Swordfish - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
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Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 39 | Display Reviews Only:
2.8/5 rDev -25.9%
22 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass.
A: Jet-black body with a nice carmel, tan head...OK lacing.
Smell: Immediate hop-hit! Also coffee + chocolate, grapefuit, orange, and pine notes present.
Taste: Hops and alcohol are the stand outs...strong...Some hints of mocha, but kind of over-killed by the alcohol...Not much going on other than some strong hop-hits, with a burning aftertaste from the alcohol.
M: Medium-bodied, a little thinner than I expected by the apprearance. Not bad with carbonation...The strong alcohol makes this more of a sipping beern not a very refreshing beer.
Overall: I was expecting more for paying 7.99 for a bomber granted the beer has 7.5%, I think the beer is 'trying' to do more than it 'does.' (combining a IPA with a porter-like beer), but just kind of 'misses-the-mark' for me...This beer is worth $4.99, not $7.99...
not impressed :~(
08-08-2011 20:18:08 | More by scootpolute
3.03/5 rDev -19.8%
Sweet and murky. Dark brown in the glass with a slight foamy cap. Dark fruit, brown sugar, a little molasses. Quite bitter in the aftertaste. Not particularly fragrant, and the hops are more earthy than flowery. A touch of pear cider and burnt caramel.
Overall, it's kind of flat and muddy. Tastes like a double red with raisins. Nothing really wrong with it, but the murky flavors are not very drinkable. Too bitter to be a pleasant fruity ale, and too insipid to be a hoppy quaff.
01-21-2012 23:59:01 | More by mactrail
3.1/5 rDev -18%
Bottle date: unk
A: pours a black ale with limited transparency. A two finger head of mocha head sticks around for quite some time, finally retiring to a thick quilt of the same. Rope lacing.
S: lots of malt up front, dry roasted malts, some resiny hops. Honestly not a whole lot up front here.
T: The hops are subdued and make this taste more like a well crafted stout with some extra hops. The hops are piny and resiny, but then as I taste the hops, the malts come back through to own this one, nutty and chocolaty, the malts are a bit overdone for the style IMO.
M: Medium body with a creamy feeling, the carb is moderate to lo. Dry finish.
O: This is a decent shot at a newer style. I don't think it's quite well done provided the lack of hop exploration here. Worth a try, but not something I will pick up again.
07-01-2011 00:21:12 | More by harrymel
3.18/5 rDev -15.9%
Served in tulip. Poured a barely translucent black with just a slight reddish tint. The beer had a half-inch of khaki head that had OK retention and good lacing.
The aroma was malty sweet, with some yeast spiciness and just a trace of hoppiness. For this style the amount of hops was pretty low. On the tongue the malt was again dominant, with some roastiness, yeast spice and an amount of hops that was surprisingly low for the style.
The body was solid without being heavy, it was clean and had just a slightly lingering finish. Drinkability was pretty good, the beer went down fairly easily. Overall, a decent, but not great example of a style that I'm not a big fan of. Try one if you see it, but you don't have to seek it out.
05-26-2011 03:43:29 | More by beertunes
3.4/5 rDev -10.1%
Pours out black and smells of slight roasted malt.
The taste is nice and clean with a sharp malt taste up front. A little bitter at the end but not much of a hop punch that you may find in a black ipa. A much more mellow finish.
If you enjoy dark ales it's worth a try.
10-19-2012 05:22:12 | More by beerloserLI
3.48/5 rDev -7.9%
Thanks for sharing this, Gil.
A: The beer pours a very dark brown color with a tan head and some moderate lacing.
S: Herbal hops and pine up front, a little bit of grapefruit and orange peel, too. Finally, at least a respectable amount of hop character. But, the victory is short lived. The roast really takes over and dominates the rest of the nose.
T: The flavor offers up some of the same attributes. Herbal, piney, and lightly citrusy hops. Grapefruit and orange peel with a ligh malt sweetness and bread note. Still pretty roasty with some malt bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.
O: Nowhere near as awful as some of the other Northwest IPAs I had, but not something I'd care to come back to.
09-02-2011 21:47:19 | More by womencantsail
3.58/5 rDev -5.3%
A decent Black IPA. Lots of roast and the smell draws you in. slightly less than average mouthfeel, 60 IBU though bitterness seems less than that perhaps four months has made a difference. Lacey, dark appearance. More roasted malt than anything. Not as good as the smell would lead you to believe.
08-30-2011 17:03:03 | More by Sammy
3.6/5 rDev -4.8%
Appearance is almost black with a big tan head leaving heavy lace.
Smell is softly hoppy, pine and citrus.
Taste is pretty good, for a porter. I'm not getting as much hops as I like in this style. Sweet, soft malt, a coconut note here reminiscent of barrel aging. Bought from a cooler at Freddie's, it could certainly be not fresh. The hops are there in the pine resin category, but well integrated, not dominating or pungent.
Mouthfeel is soft, medium-heavy bodied, slicked by the oils, like graphite powder.
Drinkability is pretty good. A tasty beer. Would like to try it fresh to see if it's got more hop punch or as intended. I order CDAs when I want a lot of hops. If I had been in the mood for an American style porter, this would be a fine choice as is.
07-18-2012 01:29:03 | More by ccrida
Swordfish from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
85 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.