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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Photo of HumuloneRed
1.67/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The beer pours dark a clear amber with a frothy off white head and soapy lacing.

The nose is pure butterscotch! Diacetyl. ! I get no hop aroma and may be some sweet malt but it is overwhelmed by the diacetyl.

The flavor is overwhelmingly butterscotch with a lot of bitterness in the finish. No balance whatsoever,. The bottle states that the beer has 100 IBU's which is hard to believe since it doesn't even cover up the diacetyl. To be fare, after the beer warms a bit you can taste more of the hops. Unfortunately that are mash-up of conflicting flavors that leaves a metallic flavor in my mouth. Double fault.

Well there is no reason to go much further. I hate diacetyl. It is a flaw in beer that some people like, some can't even detect it. But for the hop profile to be that out of whack is unforgivable. I don't think I can finish this beer. This is a disappointment because I remember really liking this beer the first time it came out. Not this time...

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Wetpaperbag for the bottle as part of my Fantasy football winnings. Great and generous box. Way to go sac.

Latest release. Pours a vibrant ruby red with an off white head that lingers well leaving nice lacing.

Nose is quite sweet by WC standards, but the PNW hop profile is clear as well.

Taste follows, the sweetness was not just in the nose, a very resiny floral sweet profile here, but the hops back it up pretty well with dank, musty PNW resin. Nice smooth finish, well balanced.

Mouthfeel is a touch heavy but the carbonation is perfect.

Drinkability is solid, but i think one bomber would be my limit here.

Overall, a nice PNW DIPA, and one im happy to have tried. Would drink again for sure. Thanks bags, and better luck next year, sucka! hehehe.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
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 DIM
2.93/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

a: This was a hazy copper color. It poured with a large, sticky, off-white head.

s: Pine hop aromas with elements of fresh citrus balanced by some brown sugar and toffee.

t: A combination of piny hops, solventy heat, and some toffee. There is some rough, generic bitterness at the finish.

m: A slick, oily body and gentle, foamy carbonation.

d: This was the first brew I tried from a monster box I received recently from JohnGalt1. Thanks Toby, but this one just wasn't for me. I can't wait to get to the rest of them though!

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark golden in color. Very little head. Looks a lot like a beer of this style, almost barley wine like.

S- Complex hop smell. Pine, and grapefruit are very much there.

T- This is sweet, yet very well balanced. When drinking this it felt very much like a barley wine. The hop taste is unique, there is a good pine/gin taste that is mixed in with the excellent grapefruit taste. Very balanced and well put together.

M- Thick, yet not syrupy.

D- Very easy to drink, almost too easy.

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Photo of dukew456
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my Lazy Magnolia glass.

Pours an opaque dark amber with a medium-sized, off white head. The head rescinds into a small cap, but sticks around long enough. Pretty good looking on initial pour.

The nose on this is carmamel malts up front with a slight hop tinge in the back, not quite what I expected from a beer proclaiming to have used ten hops and possessing 100 IBUs...more on this later.

Taste follows up with the theme of the smell, but with definitely a stronger hop presence. Still, the sweet, viscous maltiness seems to take over from the hop-wallop I was expecting. Also, there is a butterscotchy quality that does not quite seem to fit. The taste is still pleasant, but doesn't quite live up to the labeling. Plenty drinkable, though.

The label on this bottle says that it is the tenth anniversary ale for this brewery, and it is branded 2008. I have a strong inclination to believe that this was either a second release of this beer or that stores held onto it for a while. However, I could be wrong.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Only feeling like 1 beer tonight.... sooo... let's make it a doozie.. 22 picked up today at the Coop .... It's not retired anymore!! That's good news for all of us... Poured it into a big red wine glass... the label says 10 squared Anniversary Reel Ale 2008.

Beautiful 1" head leaves a ton of lace.. the brew is a rusty amber..

Nose had a bunch of diacetyl when first poured.. but it gets under control as it airs out leaving quite a bit of piney hops with a more than enough caramel .. Nose resembles much more an American BW than any DIPA I've come across... so that's the way the winds will blow on this review.

Great bitterness with quite a bit of caramel sweetness... American hops are hammered home by fruity/citric notes throughout.. reminds me of what I remember baby aspirin tasting like.. or maybe flinstone vitamins.. maybe even flowery.. tough for me to describe.. still some diacetyl is there, but it doesn't honestly detract..

The body is thick and coating.. and the hoppiness has a definite oily feeling.. sorta lite carbonation..

Really a great brew.. I still say this should be in the American BW category.. not a DIPA IMHO at all.. still a great brew that should be sought out.

