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

Fish Tale India Pale AleFish Tale India Pale Ale
282 Ratings
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: 282 |  Reviews: 161
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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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 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 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 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 grub
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one from CBA. thanks chris!

12oz bottle. sampled aug 24/08.

pours orangey amber, not quite copper coloured, with a small dense off-white head. the head drops fast and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. bit of caramel. bread and biscuit malt. bit of alcohol. grapefruit and pine. bit of tangerine and orange.

taste is nice. medium bitterness level. bit of alcohol. light bread and biscuit malt. touch of caramel. light grapefruit and pine. bit of orange.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced overall. not quite the malt and hop depth i'd like, but decent.

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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 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 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 surlyseth
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Colorful, borderline psychedelic label sucked me in.

A: Very clear, orange copper, small head.

S: Super inviting. Citric, yet balanced.

T&M: Great up front, just as advertised. Aftertaste is really disappointing. Chalk and aspirin.

D: Meh.

A much better organic IPA is made by Butte Creek.

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

Pours clear bright yellow to slight orange, contrasting thin white head that gives good belgian lace.

Nose is soft, with aromas of peach juices, and honey.

Palate is rounded with sweet maltiness in there with the hops, rather malty for an IPA. Again, soft fruitiness is there - honeydew melon or cantaloupe, with not a lot of hop bite for an IPA.

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dull orange/yellow into my Sam Adams glass. A small head rises and quickly settles to just a ring around the glass. Aroma is lightly hoppy with a slight streak of citrus and waft of sweetness.

Hits the mouth lightly with a bit of carbonation ushering in a mildly sweet brew. Quickly gets a bit bitter and hoppy - yields a very dry finish with bitter all around.

This one is light and drinkable yet packs a bit of flavor to hold it up. Not really anything special but a nice one to drink here and there.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange body with a finger of off-white/yellow head.

Nose is bitter hops with a mild citrus blast. Good, but a little light for me.

Taste is tart with a low-to-medium creamy maltiness up front. Finish is a little less hoppy that I expected, especially with Centennial hops in the mix.

Mouthfeel is tangy and acidic. Nice.

Drinkability is pretty good. Moderately quenching, a little astringent.

Wears its ABV well. Overall, a nice IPA.

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

Busy label with a bright fish tail/tale flapping across it.

Pours a clear orangy amber. Not much as far as a head, but it has super-sticky lacing that is tenacious.

Strong spicy aromas of bitter hops. Light floral and earthy sweetness.

Cinnamon is in there representin' the spiciness. Light bitter hops, with a sweet sugary citrus candy flavor. Floral and herbal. Purfume.

Mouthfeel is full and sweet. Resin stickiness, but not over the top.

Drinkiability is great, better than more than half the ipa's out there.

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


Decent murky-amber color with a whopping 3 finger sticky cap that lasts and laces....musty-citrus sweet aroma...denct malts to hop balance...toffee malts-citrus pine hops ..develops some earthy-woody tones...wet finish.

Decent IPA in the cascade style.

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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 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 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 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 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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Fish Tale India Pale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 282 ratings
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