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Watch City Pie-Eyed Pumpkin Ale

Watch City Pie-Eyed Pumpkin Ale
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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
As WCBC tradition would have it, this beer arrives to the taps after armies of pumpkin are deployed on door stoops nationwide. We avail ourselves to over 250 lbs. of locally grown sugar pumpkins for each batch we brew. (In 2002 we brewed two batches) Master Brewer Aaron Mateychuk's artfully executed recipe includes a period of time where the beer is conditioned in a "tea" of exotic spices, long enough to attain a quiet "tuning" to the perfect flavor Aaron objectively seeks for his beer appreciating devotees. Medium bodied, an orange tinged amber beer, this beer is directed towards those who appreciate the relationship of beer with food, especially beer that mimics a veritably popular dessert. 15.6º Plato ... 38 IBU's ... 5.9% ABV

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (12141) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2012
on tap–pours gold with a thin white head. Aroma is pumpkin spice, some bready light/medium malt. Taste is perfumy, pumpkin spice, some bready light/medium malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12684) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
(Draught) Pours a hazy amber-brown body with a medium cream head. Aroma of pumpkin, roasted malt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Flavor of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, bread, and caramel malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13069) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Draft. Beige head atop clear amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, nutmeg, allspice, some cinnamon, light clove. Taste is medium sweet, nutmeg, allspice, some clove, light cinnamon. Soft, light-medium body. They got the spices right, but they’re a little more intense than I’d like.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2009
On tap at Watch City, Waltham MA, 5 November 2009 @ 5.4%. Clear copper colour. Cookie dough, pie spice aroma. Not a lot else. Light mouthfeel. Standard pumpkin stuff. Not my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (3205) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Ontap @ brewpub. Good nose, sweet. Like pumpkin pie as it says. Pumpkin and brown sugar and some spice, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg. Clean orangy brown color, no head. Bittersweet flavors, spice upfront then a grapefruity bitterness creeped in. Medium body, creamy smooth mouthfeel, spiced bitter finish. I was diggin the bitter spiced flavors. Went down easy. As I sat a the brew pub I thought about what it would be likr to live at the aprtments across the street.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (5686) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2005 2004 draught @ the Brewery. Dark orange brown, not altogether unlike DFH Punkin, but has less of a head on it, transluscent body. Aroma of light grains, some root-like spices (ginger perhaps???). Very odd. Flavor proves to be equally strange. It’s not overspiced, it just has the strangest mix of spices I’ve tasted. It’s slightly astringent, slightly metallic, very herbal. Medium to medium light bodied, little to no pumpkin flesh apparent. Low sweetness to start, some wateriness apparent through the body. Waxes sweet on the end. [2.9]
Rerate January 2005. Much better than remembered. Bigger body, like a thick amber ale, with a lovely amount of allspice and cinnamon lingering on. Very flavorful, not nearly as watery. Though I don’t know, I’d like to think that they improved on their first release. Kinda like what Ramstein did with its winter wheat this winter. Very cool of brewers to be always looking to improve and rerelease.[3.8]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaBeer1972 (1791) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 11, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2010 Very nice! A medium-bodied brown ale with pumpkin flavor. Not too spicy, like other pumpkin ales can be. VERY well balanced. I even had two to confirm. October 2010 update: Still wonderful stuff, even after all these years! - Glad I caught some this year. (Bump up rating)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goz (358) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 26, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2003 Pours a deep orange-brown, with a nice white head that floats on top until the last sip, lacing well on the way down. Aroma is bready, sweet (pumpkin), and a bit spicy (nutmeg and cinnamon). Flavor is a bit bready to start, sweet with the squash coming through strong in the middle, the spice comes through w/the pumpkin as well, finish is a little spicy. Medium bodied, quite drinkable, although the sweetness might get to be too much after a few mug fulls.

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