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 DousedInStout
2.29/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours deep orange with a white head that dissipates quite fast. Aroma is mildy sweet from the malt, but with a little bit of vegetal dms and buttery diacetyl.There is not much taste from the malt or hops, a little bitter at the end. Pretty watery, and lacking in body. It has decent carbonation, and is drinkable, but most ambers are.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cape Ann- Fisherman's Brew (Amber)

A- Light copper orange with no head. I immediately thought this was too pale looking to be an Amber.
S- The faintest of caramel malt, corn syrup, rock candy sugar.
T- Caramel malt with a touch of raw sugar and corn syrup. A light touch of sunflower seed in the end.
M- Man is this watery! You gotta take big gulps in order to really taste it.

Overall- Unimpressed! This is was second beer from Cape Ann. I was impressed with my first offering (Kölsch), but THIS is a huge letdown.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.71/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of cpolking
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber/copper in color with a slightly sweet, fruit, aroma, like a biscuit coated in dark-fruit jam. The taste is malt forward, very sweet and fruity. It has large bubbles yet still feels slightly under-carbonated in the mouth. Overall I am not very impressed with this beer.

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Photo of Kanyon22
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured all of the 12oz. into my Shiner tumbler glass. I've been kinda looking to try the other brews from Cape ann for some time, i've only had the fisherman ale last summer and found it to be a great kolsch. Oh well on to their Amber Lager. Oh on a side note bought this in January and as the seasonal had the pumpkin stout here's hoping the flavors have held up since its been around for 5 or so months I'm guessing. Wish the company would tell what seasonal was in it, not just a generic title called seasonal brew. I would of never brought this variety pack home.

A: Pours a well carbonated Amber orange color with a white big soapy bubbled head here. Also transparent. Don't know why but was expecting a more bold red lager on this one, but appearence isn't why we came to he table here.

S: Kinda boring has a grain, German mustiness with a tart wheat kinda smell going on. Kinda smells like a munich helles here, not much caramel or sweetness going on. No hops at all must be from the age on this one.

T: Hum, um well, lets take another sip here, Actually kinda complex. First your hit with smooth cleanness with a quick hop bite. Then it transfer to a sweet Irish Red kinda flavor which I find has toasted malts with a sweet licorice notes with in. Then your palate gets hit with an ample amount of earthy hop character in the back end. I would rename it an Irish Red Lager here.

M: I'm leaning towards the lighter side of medium here, with a drying sensation throughout.

D: Kinda low for me was hoping for more of a traditional American amber here but was giving a sorta mishmash of styles, but overall the beer did its job with easy. A nice safe lager here which gives you more the the big guys, but not more than anything you could ever remember.

I'm hoping that time has not been kind to this beer at all cause I kinda had high hopes for this one, but if I come across a fresh bottle will definitely give it another far shot.

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Photo of taez555
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear amber/tan body with a small off-white head.

The nose was a very mild mix of caramel and faint hints at a hop aroma.

Taste was around the same lines. Light bodied with a decent caramel malt taste. A little touch of toasted or biscuit malt. A mild but well balanced hop flavor and bitterness. Not really much to this beer, sort of tastes like a cross between Sam Adams lager and an attempt at every New England Pale Ale.

Decent, I guess I’d call it a good session beer, but it’s really nothing worth mentioning. Also, I know price shouldn’t matter, but because of the somewhat obscurity of this brew my local packy, charged a couple bucks more for this six pack than Sam Adams or other local favorites. Kind of a let down, but decent.

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Photo of matty
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber colored beer with a slowly fading head with decent staying power.Aroma is citrusy.Taste is malty and slightly buttery.The finish is bitter and metallic.Although there is nothing offensive about this beer I cannot rate this any higher than average.I would only drink again if it was given to me free.

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Photo of kculrich
3.01/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Pours a hazy, dirty copper/light oak in color. Slightly creamy, white head that endures as a porous, almost intact sheet. A half-wll of condensed lacing is left behind with pretty decent strength.

Faint malt sweetness. Rather phenolic in aroma with a lingering nose of yeast. Touches of lemon solvency over a bland layer of malted wheat and grain.

Mild caramel malt sweetness with a layer of diacetyl. Notes of fruity esters that are off for the style: raspberry, lemon, orange. Floral hops and faint pine followed by a metallic-tinged, rough grain flavor.

A light, medium in body; earthen with an odd slickness. A bit too carbonated adding to the rough texture.

All around an average 'amber' lager. No reason to return to this one in the future.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not really my cup of beer. There's that amber/red bitterness in there that I don't care for. Very little odor to speak of; looks as it should for the style, if not terribly impressive. It's on the pale amber side as opposed to red; pale tan head that leaves some lacing.
This might be the beer for you if you like the style but it left me wanting.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours more amber than red. When held up to the light, there is only an orange hue. A very thin head is unremarkable at best. Laces well, but do I really care about how much lacing any beer leaves?

S-Smell is a bit earthy and caramel malts. Pretty mild and somewhat difficult to describe. Well, I guess that means its time to drink.

T-This beer is very similar to the nose but a bit more attractive. A bunch of sweet caramel malts and a hit of cracker. Sweet is not the best way to describe it, but I struggle to find a better simple description. Would love a little hop balance. But for a lager, not bad.

M-Lighter body. Moderate carbonation. Not much aftertaste or a drying quality.

