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: 268 |  Reviews: 135
Photo of strengthdoc
2.92/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

As I poured this beer from the bottle I noticed a very dark amber color which is somewhat uncommon in IPA's. The aroma was nice an crisp with a mild flowery hop and some alomost lager characteristics. The mouthfeel was fairly light. The hop taste was light and flowery which stayed pretty consistent to the finsih and aftertaste. This was OK, but I have found better choices.

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Photo of dickroop
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Barcade in Brooklyn. It was one of their low-end offerings, but the fact that they offered it at all seemed like a good recommendation.

Served in a pint tumbler, it was dark bronze with white froth and had lacing. There was a sweet, bready aroma.

The malts were toasted, the hop flavors were undistinguished, and it was bitter with a metalic spiciness. It had a long bitter finish, but ended clean. Mouthfeel was average, medium body.

Overall, I'd say it was drinkable, but coarse. I can imagine enjoying this if it were the only IPA available in a BMC bar, but I wouldn't seek it out. At least it didn't smell of fish oil and it didn't have fish scales in the froth.

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Photo of Dibujob
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this as part of a beer of the month club. Not an unpleasant beer, but average for an IPA. Not one I would grab off the shelf if I were shopping, purely because there are so many excellent offerings, why settle for one that is just ok.

Appearance is a nice, copper, and the aroma is hoppy and floral, but not as hoppy as I like my IPAs. Taste is not horrible, but nothing to write home about. It's a drinkable beer, like I said, not the best IPA, not the worst.

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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 SaintPeter
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cape Ann Brewing Co. Fisherman's IPA

An amber/copper color, a bit deeper than the typical IPA. Well carbonated, lots of bubbles floating up to the surface. A huge cottony off white head with some pretty fantastic lacing leaving a magnificent cling down the glass. Quite a sight! When swirled the foam becomes a frothy cap on top of the beer.

Surprisingly very malty, but with some piney/resiny hop bitterness in the nose. I am getting a old, sherry or scotch soaked wood smell. A deep wood aroma covers up the hop spicyness and hop character. The malt takes over, this should be considered a pale ale or amber with the maltiness! The hops are there, lurking, underneath. Burping leads to an enjoyment of the hops again, more hoppier than the first time.

The taste is similar, a deep resiny hop and malty character. Very different from most IPA's. The hop bitterness is there underlying. The finish is of hops bitterness in the back of the throat.

Thick and syrupy, tastes like the alc. is a big higher than the average. IPA. Nice. Very drinkable, really enjoyable, but unfortunately it is a confused IPA. It much more resembles a malty Pale Ale with ample amounts of hops.

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Photo of kshankar
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is copper, head with good retention

Aroma: Hops, floral scent.

Taste is the floral hops that finishes off with some malt. Level of bitterness is good.

Its good, but I found it to be a bit mild in comparison to other IPA's

Mouthfeel: Lighter side, creamy, goes down well

Drinkability: Milder IPA..and a lower ABV than I'm used to seeing in this style. Its good, but the flavors aren't as intense as they could be. Still, its good..and probably an IPA someone should start out with. Good entrance for the style

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.76/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber colored body with a light tan colored head standing at about an inch and it has some impressive stamina.

S - Nice hoppy aroma.

T - It has a bready taste to it not often found in the IPAs I've enjoyed in the past. I like that flavor as base beneath the deep-throated hops. There's a hint of molasses present here as well.

M - The feel has a slight scratch at the tip of my tongue. Other than that it's relatively smooth until it gets to the back of my throat where it let's itself be known.

~ That's WJVII. I think I like this one a bit more than you do. I could partake in another one of these bad boys.

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Photo of yuenglings
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Has a coper color with a thin head that leaves small amounts of laceing.

S: Sweet caramell malts up front and a very very faint smell of hops at the end.

T: Very good and balanced sweet caramell up front with little bittnerness at the end not what i expect for a ipa but still good.

M: Kind of thin but still smooth could use more carbonation.

D: ahh its drinkable but nothing very special about it prolly would not buy a case any time soon but would not go out of my way not to drink it

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

Pours a copper gold color with a creamy/foamy 1 finger tan head that faded very slowly and left great lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of sweet malt, toasted grains, floral hops, caramel, sour apple and a metallic odor, perhaps from yeast; not very hoppy for an IPA, and actually more on the malty side.

