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Fisherman's Brew - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Fisherman's Brew
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BA SCORE
79
okay

205 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.39%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WanderingFool on 07-20-2004)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Stimack:
Photo of Stimack
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well I know I have had this brew before nut never reviewed it. Brew poured to a nice orange color with a good sized off white head that broke down to leave a sheet of foam on top and a nice amount of lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma good, nice toasted malt with a good amount of sweet caramel and seem to have a slight biscuit scent. Hops are there but are very muted. The flavor is all malt in my book. Similar to the aroma the toasted and caramel come out. Those flavors are nice, just seems to me that there should be more of a hop bite at the tail end and that is what I think is missing. Now with that being said I am not sure on the age of this brew, they could have fallen out I suppose - just a little more bite would be welcome. The carbonation here is good and that does help at the end, gives it a slight prickling feel. This brew drinks quite easy but for me this brew misses the bulls-eye, but I must say that the red lager style is not one of my favorites.

Stimack, Feb 13, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of blitz134
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

blitz134, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

lordofthewiens, May 08, 2006
Photo of VernonKell
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Jason, Aug 27, 2004
Photo of fdrich29
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

fdrich29, Aug 04, 2004
Photo of tigg924
2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

tigg924, May 17, 2009
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Mantooth, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of doremite
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

doremite, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of AzAleC
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

AzAleC, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

acurtis, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of tonyshlangini
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

tonyshlangini, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

NJpadreFan, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of KenC
3/5  rDev -15.5%

KenC, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

NeroFiddled, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

cliff1066, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Hessian257
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Hessian257, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of GuisseppeFranco
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

GuisseppeFranco, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of BKotch
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

BKotch, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of edchicma
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

edchicma, Mar 31, 2005
Photo of asarge
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

asarge, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Samp01
3.16/5  rDev -11%
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.

Samp01, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of puboflyons
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From an undated 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 9, 2012. It pours a medium to dark amber that could also be classified as golden bronze with a smallish head that fades after a few moments. The aroma oozes sweetness with dark malts, nuts, and a low profile hop ester. The body is medium and smooth. The taste is of sweet caramel upfront with a low to medium bitterness taking up the tail. The bitterness seems to evolve as the beer warms. This was an easy to drink, likable beer.

puboflyons, Jul 09, 2012
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Fisherman's Brew from Cape Ann Brewing Company
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