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Beer #97 – April 10, 2010: Fisherman’s Ale

April 25, 2010

Beer: Fisherman’s Ale

Brewery: Cape Ann Brewing Company, Gloucester, Massachusetts

Style: Kölsch

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle

Price: $9.99 / six-pack

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Water Glass (traditional Kölsch glasses are narrow, straight-sided, and cylindrical… since I don’t have any on-hand, a water glass was the closest I could find)

Strength: 5.0% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Very nice, light but flavorful brew… a great alternative to a lager for a warm-weather session beer

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow-gold hue with visible carbonation and thin white fizzy head

Aroma: Sweet light grain aroma

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate fizzy carbonation

Taste: This beer starts with a pronounced clover and honey sweetness, followed by Spring-like grassy and floral hops and just a slightly bitter finish.  The clean flavors of a Kölsch mean that they leave little room for error since there is little to mask any off-flavors or off-balance in the recipe.  This is certainly a well-crafted example of this classic German ale.

Pairing: This beer is appropriately named, since fish and shellfish make for a great pairing here, since the delicate flavors of each will not overwhelm the other.

Trivia: Cape Ann, Massachusetts is a peninsula just north of Boston with a long tradition of fishing and ship-building.  Today, it is not only home to Cape Ann Brewing, but also Gorton’s (famous for fish sticks(!) and other frozen seafood) and Woodman’s of Essex (famous for their fried clams – likely the originator of this New England delicacy in 1916).   Not sure if Woodman’s serves Fisherman’s Ale, but it would make a great pairing if they do!

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