Tuesday, June 30, 2009

It's Wicked Good

Well, wicked good is a bit of an overstatement but people from Massachusetts are known for loyalty. OK, loyalty to the Red Sox and generally the Patriots and Celtics. Sorry, hockey fans.

Today's brew du jour is Fisherman's Brew from the Cape Ann Brewing Company. We took the easy way out and acquired the variety pack - three each of Kolsch-Style Ale, American Amber Ale, Double Bock, and the IPA.

Let's start with the packaging. The general label looks like we're drinking with the Gorton's Fisherman. That's all well and good but the label for each brew is the same - except for the color and the name of the beer. So, we basically drank a 12 pack with Gordie. Our friends from Glouster, MA lost points for creativity. On to the brew review - in no particular order but from best to worst...

American Amber Ale - This one comes across as a good everday brew not unlike your Sam Adams Boston Lager. Refreshing taste with a fair amount of flavor that doesn't overpower the senses. You could have several and not get that Guinness-bloated feeling.

Double Bock - If you're looking for something a bit more extreme than the ordinary average ale this will be your choice. More flavor than you will find in the American and its rather sweet. The kind of beer that makes you want more even after you get that Guinness-bloated feeling.

Kolsch-Style Ale - It's fine. Neither exceptional nor offensive, you might finish one bottle and wonder if you had a Kolsch or sparkling water. Still, it carries more credibility than your friendly Miller Lite. If you drink based on status Kolsch won a Gold Medal at the 2007 Great International Beer Festival.

India Pale Ale - Don't drink the the IPA, it's awful. Seriously.



rob said...

just picked up a 6-pack of dale's pale ale. how does the team dumbarton feel about the canned microbrew movement?

jerome said...

Cans, bottles, it doesn't really matter. As long as it contains good beer.