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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

178 Ratings
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Ratings: 178
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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Reviews by Dakotah:
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.

Dakotah, May 10, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a slight chill haze a deep burnt orange with an almost creamy like head in texture.A mix of big juicy fruit and resiny hop,both are massive and compliment each other extremely well.Well this was bottled in March and its easy to tell,its untame and pretty hot,big fruitiness and big alcohol with a sweetish cakiness to it as well.The hops hit hard in the finish keeping the sweetness in check...somewhat.I should have laid this down for a bit,right now its real big and brash,but hey there isnt anything wrong with that either...Lets Go Red Wings!

oberon, May 13, 2011
Photo of RoyalT
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Gorgeous, dark brown body with a beautiful head that lasted forever. It stuck around most of the rest of the night. It was tanned with pitting holes and laced the glass.

Smell – Everything about this nose it BIG. The hops are huge, piney in nature but complex, and the malt is gigantic. They are laced with molasses and dark sugars but not enough to counteract this giant hop nose.

Taste – Deep, mature hop flavor combines well with the toasted malt, that (to its credit) picks up the pace here. This is a big ale in every way, though I have no idea why it is classified as a Barley Wine. The label doesn’t say, but reads, “10 Types of Hops,” and, “100 IBU’s.”

Mouthfeel – Really full and dry. This is so soft in the mouth it’s like drinking foam, except much better.

Drinkability – I lived in Germany for six years. One day I traveled to a pub (more like a beer on premises) and had an ale that they had just tapped. It was so smooth and so creamy that I took two sips and the glass was empty. That is the only other time I can describe that relates to the drinkability of this ale.

After tasting, I killed this bottle in three “sips” and had no indication of the ABV. This ale is remarkable.

RoyalT, Nov 13, 2003
Photo of warriorsoul
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks goes out to orbitalr0x for throwing this surprise in my latest package...not your average addition for sure.
Pours a hazy copper color after a soft pour into a tulip glass...a full finger of beige head forms and leaves behind some beautiful lacing.
B-e-a-utiful in the nose...a boatload of sticky, piney, fruity hops up front with a gentle malty sweetness to balance out the aroma.
The taste is a bit off for the style...was thinking it was an Imperial IPA at first, but see it listed as a barleywine...extremely hopped up, but what would you expect from a beer made with ten different types of hops. Bitterness wins out even though it has a solid malt backbone...becomes a bit cloying as it warms up with some lingering flavors remaining on the pallet.
The alcohol is masked pretty well...by no means hot, but you know it is there.
Mouthfeel is thicker than average and the carbonation is fine.
Well worthy of an anniversary ale...it is just not hitting me like a barleywine. Real glad to get to try this one...

warriorsoul, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

SkinnyElvis, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Thrasher
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

October 2003. Very well aged although the hop flavors are pretty muted. A dead calm, transparent rubied amber with small, vanishing head. Terrific, subtle aroma of earthiness, malt sweetness, and winey headiness. Nary a trace of alcohol in the flavor, just malts, hops, malts, hops, more malts, and some hops for good measure. Extremely sweet, with a suprisingly thin velvety mouthfeel. Not too sticky. There's a fair amount of hop flavor but it really has dwindled; wouldn't mind a touch more bitterness or some citric flavors to puncture the long, sweet finish. A beer worth saving, although in this case, John's Marketplace did the work for me. When will it be brewed again? I'd like to try a fresher sample.

Thrasher, May 05, 2006
Photo of HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

HoppySeb, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. I had this (sort of long-time favorite) beer alongside a Laughing Dog Devil Dog Imperial IPA, to see what differences there would be between these two Pacific NW brewers' takes on the style.

Into an American-style pint glass, this beer pours a cloudy, hazy, rather dark orange-copper colour, with two fingers of thinly foamy off-white head that quickly disappears, leaving some minimal random specks of lace around the glass.

