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Watershed IPA - Oakshire Brewing

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Watershed IPAWatershed IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

290 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 16
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Oakshire Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedDiamond on 07-20-2008

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Ratings: 290 | Reviews: 103
Reviews by N3rdM3t4l:
Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bomber into stwndard pint.

A: clear honey gold color. A half inch of white head that fell to a sparse cap with a thick ring around the glass.

S: pretty standard ipa nose. Grassy with a little bit of fruit. A slight tropical note but mostly citrusy. Maybe pineapple in there. A little bit of the malt body.

T: runs the gambit of ipa flavors. Grassy floral hop that leaves a pleasant bitter on the palate. Not overpowering. The malt body is well hidden.

M: lighter than it should be as far as body goes. Kinda slick actually. Feels a little oily.

O: typical NWIPA less agressive than other ipa from Eugene OR, for that I am glad.

More User Reviews:
Photo of kingmaxwell
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pine wisdom thorough
back of throat hop lingering
sweet aromatic.

Photo of DamDweller
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oakshire Brewing Watershed IPA, 2010

Pour is a nice pale golden color. The head is about a index finger thick and is a nice white color with a creamy consistency. Smell a lot of citrus fruits including oranges, lemons, and also some sweet fruits like mangos and peaches. There is a strong presence of bitter hops on the nose as well. Beer taste is very floral. Not as bitter as expected but the body is very lovely. It hangs on the tongue for quite some time and the back end of each each drink is very impressive. The head remains throughout the drinking process and has very impressive retention. This beer is definitely worth a try.

Photo of Beaver13
2.36/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. Pours clear straw gold with a small frothy white head that goes to a thin film and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued - stinky and metallic hops.

The flavor is subdued - some resiny hops that have decent bitterness. The mouthfeel is light bodied and kind of watery.

Overall, I liked this better on tap. The can is watery and subdued with not a lot of flavor.

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by slasher007.

Light orange color with a small white head. The first thing that hits you in the aroma is hops. This is definitely a West Coast IPA. The predominant hop aroma is grapefruit. Taste is slightly fruity with citrus and grapefruit and then the bitterness hits you. The aftertaste is heavy on the grapefruit. This is a very drinkable IPA with no noticeable alcohol. I had never heard of this brewery but will definitely seek out other beers from them after being impressed by this beer.

Photo of skivtjerry
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can purchased in Waterbury, VT. Served in a Unibroue snifter.

A: Hazy orange color with a sticky medium head... the classic look.

S: Earthy, herbal and citrusy hops with a touch of pine, some crystal malt. A little alcohol as it warms. Aroma is subdued for the style.

T: Grassy, herbal piney hops and sweet malt. Hop flavor is a little weak for the style and the firm hop bitterness just reinforces the relative lack of flavor.

M: Medium carbonation and body. A hint of alcohol. Clean bitter finish.

O: Not bad but nothing special. Could definitely use more flavor and aroma hopping, and maybe a smidgen less crystal malt. This reminds me of the dreaded 'east coast IPA' of 15 years ago, back when there actually was a difference. It's nice to have a decent IPA in cans and I might drink quite a bit of this outdoors if I was local. Given the 3000 mile trip it must take to me and the associated price premium, plus the abundance of good canned IPA's in New England, I probably won't be buying a lot of this but I'm glad for the opportunity to try it.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Copper and orange colored pour, good near 1" head on it, predominantly white in color, small bubbles. Very bitter aroma, but not dropping a lot of citrus, pine or tropical fruit notes to it. Just bitter. Sweet malt.

Taste, very bitter, but again, easily establishes itself as something far from an elite level ipa. All bitterness, little flavor. Tweekers are looking at this wondering how much copper wire they can strip out of it. Lots of sticky caramel malt to it, thankfully, not heavy, but not really working with the high bitterness that lacked any decent amount of dry hopping, or at least never used any aroma or proprietary hops. They went old school with C hops I suspect, which can make a damn good ipa, but it needs a kick up on the mouthfeel, taste and aroma.

Found this one to be way too bitter and astringent without supplying much in the way of taste. Too many superior options out there.

