FISHwater Double IPA
Telluride Brewing Co.

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,984
Ranked #12,634
3.96 | pDev: 9.85%
Telluride Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
Very Good
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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance - The beer is served a golden amber color with a one finger white head. The head fades fast to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell - The aroma is light overall, but does have some aromas of tropical fruit and doughy bread. Along with these aromas are some light herbal and orange smells.
Taste - The taste begins with sweet tropical fruits of pineapple, mango, and tangerine with a good showing of grapefruit hop. As taste moves forward more sweetness of tangerine and light fruits of peach and apricot come to the tongue. A little bit of herb and pine join the grapefruit at the end to leave a nice fruity and doughy taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is thick and creamy with a lower carbonation level. For the mix of doughy, tropical fruit and hop the feel is quite nice and makes for a rather slow but easy sipper.
Overall - This was a rather delicious and thick IPA overall and one to try if you get the chance.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I bought a can of this at a Denver Airport kiosk. It poured a hazy orangish with no head and no lace. The scent had some bitter hop that leaned toward pine. The taste was common with most DIPA...sweet malt against bitterness. There is nothing out of the ordinary here. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's average at best.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can

Pours a nice yellow color, nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrusy. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the can, poured into a tulip

Appearance: amber-copper colored and wonderfully bright. Without a doubt, this is one of the brightest beers I’ve seen in a long while. The head is a light tan that fades quickly. The short lifespan of the head prevents this beer’s appearance from what would likely otherwise be a 5.

Aroma: some hop aroma, but far from 2X IPA standards. The malt aroma is more akin to cardboard, and maybe old bread. The aroma isn’t off-putting, it just isn’t super inviting.

Flavor: quite enjoyable. The malt flavor is restrained, allowing the hops to be the showcase. The malt comes through with a mild cardboard flavor as in the nose, not oxidized per se, but like a lick-the-envelope flavor. The alcohol is detectable, but more as a background contributor.

Mouthfeel: spot on for what a 2X IPA should be – light-medium. There is some weight here, but you could easily drink several of these beers.

Overall: enjoyable, but more hops are needed to really make this beer stand out. The hop flavors are good, but a bit light for a 2X IPA. A 6-pk runs $14, which is a bit pricey for this beer, but I’d readily buy this beer if offered as a single.

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12 oz can into a pint glass, carefully. A thin head that dissipates very quickly, with typical lacing. Caramel gold in color, almost amber, and it's cloudy. The nose is very fruity, citrus sweet and hoppy, with the pine smell very present.

Taste is immediately hoppy and sticky, with bitterness coming in but balanced. The malt is subtle, I get a taste of toffee. The strong citrus in the nose is not really present in the taste, instead bringing in a nice bitter edge that has a certain minerally tinge that's probably intentional. It's not a deal-breaker. They say they use "snowpack" for the water and I'm reminded of how snow tastes, very cold and like it came off a tin roof. This is better than it probably sounds.

Taste develops into a biscuit finish, and that's where the citrus comes in, slight grapefruit, some melon, and pine resin which resolves with a sticky tart aftertaste.

The carb seems heavy, and while the the booze (8.5%) is well hidden for this DIPA, it is definitely warming. I imagine 2 of these might go to your head if you're not careful. Very drinkable and subtle things are going on. While the mineral character is a bit of a "huh?" this is solid DIPA that proves they don't have to be astringent or hard to take.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours glowing hazy golden amber with a small creamy off white head that goes to a thin fil and laces the glass.

The aroma is a bit subdued - sweet caramel malt and piney, resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet nutty caramel malts and fruit with a big piney resiny bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, more like an imperial red with to nutty caramel malts and big piney resiny hops.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.7/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at Linger and served in a snifter $7. Orange color and a filmy head. Aroma was quite nice, lots of sticky fruits, sort of raised my hopes. The flavor was a total let down, it was like dirty water with a hop cone somewhere at the bottom. I asked a friends opinion before I shared mine and the response was "it could be a lot cleaner". Yep, taste muddled, muddy, and dirty.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

not up to the level of some of the other telluride brews i dont think, but its well made. honey colored with a redder tint, and a bold white head with fine lacing as it sips. a nose of west coast hops, and a curious minerality that makes it rather heavy. more sweet than bitter on the hop nose, but there is enough bitterness in the flavor for me. tropical fruits, orange melon, zesty pine, and lots of dense toffee grain. i am full after one, but i can get through about three before i am maxed out. a nice compliment to a burger or a pizza or some other quick and drity blue collar food, but not distinct from all the other really solid big india pale ales on the colorado market, i like the funky fish edition best, done with belgian yeast. it cleans up the residual sugar a little better and gives it a vibrant carbonation. this one is tasty but a little much for me.

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz draft pour.

A: Ruby / orange color that is cloudy. Low carbonation and thin, soapy head with slight lacing.

S: Sticky, resinous pine and grapefruit.

T: Dank, earthy, grassy, leathery dryness and bitterness. Then slight grapefruit, pineapple, caramel and biscuit sweetness. Enough relief provided from malt and citrus that taste is not too bitter.

M: Creamy with some bite, more bitter finish, and warm on the throat.

O: Great flavor and scents. Impressed with mouthfeel as it manages to have bitter bite but it doesn't kill your tastebuds like many double ipas.

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FISHwater Double IPA from Telluride Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 74 ratings