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Vicious Circle Amber Ale - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 7.65%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: twelveinches on 11-03-2013

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Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 7
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fish Brewing Co. "Vicious Circle Amber Ale"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "Spawned" sometime between August and September of 2014... roughly 6 months old

It's a little odd that Fish would chose the name "Vicious Circle" and put sharks on the label because neither of those are really consistent with the beer inside. Rather than being an aggressive, maybe supper hoppy, or at least bitter amber ale, "Vicious Circle" is actually a fairly soft, gently sweet, and easily accessible ale. It's deep copper in color, and surprisingly hazy, beneath a frothy head of khaki that holds well and leaves impressive lacing in its wake. The caramel malts come through, but they're not overdone, and it's a soft, smooth ride that's only gently peppered with floral, grassy, and leafy hops. It finishes drying with some residual gold and dark caramel maltiness, a bit of yeasty fruitiness, and some leafy and lightly herbal hops. A medium body and moderate carbonation level leave it smooth and almost creamy across the palate. Well-balanced (but leaning towards the sweet side) and nicely polished it's an easily accessible amber ale.

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3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is indeed a classic shade of amber. Decent foam in the tall Blanche de Chambly glass, and plenty of spritziness on the tongue.

Mild and beery. Modest maltiness with a bitter tinge, but not really hoppy. I'd call it a Blonde named Amber. The best feature is a warm cereal taste that reminds me of a malty Wheat Ale. No hard edges anywhere on this. LIght and frothy with caramel hints. Fortunately this is on the dry side.

This is decent enough for a quick gulp. Still, wouldn't you rather have an average Pilsner, or a light Saison, or a crisp Extra Pale ale? I don't see much future in this Amber style. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at the Fishbowl restaurant in Everett.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours two fingers of head on a hazy medium straw colored body.
The aroma is tropical fruit forward (mango and pineapple) with some pine and grapefruit in the background.
The taste is nicely balanced. Some pineapple sweetness, a bite of lemon bitterness in the middle and finishes on a little honey sweet note.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It has great balance in both smell and flavor.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> Dogfish Head snifter

A - pours up ruby red with a light tan two finger head, good retention and good lacing.

S - grains, dark fruit, earthy notes, grass

T - not overly sweet with a dry finish that has a bit of pine to it.

M - thin without much carbonation, not much of an aftertaste

O - take it or leave it, typical amber, not bad, not good.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.52/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy burnt red color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing sticking and then sliding down.
The smell had a decent dried caramel base with a light nuttiness to it.
The taste was basically the same as the smell adding a light toffee. There was a light aftertaste of caramel and a dry finish.
The mouthfeel was slightly sharp through the carbonation and sat about a light to medium on the body. A decent rolling caramel flavoring runs over my tongue.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good Amber/Red ale.

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3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.85/5  rDev +9.1%

Pours a deep amber color with lacing left behind. Little head to speak of.

Smell is malty, biscuity, not much else. Smells like an average amber.

Taste is very clean, much better than flat tire. slight bitterness, but mostly malty and light.

Mouthfeel is about average. medium carb and light feel.

Nothing to rave about, but it has its place as a local brew here in OR that can satisfy the average beer drinker, not for snobs.

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Vicious Circle Amber Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.