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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Photo of biegaman
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ratzofftoya
3.19/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.


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Photo of doughanson78
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.16/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of KJH
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WOW - I was going to age this beer but I am very glad I drank it today.

It pours a good amber color with a thick head. I'm getting a malty aroma but that could be a result of aging for 2 months. But it has a great malt-hop balance after 2 months.

Extremely drinkable - until you get to the last 2 ounces and the previous 20oz catch up with you. You cannot tell that is a 10% beer!

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Photo of 100floods
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I share the possible general sentiment that the bottle I have obtained is not the anniversary edition of this beer. The marking on the sides lead me to believe this was made in november 2010 and bottled in january 2011. Pretty fresh, and young, for a barleywine.

Pours a rich, dark, burnt orange hue with a cream-tan hue. Some retention, but much much.

Hoppy and dark malt aromas. Akin to a mix of maltier batches of big foot.

This beer has a very smooth texture that can be found once you get past the strong opening of hops. The hops come at you like a kick to the tongue, but doesn't leave a mark. It's gentle kick, but a kick no less. Later notes of wood, smooth malt and citrus flavors, too. This has all the traits of great West coast barleywines, and does a good job of separating itself with its balance. The malt presence is surprisingly minimal, but not lacking. It has found a way to blend in with some of the less punchy flavors. This hops bring a sharp bite with not being too bitter and undrinkable. It manages to blend nicely with the malt after sitting for some time to create a sweet-earthy flavor. Why age this when you can drink it now?

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Photo of bluecoat
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Apparently this was brewed mulitple times; kinda defeats the purpose of an anniversary ale. This is from March 2011. I feel lucky anyway.

Thick, tan head clinging to the sides of the glass. Smells like hops, but not overpowering like some can be. Smells faintly sweet underneath.

This is a very sweet beer, but well balanced with the hops. It almost tastes like applejuice, and if it wasn't for the bitterness, it would go down like it too. Very good mouthfeel, and easy to drink.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is meant to be a a barleywine but it smells like a very hop forward IPA with a slightly sweet biscuit malt backbone.

Overall it is a very tasty beer, but right now the bottle I am drinking, Nov 2010 is still too hop forward for a barleywine.

It's a great beer, but if I compare it to a JD Lees its far more aggressive with its hop profile. Suppose this is the "American" part of it.

Very enjoyable, dark tan leather and ruby appearance, off white brown laced head, that leaves a small film of lacing the entire time.

Very good

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
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 chumba526
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears dark red with a small tan head.

It smells of grapefruit, orange, pine, caramel and toffee.

It tastes a little pine-like, grassy, and hoppy. There is a nice hoppy bitterness. There is a nice caramel and toffee flavor that balances the hop flavor. The hoppy flavor is much more powerful then the malty flavor of the beer. This has the malt taste of a barley wine but it has the citrus, and pine like hoppiness of an imperial IPA.

There is a moderate medium carbonation to the beer. There is a semi thick mouthfeel to the beer.

The drinkability for this beer is pretty good. It is bold and you would only want to have a glass or two of this beer.

Overall an unconventional very hoppy barley wine. It is a barley wine created for a hophead. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of beertunes
2.71/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a very pleasant light mahogany color with a tall, fluffy medium khaki head that had good retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma was far too hop forward for a barleyine, the hops just dominated and overrode any other aspects. There was a bit of malt sweetness in the background. The aroma needs some balance. On the tongue, the hops still burned across the tastebuds. There was a bit more of a malt profile, but, again, some balance would be a great improvement.

The body was solid but not as thick and full as I expect from the style. Drinkability was average for the style, splitting this 22 with a couple of friends was just about right.

Overall, I found this beer to be a bit of a disappointment. The brewers seem to have fallen into the"lets overhop things" trap. I've really liked the other big beers I've had from this brewery, so I'm really let down by this. Try it or don't.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Fresh bottle purchased at Bridgetown Beerhouse in Portland and opened at Beachwood.

A: Reddish amber with a frothy off white head.

S: Huge resinous pine notes with some caramel and grapefruit. Big forest aromatics. So rustic. Pretty fantastic nose.

T: Bitter pine notes with backing grapefruit and balancing caramel. Aggressive, yet quite nice. Reminiscent of an East Cost Double IPA.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Sticky and dry.

Overall: A nice hoppy Barleywine. Score changed to reflect fresh bottle.


Thanks to snoejerk321 for opening this up. It appears dark orange with a huge beige head with great retention and nice lacing.

The nose is dominated by caramel malt that borders on bready. The hops have faded quite a bit. They're herbal and medicinal and they've left noticeable oxidation. There's a lot of alcohol in the nose. It's not unlike an aged Barleywine.

The flavor is sweet malt, barleywinesque. The malt is sugary and bready. There's a little oxidation, and the hops impart a touch of citrus and pine. The alcohol is pretty strong.

The beer is medium bodied with low carbonation.

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Photo of vkv822
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into snifter.
bottled November 2010.

The beer pours a beautiful red with faint orange hues. The head is light tan, leaving a thin ring and really nice lacing.

The aroma is dominated by citric hops with a pine under note. The very faint malt notes that are present are caramel and biscuity. Definitely leaning towards a DIPA more than a barelywine thus far.

This is still a total hop monster in the flavor, though as it warms a faint caramel backing comes through a bit more, as well as some boozy warming notes.

The mouth feel is well balanced with smooth carbonation.

I would really like to see what some aging would do to help balance out this beast. I was a bit conflicted in the grading, as this is a pretty bad example of a barelywine but I still enjoyed it, though the booziness and strong hop bitterness really detract from the drinkability.

