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Fish Tale Winterfish - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

Fish Tale WinterfishFish Tale Winterfish

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BA SCORE
84
good

141 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.48%


Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2002)
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Reviews by PopeJonPaul:
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PopeJonPaul

Oregon

2.55/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I have to say I wasn't impressed with this stuff at all. Judging by all these reviews, maybe I got a bad or infected bottle?

Beer started off well, poured a glowing orange color with a good head and a spicy-sweet and floral aroma. The taste was strange though, only lightly fruity with more bitterness than sweetness, and a thin only slightly malty body. It was definitely spiced up, but the spices seemed "off" (I don't know how else to describe it) and the dry and slightly piney finish turned the spices to ash in my mouth. Honestly I could only finish about half a glass, it seemed like it had been watered down or something. If I see one of these I'll try it again just to be sure I guess.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2004 04:24:21 | More by PopeJonPaul
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notched "October 2013"

Into a pint glass.

A: hazy golden colored body, one finger white foamy head, mild speckled lacing

S: bitter cooked hops, kinda earthy but controlled with a decent backing by the malts

T: bitter but sweet, not combined, just seems to hang there a bit to leave something to be desired; mild malty yet bitter aftertaste with a dry finish

M: light to medium, sessionable for the most part, carbonation is harsh penetrating enough for an AIPA but not so much as a winter warmer

O: not a bad beer, but not really a winter warmer, more of an AIPA that I think I would have again depending upon what else is there

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3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, color is light gold, head is bright white nice bubbles, some lacing; it is a bit opaque, not looking like a winter warmer to me.

Aroma is pale malt, light booze and citrus and pine hops, nice scent for a winter ipa.

Taste is very good, pretty clean malts, not too sweet, crisp and bitter hops, with the hop flavor a good mix of pine and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is a little sweeter than some ipas, lingering malt flavor but the hops are big enough to dry it out.

Overall, slight knock because this is not a winter warmer and I thought it was when purchasing, but it is a good beer.

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A: pale orange yellowish nice lacing and good head retention

S: citrusy slight malt backbone

T: grapefruit pineapple a touch of lemon

M: doesn't come together perfectly at the end but still a pretty nice lingering citrusy finish

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I bought a 12oz bottle of this on sale at Total Wine. Who knows how old this is but it is a winter warmer: which winter? I am not sure. This one looks different than most winter warmers. This one is golden orange in color as opposed to the typical chocolate/brown/caramel colors associated with the style I don't know how to score the look, but there is a nice frothy head on top. Nice lacing too. Cloudy due to the yeast sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Looks a lot like a wheat beer.

Aroma is filled with sweet caramel, yeast, alcohol, and some citrusy and grassy hops. Somewhat fruity but certainly on the sweet alcoholic side.

This one has some hop bite to it. Starts out kind of sweet and fruity and finishes hoppy bitter with a warming alcohol feeling. Borders on cloying, but still a decent, balanced beer. Bitter grapefruit, caramel malts, alcohol, more citrus. Oily and resiny.

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Fish Tale Winterfish from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
84 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.