Tastes of sweet malt, toasted grains, floral hops, caramel, flowers, light yeast, toast or wet bread, biscuit, light spices like pepper and other earthy or grass notes like hay. Like the nose, this is not as hoppy as I would have liked it to be and was a tad bit too malty.

Mouthfeel was quite crisp and yet creamy with overall earthy tones; it has a medium body, light carbonation and a dry finish that tails off as bitter and funky.

A good beer that would go well with barbeque and spicy food, not a great beer on it's own. Not a session beer for me as it was just so average that it didn't get me excited. I've had it in the past and always thought it was decent, but now that I've analyzed it this seems just average.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving notes - 0.5L German glass, cellar temp. A little aged.
A - floral and earthy hops.
A - two fingers of rocky head, body is hazy yellow-amber.
M - light body with medium carbonation.
T - Smooth bitterness immediately covers the tongue. Nice malt backbone. Some spiceness that I cannot really identify.
D - Nice smooth drinking IPA.

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Enjoyed on 05.07.09 from a 12oz brown bottle. Poured into a 14oz USA pint glass. Part of a BOTM sample set.

A: Pours a deep amber with a good head that dissipates quickly. Low-medium lacing

S: Malt, w/herbs.

T: Sweet malt, brown bread, citrus and strong hop finish. Def a Amer. IPA

M: Light oil. Malty.

D: I wouldn't pair food with it. Good edge to it. Unfortunately I can name at least 50 better Amer. IPAs I've had...

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

nice rich amber color short head and a decent lace. slightly sweet smelling with floral and citrus notes in the aroma. has a buttery smooth slick taste slightly sweet with more of a caramel taste than the grapefruit bitter taste with your standard ipa well balanced easy to drink.

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Photo of bsp77
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as part of April shipment of my Beer of the Month club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Slightly hazy reddish amber with very thin head.

Smell: Very mild malt smell, kind of English. Where is the hop smell?

Taste: Light English malts with nice hop presence that leaves a grapefruit bitter aftertaste that slowly builds. For an IPA, it really isn't all that bitter - more balanced.

Feel: Low carbonation and relatively light body. Dry finish. Once again, very English.

Drinkability: Pleasant, easy drinking ale. Nothing stands out too much, but I like it and could easily enjoy another.

This is an English IPA, not an American IPA. It amazes me how many beers have been incorrectly categorized.

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Photo of bonkers
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as part of a BOTMC. It pours a deep copper with a moderate white head. The aroma is somewhat citruasy, but IMO a bit weak. The flavor is average, a bit of citrus and a bit bitter but nothing impresive. The brew is medium bodied and has moderate carbonation. I like my IPA's a bit bigger, this is more of an APA in the flavor department.

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Photo of imagineiii
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a beer of the month club. irony is that its one of the closest breweries to where i grew up, but ive never had it so: bonus!

poured into my new stone tumbler: "fizzy yellow beer is for wussies" extra pale brown color half finger of eggshell head. retention is decent. carbonation is sparse and slow.

smells of grass and thin malty sweetness. not much else.

taste is sweet, only slightly bitter. while subtle, the hop profile is gentle and pleasing. caramel notes come out of the malt as it warms.

carbonation is too big for the rather thin beer. not bottle fermented, wish it was.

very drinkable as it isnt too flavorful. could definitely session this brew.

decent effort from gloucester. i got higher hope for their kolsch tho.

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

My wonderful wife got me a beer of the month subscription and this is the first brew from my first month (12 beers total, 4 different from 2 breweries each month)!

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a golden color with a pink hue. There are large carbonation bubbles but almost no head to speak of. The aroma is a little off. Very light smell of some hops but that is all. The taste is very thin. More sweet than bitter and the finish is a little metallic. Not the best brew but I have high hopes for the BOM club.

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Photo of mikereaser
2.94/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a cloudy amber color with no foam

S - more malt than anything, hints of some piney hops

T - not a very strong tasting beer, i'd expect more from an IPA. the malt dominates with a bit of some piney hops coming through

M/D - Overall an ok beer, nothing too overwhelming, just a weak version of an IPA.

