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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Added by WanderingFool on 07-20-2004

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5/5  rDev +40.4%

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5/5  rDev +40.4%

Photo of Joel7797
4.79/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nice smooth taste with a slight bitter back end.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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 Finicky_Phineas
4.36/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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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 Walkinbeauty
4.16/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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