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Fish Tale Winterfish - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Fish Tale WinterfishFish Tale Winterfish

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BA SCORE
84
good

145 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.21%
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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Photo of oakbluff
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

12 ounce Bottle courtesy of CBA via CdnBIF- thanks man! Great looking beer out of the gate. Clarity is top notch along with a fluffy white head and nice light orange glow. Smell is spicy malts and hops. Taste- very nice. Reminds of Alpha King. Malts are quite stong in a flavourful cookie dough kind of way and balance out the agressive hops nicely. Hops are predominatley of the bittering kind, but pop up in a citrus juicyness on the back end. Very dry finish. Carbonation is appropriate for style and brew is quite drinkable. No doubt much tastier fresh as this has a few months under its belt- held up well though.

oakbluff, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev 0%

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.

Slatetank, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%

Bottle courtesy of Sammy: Poured a deep slightly orangey color ale with a small foamy head with some limited retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus and bitter hops is mostly dominating without being too strong. Taste is a mix between some sweet malt with a medium bitter finish with some distinctive citrus notes. Body is quite full with some low carbonation. Overall, while this was an interesting beer I thought it was lacking in hops bites for the style.

Phyl21ca, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of markaberrant
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.

markaberrant, May 11, 2007
Photo of drpimento
3.88/5  rDev +4%

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.

drpimento, May 02, 2007
Photo of woemad
4/5  rDev +7.2%

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29. "Spawned on" date of December (presumably 2006). Haven't had this in a couple of years so it's time for another review.

Poured an orangey color with an inch or so of beige foam that took a couple of minutes to dissipate. A foam collar endured throughout it's tenure in my Boundary Bay pintglass. Lace was left in the form of what could be described as a beer neglige.

The nose of this beer was mainly of citrusy hops, more at the sweet end of the citrus spectrum. There was also a mild, malty sweetness.

Definitely an easy drinking IPA, with the hops at the lemon-orange end of things, as opposed to the more dry, grapefruit like flavors. That's not to say this isn't dry - it is, but in fairly restrained fashion. The malt backing, while subordinate, is stronger than many IPAs I have had, but it still tastes balanced.

This is medium bodied, with a moderately oily mouthfeel. Carbonation is about right.

This is a nice change of pace from more hoppy IPAs, which I tend to like. Definitely goes down easy, yet still remains hoppy enough to be interesting. I wish I would be able to encounter this on-tap locally, as I think a few of these would really hit the spot on a cold winter's night.

woemad, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of terrabyte
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a clear, light caramel color with a small white head.

Aroma has a pleasant, hoppy smell, bordering on grapefruit citrus.

Flavor has a nice, earthy caramel base. However, it is quite dry with a puckering grapefruit tang.

Mouthful almost seems slightly gritty due to grapefruit taste & tanginess. Medium thickness.

Drinkability is excellent if this is your style. For me, it starts out fine, but seems a bit dry, tangy, thick and sweet to enjoy too much of.

terrabyte, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +4%

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.

Sammy, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of Imstillthegman
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

Imstillthegman, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of IronDjinn
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

I picked up the last 6 of this at Willow Park, and boy howdy was I glad I did.

Pours out a deep bright slightly hazed copper hue, lots of carbonation, massive foamy off-white head.

The aroma is chock full of citrus fruits: tangerine, some lemon zest, white grapefruit, with a biscuity caramel malt beneath it.

A well behaved IPA, flavour is all in the right places, but doesn't drive a grater over the palate while dropping napalm in its wake. Biscuity malt is the wave that all of that hoppy goodness rides into the shore on.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, but in a way it parallels and compliments the tone of the flavour as well.

A pleasant IPA, easily a session ale if it weren't for the fact that the abv% should stop you after a few (or it'll end in tears...). A curious pick of style from Fish Tale for a winter seasonal, but the fruity hops hold their own against a lot of other winter warmers out there.

IronDjinn, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

akorsak, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of Reidrover
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.

Reidrover, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of ElGordo
3.88/5  rDev +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.

