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RATINGS: 258   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Here is the full-bodied seasonal ale that brings meaning to Winter Warmer. With a snappy hop character, this isnt just another brown beer masquerading as a seasonal. This is hearty fare brewed for the season of celebrations. Enjoyed at ease with friends and food, Winterfish will put a glow in the cheeks and warmth in the veins. Pale and honey malts provide an abundantly deep foundation. Then, for bittering, flavor, and aroma, we use 100% Yakima Chinook hops in the kettle. For additional flavor and aroma, its more Yakima Chinooks in the hop-back. Perfect for festive feast, this is the hoppiest winter ale we know of! Savor a pint and youll know why Northwesterners agree: An ice cold Winter never sounded better!

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3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
k9coug (108) - USA - DEC 4, 2013
I make it a habit not to buy anything that is labeled organic. Luckily for this beer, it was not so labelled or I never would have tried it. Aroma stands out inthis beer as it does with the Fish IPA. Probably uses Willamette finishing hops.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keepersj12 (3070) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2016
Nice oatmeal stout. Black with a light tan head. The aroma is roast malt and a hint of chocolate. The flavor is roast malt. Very creamy and easy going down.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerdedDave (1416) - Beckley, USA - DEC 30, 2015
a double IPA; amber color; nice, earthy, floral hop aroma; great hoppy flavor;citrusy hops with tropical fruit notes; medium bodied caramel malt base

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4771) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 16, 2015
Fish Tales 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (13206) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2015
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (15022) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2015
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (4882) - Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2014
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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
slowrunner77 (10492) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
no HUGE faults, but doesnt 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 Ive had) make me wonder if this was from Dec 07 or 08. Ill guess 07 as it doesnt taste or smell fresh enough for a 3-4 month old...if it is, that sucks. Not one Ill 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."

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (5843) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2014
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (3467) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2014
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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (4722) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 2, 2014
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.


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