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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Added by BeerAngel on 11-20-2002

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Ratings: 283 |  Reviews: 162
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 Shadman
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've moved on to another job so I'm stuck sampling beers in local Medicine Hat stores until I can cajole my preferred store into stocking/getting in some 'different' beers.

A very busy label to say the least, this offering poured slightly orange, slightly hazy. Not much of a head, but some decent lacing for the lacing fans out there.

a nice combo of sweetish malt and floral, yet pine-like hop. Pretty subduded for an IPA IMO

Hop and malt work well in harmony here. Perhaps a stronger hop blast would be more approptiate given the style.

having said the above..the lack of said hop blast coupled with some proper carbonation levels leads to a nice mouthfeel...somewhat creamy, overall quite nice.

note; the ABV on my bottle stated 6.5%

in giving this review I may be revealing myself somewhat as an anti-West Coast Hop freak..but this is an IPA that may appeal to a much larger base of beer drinkers than say..rougue's double IPA

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Photo of ElGordo
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a golden-orange color, topped by a small, creamy white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is nicely balanced between lightly sweet malt and a good amount of floral hops. Palate is a little maltier than I prefer in an IPA, with caramel and lightly roasted malts offset slightly by a decent hop profile with some citrusty notes. Body is nice, just a bit sticky like a good IPA should be. Not my favorite of the regional IPA offerings, but a solid beer nonetheless.

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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 bosco7
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pale copper color with decent head.

Smells loaded with cascade hops. Floral, citrusy, and mildly piney. Nothing special.

Carmel flavors upfront followed by orange pulp and light pine flavor. Hop character is present however not as in your face as some West Coast/Northwest IPAs. More floral than pungent.

Very drinkable and excellent entry level IPA for those friends willing to try something other than a fizzy yellow beer. I would buy again. Oh, and probably the best organic beer I have had to date (I have had 2 from Bison Brewing Co.).

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Photo of meadhead
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

floral pine citrus
with a sweet caramel malt
has some resinous bite
and pours down from the top

in a tan golden hue
with a slight stirred up head

smells of medium hops
nothing too special fed,

into the palatte
there's a slight watered feel
subtle phenols seem to surface
and detract from the feel

but nonetheless
its not bad
and its quality stuff

mouthfeel is flavored and easy

this ale drinks easy enough

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

A little overdone on the hops with this one. But not a bad brew. Poured with a small head and good lace. Clear copper color. Hoppy aroma with a grapefruit, spice and caramel malt. Flavor's about the same. Very looong hop finish. In fact I just had a mammoth hop burp. Could strain it and smoke it. decent body

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Photo of akorsak
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Liquid Solutions.

A: The ale is a lighter orange color, darker near the top than at the bottom. The head is practically nil.

S: The nose has a nice grapefruity hop aroma, not too big but not too small.

T: The ale has a big hop aroma that registers immediately after a sip. The grapefruit flavors that result are pleasing but the malt flavor that comes through after the hops is thin and has a strange biscuity taste that I noticed in the WIld Fish Pale Ale as well.

M: The mouthfeel has an awkward end, with the thin hop malt mix.

D: The thinness that emerges at the end of the sip makes me want to stick to just one bottle.

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

From a bottle this poured a cloudy orange with a medium white head. Light lacing. Nose of citrus and a somewhat rich mouthfeel. Flavor is caramel malts, and some hops, which are mild for an IPA. Slighly better than average, but nothing more. But it is an IPA and that is always good.

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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 BlindPig
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Thin off white dense head on a kind of clear orange/yellow body.
S- Nothing jumps out at you (like a IPA should IMO). The aroma is very subtle. Some grapefruit hops, very light hint of pine hops mixed in there too, not much of any malt to be picked up besides a very faint aroma, and well really just not much else.
T- A grapefruit hop flavor comes out with little pine backing. It isn't a very strong flavor. It leaves a medium bitter laying around on the tongue. Some caramel malt shows itself at different stages but not to much at all. Pretty bland flavor and not to much going on for it besides a medium hopped ok IPA.
M- Medium body with medium to low carbonation.
D- Nothing to special. I would advise spending your money on another beer to try out instead of this one. It is drinkable but I think a Pyramid Thunderhead IPA is better than this and that is $6 a 6-pack.

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

Hazy amber/orange colour with a fine, sticky white head that showed good retention. The aroma was mostly of hops, orange, tangerine, a little grassy, and some mild malt. I believe there was a hint of alcohol present as well. Weak bitterness for an IPA and a thin hop flavour. The malt was also mild and didn't contribute a lot of sweetness. There was a lingering grassy bitterness though. Still, there was some balance. Lightish bodied with moderate carbonation. Very dry and highly attenuated. This just felt like a wishy-washy IPA. Nothing was really out of place or out of balance, it was just weak overall. Thanks Zithal!

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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 Jredner
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from World of Beer in Clearwater.

