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Fish Tale Winterfish - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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141 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found in Calgary. Yes, the advertisement says the hoppiest Winter beer, and it's an IPA for its seasonal. Lacey head, creamy on cloudy yellow. Hop and barley aroma. Full mouthfeel, with hoppy and yeasty taste. Smooth, some c-hop and some other hop. A nice one.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 05:18:11 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed 9/2011.

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a 1/2 inch bone colored head that settles to a thin cap. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some spicy herbal hops. Taste is of sweet malt with a very spicy herbal and pine hop finish. A medium level of bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp yet smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I wouldn't necessarily categorize it as it stands now (a solid IPA for sure). Doesn't hurt that the beer is organic either.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 05:45:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dusky, dusty nectarine. The occasional stray bubble struggles to find its way to the surface through the storm of what I presume are yeast. Atop the beer sits a firmsticky cap of lemon chiffon that deposits nearly solid sheets of lace as it slowly fades away. A wonderful look.

So this is what pure Chinook hops smell like. I have to say that I prefer them in combination with other varieties if this nose is representative. It's as citrusy and as spicy as expected, but there's also an odd sort of phenolicity (think Band-Aids) that is reminiscent of Scotch whisky. Now that I think about it, that aspect of the aroma is almost certainly due to the yeast, not the hops. There is, however, more than enough pungent citrus fruit to keep me as happy as a clam.

Winterfish is generously and beautifully hopped. It doesn't taste like any IPA that I can recall, probably because I can't remember drinking a Chinook-exclusive IPA before. Thankfully, it loses most of the phenols on the palate. The central focus is a firm, resinously hoppy bite from beginning to end... with enough malt on hand to smooth things out and sweeten things up.

If I had to describe the flavor profile in one sentence it would be: candied grapefruit and orange peel lightly smoked over a Scottish peat fire. Strange, and yet, strangely appealing. The finish is long and lingering--thanks to the firmly medium body--and oscillates between bitter and sweet.

I can't decide if I like Winterfish or if I love it. If you're looking for something different and consider yourself a hophead, give this one a whirl. It's a fascinating, an original and a delicious ride.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2005 00:32:40 | More by BuckeyeNation
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womencantsail

California

3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for the tick, Bobby.

A: The pour is a slightly hazy golden orange color with a small scattering if white bubbles. Not really any head formation here.

S: The nose is candied orange peel, sweet citrus hops, and tropical fruit to start. There's a definite spiciness, seems to be ginger, along with some bread.

T: Sweet orange peel and citrus with some miscellaneous fruit notes. It's slightly bitter with a warming alcohol on the finish. A decent enough breadiness, but not really hearty.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is low to moderate.

D: People seem to keep saying good things about this brewery, but I haven't had good luck with them thus far. This was sort of a weird, spiced, strong pale ale more than anything.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 21:46:15 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy peach nectar color with a sturdy pale apricot head; plenty of lacing along the sides of the glass

Smell: The combination of toffee and grapefruit almost provides a peach aroma; in fact, the beer smells a bit like a peach cobbler; very inviting

Taste: After an initial burst of toffee, the citric bittering starts to kick in, with a really sweet peach/grapefruit character developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness pervades but is perfectly balanced by the toffee sweetness at the tip of the tongue; I am trying to bring some winter spice, maybe cinnamon, into the profile as well; it tastes a bit like peach cobbler, too

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet, too

Drinkability: If you like the sweet spices of a Winter Warmer and the bitter hops from an IPA, this beer delivers a nice blend of both worlds

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 18:22:29 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2007 15:48:03 | More by Phyl21ca
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden-tangerine body with a goodly-sized, foamy, white head. Thin smattering of lace on the descent.

Smell: An opening sniff of pale malts, with bits of grain and sweet-scented honey, folding seamlessly into hoppy aromas of herb and citrus.

Taste: Pale malts, minutely bready, and with a clover honey-esque sweetness. Grassy, herbaceous hops giving over a bit of grapefruit as well. Moderately bitter. A little more maltiness loitering on the back half, but, predominately, it's hoppy until the bitterish, long finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. A bit of creaminess there, too.

