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Fisherman's IPA - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cape Ann Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2005

Had been 5.5% ABV
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 236 | Reviews: 132
Reviews by Act25:
Photo of Act25
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perfectly fine every day IPA. It's actually made under license in Saratoga Springs (as was the east coast version of Red Tail Ale). Cape Ann is not it's origin.

A: pours a hazed dark orange with a dense 2 figure head that produces great lacing. A looker 4

Smell: Weaker aroma, will let it warm. I can see the salt air here, and a long voyage, with caramel malts, floral hops and faint citrus. Not too hoppy, a bit mass produced in aroma? 3.25

Taste: Follows the smell but better, main stage is bready caramel, with very mild floral bitterness, citrus rind, and some creamy tea with honey. Like the finish, creamy. 3.5

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp to start to a medium bodied, creamy finish. Great food beer. Complementary, inviting, and I could drink another - though I'd not seek it out. 3.75

Drinkability: easy drinking, very much an APA, or an intro IPA, or maybe an English IPA. Malty. Good work, solid mid-tier beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was an orange/red color with a pretty good-sized white head and a lot of lacing. The aroma was mainly citrus. Taste was a little more balance, with both grapefruit and malt coming through. The hops are the thing, though, and you're not going to want to drink a lot of these in one sitting.

Photo of Guden
4.19/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear copper with lots of carbonation bubbles coming through. 1/2 inch very off white head of tiny bubbles fades quickly into a thin film leaving no lacing.

S- Light fruitiness of berries, apples and bit of citrus. Some pine and sweet malt also comes through.

T- Sweet and fruity with English yeast character and a bit of bready malt. Only a moderate hop character with some citrus, pine and tropical fruits. Hop bitterness in the back comes through just enough to round out the palate.

M- A bit high in body but with sprightly and refreshing carbonation throughout nicely filling the mouth.

D- Very enjoyable and refreshing without being over the top bitter or hop forward. Might not be a typical IPA but works well with what it is and gives a good overall impression that will bring me back for more. I think I'll have one now in fact.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in pint glass.

Apperance: Darker amber. Off white head about two fingers thick. Mild lacing on thr glass.

Smell: Hops, citrus, and pine notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Not a smooth, a bit grainy. Medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops and pine, very faint citrus flavor.

Overall: This was an OK IPA, I would have it again.

Photo of bsp77
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as part of April shipment of my Beer of the Month club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Slightly hazy reddish amber with very thin head.

Smell: Very mild malt smell, kind of English. Where is the hop smell?

Taste: Light English malts with nice hop presence that leaves a grapefruit bitter aftertaste that slowly builds. For an IPA, it really isn't all that bitter - more balanced.

Feel: Low carbonation and relatively light body. Dry finish. Once again, very English.

Drinkability: Pleasant, easy drinking ale. Nothing stands out too much, but I like it and could easily enjoy another.

This is an English IPA, not an American IPA. It amazes me how many beers have been incorrectly categorized.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cape Ann- Fisherman's IPA

A- Dark copper brown with a decent size head and good lacing.
S- Sweet pine hops and malt.
T- Sweet caramel malt with a good balance of pine hops slighty metallic in the end.
M- Sweet up front with a malty bitter body and a hum-drum finish.

Overall- Nothing spectacular here but this could easily be a beer for an all day affair.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a bright orange-hued amber, very vibrant with big carboantion and many little bubbles supporting this fluffy, but smooth crown that has amazing retention.

The aroma is of sweet, honey-soaked malt upfront and a big herbal, floral and slightly fruity hop smell. Very, very nice.

The smooth but crisp and sweet malt flavor is very upfront and rather complex for this style. The hop edge is also huge, although mostly intense herbal effects with floral-sweet and slight fruitiness underneath. Nice balance.

This feels medium bodied, more smooth and hefty...but also crisp as hell. Very nice feel.

This one's a winner.

Photo of prototypic
2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of csmiley. Thanks a ton.

Appearance: Whoa! It's readily apparent that this one suffers from over-carbonation. It's a nice caramel color mixed with plenty of garnet. The head is way off the chain. It's off-white and a ridiculous 4+ fingers deep. Wow. It's so big it's annoying. Obviously, it took a while to dissipate and left waves of lace clinging to the glass.

Smell: Up front, it's sweet and malty smelling. Smells biscuit-like. Interesting. There's some fruit aromas following it up. Smells mostly like lemon and light pineapple. Hops are far more faint than they should be. They smell primarily floral and earthy. This is a peculiar smelling IPA. I'm not sure I've ever smelled one like it. It doesn't exactly have all the earmarks you'd ordinarily expect. It's even a little underpowered to boot. Very average.

