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Fish Tale Winterfish - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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BA SCORE
84
good

145 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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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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SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

Not a bad beer, I must say. The alcohol is kind of front and center, but I guess a winter warmer is supposed to be warming. A different interpretation on the style and I quite like it. More geared toward hops than brown sugar and malt. I could see myself drinking this after hitting the slopes for some backside grunge nose grabs.

04-19-2013 20:55:50 | More by SaCkErZ9
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mikegreen138

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

04-09-2013 21:39:30 | More by mikegreen138
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

04-07-2013 20:14:32 | More by AndrewMichael
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drt72

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

03-19-2013 23:40:04 | More by drt72
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DarkLordPsycho

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.6%

02-20-2013 03:52:26 | More by DarkLordPsycho
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

02-08-2013 04:30:25 | More by cliff1066
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wembly13

West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

02-01-2013 01:43:27 | More by wembly13
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kmoore149

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

01-02-2013 23:05:10 | More by kmoore149
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kylemckinnis

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

12-30-2012 08:15:51 | More by kylemckinnis
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

Caramel orange color. Lacing looks good. White and airy head, but it fell fast. Nice light color.

Caramelized peach and mango in the nose. Assuming it's from the hops, but there's no perky bitter leafy notes that rise up. Just tropical fruit nuances. Very mild and biscuity. Quite the departure from a winter ale.

It IS from the hops. Soft peachy hops with notes of mango, papaya, and nectarine. A little muddled with light caramel from mostly pale malts. Not much toastiness. Malts are a little flat, but they apply their own attributes with light balance. Alcohol is staved off a bit. This is close to a winter pale ale or weak IPA.

Thick for an IPA, which it is not, but it's pretty juicy for a warmer with that light carbonation that doesn't draw much attention. Booziness is light, but spicy.

Not an ideal warmer, so no props for the style. Still delicious and almost hoppy. Recommended.

12-27-2012 15:25:16 | More by thecheapies
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Greggory

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

12-21-2012 16:31:03 | More by Greggory
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mth44sc

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

12-21-2012 01:41:46 | More by mth44sc
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hayesjw

California

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-20-2012 22:30:34 | More by hayesjw
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sam_bliss

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%

Growler into glass

A- Golden translucent light copper with an off-white head and decent lacing as we worked our way down the glasses.

S- Some fruity esters and sprucey hops. Tropical and fruity sweet scents remind me more of a pale ale than a winter warmer, but it smells great.

T- Tastes like a bigger Belgian dubbel. Some saison funk or perhaps another flavorful yeast compliments banana and hoppiness with just a smattering of caramel malt. Super tasty but like the aroma, it's a bit off style.

M- Plenty of body but not thick-feeling or syrupy. Good after-feel.

O- This is a great winter beer for those who like hoppy beers and Belgian-style beer. IPA meets trappist dubbel meets winter ale!

12-16-2012 04:28:42 | More by sam_bliss
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Falcone

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

12-02-2012 06:02:47 | More by Falcone
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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
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benbjb

Washington

1/5  rDev -73.2%

11-04-2012 21:50:25 | More by benbjb
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craigreno

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -33%

11-03-2012 01:59:16 | More by craigreno
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Tinfang

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

11-02-2012 03:11:22 | More by Tinfang
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adkieffer

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

10-05-2012 22:41:53 | More by adkieffer
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -19.6%

09-26-2012 23:30:38 | More by t0rin0
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udubdawg

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

09-13-2012 17:27:16 | More by udubdawg
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Mojo

Alabama

3.58/5  rDev -4%

This beer pours a cloudy orange/amber with a little sediment observed. (In fairness this bottle might be a little past prime.) The head is minimal and so is the lacing. The smell is subtle with a hint of citrus. Taste is an initial malt with grapefruit overtones giving way to a not unpleasant hoppiness for the finish with no aftertaste. Basically pretty average.

08-14-2012 03:00:40 | More by Mojo
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours a coppery orange amber with a thin white head and light lacing. Citrus and pine aroma; hops. Citrus and citrus hops to start, slight malt and caramel with a hoppy finish. A little subdued compared to a IPA, but pleasant. Not getting any holiday spicing here, but a nice hoppy ale.

08-03-2012 22:29:19 | More by LiquidAmber
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hannaho

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

03-12-2012 15:26:52 | More by hannaho
Fish Tale Winterfish from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
84 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.