Fisherman's IPA | Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Fisherman's IPAFisherman's IPA
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

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 135 | Ratings: 271
Photo of ZeroSignal
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a reddish hazy copper with about a fingers worth of light beige head. Good retention and sticky lacing.

S - Herbal and grassy hops with a spicy background. Roasted malt character as well.

T&M - Medium body and a bit chewy, Nice spicy hop notes on the palate and the herb dominant in the nose fall to the background. Thick malty presence with a light sweetness in the finish as well as a carbonated "zing".

D - A nice offering. Nothing too heavy with a reasonable ABV. Decent balance and easy going down.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.28/5  rDev -3%
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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Photo of Durge
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
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 Zekezilla
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this on in a "pick 6" 6-pack. Trying to get more familiar with hoppy beers, specifically IPAs. I saw that some of the reviewers gave this lackluster reviews but I have to disagree. I think this is an excellent beer for someone who is just getting into IPAs and/or other hoppy beers. It's smooth and more malty than some other IPAs. I'd seek this out again. Think of it as a good "gateway beer" to other, more intense IPAs. Also, the color is a beautiful, amber color, much more red than other IPAs I've had.

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Photo of travduke
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark amber with a small white head that quickly dissipates leaving little lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malt, light hops. Nothing really stands out here.

Taste: This is completely different than any IPA I've tasted. Overly sweet malt stands up front to the faint bitter hops.

Feel/Drink: Mouthfeel was thin and drinkablity is low. I just wasn't in to this.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a dark clear copper color. Almost white head resides quickly but leaves giant rings of lacing. A good swirl brings the head back in a hurry.

Aroma is a little faint... But certainly sweet-- from the malts. Has a hop note-- citrusy earthiness.

Taste is also a bit muted. Sweet up front. Nice bittering hops at the back end. The middle is a mix of earth, hard water, and floral citrus hops. Certainly not bad. The taste is delightful, in fact. Is this the best IPA, of course not, but for a small brewery, this is a pretty good local IPA. If this were available, I would certainly drink it, but it is not a hop bomb. Almost more like an English style IPA. It is very nicely balanced.

Carbonation levels are very nice. It is smooth and creamy on the swallow. Surprisingly light body for the color.

Again--- I've had worse. I've had better. This is slightly better than an average run-of-the-mill IPA, if only for how well it's balanced.

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Photo of Damian
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank on-tap at Miracle of Science Bar & Grill, Cambridge, MA
Served in a pint glass

Hazy, reddish-amber in appearance with a small, flimsy, off-white head that quickly dissipated. Spotty drops of lacing clung to the sides of the glass.

The aroma was quite hoppy. Crisp and citrusy. Orange notes came through strong. Slightly earthy. Fruity and semi-sweet.

The taste was rather harsh. Some biscuity malts appeared up front before the bitter, somewhat astringent hops took over. Grapefruit rind dominated. Pine notes came through as well. Slightly fruity in the center. The lingering finish was pithy, sharp and bone dry. Overall, not very pleasant.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin for the style with a fizzy, medium effervescence.

Fisherman's IPA delivers a lot of hop bitterness without with the complexity found in better examples of the style. This beer could definitely use some reworking.

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Photo of Deuane
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep, dark brownish copper with a medium off-white head that reduced to barley a wisp of foam and left zero lacing.

S-Deep caramel malt, brown sugar and a backing of sharp, spicy citrus rind. This one is balanced but certainly hop forward.

T-Caramel malt sweetness up front with a hit of spicy, citrus rind hop flavour. A good supporting hop bite but this one is malt first, hops second.

M-Medium bodied and rather thick feeling. Not syrupy but beefy feeling almost like a cross between an IPA and a Winter Warmer. One of the heartier IPA's I have had. Despite this not being "normal" it works nicely. Good lingering hop bite and malt smoothness.

D-An interesting IPA for sure. Nothing bad about it simply not what I look for in an IPA. Too much malt sweetness and a little too heavy for my liking. As stated, call this a hoppy Winter Warmer and I might change my tune!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
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 NHGrafx
3.82/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle.

Pours a nice copper color, small head which doesn't last long, but leaves nice lacing.

This has a nice aroma to it. Floral, fruity, and sweet. I smell something similar to raisins. Some malt aromas also. Good hop aroma.

The taste has a nice bitterness up front, some light sweetness, there is a taste that is like black grapes. Some bready/malty flavors . Nice hoppy bitterness on the finish. The bitterness lingers a bit. Overall pretty good.

This one seems pretty good all around. Trying the local stuff around the Boston Metro area I couldn't get/find when I lived in Charlotte.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic pint glass. Appears a clear rich amber color with about two fingers of fluffy off white foam. The head leaves a minimal lacing behind. Aroma and flavors are of a good amount of caramel malt up front, followed by floral hops, toasted grains, grassy, bread, some citrus as well. Decent medium body and amply carbonated with a somewhat bitter finish.

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Photo of Amalak
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
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 eljefe21
4.26/5  rDev +26%
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 thartman
4.12/5  rDev +21.9%
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 armock
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy copper color with a thin off white head no lacing for me

S - Is of caramel malt and citrus hops

T - Starts off with the caramel malt then the bitter citrus hops come out

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a pretty easy to drink beer its ok for a pale ale but a little weak to be an IPA

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Photo of riversider76
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber brown with a very thin white head. No retention and just a bit of lacing. Aroma is of bready carmel malts and a hint of grassy hops. Body is surprisingly thin and flat. Taste was a nice mix of bready malts and brown sugar.with a bit of hops in the mix.Nice but on the week side. Maybe I picked up an outdated bottle...

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Photo of batty
4.16/5  rDev +23.1%
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 strengthdoc
2.92/5  rDev -13.6%
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 +1.5%
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 -9.5%
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 +16%
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 +1.2%
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 +3.6%
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 +11.2%
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 -5.9%
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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Fisherman's IPA from Cape Ann Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 271 ratings