Fisherman’s AleSeptember 1, 2009 Gloucester, MA
Cape Ann Brewing Co.
Available: MA, MD, ME, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA
Cape Ann Brewing Co. is a family-owned microbrewery in downtown Gloucester. The company contributes to protecting our oceans and fisheries by donating to the Northwest Seafood Coalition.
Original gravity: 1050
Hazy gold color. Light in body and rustic, but with plenty of character: grapefruit, teasing lemon zest, honeyed melon, freshly cut grass and white pepper lead to a firm, dry, lingering hop finish. If I caught one of these, I’d probably keep it and throw it in the ice box. Heck, I might even try to catch my limit!
- John Hansell
I was kvetching to a brewer just a couple of weeks ago how "kölsch" seems to have become anonymous in the United States with "golden ale of no discernable style." Talk about prescient! Judged as a true kölsch, this is too dark in color, far too cloudy, too fruity and with a body that's not nearly lean enough. Judged as a simple golden ale, it has a pleasant, sweet orange and peach nose, moderately full and fruity body and mildly bitter, lightly citrusy finish. In other words, a decent enough ale. Just don't call it a kölsch.
- Stephen Beaumont
John Hansell is an equal-opportunity drinker. He writes about beer, wine and spirits. He is the creator, publisher & editor of Malt Advocate, a magazine for the whisky enthusiast.
Once described as “beerdom's Brillat-Savarin,” Stephen Beaumont is the author of five books and countless articles on beer, spirits, food, travel, and how it all goes together.
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