Fisherman's IPA
Cape Ann Brewing Company

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IPA - American
3.41 | pDev: 15.25%
Cape Ann Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Fisherman's IPAFisherman's IPA
Notes: Had been 5.5% ABV
Reviews: 136 | Ratings: 273 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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1009 from Massachusetts

3.24/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A classic IPA from a great little brewery in Gloucester. It has a nice amber tint with a frothy head that is reminiscent of sea foam. As you sit outside at the Cape Ann Brewery's tap room looking out at the fishing boats come in an out of port, it just makes the beer taste even better. Nothing too extraordinary, but has some flavor with hoppy and floral notes. A great beer to drink outside near the ocean.

Jul 26, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

A: very hazy - almost murky; a dull burnt orange in color; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: quite malty; citrus and earthy also;

T: a little more hop character here than in the aroma, but this is not a hop forward beer; what hop presence there is
is mostly citrus; finish is mild to moderately bitter;

M: medium bodied' moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: I would have scored this higher if they called it an English IPA, but as a West Coast IPA, it's not that good;

Dec 16, 2016
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. can. Sampled on August 10, 2015.

A medium amber heady pour with yellow highlights. Good lacing.

Floral, fruity, and pine hop notes with a decent caramel malt ester under it all.

The body tends to fall into the medium range and it is smooth.

The taste exhibits a more fruity character but there are still underlying caramel roasted malts in there. Some lingering bitterness.

Aug 10, 2015
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy Amber color with a half inch head. Fruity bubblegum aroma. Bubblegum aroma stays with a piney bitterness. Thin body.
Overall decent IPA. Drinkable beer.

Jul 27, 2015
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mynie from Maryland

3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap the brewery.

Pours amber with a decent head. Smells soft, but pleasant: caramel and biscuit malt, light hops evoking floral and citrus. Tastes like it smells: a bit tame, a bit run of the mill, but nicely balanced and very smooth.

I almost wrote that this was a "Standard issue east coast IPA," but that would have been wrong. It's hoppier and more assertive than the standards, like Harpoon's. But it's still a simple, boilerplate beer. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Just don't come into it expecting something you've have had elsewhere.

May 10, 2015
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ted2612 from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

good. not great. trying it for first time. glad i tried it, but given other very good options, will not seek it out again (for the price would choose sierra nevada torpedo every day).

Nov 30, 2014
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perfectly fine every day IPA. It's actually made under license in Saratoga Springs (as was the east coast version of Red Tail Ale). Cape Ann is not it's origin.

A: pours a hazed dark orange with a dense 2 figure head that produces great lacing. A looker 4

Smell: Weaker aroma, will let it warm. I can see the salt air here, and a long voyage, with caramel malts, floral hops and faint citrus. Not too hoppy, a bit mass produced in aroma? 3.25

Taste: Follows the smell but better, main stage is bready caramel, with very mild floral bitterness, citrus rind, and some creamy tea with honey. Like the finish, creamy. 3.5

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp to start to a medium bodied, creamy finish. Great food beer. Complementary, inviting, and I could drink another - though I'd not seek it out. 3.75

Drinkability: easy drinking, very much an APA, or an intro IPA, or maybe an English IPA. Malty. Good work, solid mid-tier beer.

Mar 16, 2014
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Cavanaghty from Maine

3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in pint glass.

Apperance: Darker amber. Off white head about two fingers thick. Mild lacing on thr glass.

Smell: Hops, citrus, and pine notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Not a smooth, a bit grainy. Medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops and pine, very faint citrus flavor.

Overall: This was an OK IPA, I would have it again.

Sep 13, 2013
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CorvetteMike from Rhode Island

2/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From the bottle to the glass a orange color with a 2nch head.

a: Orange color with a 2 finger head
s: Slight hint of citrus, and malty
t: Slight amount of citrus, significant malt presence, not much flavor, and has too high amount of carbonation.
m: Hard to drink due to high carbonation.
o: Not my type of IPA, and would not recommend it. Ended up pouring out the remaining bottle.

Glad I purchased a single bottle, so I do not have to suffer drinking the other five.. Will not buy any more.

Jul 13, 2013
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u2carew from Massachusetts

3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a two finger head that settles slowly. Amber colored body. Slight haze. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Light hoppy aroma, not much else.
T) Balanced flavor profile. Not over the top hoppy. A good consistency throughout. Notes of buttery caramel and pine.
M) Mediumd body. Crisp. Mellow dryness in the finish.
O) A decent brew. I'd have another.

