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Watch Man IPA - Empyrean Brewing Company

Watch Man IPAWatch Man IPA

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.14%

Brewed by:
Empyrean Brewing Company visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: lawlerj on 05-26-2012)
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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun


3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer pours pale golden in color with a small head. Carbonation is okay. Beer is slightly hazy.

Aroma is of pine and spice. No malt aroma. No aroma from the yeast. The pine is very clean and green smelling.

Taste is bitter, hop bite lingers in the finish. No malt in the flavor and no yeast notes either. Finish is somewhat dry.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side.

No flaws in this beer, pine hops are okay. Nothing all that exciting. Although this beer does not have a lot going on it would make a great session beer. The hops are not too bitter and the beer is fairly light and crisp.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 23:05:58 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
Photo of BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beersndrums for this one!

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Pale amber color with a big 3-finger frothy, foamy, cream colored head. Awesome retention and some of the best actual lacing I have ever seen. By “actual” lacing, I mean it looks like real lace latticework. It’s really remarkable. Clear with a good amount of bubbles.

S – Faint aroma of grainy malt, musty yeast, and grapefruit, orange, and pine hops. It smells good but it’s way too subdued.

T – Starts off sweet with some grainy, caramel malt and progresses to citrus, grassy, earthy, and piney hops.

F – Medium-bodied, decent carbonation, a sticky and mouth-coating feel, and a bitter and dry finish. Earthy and piney hop flavors linger for a while.

O – This is a pretty good IPA. Not much that’s groundbreaking here, but it’s definitely tasty. I wish the aroma was a bit stronger but other than that, it’s pretty solid. Once again, another brewery introduction from beersndrums. Thanks so much for the opportunity to try this one, Jared!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 03:22:46 | More by BlackBelt5112203
Photo of bsp77


3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into glass.

Appearance: Hazy dark gold with foamy white head.

Smell: Citrus and floral notes.

Taste: Definitely more floral than citrusy in the taste department. Some earthy and toasted notes. Finish is pretty bitter and the hop taste is not quite enough to make the bitterness worthwhile.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, nice dry finish. No problem with the mouthfeel.

Overall: American/English IPA hybrid that could use some more actual hop flavor. Still decent overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 03:24:42 | More by bsp77
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a beer mug.

Look: Hazy, cloudy orange amber. Lots of yeast bits swirling around. Soapy off white head that recedes to a film, decent lines of lacing.

Aroma: Bright hops with grapefruit mix with faint malts, some sweetness.

Taste: A good malty sweet caramel note to begin, then a drier, hop citrus body. Some spiciness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly dry.

Overall: Doesn't taste bad, but majorly disappointed in all of the yeast sediment. Way too much.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 23:39:30 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of TheQuietMan22


3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The notched, “BEST ENJOYED BY” month is “JAN.”

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is hazy honey amber. A little more than a finger of fluffy, off-white head left a spotted, bubbly lacing, a ring around the edge, and trails of foam along the glass.

Smell: Very faint scents of grapefruit, orange, and pine. The strength improves a little as the beer warms, though. However, a hint of Tang becomes apparent. There is also a nice pale malt, caramel, and toffee foundation.

Taste: Very nice, full-bodied mouthfeel. The taste is pretty weak but mostly mirrors the aroma: grapefruit, orange, lemon, pine, pale malts, caramel, and toffee. The bitterness is adequate and lingers on the taste buds after each sip. No Tang, thankfully.

Drinkability: It is pretty good. There are better IPAs, and hopper pale ales, but it will do.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 05:01:24 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased in Providence, RI.

A- Pours a hazy honey color with a decent sized white head with high retention and thick fluffy lacing.

S- I'm straining and not getting much. Grassy, wheaty, citrus, pine.

T- Wheat, orange peel, caramel, and slightly funky on the finish. Leaves a slight bitterness on the tongue.

M- Watery, pretty flat.

I was unimpressed with this "IPA". Lacked any hop character or body. Pretty unflavorful. Skip this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 05:04:00 | More by gcamparone
Photo of zeff80


3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine, citrus and roasted malt.

T - It tasted of bitter piney hops with a citrus kick. There was a nice burnt toast maltiness with some sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice IPA. Another solid brew from Empyrean.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 02:50:52 | More by zeff80
Photo of morimech


3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazy pale amber color with an attractive head that had good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Very timid aroma. Slight citrus hop smell. A little woodsy with a hint of mint.

Flavor is better but still a little weak in the hop flavor department. I do get some citrus and herbal hints. However the bitterness is all there. Malt is relatively dry for an IPA and adds some cracker like flavor. Finishes bitter and dry.

Lighter body but has good carbonation for an IPA. Nice smooth, pleasant texture. Just wish the body had more heft.

A mediocre IPA. With shelves crowded with so many better IPAs, no real reason to revisit this one. Not really easy to drink either because there is little hop flavor payoff for the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 17:08:18 | More by morimech
Photo of u2carew


3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz stubby
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Settles to a thin lacing on top. Hazy copper body. Thin semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Orange. Grapefruit. Subtle Hints of pine.
T) Earthy hop bite up front. Underlying caramel malts but the hops are the dominate trait. Lingering hop bite in the finish.
M) Lightly carbonated. Medium body. Dry, gritty and tannic finish.
O) A good IPA. I'd drink another.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 00:32:37 | More by u2carew
Photo of xroywadex


4.28/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a normal pint glass. Very thick, two inch head, doesn't leave quickly. Relatively clear amber color. Strong citrus and floral hop aroma.

Taste - breads, citrus, lingering grapefruit taste. Light on the malty and yeasty flavors.

Mouthfeel - medium-light.

