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Fish Tale Winterfish - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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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 ALESwhatCURESya
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.

ALESwhatCURESya, Nov 18, 2005
Photo of adkieffer
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

adkieffer, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of salinasa
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

salinasa, Feb 08, 2014
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 Jamstone714
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Jamstone714, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of ark57
4.03/5  rDev +8%

It is a dark orange gold color with a big, creamy off-white head. There is a slight haze and it leaves some decent lace as well. The first thing I notice in the aroma is a fruitniess. It reminds me of peaches. There maltiness is balanced out by some piney and citrus hop aromas. The medium body is fruity (apricot and peaches?) with a nice hoppy finish and a touch of alcohol. It is a nicely done bitter beer for the winter.

ark57, Apr 22, 2004
Photo of czechsaaz
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

czechsaaz, Dec 14, 2008
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 prock180
4/5  rDev +7.2%

prock180, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of Givemebeer
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

I'm rating this as an ipa because that's what it is...

A: pale orange yellowish nice lacing and good head retention

S: citrusy slight malt backbone

T: grapefruit pineapple a touch of lemon

M: doesn't come together perfectly at the end but still a pretty nice lingering citrusy finish

O: nothing like a winter warmer. Maybe it's a different formula this year? No spices and not malty hops dominate. For an ipa, not half bad.

Givemebeer, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of wembly13
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

wembly13, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of MADhombrewer
5/5  rDev +34%

MADhombrewer, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of p-wagz
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

p-wagz, Dec 05, 2013
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 olmatty
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

olmatty, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of benbjb
1/5  rDev -73.2%

benbjb, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Kylemif
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Kylemif, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of hannaho
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

hannaho, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of DarkLordPsycho
3/5  rDev -19.6%

DarkLordPsycho, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of Beerme5
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Beerme5, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of Druss157
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Druss157, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of drt72
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

drt72, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of PopeJonPaul
2.55/5  rDev -31.6%

I have to say I wasn't impressed with this stuff at all. Judging by all these reviews, maybe I got a bad or infected bottle?

Beer started off well, poured a glowing orange color with a good head and a spicy-sweet and floral aroma. The taste was strange though, only lightly fruity with more bitterness than sweetness, and a thin only slightly malty body. It was definitely spiced up, but the spices seemed "off" (I don't know how else to describe it) and the dry and slightly piney finish turned the spices to ash in my mouth. Honestly I could only finish about half a glass, it seemed like it had been watered down or something. If I see one of these I'll try it again just to be sure I guess.

PopeJonPaul, Nov 30, 2004
Photo of craigreno
2.5/5  rDev -33%

craigreno, Nov 03, 2012
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
Fish Tale Winterfish from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
84 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.