Edit: I should add.. we had a couple of year old bottle at the BW tasting back in May of '08... I remember at least 1-2 people saying how much they liked it and how well it had aged.. That said, I wish I remember. :-)

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Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +13%
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 biboergosum
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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, and 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. Ok, I think I have to go lie down now.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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

Vintage 2003 as reviewed on 5/04/05:

Rubyish brown with a full,thick off white head.
Clear at cellar temp with some residual sediment, but not apparently bottle conditioned.
Malty,hoppy,and woody in the nose.
Very well balanced trio.
Dried fruits,cotton candy,brown sugar,dusty malt,dark bread crusts, with an invigorating alcohol presence.
Freshley cut pine boughs and whiskey vapor.
Thick and sweetish after two years,flavor profile is filled with buscuity breads,citrus zests and cherries.
Big and malty- packing a whallop of hops,with drying oakiness lingering with the warming alcohols.

Re-review on 4/3/08:

Pours dark copper with mahogany and reddish hues. Beige two-inch head of whipped froth slowly retreats, leaving ripped sheets of clingy lace. Retention span is approximately five miutes, with a partial skim-coat for the duration.
Aromatics are malt-heavy, with aggresive alpha citrus pungentness.
Dusty sherry with dry malt and hints of toasted oak.
Grapefruit pith with chipped toffee and musty suede. Bitterly vineous.
Creamy, sticky, and juicy mouthfeel. Quite chewy.
The pallet is a serious mix of tropical fruit and drying malt. Approaching vineous in nature with the warming alcohol adding a nice layer of complexity.
Starts off bitter, malty, and fruity, and pulls through with warming sherry, tannic oakiness, and a trace of wet cardboard.
Finishes warming and bitter with dried figs and leathery malt.

Five years was definately not time wasted in the cellar!

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Photo of woemad
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle I've been sitting on for the last four years.

Poured a dark caramel/orange color, with a huge, fluffy beige head that took a long time to settle. Lots of sediment, kinda made me wish I had a decanter. Sheets of tan lace were left behind on the sides of a UK-style pintglass.

Initially this is citrusy in the nose, but that's about it. I remember it being a bit more lively in the nose when I had a fresh one. However, as it warmed up, a caramel maltiness becomes evident.

Initially, the taste was more interesting than the nose. Vying for attention with the citrusy hops is a sweet maltiness with caramel overtones. There's also a more peppery, spicy hoppiness that is in the background.

Medium bodied, with a slightly sticky mouthfeel.

Not a bad candidate for aging, as it seems pretty drinkable still. Of course it still wouldn't make a terribly good session beer, but makes a great after-dinner sipper or nightcap.

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Photo of MAB
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
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 markaberrant
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - hazy medium orange, small cream cap does not last long, good lacing though.

S - honey sweet malt, biscuit, sweet citrus notes

T - big thick malt is met head on with tons of hop flavour (bitter grapefruit and pine) and bitterness. A touch of biscuit malt sneaks in long after the finish.

M - Oily, heavy body. Enamel peeling, long lasting bitterness. Low carbonation. Warming.

D - This is a solid IIPA, would have preferred to try a fresher version, but still holds up well.

This one was bottled in January, so most of the hop aroma is long gone. This drinks more like a barleywine, but it does the job.

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Photo of ablaze
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle with an attractive green label.

Deep ruby orange brown, very sticky lacing and thin creamy head with tight bubbles. Great colour and rich profile.

A whole lot of honey...floral hops, more honey, strawberries...more honey.

Thick, overly sweet, very light carbonation, incredibly cloying...like drinking a bottle of honey or perfume. Big malt character, huge sticky honey, decent offering of hops, woody pine trees, plums, cantaloupe, passion fruit, hint of red grapefruit...quite fruity.

Complex and exuberant sipper. Nice flavour, but quite sweet and cloying. Too much honey, but the other qualities are superb. Worth a try.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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

Named for it's 10 types of hops, 10%, the brewery's 10th anniversay, and the 100 IBU. Deep orange color with a nice head, citrus hoppy aroma, smooth texture, strong but pleasant hoppy bitterness with citrus overtones, giving way to a hint of sweetness as the alcohol (10%)becomes more apparent towards the finish.

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Photo of oakbluff
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky orange brown- no head to speak. Nose is of ripe fruit and hop twang. Taste- pine and citrus- a real mix of hops in this one. Must be some pretty high alpha hops as lots of oily resin. Malt is well presented with a caramel and cookie dough flavour. Not cloying for the booze level- real nice stuff. Finishes dry and oily. Good balance and booziness is pretty subdued. Good drinkabilty for a big beer. Best Fish Tail I've tried (esp compared to the stale shit the MLCC brings in that must have fallen off of a truck somewhere).

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Photo of flexabull
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with a slight white head.

Aromas are of stewed fruits, booze, and citrus like hops.

Flavors are fairly muted for such a high ABV beer. Clean and crisp, some earthy malts flavors, sweet, creamy, and with a tart citrus hop bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel is full and well rounded.

Drinkability is good. This is an interesting take on the DIPA style. This tastes like it might be a bit aged, but it is still tasty, just muted and smooth.

Got this as an extra from msubulldog25. Thanks again!

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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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10 Squared Fish Tale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
3.91 out of 5 based on 186 ratings.
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