Jul 07, 2013
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a relatively clear orange with mild head. Nearly no lacing. Slight chill haze.

S-Very soft. More malty than anything else. Softer notes of dried out citrus and yeast.

T-Balanced, leaning more towards the malt. The hops are very dull and there is a strange, nutty flavor.

M-Drinks easy enough. Tons of bubbles.

O/D-A snoozer with a serious lack of flavor.

Mar 17, 2013
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazed auburn-copper color with a very slight filmy coating in the middle of the surface. Aromas are roasty and dark caramel sweet, with a subtle citrus and fresh hops highlight. Flavors are muddled, with a sugary sweet backbone and some tropical fruit highlights like pineapple and citrus blends. Hops are overpowered in the background, with a slight peppery and tangy bitter presence. The aftertaste is tangy sweet and slightly bitter, with a cloying and slightly drying finish. Meh.

Jun 29, 2012
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PhantasIPA from Delaware

3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured with a decent 1 inch head that kept a good lacing. The head was very thin throughout the brew. The beer is a dark golden color.

The smell is weak; there is not much to it. A hint of hops and a hint of sweetness, but that is all.

The taste is balanced but refreshing. There is a nice mixture of hops (not too bitter), sweetness that comes from brown sugar or toffee, and a medium bodied barley flavor. The taste is not extreme at all, very subtle.

The mouthfeel is nice for an IPA; smooth and not too dry, but still dry enough to be a bitter IPA.

The beer is good but is pretty much down the middle in all categories. Would be a nice beer if you are not used to or just trying IPA's.

May 26, 2012
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BeerKangaroo from Alaska

3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: golden brown colored body that yielded a one finger white head. There was some good decent lacing that speckled itself around the glass in rings, also light sediment at the bottom

S: dominant malts and caramels, hops (Bueller, Bueller, Bueller?), yup not there .... ????

T: exactly the same as the smell.

M: light to medium with a light carbonation that was felt, dry aftertaste and finish

O: is this an English IPA or an American IPA, or an IPA period? Because I almost want to say this is neither and would call it an English Pale ale because the hops are so subdued in this. I liked it for what it was to me, but not necessarily for the style.

May 19, 2012
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OleJohnnieAle from Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kkottonmouthkngz

A: Poured out a very flat beer with little head. Very hazy bronze amber color with minimal thin lacing.

S: A sweet malty almost saison style aroma. Lacking the typical IPA hoppy scent. Almost none to be found, interesting....

T: Taste follows the scent with a sweet toffee saision style beer like taste. Even more confused with a lack of hops in this one. Missing any sort of bite on the back end as it finishes with a vanilla note.

M: Very flat low on carbonation. Medium body nothing lingers too long, not much bitterness.

O: I have a very hard time calling this one an IPA so if you are looking for the traditional IPA, probably not the best choice. Now taking away the IPA name tag, I think it is a decent beer, as it has a sweet taste to it. Not what anywhere near what I expected but I was not completely disappointed. I think if it were named something different I may have liked it more. Not traditional, but still tasty.

Dec 15, 2011
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OutFox from New York

2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear with a deep amber in color. Small white head.

S - Smells of weak hops with a small citrus. It sort of smells watery.

T - Same as the nose. Its just lacking in hops and body. It has some high notes I mean there are hops there but if your brewing an IPA in the American style or even in America period it has to have a decent hop background and a decent sort of malt body and I didnt feel this had either.

M - Watery and without body.

O - Ive had the Pumpkin Stout and the Kolsch style from the brewery and was impressed with both. This just didnt do it for me.

Oct 21, 2011
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Hopfenpeter from Maryland

3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a clear aged copper color with a tan head about one finger thick. It dissipates fast , but leaves some lacing.
The smell announces sweet malt, honey, caramel and some hops.
Tasting the beer, up front there is a unexpected fruitiness. I detected grapefruit notes, quickly sweetened by some caramel and honey flavors and malt. In the finish, some hops balance the sweet feel with some subtle bitterness.
Nice beer, maybe not your typical IPA, but well done.

Jul 27, 2011
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Yagman3000 from New York

4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a medium glass stein from a bottle.

