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Fisherman's Brew - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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198 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.39%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | 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)
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Reviews by Stimack:
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Stimack

New York

3.3/5  rDev -7%

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.

02-13-2010 13:20:28 | More by Stimack
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blitz134

California

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

09-27-2005 02:46:58 | More by blitz134
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

05-08-2006 01:10:54 | More by lordofthewiens
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VernonKell

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

11-15-2012 22:34:31 | More by VernonKell
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

08-27-2004 22:55:41 | More by Jason
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fdrich29

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

08-04-2004 01:28:41 | More by fdrich29
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tigg924

Massachusetts

2.78/5  rDev -21.7%

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.

05-17-2009 14:18:03 | More by tigg924
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

11-14-2011 16:46:42 | More by bpfrush
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Mantooth

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

07-20-2013 04:11:21 | More by Mantooth
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

06-13-2013 23:02:35 | More by doremite
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AzAleC

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

10-25-2006 02:14:22 | More by AzAleC
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

06-22-2013 17:55:01 | More by acurtis
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tonyshlangini

New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

07-15-2012 05:43:48 | More by tonyshlangini
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

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.

01-18-2008 20:51:25 | More by NJpadreFan
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

06-16-2008 18:48:37 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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KenC

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.5%

02-25-2012 02:13:53 | More by KenC
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +6.5%

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!

03-02-2006 23:57:22 | More by NeroFiddled
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

12-13-2012 04:42:14 | More by cliff1066
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Hessian257

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

04-05-2012 23:31:01 | More by Hessian257
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GuisseppeFranco

New York

2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

02-01-2012 01:35:40 | More by GuisseppeFranco
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BKotch

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

04-19-2014 23:10:39 | More by BKotch
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edchicma

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

03-30-2005 23:37:52 | More by edchicma
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asarge

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

06-26-2013 18:11:59 | More by asarge
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

07-09-2012 21:58:30 | More by puboflyons
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -4.8%

A: Poured a clear, golden-orange with a thin quickly dissipating foamy white head.

S: On the nose was sweet honey, fresh raisins and peach along with a good spiciness. Visible carbonation was light.

T: The initial flavor had a nice herbal hopping and spiciness along with some dry fruitiness (apples). There was a smoky woodsy flavor with darken amber malting as well providing a unique fresh outdoor feeling when drinking.

M: The mouthful was light, moderately clean with a fresh noble hopping.

D: The beer finished with some sour citrus and drank reasonably well, with a crisp finish and nice spiciness.

01-20-2008 16:45:45 | More by beerthulhu
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Fisherman's Brew from Cape Ann Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.