Friday, September 30, 2011

Fish Tale Organic -Wild Salmon Pale Ale; IPA

Fish Tale beers are by the Fish Brewing Company of Olympia, Washington, which according to the bottle cap is brewed in the "Republic of Cascadia."  These are USDA certified organic beers.

Wild Salmon Pale Ale - This 5.5% ABV beer pours a copper-amber in color with a slight off-white head.  The aroma is delightfully hop forward, with citrus, grapefruit, pineapple and tropical fruit, there are some yeast notes, all over a light cracker-biscuit-caramel malt note.  The taste is fruity, hop forward, citrus and tropical, over a light, sweet scone malt.  It is very flavorful, but drinks very light.  There is a light to medium bitterness on the finish.  If you like really hop-forward American style pale ales then this one is for you.  Delicious for a hop head.

IPA - This 6.5% ABV beer pours a glowing copper-amber-orange in color with a half inch of thick and creamy off-white head that leaves thick and sticky lacing down the glass.  The aroma is delicately fruity, citrus and tropical with a touch of yeast.  The taste is also lightly and delicately fruity, citrus, tropical, some floral, a bit of yeast, all on a light caramel malt base.  This also feels light in the mouth.  This is a nice beer, but hop heads will actually prefer their pale ale.

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