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Fisherman's IPA - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Fisherman's IPAFisherman's IPA

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220 Ratings
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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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:
Had been 5.5% ABV

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2005)
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Photo of tai4ji2x
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. no date found.
contract brewed by olde saratoga, saratoga, NY

deep, quite dark amber. clear. light tan, 1-finger head. fades to thin wispy layer. nice lacing, esp. later on.

toasted caramel malt aromas with mild citrus rind and floral pine. subtle apple fruitiness.

caramel malt flavors and fruity apple, moving to grassy yet resinous hop with a hint of pine. gives a bold bitterness, but mixes awkwardly with fusels and phenols into the finish.

relatively smooth, medium body. lively, prickly, sometimes even creamy carbonation.

tai4ji2x, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

medium brown colored beer with a decent head and lace.
The aroma of hops,malts and caramel with citrus hints. A very mild bitter taste that evens out as you drink it. A buttery taste wraps the beer in a creamy finish.
A medium body,medium carbonation feel with decent balance and a smooth feel.

Notes: A good IPA for the buck and overall a decent beer with some good points. Not super hoppy,but evenly balanced and satisfying. I am not big on the butter taste,yet it dos not ruin the beer at all. I would buy it again.

Lexluthor33, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed orangeish amber with a thin tan head. The head thins even more, but sticks around. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel, lemon and some pine and leafiness.

This is a caramel-backed IPA. Caramel pretty strong, though does have enough piney, citric (lemony) bitterness. Hop presence enough to fit IPA (though I could buy hoppier pale ale). It does have a dry finish.

It has a creamy, rather chewy, though with a touch of butter, texture.

This would not be confused with a hoppy "West Coast" IPA, but, then, it's not. It fits within the style (though barely), and is a pleasant, well-balanced, "easy" version of the style. For a more rounded, sweeter, smooth "East Coast" IPA, this is a decent choice. In a style that is tough to compete with, it has a nice drinkability with enough hop presence to fit the style, and is "sessionable".

jwc215, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear dark orange color with a fluffy 3"+ head that produces some nice lacing.

Smell: floral hops and some softer orange citrus come through to the nose.

Taste: bready caramel, mild floral bitterness, oranges, and some softer honey tones show up late. A bit of a buttery texture arrives while swallowing.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is short.

Drinkability: easy to quaff as this is a IPA that does not blow your taste buds out. Definite session beer here. Not something I would rave about, but a nice flavored brew that is easy to drink.

Gavage, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of EPICAC
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed copper. Topped by a shiny off-white film. There are hints of sweet, caramel malts in the aroma with an herbal, resiny hop character. The combination of the two evokes a fruity aroma.

There's a toasty malt backbone throughout the beer with a light sweetness. The finish is herbal and citrusy with a nice bitterness. Medium-bodied, lightly oily and highly carbonated.

I though this was a nice balance, the hops were definitely the dominant character.

EPICAC, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of Coorskid33
2.45/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appears~ 1.5'' head that lingers well and laces the glass. Cloudy and orangey with carbonation barely visible.

Smells~ Good and clean. Not overpowering. Floral slightly but mostly citrusy.

Taste~ Initial quick burst of hops is quickly lost in huge carbonation. No citrus flavor that is smelled and expected.

Mouthfeel~ Watery and carbonation overload! Not the greatest.

Drinkabilty~ Maybe an average to below average IPA. My initial hopes after pouring and smelling this beer were crushed after tasting. Not great, but not awful, just disappointing I guess.

Coorskid33, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of wobblynoggin
2.42/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is confusing, because like other reviewers I am wondering if the brewery even knows it doesn't taste like an IPA, or if they were trying to reinvent one. I know I should be wary of buying an IPA that tells the "blah blah blah yackety shmackety" story about IPAs traveling from Britain to India on the bottle, but hey, it was on sale, and here I am.

A - Promising, as it was as dark as a double IPA, maybe more burgundy than usual, but had typical good IPA lacing.

S - Malty, caramel, nothing else...here, I knew I was in trouble.

T - Malty, caramel, where's the hops? I gave it a 2.0 instead of lower only because the beer was advertised as an IPA, but actually doesn't taste bad. It just doesn't taste like an IPA. If it was advertised as a hoppy amber, it would actually make more sense. The more you drink it the more you pick up the hops, but in an IPA that should be very up front. I don't like subtle IPAs.

M - Not horrible, but the caramel notes linger from start to finish, and take over even as you try to gauge the carbonation and viscosity of the beer. I almost feel like I am drinking a caramel sundae. Holy caramel notes!

