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Brewed by:
Cape Ann Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
259
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
21.7%
 
 
Wants:
4
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30
For Trade:
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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber body with a thin, fizzy white head.

Smell: Soft aroma of lightly toasted malts, grapefruit, and pine.

Taste: Toasted, biscuity maltiness with very little sweetness. Flavors of grapefruit and pine deliver a citric, sharp bitterness. Dry, earthy finish with more of that bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent IPA. Sail ON, Fisherman's IPA!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a little metallic but contains caramelized malts, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste is on the malty side for the style with flavors of caramel and citrus up front. A hops bitterness comes in quickly but it's pretty weak for an IPA. There's also a metallic bite to it that throw's everything off. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, I'm hoping I got a bad bottle but it definitely was not very good and it's not one that I would recommend.

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Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderately bubbled head with some lasting time. Leaves ring lace after each sip. Hazy and copper colored.

Interesting combination of floral hop and earthy malt from the nose. More malt than most IPA's. Not what I'd expect, but I kinda like it.

The flavor starts with a dryish malt that quickly succumbs to the hop punch. But its a pulled punch, not nearly as bitter as most in this style. If I were guessing, I'd put this closer to British Bitter. Typical body. Still, it's an attractive beer and easy to drink.

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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 jwc215
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed orangeish amber with a thin tan head. The head thins even more, but sticks around. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel, lemon and some pine and leafiness.

This is a caramel-backed IPA. Caramel pretty strong, though does have enough piney, citric (lemony) bitterness. Hop presence enough to fit IPA (though I could buy hoppier pale ale). It does have a dry finish.

It has a creamy, rather chewy, though with a touch of butter, texture.

This would not be confused with a hoppy "West Coast" IPA, but, then, it's not. It fits within the style (though barely), and is a pleasant, well-balanced, "easy" version of the style. For a more rounded, sweeter, smooth "East Coast" IPA, this is a decent choice. In a style that is tough to compete with, it has a nice drinkability with enough hop presence to fit the style, and is "sessionable".

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy red orange color with a pillowy white head that sticks around for a bit. Smells of citrus, I pick up tangerines, some mineral aromas and some brown sugar and caramel. Taste is malty, mineraly, with a slight citrus hop bite. Some sweet malt is there with more of that brown sugar coming through. Leaves a lingering hop and mineral bite in the dry finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin as is the body. The carbonation is a bit on the low side I think. Not a bad brew, but their are certainly better IPA's out there. This one while not flawed is simply unremarkable.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single from Abe's. Pours a clear amber with a tall head. Man, this beer is plain. It doesn't have any obvious marks of being old, so assuming this is fresh beer I have to say I'm pretty unimpressed. There are no flaws, but the hops are plain, dull citrus juice in the flavor and pine/grapefruit aroma. It's a decent amber ale, and drinkable, but no IPA.

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Photo of WesWes
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.

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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 jdhilt
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer poured a light ruby-orange color with a bubbly dirty white head. Visible carbonation was very light.

S: The nose was lightly hopped with fresh citrus and pine.

T: The initial flavor was hoppy with dried grapefruit, pine and a touch of malty lacing on the tongue. The beer finished with a dry, floral hoppiness.

M: The mouthful was light with fresh pine and citrus hopping coming through.

D: Overall a moderately west coast hopped ipa, with limited complexity but big on dry hopping. nothing exciting, just a middle of the road "just to say we have an ipa" beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of a mixed 6 from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" tan head over the slightly cloudy reddish amber brew. Thick head falls gradually, with sporadic but hearty lacing. Aroma is citrusy, with a slight sweet undercurrent. Taste is moderately sweet to start, goes citrus by tthe end, with a bit of an odd tinge, makes me think of coconut (?). Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is nice as well. Good brew, maybe not as assertive as most in the style.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
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.

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Photo of DrJay
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Poured a translucent copper with a one inch off-white head that quickly recedes into a fairly consistent cap. Some thin strands of lacing are revealed during the session. Nose is malty up front with a mere suggestion of hops. Taste is malty and buttery up front with a light bitterness towards the back. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a slight prickle along the front of the tongue. Drinkability is fair - not really what I would consider style consistent.

