Fisherman's Ale | Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Fisherman's AleFisherman's Ale

Brewed by:
Cape Ann Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of mynie
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Kinda stunning to realize that just ten short years ago, it was commercially viable for a brewery to make a Kolsch their flagship.

Sampled at the brewery. Pours dark gold, filtered, with a nice white head. Smells of dry noble hops and fresh hay.

Tastes quite good--bold for the style and excellently balanced. Starts with pronounced light barley, bready and sweet, moving into a middle that's a nice balance of bright fruit and saaz hops.

This is one of the best American Kolsches I've ever had, and not because it was super fresh. Lots of American iterations of the style have straw or earthen nodes that lend an unpleasant dryness to the beer. This beer is fresh and spritely with a noticeable hop presence.

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Photo of bark
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The colour is cold golden (6 EBC), the liquid got some passing chill haze. The finger thick white head quickly dissolves into nothing.

The light smell is sweet and a bit frowsy. Some bitter hops and cellar notes.

The taste is hoppy with German notes of hay and dried flowers. Stale metal and cellar flavours. Light body. The aftertaste is better with hay and a subtle bitterness. Short metal finish.

The carbonation is fresh and mild. Small short-lived bubbles. Dry mid-smooth liquid.

Not a very good Kölsch. As a homebrew judge, I have seen a few homebrews in the style with the same problems, it seems quite hard to make a good Kölsch.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I know this beer's from Massachusetts, but it reminds me of the whole Chesapeake scene. (You've gotta give me some leeway here, I'm from the Midwest...) Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear brass topped by a half-finger of relatively short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises mild white bread, slight melon, flowers, and a bit of lemon zest. The taste brings in more of the same, the bread enveloping the melon/lemon mixture while flowers rain down upon the proceedings. The body straddles the border between hefty light and light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid, nearly slick feel. Overall, a nice-enough kolsch, one that embraces the subtlety of the style, but one that stills leaves me wanting a bit.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz bottle. Sampled July 7, 2012. The pour is a hazy pale yellow with a quick fizzy white head that fades immediately. The aroma is of grains with a crisp hop note but the bottle I got must have been skunked because I also got a of that on the nose. Light body. The taste has all the right characteristics of a Kolsch with grains and a moderate bitterness but the skunked character distorted my judgement.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Latitude 43 in Gloucester. Presented in a standard pint glass. Hazy orange colored body. No real head. Moderate carbonation though. Smell was pretty unremarkable; nothing too noticeable. Taste was good. Just a hint of malt and hops, so it's a very light tasting beer. That's the standard idea of a Kölsch, to not overwhelm you with anything, and that's what you get. It's a very mild flavored, easy drinking beer. It may not be the best example of the style, but if you are looking for a smooth beer with relatively low abv, this one might be the one for your session. Went fairly nicely with my fried clam roll for lunch.

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Photo of glid02
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bukowski’s in Cambridge.

Pours a clear amber color with a slightly off-white head that leaves decent lacing, the color was surprisingly dark for the style.

Smells of muted light malts with good amounts of earthy hops and smaller amounts of medium fruits. Also present are slight hints of breadiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Somewhat muddled light malts up front are joined quickly by hints of breadiness and medium fruits. Midway through leafy hops come into play, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall this beer didn’t fit very well into the style and wasn’t nearly as clean as it should be. Not a bad beer, but not a good kolsch.

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Photo of JamesRobbins
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good session beer. You're not going to get much head on this one, but look forward to a dynamic taste. The taste is primarily malty but expect quick bursts of lemon and hops. The mouthfeel is lightly creamy with hints of carbonation. An accessible beer with some subtle quirks that makes for a steady companion.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is hazy pale light yellow in color and poured with a thin bright head.
S: There are aromas of bready malts and fruity yeast in the nose along with some hints of lemon and floral hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of bready malts with notes of lemons.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink and is quite sessionable; it is a good choice for a hot summer day particularly since the lemon adds some refreshing properties.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a six-pack at Table and Vine. The drink poured with a large head and levels of patching across the glass. The appearance was a crisp gold look, with a slight amber color. Aromas were strong with sweet grains flavors and an earthy tone. The taste had a good flavor initially, but the taste kind of dissipates quickly. Generally speaking, it had a sugary sweet taste with light hops. Mouthfeel was light and watery. Pretty refreshing actually. Overall, not too bad.