Taste: Wow. I'm really having a tough time with the American IPA label. It's a little sweet and features a strong toasted malt flavor. It is yeasty and biscuity. Very peculiar for the style. There is a floral hope flavor that's earthy and even a little grainy. It's a little bitter, but it's not even close to having the punch it needs. Very disappointing. There are some light grapefruit, pineapple, and lemon flavors that emerge late. It does have a dry, bitter flavor that kicks in on the tail. But, it's almost unpleasant. Definitely not working. No alcohol is noted. It finishes dry, leaving a bitter taste lingering.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied, but is nowhere even close to smooth. Carbonation is way too high and severely hinders the feel. Drinkability is very average. I'm not liking the flavor and there's far superior American IPAs on the market to spend too much time on this one.

Fisherman's IPA needs a great deal of work. It's an oddball IPA that's off the mark. The biggest problem is its severe over-carbonation. It's way too much. That coupled with the excessive malts and lack of good hop flavor render it a little below average. This one needs to go back to the drawing board. It's simply not a good representation of the style.

Photo of tempest
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single from Abe's. Pours a clear amber with a tall head. Man, this beer is plain. It doesn't have any obvious marks of being old, so assuming this is fresh beer I have to say I'm pretty unimpressed. There are no flaws, but the hops are plain, dull citrus juice in the flavor and pine/grapefruit aroma. It's a decent amber ale, and drinkable, but no IPA.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is not your average IPA. I really dont know what it is exactly, but it is not bad at all!

A- Dark cloudy brown amber. 2 finger white head and nice spider web lace.

S- Smell was bready and citrusy with a faint caramel sweetness not too far behind in the nose.

T- Taste was metallic and bready. Hops were grapefruitish and tropical citrusy. Caramel and other sticky candy like flavors.

M- Ehh. Unfortunately this was very light bodied and somewhat watered down for an IPA. Highly carbonated.

D- I'll surely have one or two of these at the bar but I wouldn't go seeking it out. This is pretty good.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer poured a light ruby-orange color with a bubbly dirty white head. Visible carbonation was very light.

S: The nose was lightly hopped with fresh citrus and pine.

T: The initial flavor was hoppy with dried grapefruit, pine and a touch of malty lacing on the tongue. The beer finished with a dry, floral hoppiness.

M: The mouthful was light with fresh pine and citrus hopping coming through.

D: Overall a moderately west coast hopped ipa, with limited complexity but big on dry hopping. nothing exciting, just a middle of the road "just to say we have an ipa" beer.

Photo of Dibujob
3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this as part of a beer of the month club. Not an unpleasant beer, but average for an IPA. Not one I would grab off the shelf if I were shopping, purely because there are so many excellent offerings, why settle for one that is just ok.

Appearance is a nice, copper, and the aroma is hoppy and floral, but not as hoppy as I like my IPAs. Taste is not horrible, but nothing to write home about. It's a drinkable beer, like I said, not the best IPA, not the worst.

Photo of CorvetteMike
2/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From the bottle to the glass a orange color with a 2nch head.

a: Orange color with a 2 finger head
s: Slight hint of citrus, and malty
t: Slight amount of citrus, significant malt presence, not much flavor, and has too high amount of carbonation.
m: Hard to drink due to high carbonation.
o: Not my type of IPA, and would not recommend it. Ended up pouring out the remaining bottle.

Glad I purchased a single bottle, so I do not have to suffer drinking the other five.. Will not buy any more.

Photo of tboom29
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a nice dark color. It had an unexpected haziness to it that I enjoyed. There was not much nose to it, a bit of fruitiness, some hops, not much else. It was hoppy up front, then quite bitter the first few sips. The malts and hops balance each other well, and the taste confirms the nose in the fruit and hoppy taste. My first thoughts were it was too bitter, and I was really hoping it wasn't a bad sixer, but as it warmed up a bit it mellowed out very nicely. Overall decent mouth feel and very drinkable, a nice go to IPA.

Photo of u2carew
3.44/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a two finger head that settles slowly. Amber colored body. Slight haze. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Light hoppy aroma, not much else.
T) Balanced flavor profile. Not over the top hoppy. A good consistency throughout. Notes of buttery caramel and pine.
M) Mediumd body. Crisp. Mellow dryness in the finish.
O) A decent brew. I'd have another.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thank you papollo for giving me the chance to try this!

Pours a medium copper color, with an off white frothy head that dissipates with lots of lacing.

Smells of slight piney and citrus hops. Nothing to prevalent, but very much there, and what was there, was nice.

A dash of malts with a heavy bitter taste. A little off balanced and an after taste lingers for a moment, but it's not bad at all.

Medium bodied, and lacking a bit in carbonation with the slightly heavier feel. Otherwise pleasant.

This is a pretty decent IPA, worth a try.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a great looking amber colour with a big chunky foamy head that leaves heaps of residue on the glass after it dissolves. Great appearance.

The aroma is hoppy, with floral notes complimented by earth, some caramel and a bit of earthiness. There's a bit of a bread feel here as well.

The flavour is floral and sweet throughout, with caramel mixing nicely with the hops. A bit of harsh biting flavour comes thorough at the finish of each sip and while it's not bad, it doesn't seem to mesh as well as it could. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit oily.