It smells of hefty toffee-tinged caramel malt, blended with some prominent musty pine and grapefruit rind hop essence, and a simmering perfumed boozy astringency. The taste is more hefty, yet tempered toffee and caramel malt, a slight earthy nuttiness, perky acerbic grapefruit and pine needle hop essences, and a quite subtle alcohol warming.

The carbonation is rather mild and unassuming, the body a sturdy medium weight, which still hefts this beer up dutifully with a pithy, straight-up smoothness. A slightly noticeable alcohol warming emerges at the finish, one none too surprising, I suppose, and yet not off-putting whatsoever.

A fine representative for the style, well-crafted and a great example of the expected conflict between the usual extreme hop and malt suspects. In the end, this beer was actually more drinkable than the Devil Dog, as the sole significant difference to me was the lighter malt body in the 10-Squared. I think I have to go lie down now.

biboergosum, May 19, 2008
Photo of DruC4
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

DruC4, May 07, 2014
Photo of Metalmonk
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter and received a thin head that thins even further to a mere crown, and quickly. Color is gorgeous, mingling burnt sienna, blood orange, and a rusty red.

Aroma leans on the sweet side: orange marmalade and sour cherry juice mingle with candi-sugar and fruit syrup. Something reminding of brandy pops up after it warms a bit, with some alcohol creeping in too, giving off some heat. The hops do some wild stuff with the malt, creating an aroma with great depth.

Where the aroma seems to spread out in a few directions and give several impressions, the taste is very much dominated by the hops. Sharp, prickly, aggressive hops, lots of astringent pine and puckery citrus rind. As it warms, which I let it do after realizing I might've poured/stored too cold, juicy maltiness comes in to offer a little balance. Alcohol heat rears its head upon warming. It reminds me of a young, off-balance barleywine in some ways. As a Double IPA it fares better, but still not tops in that category.

Mouthfeel is sticky and juicy, providing some sting in the finish, while the body isn't overly thick like some DIPAs.

Lots of hops here, naturally; sometimes the bitter, strained grassiness detracts, but overall this is fun and certainly one that any hop fanatic should appreciate. Thanks a million (or 1000 squared) to msubulldog25 for this brew.

Metalmonk, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Wetpaperbag for the bottle as part of my Fantasy football winnings. Great and generous box. Way to go sac.

Latest release. Pours a vibrant ruby red with an off white head that lingers well leaving nice lacing.

Nose is quite sweet by WC standards, but the PNW hop profile is clear as well.

Taste follows, the sweetness was not just in the nose, a very resiny floral sweet profile here, but the hops back it up pretty well with dank, musty PNW resin. Nice smooth finish, well balanced.

Mouthfeel is a touch heavy but the carbonation is perfect.

Drinkability is solid, but i think one bomber would be my limit here.

Overall, a nice PNW DIPA, and one im happy to have tried. Would drink again for sure. Thanks bags, and better luck next year, sucka! hehehe.

AKBelgianBeast, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of BillyB
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle from January '03(?) I believe.

Interesting hoppy barleywine. 10 types of hops, 100 ibu's and it still tastes like a traditional barleywine. I think some of the hop aromas and tastes have been muted a bit. I'd like to try this one fresh.

Faint aromas of citrussy hops. Piney, cedary. Sweet caramel and vanilla malty smells as well.

Color is burnt copper/orange. Slightly hazy.
Nice hop flavor, sweet malt taste. Impressed with the low alcohol taste for a beer with such a high abv.
Slightly syrupy with a little alcohol warmth . Oily, sticky and sweet.
Decent drinkability.

