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

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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:
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Added by PhantomVodoo on 10-11-2003

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187
Reviews:
132
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
13.81%
 
 
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Photo of Metalmonk
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of ragekage23
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
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 idResponse
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a nice pint poured from a cask at my favorite local bar and took a couple initial sips and exclaimed to my friends at the table "Sweet Liquid Cedar Trees!" and then my knees buckled and I fell to the floor crying in amazement at the deliciousness of this brew.

okay, perhaps that's a little overblown but it's pretty close to the truth.

this thing appeared a very slightly cloudy amber and retained the head rather shortly as it -was- a cask brew, but it laced real nice. it smelled freaking excellent bringing out the piney cedar nut scents of a thousand christmases past. i thought 'you know, this is was alaskan winter ale wants to be but fails to attain' as i enjoyed this brew.

this beer, at least on cask, is so incredibly easy to drink that it's no wonder they limit you to two pints at the bar. there is no way i would notice the enormous 10% content of this brew. i could chug these back all night long. it's a shame i can't because drinking anything else after this beer just tastes weak. if you see this beer, try it, or you'll shoot yourself in the foot later when your friend tells you how amazing it was.

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Photo of arizcards
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12oz bottle in late October from AJ's for $3.59.

Beer poured an amber color with a small white head. Nose is a wonderful medley of citrus, grassy, and piney hops. Initial taste was a blast of alcohol warmth. A healthy blast of hops is present with every sip leaving a bitter hop aftertaste. Nose and taste remind me of the DFH 90 minute IPA. Mouthfeel is full bodied and very smooth. This is a very enjoyable beer. Style wise it is somewhat unique as it crosses between a double ipa and a barleywine. Definitely recommend if you want to try something a bit different.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
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 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.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a muddy copper almost chestnut color with a thin one finger head. Dissipation occurs quickly with a thin rim around the edges of the glass.
S: Hop notes of grapefruit and other citrus fruits. Sweet molasses, burnt brown sugar, and a candied aroma. Nice caramel malt balances everything out.
T/M: Mellow grapefruit and floral hop presence. Sweet caramel malt with a sugaryness to it. Thick and rich on the palate, though quite smooth and easy drinking. Bitterness in the finish isn't too pronounced, but none-the-less is quite noticeable. Sugary sweetness to the aftertaste with slight rye notes.
D: I think this sat a bit too long, unfortunately. The hop profile wasn't bursting, but it was still noticeable. High abv went completely masked by the malty sweetness and bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of Derek
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
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 Gueuzedude
2.6/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
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 Jredner
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2 to the 2 ,O. Z. Bomber yo. Bottled in two to the double 0 Six, yo. From the aroma I can tell you right now this is someones idea of amalty DIPA...call it a strong ale if you wish. Huge caramel malt aroma is kept in check by an equally huge grapefruit accented aroma...simplistic, but I if you like those smells...it’s ambrosia. I only like half those smells so it is like ambrosia with bell peppers in it for me.

Dulce de leche caramel body color with a lazy white head that fades quickly. Massive caramel and hop fore. Syrupy...faintly woody with Barleywine-ish flavors. Finish is citric, grapefruity and wow massively malty. If I liked massive quantities of hops and caramel malt, I’d love this...I don’t though and it gets boring to me like I imagine big doses of flavors I like would get boring to someone who didn’t like then as much as I do.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky copper with a small cream head that fades to a ring. A hint of sweet citrusiness along with some sugary sweet berry and grape aromas, also some alcohol evident in the smell. Taste is big on the sweet fruit and cereal, some biscuity flavor mixes in with the sweet malts. There is a bite in the finish that is mainly alcohol but also some hop bitterness. Not sure how old this beer is but I can only imagine the hop qualities are quite diminished, too bad I wasn't able to try it fresh. Nevertheles, a good beer with a nice fuzzy warmth of alcohol, a little like a somewhat hoppy old ale. Easy to drink.

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Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage. 650 ml brown bottle, 10 types of hops, 100 IBUs, 10% alcohol, Reel Ale. 10th Annivesary Ale.
Pours an intersting deep reddish / copper color, with a small beige head. Slightly thin sticky lacing, a good looking brew. Nice aroma, lots of hops, mix of earthy, herbal, and citrus. Lots of flavors come through, hoppiness and well balanced with malt, toffee, and earthy 'Fish Tale' signature. Some sweetness like brown sugar that compliments the high alcohol, keeping from burning. Just a nice warming aftertaste. Mouthfeel is quite thick and oily from the hops.
A very nice barleywine, well balanced, was expecting more bitter hops (especially 100 IBU's worth), but very tastey. Very good now, would smooth and mellow even more with age.

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Photo of CreamAle128
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This is a deep red color, looks nice, simple as that. The head contains extremely small bubbles. Poured with a very thick inch thick head, then sank down to a thin covering over the top of the beer. Not bad, nothing to complain about.