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Photo of ccrida
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber (label notched Nov 2010, so less then a month old) poured into my Delirium snifter, 10^2 is chestnut with a small light tan head that leaves scattered lace

Smell is very robust, this is a really hoppy BW, perfect for this damp and dreary PNW afternoon. Some sweetness from the malt shines through surprisingly well, I'm sure I'd call it a BW by blind smell test, which is great, as it's a fairly fine line between DIPA and American style BW if they slack on the richness of the malt, which they didn't here.

Taste is hoppy, no doubt from the 10 varieties boasted on the label (which is why I was excited to try it so fresh), nice hop flavor but tons of bitterness, and fairly phenolic as well. Nice gram cracker flavor from the malt and hops, which are more of the pine flavors, but citrus, flowers and herbs as well. Complex for sure, very robust flavor, a palate buster honestly, the bracing bite of the hops is extreme - this one is made for the long haul, and will still probably be really hoppy in 3-5 years!

Mouthfeel is some what dry, really more of a spiciness from the ABV and hops, some slickness from the malt, not a ton of viscosity or stickiness, which I prefer to a really thick, sugary, heavy BW.

Drinkability is pretty good for such a massive beer. If you're a hop head, this will suit you, and is clearly made for the local style to be drinkable even young, as well as given the structure for very long term aging. On the other hand, I'm sure if this ever made it out of the area, it would not be well received by all but the most seasoned American beer aficionados.

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

Poured a deep rich mahogany. Smelled of alcohol and whoa HOPS!! The malts were very strong. It was like drinking syrup almost after it aged for two years..It was bittersweet for sure. You can't get 10% alcohol without a lot of malt sweetness so the balance was actually very good. Tasted more like a bwine after 2 years. Better on tap as usual.

7/28/08-Vintage 2006 bottle sampled.
Extremely malty. Hops ahad subsided, the beer mellowed out. Lots of flavor diminshed. Might have been better with one year of age rather than two.

11/24/10-Vintage 2010 botltle sampled.
New bottle and look
Poured a deep mahogany with lots of lacing, This definitely a differnt recipe that years previous. Plenty of sticky caramel, fresh hops, floral, toffee. So fresh and delicous is this batch!

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Photo of froghop
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear dark brown with a medium size foamy beige head, and great lacing.

smell is of hops, malt, caramel, citrus, and some floral in the back.

taste is creamy, hops, malt, roasted toffee, and some nuts, ends smooth and nicely bitter.

overall a very, very, good IPA, a little more like a strong ale.

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Photo of Dawkfan
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Wow that's a dark looking DIPA, a burnt caramel bordering on a deep brown with tinges of red. Luscious looking beige head that leaves a respectable amount of lace. Different, but I dig!

S- A fantastic hop smell. A pile of citrus hops greet the nose first, piney resiny hops and a wonderful aroma of sweet toffee/bready malts in the mix as well.

T- It's nice, but perhaps a little to sweet. I find the sweetness takes away from the hops somewhat. Resiny hops shine through in the end with a diacetyl taste. A real dry finish.

M- Extremly sticky mouthfeel that really coates. Light carbonation and a medium body.

D- I can definitely see the comparison to a barleywine, it's very well balanced. Whatever it is, it's enjoyable but I think this one bottle is more than enough.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.34/5  rDev -65.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. A gift from end 0))) / ramnuts. Frank, you're way too generous. Thanks.

A: This is one of the darkest IPAs I've ever seen. Pours a murky mahogany-maroon body that glows faintly ruby in the light. Nearly opaque in the center. The head is light beige foam; it doesn't retain for too long, but it leaves thick clumps of bubbles on top of the brew. There is a moderate collar.

S: A pine hop aroma with a backing of citrus. However, the flavor is dominated by crystal malt, imparting wafts of caramel, toffee, bread, and butterscotch.

T: Faded hop flavors of pine and citrus varieties attempt to greet me at the door, but they're quickly trampled by an onslaught of bready, caramel, toffee malts and lots of butter.

M: On the thin side of medium bodied, with somewhat low carbonation. I'd actually accept this as an older American barleywine. A slight touch of heat, but otherwise fine.

D: It's not a drainpour, but I was expecting, well, a DIPA. This doesn't have a bottle date, so I don't know when it was made; it's either a poor bottle or an old one. Truly bottom-tier for the style.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

tensquared. 100 if you do the math. A beer from fish that could be the only choice for my 100th review. It's a light amber, hits of red and gold. The aroma reeks of hops, a pile of hops, swimming in the little lupulin basturds. Its pleasant, strong, and worthy of higher praise.

This is a beer for americans. For those jerks that want more booze, more hops, an assaulting beer. This is a beer for the people.

Thank you fish, for you have refreshed my love. I will raise one now, for the hometown brewers.

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Photo of GJ40
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at the brewpub. There was no best by date but I assume it was well treated.

A - A deep copper with good clarity and a small beige head.

S - A nice blend of citrusy and piney hops with sweet and bready malts. Seems to be a hint of oak as well.

T - This beer packs a punch of flavor coming from all directions. It's got some citrus, pine, bread and biscuits with a touch of caramel and alcohol. The bitterness lingers nicely.

M - It's a bit thin for a bigger beer but that doesn't detract too much. The carbonation is nice and low; great for a bottled beer.

D - The brewpub describes this as a hopped up barleywine but I think anyone on the east coast would describe it as a DIPA. In any case, it's a good blend of the two that has a little something for everyone.

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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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