Fish Winterfish

Reviewed by on January 20, 2014 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Fish Brewing Company

  • Origin: Olympia, WA, USA

  • Rated On: December 6, 2012

  • Best Before: bottled in December, 2011

  • ABV: 7.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature

  • Style: Winter Warmer

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

An apparently well-hopped dark, roasted malt winter warmer, from the Fish Brewpub in bucolic Olympic, Washington, the state capital, nestled at the southernmost end of Puget Sound. I recommend anyone check it out should they be in the neighborhood.

This beer pours a mildly hazy, medium apricot amber hue, with a few fingers of foamy, soapy off-white head. It smells of sweet caramel malt, stewed raisins, molasses, and citrusy hops. The taste has a strong bready caramel malt body, and the citrus hops are equally prominent, providing a hop-head’s idea of balance. There’s a mild carbonation to go with the decent weight of this beer, which tastes like a junior American barley wine, with deep aspirations. The finish is off-dry, with a mild caramel malt, and some very minor alcohol warming.

A very nicely structured, and strongly flavoured beer, I would very gladly have this again, and for more than solely keeping the winter frost at bay.

Brady White

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