D - Like I said, it is not a horrible beer, just not an IPA. I could drink quite a few as long as I make up my mind that I am NOT drinking an IPA.

Market this beer as Caramel Amber and they will have a hit on their hands! Maybe they will read this and give that a shot!!!

As low as the score I gave it, I would maybe even try to get beer novices to try it, because it is not very extreme, and price wise, worth sharing too.

wobblynoggin, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of TStandley13
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Appears thin but produced a rather large and fluffy head that dissipated and left little to no lacing on my glass. A pretty nice looking burnt brown color, darker than I had anticipated since it is supposed to be an IPA (more on that later).

S - Slighty sweet and malty with not many hops coming through like a normal IPA. Not much of a fruit smell either, cept for a generic citrusy smell. Nothing notable.

T- I agree with previous reviewers regarding the idea that this brew may not actually be an IPA. What is the level of IBU's? I taste no bitterness or hoppiness in this brew, rather it reminds me of Rogue Amber Ale. If thats what they are going for then I'd say it was alright.

M- Meh. Too fizzy.

D- Drank one and that was enough.

TStandley13, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of tittymcj
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this one with, you guessed it, William Pang (Queens, NY).

This one pours a very crisp light amber color, with thin head and thick lacing.
Smells very sweet and malty throughout, but follows up with a small hint of floral hops.
The taste is very very sweet, and very very floral. There is a great balance between the hop bitterness and the sweetness of the malts, and they blend very well together.
This feels very thin in the mouth, but leaves behind a fizzly carbonation feeling.
I could definitely enjoy several of these in the same sitting. Not very high in alcohol, and very pleasant to sip on.

tittymcj, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of prototypic
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

prototypic, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of albern
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This IPA is slightly disappointing, but not bad. It just doesn't have enough interesting hop bitterness to warrant a re-try. The beer pours a nice amber color with an off white creamy head, good retention, and lacing. The nose on the beer is sweet caramel malts. It doesn't smell much like an IPA.

The taste is a bit odd. Conventionally speaking, you have the malted caramels, the slightly bready grains, you have some piney hops, and some florals dashed in there as well. BUT, there is an odd flavor coming from the yeast. Other reviewers labeled this as: licorice (no), metallic (no), maple flavoring (maybe), coconut (nope), woodsy mint (that probably hits it), candy flavor (maybe) and herbal (sure, why not). It is an odd flavor that is difficult to pin down, it isn't all that appropriate for an IPA and it is kind of sweet. This is a flawed IPA. It isn't bad, but I had higher hopes from this brew house.

albern, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle shared courtesy of dickinsonbeer (thanks for another off my want list!).

Poured a deeper amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops, citrus/oranges, and some toasted caramel. Tastes folow suit with the same citrus, floral and ligher caramel.

Notes from: 11/29/07

hopdog, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of ybnorml
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clean amber/orange colored beer. Has a small off white head, makes some good lace. The aroma is a nice blend of floral hops with a citrus note and a good grain malt backbone.The hop character sets the pace for the taste. With peppery and floral notes abounding. A light caramel note passes thru just before the finish with tea like note.

ybnorml, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a little metallic but contains caramelized malts, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste is on the malty side for the style with flavors of caramel and citrus up front. A hops bitterness comes in quickly but it's pretty weak for an IPA. There's also a metallic bite to it that throw's everything off. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, I'm hoping I got a bad bottle but it definitely was not very good and it's not one that I would recommend.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of Risser09
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby red brown color with a slight haze. A 1" ivory head forms and shows good retention. Plenty of lace on the glass.

Smell: A deep malt aroma includes a nutty and slight hop aroma. Pretty bland.

Taste: A unique dark malt flavor gives way to a hoppy, pine flavor. The bitterness is nice, but not cloying. Not terribly complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, bitter and smooth. Alcohol is not noticeable.

Dirnkability: A pretty dark IPA that doesn't have much hop flavor and very little hop aroma. I would consider this beer a hoppy ESB. It's pretty bland overall. Decent.

Risser09, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of jackorain
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

An aggressive pour into my Stone Levitation glass resulted in a 2.5 inch light tan head wit good staying power and impressive lace as it fell. The liquid beneath was a clear, bright, dark amber-red. When held up to the light it was nearly garnet in color. This color is a little off for the style but none the less quite attractive.

Fruity and caramel malts hit first. Mild floral and mild green hop notes follow this. Not much here really.

