Fish Tale Winterfish | Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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3.74/5
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Fish Tale WinterfishFish Tale Winterfish
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Washington, United States
fishbrewing.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,342
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
180
pDev:
13.1%
Bros Score:
3.7
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 180 |  Reviews: 111
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, color is light gold, head is bright white nice bubbles, some lacing; it is a bit opaque, not looking like a winter warmer to me.

Aroma is pale malt, light booze and citrus and pine hops, nice scent for a winter ipa.

Taste is very good, pretty clean malts, not too sweet, crisp and bitter hops, with the hop flavor a good mix of pine and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is a little sweeter than some ipas, lingering malt flavor but the hops are big enough to dry it out.

Overall, slight knock because this is not a winter warmer and I thought it was when purchasing, but it is a good beer.

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Photo of p-wagz
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Presto82
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of prock180
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Givemebeer
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm rating this as an ipa because that's what it is...

A: pale orange yellowish nice lacing and good head retention

S: citrusy slight malt backbone

T: grapefruit pineapple a touch of lemon

M: doesn't come together perfectly at the end but still a pretty nice lingering citrusy finish

O: nothing like a winter warmer. Maybe it's a different formula this year? No spices and not malty hops dominate. For an ipa, not half bad.

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Photo of Druss157
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I bought a 12oz bottle of this on sale at Total Wine. Who knows how old this is but it is a winter warmer: which winter? I am not sure. This one looks different than most winter warmers. This one is golden orange in color as opposed to the typical chocolate/brown/caramel colors associated with the style I don't know how to score the look, but there is a nice frothy head on top. Nice lacing too. Cloudy due to the yeast sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Looks a lot like a wheat beer.

Aroma is filled with sweet caramel, yeast, alcohol, and some citrusy and grassy hops. Somewhat fruity but certainly on the sweet alcoholic side.

This one has some hop bite to it. Starts out kind of sweet and fruity and finishes hoppy bitter with a warming alcohol feeling. Borders on cloying, but still a decent, balanced beer. Bitter grapefruit, caramel malts, alcohol, more citrus. Oily and resiny.

Not a bad beer, I must say. The alcohol is kind of front and center, but I guess a winter warmer is supposed to be warming. A different interpretation on the style and I quite like it. More geared toward hops than brown sugar and malt. I could see myself drinking this after hitting the slopes for some backside grunge nose grabs.

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Photo of mikegreen138
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of DarkLordPsycho
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of kylemckinnis
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of thecheapies
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Caramel orange color. Lacing looks good. White and airy head, but it fell fast. Nice light color.

Caramelized peach and mango in the nose. Assuming it's from the hops, but there's no perky bitter leafy notes that rise up. Just tropical fruit nuances. Very mild and biscuity. Quite the departure from a winter ale.

It IS from the hops. Soft peachy hops with notes of mango, papaya, and nectarine. A little muddled with light caramel from mostly pale malts. Not much toastiness. Malts are a little flat, but they apply their own attributes with light balance. Alcohol is staved off a bit. This is close to a winter pale ale or weak IPA.

Thick for an IPA, which it is not, but it's pretty juicy for a warmer with that light carbonation that doesn't draw much attention. Booziness is light, but spicy.

Not an ideal warmer, so no props for the style. Still delicious and almost hoppy. Recommended.

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Photo of Greggory
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of sam_bliss
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler into glass

A- Golden translucent light copper with an off-white head and decent lacing as we worked our way down the glasses.

S- Some fruity esters and sprucey hops. Tropical and fruity sweet scents remind me more of a pale ale than a winter warmer, but it smells great.

T- Tastes like a bigger Belgian dubbel. Some saison funk or perhaps another flavorful yeast compliments banana and hoppiness with just a smattering of caramel malt. Super tasty but like the aroma, it's a bit off style.

M- Plenty of body but not thick-feeling or syrupy. Good after-feel.

O- This is a great winter beer for those who like hoppy beers and Belgian-style beer. IPA meets trappist dubbel meets winter ale!

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Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Fish Tale Winterfish from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 180 ratings