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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 Durge
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Gloucester brewpub with the sun still finding it's way into the bar, this likeable number shows a dark carmel-copper color with a decent off-white head and good lacing. The aroma is skunky pine/citrus. Nothing complicated but a fair blend that works fine. The flavor is solid malty bread and piny grapefruit hops. Again, nothing more need be said, it's good stuff. It's medium light bodied with tasteful carbonation, a very easy drinker. A bit grassy in the hop finish with biscuit brightness. A fair hop offering that is entirely enjoyable though not outstanding.

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Photo of mynie
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a nice tan head. Aromas of hops and a spicy malt. In the taste, big hops / bitter and a sweet malt. A bitter mouthfeel and a bitter aftertaste. You can tell that it is a east coast IPA, a nice bitter and a peppery malt. Easy to drink and very nice.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this into my Sam Adam's specially shaped glass. A thick tan head formed that was about 2 ½ fingers thick. The head faded rather quickly and left a film across the beer. The beer was orange/amber and pretty hazy. There was some visible carbonation.

Aroma was fairly light. I was able to detect some floral notes and a wiff of ripe pineapple.

The taste was a little yeasty... Nice hop bitterness and a ripe fruit kick, but it was a bit astringent and yeasty. It was pretty good, but not nearly as good as some of the other basic IPA's . It's not very complex and has a big caramel malt presence followed by a basic hop bitterness. Not much depth.

Mouth feel is medium/light and a bit chalky.

Not overly drinkable.

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Photo of blackie
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The pour gives a nice looking 1" light khaki head that slowly recedes. Pretty nice retention of the cap on top. The beer is a hazy amber in color.

smell: Toasted malts with surprisingly big notes of apple and pear. Not much as far as hop aroma, the pear really takes over much of the nose.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the far high side of the medium range, and the body medium.

taste: Lightly sweet toasted malts with muddy notes of grain husk. There is a moderate hop flavor, but it is quite dull in character, with no real complexity. A coniderable bitterness dries out the finish.

drinkability: pretty good

Received in a trade with thaichile

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Photo of prototypic
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of csmiley. Thanks a ton.

Appearance: Whoa! It's readily apparent that this one suffers from over-carbonation. It's a nice caramel color mixed with plenty of garnet. The head is way off the chain. It's off-white and a ridiculous 4+ fingers deep. Wow. It's so big it's annoying. Obviously, it took a while to dissipate and left waves of lace clinging to the glass.

Smell: Up front, it's sweet and malty smelling. Smells biscuit-like. Interesting. There's some fruit aromas following it up. Smells mostly like lemon and light pineapple. Hops are far more faint than they should be. They smell primarily floral and earthy. This is a peculiar smelling IPA. I'm not sure I've ever smelled one like it. It doesn't exactly have all the earmarks you'd ordinarily expect. It's even a little underpowered to boot. Very average.

Taste: Wow. I'm really having a tough time with the American IPA label. It's a little sweet and features a strong toasted malt flavor. It is yeasty and biscuity. Very peculiar for the style. There is a floral hope flavor that's earthy and even a little grainy. It's a little bitter, but it's not even close to having the punch it needs. Very disappointing. There are some light grapefruit, pineapple, and lemon flavors that emerge late. It does have a dry, bitter flavor that kicks in on the tail. But, it's almost unpleasant. Definitely not working. No alcohol is noted. It finishes dry, leaving a bitter taste lingering.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied, but is nowhere even close to smooth. Carbonation is way too high and severely hinders the feel. Drinkability is very average. I'm not liking the flavor and there's far superior American IPAs on the market to spend too much time on this one.

Fisherman's IPA needs a great deal of work. It's an oddball IPA that's off the mark. The biggest problem is its severe over-carbonation. It's way too much. That coupled with the excessive malts and lack of good hop flavor render it a little below average. This one needs to go back to the drawing board. It's simply not a good representation of the style.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thank you papollo for giving me the chance to try this!

Pours a medium copper color, with an off white frothy head that dissipates with lots of lacing.

Smells of slight piney and citrus hops. Nothing to prevalent, but very much there, and what was there, was nice.

A dash of malts with a heavy bitter taste. A little off balanced and an after taste lingers for a moment, but it's not bad at all.

Medium bodied, and lacking a bit in carbonation with the slightly heavier feel. Otherwise pleasant.

This is a pretty decent IPA, worth a try.

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