Fish Tale Winterfish - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
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4.83/5 rDev +29.5%
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.
11-15-2002 20:19:13 | More by Bighuge
4.72/5 rDev +26.5%
Pours a burnt orange gold with a very sticky head that fades fairly quickly but sticks to the glass with a vengence. The aroma is filled with hop oils and the ripeness that comes from the dry hopping. The taste is sweet up front, and the hop bitterness follows with power. The flavoring hops are very nicely done and make a huge presence, but don't outstay their welcome. The pine-like bitterness that comes through is absolutely great. The roughness of the hops are so fresh and pure that it actually feels as though it is scratching your mouth (which is surprisingly awesome) but it completely smooths out in the finish. This stuff goes down incredibly smooth and I could handle this all night. They definately used some huge NW hops in this brew and it all paid off. One of the best IPAs I have had in a while.
11-18-2005 23:23:10 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
4.7/5 rDev +26%
Pours a gently fogged orange-gold gourd color stacked with a modest cap of soiled white.
Pungent nose full of wafting reefer tendrils and dripping tropical fruit, mostly pineapple and assorted citrus rinds. To say the nose is bright is an epic understatment.
It gallops into the mouth with a workmanlike malt backing of shortbread and caramelized marshmallows, and grows slightly fuller and breadier by midway. The hops are obviously huge, but moreso in flavors than bitters....though there is a fair amount of later here too. Explosive with its pithy tropical fruits, more pineapple, mango, fried plantain, and orange- and lime rinds. Resinous gan-J tackifies the close with its piquant smoky herbalisms.
Medium in the mouth, sturdy in build, moderately low in carbonation.
This is a tremendous Holiday quaffer and likely the best "winter" IPA I've had. This makes Celebration look a lot less festive.
It should, however, be noted that it doesn't age worth a shit. Even after 4-5 months, it's notably degraded. So if it ain't absolutely fresh, throw it back.
12-03-2005 19:27:08 | More by cokes
4.58/5 rDev +22.8%
Glowing orangish gold color with a slight smear to it. Thin, off-white cap. Finely placed, closely scattered, spotty sheets of lacing sticks across the glass.
Toasty with a big orange oil aroma starts from the pour. Very pungent, rich, oily, and deep with a well-rounded citrusy realm with notes to cannibus, the sister of hops, and some doughy fresh malts.
Taste is well oiled in citrusy hops, oily, flavor heavy with oranges, a flint of lime, lemon and tangerine, yet calmly bitter with rinds and resins, somewhat smokey with herbal nuances. Quite a nice taster. Nice malt backing thats lightly toasty and bready/doughy. The bitterness closing in the finish is delicate and nurtured to perfection with a nice amount of citrus rinds, oils, and smokeyness.
Smooth and oily textured feel from front to back. Quite silky for an IPA, even its bite tends to be smoothed out in oils and resins. Body is moderate in mediumness with a rich, soothing, quaffable, drenchable, lower carbonation that is utterly beyond average in drinkability. Damn good stuff. Winterfish would be one to bring to the frozen lakes while fishing through the ice if it were here in MN.
A "brake the chill" thanks to cvschaller for the many samples!
12-06-2005 00:29:24 | More by tavernjef
4.5/5 rDev +20.6%
Appearance Cloudy and orange in the body with a thick, staying head that left some lacing. This one looks terrific.
Smell The sharp piney hops jump right out of the glass. Dig a little deeper and youll find some softer hops and a balancing malt base.
Taste This one is something else. The malts come up a little bigger at the tongue, but it is the dept of hop flavor that makes this ale. The piney hops are there in force and seem to go on forever right through the finish.
Mouthfeel On the heavy side of medium-bodied and very dry.
Drinkability This has instantly become a personal fav for me. It looks and smells great, tastes exceptional, and went down beautifully.
Comments My bros BigHuge and ZAP saved me from being the high ball here, but I just love this stuff. Too bad my wife took the rest of the bottle.
11-27-2003 02:56:35 | More by RoyalT
4.5/5 rDev +20.6%
Grapefruit on the nose....grapefruit on the buds....grapefruit everywhere and I love it....This is a tasty little beverage...pours a hazy deep orange....smells like a glass of grapefruit juice....a full mouthfeel with a very nice malt sweetness that balances this bad boy off nicely....the juicy, grapefruit hop flavors take center stage but the unsung hero is the nice malt sweetness...This is very,very good bordering on outstanding...
12-02-2002 22:38:54 | More by ZAP
4.47/5 rDev +19.8%
12 oz bottle poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Winterfish is a clear rusty orange with a fluffy, off-white head that leaves heavy lace.
Smell is awesome, huge fresh hops, citrus and resiny, with darker, sweet grains, caramel and gingerbread, there is a nice vanilla aftertaste, with the phenols, desert like.
