Fisherman's Brew - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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219 Ratings
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 6
Gots: 26 | 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

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Beer added by: WanderingFool on 07-20-2004

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 219 | Reviews: 109
Reviews by TLove:
Photo of TLove
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a glass tumbler.

Tingly, farm-ale taste that has a prevailing sourness to it from start to finish. A hazy color with overpowering carbonation and a resounding, lace-ridden off-white head.

Subtly grassy, sweet malt with some sour amber maltiness. A bit harsh finish on the back end despite the smooth boozy malt base.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Photo of puboflyons
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tugdriver7
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toast. Not roasted, but toasted malt. Lots of it. Gorgeous deep amber in the glass with a nice head that disappeared quickly, but left a lacing on the glass. Smell was all malt, nice initial flavor of malt with a delicate hops balance (though not much in the way of hops taste, except a bitterness in the aftertaste). Rich mouthfeel without being too cloying. Nice flavor, quite drinkable. Very enjoyable. I picked it up at the store never having heard of it before. Pleasant surprise!

Photo of Sensaray
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours small off white head with a murky light brown red body.

Smells grainy bready sweet, little hops.

Has nice flavors with a mix of english hops, grains, yeast, bread, some caramel sweetness. Decent bitter finish. Drinkable.

Smooth light medium body.

Overall decent easy drinking amber lager.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a run of the mill amber colour that is a touch watery looking and has a weird choppy head to it that dissolves at a typical pace and leaves a fair amount of frothy residue on the glass.

The aroma is a decent blend of sweet caramel, some floral hops and perhaps a bit of grassiness.

Flavour is more of the same, with grass notes chiming in a bit more here along with a bit more bitterness than expected and a slight hop boost at the finish of each sip. Mouthfeel is light bodied and again a touch watery.

This one is a slight step above average overall. It's far from the worst within the style but it could be much better. Appearance and mouthfeel need to be tightened up a bit along with a touch more punch to the flavour. Nothing over the top but just a little something extra. This one is simply mediocre for the most part

Photo of scooter231
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amberish golden color with poofy head and relatively nice lacing. Nose is not very pungent- a light sweet maltyness, some spicyness at the end... and that's about it. Taste is bitter and bready. Bitter bread. Yeasty. Is this beer? Or bread? And did I mention this is bready? It's not very deep, not very complex, but I kinda like it for what it is. It's different.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin and watery, but otherwise smooth. Drinkable... eh... this is such a strange brew I'm not sure many people could have a lot of these. I'm satisfied with one.

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear copper and amber in color with a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin yet dense off white head that has good retention properties and hardly died down at all.
S: There are sweet aromas of caramel, toasted malts and toffee in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a moderate amount of malty sweetness in the initial taste; there is a slight amount of bitterness and flavors of spices in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and somewhat creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite malty and has associated sweetness, but this doesn’t really get in the way of the drinkability.

Photo of pnkermiz
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On the surface, this is not incredibly daring (but how many brewers invest all their money in a brewery and start with a barley-wine?), but still an impressive first release for this eastern Massachusetts brewery. Right up front, I noticed it was pretty hoppy for a dark/red lager. Also, the relatively low-carbonation (not the tap system - as I've had it in 3 different bars) is nice to see - again, another non-lager trait. It's nice to see a lager that really goes against the grain (ha! get it, grain?). In the end, it may not be a very daring style to tackle, but what the brewer did with it, and didn't do with it, makes this a very assured debut.

Photo of BuckSpin
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle in an "official" Fisherman's Brew conical pint glass!

Poured smooth & with some body behind it. Nice lightly spiced nose, ciderlike with a subtle mulled quality. Sweet with caramelized malts, earthy, a little dusty even. As it blooms it gets more malted, sweeter with caramel, a hint of some orange pekoe, more body behind the aroma.

Head was a great looking 2 fingers of loose, dull ivory foam that settled steadily (not too fast or slow) to a thin sheeting with a edge ring. Slightly hazy, its a warm, brassy-copper stained dark honey, warmer & oranger nearer the head, a few rogue bubbles rise slowly through it.

Even, smooth, caramel sweetness, it drinks a little thicker than I anticipated but thats nice. There is a faint spiciness present, like old black peppercorns or even some stale Xmas spices like nutmeg or cinnamon. Very easy to drink, it has a underlying earthy/dirty feel that hints at burnt nuts for bitterness, adding a nice balance to the overall mouthfeel.

Its grows smoother & creamier on the palate, the sweet caramels & bitter nut quality blend and provide a balanced transition to the finish which is a little drier than the rest of the mouthfeel, more bittersweet, slightly chewy with some tannins & leather.

A nice lager, very drinkable and could easily be sessioned. While it did have some sweet caramel qualities, it is more a bitter/earthy lager, which I enjoy drinking very much. It had a lot of "Nut Brown" qualities to it, and could be enjoyed year round, and could pair with a variety of foods from a simple cheddar to a good steak, from burgers to deli sandwiches (especially roast beef), anything with nuts, mushrooms..a versatile brew. I'd drink this again with no problem, and would recommend it as a beer to have and just enjoy with friends no matter what or where or when.

Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Brazen Head, Brooklyn.

Poured a hazy dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a diluted caramel malt with a balancing grassy hop.

The taste was balanced and muted with a bland malt and utilitarian hop. Tasted very much like Yuengling.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall an uneventful amber.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours a copper amber color with a foamy head, dissapears quick with some lacing.
Really nice malty dried fruit aromas...almost "bock" like. Taste is just like it smells..malty, dried fruit and bock flavors. Its actually really nice.
Heavy mouthfeel, smooth, and good aftertaste. Slightly macro tease, but overall a nice brew.

Photo of selecter70
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice rustic-tasting farm ale-style brew that I am more than happy to see available outside of the north shore now. Nicely tapped ale with some sour-conditioning, hazy appearance & musty flavors. A nice dark brown pour with tan-white head that while soon dissipated, left lace throughout. Quality glassware & care by the Beehive staff definitely provided a beer properly that I thoroughly enjoyed. Nice subtle smoky malt & rustic grains with sour & bitter left a hearty quality that led me for more. Indeed

Photo of DrDemento456
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not much to say about this overall beer. Pours a decent looking clear amber with only a 1/4 inch of head that quickly turns to nothing. Smells of caramel, grain and a touch of grain. Pretty much yuengling lager only less skunky grain but not much better. Overall it's a pretty nice amber mostly lager beer but nothing I would seek out again.

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Fisherman's Brew from Cape Ann Brewing Company
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