Fisherman's Brew
Cape Ann Brewing Company

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From:
Cape Ann Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
Lager - American Amber / Red
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
81
Avg:
3.57 | pDev: 12.61%
Ratings:
246
Status:
Retired
Rated:
May 11, 2020
Added:
Jul 20, 2004
Wants:
  8
Gots:
  37
SCORE
81
Good
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Notes: None
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3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Canned 4/10/19, too bad... I just bought this. I've had this beer a bunch of times too and surprised I don't have a review. Maybe it got eaten.
Pours a light foamy fizzy head with med retention, fair lacing, very hazy amber-orange color

Nose brings toasty grainy malt, reddish toasted amber malt with a little biscuity bready notes, mild lager notes but def past it's prime, touch vegetal, light herbal hops

Taste brings mild sweet malts out front, toasty reddish slight biscuity amber malts, toasty, little candy caramel like, soft lager note with a touch of cooked vegetables which could be the age, light bitterness and touch of herbal hops, drier finish, a little spicy hop note

Mouth is med to lighter bod, med-higher fizzy carb, soft lager but less crisp than usual

Overall it's a good beer, despite the mild cooked vegetable notes that likely came from the age as it's over a year old. I def want to try to find this again but fresh.

May 11, 2020
 
3.42 by TrojanRB from Texas on Sep 19, 2019
 
4.02 by Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts on Jun 01, 2019
 
4.27 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts on Feb 17, 2019
 
3.75 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Jan 21, 2019
 
3.75 by JohnofUpton from Massachusetts on Jul 21, 2018
 
3.45 by arrowsmith_ from Pennsylvania on Jun 19, 2018
 
3.75 by Canalfisher22 from Massachusetts on May 12, 2018
 
3.65 by AC-Mivsek from Ohio on Jan 26, 2018
 
3.42 by Paoloboston from Massachusetts on Nov 02, 2017
Photo of Finicky_Phineas
4.36/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
by Finicky_Phineas from Texas

On my many visits through Massachusetts and various New England hamlets I made a trip to Gloucester with my wife who must play the film "The Perfect Storm" at least twice a year. We happened upon the Crow's Nest which is a small dark tavern (from the film) close to the harbor full of colorful locals and memorabilia.
They had Fisherman's Brew on tap which had a nice color and a small bit of flavorable foam which stuck to the glass the way rural, hand-made beers are suppose to. Full of body, not bitter, and pleasant to the senses made me have another and then, another. My wife, who is not a beer drinker, had a few herself and remarked how well made and flavorable this was. She had a new favorite, but sadly, found that it was not available in Texas or anywhere remotely close to us. I do not remember a Sam Adams ever capturing the senses quite like the Fisherman's Brew.
Impressionable, which, upon our next trip to Cape Cod, we hope to consume several more. This local favorite is on my recommend list of "must try" when you are in area that it is available. Have salt water and breezy air close by.

Oct 31, 2017
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3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Poured into a pint glass, the appearance was a slightly dark yet clear red body with a decent transparency. One finger white foamy head softly dissipated to leave some sliding mild lace.
The aroma had some caramel malts up front, light dose of earthy hops.
The flavor was mainly sweet with the same sort of aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied, seemed to sit just a touch under. Had a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, pretty good red lager easy to come back to and easy to take down.

Jun 23, 2017
 
4.16 by Walkinbeauty from Connecticut on May 13, 2017
 
3.58 by Dave1999 from North Carolina on Feb 20, 2017
 
3.81 by I3eer from Massachusetts on Jan 30, 2017
 
2.5 by Lucoli from New York on Dec 14, 2016
 
3 by jeschaefer from Texas on Oct 07, 2016
 
2.88 by antman27 from New York on Jul 06, 2016
Photo of Joel7797
4.79/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by Joel7797 from Massachusetts

Nice smooth taste with a slight bitter back end.

Jun 11, 2016
 
3.78 by CayseyW from Connecticut on Apr 30, 2016
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3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

I think that I picked this up during one of my many forays up to New England. I have a number of friends up there & it usually does not take much to get me to come up, especially for a weekend.

From the CAN: "Amber Lager"; "Fisherman's Brew is an American Amber Lager, brewed by the docks of America's oldest seaport, Gloucester, Massachusetts, from the finest 2-row barley imported from Munich, Belgium and England. At 5.5% ABV and a well balanced 30 IBU's [sic], this smooth lager offers a roasty malt flavor followed by a dry, hoppy finish."

The Crack! revealed a brimful craft CAN by giving me a spray across my fingertips. I CANducted a gentle Glug, followed by an in-glass swirl, which raised a brief finger of tawny head before falling back to wisps. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a malty sweetness, kind of like freshly mown hay and lightly roasted barley. I was reminded of Grape-Nuts, actually. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very malty with notes of caramel, a light nuttiness and a toasted breadiness. Finish was likewise sweet with a lingering taste of mown grass or hay and toasted bread. It was at the upper limit of what I CAN tolerate in terms of sweetness. I did not dislike it, but neither was it going to replace my local Yuengling Lager.

Apr 04, 2016
 
3.75 by xungmound98 from New York on Jan 18, 2016
 
3.34 by BeerMeister8 from New Hampshire on Dec 31, 2015
 
3.75 by let8it8grow from Pennsylvania on Dec 27, 2015
 
3.36 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Dec 19, 2015
 
2.25 by alexworsnip from North Carolina on Oct 13, 2015
 
3.59 by PJCarnell from Massachusetts on Sep 24, 2015
 
3.75 by RobDB from New Jersey on Aug 19, 2015
 
3.9 by BostonJustin from Massachusetts on Jul 03, 2015
 
4.25 by hopley from Massachusetts on Jul 01, 2015
Photo of papposilenus
3.01/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by papposilenus from New Hampshire

12 oz. can into a cool teardrop glass - decent foamy head subsides quickly leaving minimal lacing. L: clear, copper, light, big-bubbled carbonation. S: malt and malt again, citrus and... peanut butter? Really? T: I was recently reading another reviewer explaining how some beer tasted like cat pee and how that wasn't necessarily a bad thing. So. The dominant taste is somewhat-sweet malt, followed quickly by cat pee and peanut butter. First reaction is to retrieve the can and look for a date - none found. But you know what? It's not bad. A little off-putting, maybe, but I bought a six-pack and damned if I won't drink the whole thing. F: nice mouthfeel, creamy-smooth with light carbonation, it's best feature and, here, it really makes a big difference in the beer's drinkability, what with the peanut butter and cat pee which, incidentally, becomes more pronounced as the beer warms up. O: It really wasn't bad. How enthusiastic does that sound? It would be better really, really cold.

Jun 22, 2015
Photo of Neorebel
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Neorebel from New Jersey

Decent amber ale for everyday drinking- it has a nice malty sweetness to it...

Jun 08, 2015
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4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
by Totalpackage411 from California

Had this beer in Boston, it was fairly light and had a good amber taste. Not the greatest beer in the world but cheap good beer to enjoy with dinner.

May 21, 2015
 
4 by WoostaBia from Massachusetts on May 04, 2015
 
3.78 by Cohasset from Massachusetts on Feb 14, 2015
 
3.47 by TheHip-HopMobBarley from New York on Feb 13, 2015
 
3.98 by misternebbie from Pennsylvania on Feb 10, 2015
 
3.24 by TWStandley from Massachusetts on Nov 29, 2014
 
3.6 by costanzo_mike from Massachusetts on Nov 22, 2014
Fisherman's Brew from Cape Ann Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 246 ratings