Brew Review: Fish Brewing Co. Reel Ales Swordfish

by Kelli H. on December 13, 2011

Beer: Fish Brewing Co. Reel Ales Swordfish
Date: 11-27-11
Type: Double Cascadian Dark Ale
Alcohol: 7.5%
IBU’s: 64
Packaging: 22 oz
Location Brewed: Olympia WA
Price: Unknown

Aroma: Big hops with caramel malt.
Appearance: Almost black, unless you hold it to the light, then dark dark brown. Tan head.
Body & Texture: Very easy to swallow. Feels velvety going down the throat.
Aftertaste: Almost a chocolate aftertaste. Noticeable toasted malt flavor. Smells bitter but it’s balanced nicely with malt.

Overall Impression: Nice aroma, easy to drink, perfect for fall or winter. Great Brussels lacing. Brussels lacing is the term used to describe the foam left on the side of your beer glass. Some say it just means you have a clean glass, while I’ve also heard it determines how fresh your beer is. Either way, it’s always nice to have some lacing. This beer was surprisingly drinkable. I’m still a newbie to drinking any dark colored beers. I always expect a dark beer to be overwhelmingly strong but that is not the case. Color really doesn’t mean you’re drinking a stronger beer. In this case, it does have higher IBU’s (International Bittering Units), but it actually has a great balance with malt.  I would definitely drink this beer again!

Are you ever afraid to try a new beer just because of the color?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Brittany (healthy slice of life) December 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I’m so excitedto use the term ‘brussels lacing’ with David! He is a beer snob and will be so impressed ๐Ÿ™‚

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Made in Sonoma December 13, 2011 at 3:45 pm

@Brittany (healthy slice of life)
So glad you learned something!

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Jordan @ food, sweat, and beers December 14, 2011 at 2:03 pm

While color rarely turns me off anymore, sometimes I’m a little wary of beer with particles or little bitsy pieces of God knows what floating in the bottle/glass. I’ve yet to have a bad experience, it’s just a little shady looking…

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Made in Sonoma December 14, 2011 at 2:55 pm

@Jordan @ food, sweat, and beers
I find that to especially be a turn off in home brews. haha.

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David December 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm

I really liked it! I love Cascadian Dark Ales. ๐Ÿ™‚

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