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

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10 Squared Fish Tale Ale10 Squared Fish Tale Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
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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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a murky dark brown color. Ridiculously murky, actually. The head is a one finger yellow shade. Retention is superb for 10% - a couple of minutes have passed by and it's still standing. Good lacing, too.

S: This one smells really hoppy - actually not so much hoppy as it is just bitter smelling. It's about 6 months old and has still retained a nice hop bite to it. Beneath the piny hops lie a decent malt backbone consisting of caramel and brown sugar. Maybe there's even a touch of chocolate. While the aroma is really good, I kind of worry it will be too bitter.

T: And yes, bitterness hits from the start, except it's a troubling vegetal bitterness. It's overly reminiscent of green pepper, which I never like in my beer. After a while all that pepper goes away, and it turns into a strongly grassy yet herbal note near the back end. Even with all the vegetal notes, sweetness is fairly high, with a ton of caramel and brown sugar on the finish. Once I get used to the peppery hops, it becomes okay.

M: It's actually pretty crisp and clean for such a big, boozy monster, with just enough of a sweet finish to conceal the alcohol. With a slightly better flavor, this could have been REALLY easy to down. Carbonation kind of stays in the background.

O: I didn't like this at first...but it improves after a few sips. And it deteriorates after several more. The hops here are way too green pepper-esque for my tastes, luckily every other aspect is pretty solid. I can't really say that I like it that much. There are definitely some out there who will, though.

Photo of Tumble
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy deep ruby/chestnut color with a thin lacing ring with lots of steady carbonation. Very viscous and sticky clear when the tulip is swirled. As the beer warms the haze completes disappears.

S - Boozy roasted caramel/toffee malt, the nose is extremely faded but this has also been sitting in my cellar for many months as well.

T - Starts with roasted caramel & toffee malt followed with a citrus (oranges & grapefruit) and some floral bitterness, and finishes with a lingering piney/citrus bitterness that's indicative of an American barley. The lingering bitterness overpowers any toasty malt that's left over on the palate and scrubs it away.

M - Heavy medium to full body and coats the mouth with some zesty citrus resin and toasted malt. Gentle pricklies on the tongue and moderately boozy creating some warming in the back of the throat.

O - This is a good barleywine worth trying, glad I have one more left and will let it sit to see how it stands the test of time. Weak nose but the taste made up for it.

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Ivegotmule
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Smurf2055
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of duff247
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of dweeuu
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of litheum94
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Ok, on my trek to the great NW last year I stocked up. Saw this one as a barleywine and took it home. Didn't read (my fault) that it uses 10 hops. Should've drank it fresh, but I'm a barleywine ager-guy.

Pours a bright copper with medium thick white head. Retention was nice, lacing was nice.

Sharp caramel aroma up front, a bit boozy. Held on to the hops aroma as hard as it could. Somewhat grassy, some slight hints of pine. Mostly malt and faded hops. Probably would have been a pine centered BW when I bought it. The malt does lack a bit of bread and body.

Thin and the booze doesn't help this. While the flavor is nice, and went well with brats on the grill, the body just didn't pack the punch as per that abv level

Photo of Dakotah
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Out of the bomber, so I can't really say how it looks

S- more like a heavy or dark ale than a barley wine

T- Also more dark ale/ Arrogant Bastard than Barley wine. Very tasty and drinkable, soft malty backbone, boozy ale up front.

M- light! for a BW.. but lingering

O- not what's expected from the category, but a very delicious brew.

Photo of Nonikins
1.75/5  rDev -55.2%

Photo of fivetime
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Treebs
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle served in a Pumking goblet. Bottled October 2011. Thanks to mfavoino for the bottle.

A: Pours a deep amber color with some ruby and brown hues in the body. A light khaki head forms on the pour and recedes to a thick, bubbly ring. Sheets of soapy lace are left down the glass.

S: Piney and earthy hops upfront with a malty backbone. Some slightly sweetness on the backend, but this a hop forward and earthy barleywine. Mild raisin pops up as it warms. A little brown sugar as well.

T: very malty upfront. Oaty and sweet there are underlying pine and grass notes. Some dark fruits with a little alcohol notes. Not hot though. Some caramel sweetness on the back end. The hops creep back up on the finish with a bitterness that cuts the sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level and a drying finish.

O: Pretty solid overall. I can't imagine how hoppy this was a year ago, but I like the level where it's at now. Earthy and piney bitterness meet a sweet and oaty malt base.

Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Props to my western Canada connection joemcgrath27 for this treat. Bottled October 2011.

A - Pours a murky copper colour with a thumb of head with solid retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - Solid earthy cedar hop profile, sweet citrus and a bold peppery spice and musty caramel that comes through on the finish.

T - Much like the nose with the earthy hop profile dominating, heavy bitterness that comes through alongside the musty caramel malt, hints of burnt toast, espresso and a sour citrus rind lingers.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and dry and sticky on the finish.

O - A bold and tasty brew with loads of flavour and an incredibly well hidden ABV. I suspect the aging of this bottle helped to smooth it out, making it extremely drinkable. Super stoked to have had the opportunity to try this one.

Photo of cfrances33
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle extra'd from trodersark, poured into a tulip.

Pour: Murky amber brown, with a finger of light tan head. Nice lacing, head hangs around as a rim.

Smell: Caramel, booze, and floral hoppiness. Meh.

Taste: Follows the nose, but with a HUGE caramel malt presence... way more than I would like when taking into consideration the floral and grassy hops. A light toffee and some booze on the back.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and sticky, yet light and drinkable at the same time. Not very good.

Overall: A mediocre American barleywine that went too hard with the malt profile to match the hoppiness, in my opinion.

Photo of jmdr
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in October 2011(1 year). Pours very hazy brick red color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing on the glass, with some alcohol legs. Aromas of big grapefruit, pine, caramel, earth, molasses, toast, herbal, raisin, biscuit, light chocolate, wood, and herbal spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of big caramel, pine, toast, grapefruit, biscuit, grass, earth, molasses, light chocolate, wood, herbal, raisin, and piney spiciness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, pine, herbal, grass, molasses, dark fruit, biscuit, light chocolate, toast, wood, earth, and piney spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity; nearly zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barleywine. Very nice complexity, depth, and balance of flavors; quite smooth to sip on. Very enjoyable offering.

Photo of adkieffer
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Lordkrystic
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of mactrail
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Woody and earthy, with a murky, mushroomy stew of flavors. Seems to be the hallmark of these Reel Ales. Reminds me of their Imperial Red and the Starfish black. Too Cascadian for words.

Clear, dark amber in the narrow tulip. Not so foamy, but plenty of spritz on the tongue. Hot and dirty. The aroma is one of the better features, with the big resiny hops. Flowery nose with some cedar and black pepper. Lots of malt, but it's more the quantity than any distinct sort of flavor. The hoppy bitterness gradually throws its weight around and take over the place.

I love the new label-- it's all tentacles. Maybe the art director knows something about brewing beer. From the 22 oz bottle.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - slightly hazy dark burnt orange brown, two fingers of tan head that retained very well, leaving a few random blobs of foam clinging to the glass
S - caramel, citrus and pine hop notes, mild toasty in the end
T - starts with caramel and brown sugar, quickly moves to hop flavours of citrus rind and earthy woodiness, finishes slightly boozy with the hop notes lingering
M - more than medium body, starts sticky and creamy, quickly moves to a hop bitterness
O - big hop presence in this bad boy barleywine which I always appreciate, tasty and drinkable for its size, nice work

10 Squared Fish Tale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
88 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.