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Fish Tale Winterfish - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Fish Tale WinterfishFish Tale Winterfish

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145 Ratings

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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Deuane


3.58/5  rDev -4%

A-Bright amber with a thin off-white head that degraded to a thin film that left some lacing.

S-Light piney/peppery hops. Some citrusy notes too. A complex hop bland for sure, but light overall.

T-At first, while cold, I did not like the tatse of this brew. Tatsed a bit "fake" to me. But, to give it a chance I let it warm and I am glad I did....the piney hop essence came through and turned a beer that was almost undrinkable into something fairly enjoyable! That unusual "fake--chemical-like" tatse is still there, lightly in the aftertaste.

M-Medium body with a nice bitter kick. A bit of alcohol coming in at the end.

D-A decent brew...but there is a strange ending(aftertaste) that I do not care for. Classified totally worng, but oh well...I didnt list it!

03-16-2008 23:01:53 | More by Deuane
Photo of arizcards


3.58/5  rDev -4%

Picked up a single at Total Wine in late November for $1.99.

Beer poured a murky amber orange with a decent white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is light grapefruit rind and slightly sweet.

Taste is bready malts, slightly sweet, finish with strong grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Overall this is a pretty decent beer. Taste does not flow well together though i like the breadt APA malt profile.

01-16-2012 23:25:31 | More by arizcards
Photo of terrabyte


3.55/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a clear, light caramel color with a small white head.

Aroma has a pleasant, hoppy smell, bordering on grapefruit citrus.

Flavor has a nice, earthy caramel base. However, it is quite dry with a puckering grapefruit tang.

Mouthful almost seems slightly gritty due to grapefruit taste & tanginess. Medium thickness.

Drinkability is excellent if this is your style. For me, it starts out fine, but seems a bit dry, tangy, thick and sweet to enjoy too much of.

04-20-2007 02:29:16 | More by terrabyte
Photo of Givemebeer


3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

I'm rating this as an ipa because that's what it is...

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

O: nothing like a winter warmer. Maybe it's a different formula this year? No spices and not malty hops dominate. For an ipa, not half bad.

11-20-2013 00:45:46 | More by Givemebeer
Photo of MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

Thanks to bvc for tossing in this local brew. No idea how old this is, but I suspect it's a couple months (being a winter beer and all). Served in my Surly pint glass.

A - One finger of persistent off-white foam but minimal lacing. Slightly hazed dark orange apricot-like color with the occasional tiny bubble rising to the top. Good, but nothing special.

S - Pretty understated nose, with lots of toffee and caramel malts and a few hints of citrus hoppiness. Kind of underwhelming.

T - There's a little more bitter hop kick in the taste, along with some very bready and light caramel malts. Some nice floral notes at the top of the palate. Tastes more like a solid APA - although after reading the description of Winter Warmer, it fits the unspiced English variety with the slightly higher ABV and pronounced malt character.

M - Mild carbonation, medium to full-bodied, lots of residual stickiness. All in all, pretty satisfying.

D - There's nothing that makes it not drinkable, but it's just nothing interesting enough to make me want to have a few.

This brew might be a solid local seasonal, but it's not worth going out of one's way to try.

03-25-2009 00:26:46 | More by MasterSki
Photo of kylemckinnis


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

12-30-2012 08:15:51 | More by kylemckinnis
Photo of atigerlife


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Poured a light hazy brown, looking like apple cider. Light head.

Smell of dark fruit and grapefruit. Taste of hops immediately jumps out. Very dry. Still dark fruit and grapefruit in the taste. Yeasty.

Has a low carbonation. Seems to be lacking a little complexity. Overall, I found this moderately drinkable. Not something I would pursue, but nice to have once in a while.

12-18-2005 06:18:41 | More by atigerlife
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-17-2012 21:51:12 | More by LampertLand
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

12-30-2011 17:18:10 | More by Jamstone714
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

12-21-2012 01:41:46 | More by mth44sc
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Pours a dark golden with little head. Smells of apricot and quite sweet- maybe candi sugar? Also apples on the finish. Tastes lightly spiced, someewhat sweet and fruity and with a citrusy hop bitterness on the end. Mouthfeel is slightly slick but somewhat crisp. Eh. Just okay. There are plenty of other great winter seasonals out there for my money. I like this brewery, but I think they've fallen down on this one. Your winter beer should be something special.

12-17-2007 01:45:51 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of harpus


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

07-22-2013 15:36:31 | More by harpus
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

07-07-2014 03:12:51 | More by wrightst
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

04-07-2013 20:14:32 | More by AndrewMichael
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

12-05-2013 03:45:56 | More by p-wagz
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-25-2012 07:05:34 | More by shelby415
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

10-05-2012 22:41:53 | More by adkieffer
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.43/5  rDev -8%

Fish Tale WinterFish Seasonal Ale

LOOK: Clear gold with a white soapy film, leaves a ton of lace on the glass. Looking like a well made, sticky IpA style beer.

SMELL: Bready malts, strong earthy hops, some cat pee (not uncommon) and dusty cocoa.

TASTE: Some grapefruit influence, strong bitterness, resinous qualities, and a solid malt body. Alittle citrus, some cocoa, and a bit herbal and tea like.

11-26-2012 23:33:32 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of largadeer


3.4/5  rDev -8.8%

Appearance - Amber with a slight haze to it. Slightly off-white head with average retention.

Smell - Sharp, piney hops with faint bready malt in the background.

Taste/mouthfeel - Bready and malty initially, with hops quickly taking over and pushing any sweetness to the background. Oily, piney hops stick to the palate and provide a long, bitter finish. Simple but enjoyable. Fairly viscous - at 7.5% ABV, it's on the cusp of double/imperial status.

Notes - This is an IPA rather than a winter warmer. It's very much along the lines of Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale. Not a bad beer at all, but it doesn't stand out in a market flooded with similar beers.

12-06-2007 01:40:24 | More by largadeer
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3.38/5  rDev -9.4%

2001 release. Light brown color, medium head. Aroma is fruity and slightly sweet. Lightly malty, somewhat hoppy, spicy. Rather dry and somewhat tart. A lighter flavored winter ale. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is dry and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Interesting beer.

08-14-2003 03:14:50 | More by beerguy101
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Quebec (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -10.7%

Bottle courtesy of Sammy: Poured a deep slightly orangey color ale with a small foamy head with some limited retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus and bitter hops is mostly dominating without being too strong. Taste is a mix between some sweet malt with a medium bitter finish with some distinctive citrus notes. Body is quite full with some low carbonation. Overall, while this was an interesting beer I thought it was lacking in hops bites for the style.

06-01-2007 15:48:03 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of froghop


3.33/5  rDev -10.7%

pour is a clear amber-orange with a medium size off-white head, good lacing.

smell is tropical fruits, citrus, vanilla, hops, caramel, and some spice.

taste is creamy, light grapefruit, caramel, some sweetness, slight bitter, citrus, some pepper, and some malt, leaves mouth sticky.

12-08-2008 22:42:48 | More by froghop
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

12-02-2013 00:44:48 | More by Presto82
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West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

02-01-2013 01:43:27 | More by wembly13
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

01-02-2013 23:05:10 | More by kmoore149
Fish Tale Winterfish from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
84 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.