Photo of brother_rebus
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Unfiltered. Hazy pale gold. Hope resin flavor comes on quick. Perfect carbonation. Goes down smooth with a crisp quick finish. Lingers pleasant hints of pine.

Photo of GilGarp
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can served cold into a shaker pint glass.

Watershed IPA is a pale golden color with surprisingly good clarity for the style. It has about an inch of head and settles fairly fast. Some lacing is left behind.

Aroma is pleasantly fresh and hoppy with a nice blend of pacific nw hops and the citrusy west coast varieties.

Flavor is bitter but well judged for an IPA. Malts are there to support the hops with just enough sweetness. Hops provide fresh orange zest and pine notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated with good IPA balance.

Overall a very solid version of the style. Not sure why it doesn't get the love on BA.

Photo of distantmantra
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a straight pint glass.

A: The beer poured an orange color with a small head of foam that broke down to a thin cap covering the surface. Very heavy lacing clung to the side of the glass, but it quickly vanished.

S: The initial aroma is that of freshly cut grass along with more subtle notes of lemon, orange peel and pine.

T: The first flavor that I can detect is bitter lemongrass, almost like green tea in nature. I also notice some orange peel and pine, but the grassy flavor is very dominant. There's a bit of caramel malt, but it's drown out by the dry grassy wallop.

M: Watershed has a very dry mouth feel with some pleasant bitterness. The alcohol is masked very well.

O: This is my first offering from Oakshire, it's very nice. The grass flavor is noticeable in other IPAs, but this is the first one I've had where it's very front-forward and the dominant flavor.

Photo of ElGordo
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a pretty cloudy golden-orange color with lots of suspended hop particles. A half-finger's worth of creamy white head lasts for about a minute before receding to a thin, creamy ring. Aroma of light, biscuity malt and a big, citrusy hop profile that's big on notes of orange juice and grass. with a hint of cannabis.
Palate is well-balanced between mildly sweet biscuit malt and citrusy hops. Notes of grapefruit, cannabis, and a touch of honey sweetness. Finish is surprisingly mellow for such a hoppy beer, but the hop flavor remains, minus the bitterness.
Body is nice and smooth for an IPA, with a very subtle stickiness from the hops. This is a highly drinkable west coast IPA, although not quite as hoppy as many from the region. Still, very nice and a pleasure to drink.

Photo of dirtylou
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, bottleworks

appearance: served in a mash house shaker pint, dark copper-amber body, light beige ring

smell: ruby red grapefruit rind, pine resin, tropical fruit, heavy herbal/earthy presence

taste: Oakshire features the former head brewer of Flossmoor Station, a south chicago joint that whipped out a new IPA every month. Watershed is a big bodied ipa - bitter grapefruit rind, pine resin, big malt backbone, caramel and toffee, grainy and earthy. Interesting - didnt really like it at first, but it grew on me

mouthfeel: too big, bitter

overall: good

Photo of scootpolute
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 Pint, 6 FL OZS...brown bottle...

Appearance: Hazy orange/copper beer with a patchy cream off-white foam head that clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Very pronounced grapefruit hop aromas, spicy with background sweet malts and a faint bready grain aroma.

Taste: Hmmm...not exactly what I was expecting from the smell & appearance...Funky soapy flavor, which could be crazy hops?! Then, mellows out to a smooth and creamy with a relatively weak-body. The initial taste is a strange soap/hop mix on the palate! Some spicy, leaf and grass flavours pull-thru, then are followed by an alcohol presence and spiciness. The malt in this beer is faintly present but gets lost in hops/soaps weirdness. Beer finishes with residual hop spice and faint malt sweetness, with the last touch of weird soapy flavor.

Notes: I'm not sure about this beer? I've sure had better. 7.10 % abv.

Photo of Kegatron
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks go to Wackyfoot for these bottles of Oakshire goodness.

