop notes coming through

notes- looks flat

overall impression- disappointing, reminds me how i wasn't impressed with their regular six-pack offerings

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

This is very much in the West Coast american tradition in terms of character, yet its elements are fairly balanced and it's not overly grapefruity, positive traits in my book.

Faintly hazy but bright amber, it has a medium off-white head steadily shrinking to a thin wispy top and a foamy ring with only a little weak lace.

The aroma is grapefruit, general candied citrus, caramelly grain, raisiny-appley alcohol. It's pleasant and overall pretty solid, definitely in the tradition and indicating some balance.

The taste is grapefruity hop up front, but not too strong, along with lemon zest, grass, green leaves, and underth this a light, full caramelly-raisiny sweetness with hint of candied citrus. The mostly citrusy bitterness is just strong enough to slightly dominate the raisiny-grain sweetness. It is zesty and the bitterness and sweet caramelly-fruit/grain character both linger a bit. Overall, this is a tasty IPA, with hop character that dominates byt is carried by sufficient maltiness, sweetness, and range of flavour. The body and character are firm and hold up well.

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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 beertunes
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. A typical medium amber color with less than an inch of off-white head that had below average retention and lacing.

Mostly floral hop scents meet the nose without an olfactory assault. The flavor is also more floral, with some citrus and pine components. The beer is crisp without being sharp.

Typical IPA body, with the drinkability being above average due to the smoothness. Overall, an average IPA that rises up because of it's pleasant drinkability. Worth trying, and perhaps a little effort to find.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy warm amber color with a small slightly off-white head that quickly dissolves into a thin layer around the glass. The aroma has lots of malt in it with some fruitiness. Not a whole lot of hops present on the nose of this beer. The flavor has a strong malt backbone filled with toasted and caramel malts and some tangy, fruity hops to round it out. Its a light to medium bodied beer that has a good amount of carbonation. This is alright, I just wish the nose of this beer had more hops. But this is a balanced IPA not a hop bomb.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter.

A decent, but unremarkable IPA. Pours see-thru orange/amber with a finger of creamy head, but little retention and even less lace. Smells like a moderately hopped IPA which, in fact, it turns out to be. Bitterness comes in the form of some pine and light fruitiness, but doesn't linger. What does linger is the same slightly odd herbal/minty flavor from their amber ale (house yeast character?). Aside from that flavor, this beer finishes fairly dry.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a six-pack of Fish Tale Organic IPA at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold color with just a hint of haze. Creamy stark white head is minimally resilient. Not much lace on this one.

Smell is a pine--citrus aroma. More citrus than pine I think. It is a fairly sweet smell.

Taste is a caramel malt flavor up front, more malt than the smell suggests, and a citrus lemon grapefruit finish. Mildlt bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Typical for an IPA.

Drinkable for sure. It's not a brand I find on my regular rounds, but when I find it I'd buy it again, especially on sale. I think I got this for $6.99.

The organic properties of the product do nothing for me.

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Photo of gford217
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of 5000 poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head that hangs on as a healthy cap and leaves decent lacing.

The aroma is fruity with some citrus hops, especially oranges and hints of grapefruit. There is some malt in the nose as well, but everything is very sweet overall.

The taste has the same orange hops up front with some sweetish malts forming the backbone. The finish has a slight hop bitterness, a tart citric bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation and not too bitter or sticky.

This is a decent IPA but nothing stands out in any way. There are some hops and malts but it's a bit too sweet with a little less hop presence than I would expect in an IPA.

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Photo of joshsbeerblog
3.39/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

shockingly, this might have been my first washington beer. hazy orange, thick head. floral, piney hops on nose. flavor is of grapefruit hops and very bready... bitterness is mild at best. easy drinking but the flavor wasn't my favorite. not bad at all, but there are much better ipa's out there.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.48/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 5/29/2006 (Bottle - Tall hefe glass):

Pours an amber brown-yellow @ bottom in colored body, cloudy, with a smallish white head. Has a hoppy aroma, but light aroma. A hoppy taste, malty, dry bitter slightly acidic aftertaste, not much flavor. Light tasting.

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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 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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Fish Tale India Pale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Beer rating: 37.9% out of 100 with 280 ratings
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