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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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 pikemark
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bison County in Waltham.

Amber color with orange hues. Not too much head or lacing. Had a lemongy smell and faint smell of hops.

Tasted quite bitter which I didnt expect and the mouthfeel was very watery, real smooth. It finishes with a sort of rice/grainy taste.

I really enjoyed the balance in this one, went down quick and had some good hop flavors. I would get a six pack of this to chill with. Has a great bite to it.

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

A nice, very drinkable surprise. Poured a coppere amber with a nice head that quickly left, but left fair lacing. Smell was light floral and yeasty with some malty undertones. Taste started with a light malt on the front followed bya medium hoppy character mid-palate...finished dry...very nice. Mouthfeel was light and dry...dry finsh that lingered. Very easy on the drinkability scale, would definitely have another. Reminded me of an amber ale I brewed.

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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 waughbrew
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear pumpkin color with a small white head. Creamy and tight lacing. Smells of bread crust and light maple syrup. That syrup is in the flavor too along with a nutty caramel. The malt character is reminiscent of a SA Boston Lager, but this beer is missing the hop character. Finish is a bit of metallic toast. Medium thin body, low carbonation, and smoooth.

This is a beer that is obviously geared toward the masses and seems damned good for exactly that purpose. It is easy-drinking, very smooth, and has very mild but pleasant flavors. Although the numbers do not show it, I am actually very pleased and impressed. I need some more flavor from my beer than what is in this, but for those who do not, it fits the bill perfectly. Congrats to the local boys for this one.

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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 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 Truh
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Set some long lines with this one on 8/27/2004. 16-oz. pour at the Sunset Bar and Grill.

Thin, slightly attenuating layer of carbonation to start. Amber, verging towards the edge of light ruby in hue. Willowy scents, along with light clover honey, but overall a very understated and subtle nose. At taste, there’s a soapy Belgian aspect and then a finishing hop bite; seems to be just a bit on the youg side and could perhaps do with more ripening. In the end, this is a nice first brew from Cape Ann; will be interested to see what else they come out with.

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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 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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