Fish Tale Winterfish | Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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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:
#26,414
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
180
pDev:
13.1%
Bros Score:
3.7
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
9
Trade:
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Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with no notch on the label's date strip. My bottle has very similar graphics but simply says "WINTERFISH SEASONAL ALE" with no "Icebreaker".
Pours clear but very dark, with a reddish brown body topped by a beige head. The head has very good retention and leaves both sliding sheets and plenty of lingering, sticky lacing.
Aroma: moderately strong with spicy hops dominating and suggesting spruce and pine.
Flavor: strong. This is a Brown IPA that may or may not have added spicing. In either case, there are plentiful spice notes together with hints of evergreen trees. Moderately bitter.
Feel: full bodied with appropriate medium-light carbonation.
Overall: a strong ale that should appeal to fans of dark IPAs,

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Photo of cheers2u2
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of TeachChefs
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark orange with a small creamy head, small bubbles . Aroma is dirty malt, lemon, moderately sweet. The taste is a light IPA, with an underlying bitterness. Maybe it was the color but it reminded me of a black lager, but bitter. Not bad,

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Photo of redleg64
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pianoguy
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a real head scratcher... I thought I was getting a winter warmer but this obviously isn't one. I researched the Fishtale ales web site and on some of the descriptions it says "winter warmer" but on the profile it says (and I quote) Style: Imperial India Pale Ale

I'm reviewing this as an IPA.

12 oz bottle. No bottling info

Pours a hazy honey-orange colored body with a white head. Lots of visible carbonation. Decent retention. Lots of thin lacing.

While not overly prominent I seem to get a different take on each whiff. At the pour it smelled malt forward. Wrote a paragraph, took another whiff and I was getting red grapefruit citrus

Taste is hop forward. Red grapefruit. I'm also getting a strange cough syrup type of sweetness at the back end of the taste.

Medium carbonation

At $ 7.99 for a six pack it's a decent value.

Not a bad IPA, but I thought I was getting a winter warmer and frankly I'm more then a little disappointed. If I was reviewing this as a winter warmer it would be a much poorer review, It doesn't fit any of the winter warmer criteria..

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.17/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The appearance is a hazy golden colored body with a one finger white foamy head and has some mild speckled lacing. The smell has some bitter cooked hops that kinda come through pretty earthy but controlled with a decent backing by the malts. The taste is bitter but sweet, not combined, just seems to hang there a bit to leave something to be desired. There is a mild malty yet bitter aftertaste with a dry finish. On the palate, it sits about a light to medium, and comes across as fairly sessionable for the most part. Carbonation is harsh penetrating enough for an AIPA but not so much as a winter warmer. Overall, this is not a bad beer, but not really a winter warmer, more of an AIPA that I think I would have again depending upon what else is there.

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Photo of foghornleghorn22
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a hazy amber with a modest head, quickly reducing to a ring and thin film. Lacing. Primarily malt in the nose. ...and mouth. Tasty!

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stofko1992
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreatHammerhead
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle spawned on October 2016 poured into a pint glass.

Look: Hazy apricot with a one finger white head. Head quickly collapses but continues to cover entire top of the beer.

Smell: Malts, citrus, and finishes with a mild dose of hops.

Taste: Malts and then hops with a light vein of hop bitterness running throughout the hop flavor and lingering into the aftertaste.

Feel: Medium body with moderate carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: An excellent beer. Seems to me to be more of a mild IPA then a winter warmer, but whatever you call it I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber color with off-white head. Citrus, spice, pine, and some caramel malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with plenty of citrus, some pine, and a decent malt backbone.

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Photo of MKrauss
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VABA
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jhartley
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, September notching so not expecting too much at this point...

Poured much lighter in color than I expected as this is listed as a Winter Warmer here. Golden copper color with a 1/2 fingers worth of head.

Getting aromas of pine, tangerines, grapefruit.

Not sure if it is supposed to be this sweet or not...almost has a cough syrup like consistency. No hop profile left just a slight bitterness on the end. Almost has a DIPA profile with a lower abv.

This is not what I would consider a Winter Warmer by any stretch of the name, but it is a a fairly decent IPA. Would love to have this a little bit fresher than this, but this was still pretty tasty. Much better than what I expected.

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Photo of Bobtuffy
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of NickThePyro
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsshuck
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Written down on a piece of scratch paper from when I moved out of my house 1 week ago. I had no computer, no TV, no heat, and about 6 beers left in my fridge. I may as well have been in an ice shack.

L : A lighter pour than expected, with a tall 3 finger head. Body is honey-amber colored and 60% opaque.

S : Candied orange, spices, brown sugar, fresh peaches, cinnamon, slight onion.

T : Lots of hop, lots of fruit - in that order. Pine starts first, then orange flesh, mango, guava. Then it turns to rind of grapefruit and pineapple scrapings. A slight onion note permeates straight up the middle throughout the whole tasting. Not much for malts, just fruit & hop. Some points for creativity but too bitter and the alcoholic presence is not warming me up enough for a "winter warmer".

F : Light, crisp, slight creaminess, ends semi-dry.

O : This was more like an IPA than a typical winter warmer. A bit disappointed but still a solid beer for a winter time IPA.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of delta490
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy orangey gold with t a thick white cap of head that has good retention and leaves some medium-sized sticky lacing. The aroma is mild and predominantly malty, with maybe a hint of pine hops but without any really distinct characteristics. Certainly nothing off but just not very noticeable. The taste is a little more robust, but still not very pronounced in any aspect. There's a bigger hops hit, mostly pine and spice, and just a little malt sweetness in the background. The body has a nice feel to it, not to heavy or light, and little bit of spice pops at the finish. Reminds me of a solid American Pale Ale more than a Winter Warmer. Maybe they do winter differently in Olympia.

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