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 metter98
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear copper and amber in color with a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin yet dense off white head that has good retention properties and hardly died down at all.
S: There are sweet aromas of caramel, toasted malts and toffee in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a moderate amount of malty sweetness in the initial taste; there is a slight amount of bitterness and flavors of spices in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and somewhat creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite malty and has associated sweetness, but this doesn’t really get in the way of the drinkability.

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Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy amber color with a rocky beige head; a few shards of lace

Smell: Faint caramel aroma with a hint of earthy hop

Taste: Starts out with a toffee flavor that moves in a bitter, hoppy direction by mid-palate, although there is some caramel underneath; after the swallow, the hop flavor persists, and adds a bitter element to the lager twang on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not bad at all, for a style that generally is pretty dull

Thanks, donkeyrunner, for the opportunity

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cape Ann's Fisherman's Brew pours a lightly hazy (it's bottle-conditioned) dark copper robe beneath a thin, creamy head of antique white. The head retention is quite good, and ite leaves a wash of scattered whisps and spots of lace about the glass.

The nose is limited (well, it is a lager... ) but reveals some soft, sweetly caramelish malt and a waft of spicy and herbal hops.

In the mouth it's medium-bodied and smooth across the palate with a moderate and very fine-bubbled natural carbonation. As it warms it softens even more and becomes absolutely creamy-smooth.

The flavor offers more toasty maltiness than the aroma suggests, and a solid smack of spicy, floral, and lightly citrusy hops as well as a solid, backing bitterness that leads to a rousing, spicy-dry and hoppy finish.

Overall... quite nice. This would make a perfect accompaniment to a crab dinner at any time of the year. Try one!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 7/17/08 at Pitcher's Pub, in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste is malty and a little smoky up front with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. There's a good hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer that is worth drinking for a while but it's not the first one that I'd pick.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a clear orangish amber in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thinf film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel and toffee malt sweetness with some lighter notes of toasted malts and hints of light fruit (apple).

T: Overall a fairly sweet malty brew with moderate notes of toasted, caramel, and toffee notes. Very light amounts of earthy and spicy hop bitterness in the finish that fades rather quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy with some hints of smoothness.

O: Easy to drink but nothing really stands out about this beer - fairly sweet and malty. Not likely to be one that I would grab again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice head that settles in a rocky fashion, leaving some chunky lace after each sip.

Malty (crystal) aroma. Adequate hop to provide balance, but this smells closer to a cross between a Mild and a Scotch ale.

Solid toasty malt flavor up front. Stronger hop finish than I expected. Provides good balance. A rich beer, but with good carbonation.

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Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Intense frothing with a dark brilliant tawny clarity though the clarity was lost when the last ounce was poured form the small amount of sediment in the bottle. Nice to see an unfiltered lager on the shelves.

Smell: Spicy hop, a bit herbal with a modest yet fresh toasted malt aroma with a hint of yeast in the back.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Stock medium body with a loose carbonation that holds a little bit of crispness. Tight flare of alcohol and almost a soapy yeast flavor and quickly hidden after a wave or two of toasted malt flavor.

Drinkability & Notes: An infrequent addition to the NE area this American craft lager throws something new and fresh to the scene. I personally like this beer and not only look forward to drinking it again but to see what else is in store from this new brewery.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 jwc215
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Circa in High Bridge, NJ:

The appearance is amber with a thin head that leaves some trailing lace.

The smell is mild - a typical "lager" smell with a touch of caramel.

The taste is of sweet grainy malt and caramel. Some toast. Continental-type hops give it some balance in the finish.

It's on the fuller side of light-bodied. Pretty smooth with quite a bit of carbonation.

Nothing too exciting here, but decent enough, and inoffensive enough, to be "sessionable" enough.

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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 WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a mildly malty scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts. It a dry lager yeast aroma as well as a light hop scent. The taste is decent also. It has a very bitter hop flavor that is a little overbearing. It hides the malt character. The taste is very one-sided. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a decent brew. It needs less carbonation and more malts.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Brazen Head, Brooklyn.

Poured a hazy dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a diluted caramel malt with a balancing grassy hop.

The taste was balanced and muted with a bland malt and utilitarian hop. Tasted very much like Yuengling.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall an uneventful amber.

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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 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 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 beerthulhu
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, golden-orange with a thin quickly dissipating foamy white head.

S: On the nose was sweet honey, fresh raisins and peach along with a good spiciness. Visible carbonation was light.

T: The initial flavor had a nice herbal hopping and spiciness along with some dry fruitiness (apples). There was a smoky woodsy flavor with darken amber malting as well providing a unique fresh outdoor feeling when drinking.

M: The mouthful was light, moderately clean with a fresh noble hopping.

D: The beer finished with some sour citrus and drank reasonably well, with a crisp finish and nice spiciness.

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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 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 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 mltobin
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in Brooklyn, New York.

The appearance is amber in color, surprise surprise, but looks appealing none the less.
The smell is a tad flora with notes of hickory.
The taste is full bodied, but not too rich, a good representation of this style. Mouthfeel is not incredibly complex, but is pleasant. For my first taste from Cape Ann, I was certainly satisfied with this above average amber lager.

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Photo of DrJay
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, tawny colour with a short, slightly rocky cap. Good head retention with a bit of clumpy lace. Aromas of malt, brown sugar, bread, slight fruitiness. Caramel and mild citrus in the flavour, mild to moderate bitterness, a bit toasty and bready, light floral hops. The texture was alright, but a little coarse. Dry, medium to light bodied, moderate carbonation. Decent overall, some nice flavours with good balance.

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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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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty beer. A nice amber color with a thick white head that retains well, and some nice lacing. It had a sweet, fruity, grainy odor, rather nondescript. It tasted sweet, some caramel, and a tiny bit of hoppiness. A decent beer, easy to drink. You could put back a few of these while watching the ball game.

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Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear dark gold with some light tan head. It smelled like toasted barley and copper and banana hops, with creamy yeast. It tasted like roasted barley and nutty malt, with copper hops and bready yeast and a bit of lemon and banana. It was somewhat thick with some carbonation, and had a mild bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a decent amber lager. It had a clean scent and taste with nice body. It was very easy to drink, although a bit plain. Not my style, but it wasn't offensive at all.

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