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

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10 Squared Fish Tale Ale10 Squared Fish Tale Ale

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by PhantomVodoo on 10-11-2003

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Ratings: 188 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of hoserking
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of TheBungyo
4.97/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of, if not THE, finest barley wine to touch my tongue.
Body is dark amber with a thin orange head. Nose leaps from the glass like a lion. Pine, grapefruit, orange, hop syrup, and caramel all collide to make a stunning delightful impression on the tongue. Mouth is slick, oily and lightly carbonated. I want to drink every remaining beer that's out there. This is one of THE best barley wines I've ever come across. I wish I could go back and buy every single one. Another great experience from Fish Tale.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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Photo of mattmaples
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fish Tale “10 Squared” 12oz:
This extreme IPA (or is it a barley wine) is the 10th anniversary beer from Fish Tale. With 10 different hops and 100 IBUs (thus the name) and enough malt to back it all up, this beer has more of everything you want in a beer. A tone of upfront hop flavor that moves into the richer brown malt tones and finishes with substantial hop bitterness. This big beauty has been aged in oak barrels so it has a bit of oakyness throughout. With a good body and a nice head this beer has something to offer just about every beer drinker. Get it while it lasts, as this is a one-time beer.


Just got this baby in the shop, if you liked the Avery 10 this is your kind of beer. Sorry I have not been participating much but this at the shop have been busy, we are in a short lul and this beer was just too damn good not to let eveyone know about.


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Photo of bitterthebetter
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a deep light brown with copper highlights and a slightly tan head

rich citrus upfront followed by pine, resiny notes, slight lemon, caramel, and slight biscuity malt

solid sweet malt upfront with a solid doesage of citrus hops leady to a resiny, piney, and floral hoppiness with a slight caramel maltiness. somewhat dry and spicy finish

big, balanced, smooth, and enduring with a lot of hop interplay and structure. a plethora of hop goodies upfront with solid maltiness and no trace of the alcohol

smooth, hoppy, balanced, lengthy finish, a solid solid ipa that I wish I could find another to age. well worth every penny

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Photo of ragekage23
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- rich amber color, nice one inch head
S- coriander, very floral
T- HOPS, as you would expect, more of a full bodied taste, tastes like it smells; however, the alcohol isn't as strong as you would think for having 10% abv.
M- fires off on all parts of the tounge and mouth, carbonated appropriately.
D- highly recommended but it is retired. one fantastic IPA

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Originally had the chance to sample this at the Calgary Beer Fest this past May, and was duly impressed, even from the small sample. I've been salivating with anticipation up until the moment I managed to get my grubby little mitts on a lone 650 ml bottle on this. I adore the label as well, my new fave, that pink octopus fondling that undersea keg possesses a heck of a lotta charm.

A 2006 vintage it says on the neck label. Pours out a stunning burnished ruby red/copper hue, can't quite put my finger on that colour, but it is enchanting. A small beige head forms on top of it, but I really didn't leave it much room in the glass to expand. Speckled sticky coral reef lacing.

Enticing aroma, a plethora of hops, from mildly herbal to the sucker punch of citrusy Cascade. Fairly balanced chewy toffee malt lurks behind the hop bill, and that patented "leathery" aroma that I associate with Fish Tale.

I allowed this one to warm up a bit before tasting. Impressively balanced for the hop bill, let alone the abv content. Sticky, full bready and caramel malt up front that really holds its own against the hops. Some brown sugar and molasses in the middle. Really, the hops only start to pick up well into the finish. Even then it's a touch grassy, a bit herbal, then pine and citrus rind, which lasts long into the aftertaste. It's here in the aftertaste that the alcohol becomes more apparent.

Creamy but somewhat thin mouthfeel at times, oily from the hops, it really coats the mouth.

