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Fisherman's Ale - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cape Ann Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WanderingFool on 04-17-2007

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Ratings: 109 | Reviews: 55
Reviews by glid02:
Photo of glid02
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bukowski’s in Cambridge.

Pours a clear amber color with a slightly off-white head that leaves decent lacing, the color was surprisingly dark for the style.

Smells of muted light malts with good amounts of earthy hops and smaller amounts of medium fruits. Also present are slight hints of breadiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Somewhat muddled light malts up front are joined quickly by hints of breadiness and medium fruits. Midway through leafy hops come into play, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall this beer didn’t fit very well into the style and wasn’t nearly as clean as it should be. Not a bad beer, but not a good kolsch.

More User Reviews:
Photo of steelerguy
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Gold, clear, low carbonation, small had that fades quickly into nothing.

S - Sweet grain, corn pops.

T - Nice flavor, corn bread, sweetness, very crisp with only a slight touch of bittering hops at the end.

M - Crisp, clean, and refreshing.

D - This is an extremely refreshing beer, perfect for a hot summer bbq or after some yard work. Could enjoy a few in this setting but would seek something more challenging otherwise.

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange-brown in color, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: caramel, grass, toasted malt

Taste: toasted malt, citrus hops in the background, and grain

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium/high carbonation, sweet with a slightly bitter backbone

Drinkability: I could have two or three. A solid above average kolsch that sticks to the style. I like the flavor combinations.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cape Ann- Fisherman's Ale (Kölsch)

Purchased at Super Saver- Pennington, NJ.

A- Beautiful golden yellowish orange with the biggest billowiest head!
S- Strong wheat and starw with hints of grain and citrus peel.
T- Malt and grains hit you first. A touch of wheat, straw and hay come out. A touch of lemon and orange peel are present and a dash of earthy pine hops.
M- Dry and sweet with a nice lemony citrus bitter finish.

Overall- My first Cape Ann beer and a definite winner, even on a style I don't care for!

Party on the poop deck with this 1!!

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a light, golden look, lacy white head, pretty deep, great dissipation. plenty of life.

The aroma is of gentle dark bready malt with a layer of herbal-minty hops, golden wheat, very hearty complexity on the nose.

The flavor is criapy and clean bready malt with a good balance of dense green hops, sharp mint and earhiness that is pretty deep. wheat and corn and many hearty flavor's makes this one fun when your at a sea food restaurant in Mass!!

The feel is the light side of medium bodied with a good crisp kick and long, slick finish.

a surprise brew indeed.

Photo of puboflyons
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz bottle. Sampled July 7, 2012. The pour is a hazy pale yellow with a quick fizzy white head that fades immediately. The aroma is of grains with a crisp hop note but the bottle I got must have been skunked because I also got a of that on the nose. Light body. The taste has all the right characteristics of a Kolsch with grains and a moderate bitterness but the skunked character distorted my judgement.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a beautiful hazy golden orange sunset with a rocky, off white head that was moderately lasting.

S: spicy with some pepper notes standing out the most. There was a light yeastiness as well some fresh fruit (apples, oranges).

F: spicy with some celery and some dry black pepper on the finish. The hoppiness was spicy upfront before yielding to a herbal light grassiness. There were some dry apples and oranges coming through after the swallow.

M: The mouthful and body was moderate with a warming black pepper spicing lacing the tongue.

D: Really good drinkability and interesting flavors would make you coming back for more.

Photo of fitzy84
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a six-pack at Table and Vine. The drink poured with a large head and levels of patching across the glass. The appearance was a crisp gold look, with a slight amber color. Aromas were strong with sweet grains flavors and an earthy tone. The taste had a good flavor initially, but the taste kind of dissipates quickly. Generally speaking, it had a sugary sweet taste with light hops. Mouthfeel was light and watery. Pretty refreshing actually. Overall, not too bad.

