Vicious Circle Amber Ale | Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Vicious Circle Amber AleVicious Circle Amber Ale

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Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Washington, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by twelveinches on 11-03-2013

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of GreatHammerhead
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 12 oz bottle spawned in June poured into a pint glass.

Look: Beautiful deep amber color with a white one finger head that recedes rather quickly into a ring around the glass.

Smell: Clean malts with fruit esters.

Taste: A little sweet but not cloying up front followed by a solid,well balanced malt backbone. finishes with just a touch of hops.

Feel: Medium body and a tad dry.

Overall: A well balanced flavorful amber without over hopping. One of my favorites.

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Photo of RyanByorick
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sir_Goatman
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of SurferEric
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%

Malty and smooth. An easy drinker with a slightly bitter bite towards the end of the sip from some nice pine notes.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours two fingers of head on a hazy medium straw colored body.
The aroma is tropical fruit forward (mango and pineapple) with some pine and grapefruit in the background.
The taste is nicely balanced. Some pineapple sweetness, a bite of lemon bitterness in the middle and finishes on a little honey sweet note.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It has great balance in both smell and flavor.

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Photo of BastardKing24
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%

Pours a deep amber color with lacing left behind. Little head to speak of.

Smell is malty, biscuity, not much else. Smells like an average amber.

Taste is very clean, much better than flat tire. slight bitterness, but mostly malty and light.

Mouthfeel is about average. medium carb and light feel.

Nothing to rave about, but it has its place as a local brew here in OR that can satisfy the average beer drinker, not for snobs.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fish Brewing Co. "Vicious Circle Amber Ale"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "Spawned" sometime between August and September of 2014... roughly 6 months old.
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

It's a little odd that Fish would chose the name "Vicious Circle" and put sharks on the label because neither of those are really consistent with the beer inside. Rather than being an aggressive, maybe supper hoppy, or at least bitter amber ale, "Vicious Circle" is actually a fairly soft, gently sweet, and easily accessible ale. It's deep copper in color, and surprisingly hazy, beneath a frothy head of khaki that holds well and leaves impressive lacing in its wake. The caramel malts come through, but they're not overdone, and it's a soft, smooth ride that's only gently peppered with floral, grassy, and leafy hops. It finishes drying with some residual gold and dark caramel maltiness, a bit of yeasty fruitiness, and some leafy and lightly herbal hops. A medium body and moderate carbonation level leave it smooth and almost creamy across the palate. Well-balanced (but leaning towards the sweet side) and nicely polished it's an easily accessible amber ale.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another mini-horizontal, thanks to the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody!

The approved pic in this case does not do the label on the bottle any justice. Here, a surfer girl, tethered to her board by an ankle cord, is seated astride her surfboard with her legs hanging down as a pair of sharks and other marine life circle around her! Eeeek. The art itself is not attributed, but it is a pretty cool label.

Once again, the adventure begins with a Pop! of the cap. I followed my gentle pour with a vigorous in-glass swirl to raise a finger of foamy, fizzy, tawny head that quickly fell back to wisps. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity & deep amber highlights. Nose had a pronounced caramel malt sweetness, signaling that this may be my last for the day. I am starting to jones for hops & I have a Stout on deck. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, big for the style, but not quite creamy. The taste was more like a Twix bar with a biscuitiness to accompany the caramel that I noted on the nose. Finish was semi-sweet, which was okay for the style, but with the modern shift to more hoppy Ambers, I was left feeling kind of cold. I mean, really, the word "Vicious" in the name sets up an unrealistic expectation. Am I alone in this?

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Photo of tylerhw
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of deansellers
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of mralphabet
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Needmorebeer312
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of casapy
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy dark copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, nut, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, nut, fruit, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmmbeer89
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It tastes a little too ''coppery'' for me to rate it any higher in the taste department but it's still a beer i enjoyed. I love the color of it and it's smooth.

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Photo of Mojo
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -&gt; Dogfish Head snifter

A - pours up ruby red with a light tan two finger head, good retention and good lacing.

S - grains, dark fruit, earthy notes, grass

T - not overly sweet with a dry finish that has a bit of pine to it.

M - thin without much carbonation, not much of an aftertaste

O - take it or leave it, typical amber, not bad, not good.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Keepnitrl
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pianoguy
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 Oz bottle. No discernible bottling info. ( there's a strip of months and one is supposed to be notched to indicate the month it was "spawned" but alas, none are...)

Pours a solid copper body with an off white head. Small amount of visible carbionation Minimal retention, thin lacing.

Smell is not very prominent. I'm getting a grassy sweet malt scent along with a little bit of hop.

Taste follows. It's sweet at first with a tiny bit of hop bitterness on the finish

Medium feel. could us a little more carbonation.

Value (does not affect score) This was a gift but I think it was in the $5-$7 dollar range. On okay value I guess...

An average amber ale. Not bad, not great

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Photo of hreb
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is apparently my third Amber Ale I've reviewed from FishTale. I didn't care much for the other two, but with a name like Vicious Circles I'm hopefully this one will be more impressive.

This one comes in a 22oz bottle which I've served in a can glass. Beer pours a deep almost brown color, before settling into a lovely garnet crystal pool topped with loads of tan head. So far so good! Aroma is biscuity and malty, if mild. Flavor is similarly mild, but brings a crisp flavor profile over a fizzy yet creamy mouthfeel. Sensibilities of an English dark ale. Hm actually I kinda want to have this one on cask now. Definitely better than I remember their Organic Amber being... success?!

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Photo of Abstractspirit
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BurdockBoy
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%

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