Fisherman's IPA
Cape Ann Brewing Company

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American IPA
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3.41 | pDev: 15.25%
Cape Ann Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Fisherman's IPAFisherman's IPA
Notes: Had been 5.5% ABV
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Photo of dordorica
3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy light brown with substantial syrupy foaming that reduces to a sticky lace.

Aroma is quite light, fresh, hint of piney hops. Seems like there could be more to it.

Caramel malt flavors predominate though some hops come through in the finish and in the end the mouth is coated with that sticky, sweet feeling I always associate with highly hopped beers. Quite bitter.

Medium to full bodied and pleasantly carbonated on the tongue.

Overall, I like this beer, though it barely makes into the IPA category for me. The hops are definitely present, but not in a forward way, which surprised me. Seems, mostly the hops were added earlier in the boil and not too much was added to amp up the flavor and aroma end. To me, it falls somewhere between an amber and an IPA. However, whether or not it is exactly to style, it's a good beer.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
2.05/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Packaged in 12 oz amber crown cap bottle.
Served at fridge temp of about 35F
Aroma at the bottleneck was hoppy, a little astringent.
Pour was very cloudy, tons of fizz. Reminiscent of a beer that was bottled too soon, before fermentation was complete. Color was medium amber honey.
Aroma was thin, stale, maybe sour grainy, some hops.
Taste was very weak, not like an IPA, but more like an amber. A poor amber. Astringent, unsatisfying.
Mouthfeel was thin, stale.
Drinkability: No, thank you, one was enough. This beer really needs some TLC, a healthier fermentation, longer rest before bottling. Label claims a distinctive flavor. Not distinctive in a good way, sadly. Distinctive in its lackluster.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
2.34/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

So, I picked up a sixer of the Fisherman's IPA at a local beer hole. I was optimistic, and love trying local brews.

It poured quite well, and yeilded a beer with an interesting hazy brown color, thick and lacy head. The head was well retained through half of my pint.

The aroma was not distinctive. There was an aroma of hops, but I wouldn't call them fresh. Stale, yet pungent.

The brew was a puckering IPA, but lacked either the malt background or complexity of hop flavor to be inspiring. It seems that the goal was to offer an offensively hopped beer that lacks the quintessential awesomeness of west coast hop bombs. It was a damp, leafy sour flavor on a slightly caramel stage.

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Photo of Jermbrew
2.19/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is odd tasting. But first.... Dull appearance, Amber and hazy which is fine by me. The smell is citrus, no pine, just minimal floral scent.

Taste a bit like unsweetened tea. There's maltiness, but whattabout the good hops. Maybe it's a bad bottle, but this does not taste like an American IPA. The head fizzled quickly and lacing is poor. I don't want the rest of this beer.

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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 cbl2
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

9/22/2006 $7.99 6 pack 5.50% No best by date.


Pours a hazy orange brown with a thin rapidly settling white foam that leaves nothing behind.


I'm suffering a slight cold which may explain the lack of aroma from this one, but all I really get is a faint whiff of grain, and something odd that is a little off.


Roasted chocolate malts segues into a rather nutty sensation which screams Nut Brown. Slightly bitter finish, but I really don't see how this is an IPA.

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

Brew poured to a rust color with a small off white to tan colored head. Almost looks like apple cider in color. Has some retention and did leave some lacing around the sides of the glass. The aroma is somewhat sweet (malt?) with a pungent hop smell. A very nice smelling brew. The first thing that I notice is the hops when I take a sip. Seems to be prevalent through out with a taste of more pine than citrus. It takes some time but I am able to pick up the subtleties as well, caramel malt with a bread like taste. IMO the brew is dominant with the hops but it is an IPA. This is a good brew; glad I decided to pick up a 6’er of this instead of some “regular” summer brews to mix it up some. I have had IPA’s that have had more of a hop taste; I would say that this is in the middle of the pack. I would recommend this to anyone who likes an IPA, not going to blow his or her socks off but it is a solid, pleasant drink.

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Photo of tboom29
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a nice dark color. It had an unexpected haziness to it that I enjoyed. There was not much nose to it, a bit of fruitiness, some hops, not much else. It was hoppy up front, then quite bitter the first few sips. The malts and hops balance each other well, and the taste confirms the nose in the fruit and hoppy taste. My first thoughts were it was too bitter, and I was really hoping it wasn't a bad sixer, but as it warmed up a bit it mellowed out very nicely. Overall decent mouth feel and very drinkable, a nice go to IPA.

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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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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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Fisherman's IPA from Cape Ann Brewing Company
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