Fisherman's Brew - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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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

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Beer added by: WanderingFool on 07-20-2004

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Photo of DousedInStout
2.29/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours deep orange with a white head that dissipates quite fast. Aroma is mildy sweet from the malt, but with a little bit of vegetal dms and buttery diacetyl.There is not much taste from the malt or hops, a little bitter at the end. Pretty watery, and lacking in body. It has decent carbonation, and is drinkable, but most ambers are. (334 characters)

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

This beer poured a cloudy brown with a thin head. The smell is toasted malt and a bit of hops. The taste starts off with a bit of sweet toasted malts that give way fairly quickly to some yeast and hops that linger for a while. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with some thin carbonation. This is a pretty tasty beer, but it sits a little heavy to have more than a couple of. (373 characters)

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

A: A somewhat hazy, unfiltered orange-brown with a decent, creamy off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S: Toasted malts, some bready yeast, and a bit of herbal hop aroma.

T: A nice, toasted caramel malt sweetness, along with a healthy earthy and herbal hop bite. Some fruitiness (citric) and some warming alcohol.

M: Medium bodied and crisp, with a fairly substantial drying bite.

D: This is pretty good, and rather impressively hopped in my opinion. A bit rough for an amber, but I like this one. (515 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle acquired in trade with ppoitras (thanks!).

Poured a daker and slightly hazy amber color with a large sized, frothy off white head. Aromas of lemons, toasted malts, light caramel, and all around fruity. Tastes of citrus, toasted malts and some caramel. Has a lively and fizzy body that I really didn't care too much for.

Notes from: 6/27/06 (354 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy amber color with a rocky beige head; a few shards of lace

Smell: Faint caramel aroma with a hint of earthy hop

Taste: Starts out with a toffee flavor that moves in a bitter, hoppy direction by mid-palate, although there is some caramel underneath; after the swallow, the hop flavor persists, and adds a bitter element to the lager twang on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not bad at all, for a style that generally is pretty dull

Thanks, donkeyrunner, for the opportunity (554 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.71/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours see-through amber with a pretty white head. Decent retention and minimal lacing.

Faint. Roasted malt, fall fruit and leafy hops.

Watery malt with some weak herbal hop bitterness at the end. Fall fruit aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin and contributes to the overall wimpyness of this beer. I good beer pong beer I guess. (324 characters)

Photo of riversider76
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a thin white head. Decent retention and nice laceing. Aroma is if citrus and sugary malts. Body is medium and carbonated. Taste is a intresting balance of fruity hops,and bready malts. Bit of bitter hop in the finish. Worth a try for sure. (265 characters)

Photo of albern
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice treat and a surprise offering from a local brewery. Enticing enough to warrant a visit to the tasting room at some point. The beer pours a nice clear amber with a creamy off white head that retains and laces very well around the whole glass. The aroma is just right, some sweeter caramel malts, some husky grains, some nice very bready and cereal malts, a touch of hop present as well.

The taste is very well balanced, a bit tilted towards the sweeter end. The beer has an IBU of 30, but the hops are not really present until the finish. The bready and cereal like grains are up front. There is a good balance of creamy sweetness coupled with a tad bit of crisp hop towards the end. There is an ever so slight peaty quality to the beer as well. The beer is modestly carbonated, has a slightly salty mouthfeel with some crisp hop bitterness. The aftertaste is mild. This is well worth seeking out. L'Chaim. (922 characters)

Photo of matty
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber colored beer with a slowly fading head with decent staying power.Aroma is citrusy.Taste is malty and slightly buttery.The finish is bitter and metallic.Although there is nothing offensive about this beer I cannot rate this any higher than average.I would only drink again if it was given to me free. (305 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve-ounce single copped from the Palisade Liquor Store in Jersey City...
Appearance: Clear, medium-amber hue with a minimal head and minor lacing...
Smell: Malts, amber, and grains...
Taste: Rich amber flavor, heavy on the malts balanced by a slight touch of hops...
Nice mouthfeel along with an equally good level of drinkability...
Not bad... (347 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orangish amber with a reasonable head that fades to a thin swirly cap. Smells of pink grapefruit andd orange juice with a touch of sweet malt. A bit unusual, but still quite pleasant. The taste has citrus flavors up front followed by a firm malt profile that is a bit buttery. The finish has a long, citrusy tang with some bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is a bit tart and tannic, even a bit puckery, and it is fairly heavily carbonated as well. Fairly interesting. (483 characters)

Photo of Damian
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle at Brackett's, Rockport MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a slightly hazed, copperish-amber color with a small, bubbly, light tan head that quickly dissolved.

The aroma was weak and disappointing. Subtle notes of toasted malts were barely noticeable. Even as the beer warmed, the aroma stayed flaccid.

The taste, however, was punchy and quite intense. Steely, toasted malts came through strong up front. Fairly grainy. Some lager-like yeast notes were noticeable as well. The hops appeared quickly and definitely made their presence known. Strong, earthy, spicy hops. This hoppiness carried into the long-lasting, dry, pithy and intensely bitter finish.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a livelier than average carbonation.