BillyB, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Static-filled caramel peach with a retreated beige flop.
The nose is sparce, but shows an incredible breadth..for better and for worse. Hops are foremost, with elastic pine cones, shaved ruby grapefruit, wind-scored lemongrass. Then all bets are off. Whisky-laden tannic oak, stale milk, pulled bbq pork, fig jelly, and wet bath towels. I'm truly not sure if I like the aroma or not, but more than anything else, it seems muted.
The mutedness carries through to the flavor, but to a far lesser degree. The weirdness carries through in full. It initiates with a butterscotch-injected pea-soup earthiness. It brightens with blood oranges and papayas, then gathers popcorn and buttered white and yellow sweetcorn characteristics. A heavily dilute rye bread spiciness permeates the middles, as the scales swings towards hops. but even here, the ringers are a diffuse, bllody iron sense of acrid metal, grapefruit-based gin jello shots, wet fern leaves, and shaved limes. Some woody nuance is perceived at the close, with a buttery Chardonnay acidity, and fungus-encrusted cedar perfume, bouncing off tiles of earth-rich Scotch cut with water.
The body is medium-light, with stunted bubbles and a general cask-like texture.
In spite and because of everything,: its vapid ruggedness, its cliches and eccentrcities, its encompassed and crucial off-leaning flavors, and general medicated psychotic personality, I honestly can't say if it I liked it or not. But somehow it was drinkable in nothing less than piggish, snorting gulps.
I liked Leviathan better for it's style familiarity....or maybe I didn't.
After 12ozs, I truly have no handle on this. And thus the rating is meaningless. This could easily have been a 2.5 or a 4.8. I can't tell if this is good, and more simply, I even can't tell if I like it. The best I can do is say that it is interesting in a sedate fashion, and unlike nearly everything....and because of this, I'd label it a "must-try".

cokes, Jun 28, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy peachy with a bit of head. Some hop aroma. Very dry and full mouthfeel DIPA. Heavy alcohol. Full heavy hophead dosing, but not complex despite 10 hops.Malt just keeps bitterness from overwhelming. Alcohol whallop at end. Found in Calgary nine months back.

Sammy, May 18, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Soft and round, this double IPA delivers a dangerously easy to drink ale at 10% abv. It pours a hazy crimson-auburn body beneath a short head of frothy ivory foam that holds well and leaves nice lace about the glass. The nose is restrained, but clean, and offers some bready/doughy malt and spicy hops. In the mouth it's full bodied and lightly creamy with a very fine, natural (bottle-conditioned) carbonation that passes smoothly away. The flavor delivers a well-rounded combination of sweetish, bready malt, yeasty fruitiness, spicy and lightly piney hops, and a slap of alcohol. There's also a touch of wood, but the oak-barrel aging doesn't really come through (although it may be lending to it's dry finish without my notice). It's bitterness is incredibly well-balanced if it is indeed 100 IBU's (as the label states); and the alcohol iis never overbearing. In fact, this beer is so well rounded and subdued that it almost loses some of its character as it's malty, yeasty, hoppy, and bitter compontents don't really stand out on their own. Still, it's an easy and enjoyable beer to relax with and end the day with as the sun goes down. Very nice!

NeroFiddled, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of ElGordo
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my second encounter with this beer, currently in the 2006 vintage. Poured from the 22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is a pretty chestnut brown color with burnt orange highlights, topped by a nice khaki-colored head that takes its time to saunter down the glass. Beautiful, intense aroma of floral hops, rich sweet malt, and more than a little alcohol. Subtler notes of grapefruit and brown sugar lurk underneath.
The palate is a luxurious blend of sharp, tangy floral hops and sweet malt, with a very slight roasted character. The finish is nice and sweet, with a tasty combination of brown sugar and a faint orange flavor from the hops. Body is rich and smooth, and nicely warming on the big, alcoholic finish. Very easy to drink for a big beer. This is what I'm talking about, Fish Tale. Keep it up.

ElGordo, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, bought for 2.50 at Steves on University in Madison

appearance: super sweet bottle...pours a rich orange/copper with a light creamy head and very little lacing

smell: bread like malts, restrained dark fruit, slight hop aromas

taste: mmm, bready malts, mild alcohol, dark fruit (plum, raisin), decent hoppiness to it to match the bread malts, slightly bitter...quite complex, very impressive

mouthfeel: warming alcohol, bitter hops and thick malts match well on the tongue

drinkability: a little above average for the style

dirtylou, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Gonzoillini, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of Elemental
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bark pale/amber color with a thin off white head that wickly fades to a this rim of head. The beer is slightly hazy and when disturbed easily regains its head. The aroma a great...very hoppy and citrusy in aroma with a malty smell to it. Though the beer is 10 percent you would never now fromthe flavor. It malty sweet butnot too much for the style and wonderfully bitter. Slightly citrusy and welll balance. Definately a must try!

