Fisherman's Brew | Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Fisherman's BrewFisherman's Brew

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Cape Ann Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of rousee
4.64/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hey Jeremy, you make a fine beer !!

Having watched American Beer and learning that you are back in these parts of eastern MA (and brewing), all I can do is wish you much success. I think your beer kicks ass. I also think you have a good appreciation from the various breweries out there. Who wouldn't after doing the ultimate bar crawl ?

Anyway, I took some shit for going to Brooklyn, NY, specifically for beer, and then trying a beer from my home state for the first time. This was the beer I had and I am glad to say that it doesnt lose a whole lot going from draught to bottle. As if it was regularly available in downtown Boston where I live...

Its nice when the appearance aspect is the lowest grade for your beer. Orangey-apricot-honey color -no head, minimal lace. Who cares ? This is an American amber ? If so, its one of the best ambers I ever had. This is not a style that is special to me at all (one of my least faves actually) but this one is almost perfect--other than appearance, I can give a 5 for taste. And to describe it is smooth non-descript malt--bordering on cedarry woodiness but still clearly assertive in the malt dept.

It breaks clean and dry and is real drinkable---nice pleasant bubbly mouthfeel too.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With all of the flavorless ambers on the market these days, this beer was a breath of fresh air.

My sample, poured at Barcade in Brooklyn, was a slightly hazy amber color with a one-inch head of foam.

In the aroma, I detected a bit of noble hops and a slight caramel taste underneath.

The taste was a balanced bitterness upfront, followed by a delicate malty sweetness, with a lingering, peppery hoppy snap. Very nice.

Body was medium, and the mouthfeel was lightly carbonated.

Overall, a very drinkable brew. Each sip left me wanting more.

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Photo of ranger60
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ.

Did not expect to be impressed with this beer, when the bartender advised it was in the same style as Yuengling. but I loved the tast he gave me, and ended up drinking more...

Appearance: Reddish, copper color. Cleimed to be unfiltered; slightly less than transparent; no sediment. Moderate head.
Smell: Malty, sweet
Taste: Sweet and malty but mildly hoppy. Had good flavor and aftertaste, and this was after switching over from stouts...
Mouthfeel: Good; mild carbonation. Was served very cold
Drinkability: Very easily drinkable

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Photo of Nascartailgatefa
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

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Photo of albern
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice treat and a surprise offering from a local brewery. Enticing enough to warrant a visit to the tasting room at some point. The beer pours a nice clear amber with a creamy off white head that retains and laces very well around the whole glass. The aroma is just right, some sweeter caramel malts, some husky grains, some nice very bready and cereal malts, a touch of hop present as well.

The taste is very well balanced, a bit tilted towards the sweeter end. The beer has an IBU of 30, but the hops are not really present until the finish. The bready and cereal like grains are up front. There is a good balance of creamy sweetness coupled with a tad bit of crisp hop towards the end. There is an ever so slight peaty quality to the beer as well. The beer is modestly carbonated, has a slightly salty mouthfeel with some crisp hop bitterness. The aftertaste is mild. This is well worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber red without very much head. What little there was, was white and very thin. Smells of honey sweet flowers. Taste is malty sweet hardly hopped, very smooth. Slightly bitter at the finish. Drunk from a Chimay chalice, which may have influenced the experience.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium amber color with moderate slightly off-white puffy head. Sparse lacing.
Smell presents with a light caramel note and some fruity sweetness.
Taste also is dominated by malt, with nice caramel notes and a good balancing dryness at the finish.
Leaves a nice taste sensation.
Great session beer.

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Photo of pnkermiz
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On the surface, this is not incredibly daring (but how many brewers invest all their money in a brewery and start with a barley-wine?), but still an impressive first release for this eastern Massachusetts brewery. Right up front, I noticed it was pretty hoppy for a dark/red lager. Also, the relatively low-carbonation (not the tap system - as I've had it in 3 different bars) is nice to see - again, another non-lager trait. It's nice to see a lager that really goes against the grain (ha! get it, grain?). In the end, it may not be a very daring style to tackle, but what the brewer did with it, and didn't do with it, makes this a very assured debut.

