Fisherman's IPA | Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Fisherman's IPAFisherman's IPA

Brewed by:
Cape Ann Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Had been 5.5% ABV

Added by Todd on 10-20-2005

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Ratings: 267 |  Reviews: 135
Photo of mingo1968
5/5  rDev +46.6%

Photo of Fettpopps
4.75/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of cichief
4.42/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Friscoe's Grille in Columbia, MD.

A- Although quite cloudy, the beer was a very nice amber in color with a thin, tan head.

S- Very hoppy, flowery, inviting.

T- Fresh hops overflow the palate, a very good example of the style.

M- Filled with small bubbles, but not over carbonated.

D- A decent session beer, I could drink this everyday.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.32/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy deep amber color with massive foamy off-white head. Spectactular sticky lacing.
Smell is dominated by citrusy, piney grassy hops, and is very enjoyable.
Taste is also loaded with hoppiness but enough malt is present to present a nice balance.
Finishes very dry with a alisght sweetness from the malt.
My first beer from Cape Ann and I am very impressed. The owner must have learned the right things on his beer adventure

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Photo of eljefe21
4.26/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours flat with little to no head. Ice tea copper in color. The tiniest of very fine lacing.

S: A sweet malty smell eagerly fills the nose. The absence of any hop smell is odd for an IPA.

T: The taste follows the smell, with some delicious toffee nuttiness. Not what I expected from an IPA. Maybe there's some kind of hoppiness, but it's been completely balanced away. Finishes with some hints of vanilla oakiness.

M: Very flat and smooth. Medium to thick body. The slightest of drying on the sides and back of the tongue at the finish.

D: I like this one a lot even though it wasn't what I expected. A bit heavy for the warm months, but an excellent choice for cool weather. Don't know if it exactly fits the style, but damn good.

Served: in an imperial pint glass.

Review from notes taken on: 8/31/09

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Photo of dancaplette
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of Guden
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.

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Photo of dedrinker
4.17/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with a thin off-white head. Aromas of fruity ale yeast, earthy hops, and caramel malt. This is a really terrific East Coast style IPA - great balance of malt and hops, but great malt and hop flavor as well, which is key - it's not just about the balance. Very English in style, except the malt was not as biscuity and orchard fruity - more of a deep malty woddsy sweetness. The hops were richly infused, but not in that West Coast way so many are addicted to - the earth resinous hops brood in this beer. Medium-to-full body with a hoppy finish bringing back more malt sweetness too. This would be rad from a fresh cask. Definitely for fishermen.

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Photo of batty
4.16/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: very amber, almost brown-ish tinge. awesome off-white head and great lacing.

S: caramel-y malt sweetness, bit of floral hop, grassiness,

T: nice touch of sweetness, then solid hop flavor all the way down. quite hoppy, but incredibly well balanced and smooth.

M: as i noted, very smooth. nice carbonation, relatively thick mouthfeel.

D: not super drinkable, due to end bitterness i think.. but great tasting and goes down smooth.. it'll be gone fast.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a bright orange-hued amber, very vibrant with big carboantion and many little bubbles supporting this fluffy, but smooth crown that has amazing retention.

The aroma is of sweet, honey-soaked malt upfront and a big herbal, floral and slightly fruity hop smell. Very, very nice.

The smooth but crisp and sweet malt flavor is very upfront and rather complex for this style. The hop edge is also huge, although mostly intense herbal effects with floral-sweet and slight fruitiness underneath. Nice balance.

This feels medium bodied, more smooth and hefty...but also crisp as hell. Very nice feel.

This one's a winner.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.13/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a big, thick and chunky dark orange color. It's cloudy like cider. Big finger of foamy head. Looks beautiful; perfect actually. Good lace. It's is the ideal-looking IPA.

Has a fantastic-smelling piney bitter hop smell. Also a hint of oaky flavor. Fresh-smelling wet hop aroma. Oily and delicious. Pale malt is a nice accent.

The taste is bitter woody hops with a nice balance of a pale malt base. Hops are wet and oily. Really bitter, but with a nice sweet finish. Really really good. Bitterness dulls as it warms.

Leaves a film on the tongue. It's full bodied but also terrifically smooth. It is just a tad bubbly as it warms up. It's really delicious, but hard to drink all night. It's bitter, oaky, excellent.

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Photo of thartman
4.12/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pour, one finger sized, lasting head, cloudy amber color with hints of brown, red, and gold. Decent amount of lacing on the glass. Malty-caramel smell, somewhat sweet and candy-like. Taste is wonderful, but not what I would expect from an IPA,...tasting sweet caramel, tea, malts, and some hops late, and a sweet buttery finish. I was kind of expecting more hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and slick, easy to drink. Different rendition of an IPA, nice brew!

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Photo of Nipitato
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville, MA.

A: Deep copper hue. Pours with a thick rich white head. Long lasting head stand. Hazy/opaque. A great looking beer.

S: Surprisingly sweet caramel malt aroma. Hop flavor is flowery and perfumy but relatively muted - this smell is definitely more akin to an English IPA or ESB.

T: Relatively mild taste for an IPA but taste is well balanced and pretty complex. Sweet, kind of toasty malt flavor gets equal billing with pretty muted citrusy hoppy bitter flavor. Nice lingering aftertaste.

MF: Medium light mouthfeel. Well carbonated but smooth.

D: I really liked this beer. Much more akin to the British IPA style. Not the hoppiest IPA but very good and very drinkable. I would and will certainly buy this again.

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

This beer was an orange/red color with a pretty good-sized white head and a lot of lacing. The aroma was mainly citrus. Taste was a little more balance, with both grapefruit and malt coming through. The hops are the thing, though, and you're not going to want to drink a lot of these in one sitting.

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Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev +17.3%

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

Good IPA. Fairly sweet with a nice hoppy aftertaste. This beer is more sweet than I expected for an IPA, the sweetness is a bit more reminiscent of an imperial IPA; but I guess it doesn't have the alcohol content to match. It reminds me a lot of the dogfish head 90 minute IPA. That's a good thing. I would like a bit more of a hop-bitter bite at the end, but overall I am impressed with this brew.

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Photo of Syraquse
4/5  rDev +17.3%

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

Had this at the brewery and had to get some in the bottle to compare.

A: Pours a hazy dark amber color with hues of orange at the top and bottom and red in the middle. Nice frothy one finger white head that dissipates a bit but keeps good retention. Definately unfiltered

S: Aromas of hops hit the nose first with a bready wheaty malt background.

T: Tastes of citrus fruit hops first with a bready malt flavor that follows and then transforms back to a citrus bitter dry aftertaste. Medium body, but well balanced and easy on the palate. A tad grainy at the back of the throat after a gulp--unfiltered.

M: Mouthfeel is good on this offering from Cape Ann. Smooth and refreshing beer that has a good amount of bitterness but leaves a nice aftertaste. Crawls through your mouth with a medium body. Drinkable? Yes, definately! Very good Ipa.

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Photo of Yagman3000
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.

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Photo of milkbone_underwear
4/5  rDev +17.3%

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

Photo of ptricky
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +17.3%

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Fisherman's IPA from Cape Ann Brewing Company
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