Fisherman's Brew - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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108 Reviews
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Reviews: 108
Hads: 219
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 7.87%
Wants: 6
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cape Ann Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WanderingFool on 07-20-2004

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Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 108 | Hads: 219
Reviews by Kanyon22:
Photo of Kanyon22
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured all of the 12oz. into my Shiner tumbler glass. I've been kinda looking to try the other brews from Cape ann for some time, i've only had the fisherman ale last summer and found it to be a great kolsch. Oh well on to their Amber Lager. Oh on a side note bought this in January and as the seasonal had the pumpkin stout here's hoping the flavors have held up since its been around for 5 or so months I'm guessing. Wish the company would tell what seasonal was in it, not just a generic title called seasonal brew. I would of never brought this variety pack home.

A: Pours a well carbonated Amber orange color with a white big soapy bubbled head here. Also transparent. Don't know why but was expecting a more bold red lager on this one, but appearence isn't why we came to he table here.

S: Kinda boring has a grain, German mustiness with a tart wheat kinda smell going on. Kinda smells like a munich helles here, not much caramel or sweetness going on. No hops at all must be from the age on this one.

T: Hum, um well, lets take another sip here, Actually kinda complex. First your hit with smooth cleanness with a quick hop bite. Then it transfer to a sweet Irish Red kinda flavor which I find has toasted malts with a sweet licorice notes with in. Then your palate gets hit with an ample amount of earthy hop character in the back end. I would rename it an Irish Red Lager here.

M: I'm leaning towards the lighter side of medium here, with a drying sensation throughout.

D: Kinda low for me was hoping for more of a traditional American amber here but was giving a sorta mishmash of styles, but overall the beer did its job with easy. A nice safe lager here which gives you more the the big guys, but not more than anything you could ever remember.

I'm hoping that time has not been kind to this beer at all cause I kinda had high hopes for this one, but if I come across a fresh bottle will definitely give it another far shot. (1,942 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of blitz134
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as a surprise in a trade from fdrich29...much appreciated...

Pours a light caramel body with a touch of haze. A nice two finger light tan head formed on top and hung around for a while leaving some sticky coral lacing.

Smell is mainly breadlike malt with a hint of sweet caramel. Some straw hops come through, but quite subdued. A nice aroma, not overly strong but this is a red, so not expected to be. Taste is mostly malts again with little hop bitterness. Malts are almost rye bread like. A touch of caramel sweetness again. Hops do add some pine resin bitterness to the finish. I pick up some alcohol notes actually which detract a bit. Decent flavor overall.

Mouthfeel is nice and surprisingly full. Initially it coats well and causes the flavors to linger. Drinkability is good as well. This would be a decent fall back beer if it were more available for me. (882 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty beer. A nice amber color with a thick white head that retains well, and some nice lacing. It had a sweet, fruity, grainy odor, rather nondescript. It tasted sweet, some caramel, and a tiny bit of hoppiness. A decent beer, easy to drink. You could put back a few of these while watching the ball game. (317 characters)

Photo of VernonKell
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Intense frothing with a dark brilliant tawny clarity though the clarity was lost when the last ounce was poured form the small amount of sediment in the bottle. Nice to see an unfiltered lager on the shelves.

Smell: Spicy hop, a bit herbal with a modest yet fresh toasted malt aroma with a hint of yeast in the back.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Stock medium body with a loose carbonation that holds a little bit of crispness. Tight flare of alcohol and almost a soapy yeast flavor and quickly hidden after a wave or two of toasted malt flavor.

Drinkability & Notes: An infrequent addition to the NE area this American craft lager throws something new and fresh to the scene. I personally like this beer and not only look forward to drinking it again but to see what else is in store from this new brewery. (878 characters)

Photo of fdrich29
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from a six pack I bought at the Liquor Locker in Gloucester. Great illustration of the famous "Fisherman at the Wheel" Memorial Statue that sits at the hub of Stacy Boulevard in Gloucester. States that this is an American Amber Lager on the side of the label.

OK going to try and remain objective here. I consider myself one lucky BA to have a brewery open in his home town, even if I haven't lived in Gloucester for many years. The brewery sits between my Uncle Joe and Aunt Lucy's house and the house my grandfather grew up in down "The Fort".

