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Fish Tale Winterfish - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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BA SCORE
84
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143 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.48%
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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honkduh

Oregon

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-05-2011 01:34:41 | More by honkduh
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zacharius

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a slightly hazy amber color with a white head. It smells hoppy and piney. This beer tastes hoppy with residual flavors of malt, pine and fruit. A very complex flavor. Apparantly this beer has some spruce and juniper in it but not so much that I could notice without coaching. I've drank quite a few of these in a row with no ill effects, some other juniper berried beer is tough on my body. This beer is a cross between an IPA and a winter warmer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2003 13:59:18 | More by zacharius
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sam_bliss

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: growler

12-16-2012 04:28:42 | More by sam_bliss
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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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kmoore149

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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

Virginia

2/5  rDev -46.4%

01-31-2014 02:15:00 | More by Mrbseward
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ablaze

Alberta (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Healthy head on a hazy, opaque bright orange. Nice sticky lacing.

Hop-dominant and flowery, with some maltiness in the background.

Sweet, rich and malty with plenty of juicy hops. Very fruity...grapefruit and berries on toast, with a slightly spicy finish. Lots of honey notes and more hops throughout.

Full bodied, creamy and sticky with low carbonation.

Quite tasty...I like it. A downtempo version of Fish Tale's anniversary ale, and quite tasty. Fairly cloying, but that's alright. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 04:55:50 | More by ablaze
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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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notsoprobeer

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden straw in color (hazy) with a white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Aroma of mainly citrus and pineapple. Grapefruit hops dominate the flavor, but there's bready malt backbone to it. Medium bodied with an effervescent mouth feel. The finish is very dry and grapefruit hops linger along with a touch of alcohol. I was surprised to see that this is 7.5% ABV. Very drinkable—if you can deal with a high dosage of hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 06:11:55 | More by notsoprobeer
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Presto82

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

02-19-2014 02:48:08 | More by deansellers
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lostbearbrew

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very orangey-red tones of early sunset...a thick look, as it didn't allow much light to pass through. Driving sheets of lace down the glass, underneath a foamy, chewy white head.

Citrusy and spicy in the nose. Very distinct smell inside - maybe an oak aging or perhaps a distinct yeast? Bartender was nice but had no clue as to the ingredients, so no help there - have to rely on instinct and instinct says an offbeat yeast, or perhaps oak aging.

Strong hops flavor overrides almost all else to start the sip, and then chews on the tongue a little longer. My, I like this. Just enough malt to not make you wince from the hops - in fact, enough to make you taste sweetness on the final part of the sip. This is about ideal for my palate. Somewhere in the mix is an oak or peat taste...sort of like a sherry or whiskey flavor buried deep inside the profile.

Mouthfeel is solid, and gives a nice finish on each sip. Somewhere along the first pint, I fell in love with this brew and had another before we headed down the road. The second was in many ways much better than the first. A truly unique and satisfying brew. I enjoyed it along with my remaining seafood chowder.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2005 21:33:33 | More by lostbearbrew
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JonBoy47

California

2/5  rDev -46.4%

12-18-2011 05:27:41 | More by JonBoy47
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JeffreyG

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange in color with a thin head. Citrusy aroma, smell warns of the hops to come. This IPA is dominated by hops and the citrus-like taste comes on strong here. There is a hint of maltyness, but not enough to the balance that I would prefer . A well crafted and beer, but not totally unique. If you lean toward a hop dominated beer this might be up your alley.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2003 10:28:51 | More by JeffreyG
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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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Zack

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%

03-02-2014 04:05:38 | More by Zack
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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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Haightfulbrew

California

3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour: Sunset cloudy orange, produces a thick finger of off-white, determined head, that settles slowly into patches and leaves 360 degree lace.

Nose: Sour lemon, fresh citrus, grapefruit, honey, fresh cut grass, toasted white bread. Hint of fish?

Taste: Starts hoppy. Citrusy, crisp and grassy. Then a millisecond of sweet honey malt, then a big bitter finish. The end of this beer overwhelms everything else. Quite hoppy, to the point of being a bit unpleasant and vegetably .

Mouth: Medium body, with a spritzy carbonation that comes on in the finish.

Overall: Not incredibly interesting. Not sure why this is being called a winter beer. Somewhere between a light IPA and a dry hopped pale ale.

The website says the grain bill is all Pale and Honey Malt. Hops are Chinook throughout the boil, and Chinook to dry hop. This is a dry hopped pale ale, through and through.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 06:43:23 | More by Haightfulbrew
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Fish Tale Winterfish from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
84 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.