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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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174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.58%
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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

05-01-2012 00:34:56 | More by IMS
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-07-2012 02:09:00 | More by IdrinkGas
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-02-2012 21:18:17 | More by SageO
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

02-27-2012 02:21:00 | More by kylemckinnis
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-25-2012 07:03:56 | More by shelby415
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

Half pint at beer revolution 17/2/12

A dark amber and it looks pretty thick, just a thin film but it leaves lots of unorganized lace

s big toffee notes and a blast of citric piney hops , smells a little sweet

t now we get into some massive piney grapefruit rind, loads of risen and toffee make it hard to tell if its hops or malt overpowering everyone

M feel is powerful taking some of my mouth with it while leaving a fair bit behind, some booze burn and a very long finish, syrupy with just enough bubbles

o some strong stuff here but i liked it, lots of ingredients were needed for this one

a big dipa right now and some age would mellow out the hops and booze

02-17-2012 23:26:23 | More by wordemupg
Photo of sharpski


4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-15-2012 22:52:50 | More by sharpski
Photo of snaotheus


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

Pours a dark reddish with a medium dingy head. Lots of active carbonation. Smell is rich and dark fruity, pretty nice.

Taste is bitter alcohol and some rich maltiness, medium amount of intense bitter grapefruit rind flavor.

Mouthfeel is is rich and round. Overall, this is a pretty good beer.

02-11-2012 00:09:50 | More by snaotheus
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

01-30-2012 23:12:29 | More by SkinnyElvis
Photo of mfavoino


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

Bottled 10/11 and enjoyed on 1/28/11.

Appearance: Deep red-brown with an off white head that stuck to the sides of the glass. Great looking barleywine.

Smell: Lots of hops! Really expecting a hop forward taste based on the scent.

Taste: Resiny hops that are to be expected from a Pacific Northwest beer. Lot of complexity going on here that has lots of sweetness dominated by caramel flavors and the aforementioned pine hops.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, medium mouthfeel. Average carbonation with a slight alcohol finish. Highly drinkable barleywine.

Overall: Very impressed with this barleywine. Love the hop flavor and drinkability.

01-29-2012 04:14:26 | More by mfavoino
Photo of Travisnin


4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-14-2012 22:25:06 | More by Travisnin
Photo of Rifugium


3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

01-14-2012 13:25:49 | More by Rifugium
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

12-19-2011 03:26:45 | More by honkduh
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-01-2011 21:19:21 | More by hoserking
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-01-2011 20:47:33 | More by Kevlee722
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

11-27-2011 00:36:04 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of corby112


4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

11-22-2011 13:36:24 | More by corby112
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.3%

In certain lights, 10 Squared is almost red enough to send as a Valentines card - wouldn't the beer lover in your life like that?! - but due to its murkiness (especially after the second half of the bottle's been poured) it can't really be considered all that pretty. The fact that it procures (and retains!) such a thick head, however, is impressive.

The late Mitch Hedberg had a joke about Pringles initially wanting to make tennis balls. I think this barleywine initially wanted to be potpourri; its ultra-fragrant bouquet combines the dried, fresh and super-distilled essences of an infinite number of things - pine bark, dried fruit peel, mint, cane sugar, roasted nuts, honey to name just a few.

The malts and the hops have beaten each other to a bloody pulp. To identify which varieties of each were used would require dental records. Specific characteristics have been obliterated beyond all recognition by a long fermentation process, a sizable amount of alcohol and, most significantly, the abundance of the other.

That is simply what happens when using 5 varieties of malt (and enough of them to boost the alcohol up to 10%) and 10 varieties of hops (enough to punch in over 100 IBUs). The beer, as result, is an abstract blend of acidic citrus, gooey butterscotch, spruce and pine resins, and a whole whack load of dried fruits and herbs that taste as though they've been macerated in some kind of fermented honey.

For a beer with these kinds of specs I'm impressed (or, actually, a little concerned) that I've gotten as far into the bottle as I have in this short a time period. It should be a bit more of a challenge. Yet sips continue to be closer to gulps. And it only get's easier with warmth. While this may not be the highest rated one out there, 10 Squared is an American barleywine if there ever was one. If you happen to snag a bottle - don't throw it back!

10-01-2011 01:43:59 | More by biegaman
Photo of Reagan1984


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

Brought this bottle back from the west coast on a recent trip.

Not a huge head, and not a great deal of retention. Ring of foam forms around the edge of the glass. I wish I knew what caused barley wines to have the ruby tone deep within their color. This one really isn’t an exception, although it’s subtle. Not much lace.

Great aroma. Rich, thick and deep. Like an after dinner drink. Deep chewy malts, caramel, dark fruits and a lovely alcohol note to it all.

