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Swordfish - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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85
very good

80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 04-03-2011)
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

Mikel772, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of adkieffer
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

adkieffer, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of hackmann
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%

Appearance: black body with a two finger tan and creamy looking head that leave some massive lacing on the glass.

Aroma: nice hoppy presence that reminds me of soft pine; roasted grains in the mix, a touch of semi-sweet chocolate

Flavors: the hoppy notes come through with a tasty mix of pine and citrus rind; the toasted malts are present with roasted grains, bitter chocolate bite, toasted … slightly burnt caramel, I think you can even throw in coffee … medium roast coffee

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, nice bitter style (it does have a 65 IBU), the malts are doing their job for some balance, lingering roasted notes on the aftertaste, a touch of 99% dark chocolate bitterness, not heavy like a stout – closer to a porter in mouthfeel

To the Point: to me it is a tasty dark ale and perfect on this cold fall day here in Michigan.

hackmann, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of sammy806
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

sammy806, Feb 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Mebuzzard, May 26, 2013
Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

wrightst, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in March 2012. Pours a fairly pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, pine, roasted malt, biscuit, nuttiness, cocoa, orange, herbal, and floral. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of grapefruit, roasted malt, pine, orange zest, herbal, floral, biscuit, char, grass, nuttiness, and cocoa. Good amount of piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, roasted malt, pine, biscuit, char, herbal, and grass on the finish for a good bit. Great balance and complexity of all flavors; with very balanced roasted/hop flavors which I really like. No cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an very excellent Black IPA. Great balance and complexity of flavors; very good malt balance and very smooth to sip on. Highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of TCgoalie
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

Notes from 5/4/11

Poured into an 8 ounce hotel highball. Black with some lace from the head receding...thats about it.

The smell is pleasant with aromas of biscuit, grapefruit, and lemon.

The taste mirrors the smell with biscuit and grapefruit. I'm loving the grapefruit here. Solid balance, very nice!

Sticky mouthfeel which is full and satisfying.

I am a big fan of this style of beer and this is a very good offering. I would gladly have this again if I could get it back home.

TCgoalie, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of jimbus
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

Pours with a deep black body beneath a light khaki, frothy head. It's fits the bill in appearance for a cascadian dark ale india black ale black ipa or whatever you want to call it. Very impressed with the first smell - hops make their presence known to the olfactory system, accompanied by their trusty side kick, roasted malt. As an IPA guy, I'm giving the thumbs up to the aroma here. Taste follows suit nicely - bitter, hoppy, with nice roasted malt character, and a bit of sweetness on the backside. Mouthfeel is solid and this is definitely a beer that I would pick up again.

jimbus, May 22, 2011
Photo of Docer
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%

Had on tap before and loved it, but I will review based off of my current bottle I purchased today.

- Super dark murky thin brown.. off-white finger of head quickly down to a bit of lace and some large islands of bubbles.

- Crisp light malt of cocoa, breadiness.. grassy hop, and some great floral qualities. Little subdued.. but rather decent. I find most black IPA's mask the full robust character in the smell.

- Light sweet chocolate malts, caramel cream, bitter zesty hops, and some citrus character. Quite balanced, smooth, and full of hop character. Melds very well together. Not quite understandingt some of the more poor reviews previous to mine.

- Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated, and a bit chewy and dry. Creamy for sure. Very nice smooth brew.

- Not quite a double in my eyes.. or is it? I am one for creating the triple style as well which some of my favorite brewers have started to do. This is a very robust, and well hopped black IPA.. the brewer has done a very good job. Easily sits up there within my top 5 black IPA's.

Docer, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of 100floods
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%

Bottled in March of 2011. Opened in October of 2011.

Pours a very deep, ruby-mahogany red leaning on a mostly brown hue, with bit of a creamy off-white head. With the sun on its back it appears pretty thick in it's color.

Pine and grapefruit aromas with a noticeable resin aroma. Very fresh, very clean. Definitely hoppy.

Big hop bite. Earthy. Big tangy/grapefruit flavors. Hoppier than most Black IPAs I've had thus far. There is also a nice thick toasted malt flavor in there as well that balances the beer nicely, and it has faint characteristics of bigger brown ales, without loosing the Black IPA character. The malt character seems to really encourage the hoppier notes to shine. Notes of resin as well. Although this does not have the alcohol percentage of a double IPA it definitely does a good job of bringing out big flavors. This seems like a style that I would like without the high ABV. Each sip ends with a sharp hop bite (and a hint of toast) that is amplified by the carbonation.

Of all the Black IPAs I've had thus far, this definitely is true to form AND is true to its Northwestern roots. I definitely think 22oz might be a little more than I can handle. A pint would have been suffice, but I'm more than happy to see this bomber through.

100floods, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

22oz bottle, March 2011 date tick. The next in their "Reel Ale" branding series (reely, I mean...) of somehow more realistic beers, ones that, I infer, their brewmaster gets all warm and fuzzy over.

This beer pours a very dark chestnut brown colour, with cola highlights, and one finger of foamy, somewhat creamy beige head, which settles evenly, leaving a decent multilayered drooping curtain mosaic of lace around the glass. It smells of grapefruit and sweet orange citrus, and roasted bready malt, echoing a slight sour edge. The taste is still big up front with the grapefruit and pine hops, with a lesser, but still prominent, toasted, sort of nutty bready malt playing sanity offset. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes in the same consistent manner, softly bitter citrus hops and roasted malt.