Appearance is nice. Pours a golden orange with a thickish head.

The smell is nice. Hoppy but with a slight pleasant earthy must... a bit Belgian in nature.

Taste is good. Hoppy, bitter, and earthy. Once again, an IPA with little to not citrus or fruit notes. Its farmhouse appeal is enough to balance out its bitterness and gives it a complexity.

Mouthfeel is pleasant. A bit short-lived and non-dynamic. A bit thick in the right manner.

Overall a decent IPA but not one that I would run out to get in a hurry. Just happy to continue to round out my resume.

May 18, 2011
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Guden from Maryland

4.19/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear copper with lots of carbonation bubbles coming through. 1/2 inch very off white head of tiny bubbles fades quickly into a thin film leaving no lacing.

S- Light fruitiness of berries, apples and bit of citrus. Some pine and sweet malt also comes through.

T- Sweet and fruity with English yeast character and a bit of bready malt. Only a moderate hop character with some citrus, pine and tropical fruits. Hop bitterness in the back comes through just enough to round out the palate.

M- A bit high in body but with sprightly and refreshing carbonation throughout nicely filling the mouth.

D- Very enjoyable and refreshing without being over the top bitter or hop forward. Might not be a typical IPA but works well with what it is and gives a good overall impression that will bring me back for more. I think I'll have one now in fact.

Apr 29, 2011
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DrJay from Texas

2.36/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear orange/amber with a thin off-white cap that settled to a collar quickly. Decent staying power after that, with spotty lacing coating the glass at least 2/3 of the way down. Lots of malt in the aroma (caramel, toast, biscuit) and not much in the way of hops, though it had an earthy and fruity character that was vaguely English. More of the same in the flavour, along with moderate bitterness that lingered on the palate. Still, it was fairly sweet, kind of like wort that isn't completely fermented. Medium to light bodied with lowish carbonation, dry and astringent. This one just didn't work for me.

Mar 19, 2011
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CDiddy420 from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Frosted Sam Adams Restal Boston Lager Designer GLass ( Thee best glass)

A. A rich amber color almost orange with a thick creamy white head. Laces nicely througout.

S. Bread!!! This is not the typical IPA Hop Fest.. and the Tap IPA is breaddier then the bottle. Cape Ann could certainly use More Hops in this IPA.

M. Heavier then most ipas as its bready, my tounge keeps seeking the hops at the roof of my mouth but cant find them!!

D. Great drinkability, love this local IPA. just needs more Hops!!

Went back to the Brewery today, filled my Growler with the IPA they filter through Hops..its Amazing..give it a try..I give it a Solid A.

Mar 10, 2011
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tchenery from Virginia

2.81/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A head that stays around and bright white too! I was beginning to think these didn't exist on filtered/pasteurized craft beer anymore. The color is very rich for style. It almost looks like an English IPA instead of an American.

It smells malty. I'm picking up more "raisin type malts than anything else, especially hops which are non-existent. I picked this up in a mix 6 pack from a store with limited selection and it might be old, but there's no date on the label or bottle.

Tastes very malty, almost sweet, with little bite or hop bitterness. I'm confused.

It has a good full mouthfeel and is very drinkable, but it tastes more like an English Pale Ale than an American IPA.

Nov 22, 2010
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hazy amber color. Nose is light grapefruit hops. Flavor is grapefruit hops but is balanced with some caramel sweetness. $2.05 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Oct 05, 2010
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WesWes from New York

3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a smooth, malty aroma with loads of pale, biscuit, and crystal malts. It has a nice piney hop aroma as well. The taste is decent. It has an aggressive hop character that accompanies a very flavorful malt taste. It has a semi-sweet caramel malt flavor with a dry biscuity finish. It goes down easy and finishes thin and a bit watery. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. It's nothing I'd go out of my way to find, but if it's around I'd have one.

Sep 27, 2010
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MoreThanWine from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a 1.25" head which dissipates to almost nothing. Appears a rather dark hazy pecan pie brown. Smell and taste are a combination of roasted malt and dark tea, maybe a slight hint of French roast. Some hoppy IPA character but definitely not one of the fresher or cleaner IPAs out there. Anyway, it holds it's own against the sea of IPAs but wouldn't come close to being flagship.

Sep 10, 2010
Fisherman's IPA from Cape Ann Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 273 ratings