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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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 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 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 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 DavidSeanNJ
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is not your average IPA. I really dont know what it is exactly, but it is not bad at all!

A- Dark cloudy brown amber. 2 finger white head and nice spider web lace.

S- Smell was bready and citrusy with a faint caramel sweetness not too far behind in the nose.

T- Taste was metallic and bready. Hops were grapefruitish and tropical citrusy. Caramel and other sticky candy like flavors.

M- Ehh. Unfortunately this was very light bodied and somewhat watered down for an IPA. Highly carbonated.

D- I'll surely have one or two of these at the bar but I wouldn't go seeking it out. This is pretty good.

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Photo of Amalak
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had out of a cask at Barcade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A- It was a very deep red, completely opaque with only a limited head and lacing.
S- Nice bitter, floral scent.
T- It is apparently made with soaked vodka chips or something, and the vodka taste really comes through. Feels much more heavy than 6.6% ABV. Some smokey feel. Very interesting taste.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

A thick, muddy auburn-amber in color. Creamy, slightly off-white head that wraps around the tumbler's sides. Densely webbed lacing with very good strength.

Bubblegum; ripe hop resin. Slight citrus aromas with a more distinct floral and pine character. Semi-sweet, bready malt.

Full, toasted malts with a delayed sweetness. Spicy, floral and pine-flavored hops; also, a distinct rounded rye character. A full bitterness, accompanied by a swarming yeastiness. Notes of alcohol into the aftertaste.

Medium bodied; full with a film-like feel in addition to the rough, gritty hops.

A 'rough-around-the-edges' IPA with some pleasant aromas and flavors. The mouthfeel isn't as rounded as I would like, but I would definitely order another.

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Photo of pnkermiz
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Barcade.

Hazy copper/orange in color with a nice big fluffy head. Pine-like hop aroma with a big hop flavor up front. The malts come in right on time to balance out the flavor and then the pine and hops come back again for the finish. A nicely balanced IPA that is not over the top at all in its hop flavor. Special bonus points for not naming this IPA "Hoptitude" or "Hop something or other". I'm getting fed up with all of those clever hop names.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper/amber with just under a finger of head & plenty of activity from small, fast bubbles. Leaves some gauze lacing.

Smell is the highlight here: mild toffee & caramel notes mixed with a slightly musty bitterness. Not a big smell, but well-balanced & complex.

Taste delivers some cracker-like crispness up front, then earthy hops, a tiny bit of citrus. I'm getting some slightly burnt or "crayon" flavors (this is popping up a lot for me). Kind of buttery. What's interesting is the tiniest bit of strawberry I'm getting in the aftertaste.

The head stays bubbly & creamy, which makes for a fun, active mouthfeel. Not heavy on the bitterness, I could go back for more.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a very hazy ambery orange, a deep yet bright orange when held to light. Two fingers of tiny-bubbled head lays on top, showing above average retention.

S: A dose of maltiness lying beneath a light citrusy orange peel scents, and a bit of spice or something else in the background that adds an interesting twist.

T: A surprisingly well-balanced IPA that coasts in with a smooth pale malt base and eases into a somewhat grassy hoppiness that fades into a spicy or peppery bite and aftertaste. At the same time, the beer doesn't overpower in sweetness or bitterness, and the hop presence is flavorful yet tame. Leaves a lingering spiciness and bitterness on the palate.

M: Well carbonated for a silky feel, smooth and at the same time crisp, refreshing. Pretty good mouthfeel.

D: The composition of this beer makes it very drinkable, which is more spicy kick than bitter hop attack. A distinct and relaxed version of an IPA that makes for quite a palate pleaser. Would recommend this one as a break from the norm and a good call as the weather warms up.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber brown with no head. Nose is nutty, which I find odd. Flavor is not what I am used to from an IPA. It is very earthen with wood, dirt, and caramel characteristics to it. I can't recall getting these types of descriptions off an IPA in as long as I can recall. Feel is thick and earthy on the liquid and decent on the carbonation. Definitely drinkable. Just not the typical IPA. I even feel like it is kind of Irish Red Ale and IPA mixed together. This might not be the purest interpretation of this style, but it is definitely interesting.