This is a pretty good IPA. Some minor tweaks here and there could make it a really good one.

Photo of Jermbrew
2.19/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is odd tasting. But first.... Dull appearance, Amber and hazy which is fine by me. The smell is weak...no citrus, no pine, just minimal floral scent.

Taste a bit like unsweetened tea. There's maltiness, but whattabout the good hops. Maybe it's a bad bottle, but this does not taste like an American IPA. The head fizzled quickly and lacing is poor. I don't want the rest of this beer.

Photo of blackie
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The pour gives a nice looking 1" light khaki head that slowly recedes. Pretty nice retention of the cap on top. The beer is a hazy amber in color.

smell: Toasted malts with surprisingly big notes of apple and pear. Not much as far as hop aroma, the pear really takes over much of the nose.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the far high side of the medium range, and the body medium.

taste: Lightly sweet toasted malts with muddy notes of grain husk. There is a moderate hop flavor, but it is quite dull in character, with no real complexity. A coniderable bitterness dries out the finish.

drinkability: pretty good

Received in a trade with thaichile

Photo of Amalak
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had out of a cask at Barcade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A- It was a very deep red, completely opaque with only a limited head and lacing.
S- Nice bitter, floral scent.
T- It is apparently made with soaked vodka chips or something, and the vodka taste really comes through. Feels much more heavy than 6.6% ABV. Some smokey feel. Very interesting taste.

Photo of pnkermiz
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Barcade.

Hazy copper/orange in color with a nice big fluffy head. Pine-like hop aroma with a big hop flavor up front. The malts come in right on time to balance out the flavor and then the pine and hops come back again for the finish. A nicely balanced IPA that is not over the top at all in its hop flavor. Special bonus points for not naming this IPA "Hoptitude" or "Hop something or other". I'm getting fed up with all of those clever hop names.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.29/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a nice shade of amber color but is severely lacing in any form of head or lacing, looks almost undercarbonated.

Smell is almost nonexistent except a couple whiffs of malt, hardly any hop aroma, not looking too good for this IPA.

Taste is bitter malt, not so much from bitter flowery hops, almost no distinction that this is an IPA, low carbonation, not citrusy or grapefruity or even hoppy.

Probably the most disappointing beer from Cape Ann that I've had, for a brewery that has the look of coastal shipping, they should at least get the legacy of an IPA somewhat correct.

Photo of BuckSpin
3.89/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle in an official Fisherman's Brew Shaker pint!

Wow...poured thick, oily, viscous & silent, maybe even a wee bit syrupy! Damn, this is one dark IPA! Thick & clouded, it looks like iced tea with a warm, rhubarb-esque amber hue....wild. Head was a pencil's worth of loose, antique ivory hued foam that faded almost immediately into a thin sheen & edge ring.

Nose is sweet, thick, citric hops evoke grapefruit aromas with a little pineapple in the background. Soft green pine needles are also there but subtle as well.

Damn, this is nice! Thick, soft, very round, a little chewy, one of the maltiest IPAs I've had. I'm no hophead so this sweet taste (some traces of brown sugar) & mouth-feel is most welcome. Hops are subdued, not over the top & searing, yet what is there is nicely bitter with traces of grapefruit rind & pith as well as some pine. Not even semi-dry, its definitely "wet" with a very, very faint, damp, back of the mouth crunch, which only pushes the overall heaviness & thickness of it. The overall effect is a heavy, slightly sweet, subtly bitter IPA in feel & taste.

Growing a little more bitter on the palate, slightly drier (but still barely semi-dry if that), it stays round & full in feel. The sharpest aspect of this brew is a rounded off corner at best, a nice change from some of the stiletto qualities some IPAs bring. As a result its very easy to drink (I'm forcing myself to slow down) and could definitely be sessioned no problem.

It finishes with a nice, lightened blast of hoppy grapefruit, leaving a bittersweet, slightly sticky & chewy aftertaste that coats the mouth with a thin sheen of pine.

Damn nice, and quite a surprise. I still can't get over the thickness & color. A real malthead's IPA. This would pair beautifully with with about anything in a pub or off a summer grill, and could work with some sweeter, "zesty" food genres. Any number of mild to mid-range cheeses (cheddar, aged Gouda, etc) would also be great. I'd definitely drink this again in a heartbeat. A nice find, and one I recommend heartily, especially if you are not into hot, searing IPAs. Check it out!!

Photo of ted2612
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

good. not great. trying it for first time. glad i tried it, but given other very good options, will not seek it out again (for the price would choose sierra nevada torpedo every day).

Photo of travduke
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark amber with a small white head that quickly dissipates leaving little lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malt, light hops. Nothing really stands out here.

Taste: This is completely different than any IPA I've tasted. Overly sweet malt stands up front to the faint bitter hops.

Feel/Drink: Mouthfeel was thin and drinkablity is low. I just wasn't in to this.

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Fisherman's IPA from Cape Ann Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.