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Swordfish - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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BA SCORE
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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scootpolute

Texas

2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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 :~(

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 20:18:08 | More by scootpolute
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Travisnin

Idaho

3/5  rDev -20.6%

01-14-2012 22:24:30 | More by Travisnin
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kylemckinnis

Oregon

3/5  rDev -20.6%

02-27-2012 02:20:44 | More by kylemckinnis
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mactrail

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 23:59:01 | More by mactrail
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harrymel

Washington

3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 00:21:12 | More by harrymel
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beertunes

Washington

3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2011 03:43:29 | More by beertunes
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mscudder

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -14%

02-25-2013 23:52:57 | More by mscudder
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -14%

11-17-2012 15:50:56 | More by doucmehu
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LambicKing

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -14%

01-10-2013 03:32:50 | More by LambicKing
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JMBSH

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -14%

09-18-2012 03:46:27 | More by JMBSH
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beerloserLI

New York

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 05:22:12 | More by beerloserLI
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womencantsail

California

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 21:47:19 | More by womencantsail
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Kevlee722

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

12-01-2011 20:47:12 | More by Kevlee722
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LJWalker

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

04-17-2013 14:58:50 | More by LJWalker
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user785335

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

10-31-2013 15:33:35 | More by user785335
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

11-22-2012 18:10:26 | More by mendvicdog
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rbrefbeerman

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

11-24-2012 01:43:51 | More by rbrefbeerman
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akttr

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

07-28-2013 04:57:25 | More by akttr
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Lobina

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

09-24-2013 00:56:12 | More by Lobina
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jamaga69

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

04-07-2014 23:32:35 | More by jamaga69
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

10-05-2012 22:18:18 | More by bsuedekum
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TequilaTom

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

12-25-2012 21:36:02 | More by TequilaTom
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devilfluff

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

04-03-2014 00:58:01 | More by devilfluff
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.
Liam's bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 17:03:03 | More by Sammy
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ccrida

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 01:29:03 | More by ccrida
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Swordfish from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
85 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.