Enjoyed the flavor as well. Rich, chewy caramel. Deep malt flavors. Lots of pine notes and a bit more hop punch than I was expecting.

Very smooth and velvet like. Beyond subtle carbonation.

Like it, Liked it a lot.

09-30-2011 21:57:58 | More by Reagan1984
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District of Columbia

3.15/5  rDev -19.4%

Served in a duvel tulip glass.

A: A brown somewhere between hazelnut and milk chocolate, with very little head and faintly noticeable carbonation.

S: The typical aggressive hoppy smell of a barleywine, with some dulce de leche and a hint of cedar to back it up.

T: Little subtlety in the front of the mouth, with some rather pronounced hops and a chestnut richness. In the back, you'll taste more bitterness and a tinge of sweetness.

M: Begins with a slightly overcarbonated lightness and moves on to a more viscous simple syrup feel.

O: An average example of the barley wine style, lacking much to distinguish it from its cousins. I was expecting a bit more from this, but if I am at a bar and they have it on tap, and I'm feeling like a barleywine or strong ale, I'll give it another shot.

09-21-2011 17:40:10 | More by ratzofftoya
Photo of woosterbill


4.4/5  rDev +12.5%

Bomber into a Cantillon tulip. Thanks, Chris, for sharing!

A: Hazy orange-red body with a thin tan head that quickly forms a ring. Light lace. Not bad.

S: Big + bittersweet: sugar-coated grapefruit, caramelized pine needles, and toffee-drenched flowers. Classic hoppy Barleywine.

T: A core of toffee is surrounded by hugely intense hops. Fruity/floral/piney/herbal all at the same time, and ridiculously bitter. I love it, but it's just destroying my palate.

M: Creamy, fairly full body with soft carbonation. Nice.

O: Awesome beer, but definitely one to share. It reminds me a lot of fresh Bigfoot, and that's a good thing. I love how the multiple high-test hop varieties work together, supplying an absolute panorama of PNW hoppiness. Terrific right now, but I'm not sure how welcome this gigantic bitterness will be once the fantastic hop flavors fade with time.


08-13-2011 16:00:25 | More by woosterbill
Photo of doughanson78


3.38/5  rDev -13.6%

On-tap at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA

A: Deep Amber/golden color. Decent 1 finger head. Ok lacing. Lots of bubbles, maybe a lot of carbonation?

S: Big hop smell. Faint traces of caramel backing it up.

T: Definitely not as hoppy as the smell would suggest. The caramel malts do a very nice job of balancing this one out. Faint alcohol aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied. Coats the mouth well. Kinda fizzy.

O: Good beer. For what is supposed to be 100 IBU's you wouldn't know it by the taste. Other than that there's nothing super special about this. Definitely worth a try though.

06-14-2011 05:09:04 | More by doughanson78
Photo of emmasdad


3.15/5  rDev -19.4%

I picked this one up at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido on a recent vacation. I bought this one with fond memories of the Fish beers I'd purchased in Seattle early in the decade. Based on that, I was a bit disappointed. Poured a dark reddish brown with a light brown head. Aromas of grapefruit (big citrusy hops) and caramel malt. On the palate, this one was full bodied, with flavors of sweet malt, hops and caramel. Something about this one didn't sit right with me.

06-08-2011 05:33:24 | More by emmasdad
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +1%

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!

05-13-2011 01:02:05 | More by oberon
Photo of DefenCorps


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

Bottled Nov 2010 received as an extra from the late ArthurPendragon. I've tried a barrel-aged variation of this (the Merlot BA Leviathan) and the regular Leviathan, and am curious to see what I think.

Clear copper red with a dense, light brown head that falls off to a ring, leaving little lace. The nose is still intensely hoppy , though that it;s been aged a few months is fairly obvious. Grapefruit, pine and citrus oils are present, though there's a light oxidized hop character that's present as well. In addition, there's also a green/grassy hop character on the back end. Rich, sugary sweetness with caramel, honey, light brown sugar, this does have a nice malt character. As it warms up, the alcohol does grow noticeable as well.

The palate opens with a blend bitter hop oils. Citrus peel, grapefruit pith and a little pine resin are present, potently so. Pungently bitter with a mildly cheesy, oxidized hop character, this is great if at an awkward point right now. Behind the intense hop assault is the rich malt complexity, with brown sugar, honey, a little toffee as well. Bitter on the finish with a lingering grapefruit pith and pine resin bitterness, this is one hoppy barleywine. Reminiscent of Big Slick and Flying Mouflan, this is quite good. Medium-full in body with medium-low carbonation, this does have a nice boozy warmth to it on the finish. Recommended.

05-11-2011 03:28:54 | More by DefenCorps
10 Squared Fish Tale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
88 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.