The head was weak and struggled to maintain its form and structure before sinking faster than the Andrea Gail into the light amber/ orange liquid below.

Smells faintly of malt with the sweet taste caramel and malt with some hoppiness at the end. Feels smooth and finishes off smooth.

These go down quite easily, I'm actually pouring my next one as I finish typing this up. This brew shows there is potential for this brewery up on Cape Ann and I look forward with much anticipation to their next beer offering. (1,083 characters)

Photo of tigg924
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: copper amber, medium carbonation, small head, clear

Smell: malt and hops..some yeast nothing overpowering

Taste: toasted malt, small caramel, hoppy finish

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium bodied, moderately bitter

Drinkability: I find this to be a very average amber. The taste really does not distinguish itself from anything I have had in the past. I will have this at parties, but not search it out. (411 characters)

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of doremite
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of AzAleC
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Bright orange, almost inching on a ruby or brown. Tight head which diminished quickly.

S: Strong floral aroma, slightly spicy.

T: Toasted malt was very pungent over a strong hop backbone (for a lager). Very spicy, citrusy and floral.

M: Frankly, I felt that this was one of the beer's weak points. Mild carbonation at best. Perhaps the keg had gone flat?

D: Certainly one of the most interesting lager-type beers I've ever had. But the lack of much carbonation was somewhat of a turnoff to ordering another. (522 characters)

Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of tonyshlangini
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cape Ann- Fisherman's Brew (Amber)

A- Light copper orange with no head. I immediately thought this was too pale looking to be an Amber.
S- The faintest of caramel malt, corn syrup, rock candy sugar.
T- Caramel malt with a touch of raw sugar and corn syrup. A light touch of sunflower seed in the end.
M- Man is this watery! You gotta take big gulps in order to really taste it.

Overall- Unimpressed! This is was second beer from Cape Ann. I was impressed with my first offering (Kölsch), but THIS is a huge letdown. (520 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass, this is a dark amber color with decent carbonation and a fluffy and sticky crown that falls slowly.

Very sweet malt in the nose at first, candied malt with a slight toastie scent and some nice herbal hops way down deep. Pretty light on the sour yeast effect.

The malt is very nice, sweet and slightly roastie, mild chocolate and some very subtle fruity undertones. Finishes herbal and almost tart, once again the lager-yeat flavor's are minimal at best.

The feel is medium bodied, crisp but rather slick feeling going down.

I think the quality was slightly higher On-tap, but still a decent brew. (633 characters)

Photo of KenC
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cape Ann's Fisherman's Brew pours a lightly hazy (it's bottle-conditioned) dark copper robe beneath a thin, creamy head of antique white. The head retention is quite good, and ite leaves a wash of scattered whisps and spots of lace about the glass.

The nose is limited (well, it is a lager... ) but reveals some soft, sweetly caramelish malt and a waft of spicy and herbal hops.

In the mouth it's medium-bodied and smooth across the palate with a moderate and very fine-bubbled natural carbonation. As it warms it softens even more and becomes absolutely creamy-smooth.

The flavor offers more toasty maltiness than the aroma suggests, and a solid smack of spicy, floral, and lightly citrusy hops as well as a solid, backing bitterness that leads to a rousing, spicy-dry and hoppy finish.

Overall... quite nice. This would make a perfect accompaniment to a crab dinner at any time of the year. Try one! (914 characters)

Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Hessian257
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of BKotch
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of edchicma
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice, very drinkable surprise. Poured a coppere amber with a nice head that quickly left, but left fair lacing. Smell was light floral and yeasty with some malty undertones. Taste started with a light malt on the front followed bya medium hoppy character mid-palate...finished dry...very nice. Mouthfeel was light and dry...dry finsh that lingered. Very easy on the drinkability scale, would definitely have another. Reminded me of an amber ale I brewed. (456 characters)

Photo of asarge
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of Samp01
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a coppery amber with a medium off white head. Aroma of light caramel malt some grains and light fruity notes. Taste same as aroma with mild bitter notes. Palate is a medium body with mild carbonation. Finish is light caramel malt and grains, light bitterness and fruity notes, and a mild nutty ending. Overall not a very robust brew in flavor and aroma, just an ok brew. (376 characters)

Photo of Djbennett29
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Fisherman's Brew from Cape Ann Brewing Company
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