O/D-Brewed close to home. But this is one of those lower-tier six-pack beers for me. I could spend the same amount of money and get an Ipswich sixer, or even a Finest Kind IPA or some Leatherlips. Just not cutting it.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-finger off-white head that fades quickly leaving a little lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Slight hoppy nose. Starts as with a mix of hops and background sweetness, finishes hoppy with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. $1.35 for a 12 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of cbl2
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

9/20/2006 $7.99 6 pack 5.50% No best by date.


Pours a nice brownish orange that is crystal clear with less than a quarter inch of tight white head that settles rapidly.


Crisp with bursts of grapefruit and juicy orange aroma. Slightly sweet and vinous at the same time.


Coarse, overcarbonated mouthfeel overlays a mildly sweet blend of orange and a touch of anise. Interesting, but not fantastic, or worth another visit.

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Photo of sophisticated
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tawny gold. Clarity is alright, a little bit of a haze. I also noticed that the beer appeared to be bottle conditioned, with a fine layer of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Not sure if that's intentional, but it's somewhat unusual for a lager. Sturdy white foam, sticking around for a bit. Clean aroma, mostly a toasty munich maltiness. Cereal-like graininess. A bit of caramel and softer herbal hops. The flavor opens with an intensely grainy, rough hewn malt feel. Some papery flavors, grapenuts cereal, and dry, yellow hay. Herbal, woody hops with a substantial amount of bitterness. A vague detergent flavor in the aftertaste. Very dry, almost dusty feeling with the graininess. Medium bodied. Higher levels of carbonation. Feels a bit rough around the edges, but it's alright. I'm not sure I'd revisit this, the mouthfeel just seems too abrasive. Dry, papery and really grainy. Kinda feels like a homebrew, actually. I'm guessing my description sounds horrible, but it's really not that bad. Nice enough malt sweetness, balanced, it's just overwhelmed by the grainy harshness.

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Photo of Damian
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle at Brackett's, Rockport MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a slightly hazed, copperish-amber color with a small, bubbly, light tan head that quickly dissolved.

The aroma was weak and disappointing. Subtle notes of toasted malts were barely noticeable. Even as the beer warmed, the aroma stayed flaccid.

The taste, however, was punchy and quite intense. Steely, toasted malts came through strong up front. Fairly grainy. Some lager-like yeast notes were noticeable as well. The hops appeared quickly and definitely made their presence known. Strong, earthy, spicy hops. This hoppiness carried into the long-lasting, dry, pithy and intensely bitter finish.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a livelier than average carbonation.

Most American amber lagers make for flavorful session beers, but this example was definitely too intense for that. I am not sure what the brewer intended with this beer, other than making an extremely hopped up (and bitter) version of the style. In any case, it could have greatly benefited from a heftier malt bill.

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Photo of Samp01
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a coppery amber with a medium off white head. Aroma of light caramel malt some grains and light fruity notes. Taste same as aroma with mild bitter notes. Palate is a medium body with mild carbonation. Finish is light caramel malt and grains, light bitterness and fruity notes, and a mild nutty ending. Overall not a very robust brew in flavor and aroma, just an ok brew.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A new beer from a new brewery. This was too tempting to pass up.

The beer pours a clear light copper color with some orange and yellow hues around the edges. A frothy ivory head sits on top that slowly dissolves to a thick ring around the surface. A few spots of lace remain on the side of the glass.

A malty aroma floats above the beer. Hints of toasted malt and root beer are both detected. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth with a mild tingle on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is mainly caramel malt with some sugary sweetness blended in. It finishes with a mild flowery hop flavor.

This is a descent first attempt from a new brewer. It reminds me of a Sam Adams Boston Lager. A good beer, but it doesn't WOW the palate.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of adamb02155
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Light reddish orange, not a big head when poured. Color looks nice, not a lot of carbonation present though.

S - Slightly sweet smelling, not very strong smell at all.

T - Malty and sweet, with a little bit of bite.

M - Despite the lack of visual carbonation, this had a nice crisp bite to it.

D - Not the most flavorful beer, but easy to drink and definitely a good beer. Not my favorite amber, but far far from the worst.

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Photo of dudecandle
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Red-amber body with a good, 1-finger, frothy, barely-off-white head, with pretty good retention.

S/T: A generally toasted grain character, and distinctly berry-flavored. Hops were subtle, barely there, but complementing well enough, giving the fruit a little roundness.

M: Modest to unimpressive. Definitely could have been fuller.

D: It is very sweet and was extremely easy to drink. I let it sit for quite a while, and it never unveiled any greater flavor depth. At least it looked good.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a run of the mill amber colour that is a touch watery looking and has a weird choppy head to it that dissolves at a typical pace and leaves a fair amount of frothy residue on the glass.

The aroma is a decent blend of sweet caramel, some floral hops and perhaps a bit of grassiness.

Flavour is more of the same, with grass notes chiming in a bit more here along with a bit more bitterness than expected and a slight hop boost at the finish of each sip. Mouthfeel is light bodied and again a touch watery.

This one is a slight step above average overall. It's far from the worst within the style but it could be much better. Appearance and mouthfeel need to be tightened up a bit along with a touch more punch to the flavour. Nothing over the top but just a little something extra. This one is simply mediocre for the most part

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Photo of Suds
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew is an amber color with quite a lot of haze. It sports a modest, white head and a bready, caramel aroma. There’s a slight sweetness in the foretaste, which is more than balanced by a notably bitter finish. Grainy, modestly malty, with a spritzy mouthfeel. All in all, this one seems kinda ordinary and straightforward. It’s drinkable enough, but doesn’t really excite me.

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