Fish Tale Winterfish - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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BA SCORE
86
very good

102 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 102
Hads: 156
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 3
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2002

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Reviews: 102 | Hads: 156
Photo of ppoitras
3.62/5  rDev -6%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of sam_bliss
3.62/5  rDev -6%
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! (700 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is light copper with little head but enough retention to leave some lacing. There is a pleasant hop nose to this offering. The upfront taste is dominated by a cidery alcohol feel that is not unpleasant, but not terribly tasty either. The finish, by contrast is pleasantly hoppy. (289 characters)

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AlohaC for this bottle.

Pours an orange-amber color with a thin white head. Some speckles of lacing.

Smells of citrusy hops and biscuit dough rise from the glass. The citrus seems to run the board from grapefruit to tangerines. Touch of floral in there, also.

Flavor is decent, good malt background balances the hops nicely. Bitter citrus beginning and end with sweet caramel malts in the middle.

Medium body brew with a nice bitter dryness to the aftertaste. Nothing spectacular, but easily a beer that I could sit and enjoy a few of. (557 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Winterfish is a seasonal winter warmer whose pale and honey malts impart a brighter, golden color to the brew in contrast to other, darker winterbräus. In fact, the color is near copper. This may not be entirely traditional, but Winterfish’s festive overtures are intact with abundant fruit and notes of melon in both the nose and flavor. The taste also speaks of nutmeg with just a touch of alcohol and is punctuated in the finish by crisp, sensible bittering.

Nothing in Winterfish is overstated. It is proudly brewed “in the Republic of Cascadia” with Yakima Chinook hops and leaves behind a lacy tailing of foam on the glass. When served from the bottle, this beer is highly particulate. Pour it slowly to maximize clarity. (736 characters)

Photo of notsoprobeer
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, December month notched with no year for dating. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy bright orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, caramel, honey, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, caramel, honey, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, pine, caramel, honey, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly sticky, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice IPA. All around good balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. It is at least a year old in age, but still a nicely enjoyable offering as it stands now. (1,441 characters)

Photo of JeffreyG
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

This is Fish Brewing's hoppiest beer, and an American interpretation of a Winter Warmer as well.

The frothy head is the color of burnt cream, even off of a hard pour the bubbles still swirl around in slow motion as they struggle a bit to rise to the top. Head retention is decent with a thin ring of lace which stays for the duration. Mildly hazed orangey copper color has a glow to it when put up to direct light. Big citric rind, evergreen, fresh spearmint and herbal hops nose. Some fruitiness and biscuity malt in the back of the aroma rounds the nose out. Thick, semi-viscous full body is both creamy and smooth with a deeply embedded carbonation. The palate gets assaulted with hops even with a small sip to start; bitterness is strong but never becomes overkill. Heavy on the fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice for the hop flavor. Maltiness is stable with a big enough character to leave a balance, sweet caramel and lightly toasted grain biscuits come to mind. End with a bittersweet finale.

If this is the American interpretation of the winter warmer then we are headed down the right path, though this could easily be confused with an American double IPA. Regardless, it's a choice winter seasonal for your inner hophead. (1,265 characters)

Photo of marc77
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tawny copper with a slight haze. Dense, mountainous, persistent ivory white head leaves muddled lace. The aroma is comprised of rounded tangerine citrus accompanied by sharper hints of pine sap and lemon rind. Soft medium lovibond caramel sweetness offers contrast. Well balanced aromawise. Pronounced toffee upfront in flavor is quickly ensued and nearly overrun by assertive, quinine like hop bitterness. Bitterness is quickly fleeting, however, and malt of a brown sugar sprinkled burnt biscuit nature surges in mid palate. Residual sweetness persists and a combines with the citric hop undertone to lend a toothsome orange marmalade impression. Seemingly moderately attenuated, with both ample dextrins and residual sugars facilitating a firmly viscous, somewhat syrupy mouthfeel. Caramel presence augments as it breathes, leaving the lasting impression skewed towards malt sweetness. Finishes appropriately bittersweet, with a lingering note of candied lemon pith. Quite an enjoyable brew, but a touch heavy on the palate for regular quaffing. Winterfish is simple, but malt driven in its overall character. Hops provide apt balance. Very tasty. (1,150 characters)