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Photo of bruachan
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

gold, but not simply: there's a ray of amber. exuberant head of both frothy and sudsy bubblage. good enough lacing

clean pils malt aroma. almost clean enough to be a pilsner beer--really not much to preclude such a classification. subtle perfumey hop aromas play tag with the grains

grainy malt presence muddles the flavors a little. that said, it's a pretty crisp drink. certainly more variety in the flavor profile than would have been provided by a lager yeast--there's even a soft vinous character. drying, grassy, herbal hops. i think the sweetness is about right; it works with the hop flavoring. the hopping is quite assertive, i must add...too much for my tastes

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy straw gold that clears up a bit as it settles; about an inch of white foamy head with decent retention and minimal lacing

S - Grains, grapes; almost has white wine-like character

T&M - Medium bodied, sweet green grapes, a little grain, dry finish

D - Very nice summer refresher; not a complex bouquet of flavors, but pretty much what a Kolsh should be. A decent stab at the style

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Photo of steelerguy
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Gold, clear, low carbonation, small had that fades quickly into nothing.

S - Sweet grain, corn pops.

T - Nice flavor, corn bread, sweetness, very crisp with only a slight touch of bittering hops at the end.

M - Crisp, clean, and refreshing.

D - This is an extremely refreshing beer, perfect for a hot summer bbq or after some yard work. Could enjoy a few in this setting but would seek something more challenging otherwise.

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Photo of Zekezilla
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found this in a "build a 6-pack" store. I'd never tried a Kolsch so wanted to at least give it a try. Incredibly smooth, soft texture. Very little carbonation. Great for a session beer. Very, subtle flavoring. I had it with Mexican food, was a great pairing. It allowed the spices in the food to really come through.

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Photo of ekardz
2.94/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz to Sam Adams glass. Got from Amazing Clubs.

Appearance: hazy golden color, no head, no lacing, good amount of carbonation, I want to try this beer.

Smell: Nothing, maybe a hint of sweetness, but no smells coming off of this brew.

Taste: nice taste, reminds me of many traditional ales I had over in Europe. Goof flavor, but nothing stands out. Not a bad taste by any means.

Mouthfeel: light bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: probably the best I've received so far from Amazing clubs. A solid brew that I would have again. Definitely a summertime beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Received as part of Awesome Clubs February beer of the Month Club package.

a - Pours an orange/golden color with no head whatsoever and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells very bready and malty. Also smells of wheat, but I'm not getting a very hoppy smell.

t - Tastes mostly of bread, grain, and some bready/sweet malts. Again, no real hop taste here to me.

m - Light bodied with little carbonation, this is very easy to drink.

d - Overall this was an ok beer; not bad but nothing great. Smells and tastes strongly of malt and bread/grain, and didn't really have much hops to it. I wouldn't buy it again, but hey, it's nice for a free beer.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a light, golden look, lacy white head, pretty deep, great dissipation. plenty of life.

The aroma is of gentle dark bready malt with a layer of herbal-minty hops, golden wheat, very hearty complexity on the nose.

The flavor is criapy and clean bready malt with a good balance of dense green hops, sharp mint and earhiness that is pretty deep. wheat and corn and many hearty flavor's makes this one fun when your at a sea food restaurant in Mass!!

The feel is the light side of medium bodied with a good crisp kick and long, slick finish.

a surprise brew indeed.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange-brown in color, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: caramel, grass, toasted malt

Taste: toasted malt, citrus hops in the background, and grain

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium/high carbonation, sweet with a slightly bitter backbone

Drinkability: I could have two or three. A solid above average kolsch that sticks to the style. I like the flavor combinations.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells malty with a light breadiness. Pours to a hazy light brown with a multi-sized bubble creamy head. Taste is quite balanced but a little more on the sweet side. No bitterness but a flat tartness in the background throughout and more evident in the finish. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated but doesn't try to overpower the taste. This is a very smooth drinker. Good and solid with a nice backbone and a finish leaving one desiring another sip. This is a great session brew.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" white head over the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head dwindles gradually, with ample lacing. Aroma is lightly sweet, lightly spicy. Taste follows the nose, sweet pale malts, spicy yeast, prickly hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Pretty good stuff.