Photo of u2carew
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
A) Pours with a half inch head then settles to thin lacing around the edge. Lacing is fairly sticky. Mostly transparent. Gold to bronze in color.
S) Citrus orange and lemon. Grainy. Bread. Wheat.
T) A well balanced malty sweetness - caramel and light toffee. Grainy notes. Mellow hops in the finish and lingering in the aftertaste.
M) Light to Medium bodied. A light grittiness. Some tannin feel. Light on the CO2 fizz.
D) A nice beer for a hot summer day. Not a standout, but a good brew.

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is hazy pale light yellow in color and poured with a thin bright head.
S: There are aromas of bready malts and fruity yeast in the nose along with some hints of lemon and floral hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of bready malts with notes of lemons.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink and is quite sessionable; it is a good choice for a hot summer day particularly since the lemon adds some refreshing properties.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow color, slight orange tinge, little to no head and even less lacing on the glass.

Smell has a light malty aroma, maybe even a slight citrus presence, but definitely more on the malty side of beers.

Taste is light and crisp, malty but has a weird grassy bitterness in the aftertaste that kind of distracts from the overall feel. Light and easy to drink, but nothing too amazing, don't think I'd buy it on it's own but as part of a mixed pack I'm glad I got to try it.

Photo of BuckSpin
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle in a Pilsener glass

Poured with some life, faint crackle. Light nose, delicate, semi-sweet with old honey, malts resonate straw & hay, echoes of nature (rocks on the coastline, a summer field of corn stalks, crisp morning air in the mountains) abound. Hops elicit a light citrus rind quality. With some air the malts become stronger, more pronounced, bread & grains now rising.

A pencil's worth of small, compact, antique white foam faded quickly to a thin sheen of a floater with an edge ring that is subtly lacing in splotches. Hazy & slightly cloudy, its a subtle apricot orange, bright, warm, more golden near the base & warmer near the head.

Crisp yet soft, semi-dry with an up-front yet muted crunchiness, its nice bittersweet, actually more towards the bitter side of the road of that address. Hops are like a citric (lemon rind) butter knife - sharp enough to cut through most but no where near sharp enough to cut through all. A noticeable mineral/rocky quality, somewhat filmy (reminiscent of that feeling you would get in your mouth when washing chalk off a slate blackboard) only furthers this abrasive, dry bitter taste. Don't get me wrong, its not a bad thing at all.

Growing even drier on the palate, it takes on a leathery quality. Malts grow earthy, a little dirty even. The bitterness is more subdued and even becomes somewhat sweeter with more lemon rind & pith. The finish is nicely bittersweet (now crossing the road from bitter to sweet) and leaves a dry, leathery, coated mouth-feel, a little sour, somewhat filmy & rocky.

This was nice & definitely a joy ride for those who like their beers bitter & dry. I am craving a big deli sandwich, fries, a pickle wedge. I could see this being a KILLER lobster paring, as well as various whitefish done simply, some dry cheddar or Cotswold, maybe anything with spinach (bitter), simple potatoes, artisan bread. While not something I would want to drink every day, it was a nice change of pace and was rather nice. Recommended, especially if you like dry & bitter. Give it a shot.

Photo of plaid75
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a clean grainy malt with a touch of grassy hop.

The taste consisted of a light grain and perhaps a touch of rye spice. There was a good noble hop spice toward the finish. Nice doughy aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was light and clean with a semi-dry finish.

Overall a nice kolsch. A good summer beer for sure.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells malty with a light breadiness. Pours to a hazy light brown with a multi-sized bubble creamy head. Taste is quite balanced but a little more on the sweet side. No bitterness but a flat tartness in the background throughout and more evident in the finish. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated but doesn't try to overpower the taste. This is a very smooth drinker. Good and solid with a nice backbone and a finish leaving one desiring another sip. This is a great session brew.

Photo of jneiswender
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 5oz glass from the brewery draft line.

A-medium yellow body and an eggshell white head.

S-sweet, some floral

T- chewy nice balance, some cereal aftertaste.

M-medium mouthfeel

D-great beer. Easily the best that is offered by this brewery. I could definately drink this all night. Worth getting a growler of it.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I suppose this is what the Gordon's Fisherman drinks when he's making fish sticks.

Pours a hazy honey color with a thin white head that leaves quickly. Smells of light graints and honey.

