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10 Squared Fish Tale Ale - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

10 Squared Fish Tale Ale10 Squared Fish Tale Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

167 Ratings
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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 14.03%


Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 10-11-2003)
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Originally had the chance to sample this at the Calgary Beer Fest this past May, and was duly impressed, even from the small sample. I've been salivating with anticipation up until the moment I managed to get my grubby little mitts on a lone 650 ml bottle on this. I adore the label as well, my new fave, that pink octopus fondling that undersea keg possesses a heck of a lotta charm.

A 2006 vintage it says on the neck label. Pours out a stunning burnished ruby red/copper hue, can't quite put my finger on that colour, but it is enchanting. A small beige head forms on top of it, but I really didn't leave it much room in the glass to expand. Speckled sticky coral reef lacing.

Enticing aroma, a plethora of hops, from mildly herbal to the sucker punch of citrusy Cascade. Fairly balanced chewy toffee malt lurks behind the hop bill, and that patented "leathery" aroma that I associate with Fish Tale.

I allowed this one to warm up a bit before tasting. Impressively balanced for the hop bill, let alone the abv content. Sticky, full bready and caramel malt up front that really holds its own against the hops. Some brown sugar and molasses in the middle. Really, the hops only start to pick up well into the finish. Even then it's a touch grassy, a bit herbal, then pine and citrus rind, which lasts long into the aftertaste. It's here in the aftertaste that the alcohol becomes more apparent.

Creamy but somewhat thin mouthfeel at times, oily from the hops, it really coats the mouth.

A fantastic barleywine, very balanced especially at 100 IBU's, this one's a keeper, time to go out and try to grab some more to cellar and to leisurely partake in. With the glass almost empty my palate is overwhelmed with brown sugary malt, hops, and alcohol, this most certainly leaves a lasting impression. Part of me says I just had an old or Scottish ale, part of me is convinced I had just had an IPA, and the "other" other part of me is saying that was one helluva barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 22:30:34 | More by IronDjinn
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10 Squared Fish Tale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
88 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.