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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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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 11
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

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Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 10-11-2003

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at FosterJM's birthday celebration that I brought myself.

This particular bottle indicates Reel Ale, not Fish Brewing.

Pours a clear brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and citrus zest. Taste is toasted malt, brown sugar, and lots of citrus zest flavors. There is a medium level of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barleywine with lots of hops in the smell and taste.

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of CBA : Poured a medium clear copper color ale with a small foamy head with limited retention but some good lacing. Aroma of citrus hops is dominating with a sweet malty base. Taste is dominated by some medium bitter hops with some citrus presence but probably not as much as expected. The malt base is slightly too sweet for all the hops in there and I would have preferred more caramel malt presence. Body is quite oily but not full enough considering the style. Interesting experience but not something that need to be repeated too often.

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully burnished orange with butterscotch trim. The remarkably large head resembles orange juice-infused, heavily whipped cream. My hope is that that's a result of hop resins that are still on the warpath after all these years (bottling date of October 2003). Thick rings of lace are sticking to the upper portion of the glass and I haven't even started drinking yet.

The nose is a good one. Unfortunately, it smells like the intervening 2+ years have whittled away at what I presume was an impressive hoppiness immediately after bottling. As a result, the alcohol is more apparent than I'd like. Still though, the nose has power and presence.

At the risk of beating a dead horse, be aware that this one-off from '03 is no longer a hoppy American barleywine beast, but is more an elder statesman of the style that now has more in common with its British cousins; or would if they used American citric-sprucy hops. Would it be possible for Fish Brewing Company to have a 10th anniversary every year?

As I allow the beer to ooze over my taste buds, the full range of malty and hoppy flavors settle in and get comfortable. Brown sugar, sticky caramel, orange liqueur, bitter white grapefruit pith... it all fits together seamlessly. I like the fact that orange is so prominent. Maybe the hops aren't so muted after all.

The bitterness is cumulative and is especially noted on the long finish. Even though the day is long past when this beer is able to rip the top layer off the tongue, that doesn't mean that it's content to join the legions of maltier than thou English-style barleywines. I was wrong on that count and am not afraid to admit it. I have no doubt that had I acquired this beer fresh, I'd have been gobsmacked by its hoppy magnificence.

The body/mouthfeel is full, edging into lightly syrupy. I'm sure the years have only added to its heavily silky, soft-edged, well-rounded splendor. Just enough carbonation is evident to keep the beer from feeling underbubbled.

Fish Brewing Company, in my experience, does a much better job with their high-ABV beers. 10 Squared Anniversary Ale is much too good to be limited to a one-time bottling. My advice would be for the brewery to keep the same recipe (10 types of hops, 100 IBUs, 10% ABV), rename it and release it year-round. Seasonally at the very least. This is excellent beer that deserves to see the light of day again.

Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Shane for sharing this one.

A: The beer pours a clear amber color with a very minimal head forming.

S: The beer smells almost oxidized, maybe it's the old hop smell? In any case, lots of sugar, particularly brown sugar and caramel. Some candied, yet still bitter, orange peel, and a definite alcohol aroma.

T: An assortment of citrus flavors from the hops. There's a lot of bitter and resinous hop character as well. Bread and toffee seem to be the bulk of the malt flavor, but there's a bit of a chalkiness.

M: Medium in terms of the body with a low to medium level of carbonation.

D: I think this was another pretty "meh" beer from this brewery. I haven't had much luck with their beers as of yet.

Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

Photo of biboergosum
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mactrail
3.07/5  rDev -21.3%
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 Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Served in a snifter, a dark reddish-brown color, slightly hazy, with an attractive, creamy light tan head that retained well and left some thin, stratified lacing on the glass. Smelled sweet and woody, malt presence, and a bit of floral hops, subtle citrus notes. There's a definite underlying sweetness in the taste, with flavors of licorice, wood, and a dry bitterness from a surprisingly generous profile of citrus and pine hops. Higher alcohol is pretty subdued. Very interesting for a barleywine...almost seems to share qualities with an IIPA. Medium body, a bit chewy, a good one to savor.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright, garnet-hued, with a brief off-white head, keeping solid time up above.
Aroma, dark, rich sweetness, cognac-like, full of dark fruits. cherries, and grapes, and succulent plums, very aromatic, a gorgeous bouquet, a sweet intoxicating treat to enjoy again and again, oh, that's yummy!
To taste, already: a great mix of flavors, happily at swim among the palate, jetting about the mouth, delivering taste after taste, a continual deliverance of fruity and complex flavors...a happy play among the palate...very sweet contentment occurs...10 hops??? Which ones?, it doesn't matter, it matches terrifically well. Just bitter enough, malty enough...this is nearly a pitch-perfect, bad-ass barleywine. Still utterly delightful, and tasty as they get.
Nice job, Fish Brewing, and Big Thanks to weefisheads for this sample!