Most American amber lagers make for flavorful session beers, but this example was definitely too intense for that. I am not sure what the brewer intended with this beer, other than making an extremely hopped up (and bitter) version of the style. In any case, it could have greatly benefited from a heftier malt bill. (1,088 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with an off-white rocky head that lasted for most of the pint. Fair lacing.

Smells of malt and some dried fruit -- something else there.

Lots of roasted malt flavors -- good layers of flavor here, with a hint of spiciness you see in some winter beers -- couldn't put my finger on it at first, but there it is. Dark, sweet bread elements, and some hop bite, but nothing in your face.

Medium bodied with a mouth-coating finish. No sharp edges here, which is something I find myself wanting. That's a bit of a downer.

A malty, softer, spicier lager. I think this will be more of a cold weather beer for me. Not the refreshing type of beverage for warm weather or out of the bottle drinking. A good, solid brew. (730 characters)

Photo of RickSawyer
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with ruby deep in the center. A marshmellow cream head bellows up and holds a nice two inch thick head afloat the beer. Spotty lacing is evident. Smell is busicut malt sweetness and hints of fresh orange juice play in the back. Taste is very clean. Notes of fresh baked bread, subtle hints on honey, floral citrus hops all finished by a very alive carbonation that dances the lager through the taste buds. This is one impressive and drinkable lager. Thanks Corey! (483 characters)

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

On-tap 7/17/08 at Pitcher's Pub, in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste is malty and a little smoky up front with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. There's a good hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer that is worth drinking for a while but it's not the first one that I'd pick. (754 characters)

Photo of BDIMike
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an unfiltered, partly cloudy copper color with a thin white head that went away almost immediately.
Smell is of a hoppy citrus. Also a hint of malts, with a bit of a grain smell.
Taste is a very standard malt taste with a little biscuit. A good flowery, herbal hop flavor at the end.
The mouthfeel is a tad thin, but a nice sharpness without being too harsh.
Drinkability is nice. A solid amber with a good amount of taste. Nothing great, but a nice choice. (463 characters)

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! (485 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 Seanibus
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad lager, but not outstanding either.

Pours a nice golden amber, with a big fluffy head, nice carbonation, and little hints of sediment in the beer (but only a trace).

Slight aroma, with malt and a hint of mild hops.

The flavor is surprisingly sharp, with a bite of alcohol and more hoppiness than you might expect based on the aroma. My immediate impression was, to my surprise, artichokes.

Mouthfeel is pretty solid for a lager, with a little resin clinging to the top of the mouth, giving a little hop burn.

This is a decent lager and I wouldn't be ashamed to serve it, but there are better American examples. (624 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Summer Shack in Boston.

A: Poured a dark, tawny red with medium carbonation and a very thin head of foam.

S: Smell is slightly sweet, with mostly buttery malt and light floral hopping.

T: The hops tend to leave a thicker resin than the taste implies, yet the maltiness balances that effect out rather well.

M: Mouthfeel is medium and a bit resiny, assuming there was some sediment in the keg on this one.

D: Nothing outstanding, but a good brew. Sessionable ABV and inoffensive taste would make it a welcome addition to a party, but not one to seek out.

In a sea of amber lagers, this one is at the deeper end in terms of color and sediment content, but otherwise, it's take it or leave it. (717 characters)

Photo of madjr80
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice orange copper color with a creamy head and little bubbles. The head didn't stay as long as I would have liked. A good blend of malt and hops that gives a balance of bitter and sweet. A little strong for an amber lager, but it is still a great session beer. At 7.99 a six pack, it was still worth a shot. Decent. (318 characters)

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. (613 characters)

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 BassAssassin
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Color is pure copper. Fluffy white head that quickly dissipates. Obviously unfiltered, as it's slightly cloudy.

S: Grainy with a hint of citrus. Herbal tea-like hop aroma.

T: Clean malt flavors with slight biscuity sweetness. Malt gives way to a well balanced, flowery and herbal hop flavors.

M: Light and sharp, but not overly carbonated. Very pleasant mouthfeel.

D: An all around solid lager. The fact that it's unfiltered is a plus. Something different to keep in the fridge for beer geeks and non-beer geeks alike. (525 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded amber gold with an absolutely obscene amount of head. I mean...hello...might we be over-carbonated here? Sheesh! Nose is slightly citrus and a bit of dough. Flavor is crisp and refreshing. It kind of reminds me of Belgian yeast. What's up with that? I love the Belgian styles...and this is reminiscent of that for me. After time I get a slightly sweet, seemingly yeast infused brew. This is an American Red Lager? Really? I just get a lot of strong yeasty characters from this one. Perhaps it is a bad bottle? Well. The carbonation is pretty big on the tongue and the liquid feel is what you would expect. Overall a good drinker. But for some reason I think the bottle might not be exactly right...but thankfully it hasn't altered the taste at all. It's just over-carbonated is all. I still think it is a good brew and worthy of trying. (852 characters)

Fisherman's Brew from Cape Ann Brewing Company
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