Watch Man IPA | Empyrean Brewing Company

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Watch Man IPAWatch Man IPA

Brewed by:
Empyrean Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by lawlerj on 05-26-2012

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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Photo of smartens
4.29/5  rDev +23.3%
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!

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Photo of Cooper
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of xroywadex
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

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Photo of icecube
4.23/5  rDev +21.6%
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

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of andrew8626
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lawlerj
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of u2carew
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of budgood1
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
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 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!

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Spicy, herbal hops, citrus and light grains on the nose. Pours hazy gold with a 1” fluffy white head that produces intricate lace. Palate of light malts that become richer and more prominent as the beer warms. Underneath, an earthy woodiness, biscuit and nuts, with very light fruit in the background. The bitterness is firm but not harsh. Medium body and carbonation.

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