ElGordo, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of nvsblman
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours an orange/copper color. Slightly hazy from the yeast. Very little head to this one. Citrusy aroma with some caramel and maybe some biscuit notes. Kind of hard to tell, doesn't seem like there is much aroma. Nice crisp bitterness in the flavor. Bready flavor with some somkiness. Dry mouthfeel and lightly carbonated. This is an intestesting beer, I'll have this one again.

nvsblman, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of Thrasher
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%

This is a 6 month old sample and it's appalling. The beer has deteriorated -- the chance-y, buttery yeast flavor has breeded with the overly piney hops to create something truly grotesque. Akin to a deep fried pine-tree car freshener. The alcohol burns, badly. Atrocious. I am hoping there is something wrong with this.


Re-review 5/1 Ok this is better. It's not great but at least it's drinkable. Hops are bitter and grassy, almost like stinging nettles. The malts are a bit too smooth, lapsing into a green-apple, butterscotch yeast flavor, but on the whole the beer is not nearly as offensive. The hops are probably the highlight; the rest of the beer ho-hum. Upping the score accordingly.

Thrasher, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%

12 ounce bottle. Fish Tale Winterfish pours out a hazy amber color with small head. The aroma is piney and herbal. Sweet caramel flavor balanced by piney hops. Some lemon iced tea flavor. Tropical fruit flavors too. Nice balance, but I'm not very impressed with the flavor in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium. Very low carbonation. Drinkability is ok. I didn't detect the frsh hop flavors described by other reviewers. Perhaps mine was an older bottle.

beveragecaptain, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
3.6/5  rDev -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.

ppoitras, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of blackie
3.58/5  rDev -4%

appearance: The fluffy, white head partially recedes after awhile. The beer is a slightly burnished copper color.

smell: There's a good amount of fruity sweetness here...apples, pear, some tropicals (guava? yes, guava). Tame hop presence for the IPA style, but the green leafiness is still nice.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the soft side, and the body just under medium.

taste: Slight esters, sweet tropical fruit (mango, for example), a little cidery, and mild hop bitterness. The hops are way too subtle for an IPA. A good tasting beer, nonetheless.

drinkability: good, but not much of an IPA

Another bottle from dirtylou's stash during my stay.

blackie, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of oberon
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%

Pours a clear deep golden with a thinner than expected head but I will say it did have some staying power,I have to say the aromas were a bit more muted than expected as well some herbal and piney hop but it really dont jump out at ya.Hmm the suprises keep coming an IPA it is but the flavors seem really off quite dry and very earthy with a real alcohol punch in the finish,quite harsh.Very dissapointing I really thought from other reviews it would be better,one of the odder IPA's I have had to date.I'll pass on this if ever given the chance to try again.

oberon, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of atigerlife
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Poured a light hazy brown, looking like apple cider. Light head.

Smell of dark fruit and grapefruit. Taste of hops immediately jumps out. Very dry. Still dark fruit and grapefruit in the taste. Yeasty.

Has a low carbonation. Seems to be lacking a little complexity. Overall, I found this moderately drinkable. Not something I would pursue, but nice to have once in a while.

atigerlife, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of dirtylou
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

dirtylou, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of tavernjef
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!

tavernjef, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of cokes
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.

cokes, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of germaniac
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours a hazy brownish gold, with a dirty white head and considerable lacing.

Smells of ripe citrus, mainly orange zest with an oily,hoppy tang.

Taste is mellow, fruity hops, with a toffee-like sweetness in the finish complimented by a light hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste.

Easy to drink at 7.5%, maybe a little TOO easy.

Manages to pull of the IPA as a Winter seasonal, while going the
opposite end of the hop flavor spectrum from Celebration Ale.

Purchased at a Nugget supermarket in Davis, CA.

germaniac, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of carln26
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

Dark copper color with a thick white head of tight bubbles. A nice sheet of lace is left down the side of the glass. The aroma is dominated by the hops. As discussed amongst some Bas attending a tasting, the aroma smells like Simcoe, mandarin orange, a little grassy character. The site says Chinook, but it really does taste like Simcoe. Not sure, but I like it. There is a little caramel back on the nose. The taste has the sweet/citrus character backed by toffee malt. Nice, sharp (not over-the-top) bitterness. Very slick mouth feel, great drinkability.

carln26, Nov 22, 2005
Fish Tale Winterfish from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
84 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.