I am fond of the Fish Brewing Company's offerings, and for some reason, when I hear "Olympia", I think Cascadia, probably from the family summer excursions of my youth. A prototypical example, if not exactly a progenitor, of the style, and quite enjoyable throughout. It being Fish, the hops hold sway, without overdoing it, and I'm all the happier for it.

biboergosum, May 03, 2011
Photo of Sky2625
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle dated March 2011 to a standard pint glass (notes from 7/15/11).

A - Pours dark brown/black, but with medium body that isn't so thick that it appears syrupy. 1-finger creamy beige head with medium to large bubbles, good retention and good lace. Shines ruby/mahogany when held up to the light.

S - Medium heavy pine/citrus hop with a hint of chocolate malt. Scents stays steady and uniform.

T - Medium intensity pine hop flavor throughout, finishes with a mild spicy burn (not quite boozy, but similar). Not much bitterness for what the pine flavor seemed to indicate. A bit of semi-sweet chocloate and dark roast malt at the finish. The pine hop dominates, and the remainder of the flavors are subtle but well-balanced.

M - Smooth medium body with a pleasant level of carbonation biting at the edge of the tongue.

D - This particular bottle tastes like a dark brown hoppy IPA. It tastes great, with its good intensity of hop, but its missing the chocolate stout flavors that are prevalent when I've had this on tap. Still a GREAT beer and VERY easy to drink.

If you can try this on tap, do so. If all you can get is a bottle, it's still a must-try, but just know the bottled version isn't Swordfish in its fullest glory.

Sky2625, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of drpimento
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

Very good beer! Poured at a good temperature with a nice, fluffy, foamy, tan head that slowly settled down and some lace. Color is a clear garnet. Aroma is hop, malt, roast, fruit. Flavor's like nose; fairly dry, bitter and carbonic tang up front, with the bit of malt/fruity sweet in back. Body and carbonation good, although there's a little astringency in the finish. Also the finish is quite long, boozy, and resinous.

drpimento, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine at Arrowhead in mid May for $6.99. Bottled in March 2012.

Beer poured cola brown with a nice tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is true to CDA style, nice citrusy hops with some chocolate and slight roastiness.

Taste holds true to the nose, chocolate malts form a nice backbone, roastiness is slight. Citrus and resiny hops finish strong and become the dominant theme but not overwhelming and unbalanced.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall i like this brew. CDA's tend to present a lot of flavor and in some cases not blend well. But this brew is well crafted and something i would try again.

arizcards, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of scratch69
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown with a fingers worth of tan head. Nice amount of clinging lace.

Smell- Citrusy hop aroma with notes of chocolate and roasted malt.

Taste- Chocolate with a bit of roasted malt at first that is quickly overtaken by a bitter hop flavor. The hops blend in nicely and do not overpower the other flavors.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and crisp. Slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Overall- A nice example of the black IPA style. One of the better ones that I have tried.

scratch69, Jul 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

SmellsofMahagony, Oct 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

GRG1313, Jun 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

lillieja, Nov 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Boone757, Jun 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

zenwatts, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +5.8%

New beer from Fish which is good as they seemed to stick with the same brews from years ago . This is a very good CDA with lots of hops but with a dark malt finish that really anchors the beer. I liked the balance and the fact that the IPA part was not forgotten. Luckily I can get this in bottles in BC.

canucklehead, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +5.8%

22oz bottle.

Pours opaque black with mahogany edging and a thin, tan head. Errant dots of lacing and a placid surface for the duration.

Aromatics are laced with roast, char, pine, and a bit of grapefruit. Slightly resinous and plenty roasty with shades of dark chocolate and Kahlua.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with a crisp but clingy mouthfeel.

Spruce dew with roasted malts and charred bits lead off the palate. Bitterness is somewhat firm but doesn't clash with a roast.

Finishes with a blend of pine sap and Kahlau-spiked coffee and chocolate.

Tasty enough but by no means a "double black IPA" in my book. The hopping is fairly muted in this beer. Still very happy to see Fish coming out with a new beer though!
Thanks to Andre for the opportunity.

brewandbbq, Jun 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

jenray, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +5.8%

I've never heard of this beer or this brewery, but I was at the store and thought I'd take the plunge.

Served in a Duck Rabbit snifter.

A: First of all, the webby lacing was ridiculous! Additionally, the brew was black, although it didn't look that way as it poured out of the glass, and the mocha, sawdust-looking head settled after a while. Nice!

S: Dark malt, with a fairly bright and hoppy citrus component poking through. This was somewhat understated, yet still present.

T: This was tasty. It was sort of a West Coast IPA/Porter Black & Tan. Lots of dark malt, but with an equal amount of citrus. There was nothing musty or syrupy here... just a nice example of the style.

M: Creamy, fresh, and not a sweet bone in this one's body (pun not intended). Like I stated before, the lacing was ridiculous.

O: I love surprised like this. I'm generally not a huge fan of this style, but I like to branch out every so often. I'm glad I did!

Chaney, May 17, 2012
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Swordfish from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
85 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.