Taste is very estery, a big apricot, but rounded rather then sharper, English ale style. Sweet dark grains, caramel and gingerbread, mildly phenolic with a nice vanilla aftertaste, desert like - chunky apple pie, complete with the cinnamon - most importantly, lusciously a la mode! A nice spice, but the pungency of the hops is lost in the depth of the malt.
Mouthfeel is sharp and very creamy, medium bodied, with sticky malt and a spicy, bitter finish.
Drinkability is pretty high, but it's a big, rich beer. I love this style of winter warmer, the PNW Red IPA! 7.5% is just strong enough to warm while style allowing me a few, and I love the hoppy bite and play of the citrus with the darker crystals. Great price and a great winter warmer
12-02-2008 00:13:32 | More by ccrida
4.47/5 rDev +19.8%
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.
03-03-2010 02:52:28 | More by barleywinefiend
4.45/5 rDev +19.3%
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
04-06-2008 18:22:29 | More by brentk56
4.43/5 rDev +18.8%
This winter ale is truly unique. Pale color, but with quite a heavy body. This is also one of the most heavily hopped winter ales I have ever experienced. Plenty of IBUs to go around. Alcohol content gives another reason to stay in out of the cold.
05-04-2002 14:35:01 | More by beernut7
4.4/5 rDev +18%
12oz, bought a 6 pack at sadhanna for like 8 bucks maybe
appearance: pours a slightly cloudy perfect orange/copper with a goldish hue, beautiful cream head and nice lacing
smell: wow, upon first smell, tropical fruit aromas stick out above the rest...floral citrus and piney hops underneath, some grapefruit, orange, but mostly tropical...one of the best smelling ipa's i have come across
taste: i think i am in love...this stuff is wonderful... sweet and juicy hops, loaded with tropical fruit, mango, grapefruit, orange, apricot, slightly pined, some sweet malts underneath, hop bitterness big in the aftertaste. I am getting more of this tommorow! This is one of the best IPA's I have had in a while
mouthfeel: juicy, oily, hop bitterness
drinkability: all too drinkable
12-16-2005 01:51:41 | More by dirtylou
4.3/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
10-24-2005 21:33:33 | More by lostbearbrew
4.25/5 rDev +13.9%
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!
05-06-2005 13:16:06 | More by NeroFiddled
4.25/5 rDev +13.9%
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
03-02-2003 14:52:16 | More by Gusler
4.25/5 rDev +13.9%
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.
12-27-2004 00:52:16 | More by WesWes
4.25/5 rDev +13.9%
This is a really great take on the winter seasonal!
Instead of a heavier, spiced winter warmer, this is a very fruity, medium bodied ale with tons of floral character that remind me of a fruitcake, without the glazed fruits.
This is classified here as an IPA, but it's on the fringe end. Kind of like Steelhead's Peregrin Took IPA, not like SN Celebration. The hops are mostly in the aftertaste, though melded really well with the sweetness of the malt. Robust rather than dry.
After trying the Leviathan BW and this, I'm gonna have to give Fish another spin or two when I hit the store again!
11-06-2005 02:03:19 | More by unklesyd
4.22/5 rDev +13.1%
12 oz single. Darkish orange beer with a small off white head, that goes fast, leaving some lace. Great sweet spicy hop aromas more grapefruit than pine! Lovelly tasty IPA indeed..great flavors of pink grapefruit and sour berries and a wonderful honeyish sweetness to balance the tartness. Very nice mouthfeel quite smooth and delictable. Overall a very very nice IPA.
11-22-2006 17:03:47 | More by Reidrover
4.22/5 rDev +13.1%
Served in 16oz pint glass.
Appearance - hazy orange, barely any head at all. No lacing.
Smell - juicy sweet citrus, with a slight bit of tartness. Reminds me of citrus fruit candy.
Taste - continues along the same line as the smell. Intense orange, tangerine and grapefruits. Very smooth hop profile, including the finish, which has a mild bitterness. A bit of malt sweetness jumps in and out from time to time.
Mouthfeel - Low carbonation and a fairly heavy body. I thought it was going to be a syrupy mess while pouring, but it is creamy smooth.
Drinkability - Ridiculously drinkable for a 7.5% IPA. I'm not getting any warming effect or hints of alcohol.
Overall - It's not a mouth puckering bitter IPA, but its got loads of juicy citrus hop goodness. I really like this and hope to find it again.
05-11-2007 01:49:48 | More by markaberrant
4.15/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
09-09-2009 20:42:22 | More by Viggo
4.15/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
11-11-2007 04:55:50 | More by ablaze
4.13/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
03-16-2005 00:32:40 | More by BuckeyeNation
Fish Tale Winterfish from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
84 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.