JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a mighty tasty brew.Juicy fruit hops with some mild yeast. Slighty cloudy orange amber in color. Rich, sweet malt flavor, some caramel apple, some succulent honeycomb pine. Slight bitter, quick finish. An enjoyable ale.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Glowing orangish gold color with a slight smear to it. Thin, off-white cap. Finely placed, closely scattered, spotty sheets of lacing sticks across the glass.
Toasty with a big orange oil aroma starts from the pour. Very pungent, rich, oily, and deep with a well-rounded citrusy realm with notes to cannibus, the sister of hops, and some doughy fresh malts.
Taste is well oiled in citrusy hops, oily, flavor heavy with oranges, a flint of lime, lemon and tangerine, yet calmly bitter with rinds and resins, somewhat smokey with herbal nuances. Quite a nice taster. Nice malt backing thats lightly toasty and bready/doughy. The bitterness closing in the finish is delicate and nurtured to perfection with a nice amount of citrus rinds, oils, and smokeyness.
Smooth and oily textured feel from front to back. Quite silky for an IPA, even its bite tends to be smoothed out in oils and resins. Body is moderate in mediumness with a rich, soothing, quaffable, drenchable, lower carbonation that is utterly beyond average in drinkability. Damn good stuff. Winterfish would be one to bring to the frozen lakes while fishing through the ice if it were here in MN.
brewdoctor (1) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2005 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is really an amplified IPA to make a big beer in respect to Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Ale. So the golden hoppy winter seasonal is not dark for that reason. This beer is a cult beer among locals in Washington state, as it is really a strong IPA available in bottles at the supermarket about 4 months out of the year. It tends toward more crisp citrus hoppiness when young, but set some bottles aside for upto a 9 months or a year and it matures to a delightful slightly sherry toffee malty sweetness with very smooth hop notes which are well worth the wait.
hamfisted (74) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very, very delicious. Second beer in sequence at a recent tasting of winter beers and - as a big fan of the IPA style - my favourite. Obviously an odd choice for a winter beer, but a very good IPA from the pacific northwest.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy orange/amber color,small head that managed to stay around for a while leaving a nice lace behind.Nice fruity,piney,hop aroma with a mild sweetness to it.The flavor was malty and fruity with a nice mild spice and decent amount of hops coming through.There is a slightly creamy feeling to this brew,and the alcohol doesn't make an appearance at all.Making this a fairly well balanced brew IMOThe after taste reminds me of the 10 sq. nice and hoppy with a nice bitterness.This is another fine brew from theseguys and they still remain as my favorite brewer.Well worth finding this brew for a trial.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle bottle via Roths. Pours a clear amber with an average size beige head, leaves lots of spidery lace as it dissipates. Nose is mostly citrus and pine. Very tastey and very hoppy for a Winter beer. Starts out with some sweet orange, then some bitter orange/grapefruit, then some molsasses, and finishes with a perfectly balanced bitterweet sweetness with a little pepper thrown in the mix. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. This is an excellant beer.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2010 Fish Brewing Company--WinterFish Seasonal Ale--2005 Release--12 oz. Bottle--7.50% ABV--70 IBU’s. (4.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale--IPA--Mild lacy head. Clear bright thin amber color. Rich spicy floral hop front. Wow. Creamy citrus sweet rich crisp doughy caramel subtle fruit body. Unique mellow Vanilla? flavor. Malt balanced hop spice end. Sampled 10/21/2005.
Fish Brewing Company--Fish Tale Winterfish Seasonal Ale--2006 Release--12 oz. Bottle--7.50% ABV--70 IBU’s. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale--IPA--Mild lace head. Slightly cloudy bright light amber color. Vanilla floral hop front. Mild fruit yeast ester hint dry sweet complex crystal malt body. Mild hot hop spice clean sweet end. Not as good as 2005. Sampled 3/5/2007.
Fish Brewing Company--Fish Tail Winterfish Seasonal Ale--2009 Release--12 oz. Bottle--7.50% ABV--70 IBU’s. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--IPA--Thin lacy white head. Clear thin bright light gold color. Rich floral mild vanilla hop front Earthy tangy mild sweet thin crystal pale malt hot hop body. Rich earthy hop spice bittersweet Yakima Chinook hop end. Big earthy IPA missing Winter Seasonal Notes. Sampled 10/28/2009 et. al. $7.99 / 6-Pack.
2009 Release. Thin lacy white head.Clear thin bright light gold color.Rich floral mild vanilla hop front Earthy tangy mild sweet thin crystal pale malt hot hop body.Rich earthy hop spice bittersweet Yakima Chinook hop end.Big earthy IPA missing Winter Seasonal Notes.??
Fish Brewing Company--Fish Tail Winterfish Seasonal Ale--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV. 70 IBU’s. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--IPA. Thin mild lace light white head. Clear pretty bright rich dark gold amber hint color. Herbal floral hop front. Dry sweet mild caramel crystal malt hop infused subtly Winter spiced rich body. Rich spicy clean hop end. Flavor beats bad buds tonight! Sampled 11/4/2010 from 6- Pack purchased for $6.99 @ The Ballard Market, Seattle on 10/19/2010.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2000
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2003 The pour somewhat hazy amber color, the head is modest and frothy and a winsome beige color, the residual lace a fine covering upon the glass. Hop floral dominates the nose, sweet and malt laden, crisp and clean to boot. Start has a lot of malt, lightly sweet with a middling top and the finish biting in its hop spicy bite, the carbonation moderate, the aftertaste dry and long lasting and another great beer from “Fish tale”
jsquire (4148) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Humpy's. Orange color from the tap with a foamy white head that left sticky lace. Piney floral aroma. Fresh spruce forest taste to it with pineapple, resin and an orange peel finish. Hop juice with character.
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/17/09 On draft at the Brewpub, Olympia, Wa. Aroma is heavy caramel blended with spicy, but not bitter flora. Appearance is clear gold with a well maintained white head. Flavor is rich with candilike sweetness and a floral but still grassy and earthy (never harsh) hop balance. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight tang and medium carb texture. Overall, a beer that impresses with the ability to drink it quickly without compromising on big flavor.