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Fish Tale Winterfish - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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very good

147 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

harpus, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

SaCkErZ9, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of mikegreen138
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

mikegreen138, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

AndrewMichael, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of drt72
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

drt72, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of DarkLordPsycho
3/5  rDev -19.8%

DarkLordPsycho, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

cliff1066, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of wembly13
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

wembly13, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of kmoore149
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

kmoore149, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of kylemckinnis
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

kylemckinnis, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

thecheapies, Dec 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Greggory, Dec 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

mth44sc, Dec 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

hayesjw, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of sam_bliss
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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!

sam_bliss, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Falcone, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Stinkypuss, Nov 26, 2012
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1/5  rDev -73.3%

benbjb, Nov 04, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

craigreno, Nov 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Tinfang, Nov 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

adkieffer, Oct 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

t0rin0, Sep 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

udubdawg, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of Mojo
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Mojo, Aug 14, 2012
Fish Tale Winterfish from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
85 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.