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Fish Tale Winterfish - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

Fish Tale WinterfishFish Tale Winterfish

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BA SCORE
84
good

141 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.48%


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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ccrida

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Winterfish is a clear rusty orange with a fluffy, off-white head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is awesome, huge fresh hops, citrus and resiny, with darker, sweet grains, caramel and gingerbread, there is a nice vanilla aftertaste, with the phenols, desert like.

Taste is very estery, a big apricot, but rounded rather then sharper, English ale style. Sweet dark grains, caramel and gingerbread, mildly phenolic with a nice vanilla aftertaste, desert like - chunky apple pie, complete with the cinnamon - most importantly, lusciously a la mode! A nice spice, but the pungency of the hops is lost in the depth of the malt.

Mouthfeel is sharp and very creamy, medium bodied, with sticky malt and a spicy, bitter finish.

Drinkability is pretty high, but it's a big, rich beer. I love this style of winter warmer, the PNW Red IPA! 7.5% is just strong enough to warm while style allowing me a few, and I love the hoppy bite and play of the citrus with the darker crystals. Great price and a great winter warmer

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 00:13:32 | More by ccrida
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dirtylou

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 01:51:41 | More by dirtylou
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beertunes

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear copper/gold color, MUCH lighter than is typical for the style, with about an inch of slightly off-white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma had a nice spice and malt scent with some hops and yeast floating around in the background. The flavor did not live up to the promise that the aroma made. All the notes were there, but very subdued and calm, especially after the scent made such a big impression.

The body was much thinner that is expected for the style. Drinkability was decent but not special. When I first moved to the area 11 years ago Fish quickly became one of my favorite breweries. Maybe it's my palate changing, but it seems that over the last 5-6 years Fish's brews aren't as noteworthy as in the past. Still, this beer is worth a shot if you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2011 21:37:31 | More by beertunes
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 00:29:24 | More by tavernjef
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hoppy aroma has a sour citrus note that has both grapefruit and orange elements plus a woody underpinning. It pours a pretty clear amber with a thick, fine-bubbled white head that leaves some generous lacing. Flavor is hoppy and woody, a little bitter, with more than a hint of fruity sweetness and some citrus. Smooth texture has about average fizz and body. Overall, not terrific, but worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 16:17:33 | More by Cyberkedi
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largadeer

California

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Amber with a slight haze to it. Slightly off-white head with average retention.

Smell - Sharp, piney hops with faint bready malt in the background.

Taste/mouthfeel - Bready and malty initially, with hops quickly taking over and pushing any sweetness to the background. Oily, piney hops stick to the palate and provide a long, bitter finish. Simple but enjoyable. Fairly viscous - at 7.5% ABV, it's on the cusp of double/imperial status.

Notes - This is an IPA rather than a winter warmer. It's very much along the lines of Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale. Not a bad beer at all, but it doesn't stand out in a market flooded with similar beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 01:40:24 | More by largadeer
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Cloudy and orange in the body with a thick, staying head that left some lacing. This one looks terrific.

Smell – The sharp piney hops jump right out of the glass. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find some softer hops and a balancing malt base.

Taste – This one is something else. The malts come up a little bigger at the tongue, but it is the dept of hop flavor that makes this ale. The piney hops are there in force and seem to go on forever right through the finish.

Mouthfeel – On the heavy side of medium-bodied and very dry.

Drinkability – This has instantly become a personal fav for me. It looks and smells great, tastes exceptional, and went down beautifully.

Comments – My bros BigHuge and ZAP saved me from being the high ball here, but I just love this stuff. Too bad my wife took the rest of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2003 02:56:35 | More by RoyalT
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grapefruit on the nose....grapefruit on the buds....grapefruit everywhere and I love it....This is a tasty little beverage...pours a hazy deep orange....smells like a glass of grapefruit juice....a full mouthfeel with a very nice malt sweetness that balances this bad boy off nicely....the juicy, grapefruit hop flavors take center stage but the unsung hero is the nice malt sweetness...This is very,very good bordering on outstanding...

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2002 22:38:54 | More by ZAP
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery orange amber with a thin white head and light lacing. Citrus and pine aroma; hops. Citrus and citrus hops to start, slight malt and caramel with a hoppy finish. A little subdued compared to a IPA, but pleasant. Not getting any holiday spicing here, but a nice hoppy ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 22:29:19 | More by LiquidAmber
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2005 19:27:08 | More by cokes
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blackie

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 06:40:30 | More by blackie
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 00:27:35 | More by drpimento
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2005 02:42:11 | More by RedDiamond
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just to prove how lucky Americans are ,this is the only U.S. ale
available in B.C. liquor stores at this time.

