Beyond The Pale
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Washington, United States
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,186
Ranked #26,854
3.58 | pDev: 10.89%
Dec 06, 2021
Sep 21, 2013
Beyond The PaleBeyond The Pale
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Photo of pkalix
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by pkalix from California

beautiful gold color, aside from the crud-sh*t that leaked into the glass... it's okaaayyyyyy...........

Dec 06, 2021
Photo of jadpsu
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by jadpsu from Georgia

Purchased at Wegman's in State College.
LOOK: Pours a clear pale amber color with a nice slightly off white head and has both sold retention and side glass lace.
AROMA: Citrus of mandarin oranges, with some tropical fruit scents, floral lightly pungent hops and a touch of caramel sweetness.
TASTE: Citrus hop flavor is moderate, while bread and toasted malts play a more prominent role. Caramel sweetness also noted.
Dry at the finish. Has some solid pale ale characteristics, none of which are overpowering. A nicely balanced pale ale brew.

Jul 09, 2021
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3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by teromous from Virginia

I don't see a date code listed on the bottle or the label.

Appearance: The beer is a medium-dark copper color that is murky and hazy, allowing very little through the glass other than hazy shadows. The cap on the beer is a tobacco stained looking off-white head with a creamy texture. Good lacing but not much for retention.

Aroma: A strong aroma of lemon and pine comes through in the vein of Pinesol and Lemon Pledge. It smells bright and inviting.

Taste: Lemon, lime, and a stronger pine character come through up front. A bright flavor of spruce tips comes through in the middle. It finishes off with a resinous pine character that borders on the edge of both woody and citrus. The aftertaste is enjoyable and it has a slight menthol coolness.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a very strong hop character and a healthy supporting bitterness, leaning much farther into IPA territory. The hop character is great but it lacks balance. It floats in the lower realms of a medium body and it finishes somewhat dry with a somewhat chalky finish on the teeth.

Overall: The bottle states that this is a "PALE ALE" and that it is "5% ALC BY VOL" but it isn't a very pale beer. That being said, it is a well-made beer. The hop characters in both the aroma and flavor are very nicely intact. Aside from the ABV this drinks more like an IPA than an American Pale Ale. It's a great beer and any hop lover would be in heaven to drink this, but as a Pale Ale it lacks subtlety, nuance, and restraint. I would definitely drink it again and I would recommend it to anyone who really wants a blast of hop character.

Jul 02, 2021
3.3 by Gobzilla from California on Nov 06, 2020
2.96 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania on Sep 13, 2020
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3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by TheSixthRing from California

Had on-tap at the RL Lounge, Olympia, WA

Appearance - Served in a standard pint, clear and copperish-orange in color with a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Not much lacing; a handful of small spots.

Smell - Floral and citrusy hop aroma. Slight caramel sweetness beneath.

Taste - Follows the nose. Mild floral and citrusy hop character with a hint of caramel and some bready sweetness. Finish adds a hint of pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair carbonation. Slick, easy drinker with a slightly dry finish.

Overall - Pretty standard West Coast APA. I like it, but not one that's gonna grab your attention.

Dec 17, 2019
3.5 by ghasting from Washington on Mar 25, 2019
3.5 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania on Feb 01, 2019
3.72 by Holland96 from Washington on Jan 12, 2018
3.34 by austinmizsei from Washington on Oct 15, 2017
Photo of FLima
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by FLima from Brazil

Amber color with a thick off-white head with medium retention.
Nice aroma with lots of passionfruit, mild pine, caramel and biscuit malt, lychees
Hoppy flavor with notes of grapefruit, slightly toasted malts, resin, spicy and floral hops, and tea with peaches. Dry and bitter aftertaste. Its 35 IBUs were well spent.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Good APA with a more resiny and spicy profile than average with tropical and citrus in second level. I wouldn’t mind to have a six-pack.

Oct 14, 2017
4.56 by Bama_Quantum from Florida on Oct 14, 2017
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3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Pours a hazy amber/brown color and leaves the same colored body with a one finger white foamy head that dies at a moderate pace, some light lacing tries to cling but slides into the body. The smell has some light citrus with some honey and caramel, light toffee all combined and coming across in a smooth sort of way. The taste has a smooth sort of sweetness rolling across my mouth and tongue to heighten the citrus and honey aspects that are combining again with the toffee; sticky sweet caramel-like aftertaste; sweet dry finish. On the palate, she sits about a light to medium sort of body with a semi-sessionable quality amounting to go fairly well with food. Carbonation seems a bit harsh but in a subdued sort of way, decent for the style and for me. Overall, it's a pretty decent APA at best.

Jun 28, 2017
4.22 by AxlSkull from France on Jun 10, 2017
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3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a hazy golden amber with one finger of beige head that leaves distant mountain range lace as it recedes.

