Watch Man IPA | Empyrean Brewing Company

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Watch Man IPAWatch Man IPA

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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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +2%
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.

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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 russpowell
3.56/5  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

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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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Photo of morimech
3.01/5  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.

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Photo of bsp77
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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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 TreyIsWilson
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden orange with a two-finger sturdy white head.

S - Aroma is sweet malts and light citrus.

T - Flavor starts with sweet caramel malts upfront followed by some earthy hops and a light amount of citrus.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is watery with a dry finish.

O - An okay IPA. Light and very easy drinking.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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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 dbossman
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
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

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

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Photo of corywalston
2.72/5  rDev -21.8%

A. Aggressive poor ½ inch foamy yellow head. Very little carbonation after the poor. Color is spot on with apple juice.
S. Hops, fruit, citrus fruit.
T. Taste is a little weak for an IPA. Alcohol taste is slightly astringent. Taste the way leaves smell as they decay in autumn. Bitter. I enjoy the autumn taste “decaying leaves”. Taste like coriander?
M. Thin, dry, watery, and gritty. Gives me cotton mouth drinking it.
O. Pretty watery but good. Would recommend drinking on an autumn day while eating fish tacos. Little to no buzz for 6%ABV

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Photo of JamesMN
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Got this from a friend who traveled to Nebraska. Best by September 2014.

Appearance: Golden/copper color and quite hazy. Brilliant off-white cap of suds.

Aroma: Bready grain, wheat, and just of hint of smooth citrus.

Taste: Lots of bitterness upfront that lends an earthy flavor. Hop-dominated with some bready, slightly sweet malt undertones. Packs quite a punch for 58 IBUs but is easily palatable. There is also a flavor that I can only describe as home-brew funk. Maybe from bottle conditioning? Not sure and it's not necessarily a bad thing. The flavor as a whole, eathy/citrusy hops and floury malt, is not alright but a little watery and one-dimensional. At 6% ABV I expect a little more depth. Smooth finish and good balance in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium in body with average carbonation for the style. Decently smooth and drinkable.

Final Thoughts: It's always a gamble trying a beer you've never heard of, but the joy of experiencing something new makes up for any loses. Watch Man IPA is good for anyone in search of solid earthy bitterness. Would I drink it again? Unlikely.

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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 TheQuietMan22
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A-An orange blonde malt hue with moderate carbonation

S-I smell more of the malt than I do of the hops so by smell alone it does not live up to the IPA billing.

T-I think this beer misses the boat. At first you taste the malt, which has body and bread type character to it, and then there is a mild and I mean mild hop presence. I think this beer falls more into the category of an IPA.

O-It's what I would consider a good but not very memorable pale ale.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I could find.

APPEARANCE: pours a very dense, hazy, dark gold color with larger bits of sediment floating about, a one-finger off-white head with excellent retention and significant lacing on the glass, the head slowly dissipated until a thin broken layer of small bubbles remained, medium carbonation (i think?)

SMELL: very faint to the nose, some flowers and bread but not much else.

TASTE: initially sweet caramel then a nice light, citrus grapefruit note, the hops really linger in a good way, some spice.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a good tasting beer and I would have it again, the smell is underwhelming but otherwise a very enjoyable beer, it's more of a citrus and flowers IPA and I really like the way it looked too, unfiltered with all the sediments present, I enjoyed this and would recommend to anyone who enjoys the IPA style.

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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 Savan
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

Poured with 1/2 inch of frothy cream coloured head with a hazy depth of grapefruit below... sediment floats about (meh its just protein :D ) This smells like nothing??? Taste is light, but and under hopped ... this would make a good session ale. Watch Man IPA has a good feel about it .... perfect actually! Overall... A good beer to take with you to the lake.

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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 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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Photo of purplesugar
2.68/5  rDev -23%
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.

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