Great lighter summer IPA. Would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 02:27:43 | More by xroywadex
Photo of purplesugar

2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I honestly hate Empyrean Brew Co., but this brew is descent. Good value, and a fair amount of complexity. There is a citrus/woody taste and feel to it.

I believe Empyrean definitely could have brewed with more hops in order to make it a more exiting beer.

That's all I get from this brewery. A cool lookin' box with a mediocre beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 06:06:59 | More by purplesugar
Photo of russpowell


3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BBD of Septmeber. Picked this up at Gomer's in Lee's Summit...

Pours a semi-hazed apricot with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Clears a bit as this warms, great head retention & lacing

S: Bready & fruitty, a little grassy

T: Bready, grassy, some lemony notes, plus pear notes. Some woody hops as this warms,
some biscuitty malt notes. Finishes grassy, fruitty & a bit of lemon

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, decent balance

An easy drinking AIPA, but nothing special

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 01:26:00 | More by russpowell
Photo of budgood1


3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out of the 12 ounce stubby bottle a cloudy apricot colour with a thin bubbly head and thin lace. restrained, albeit balance nose shows of some apricot, tangerine and grapefruit pith with a nice pale malt balance. the flavour profile is more balanced malt and hops...this has a decent amount of hop flavour and a lesser amount of bitterness. more tangerines and a touch of peach tea with a dry maltiness that lets the hop flavours shine on top of some residual pale maltiness. medium bodied with a juicy, scrumptious mouthfeel, almost bordering on puckering. this is a really drinkable IPA...it has a tremendous quenching aspect to it that sets it aside from other IPA's that are similar.

overall this is a solid, decent, workmanlike american IPA that delivers the goods without being over the top with blistering bitterness. i would drink this again, and would recommend persons in the upper midwest do the same. nice job empyrean!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 22:41:02 | More by budgood1
Photo of StoneTSR


3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Orange and mostly clear with the faintest of hazes apparent. The foamy head is about an inch thick at first, but quickly subsides to about half of its size before a slow settling. The lacing is strong with a new ring every sip of the way.

SMELL: The pine is the dominant flavor in this one. It is complimented nicely by a nice lemon aroma with a bit of grapefruit lurking beneath.

TASTE: A strong dose of malt seems to pop at the very beginning of the sip, but quickly gives way to a relatively strong, very earthy bitterness. Citrus, particularly grapefruit and lemon are also strong.

MOUTHFEEL: The lighter carbonation combined with the earthiness of the hops gives the Watch Man IPA a feel that is less crisp than I would have preferred. The finish is dry, however, setting up the palate nicely for the next sip.

OVERALL: This is a solid IPA from a brewery that does not regularly make one. The carbonation could be a little stronger, but it is otherwise a good-looking, solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 21:43:10 | More by StoneTSR
Photo of icecube


4.28/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber in color and slightly cloudy. Lacing is very good

S: Malty with slight citrus and cedar

T: Malty and dry floral citrus hops then back to malt. Tastes like you really drank something different

M: Balanced and medium in body

O: A great session IPA that is very well made and complex. Nice to see someone make a great drinking IPA and not all hops

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 19:50:15 | More by icecube
Photo of dbossman


3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark apricot hue with a thin but steady head; lacing is great

S: Pretty malt heavy and fairly subdued for an IPA--some faint citrus and pine but mostly grassy, herbal grains

T: More balance in the flavors; it's malty and grainy; citrus hop flavor works well with the malts

F: Really creamy; great medium both feel

O: A decent IPA that luckily brings more flavor than the aroma does

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 03:41:37 | More by dbossman
Photo of lawlerj


3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Best by September, this year presumably.

A - Pours a hazy orange with a two finger width off white head. Nice lacing.

S - Floral hops are what seems to dominate, with caramel malt lying underneath. Nothing overwhelming, but the balance seems about right.

T - The floral hop bitterness is what hits the palatte up front. There's a hint of citrus through the middle, but not quite as much as I would have expected. The finish shows a touch more of the caramel flavors, but maintains a solid hop bitterness.

M - A bit on the fuller bodied side for this style, but it works. Carbonation is just about right; nothing crazy, but appropriate for the style.

O - Overall, a great offering from Empyrean. I'm glad they've added a year round IPA. At 6%, you can knock back a few of these guys as well. Great for a hot Nebraska day.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 18:41:13 | More by lawlerj
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a tasty, if intentionaly approachable ipa on tap at lazlos in omaha. the pour is clear golden with an inch of white head. looks like the other three empyrean beers i had with that meal. the nose is hoppy, but nothiing super bitter, high alpha, or particularly dank. a mild citrus profile, but its not a major hop bomb, a very drinkable ale more in the american pale ale tradition i think. flavor is identical to the nose, a refreshingly crisp beer, with a medium body and enough snappy carbonation. it does get a little filling though. i cant taste anything distinct about the malt bill, but it gives a little weight to this beer. its good not great, works with most everything on the menu, and is probably the best beer ive had from them aside from the vanilla porter.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2013 21:57:06 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of smartens


4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Copper-like in color, slightly opaque aka not perfectly clear! Had 1 inch head that quickly diminished into a constant 1-2 mm head!

Smell: not gonna lie, I really don't smell much here, but if I were to say, it has a slight pine/fir/cedar/spruce or woody scent!

Taste: Not apparent at first and almost subtle actually is the traditional IPA taste, that then takes over! The thoughts of grapefruit come to mind! You really have to try it to understand it!

Mouthfeel: thin but not watery thin! Very subtle like noted above, soon explodes for that..."yep I can still feel this beer on my palate 3 minutes later"...feel!

Overall: Different! Simply put, but not your traditional IPA, and to put it frankly...Thank Golly! You'll have to try it to understand!

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2012 22:39:20 | More by smartens
Watch Man IPA from Empyrean Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.