Elemental, Nov 10, 2003
Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tan head sits atop this hazed to cloudy coppery amber beer. Some particulate matter.
Big piney, citrusy hop aroma with toasty malt buried underneath.

Taste shows a serious piney, resinous hop flavor. Well balanced by the sweet, toasty caramel malt backbone. Some woody earthiness as well. Alcohol is there, but not overbearing.

Good body to the somewhat creamy and sticky, yet silky smooth mouthfeel.
Alcohol is pretty well hidden and the serious hop presence is balanced out enough to maintain the beer's drinkability.

Overall, a very well hopped, yet balanced barleywine.

PhantomVodoo, Jan 26, 2004
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

joemcgrath27, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of Orrshow
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance – Pours an extremely nice looking medium brown with ruby red tones all over. Almost reminds me of some nicely stained wood. The beer is somewhat cloudy and has just a touch of off white head. There is a decent amount of lacing on my glass as I drink.

Smell – This one smells very nicely balanced. Caramel, toffee, and bread malts are all there with brown sugar, whiskey, and lots of hops. The hops scent is somewhat bitter smelling and very diverse.

Taste – Tastes hoppier than it smells…and I know I can detect some cascade hops in there somewhere. A touch of citrus is present when first sipping too. Alcohol is also quite dominant in this beer and as is accompanied by nice caramel sweetness. I get the flavors of whiskey, wood, butter, and brown sugar towards the end as well. The finish is bittersweet. Nice…

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is good. Quite viscous and not overly carbonated. My mouth is left somewhat sticky and dry after each sip as well…but it’s not unpleasant.

Drinkability – Amazing. This beer went down so fast despite its high alcohol content and 100 IBU’s. Despite this I sipped slowly to enjoy.

This is a great Barley Wine. I am looking forwards to aging my other bottle and tasting in a couple of years.

Orrshow, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of vanrassel
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured into my pint glass from a 650 mL bomber a dark copper with a foamy, thick head which quickly dwindled to a ring.

It boasted a complex smell: hops represented by piney resin and grapefruit, offset by an assertive malt backbone — I was expecting caramel and/or toffee, but was pleasantly surprised by a sweet cocoa aroma instead.

Sweetness and buttery caramel started the taste and created a nice round, fullness on the palate. Before it lingers too long, though, it was pushed aside by bitter, citrusy hops and finished clean and dry.

Not too bitter considering it's 100 IBUs, and not too strong for 10 per cent ABV. Nicely done overall.

vanrassel, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of elricorico
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 650mL bottle with 2006 on the neck. Poured into a goblet, the beer appears to be a medium brown/orange colour that cannot be seen through. No real head formed, but no real head was expected.

The smell is very much a young Barley Wine smell, toffee and alcohol with an abundance of bitter and aromatic hops.

First hitting the tongue is a sticky toffee flavour, not overly sweet, just nice. Finish is quite bitter, citrus and something else I can't pinpoint(pine maybe?). Even though the bitterness is strong, it doesn't seem to be overbearing, nor does it mute the other flavours. Alcohol is there, but it takes a backseat to the abundance of malt and hops. Overall impression is very fresh and lively. I fully realize that fresh and lively don't really describe a taste well, but that is what I'm getting from this one. Well done.

Mouthfeel is just a touch thinner than I expect from a barley wine. Carbonation is light, appropriately so. It is comfortable to savour.

Is it drinkable at 10% and 100 IBU? To be honest I think that this bottle will take some time to get through. My wife wanted to split it, but she hasn't quite gotten accustomed to this style, so now it is up to me. Even though I like this beer, I think one glass would have been enough.

elricorico, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +2.3%

GRG1313, Jun 24, 2012
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10 Squared Fish Tale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
88 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.