Tastes of singed light graints with some herbal hops peeking out. A little grainy in the mouth with mild fizziness. Nice.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

S: The aroma is of grainy malts, a good amount of hops and a touch of fruit.

T: The taste is light but bready with mild background flavors of citrus and spices. There's a stronger than average hops presence for the style. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there's a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice lighter German-style sessionable beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed golden amber with a thin white head. Traces of lacing stick.

The smell is of caramelish sweetness, bready notes and a bit fruity - slighly herbal.

The taste is of light sweet malt with a spicy, herbal (lemony?) finish. Nicely balanced.

Refreshingly light-bodied and crisp, this a a very nice stab at the style. Interestingly, the aroma doesn't quite match the taste, IMO, and the latter is truer to style. It's light but with a nice taste. I could drink this easily as a "refresher" or "easy sessioner".

Photo of ppoitras
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" white head over the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head dwindles gradually, with ample lacing. Aroma is lightly sweet, lightly spicy. Taste follows the nose, sweet pale malts, spicy yeast, prickly hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Pretty good stuff.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an attractive straw/orange with a metallic hue and a finger-thick head that drops to a gauze. No lacing that I can see, but a moderate amount of fast, tiny bubbles.

Smell is flinty & fresh, with malts at the forefront, some grape & a tiny bit of bubblegum. Taste is right there too, I love that crisp malt profile with a pretty clean finish, some residual sweetness in the aftertaste. Slightly lemony further down the glass.

Refreshing mouthfeel -- I wish more brewers did kolsch, the flavor of an ale with the smoothness & freshness of a lager. Very sessionable, modest, good for summer.

Photo of iceball585
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy yellow color, semi-transparent, more than two finger thick fluffy white head that faded slowly, lots of tiny bubbles rising

S- Pale malts, yeast, citrus, grains, slightly bready

T- Honey, toasted grains, fruity, light malt, yeast, mild floral hops bite

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, sweet, smooth, slightly dry finish

D- Worth buying again

The bottle foamed over the second I opened it. I'm not sure if it was overcarbonated or maybe it accidently got knocked around in my fridge. Other than all that, I really enjoyed this one.

Photo of climax
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured a pale gold, very good clarity. Head was creamy and thick.

Pleasant and relatively mild nose. Smelled of sweet cereal grains and fruit, particularly banana. Anything more was of grassy with honey and maybe coriander.

Nice balance of sweet and bitter in the taste. Diacetyl and bready flavors were prominent, and became more defined as it warmed. A bit more lemony towards the finish.

This beer has a pretty good fullish body, pretty slick and coated nicely. Always a nice crispness from the carbonation.

This makes a fantastic warm weather beer without being too light or boring. A drinkable refresher worth a try.

Photo of billybob
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear light amber with a quickly dissipating one finger head and no lace to speak of. smells slightly fruity with a strong metallic note to it. grainy and dry taste with a metallic after note that i did not like. light mouthfeel and a crisp carbonation. maybe its the kolsch style i don't like but i will not buy this beer again and its not meant to be a put down for this beer.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I know this beer's from Massachusetts, but it reminds me of the whole Chesapeake scene. (You've gotta give me some leeway here, I'm from the Midwest...) Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear brass topped by a half-finger of relatively short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises mild white bread, slight melon, flowers, and a bit of lemon zest. The taste brings in more of the same, the bread enveloping the melon/lemon mixture while flowers rain down upon the proceedings. The body straddles the border between hefty light and light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid, nearly slick feel. Overall, a nice-enough kolsch, one that embraces the subtlety of the style, but one that stills leaves me wanting a bit.

Photo of smcolw
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Disappointing half-finger head that leaves no lace. The liquid itself is cloudy and dark golden color.

Slightly sweet, almost cherry-like, smell. Faint hop in the background.

Much stronger hop in the flavor profile, like a hoppy pale ale. Weaker pal malt flavors,. Proper body for the style, which is to say thinner than most pale ales. This is a very easy beer to drink.

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Fisherman's Ale from Cape Ann Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.