On 1st sip a deep caramelized sugar malt characteristic is noted. This is followed by a green and floral hop bitterness that lingers into the finish, but is by no means strong. Not complex but okay. Oh wait, as this thing warms up, the flavor profile degraded, with an odd bitterness. Not that good after all.

The body is quite light for what I though the color would lend. There is a watery quality as well. The carbonation is nice and style appropriate.

When it was cold, I thought, it was at least somewhat drinkable, but after it warmed up, I decided that the three I have will probably be the the only one I will ever have.

Thanks for Reading

jackorain, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
2.42/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours dark orange with a thick, foamy head that took 3 pours to get it all in there. Such thick foam that I sculpted a little smiley face on my hand with it. Great retention.

Wow, this beer is boring. Smells faintly of floral hops and malt. Tastes of bready malt with some wimpy floral hop bitter at the end. Chalky yeast throughout. Very fizzy carbonation. This is like a practice homebrew.

donkeyrunner, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.2/5  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.

tempest, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - cloudy orange/amber color with a fluffy beige head that left globs of lacing.

S - caramel malt/floral hop aroma.

T - malty sweetness starts things off and then a citrusy bitterness breaks in to finish things off.

F - medium bodied, smooth and creamy feel.

D - it's worth a try.

JoeyBeerBelly, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of bheilman
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good IPA. Fairly sweet with a nice hoppy aftertaste. This beer is more sweet than I expected for an IPA, the sweetness is a bit more reminiscent of an imperial IPA; but I guess it doesn't have the alcohol content to match. It reminds me a lot of the dogfish head 90 minute IPA. That's a good thing. I would like a bit more of a hop-bitter bite at the end, but overall I am impressed with this brew.

bheilman, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of yossarian14
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with a nice big creamy off-white head. Smells like citrus and pine. Hops take a bit of back seat for what is now typical for an American IPA. Full bodied with a great drinkability. Not a bad introduction to the style but all hop-heads should take a pass as you will find this ale lackluster.

yossarian14, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of Clydesdale
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy, dark copper with a medium off-white head with a slight hint of tan. Good retention and above average lacing.

S: Biscuity malts, somewhat tart citric hops, perhaps a whiff of caramel and alcohol.

T: Biscuit and bread-like malts with sharp citric and floral hop bite. The finish is rather bitter with a strong, almost salty aftertaste. Some muted citric fruit notes are detectable, but the hops (cascade?) really take control of the taste. An earthy, oily presence becomes apparent as the beer warms.

M: Crisp and a fullish body, with active carbonation. Finish is quite dry with a pronounced aftertaste.

D: This is interesting and rather complex. It's somewhat unbalanced, however, and the aftertaste is a bit dominating. It's a nice one, but I probably wouldn't drink more than two at once.

Clydesdale, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of dedrinker
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with a thin off-white head. Aromas of fruity ale yeast, earthy hops, and caramel malt. This is a really terrific East Coast style IPA - great balance of malt and hops, but great malt and hop flavor as well, which is key - it's not just about the balance. Very English in style, except the malt was not as biscuity and orchard fruity - more of a deep malty woddsy sweetness. The hops were richly infused, but not in that West Coast way so many are addicted to - the earth resinous hops brood in this beer. Medium-to-full body with a hoppy finish bringing back more malt sweetness too. This would be rad from a fresh cask. Definitely for fishermen.

dedrinker, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
1.83/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: snifter. pours a nice clear tawny color, with bright orange hues. nice two finger head that is off-white in color. great retention rate and decent lacing.

S: very acidic aroma, some sour notes as well. some tart citrus notes but way in the back of the nose.

T: rather unappealing flavors, I get that battery acid flavor. Not nearly enough malts. threes sips and its dumped. too much lactos for me.

M: acidic

D: couldn't finish it...hopefully it was just a bad bottle.

paulthebeerguru, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this into my Sam Adam's specially shaped glass. A thick tan head formed that was about 2 ½ fingers thick. The head faded rather quickly and left a film across the beer. The beer was orange/amber and pretty hazy. There was some visible carbonation.

Aroma was fairly light. I was able to detect some floral notes and a wiff of ripe pineapple.

The taste was a little yeasty... Nice hop bitterness and a ripe fruit kick, but it was a bit astringent and yeasty. It was pretty good, but not nearly as good as some of the other basic IPA's . It's not very complex and has a big caramel malt presence followed by a basic hop bitterness. Not much depth.

Mouth feel is medium/light and a bit chalky.

Not overly drinkable.

Reagan1984, Oct 24, 2008
Fisherman's IPA from Cape Ann Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.