A fantastic barleywine, very balanced especially at 100 IBU's, this one's a keeper, time to go out and try to grab some more to cellar and to leisurely partake in. With the glass almost empty my palate is overwhelmed with brown sugary malt, hops, and alcohol, this most certainly leaves a lasting impression. Part of me says I just had an old or Scottish ale, part of me is convinced I had just had an IPA, and the "other" other part of me is saying that was one helluva barleywine.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Large two finger off white head on a dark ruby/mahogany liquid and leaves thin drops of lace on top after acceptable retention considering the high alcohol content of this one. A good start. Let's dive into this one.

Big sweet dark fruits in the nose like cherries and plums on top of a cola/cognac aroma. I can't start to describe the nose without mentioning the massive hop attack. Lots of fruity hops and a tad bit of a piney hint. If you get your nose too far into the glass, you get a huge whiff of alcohol.

Big complex taste similar to the smell with an addition being a flowery hint initially which is like a rose or something close... I'm not really good with flowers. This one is also pretty hot in the mouth and finishes dry and hoppy.

Many thanks go out to nflmvp for the opportunity to try this badass beer.

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Photo of Derek
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage. 22 oz bottle picked up at The Bottleshoppe in Bellingham in early September. I've been cellaring it for 5 months.

A: Amber-caramel colour, off-white head; very little retention; some lace.

S: BIG hop nose (pine, grass, orange, grapefruit); cotton-candy fruityness, toffee, brown-sugar/caramel. Really well-rounded. Alcohol is surprisingly subtle.

T: Plenty of hop flavour, but it's really well-rounded (10 types of hops). I suspect there's a good portion of low-cohumolone hops here... it's a smooth bitterness (considering it's 100 IBU's). Toffee, brown sugar, nuts & hints of dark fruit. Alcohol flavour is well-hidden, with only a slightly warming finish.

M: Fairly full body; a little residual sweetness, but it finishes dry. Moderate carbonation.

D: Really drinkable for its strength & bitterness.

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Photo of MAB
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Too bad this one isn't in full production...

I've had others from this brewery and I find them a bit watery and lacking character. 100 bitterness units and 10 types of hops intrigued me, though, so I gave them another chance. Good decision.

It was a nice color, the right amount of head, and an incredible hop aroma that was enhanced by the alcohol which brought the nose forward.

It was a nice mouthfeel, coating the tongue lightly but with no sticky aftertastes. Definitely more body than any of their other brews.

As for taste, it was a delightful balance of bitter and sweet. You can't get 10% alcohol without a lot of malt sweetness so the balance was actually very good. Bitter, yes, but not as much as I'd anticipated. I think Lagunitas IPA is more bitter (is "bitterer" a word?) and, in a harsh bitterness sense, any of the commercial lagers make me grimace more than this ever could.

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Photo of Skidz
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out bright amber and sits a hazy deep amber brown in the glass with a good sized off-white head. Fades slowly to a light skim, minor lacings around the glass.

Smells rich and malty with loads of caramel, light brown sugar and a doughy core. Apples, grapes, pear and hints of figs. Orange rind and bits of lemon strewn about. Totally floral, specks of walnut.

Flavor is in perfect balcane, everything is intertwined. Rich malts laden with caramel back up a fruity, floral spot of hops flavor giving off orange, grapefruit and a nice shot of pine. So rich, but so well balanced. Well-bittered finish seeps with alcohol and hints of pepper.

Smooth and creamy to the core with mild and tingling carbonation. Medium-full body glides easly about the mouth.

Very well controlled in all aspects, I have to say I'm impressed. This is a fine drinker, not just for sipping.

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Photo of DruC4
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of ElGordo
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of kylemckinnis
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of jmdr
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of adkieffer
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of RyanGoodman
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Docer
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just tried this ontap at the beermongers here in town... I also have 2 bottles in the cellar.

- A rather dark brownale looking brew... clear, and a fluffy white to off-white head.. about a finger deep from the pour.

- Smell is a fantastic mix of hops, almost an applejuice-like scent, with a great biscuity/bready malt that compliments it well. Really a great brew.