Luckily this is a big hoppy beer that tastes big and bold. There is hints of fragrant adjuncts that give off a oily, resinous note. I like
the complexity and high ibu's that make this a sipper and not a
simple IPA. If this part of the so called "New Imperialism" in
PNW brewing then bring on the rest of these big beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2003 17:33:22 | More by canucklehead
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Bright amber with a thin off-white head that degraded to a thin film that left some lacing.

S-Light piney/peppery hops. Some citrusy notes too. A complex hop bland for sure, but light overall.

T-At first, while cold, I did not like the tatse of this brew. Tatsed a bit "fake" to me. But, to give it a chance I let it warm and I am glad I did....the piney hop essence came through and turned a beer that was almost undrinkable into something fairly enjoyable! That unusual "fake--chemical-like" tatse is still there, lightly in the aftertaste.

M-Medium body with a nice bitter kick. A bit of alcohol coming in at the end.

D-A decent brew...but there is a strange ending(aftertaste) that I do not care for. Classified totally worng, but oh well...I didnt list it!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 23:01:53 | More by Deuane
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Reidrover

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 17:03:47 | More by Reidrover
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flexabull

California

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Spawned December 2009

Pours a bright and clear gold color with a pretty nice white head.

Aromas are interesting and a little bit funky. Some resiny like hops, dustiness, and grapefruit.

Taste is very dry with a long finish. Beer starts off with a slight creamy sweet malt flavor, settles into some citrus grapefruit hops, there is also some earthy and resin like flavors in the as well. Finish also has a crispness, and is almost a bit doughy like.

Mouthfeel is nice, very full without being heavy.

Interesting beer, but very tasty. It is going down super easy. I think to call this is a winter warmer isn't quite right, this tastes more like an IPA to me. But a different take on the style...

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 23:52:33 | More by flexabull
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beerguy101

California

3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2001 release. Light brown color, medium head. Aroma is fruity and slightly sweet. Lightly malty, somewhat hoppy, spicy. Rather dry and somewhat tart. A lighter flavored winter ale. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is dry and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2003 03:14:50 | More by beerguy101
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pintful, poured at Laughing Planet. Can't recall ever trying this brew before...had it on a 'balmy' low-50's day at lunch...not exactly 'winter'.

A: Copper-ish tawny orange with a slim head of near-white cream. A decent amount of slow-rising carb bubbles. Very nice coating of suds curtains, breaking apart but holding true like rings on a tree trunk.

S: More 'caramel' than 'hops' in the nose, more sweetness and a moist/coffeecake-type candy aroma. Even a hint at 'raisin'-level sweetness.

T: Orange-like hops and a punch of bitterness (a bracing, almost burning, grapefruit), followed by slightly milder fruit and browned maltiness. Plenty of flavor, just over-the-top towards hops, which isn't really my thing. Good, still...

M: Thickening chewiness, more lip-smacking goodness building with each sip. Medium-full body with good carbonation.

D: Hmm...not exactly 'drinkable' by my definition, yet a nice one to hoist one of, and a brew I'd probably have again. 'Average' weight for a Winter Warmer (which means it packs a sneakily potent punch).Probably worth having again, though I prefer the more malty versions of the style...

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2010 21:34:08 | More by msubulldog25
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 01:21:31 | More by BeerAdvocate
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 18:54:34 | More by IronDjinn
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 15:07:03 | More by grub
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 15:25:16 | More by thecheapies
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notched "October 2013"

Into a pint glass.

A: hazy golden colored body, one finger white foamy head, mild speckled lacing

S: bitter cooked hops, kinda earthy but controlled with a decent backing by the malts

T: bitter but sweet, not combined, just seems to hang there a bit to leave something to be desired; mild malty yet bitter aftertaste with a dry finish

M: light to medium, sessionable for the most part, carbonation is harsh penetrating enough for an AIPA but not so much as a winter warmer

O: not a bad beer, but not really a winter warmer, more of an AIPA that I think I would have again depending upon what else is there

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 05:00:44 | More by BeerKangaroo
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arizcards

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Total Wine in late November for $1.99.

Beer poured a murky amber orange with a decent white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is light grapefruit rind and slightly sweet.

Taste is bready malts, slightly sweet, finish with strong grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Overall this is a pretty decent beer. Taste does not flow well together though i like the breadt APA malt profile.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 23:25:31 | More by arizcards
Fish Tale Winterfish from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
84 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.