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

Poured a nice copper/burnt orange with a good size creamy rocky head.

The nose was pretty malty for an IPA, toasted caramel malt was in abundance. The hops did balance with mostly leafy tones and a bit of citrus. It doesn't have the hop blast I think an IPA should.

Taste was along similar lines, it was balanced well but still not as hoppy as I'd hoped, yet an excellent compromise. The toasty malts hit right away with an added sweetness (almost irish red), the hop bitterness follows in with in with a little astringency. The finish is earthy and dry.

The body isn't lacking. It is chewy and smooth.

It's balanced well and the flavors are good. It's easier to drink than many hoppier IPA's, thus a hophead may not be floored but I still enjoyed it for what it was.... a solid beer. It maybe more of a good hopheavy amber.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.29/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a nice shade of amber color but is severely lacing in any form of head or lacing, looks almost undercarbonated.

Smell is almost nonexistent except a couple whiffs of malt, hardly any hop aroma, not looking too good for this IPA.

Taste is bitter malt, not so much from bitter flowery hops, almost no distinction that this is an IPA, low carbonation, not citrusy or grapefruity or even hoppy.

Probably the most disappointing beer from Cape Ann that I've had, for a brewery that has the look of coastal shipping, they should at least get the legacy of an IPA somewhat correct.

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Photo of PeterLemonjello
2.13/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Received as part of Beer Club...

A -Not a bad looking beer. Light amber is color with lots of carbonation. Looks thin, over filtered, as though all the body has been stripped out.

S - Not a bad smelling beer, but just not consistent with the IPA style. Very malty. Once again, not bad...but smells more like a malty/bready amber. Maybe a touch of citrus, but certainly no big citrus/earthy/piney/floral smells as one would expect.

T - Just not a lot here. Not awful, no off-flavors...but just a very underwhelming beer. Bitterness is there but there are no hop flavors. Malt/bready flavors are there but are totally dominated by the bitterness. Dry finish. Very confusing beer and not consistent with the style.

M - Thin with lots of carbonation.

D - It's a drinkable beer. I certainly didn't consider putting it down the drain, but it's just not a very good beer.

I almost feel as though this beer was mislabeled. I guess it does have some bitterness which might be IPA-ish to some, but I would honestly rate this as an slightly below average Amber as opposed to a very very bad IPA. No off-flavors, so it's plenty drinkable but one of the worst examples of an IPA I've ever had. Looking forward to trying their award winning Kolsch.

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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 shirfan
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper with reddish highlights and a good layer of lacy foam.

Smell is malty, biscuity, with hints of grapefruit and pine.

Taste follows the nose. Biscuity malt heavy on caramel flavor backed up by a mild hops presence. Pine, grapefuit, mild peppery spice. Hops are inadequate to consider as a serious IPA, but it's quite quaffable, regardless.

Mouthfeel is the strong point here -- very creamy and highly drinkable. An excellent "burger and fries" ale, but I'd call it a copper APA.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. no date found.
contract brewed by olde saratoga, saratoga, NY

deep, quite dark amber. clear. light tan, 1-finger head. fades to thin wispy layer. nice lacing, esp. later on.

toasted caramel malt aromas with mild citrus rind and floral pine. subtle apple fruitiness.

caramel malt flavors and fruity apple, moving to grassy yet resinous hop with a hint of pine. gives a bold bitterness, but mixes awkwardly with fusels and phenols into the finish.

relatively smooth, medium body. lively, prickly, sometimes even creamy carbonation.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

medium brown colored beer with a decent head and lace.
The aroma of hops,malts and caramel with citrus hints. A very mild bitter taste that evens out as you drink it. A buttery taste wraps the beer in a creamy finish.
A medium body,medium carbonation feel with decent balance and a smooth feel.

Notes: A good IPA for the buck and overall a decent beer with some good points. Not super hoppy,but evenly balanced and satisfying. I am not big on the butter taste,yet it dos not ruin the beer at all. I would buy it again.

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Fisherman's IPA from Cape Ann Brewing Company
3.41 out of 5 based on 268 ratings.
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