- Huge blend of hops... citrus, apple, grain, and pine... slight brown sugar sweetness... overall caught me by surprise. Super good, and I want more.

- Little oily, resiny... medium bodied. Overall great for being a 10% brew. Almost barleywine'ish.

- Fantastic balance and smooth character really makes this a great double ipa/barleywine, hoppy monster of a brew. I could drink this all day if it didn't make me pass out first.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly clear dark amber. Dense, and fairly largely billowing cap of off-white foam. Keeps its stay for a good before simmering down to an always present foamy skim and a ton of closely hugging lace.

Very nice aroma thats soft and elusively citrusy and pine sided with a fairly leveled peachyness and pineapple type soaking of pine wood and spruce. Pithy parts of orange and white grapefruit take a high ended touch of spice and bite on the nose as it warms up.

Delicate, yummy taster of piney hops and citrus notes all over the place that has pineapple, orange, and grapefruit in there. Low leveled bitterness; very nice to behold. Light, creamy malt base of sweet, tenderized cherry furit and some raisiny figgyness; slightly toasted. Absolutely lovely in balance and soft tone. Very delicate warmth, but heavy in length on the back end of the palate as it cinders well with a creamy cherry and pine burst of energy before it fades into left over pithy citrus and pineyness.

Body is mediumish with a simple creamyness that is a bit light, yet is caring and supple to the palate. Overall ,this yummy stuff has a non-overpowering bite of piney and pithy-like citric punch to it thats very balanced within its warming pine oil creamyness.

An incredible easy drinkin' Barleywine. Gone in no time and more is needed without much effort of re-thinking you can handle it, as it hits quick and is worth it, as it s a very nice brew to behold.

A huge thanks goes out to my WestCoast trader cvschaller for this gem by Fish Tale!!

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Photo of Elemental
4.44/5  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!

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Photo of Orrshow
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Bottleworks in Seattle, this brown 12oz bottle sports an imaginative label featuring an octopus sitting on a keg with one arm on the tap. Label explains "10 squared" as "10 types of hops, 100 IBUs, 10% alc." Cool. No further information on ingredients. "Spawned" in October 2003, I opened it on 6/26/04.

Pours a dark, murky orangish brown under a tan head that starts thin, but then builds slowly to almost 1.5 fingers before quickly fading again to little more than collar, leaving a few traces of lace. The smell is classic barley wine, with lots and lots of malt and enough alcohol to make the nose hairs tingle. The mouth is medium carbonated and fairly heavy. I can't say that I notice the 100 IBUs, but there's lots of malt, both caramel and drier barley, to go with a substantial yet smooth bitterness. Alcohol adds a kick that makes the tongue happy. The aftertaste is a bit on the syrupy side, with style lots of malt balancing some pine sap and espresso bitterness. A good, solid effort.

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Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. I've had this one a few times since the original notes, but and the #'s hold.

Dark mahagony in color with a small, 1/2 finger head. Aromas of citrus (oranges/grapefruits) with some pine aroma and caramel. Sweet start, caramel, with a nice bitter hoppy finish. Nice balance.

Notes from and tasted on 5/28/04

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage rated late 2006. I love how this beer doesn't bother to indicate the beer style on the label. Deep copper color with reddish hue that is slightly hazy. Frothy creamy tan head. So far it looks good. Initial aroma was citrus hops with some sweet malts. Soon the hop edge receded a bit. The taste is decidedly on the hoppy side. The hops flow throughout the flavor profile all the way to the lingering hoppy after taste. I taste citrus, grapefruit and piney hop bitterness. There is also a delicious sweet citrus hop flavor that melds nicely with the sweet caramel malts. The malts take a back seat to the large hop presence. I don't sense the ABV at all. Excellent beer that should age well. I wonder if I have the patients to cellar a couple of these for a year or so. That should bring out more of the malts and let the hop complexity shine through.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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10 Squared Fish Tale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 188 ratings