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Fisherman's IPA - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Fisherman's IPAFisherman's IPA

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134 Reviews
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Reviews: 134
Hads: 253
Avg: 3.41
pDev: 21.11%
Wants: 4
Gots: 27 | 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
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Reviews: 134 | Hads: 253
Photo of Yeastcakes
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving notes - 0.5L German glass, cellar temp. A little aged.
A - floral and earthy hops.
A - two fingers of rocky head, body is hazy yellow-amber.
M - light body with medium carbonation.
T - Smooth bitterness immediately covers the tongue. Nice malt backbone. Some spiceness that I cannot really identify.
D - Nice smooth drinking IPA.

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Enjoyed on 05.07.09 from a 12oz brown bottle. Poured into a 14oz USA pint glass. Part of a BOTM sample set.

A: Pours a deep amber with a good head that dissipates quickly. Low-medium lacing

S: Malt, w/herbs.

T: Sweet malt, brown bread, citrus and strong hop finish. Def a Amer. IPA

M: Light oil. Malty.

D: I wouldn't pair food with it. Good edge to it. Unfortunately I can name at least 50 better Amer. IPAs I've had...

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Photo of billybob
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice rich amber color short head and a decent lace. slightly sweet smelling with floral and citrus notes in the aroma. has a buttery smooth slick taste slightly sweet with more of a caramel taste than the grapefruit bitter taste with your standard ipa well balanced easy to drink.

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Photo of bsp77
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of bonkers
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as part of a BOTMC. It pours a deep copper with a moderate white head. The aroma is somewhat citruasy, but IMO a bit weak. The flavor is average, a bit of citrus and a bit bitter but nothing impresive. The brew is medium bodied and has moderate carbonation. I like my IPA's a bit bigger, this is more of an APA in the flavor department.

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Photo of imagineiii
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a beer of the month club. irony is that its one of the closest breweries to where i grew up, but ive never had it so: bonus!

poured into my new stone tumbler: "fizzy yellow beer is for wussies" extra pale brown color half finger of eggshell head. retention is decent. carbonation is sparse and slow.

smells of grass and thin malty sweetness. not much else.

taste is sweet, only slightly bitter. while subtle, the hop profile is gentle and pleasing. caramel notes come out of the malt as it warms.

carbonation is too big for the rather thin beer. not bottle fermented, wish it was.

very drinkable as it isnt too flavorful. could definitely session this brew.

decent effort from gloucester. i got higher hope for their kolsch tho.

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Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderately bubbled head with some lasting time. Leaves ring lace after each sip. Hazy and copper colored.

Interesting combination of floral hop and earthy malt from the nose. More malt than most IPA's. Not what I'd expect, but I kinda like it.

The flavor starts with a dryish malt that quickly succumbs to the hop punch. But its a pulled punch, not nearly as bitter as most in this style. If I were guessing, I'd put this closer to British Bitter. Typical body. Still, it's an attractive beer and easy to drink.

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Photo of WJVII
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My wonderful wife got me a beer of the month subscription and this is the first brew from my first month (12 beers total, 4 different from 2 breweries each month)!

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a golden color with a pink hue. There are large carbonation bubbles but almost no head to speak of. The aroma is a little off. Very light smell of some hops but that is all. The taste is very thin. More sweet than bitter and the finish is a little metallic. Not the best brew but I have high hopes for the BOM club.

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Photo of mikereaser
2.94/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a cloudy amber color with no foam

S - more malt than anything, hints of some piney hops

T - not a very strong tasting beer, i'd expect more from an IPA. the malt dominates with a bit of some piney hops coming through

M/D - Overall an ok beer, nothing too overwhelming, just a weak version of an IPA.

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Photo of climax
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice copper/burnt orange with a good size creamy rocky head.

The nose was pretty malty for an IPA, toasted caramel malt was in abundance. The hops did balance with mostly leafy tones and a bit of citrus. It doesn't have the hop blast I think an IPA should.

Taste was along similar lines, it was balanced well but still not as hoppy as I'd hoped, yet an excellent compromise. The toasty malts hit right away with an added sweetness (almost irish red), the hop bitterness follows in with in with a little astringency. The finish is earthy and dry.

The body isn't lacking. It is chewy and smooth.

It's balanced well and the flavors are good. It's easier to drink than many hoppier IPA's, thus a hophead may not be floored but I still enjoyed it for what it was.... a solid beer. It maybe more of a good hopheavy amber.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.29/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

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Photo of PeterLemonjello
2.13/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Received as part of Beer Club...

A -Not a bad looking beer. Light amber is color with lots of carbonation. Looks thin, over filtered, as though all the body has been stripped out.

S - Not a bad smelling beer, but just not consistent with the IPA style. Very malty. Once again, not bad...but smells more like a malty/bready amber. Maybe a touch of citrus, but certainly no big citrus/earthy/piney/floral smells as one would expect.

T - Just not a lot here. Not awful, no off-flavors...but just a very underwhelming beer. Bitterness is there but there are no hop flavors. Malt/bready flavors are there but are totally dominated by the bitterness. Dry finish. Very confusing beer and not consistent with the style.

M - Thin with lots of carbonation.

D - It's a drinkable beer. I certainly didn't consider putting it down the drain, but it's just not a very good beer.

I almost feel as though this beer was mislabeled. I guess it does have some bitterness which might be IPA-ish to some, but I would honestly rate this as an slightly below average Amber as opposed to a very very bad IPA. No off-flavors, so it's plenty drinkable but one of the worst examples of an IPA I've ever had. Looking forward to trying their award winning Kolsch.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Poured a translucent copper with a one inch off-white head that quickly recedes into a fairly consistent cap. Some thin strands of lacing are revealed during the session. Nose is malty up front with a mere suggestion of hops. Taste is malty and buttery up front with a light bitterness towards the back. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a slight prickle along the front of the tongue. Drinkability is fair - not really what I would consider style consistent.

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Photo of shirfan
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper with reddish highlights and a good layer of lacy foam.

Smell is malty, biscuity, with hints of grapefruit and pine.

Taste follows the nose. Biscuity malt heavy on caramel flavor backed up by a mild hops presence. Pine, grapefuit, mild peppery spice. Hops are inadequate to consider as a serious IPA, but it's quite quaffable, regardless.

Mouthfeel is the strong point here -- very creamy and highly drinkable. An excellent "burger and fries" ale, but I'd call it a copper APA.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev +7%
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".

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Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of Coorskid33
2.52/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

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Photo of wobblynoggin
2.43/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

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Photo of TStandley13
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of tittymcj
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of prototypic
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of albern
3.21/5  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.

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Fisherman's IPA from Cape Ann Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.