Smell: It smells like the base of this is the normal barely wine, but much improved. Classic barley wine aroma, with more hops, very complex hop and malt. Amazing! When cooler, every smell is very subtle, can't wait until it warms up! Hints of faint toffee, bit of spruce/pine, very little smokeyness, less than the regular offering. I really wish i could disect all the smells, but I can't. No complaints here!

Taste: A mix of hop flavour is tasted on the tip of the tongue, lots of malt, mouth watering effect from the hops * i think from there* Not too bitter actually, I was expecting alot more bitterness from a 100 IBU beer.I can barely taste the 10% either, but it gives a nice warming effect. Not too cloying sweet, like the normal offering. Again, its hard to disect all the flavours, but its very pleasing!

Mouthfeel: Syurpy, full bodied, just the right ammount of carbonation. Except it would be nice if it was more creamy.

Drinkability: For the style of this beer, the drinkability is very high! THe mix of hops helps very much here, in a weird sort of way

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Photo of vanrassel
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fine beer from JeffKrenner

A: A dull toffee color, very hazy. Head came and went leaving a slight amber hinted ring around the glass behind.

S: A lot going on in the nose. Caramel, black cherries, red apple, raisins. For some reason I was expecting DIPA so this was a bit surprising

T: Upfront bitterness hits the tip of the tongue while buttery toffee notes drift between the hoppy spikes. Raspberries, loganberries, peaches and apricots all play a part in the fruity symphony. Pinecone hoppiness brushes against the back sides of the tongue, conditioning the entire tongue to all of the 100 IBU's. Finishes lightly syrupy but not enough to be a turnoff.

M: Medium body. Not really full from carbonation but more from the sugar content.

D: Pretty good barleywine. Bit on the bitter end of the scale for me and a touch cloying but not unnaturally unbalanced.

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is nice malt with a bunch of fruity fermentation esters. Some tropical fruit and peaches. Add to it a nice spicy hop aroma. Truth is, I was expecting hop dominanat and I’m pleasantly surprised by the balance and complexity of the aroma.

Nice Amber colored, kind of hazy with a smallish persistant head.

Big hop bitterness right off. Nice malt backbone to balance it out. Tastes a little sweet but only for a second. There’s too much bittering hops for the sweetness to last. Hop flavor is more on the citrussy side which goes well with a honey malt flavors. It’s really amazingly balanced in that the last thing I taste is great malty flavor and then the aftertaste is resiny hop oils. No noticeable alcohol flavor (10%) which is nice.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with great light carbonation level. There is a slight alcohol warming in the stomach that’s the first real indication of the strength.

Really a great effort from a brewery that’s had a lot of success over 10 years. Very drinkable strong ale. Not heavy or barleywine like, not over hopped DIPA, just a solid strong beer with kood hopping. I really like it.

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Photo of elricorico
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Orrshow
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
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 IronDjinn
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
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 Cwrw
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh on the shelves for Alberta comes this Anniversary Ale from Fish Brewing. I actually got to try a sample of it at Calgary's Beerfest this last May, from the Fish Tale booth there.

This is a 650ml bottle, with a nice colourful label, a pink squid/octopus holding a mug and a keg under the sea. Believe me, it looks better after a few sips of this beer. All the label gives is "10 types of hops," "100 ibu's," and the gravity--a barley-wine-esque 10%. The neck label reads Vintage 2006. Quirky label, fitting for a Fish Tale beer.

The beer: tasted at cellar temperature in my regular pint glass. Looks great, with a rose-coloured tea hue that seems to reflect purple as well as brown and hints of ruby. Mocha-coloured head, and sizable. It fell to a thinnish but complete covering on the beer, leaving full sheets of slow-moving lace. The colour of the beer is the most impressive aspect of the appearance--lovely...
The aroma after the pour is full of spritzy hopping but with a deep malty base. Very sweet, brown sugar notes. Thrusting the nose deep in gives hits of red-licorice and candied mollasses. The malts are absolutely delectable, full of caramel and buttered cinnamon bread or toast with maple syrup. The hopping is defintely there, but this about the malts baby. A solid barley-wine/strong ale aroma to be had. Yet the taste is better. Loads of apple and rum and plums at first. Scotch-like alcohol. Remains sweet and filled with brown sugar throughout. It certainly does not taste 100 ibu--the finish is sugary and bready, albeit with a hoppy oiliness in the aftertaste. Lots of tree bark and hop earthiness. Excellent balance here, wherein both the hops and malts can be tasted individually without overlapping too much. The mouthfeel is oily and lowly carbonated, really quite light and warm on the tongue at the same time. For a 10%er, very good drinkability.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.97/5  rDev +27.1%
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 warriorsoul
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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...

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Photo of bennetj17
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Murky copper brown color, thin head. Weak aroma has light hops and caramel malt. Moderate alcohol fume. Medicinal bitter hops open up the flavor with a light caramel malt taste in the background. This quickly dissipates into an almost empty finish which is strange. Not overly alcoholic in taste. The mouthfeel is decent, medium thickness, enough carbonation to make it pleasant. For a barleywine I expexted much more, especially with 10 types of hops. I wasn't very impressed.

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