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Photo of u2carew
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
A) Pours with a half inch head then settles to thin lacing around the edge. Lacing is fairly sticky. Mostly transparent. Gold to bronze in color.
S) Citrus orange and lemon. Grainy. Bread. Wheat.
T) A well balanced malty sweetness - caramel and light toffee. Grainy notes. Mellow hops in the finish and lingering in the aftertaste.
M) Light to Medium bodied. A light grittiness. Some tannin feel. Light on the CO2 fizz.
D) A nice beer for a hot summer day. Not a standout, but a good brew.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an attractive straw/orange with a metallic hue and a finger-thick head that drops to a gauze. No lacing that I can see, but a moderate amount of fast, tiny bubbles.

Smell is flinty & fresh, with malts at the forefront, some grape & a tiny bit of bubblegum. Taste is right there too, I love that crisp malt profile with a pretty clean finish, some residual sweetness in the aftertaste. Slightly lemony further down the glass.

Refreshing mouthfeel -- I wish more brewers did kolsch, the flavor of an ale with the smoothness & freshness of a lager. Very sessionable, modest, good for summer.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy gold with hardly a hint of head, no lacing.

Aroma is there, but not powerful. Light hint of floral hops, with some straw/grassiness, maybe a little yeast, and some of the typical kolsch grape-vine funk.

This beer is bone dry with no sweetness whatsoever. Grassy, a little soapy, all leading to a pure (no pine/citrus) bitter aftertaste/finish. Nice. Close your eyes and you'd swear this was a German import.

Medium bodied with enough carbonation to keep this fairly palate cleansing.

This went down really well. A great change of pace. It made me realize that I've been drinking way too much amber and IPA lately. Great beer, great style. Mind you, this is beer for grown-ups. No distinctive fruit flavors, no tartness, no bullshit gimmicks. This would pair well with most food because it is so stripped down. A real grain-forward beverage, and another winner from Cape Ann.

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Photo of Jayli
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Not Your Average Joe's in Watertown 6/4
This beer pours a cloudy copper color with a half finger white head, doesn't retain very well and leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Nose is of grainy malts with a lemon zest finish to it. Taste is relatively hoppy in flavor, all citrus hops, graininess in the middle with a lemon zest finish to it. Beer is medium body, decent carbonation, sweet beer with a relatively dry finish to it. This is a nice beer that one could sit with for a while.

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Photo of SEOhioSipper
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look-Pale Golden in color, poured with next to no head and what was there dissipated quickly.

Smell-Powerful Citrus hop aroma, slight fruitiness, slight notes of floral earthiness.

Taste-Grapefruit upfront followed by a bit of malt sweetness with hints of alcohol unusual from a beer with this ABV. Lingering fruit on the front of the tongue with grapefruit and earthiness farther back in the mouth.

Mouthfeel-Low carbonation. Medium-light bodied although it is a bit thin.

Drinkability-Easy drinker. The ABV makes it easy to have a few of these. Would probably get it again.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is beautiful cloudy copper. Minimal head, butg the translucent color is gorgeous. With more head, this would be a 5.0.

The aroma is bitter, flowery German hops on top. Roasted barley underneath. Grainy but with lemon and earthy tones. Very strong, very inviting.

The taste is earthy, grainy malts foremost. Pilsnerish/German hops floating above. Hint of perfumes, but more bitter and with a bite on the swallow. Complex; lots of flavors to admire here.

Medium bodied feel and creamy but also refreshing. Spring-y! Lots of bitter hops, earthy malts and a citrusy respite. A heck of a nice spring-friendly beer.

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Fisherman's Ale from Cape Ann Brewing Company
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