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Photo of Gavage
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear amber color with a nice two finger head that lasts quite a while. Some moderate lacing remains in the glass while finishing.

Smell: mellow caramel and sweet fruits.

Taste: caramel and ripe red fruits make this slightly sweet, but there is a nice balance of mild orange citrus and a soft spicy bitterness. Pretty flavorful compared to others in the style. This bottle seemed quite fresh.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly dry and crisp at the start, but leans towards smooth at the finish. Caramel lingers in the aftertaste very briefly.

Drinkability: wonderful. Great session beer. Try some.

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Photo of Totalpackage411
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of IHC
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My wife and I recently took a trip to the cape ann brewing company we had several beers but my favorite was the fishermans brew. With a nice mouth feel and good body, I found it easily drinkable. It did not have a big head but I dont believe this detracted from the taste. I prefer my beers a bit more hoppy though and would have liked to taste a bit more hops. Overall though the beer compliment the relaxed atmosphere of the bar and the experience itself was very fun. The bartender was also the brewer and we we're able to pick his brain a bit which was also a big plus for us new homebrewers

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Photo of CharlieMopps
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a solid two and a half fingers of bubbly white head that displayed good retention and some density atop a transparent, rubyish amber color, almost to the definition of amber when I think of it. Minimal lacing.

S: A very grain malt and slightly hopped smell, somewhat inviting bouquet.

T: Very much a pale malt kind of flavor up front, the grain flavor matching the nose. The taste then sharpens a bit toward the middle with a bit of a hop/spice bite that eases out smoothly into a dry and delightful aftertaste, kind of watery, but palate-cleansing at the same time.

M: Plenty of carbonation to keep this a refreshing and crisp amber, and an all-around great texture to this beer.

D: I'd have to say this amber ale is quite drinkable, in the sense that it fits the style well, is easy going down, and provides enough flavor with a full body that it really fits any time you want to sit down and have a beer. To me, this is what a quintessential amber should taste like, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a solid brew to fit any occasion.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fishermen Brew poured a amber color, with not much head. There was a nice malty smell, with hints of something sweet, maybe cinnamon. The taste is malty, with a hoppy harsh finish. It takes like a fancy yuengling, it does blend nicely, but still has a harshness with the after taste. It is a bit of a harsh beer, but from other beers of this style it is easier to drink then them. Overall I found this a very enjoyable beer, especially having much yuengling, this is a very nice step up.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toast. Not roasted, but toasted malt. Lots of it. Gorgeous deep amber in the glass with a nice head that disappeared quickly, but left a lacing on the glass. Smell was all malt, nice initial flavor of malt with a delicate hops balance (though not much in the way of hops taste, except a bitterness in the aftertaste). Rich mouthfeel without being too cloying. Nice flavor, quite drinkable. Very enjoyable. I picked it up at the store never having heard of it before. Pleasant surprise!

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Photo of selecter70
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded amber gold with an absolutely obscene amount of head. I mean...hello...might we be over-carbonated here? Sheesh! Nose is slightly citrus and a bit of dough. Flavor is crisp and refreshing. It kind of reminds me of Belgian yeast. What's up with that? I love the Belgian styles...and this is reminiscent of that for me. After time I get a slightly sweet, seemingly yeast infused brew. This is an American Red Lager? Really? I just get a lot of strong yeasty characters from this one. Perhaps it is a bad bottle? Well. The carbonation is pretty big on the tongue and the liquid feel is what you would expect. Overall a good drinker. But for some reason I think the bottle might not be exactly right...but thankfully it hasn't altered the taste at all. It's just over-carbonated is all. I still think it is a good brew and worthy of trying.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle from Florian's. Translucent amber body with a half inch of off-white head that dissipates relatively quickly. Caramel malt characterizes the aroma with a slight hop presence, but slightly weaker than expected. Full-flavored though, with a roasty sweet caramel malt dominating the flavor with no more than a suggestion of hop, just enough to balance the malt. A nice balance to the flavor makes it pleasant and drinkable. Medium in body. A really nice brew. Somewhat simple, but pleasant, tasty, and satisfying. I'll definitely be getting this one again.