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Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear dark orange color with a fluffy 3"+ head that produces some nice lacing.

Smell: floral hops and some softer orange citrus come through to the nose.

Taste: bready caramel, mild floral bitterness, oranges, and some softer honey tones show up late. A bit of a buttery texture arrives while swallowing.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is short.

Drinkability: easy to quaff as this is a IPA that does not blow your taste buds out. Definite session beer here. Not something I would rave about, but a nice flavored brew that is easy to drink.

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Photo of corey0212
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber-orange color, one-finger tan head fades to a film on top of the beer, lots of lacing. Smell dominated by sweet caramel malt, with some citrusy hops in there as well. Taste is definitely malt-heavy, biscuity, some earthy/grassy hop notes. Medium-bodied, a little lightly carbonated for my taste, a really nice lingering hop bitterness. It's a good IPA. Nothing earth shattering, but a great session beer from a local brewery that I'm just now learning about.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.89/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle in an official Fisherman's Brew Shaker pint!

Wow...poured thick, oily, viscous & silent, maybe even a wee bit syrupy! Damn, this is one dark IPA! Thick & clouded, it looks like iced tea with a warm, rhubarb-esque amber hue....wild. Head was a pencil's worth of loose, antique ivory hued foam that faded almost immediately into a thin sheen & edge ring.

Nose is sweet, thick, citric hops evoke grapefruit aromas with a little pineapple in the background. Soft green pine needles are also there but subtle as well.

Damn, this is nice! Thick, soft, very round, a little chewy, one of the maltiest IPAs I've had. I'm no hophead so this sweet taste (some traces of brown sugar) & mouth-feel is most welcome. Hops are subdued, not over the top & searing, yet what is there is nicely bitter with traces of grapefruit rind & pith as well as some pine. Not even semi-dry, its definitely "wet" with a very, very faint, damp, back of the mouth crunch, which only pushes the overall heaviness & thickness of it. The overall effect is a heavy, slightly sweet, subtly bitter IPA in feel & taste.

Growing a little more bitter on the palate, slightly drier (but still barely semi-dry if that), it stays round & full in feel. The sharpest aspect of this brew is a rounded off corner at best, a nice change from some of the stiletto qualities some IPAs bring. As a result its very easy to drink (I'm forcing myself to slow down) and could definitely be sessioned no problem.

It finishes with a nice, lightened blast of hoppy grapefruit, leaving a bittersweet, slightly sticky & chewy aftertaste that coats the mouth with a thin sheen of pine.

Damn nice, and quite a surprise. I still can't get over the thickness & color. A real malthead's IPA. This would pair beautifully with with about anything in a pub or off a summer grill, and could work with some sweeter, "zesty" food genres. Any number of mild to mid-range cheeses (cheddar, aged Gouda, etc) would also be great. I'd definitely drink this again in a heartbeat. A nice find, and one I recommend heartily, especially if you are not into hot, searing IPAs. Check it out!!

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.89/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to Fisherman's IPA ever since I first heard it was being brewed. The beer poured a cloudy dark amber color with a big frothy white head on top. There's quite a bit of yeast sediment floating in the glass. That's my fault for dumping the entire bottle into my glass, but I wasn't really expecting much sediment either. The foam fades slowly leaving behind large clumps and spots of lace on the glass.

The hoppy aroma has notes of pine and citrus with a hint of dry malt. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is very smooth. The flavor is mainly hoppy pine and citrus with just a touch of puckering bitterness around the edges. The hops are balanced with a nice caramel malt flavor that presents itself towards the end. It finishes with a mild bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste.

This beer is very drinkable and well balanced. It's not overly hoppy, but has just enough bitterness to please even the most finiky hop head. Could be a good intro beer to those afraid of hops.

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