1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Fish Tale Winterfish - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

Not Rated.
Fish Tale WinterfishFish Tale Winterfish

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

156 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 156
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.64%
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2002

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 156 | Reviews: 102
Photo of delta490
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy orangey gold with t a thick white cap of head that has good retention and leaves some medium-sized sticky lacing. The aroma is mild and predominantly malty, with maybe a hint of pine hops but without any really distinct characteristics. Certainly nothing off but just not very noticeable. The taste is a little more robust, but still not very pronounced in any aspect. There's a bigger hops hit, mostly pine and spice, and just a little malt sweetness in the background. The body has a nice feel to it, not to heavy or light, and little bit of spice pops at the finish. Reminds me of a solid American Pale Ale more than a Winter Warmer. Maybe they do winter differently in Olympia.

Photo of florisj135
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mactrail
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Trumpeter Public House in Mt. Vernon. Big foam on the first glass from the keg. Amber color with lots of lacing in the tall monic. Flowery and spicy aromas.

Pleasantly sweet with a medium body. wonderful malt taste with zingy aromatic hops. The spiciness fills the nose and lingers on the palate. Fruity hops with mango and apricot flavors.

Delicious malty brew that is totally drinkable. It's an interesting paler sort of winter brew. My favorite of the 2014 winter beers.

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh yeah, this thing. This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a decent looking dark red to slightly brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated to fine glazing speckling around the glass. A decent lacing appeared in some rings.
The smell had a sweet and light weird spice arranging itself decently under my nose (ginger maybe, uh...but somewhat cooked, perhaps).
The taste followed the nose and had a decent sweet to spicy conglomeration on my tastebuds. A light sweet aftertaste leads to a sweet and dry finish.
The mouthfeel had a decent spice rolling over my tongue and sat about a medium on the body, fairly sessionable for 7.5%.
Overall, not a bad winter warmer, I'd have it again.

Photo of double2chin
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Beardo
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of JoeInBoise
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of PacNWDad
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Daimon
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Metaltildeath
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of bmjivi221
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of DOCRW
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of buzzy
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Kylemif
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of fishguyac
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Zack
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of deansellers
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of salinasa
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Mrbseward
2/5  rDev -46.5%

Photo of lupercmda
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Drknight
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Fish Tale Winterfish from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
84 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.