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Swordfish - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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BA SCORE
85
very good

75 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.34%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -5%
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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womencantsail

California

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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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oberon

North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an impy nonic a deep chesnut brown with russet hue,a nice looking half finger light tannish colored head atop.Aromas of dry earty hops and molasses,alot like a porter,faint piney notes as well.To me it's a big hopped up porter with it's dry earthiness and sweetish backbone,on top of the earthiness there is a hefty leafy hoppiness in the finish.I like this beer but it's a hoppy porter alot like alot of the style.Bottled in July 2013.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 22:13:41 | More by oberon
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 23:57:39 | More by biboergosum
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mactrail

California

3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
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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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a jet black with good carbonation which left behind a nice white cap and some lacing

S: Black malt and plenty of citrus

T: Black, roasted malt with immediate booze kick and citrus hops

M: Medium body, warm from booze, citrus, pretty clean and dry

D: Good

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 00:47:36 | More by barleywinefiend
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 04:15:59 | More by superspak
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Doesn't seem like a double... but it's only 7.5% and it was bottled in March (6 months on it).

A: Deep chestnut, light tan head, thin ring of retention, light lace.

S: Pine, grapefruit, toffee, roasted nuts... interesting.

T: Cola and pine is a bit of an odd mix, but there's some nice underlying depth: roasted nut, cocoa, biscuit, grapefruit rind, toffee, blackberry, pleasant bitterness.

M: Moderate body has a slight residual sweetness, modest carbonation, light hop acidity.

D/O: I like it, but it is a bit of an odd mix of flavours.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 00:56:17 | More by Derek
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ccrida

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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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beertunes

Washington

3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
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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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 04:40:51 | More by drpimento
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 17:06:55 | More by canucklehead
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a deep black hue that exhibits a translucent mahogany when held to direct light. Creamy beige head that forms a short cap, and leaves thick patches of lacing.

Big aroma of Cascade hops the moment the cap is popped off the bottle, and it remains the prominent character. Mild grainy dark malt in the far background.

Mild rounded roasty malt up front, concord grape/cherry sweetness shortly afterwards, with a spike of grapefruit and pine from the hops in the middle, with mild cocoa nib and soft coffee popping up in the finish alongside the hops. The coffee and dark malt fade away quickly in the aftertaste while the hops linger on greatly in their sticky citrus way.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, with a slick texture that is thin at times although fuller on the finish, and moderate carbonation.

It certainly delivers on the 'ol American hop fix, the dark malt is fairly mild although has some depth for what it's worth. Worth checking out at least once for the hopheads in the crowd.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 02:43:52 | More by IronDjinn
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 21:10:59 | More by Chaney
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harrymel

Washington

3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
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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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Pino, bottled March 2011. 22oz into some tulips.

Poured a dark brown/black with some burgundy highlights. Tan head of some bubbles and light lacing. Nose has some big citrus hop notes, loads of orange and some pine. Notes of chocolate and caramel are fairly prominent as well. Taste has more chocolate, roast and some subdued (perhaps faded) hop notes reflecting that of the nose. Although faded, they still manage to impart a good juiciness to the flavour. Good weight to the mouthfeel, medium full body and lingering roastiness. Quite nice and hoppy, freshness surely plays a role in bumping this down a notch or two. Could imagine this being significantly more satisfying when fresh.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 16:50:52 | More by liamt07
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arizcards

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 01:29:33 | More by arizcards
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 01:28:26 | More by brewandbbq
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep brown-red, almost black. Less than half a finger of creamy light tan head.

Smell. Roasty dark malts and nice grapefruity hops. Smells good.

Taste. Roasty, toasty dark malts, Bitter citrus hops and a lasting, bitter herby-citrus finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with lower carbonation. A little alcohol warmth.

Overall. Pretty decent Black IPA. Not the best of the style, but I did enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 02:31:38 | More by Rutager
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours almost pitch black with a ruby red tint on the edges, a finger of beige soapy head, with solid retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S - Sweet citrus hops, a bit earthy with cedar and pine, and a touch of dark cocoa and espresso.

T - A nice hop bomb off the top, with the earthy cedar and pine coming through nicely. The dark roasted malts are more subtle, but do linger on the palette with some nice cocoa and a touch of espresso coming through. Certainly more hops than roasted malts, but tasty nonetheless.

M - Comes across a tad thin, but goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A solid sample of the style and easily drinkable. The higher ABV is incredibly well hidden and a nice hoppy ale that would please most hop heads.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 05:23:49 | More by andrenaline
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pitch black with a thin covering of tan head that quickly dissipated to ransom islands
S - grapefruit juice, pine, licorice and light molasses
T - molasses and brown sugar malts with hops of grapefruit, perfume, and pine
M - lowish carbonation with a slightly syrupy start, bitterness builds through finish
O - a very tasty balanced treat with the ABV very well hidden, this was a little flat which was reflected in the appearance and feel, but that may be a one off, well worth a purchase

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 03:37:41 | More by joemcgrath27
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

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

Bottle from Boney.

Deep brown, light white head, some spots of lace on the glass. Smell is thick with cascades, lots of hop, pine and citrusy notes, roasted malt, some chocolate, biscuity with coffee grinds. Taste is roasted with coffee, bittersweet notes, hoppy, some pine, at points lightly astringent as well. Light-med carb, medium feel, mid weight. Not bad stuff overall, was bottled in March and i'm sure that when this is really fresh would make a difference, still drinkable though.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 18:31:11 | More by peensteen
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jdense

Oregon

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bailey's Taproom PDX, $5.50 imperial pint 4.23.11.

One finger dark tan head over dark brown body with some nice reddish highlights when raised up to the light,, no visible carbonation, slow dissipation with nice lacing. Some tropical fruit and caramel in the nose and big dose of roasted malts with some resiny hops on the backend. Taste mirrrors nose, but hard to pick up the fruitiness due to huge resiny hop presence, yummy. Mouthfeel just on the heavy side of medium, ok effervescence. Totally out of balance, which is just the way I like my CDAs. Very nice!

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2011 23:22:00 | More by jdense
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shand

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint.

This beer pours out black with some ruby highlights. It's crested by two fingers of off-white head. The aroma is roasty and malty, with some grassy and floral hops on top. It really doesn't smell all that cohesive. The taste works better with a full amount of roastiness and coffee flavor working well with a balanced amount of floral and slightly citrusy hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slick, and the drinakbility is good. Overall, it's a slightly above average black ale. It could use a little more aggressiveness in hop flavors and a more cohesive nose, but it's a good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 04:31:26 | More by shand
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Docer

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 00:48:04 | More by Docer
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Swordfish from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
85 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.