Fisherman's Ale | Cape Ann Brewing Company

Fisherman's AleFisherman's Ale
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by WanderingFool on 04-17-2007

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Ratings: 116 |  Reviews: 56
Reviews by puboflyons:
Photo of puboflyons
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mac19872
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of steelerguy
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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 tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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 doremite
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of glid02
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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 NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cape Ann- Fisherman's Ale (Kölsch)

Purchased at Super Saver- Pennington, NJ.

A- Beautiful golden yellowish orange with the biggest billowiest head!
S- Strong wheat and starw with hints of grain and citrus peel.
T- Malt and grains hit you first. A touch of wheat, straw and hay come out. A touch of lemon and orange peel are present and a dash of earthy pine hops.
M- Dry and sweet with a nice lemony citrus bitter finish.

Overall- My first Cape Ann beer and a definite winner, even on a style I don't care for!

Party on the poop deck with this 1!!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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 Lone_Freighter
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Most of the time this was poured into a pint glass but twice it was poured into a stange. There wasn’t any difference between the two. The appearance had a gentle hazy golden color with a light transparency about it. There was a small white head that left some trickling lacing. The smell had some light sweet German malts along with a light underscore of lemon and a touch of sweet corn. The taste was mainly sweet through the previously mentioned flavors. On the palate, this one sat fairly light and had a good sessionability about it. The carbonation finishes somewhat harsh. Overall, I say it holds itself to being a good American styled kolsch worthy of having again.

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Photo of Trent
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of asarge
2.25/5  rDev -38%

Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of beerthulhu
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a beautiful hazy golden orange sunset with a rocky, off white head that was moderately lasting.

S: spicy with some pepper notes standing out the most. There was a light yeastiness as well some fresh fruit (apples, oranges).

F: spicy with some celery and some dry black pepper on the finish. The hoppiness was spicy upfront before yielding to a herbal light grassiness. There were some dry apples and oranges coming through after the swallow.

M: The mouthful and body was moderate with a warming black pepper spicing lacing the tongue.

D: Really good drinkability and interesting flavors would make you coming back for more.

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Photo of seanh99
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of fitzy84
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
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 PJCarnell
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of u2carew
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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 edthehead
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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 deltatauhobbit
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow color, slight orange tinge, little to no head and even less lacing on the glass.

Smell has a light malty aroma, maybe even a slight citrus presence, but definitely more on the malty side of beers.

Taste is light and crisp, malty but has a weird grassy bitterness in the aftertaste that kind of distracts from the overall feel. Light and easy to drink, but nothing too amazing, don't think I'd buy it on it's own but as part of a mixed pack I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle in a Pilsener glass

Poured with some life, faint crackle. Light nose, delicate, semi-sweet with old honey, malts resonate straw & hay, echoes of nature (rocks on the coastline, a summer field of corn stalks, crisp morning air in the mountains) abound. Hops elicit a light citrus rind quality. With some air the malts become stronger, more pronounced, bread & grains now rising.

A pencil's worth of small, compact, antique white foam faded quickly to a thin sheen of a floater with an edge ring that is subtly lacing in splotches. Hazy & slightly cloudy, its a subtle apricot orange, bright, warm, more golden near the base & warmer near the head.

Crisp yet soft, semi-dry with an up-front yet muted crunchiness, its nice bittersweet, actually more towards the bitter side of the road of that address. Hops are like a citric (lemon rind) butter knife - sharp enough to cut through most but no where near sharp enough to cut through all. A noticeable mineral/rocky quality, somewhat filmy (reminiscent of that feeling you would get in your mouth when washing chalk off a slate blackboard) only furthers this abrasive, dry bitter taste. Don't get me wrong, its not a bad thing at all.

Growing even drier on the palate, it takes on a leathery quality. Malts grow earthy, a little dirty even. The bitterness is more subdued and even becomes somewhat sweeter with more lemon rind & pith. The finish is nicely bittersweet (now crossing the road from bitter to sweet) and leaves a dry, leathery, coated mouth-feel, a little sour, somewhat filmy & rocky.

This was nice & definitely a joy ride for those who like their beers bitter & dry. I am craving a big deli sandwich, fries, a pickle wedge. I could see this being a KILLER lobster paring, as well as various whitefish done simply, some dry cheddar or Cotswold, maybe anything with spinach (bitter), simple potatoes, artisan bread. While not something I would want to drink every day, it was a nice change of pace and was rather nice. Recommended, especially if you like dry & bitter. Give it a shot.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of plaid75
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a clean grainy malt with a touch of grassy hop.

The taste consisted of a light grain and perhaps a touch of rye spice. There was a good noble hop spice toward the finish. Nice doughy aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was light and clean with a semi-dry finish.

Overall a nice kolsch. A good summer beer for sure.

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Photo of mfgreene
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of lozz123
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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Fisherman's Ale from Cape Ann Brewing Company
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