Pours a brilliantly clear (yet effervescent) copper, with 2 foamy fingers of just the slightest off-white colored head. Retains with a 1/2 finger of froth, which leaves a big creamy cascade back, before settling into a thick latticework of lacing. The aroma is floral, with a bit of a dank herbal quality to it, with plenty of piney resins as well. Good bit of hoppy tropical fruit character gives this some sweetness. Pretty nice mashup of the different hop qualities here, with a little bit of everything thrown in. Toasted malts gives the nose an extra layer of grainy thickness. I'm getting just a touch of light warmth as well.

The taste has a strong bite of spicy and resinous bitterness to it. Thankfully, this doesn't get overbearing, due to a silky sweet backbone of softer tropical fruits and lightly toasted bready malts. The sweetness has a real delicate nature to it that I'm really digging, giving the balance more of a deft touch than anything. This finishes with a sticky resinous feel, before heading into the sunset with a steady dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an extremely mellow feel to the carbonation, which keeps thisvery easy in the mouth. I'm getting nary a trace of alcohol from this, which I think speaks to the full flavors and great balance here.

I've been wanting to see what Matt Van Wyk has been up to out in Oregon, and after consuming this bottle, I'm very pleased to see that he's up to great things! This is definitely a robust West Coast IPA, but this was less about blow-your-socks-off hops, and more about the little things that this did right for me. No matter where he's at in the country, this man knows how to a brew an IPA!

Photo of Idris
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, honey-orange brew with a solid crown of tight white bubbles and very well carbonated. Very nice looking beer! Pleasing aroma, with piney hops dominant, and some honey malt characteristics present in the tail end of the the nose. Malt is more assertive in the beginning of the palate than I anticipated, with an astrigent, biting bitter coming in toward then end. I found the mouthfeel to be odd...a bit thin, yet a slight stickiness.

Photo of morimech
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden color with one finger of head that had decent retention before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is a surprising amount of sweet smelling malt. The hops add some citrus, possibly lemon, and herbal aromas.

On the sweeter side of the IPA spectrum, especially for an American IPA. Hops give some citrus and herbal qualities. Bitterness seems moderately high. Alcohol cleanses the palate in the finish.

Has good carbonation for an IPA. Light and fine bubbles that give just enough life to the beer.

I would of liked more hop flavor to accompany the bitterness. Otherwise an enjoyable beer.

Photo of Ek0nomik
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade.

No bottling date listed on the label.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear burn orange and amber color with barely a finger of head. The head doesn't last very long either, it's gone after just a handful of seconds. There also isn't too much lace on the side of the snifter. A few swirls of the beer and I'm left with a few thin streaks and a few small dots on the glass. There is absolutely no effervescence. Perhaps the carbonation will be spot on right away, or it might need a little more. Time to find out.

Smell: The nose on this is quite pleasant. A well put together American IPA. The nose is a mixture of dank, herbal hops and some citrus notes as well. There is some lemon and grapefruit in there as well.

Taste: The palate picks up sweet caramel malt and pale malt. The maltiness lingers for a moment, but then it turns into hops. More herbal hops and citrus notes that end the tasting including a little lemon, some orange peel, and then on the aftertaste there is some grapefruit lingering on my tongue.

Mouthfeel: I wasn't sure at first because the beer was a bit cold, but once it warmed up you could tell that the carbonation was nearly spot on. It could actually use just a little more carbonation, and then it'd be perfect. The beer has a medium body, no doubt about it.

Drinkability: A well put together American IPA. A nice hop profile and the right malt is there to support the hops. As usual, more hop flavoring would be welcomed, but this was good nonetheless. If I were to add more hops it'd be more dry hopping as the bitterness doesn't need to go any higher. An excellent beer for the weekend.

Photo of CooperEllis
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of many generous extras from hopsbreath.

22oz into .3l tulip.

The color of freshbrewed icedtea. With bright white head and sticky lacing.

Aroma: Sweet citrus/tangerine. Floral notes.

Definately the taste I associate with a west coast IPA. Malt sweetness is evident from the start. Good hops bitter bite at the end. The flavor is round, burnt citrus, a bit of pine, slightly roasty. The end is crisp and citrus.

Very nice carbonation. Easy to drink this. The mouthfeel could be better but the carbonation assists the flavor. No trace of any alcohol in this.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the bomber bottle. Sampled on March 30, 2014.