Overall: It can be a surprise (good or bad) sometimes to pick up a beer with the word winter as part of the title that isn't a spiced ale of some sort. Listen, I've got a beat-up Nokia phone from 2003. No interwebs access, no fancy-schmancy beer apps, so, I gotta go with what the beer bottle tells me. 'Winter' on the label can usually imply a malt-forward brew or something potentially packed with spices, the only ingredients listed were "water, orange barley, and hops". I assume yeast was utilized as well at some point. At any rate, a nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 21:21:56 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear deep golden with a thinner than expected head but I will say it did have some staying power,I have to say the aromas were a bit more muted than expected as well some herbal and piney hop but it really dont jump out at ya.Hmm the suprises keep coming an IPA it is but the flavors seem really off quite dry and very earthy with a real alcohol punch in the finish,quite harsh.Very dissapointing I really thought from other reviews it would be better,one of the odder IPA's I have had to date.I'll pass on this if ever given the chance to try again.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2005 02:47:12 | More by oberon
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy (bottle-conditioned) orange/copper body rests sleepily beneath a good-sized head of fine-bubbled, creamy white foam. The head retention is quite good and it leaves some very nice Brussels-style lace about the glass. The nose is a touch fruity from the yeast, sweetly bready, and hoppy with pine and grapefruit (Centennials? Or perhaps a Chinook/Cascade combination?). It's quite smooth and creamy in the mouth, starting with a delicate caress from it's exceptionally fine-bubbled natural carbonation and becoming more solid as its full body becomes apparent. The interplay between the yeasty fruitiness and grassy, subtly pine/spruce like hops is interesting with a speedbump of lightly sweet malt thrown in the middle there. It's not overly complex, or as rich, brash, or bold as some examples, but it is quite enjoyable in its own right - hence, a great drinkability. The only thing that might hold back its drinkability is its 7% abv; but the alcohol itself never shows or becomes a problem, it's just that you can't drink too many in one sitting. Or course the question is "would you want to?"... I think perhaps yes!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2005 13:16:06 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy apricot hue, with a little soapy white head. It smells of sweet caramel malt, raisins, molasses, and citrus hops. The taste has a strong caramel malt body, and the citrus hops are quite prominent. There's a mild carbonation to go with the decent weight of this beer, which tastes like a junior American barley wine. The finish is mild caramel malt, and a minor alcohol warming. This is a very nicely balanced and strongly flavoured beer, I would have this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 23:45:24 | More by biboergosum
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 00:26:46 | More by MasterSki
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WesWes

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is excellent. It has a mildly malty scent that is complemented with a wonderful floral hop aroma; very refreshing. The taste is good. It has a sweet malty flavor that is fruity with yeast. It goes down easy and finishes bitter with a hoppy aftertaste. It has a powerful malty presence and a well hid elevated abv. . The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good seasonal. It has the whole package; a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2004 00:52:16 | More by WesWes
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed amber with a thin head that stays around for the most part, before eventually becoming a patch.

The smell is of caramel with some supporting piney resin.

The taste is malt accented with a fair amount of piney hops. Not quite enough to reach IPA status, more like a hoppier strong ale. Some warming alcohol comes through, though does not mask flavors. Sweet, but with a slightly salty, bitterish finish.

It has a sturdy medium body. Not quite a winter body, but more like one I would expect in an autumn ale. Still, it holds up well.

Balanced with medium intensity, this is a fine for a malt-accented, but hoppy, brew.

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing a bottle of this one back for me from his trip to Washington!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 21:31:24 | More by jwc215
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Halcyondays

California

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours orange with a soft 1/2 finger head. Good head retention, no lace.

S: English toffee, sugar cane juice, apricot and orange.

T: Cedar hop hit immediately. Rum soaked oranges and sweet caramel round out the flavour. Ethanol is evident, but it melds well with the other components and doesn't take over the beer, just a complementary flavour.

M: Definite bit of smooth solvent booze character, medium/full body with a lingering bitter hop aftertaste.

D: A good winter beer, definitely a sipper, the flavours are powerful and direct. A satisfying after dinner beverage.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 21:11:12 | More by Halcyondays
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I loves me some Winterfish! By far my favorite Winter Warmer.

Poured a glowing golden orange color with good carbonation and a nice, small white head. Nose is citrus, hops, breadiness, toffee and caramel. Taste is so smooth, earthy, caramel, bread, citrus and floral notes. Mouthfeel is light booze, bittering on end with a nice malt backbone, coating and so damn good! F'in A. I am going to polish this growler off and go get some more.

Serving type: growler

03-03-2010 02:52:28 | More by barleywinefiend
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The ale is an amber orange color with a thin white head covering the top of the glass. From initial appearances, it looks like the beer will lace nicely.

S: The aroma is a big citrusy cascade hop aroma, floral and pleasing.

T: The ale is a nice IPA. A strong caramel malt base supports a big hop body. The hops are citrusy, providing a strong floral grapefruit flavor from first sip to last. The end finishes with an intense bitterness that has some pine notes in it.