Smells of bitter orange, caramel biscuit, sappy pine, wet stone and resiny, citrusy hops.

Tastes of more bitter citrus oils, fresh bread, flinty minerals and more piney hops.

Feels light and smooth. Medium bodied with frothy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Recommended. Pretty solid.

May 01, 2017
Photo of DrMullet
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by DrMullet from Florida

Pours a clear medium orange/amber color with a moderate head.
Smell is orange peel and citrus.
Taste is brief caramel followed by orange/citrus. Strong pine finish and
aftertaste, but not in a bad way.

Apr 23, 2017
3.57 by rarigney from Washington on Mar 19, 2017
3.75 by wander4 from New Jersey on Jan 20, 2017
3.59 by woemad from Washington on Dec 26, 2016
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3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

12oz single bottle - wow, it's been a while since I've since any of this brewery's wares up here in Alberta. Kind of sexy label, I gotta say.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly tan head, which leaves some layered streaky and sudsy lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of bready and biscuity caramel malt, muddled domestic citrus pith, faint earthy yeasty notes, and some nice leafy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a lesser caramel sweetness, acrid orange and white grapefruit rind, sort of musty yeast, and more edgy leafy, herbal, and grassy verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly robust in its straight-shooting frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and generally smooth, with a very subtle airy creaminess arising as things move out of basement bar fridge temperatures. It finishes trending dry, as both the citrus and pine esters seem to possess the chutzpah to linger well into that good night.

Overall, this is a pleasant enough Yankee pale ale, the West Coast hop treatment duly noted and appreciated. Enjoying a Fish Brewing offering is like meeting an old friend after a long time, something that I should really be doing more of, metaphorically and otherwise.

Dec 03, 2016
3 by ChrisCharles from North Carolina on Dec 02, 2016
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3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by DraconusDesanctus666 from Florida

Poured from a bottle into a cigar city pint glass.

Thin white head that dissolves quickly,light orange/pale amber I'm color.Light carbonation.

The nose is citrus and pine,west coast hops,with an earthy scent.

The palate is bitter hops,with an earthy back end.I'm also getting hints of the floral notes typical to an English Pale Ale.

The body is medium,with a slight resin texture.

This is a pretty standard American pale ale.Not bad but not spectacular either.Something I would definitely drink again,but not a favorite.

Nov 24, 2016
4.41 by takusan1000 from Washington on Nov 01, 2016
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4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by hreb from Washington

22oz bomber served in a can glass. Beer pours on the amber side of pale and forms a medium white head. Aroma is super citrusy, suggesting orange peel to me, and dry hopping that compares to West coast IPAs. Great aroma for an APA in my book. Flavor is likewise hoppy and citrusy, but without the high-alpha bitterness I've been trained to expect from these flavors. Unsurprisingly, I suppose, my closest referent for this experience is the first time I tried Organic Wild Salmon Pale Ale, by the same Olympia brewery. Highly recommended for any glass that only needs a medium number of IBUs.

Oct 24, 2016
3.25 by NickThePyro from Washington on Oct 21, 2016
3.7 by Donkster46 from Washington on Aug 20, 2016
3.3 by DenverBigRed from Colorado on Aug 09, 2016
3.53 by dcotom from Iowa on Jun 29, 2016
3.75 by DamienI from Washington on May 29, 2016
Photo of PaleRider6
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75
by PaleRider6 from Pennsylvania

Nice citrus hops taste. Not over hopped, not bitter. Very enjoyable and nice drinking.

May 28, 2016
4.77 by BeerMama2014 from Pennsylvania on Feb 26, 2016
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3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by schmoyer1 from Pennsylvania

This may or may not be Jim Gaffigan's favorite beer or at least his favorite label.

Look - With a slow pour very little traces of quickly disappearing foam with a slight lacing. Deep orange in color.

Taste - Guess I'd say a slight fruity flavor but nothing over powering. Not a memorable beer but not awful either. Weird overall flavor for a pale ale especially something labled "beyond the pale". I'd drink it again but won't seek it out when building my next grocery store 6 pack.

Overall - It's a better than average beer in my opinion, not much better than average but worth a try.

Dec 19, 2015
3.75 by Rizzy17 from Pennsylvania on Nov 25, 2015
3.53 by rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania on Oct 30, 2015
3.99 by KensWorld from Florida on Oct 24, 2015
3.44 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania on Aug 28, 2015
4.29 by dreichus from Pennsylvania on Jul 20, 2015
3.66 by jjd315 from Pennsylvania on May 26, 2015
3.25 by kmos27 from Pennsylvania on Mar 04, 2015
3.67 by whatname from Pennsylvania on Jan 26, 2015
Beyond The Pale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 59 ratings