The pour is pale yellow with a slight haze and a modest white fizzy head. The head never really goes away even though it becomes a ring.

The aroma is of milder floral and more forward earthy hops. Toasted biscuit malts kick in to give it that certain character. Generally clean and crisp on the nose.

Light to medium body with some acidity.

Like the nose I get a touch of biscuit malts that quickly erupt into the the floral and earthy hop notes one comes to expect fro IPA. There are better IPA's out there but this one is decent and should appeal to fans of IPA's.

Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks d0b for sharing this recently...review from notes.

Bright orange with some minor hop haze. A long lasting soapy head that imparted both intricate lace and flecks of foam inside the glass. Dank and resiny aroma, with some orange and cheesy hop funk. Big orange peel flavor, a flash of candied hop sweetness at first, segueing into a dry, leafy residual bitterness. Earthy and herbal in the middle with a touch of clean Golden Promise malt to back it up. Fairly light bodied with excellent sessionability.

It was a treat to try this, and very interesting to see what Mr. Van Wyk is brewing these days. Thanks again d0b!

Photo of Rutager
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy amber-gold with a small, bubbly white head.

Smell. Nice toasted light grains, piney hops and a little cedar.

Taste. Good hit of bitter piney hops with those nice toasted light malts I was smelling. Good ballance, slight sweetness, abv well hidden. Pretty nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Nicely surprised by this random grab from a recent Portland beercation.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Can: Poured a pale yellow color ale with a nice thick pure white foamy head with good carbonation. Aroma of floral hoppy notes is quite sublime. Taste is also dominated by piney and citrusy hops with nice floral undertones and limited bitterness. Body is light with good carbonation. I really enjoyed the floral grassy notes of this IPA.

Photo of Docer
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Snagged a bottle of this just to try fro Beaumont Market here in Portland...

- Slight amber/orange color and mostly clear.... fluffy white head down to a nice lather of lacing...

- Nice sticky sweet malt and hop balance in scent... little bit of cane sugar, pine, and floral bitterness all mixed up. Nice and hoppy....

- Not overly sweet at a surprise.... nice caramel malt, clean water, bright bitter hop with pine, pine, and more pine and bitterness... quite good really if you are a hop head, and goes down quite well for an IPA that is the strength that I like.

- Slightly chewy, and more so sticky, and oily.. but overall pleasant.

- Great IPA from a brewer I have heard very little of, and have never tried. Little overcarbonated for my tastes, but the flavor is great and earthy.... a very nice IPA.

Photo of Spikester
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a six pack of 12 ounce cans. Local Trader Joe's $8.99.
Pours cloudy gold with one finger of off white head. Clumps of lacing.
Nice aroma of citrus fruit, some pine.
Taste is fruity and sweet then the hop bitterness and pine quality comes on strong. Plenty of malts but hops kick them aside. Nice West Coast IPA flavors.
Mouthfeel is full with just enough carbonation. Long semi dry bitter finish. Hop oils linger for a long time on the back of the tongue.
Overall an awesome canned IPA. I would highly recommend the cans over the bomber version.
I have had both and don't remember the bomber version as nearly this good. And yes, the can says 6.7% abv which is pretty low for a beer this big.

Photo of smakawhat
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. Bottle date indecipherable.

A really nice texbook orange amber body, all the same color throughout it seems. Head makes a creamy two fingers with a good settling one finger puck on top. Rings of lacing, and some large collar like bubbles underneath. Just the faintest carbonation which travels real fast in the middle.

Biscuity malts, crisp sense a bit on this too, but there is virtually no hop presence. A little bit of grain hides in the back, with a sense of dry flour.

The malts dominate on this one, with just a little hint of wet palate. Flavors are fleeting, and there's next to no hop flavor on this. A little bit of pine on the finish and herbal tea presence. Light bitterness coats the mid palate a bit, but honestly not much to speak of.

Either this bottle is really old, or it's more likely just not doing it for me. Hard to say, but this really tastes and smells like something is missing. Drinkable and fine, but for the hop heads another one to pass on.

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Watershed IPA from Oakshire Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.