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.6/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12oz,Bottle date of January, Sampled December 2006
Pours with a brilliantly clear, dark reddish tinted, ruby-amber color. The head when roused, forms an initially one-finger thick, frothy, amber dirtied, light tan color and actually sticks around for a bit of time. It is quite well carbonated, as evidenced by the ample bubbles rising up through my glass. The aroma is still quite hoppy, but seems a bit smoother than when I last sampled this brew. In fact when I first sampled this it was too raw and muddied to enjoy. Anyway the aroma has note of herbaceous pine mixed in with a dominant citrus character that reminds me of bergamot and tangerines. Some lightly sticky malt notes are here as well; noticeable as caramelized malt notes and a nice cracker-like grain character. Actually there are some quite concentrated malt notes here, deeply caramelized malt, even approaching a fresh malt extract type note and ample crystal malt aromatics are all here.

Sweet malt notes are noticeable upon my first sip, but it does not approach sticky, despite an ample body to this brew. It quickly takes on a harsh, astringent bitterness that leaves a sense of menthol lingering on in my taste buds. It almost has a solvent like note to it, I think it is just the hops, but it could be some fermentation derived note too. Unfortunately this has not mellowed much in the months since I had my first one. I am really surprised how harsh the bitterness is here. This beer should be big enough to stand up to the 100 IBUs, but it just doesn't. There is quite a bit of chewy malt character here with caramelized malt sugars adding a sweet touch. It is also full bodied from all of the residual malts and even takes on a touch of caramelized bread or even a cracker-like malt character towards the end.

I keep coming back to that harsh bitterness though; it just seems to drive my sensory experience with this beer. It is not that the bitterness is too big so much as it is the wrong type that leans towards astringency and just plain harshness. Even the hot alcohol character seems to be drawn out by the bitterness. This is almost as bad as the Founders Black Rye I just dumped down the sink, but this one doesn't even have the excuse that it is infected to save it. In the end this is just a train-wreck.

Photo of GClarkage
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10/01/07- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle. Not sure of the release year, but it's their 10th anniversary, so I would like to say sometime in '06. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Very murky off brown-caramel color. Lots of micro fine sediment form a cloudy base. Very fine head upon pour, maybe a 1/4 inch at most. Looks like an english barleywine in appearance. Melted dark caramel would be a better description of the color. Leaves light traces of lacing behind.

Smell- Really lacking in a strong nose. What is to offer if a nice scent of caramel malt, and pine scented hops.

Taste- Quite the malty one. Actually heavy on the caramel malt, but has a nice hop punch as well. I actually dig a malt oriented DIPA every once and a while. Hops, I'm sure were more prominent when this beer was fresher. Pine and grapefruit flavors come through as pretty bitter, but take a backseat to the nice malty flavors of caramel, light chocolate and a roasted bready taste. Think Steelhead DIPA but stronger and thicker.

Mouthfeel- A touch thick (looks like thick liquid caramel in the pour). Very low, but somewhat sharp carbonation level. Thick, yet crisp. Mild hop afterbite.

Drinkability- Would have liked to have tried fresh, but the aged version didn't disappoint me. In fact I really liked it and may even have preffered it this way.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of corby112
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Dajtai007 for sending this as an extra in a past trade.

Pours a cloudy dark amber/chestnut color with subtle golden edges and a two finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Large chunks of soapy lacing coat the glass.

Floral hop aroma with some citrus and pine but the malt presence is a bit strong with some caramel, toffee and nut.

Thick, chewy mouthfeel with a blast of dry, bitter hops that dominate the flavor, lingering over the sweet malt backbone into a dry finish. Earthy pine needle flavor with resinous hop oils countered by tropical and citrus fruit notes as well as a decet malt character that provides balance without detracting from the hops. Just a huge beer with huge fesh hop flavor. I had never even heard of this brewery before but I loved this beer.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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

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10 Squared Fish Tale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
87 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.