The body is an orange tinted yellow-gold and holds a very bubbly white head that is a thumb thick and someowhat creamy on top. Funky grapefruit, resiny mary-jane and some light sweet malt. Very light fore gets grapefruit bitter through the middle. Fairly thin bodied. Hops dominate the lightly sweet, reserved malt profile. Finish is grassy and bitter.

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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 demcorhip
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Think i got this one from trevorwideman. Thanks bro!

Big 3 finger creamy white head on top of a clear, finely carbonated amber hued ale. Thick and creamy lacings ring and cling the inside of the glass.

Pretty straight forward scents of ruby red grapefruit and caramel malts.

A nicely malted brew with flavours of bready malts, grain, and a good touch of caramel. After the initial malt flavours the hops take over with a nice dose of ruby red grapefruit that diminishes while transforming into a lingering bitter piney finish.

Nicely balanced IPA with good malt backbone and nice hop flavour. Lingering resiny pine bitterness. Good level of carbonation rounds out this solid all around IPA.

A very drinkable, sessionable IPA. A touch more hops would have been nice, nothing too fancy here, but its a good, straight up IPA.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle, clear pale yellow color, thick white foam. Smell is mildly hoppy but also a little Flemish, kind of sour funk. Ditto for flavor, I would have guessed this was a hoppy Belgian like Poperings Hommel Bier instead of an IPA.

Not really good for an IPA, but not bad as a unique style-of-its-own beer.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

big super foamy head like a mass of river scum collecting on a still log (hey, that's what it looked like to me). Orange and bubbly. citrus-hop odor, some dank maltiness. Sweetly hoppy taste is kind of tin-flavored too. The centennial hops are dulled by too much malt and metal tastes, OK, but not great. I think i compare all IPAs that use centennial hops against my favorite: Founder's Centennial IPA and this one just doesn't measure up. A bit think on the body for the style too i thought. Cool label and cap though.

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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 TheBungyo
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolute gold is the pour, with a nose of sharp pine and mild grapefruit. Lacing is intricate. The caramel flavor seems to dominate more than I'd like, but this is still a very nice IPA in spite of that. Mouth is thick and chewy. I could happily drink a ton of this, it's a great IPA.

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Photo of warmstorage
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I remain on the hunt for an excellent, hoppy *organic* IPA. This is a decent beer, but it's not it.

Fish Tale Organic Pale Ale, sampled from 12 ounce bottle, $1.70 or so from Hi Time in Costa Mesa, CA, poured into beer clean pint glass.

Pours light golden orange, with significant fluffy/rocky white head that stick around a while. Leaves lacy white circles around glass.

Aroma is pleasant with a slight spicy hop presence, but not significant, and a little too mild.

Taste is mildly spicy hoppy, mouthfeel is tingly, and the taste lingers long. Aftertaste has as much hop body, or maybe more, than the taste itself. Grain is unpronounced, even given that I love totally unbalanced, overly hopped IPAs: here, there isn't enough of a hop snap to justify the mild, almost bland grain bill.

A perfectly drinkable beer, but too mild to make it a great IPA, especially in the Pacific NW. Basically a lawnmower beer as far as I'm concerned. (Full disclosure: I drink Bigfoot when I mow. Yes, really.)

I'll drink it again, but the search for an outstanding organic IPA continues. I continue to wonder why organic brewers don't make more forays into the big beer world: Fish Brewing seems to have the potential to execute solid beers, and I think they could do quite well with a big hoppy organic IPA or DIPA.

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Photo of PeatReek
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a ginormous head. That may have been due to a bad pour, but it's sticking around at least. Ah, delicious aroma! Huge piney, lemony Centennial hop aroma. Hints of grass and dried fruit. Light bodied and dry tasting; hop taste is disappointing compared to the initial bouquet rising from the pour. Also it's a little dirty, as if the final hop addition was a little too early. Fish Tale brewers: later hopping and more dry hops, please. Otherwise quite good; I'm a fan of heavy, syrupy IPAs, but it's nice to have one that's light and crisp enough to sip all afternoon. It tastes very subtle; I like the light body and low ABV.

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

It's pretty similar to Fish's Wild Salmon Pale Ale, except with much more hops obviously... yeah so that's a big difference, but the beer provokes a nearly identical response: admiration for the cleanness and succinctness of the elements of its flavor, recognition of its quality, and the petty, niggling desire for something more. Visually, it might as well be the same beer. It's copper, perhaps a bit closer to yellow on the color spectrum, and a lazier head that is quicker to depart. The nose is full of hops, quite a tropical citrus aroma. Malt flavor is meek, and the hops are juicy, with just a spicy trace of bitterness. It's pretty drinkable though. The mouthfeel is fluid and hop flavor lingers without any stinging bitterness. I don't love it, but I can't find anything bad about it. The bottle is better than a recent cask pint from the Rose and Raindrop.

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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 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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Fish Tale India Pale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 283 ratings