M: The mouthfeel is all hops, not too strong, but big enough to satisfy.

D: The abv is a bit high to enjoy several, but this breaks the mold of a winter ale. It is big and hoppy, tart without scalding the tastebuds.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 01:46:59 | More by akorsak
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tannish head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, nice touch of pines/citrus, and caramel. The taste is pretty hoppy, lots of pines/citrus, and caramel. Medium body. Very Drinkable, this is a very tasty IPA, definitely would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 03:01:03 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Secret Santa AKSmokedPorter. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head above the golden amber brew. Head quickly fades down to an uneven layer of bubbles, and minimal small bubbles of lacing. Aroma is fruity hops with a syrupy malt undercurrent. Taste is similar to the nose, but the hops are a bit moire varied, with pine coming into play a bit as well with the fruit. Bitter alcoholic close. Mouthfeel is alright, maybe a bit on the flat side, and drinkability is okay as well. This one hasn't caused me to run out and find more. But if I happen upon it, I'd give it another chance.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 23:43:53 | More by ppoitras
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Claudia's today.

The beer pours a light copper color with OK head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, though what I detect is pretty nice. There's a nice mix of sweet malt, spice and hoppy citrus in this beer, which is replicated pretty closely on the palate. However, the beer has a considerable amount of flavor on the palate, and finishes with a very dry, very hoppy/bitter finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light, but the beer has plenty of flavor. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol well disguised.

This is a solid beer, but I don't think it's anything spectacular. Unfortunately, I had it after a glass of the HUB abominable winter ale, and I think it suffered a bit by comparison. This is a very good beer, but needless to say, it doesn't compare to the abominable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2009 23:20:13 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, no idea where this one came from! To whoever, thanks!

Pours a hazy orange, almost a dark golden, medium sized white head forms, decently thick, settles to a thick ring, some nice lacing on the glass. Smell is neat, sweet and malty, honey and bread, biscuit, caramel, some light floral, toffee, raisin, dark fruit, pretty nice. Taste is similar, a malt bomb, honey and biscuit, toffee, huge malty middle, lightly spicy, bread, brown sugar, very rich. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, real nice body. This is a great winter warmer, nice maltiness, and not too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 20:42:22 | More by Viggo
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy orange tinted copper color with particulates in suspension. A small head becomes a bubbly film in a few seconds. Lacing is very nice. Huge pine syrup, pungent medicinal aroma. I love it. The taste reminds me of cannabis. Its very resiny. Man I love some of these West Coast brews. What they do with hops out there is similar to what Brett Favre does with a football. Pure magic. This is a bitter beer. In a great way. I liken it to the Bastard a little bit. The oily, resiny, pungent hop contributions are just magnificent. There appears to be some decent malt backing as well. Body is about medium-full. This beer is not for the weak of heart. Gotta thank Matt Maples for recommending this one to me on the horn a few weeks ago.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2002 20:19:13 | More by Bighuge
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 23:33:32 | More by Stinkypuss
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Gusler

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour somewhat hazy amber color, the head is modest and frothy and a winsome beige color, the residual lace a fine covering upon the glass. Hop floral dominates the nose, sweet and malt laden, crisp and clean to boot. Start has a lot of malt, lightly sweet with a middling top and the finish biting in its hop spicy bite, the carbonation moderate, the aftertaste dry and long lasting and another great beer from “Fish tale”

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2003 14:52:16 | More by Gusler
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at 45 degrees into a snifter
A - A brilliant amber with a pale 3 finger head that crowns the clear strong ale. A sticky webbing of lace clings to the snifter's sides.

S - Woody hops blend with cherry like fruity aromas and an abundance of fresh citric hop scents. The strong hint of alcohol is detected in the bold ale's aroma.

M - Sweet and bitter coincide with a tangy hoppy citric quality. A sturdy full and forceful amount of ale heft is present with round finish.

T - Pinecones w/ high levels of booze show up in the taste profile. Bitter w/ nutty, fruity and ruby red grapefruit flavors that linger. Hoppy twang subsides since it is so malty it tastes like a barleywine on alternate sips.
The booziness of the ale is not masked and the beer manages to conjure a good deal of flavor, also.

D - A decent ale regardless of style. Big and hoppy with a boozy malty finish. I would recommend a hearty shepherd's pie to go along this strong flavorful ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 01:12:18 | More by Slatetank
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 01:45:51 | More by Georgiabeer
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Fish Tale Winterfish from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
84 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.