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Photo of RickSawyer
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with ruby deep in the center. A marshmellow cream head bellows up and holds a nice two inch thick head afloat the beer. Spotty lacing is evident. Smell is busicut malt sweetness and hints of fresh orange juice play in the back. Taste is very clean. Notes of fresh baked bread, subtle hints on honey, floral citrus hops all finished by a very alive carbonation that dances the lager through the taste buds. This is one impressive and drinkable lager. Thanks Corey!

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Photo of zac16125
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass
No born on date or other distinguishing numbers

Pours a nice amber with subtle red hues.  Very good clarity with a fair amount of carbonation bubbles rising to the top.  There's 1/2 fingers width of off white colored head which quickly dissipates to almost nothing and leaves no appreciable lacing.  Aromas of sweet malts including caramel and sweet bread, a hint of spice and a floral character.  Quite good for the style.  Taste follows the nose with a sweet character of caramel malts, a bready presence, and a decent amount of spice.  Again, for the style, this is quite good.  Medium bodied with an appropriate level of carbonation and a crisp feel.  A rather unremarkable mouthfeel, but drinkability is good.  Overall,  a good example of a style that never really lights the world on fire.  A sessionable beer, and a reasonable selection if you are looking for a crisp refreshing beer with more flavor than your average lager.  

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Photo of zebco
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A light, reddish-orange color with a nice head that broke up mid-way through the beer.

Smell: Sharp citrus aromas with hints of spice.

Taste & Mouthfeel: This one tastes easy on the carbonation. But still pleasantly crisp. Hints of alcohol in the finish.

Drinkability: This beer is very easy and also a pleasure to drink. I blew through a 6-pack in no time (but I do that with most). Thanks to the brewer. I'll probably make this one a regular.

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Photo of fdrich29
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from a six pack I bought at the Liquor Locker in Gloucester. Great illustration of the famous "Fisherman at the Wheel" Memorial Statue that sits at the hub of Stacy Boulevard in Gloucester. States that this is an American Amber Lager on the side of the label.

OK going to try and remain objective here. I consider myself one lucky BA to have a brewery open in his home town, even if I haven't lived in Gloucester for many years. The brewery sits between my Uncle Joe and Aunt Lucy's house and the house my grandfather grew up in down "The Fort".

The head was weak and struggled to maintain its form and structure before sinking faster than the Andrea Gail into the light amber/ orange liquid below.

Smells faintly of malt with the sweet taste caramel and malt with some hoppiness at the end. Feels smooth and finishes off smooth.

These go down quite easily, I'm actually pouring my next one as I finish typing this up. This brew shows there is potential for this brewery up on Cape Ann and I look forward with much anticipation to their next beer offering.

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Photo of AzAleC
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Bright orange, almost inching on a ruby or brown. Tight head which diminished quickly.

S: Strong floral aroma, slightly spicy.

T: Toasted malt was very pungent over a strong hop backbone (for a lager). Very spicy, citrusy and floral.

M: Frankly, I felt that this was one of the beer's weak points. Mild carbonation at best. Perhaps the keg had gone flat?

D: Certainly one of the most interesting lager-type beers I've ever had. But the lack of much carbonation was somewhat of a turnoff to ordering another.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orangish amber with a reasonable head that fades to a thin swirly cap. Smells of pink grapefruit andd orange juice with a touch of sweet malt. A bit unusual, but still quite pleasant. The taste has citrus flavors up front followed by a firm malt profile that is a bit buttery. The finish has a long, citrusy tang with some bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is a bit tart and tannic, even a bit puckery, and it is fairly heavily carbonated as well. Fairly interesting.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve-ounce single copped from the Palisade Liquor Store in Jersey City...
Appearance: Clear, medium-amber hue with a minimal head and minor lacing...
Smell: Malts, amber, and grains...
Taste: Rich amber flavor, heavy on the malts balanced by a slight touch of hops...
Nice mouthfeel along with an equally good level of drinkability...
Not bad...

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