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

BA SCORE
87
very good
187 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
10 Squared Fish Tale Ale10 Squared Fish Tale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Washington, United States
fishbrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by PhantomVodoo on 10-11-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
187
Reviews:
132
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
13.81%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 187 |  Reviews: 132
Photo of Lovely85
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a auburn tinted brown with good head and lace patches. Typical barleywine smell of booze, barley (and other) malts, a touch of caramel/sweet malts, and a more aggressive hop profile (mostly piney and citric) b/c the extra hops in this brew. Taste is more of the same and it is well balanced for the hops they put in this sipper (seriously, I had to nurse this). The booze and heavy malts are always present, but the predominant taste and feel sensations are dry, piney hops. Not a bad thing but I will say this struck me as a beer on the DIPA/barleywine border b/c the malts and sweet notes do take a backpage to the forefronting dirty hops (yes, I just made up a word, and by dirty they are downright earthy/grassy). Finishes dry and heavy thanks to hops and lively carbonation. This was an enjoyable sipper but after awhile it was mostly a hop bomb that turned from pleasure to chore as it warmed (ABV still subtle, I'll admit).

 937 characters

Photo of scottfrie
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. Bottle date November 2010.

A: Pours a deep woody brown with a thin light than head that quickly faded into a faint collar. Wisps of lace were left down the glass.
S: Well aged nose, that’s for sure. Musty oxidation, heavy tobacco, leather, red apples, apple cider, damp cardboard, and black pepper come through. Still fairly hoppy smelling.
T: Follows the nose but luckily the oxidization isn’t as prominent as I thought. Hops shine through with herbal, spicy, and green flavors. Malts lend notes of caramel, tobacco, milk chocolate, leather, and vanilla. The finish is peppery and herbal and the aftertaste has a solid, lingering bitterness. Drinks well.
M: Full body, thick and bitter mouthfeel, smooth with a decent bite. Low carbonation, very mild alcohol warmth.
O: Decadent and delicious. The nose told me it was past its prime but the taste definitely redeems itself. Worth checking out and worth aging. I can’t imagine how bitter this is fresh.

 990 characters

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of RangnaR
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of dragomni
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.01/5  rDev -23%
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.

 1,606 characters

Photo of Tumble
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | 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.

 1,030 characters

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
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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

 725 characters

Photo of Dakotah
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

 341 characters

Photo of Nonikins
1.75/5  rDev -55.2%

Photo of fivetime
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Treebs
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

 1,005 characters

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.

 807 characters

10 Squared Fish Tale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
3.91 out of 5 based on 187 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe