Fisherman's Brew
Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Lager - American Amber / Red
Ranked #43
Ranked #44,538
3.57 | pDev: 12.61%
Cape Ann Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
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BeerMeister8 from New Hampshire

3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dec 31, 2015
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mikereaser from Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a slightly murky copper with a ring of bubbles around the glass

S - toasted malts, yeast and some piney earthy hops

T - toasted caramel malts and some piney hops round out the flavor

M/D - decent brew, nothing too outstanding. The taste is ok but not that exciting.

Apr 29, 2009
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gfreed from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy-honey-iced-tea color and a head that vanished after, oh, five seconds. How did that happen? The edges are unusually light, too. Nice aroma of typical lager hoppiness with a touch of lemon and a smooth streak of malt: not too heavy, but definitely anxious to bust out of the glass. Less malt up front in the taste than expected, however; present but not dominant, and well balanced with a light pinch from the hops. Overall this is one of the better red lagers I can recall. Refreshing and flighty; non-demanding and simple. Good for the weekday rotation.

Jul 21, 2010
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: copper amber, medium carbonation, small head, clear

Smell: malt and hops..some yeast nothing overpowering

Taste: toasted malt, small caramel, hoppy finish

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium bodied, moderately bitter

Drinkability: I find this to be a very average amber. The taste really does not distinguish itself from anything I have had in the past. I will have this at parties, but not search it out.

May 17, 2009
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Tarps68 from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -2%

Aug 24, 2014
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OtherShoe2 from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with an off-white rocky head that lasted for most of the pint. Fair lacing.

Smells of malt and some dried fruit -- something else there.

Lots of roasted malt flavors -- good layers of flavor here, with a hint of spiciness you see in some winter beers -- couldn't put my finger on it at first, but there it is. Dark, sweet bread elements, and some hop bite, but nothing in your face.

Medium bodied with a mouth-coating finish. No sharp edges here, which is something I find myself wanting. That's a bit of a downer.

A malty, softer, spicier lager. I think this will be more of a cold weather beer for me. Not the refreshing type of beverage for warm weather or out of the bottle drinking. A good, solid brew.

Aug 23, 2008
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clegolfski from Ohio

5/5  rDev +40.1%

Nov 26, 2011
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From an undated 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 9, 2012. It pours a medium to dark amber that could also be classified as golden bronze with a smallish head that fades after a few moments. The aroma oozes sweetness with dark malts, nuts, and a low profile hop ester. The body is medium and smooth. The taste is of sweet caramel upfront with a low to medium bitterness taking up the tail. The bitterness seems to evolve as the beer warms. This was an easy to drink, likable beer.

Jul 09, 2012
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donkeyrunner from Massachusetts

2.71/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours see-through amber with a pretty white head. Decent retention and minimal lacing.

Faint. Roasted malt, fall fruit and leafy hops.

Watery malt with some weak herbal hop bitterness at the end. Fall fruit aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin and contributes to the overall wimpyness of this beer. I good beer pong beer I guess.

Dec 29, 2008
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selecter70 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice rustic-tasting farm ale-style brew that I am more than happy to see available outside of the north shore now. Nicely tapped ale with some sour-conditioning, hazy appearance & musty flavors. A nice dark brown pour with tan-white head that while soon dissipated, left lace throughout. Quality glassware & care by the Beehive staff definitely provided a beer properly that I thoroughly enjoyed. Nice subtle smoky malt & rustic grains with sour & bitter left a hearty quality that led me for more. Indeed

May 04, 2009
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Bilco from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2%

Nov 28, 2011
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sophisticated from Michigan

3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle.

a) poured a dark amber/brown with a thick fluffy white head that dissipated quickly leaving small amounts of lace

s and t) quite balanced with some hops and some malts. ended bitter but also had a bit of something sweeter like caramel.

mf) medium, well carbonated.

d) good. pretty boring, but certainly not offensive. It's a "fisherman's brew" and I would think that a fisherman could easily drink several of these sitting in the hot sun. i haven't had many amber ales, but this is definitely a decent one. not worth going out of my way for.

Jun 28, 2009
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ajs4bd from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Aug 07, 2013
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TLove from District of Columbia

3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a glass tumbler.

Tingly, farm-ale taste that has a prevailing sourness to it from start to finish. A hazy color with overpowering carbonation and a resounding, lace-ridden off-white head.

Subtly grassy, sweet malt with some sour amber maltiness. A bit harsh finish on the back end despite the smooth boozy malt base.

Dec 16, 2009
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jbertsch from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -2%

Jan 03, 2012
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bpfrush from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +5%

Nov 14, 2011
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TrojanRB from California

3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sep 19, 2019
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Nascartailgatefa from New York

4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle at Durgin Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Pours a cloudy honey color with a minor head and almost no lacing. Nice aroma of hoppiness with a touch of citrus, not too overwhelming but certinly present.

Sweet and slightly spicy in taste, very enjoyable. Average mouthfeel of a lager, good drinkability. A very good session beer. Also my girlfriend's instant favorite this weekend.

Jan 31, 2011
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mhaugo from California

3/5  rDev -16%

May 18, 2014
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Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9%

Sep 24, 2012
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wrightst from Maryland

4/5  rDev +12%

Jun 22, 2014
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tatoodkelt from Maryland

3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 12/31/2009- from notes.

A buddy and fellow BA 46and2 brought a quarter keg of this to our New Years Eve party as a suprise.

Served in a pint glass.

A- A hazy burnt orange topped off with a fluffy two finger off white head that hung around for a while. Pretty good lacing.

S- Pretty muted, a little sweet and a little grassy.

T- Some roasty caramel sweetness, a little grassy and a little spicy bite at the finish that suprised me.

M- Medium bodied, pretty smooth. Not too carbinated and crisp.

D- I could see this being a good summer session brew. It went over great with the macro crowd that was at the party.

Jan 13, 2010
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ZeroSignal from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours light brown with ruby and sienna streaks. Half a finger of off white head with decent retention and little lacing

S - Nose of carmalized malts and some light, fruity esters. Hints of toasted bread.

T&M - Thick and full bodied. Heavy malt influence with caramel and bread notes. Fruity esters with just a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Carbonation is present but feels a bit light.

D - I generally prefer a lager with more "zing", but this is a nice offering that goes down smooth, certainly some amber ale influence here.

Jul 29, 2010
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mikeincharleston from North Carolina

3/5  rDev -16%

Jul 14, 2014
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not much to say about this overall beer. Pours a decent looking clear amber with only a 1/4 inch of head that quickly turns to nothing. Smells of caramel, grain and a touch of grain. Pretty much yuengling lager only less skunky grain but not much better. Overall it's a pretty nice amber mostly lager beer but nothing I would seek out again.

Apr 28, 2012
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