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

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10 Squared Fish Tale Ale10 Squared Fish Tale Ale
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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 andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Props to my western Canada connection joemcgrath27 for this treat. Bottled October 2011.

A - Pours a murky copper colour with a thumb of head with solid retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - Solid earthy cedar hop profile, sweet citrus and a bold peppery spice and musty caramel that comes through on the finish.

T - Much like the nose with the earthy hop profile dominating, heavy bitterness that comes through alongside the musty caramel malt, hints of burnt toast, espresso and a sour citrus rind lingers.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and dry and sticky on the finish.

O - A bold and tasty brew with loads of flavour and an incredibly well hidden ABV. I suspect the aging of this bottle helped to smooth it out, making it extremely drinkable. Super stoked to have had the opportunity to try this one.

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Photo of cfrances33
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle extra'd from trodersark, poured into a tulip.

Pour: Murky amber brown, with a finger of light tan head. Nice lacing, head hangs around as a rim.

Smell: Caramel, booze, and floral hoppiness. Meh.

Taste: Follows the nose, but with a HUGE caramel malt presence... way more than I would like when taking into consideration the floral and grassy hops. A light toffee and some booze on the back.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and sticky, yet light and drinkable at the same time. Not very good.

Overall: A mediocre American barleywine that went too hard with the malt profile to match the hoppiness, in my opinion.

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Photo of jmdr
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in October 2011(1 year). Pours very hazy brick red color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing on the glass, with some alcohol legs. Aromas of big grapefruit, pine, caramel, earth, molasses, toast, herbal, raisin, biscuit, light chocolate, wood, and herbal spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of big caramel, pine, toast, grapefruit, biscuit, grass, earth, molasses, light chocolate, wood, herbal, raisin, and piney spiciness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, pine, herbal, grass, molasses, dark fruit, biscuit, light chocolate, toast, wood, earth, and piney spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity; nearly zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barleywine. Very nice complexity, depth, and balance of flavors; quite smooth to sip on. Very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of adkieffer
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Lordkrystic
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of mactrail
3.07/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Woody and earthy, with a murky, mushroomy stew of flavors. Seems to be the hallmark of these Reel Ales. Reminds me of their Imperial Red and the Starfish black. Too Cascadian for words.

Clear, dark amber in the narrow tulip. Not so foamy, but plenty of spritz on the tongue. Hot and dirty. The aroma is one of the better features, with the big resiny hops. Flowery nose with some cedar and black pepper. Lots of malt, but it's more the quantity than any distinct sort of flavor. The hoppy bitterness gradually throws its weight around and take over the place.

I love the new label-- it's all tentacles. Maybe the art director knows something about brewing beer. From the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - slightly hazy dark burnt orange brown, two fingers of tan head that retained very well, leaving a few random blobs of foam clinging to the glass
S - caramel, citrus and pine hop notes, mild toasty in the end
T - starts with caramel and brown sugar, quickly moves to hop flavours of citrus rind and earthy woodiness, finishes slightly boozy with the hop notes lingering
M - more than medium body, starts sticky and creamy, quickly moves to a hop bitterness
O - big hop presence in this bad boy barleywine which I always appreciate, tasty and drinkable for its size, nice work

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Photo of RyanGoodman
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark coppery red amber. Slight head with nice lacing. Light malt and strong hop aroma. Hoppy up front. Sweet malts assert themselves in the middle and a hoppy finish. Not very complex, but sturdy barley wine backbone with nice citrus and pine hops. Worth an annual revisit. This is same ale that I reviewed in 2010 as an American Imperial IPA. It seems like a cross between the two styles.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of draheim
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz (based on the four notches in the label, bottled either Jan or Nov, 2010 or 2011 - but I think it was Nov 2010) into a snifter. Pours a clear amber w/ just a thin film of bubbles on the surface, sustained by a constant stream of fine carbonation rising from around the perimeter of the glass.

Aroma is a variety of herbal and floral hops, some caramel sweetness in the background. Rum-soaked raisins, toffee, buttery booze.

Taste follows nose. Sticky sweet countered by 100 IBUs of hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is slick, coating, sticky. But carbonation keeps it relatively light and drinkable.

Overall a good, super-hoppy American barleywine. Nothing earth-shattering, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at FosterJM's birthday celebration that I brought myself.

This particular bottle indicates Reel Ale, not Fish Brewing.

Pours a clear brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and citrus zest. Taste is toasted malt, brown sugar, and lots of citrus zest flavors. There is a medium level of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barleywine with lots of hops in the smell and taste.

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Photo of IMS
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of IdrinkGas
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of SageO
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of kylemckinnis
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of wordemupg
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half pint at beer revolution 17/2/12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of sharpski
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of snaotheus
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

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

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

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

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of mfavoino
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Travisnin
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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