Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: dark gold pour with a thin white head.
aroma is fruity apricot, honey and biscuits malt.
Flavour is piney/floral hop, light fruitiness over slightly burnt caramel.
Very drinkable for 7.5. Nice body.
BeerdedDave (1071) - - DEC 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
a double IPA; amber color; nice, earthy, floral hop aroma; great hoppy flavor;citrusy hops with tropical fruit notes; medium bodied caramel malt base
KansaiBeerLvrs (3794) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fish Taleís Winterfish from Ezo Beer is a 7.5% IPA which is a distinctly US West Coast take on a Winter/Christmas beer.
It pours a beautiful orange Amber with a filmy beige head and a tropical fruit hop bouquet - I get mango, papaya and guava. Not evoking winter but it does make me think oishisou.
Medium bodied this is quite bitter pine resin, some fruits and malt sweetness. Nice.
Ferris (9776) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft - Light citrus and a bit of pith. Clear gold with a decent white head. Pithy citrus hops, light caramel sweetness and a dry finish.
mcberko (11172) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Fish Tale, pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma brings out light piney and resinous hops, not much else. Flavour is well-balanced, with piney and resinous hops, some fruitiness and dry caramel malts to back. Good balance and depth. Nice beer.
superspak (3972) - Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, December month notched with no year for dating. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy bright orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, caramel, honey, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, caramel, honey, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, pine, caramel, honey, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly sticky, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice IPA. All around good balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. It is at least a year old in age, but still a nicely enjoyable offering as it stands now.
slowrunner77 (8373) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
no HUGE faults, but doesnít distinguish itself...at all. Piney peachy hops are right on the mark as well, but while it is a fairly bitter beer, it lacks any punch or complexity. An average IPA at best...I was expecting more. Spawned on date of December. The lack of a year combined with the mellowness of the beer, along with other signs of age (the aroma and flavor were similar to other past-their-prime IPAs Iíve had) make me wonder if this was from Dec í07 or í08. Iíll guess í07 as it doesnít taste or smell fresh enough for a 3-4 month old...if it is, that sucks. Not one Iíll have again either way. It may be a good idea to distinguish your winter offering more than this one does. 3/12-tried again. mediocre at best. meh."
nuplastikk (5369) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Somehow I neglected to rate this..maybe it is in the journal. Unfiltered orange-tan.Old school crystal malt IPA aroma. Patchy head residue. Big piny Chinook hop tones, hold up quite well. Thick, sugary sweet malt bill courtesy of the Honey Malt I suppose. Pretty good, kind of of old school, but respectable enough.
50belair (3163) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub. Somewhat clear yellow/orange pour with a white head. Pine and citrus hop aromas. Tangy citrus/grapefruit hop notes with a big malty backbone. Honey subtones. Good body and mouthfeel. Zesty.
SHIG (4210) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a bright copper orange with thin off white head. Aroma is soft juicy hops. Taste is very fresh stick hops bitter with softening malt dry finish.
Bulk_Carrier (3158) - 1st Republic, Vermont, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.