Clockwork Summer Ale | Watch City Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Watch City Brewing Co.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with zest from lemon, orange, and tangerine.

Added by beernut7 on 08-31-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of IBUnit63
2.97/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean, light honey color with a thin soapy head.

Scent has a mild malt backbone with orange zest in the forefront with a little coriander in there.

This tastes extra-thin - some yeast and malt can be found but unfortunately it tastes a little dish soapy.

Feels light and nice on the mouth but the soap thing is making it difficult.

Drinks relatively clean but not a lot of flavor in my pint here.

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of skullsplitter
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a pint of this while waiting for a delicious lamb burger. The lights dimmed before my drink was brought to me so color was a little tough to judge. Either way it looked like a traditional Kolsch. There was a very soapy white head which had OK retention. There was some minimal lacing throughout the drink but nothing to jump up and down about. The color was a light gold.

The smell was citrusy and malty. Mainly lemons and oranges. Not much else going on that I could tell.

It tasted exactly as it smelled. Citrusy and light. I found this to be extremely dry. Other reviews noted the sweetness but I couldn't find it. Perhaps the recipe has been altered?

It's a highly drinkable beer. This thing went down really smooth. It was also very lightly carbonated. Before I knew it - it was gone! I could definitely knock back a few of these after mowing the lawn (if I had one) or bbq'ing. Crispy and refreshing but not overly impressive. My old man loved it which meant it had to be light.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the brewery (1.046 S.G., 23 IBU's, 4.8 % ABV).

A German-style Golden Ale brewed with German Malt, noble hops and yeast yeilding a clean, crisp, balanced beer with very subtle fruit flavors and aromas. Subdued maltiness throughout leads to a pleasantly refreshing tang in the finish. Smooth and crisp in the taste.

I usually can't deal with the blandness of most golden ales, and my wife usually finds even these mildly hopped brews too hoppy but we were both surprised at the refreshing taste.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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Photo of goz
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden, smallish white head that lasts, lacing a bit. Aroma is light, some orange and honey come out, as does a little hoppiness. Flavor is sweet, orange, honey, some lemon, and finishes with some hops. Medium bodied, a bit dry, flavors are all crisp and clean. A good summer time beer, whether you are sitting on the beach, or mowing the lawn.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/28/08 at Watch City Brewing Company, in Waltham, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, light caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste is light but malty with a strong citrus sweetness up front. There's a little bit of smokiness and a decent hops presence that balances things out. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a good lighter beer with some substance that is worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle was poured into a large tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange yellow color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Bottled on 7/31/13. Super fresh.

Smell: Lemony, spices, bready malts

Taste: It's funny that it tastes like a Sam summer a little. This seems to be more lemony like Sorachi Ace was used, but not as wheaty. Still a tasty brew though.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, light bodied, light to medium carbonation, and refreshing.

Overall: A solid summer brew like the name says. So happy to have scored this the other day.

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Photo of fdrich29
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery 6/20/05.

Last night I had a rare 5 hour stay at Watch City with good company from work. I enjoyed trying the different flavors (as well as putting a big dent in my Mug Club card). The last beer I tried was the Clockwork Summer Ale (there were several "last" beers, but there were all the Summer).

Crisp and refreshing, light and tasty. Without a doubt a fine session or lawnmower beer. I see a growler of Clockwork Summer in my immediate future.

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Photo of beernut7
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frosty 12 oz. Glass containing a clear golden-blonde liquid sitting below a frothy off-white head. The brew wafting an aroma of honey malt and an earthy, spicy hop character. The initial sip flows very smoothly over the palate letting the heavier body shine through. The smoothness supports a rounded malt-honey flavor balanced by a crisp floral hoppiness. The lingering malty finish sits on the tongue introducing each following taste. Great, flavorful summer brew.

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Photo of Franchise
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright and vibrant orange leaving a thick white lace with a clear clean bubbly body. The aroma is orange, lemon, and grass. The taste starts crisp, dry, and clean, it has a tart sourdough tanginess that really prepares the palate for the citrusy acidic nature of this brew. The balancing act in this beer is a little one sided toward tartness but some honey sweetness brings it up a bit. This is a crisp refreshing beer that is enjoyable to the last drop.

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Clockwork Summer Ale from Watch City Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 15 ratings