Photo of zacharius
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of PacNWDad
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours with 2 fingers of frothy white head that dissipates slowly. Lots of little blobs of lace on the side. Color is golden red, clear. Aroma is of roasted malt and piney hops. Starts mild and sweet, but the bitterness of the hops quickly takes over. This has a long finish. It is pretty full-bodied and solid. A very enjoyable beer - I will have to visit the brewpub on my next trip down I-5. (401 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from a 355 ml bottle into an English pub glass. A dark orange-yellow amber with a half-finger of off-white foam gracing my glass. Looks like a pale ale or IPA, smells like a pale ale or IPA ... Lots of tropical fruit (mango), floral, and piney hop notes on the nose along with a brown sugar sweetness. Certainly more hoppy than your average winter warmer but quite sweet as well. I get more of the dried mango from the nose along with apricots, tangerine, pine needles, dried currants and sultana raisins, pancake syrup, and a faint nutty note. Although maltier than many of the aforementioned pale ale family, this is still a straight up kissing cousin to said clan. The finish starts sweet but dries out over time. Has a borderline syrupy mouthfeel that may or may not jive with the aggressive hop bill and the carbonation is at the low end of moderate. Enjoyable if a tad rough around the edges. (905 characters)

Photo of czechsaaz
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very malty nose. First hit makes me think Maibock with a lot of pale malt. There's some hops in the backfrond that come off as spicy and grassy.

Pale gold and started with a big head that ends up a thin layer that leaves a little lacing. It's a little cloudy.

First sip is grainy and malt sweet with nice hop oil on the back end. There's good yeast fruity flavor and some caramel malt. But the aftertaste is almost all hop oil. The more I drink it, the more it has a hop presence. Each sip is still malty and sweet but the finish is really hoppy. Strange and hard to pin down.

Medium bodied with a good lively carbonation level.

Overall a good beer but as a winter seasonal it doesn't really stand out to me. I would call it a way above average pale ale but not a standout winter warmer or spicy winter beer. (812 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (975 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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! (742 characters)

Photo of grub
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i think this one is from Viggo too. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled sept 6/09.

pours crystal clear deep orange with a small dense cream coloured head. the head drops slowly with plenty of spotty lace.

aroma is nice. honey and caramel. light alcohol. grapefruit and orange. bit of pine. white bread and cracker. touch of biscuit.

taste is nice. bit of honey. caramel. light alcohol. grapefruit and pine. bit of orange. white bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. bit of grain. light tangerine. just under medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. good balance. decent depth. a nice winter warmer. (673 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a deep orange color with a cap of white foam. Foam disappears quick leaving the slightest scattering of lace on the glass. Some caramel malt and a nice bit of citric hops make up the aroma. Fairly mild aroma but pleasant. Flavor starts of a bit sweet with malt upfront before the bitter grapefruit takes control. Tastes quite juicy with hops and is pretty solid. Ends on a slight bitter hop note. Medium body and it goes down smooth with a slight prickling from the bitterness. Good drinkability, while its not a favorite of mine it’s a good solid IPA. (561 characters)

Photo of olmatty
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-Pours an orange amber with a slight has. Very thin white head that dissapates quickly, but surprisingly leaves some sticky white lace in the glass.

Smell-Creamy sweet and a hint of herb.

Taste-So much more flavor than aroma. Caramel malts in depth. Some. Hops come along in the middle with a flat bitterness that turns herbal and stick around for a nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Average carbonation and middling body.

Drinkability-Extremely smooth for a winter ale. Very nice and deinkable. (502 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden-orange color topped by a half-inch of stark white head that lingers for just a moment before retreating into a small halo. Aroma of pale and caramel malts, light fruity hops, and a touch of fresh fruit. Palate is a bit better balanced and more subtle than the nose - the fruity hops fully emerge around mid-palate, yielding to a caramel sweetness on the finish. Body is nice and creamy, with a good bit of alcohol warming on the finish. Nicely drinkable, although a bit odd to be considered a winter beer. Call it whatever you want, I'll still gladly drink it. (582 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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. (811 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Anchor Christmas Ale 2011.

A: Clear light amber with two-finger, white, foamy head that lasted more than a few minutes. Phenomenal lacing.

S: Light floral malt and pine. Honey.

T: Light sweetness and pronounced hop bitterness. Floral and piney. The bitterness lingers quite a while. The malt flavor is kind of subdued.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth, dry, and warm.

O: This was pretty good. A little hoppier than I like personally, but definitely one of the better winter warmers out there. I liked the Anchor one better. (587 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (260 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like this much more than their organic IPA. More balance. Poured with a small white head and decent lace. Odd reddish amber color wih traces of pink?!?!?! Aroma is very hoppy rounded off with some caramel malt and accented with spice and resin. Flavor is BIG in the hop department. Some residual sweetness. Long hoppy finish. Decent beer. (340 characters)

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