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Watershed IPA - Oakshire Brewing

Watershed IPAWatershed IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

201 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%


Brewed by:
Oakshire Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 07-20-2008)
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.38/5  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.

Serving type: can

04-20-2014 03:12:21 | More by Beaver13
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womencantsail

California

2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Gil for sharing.

A: The pour is sort of orange in color with a soapy white head.

S: Sort of a soapy aroma with toasted bread and sweet toffee and caramel malts. A bit of citrus and pine hop character with just a very mild herbal note to it.

T: Sweet malt all the way with quite a bit of bread, toast, and toffee. There is a fairly minimal hop flavor. Herbs and citrus peel with a little bit more soap and perhaps even some pine sol.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Soap and floor cleaner are not preferable flavors in any beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 01:10:06 | More by womencantsail
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BabaYagaRIS

Washington

2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

For the style this beer did not hit the spot as expected with bitterness and flagship carbonation, seeking the missing strong presence of finishing hops was not hit first in the finish department for this dance.. A little dry a little piney and royally florally and the ladies didn't sing it home. Could have a couple of these with no complaints.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 05:32:09 | More by BabaYagaRIS
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ktrillionaire

Florida

2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - It pours an orange-amber hue, and is capped wit a healthy bit of off-white foam which, while persistent, is too slippery to deposit lace.

S - (intentionally left blank. I am not sure where the aroma addition went, but it isn't here.)

T - The taste is lemon-y and caramel-malty and has a bit of astringent-sweet duality going on, as found in, say, lemonade, or pink grapefruit with sugar atop.

M - Sticky and slick.

O - Not a huge fan.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 04:52:19 | More by ktrillionaire
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Orangish beer with a white head that had a decent amount of lacing on it.

S - Citrus with just a touch of resiny hops. Mostly it's sweet around a caramel, but light, malt backbone.

T - Too much caramel makes the taste feel heavy on this. There is some citrus notes with some bittering hops, but it's pretty pedestrian.

M - Moderate carbonation with medium body.

O - Not a particularly good beer, needs more hops presence and to seem a little less heavy. Also a little too sweet for my liking with too much focus on the malts profile.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 00:20:36 | More by AgentZero
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RJLarse

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought a bomber of Watershed IPA in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a pale gold color, clear with a bit of chill haze. topped with a creamy white head.

Smell is faint, a sweet citrus and floral aroma.

Taste is balanced, with a cereal presence up front, and a light citrus flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, with a dry bitter aftertaste.

Overall a drinkable but average IPA. I would have it again, but there are better IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 23:25:35 | More by RJLarse
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N3rdM3t4l

Oregon

3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 05:27:09 | More by N3rdM3t4l
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 02:54:04 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 22:42:19 | More by smakawhat
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, deep copper-toned body with a sporadic, skittish, white head.

Smell: Simplistic, one-dimensional malt base, just a hint of pale malts, really, with some floral, resinous, lemony hop scents on top.

Taste: Lightly sweetish pale malts with a low, dull breadiness to it. Dash of stale lemon peel, vague notion of spice, and a hint of birch tree bark peel. Medium bitterness. Some inclusion of dry maltiness on the bitterish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Personally, I found it to be a bit bland in the flavor department.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 16:52:44 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Valley_Town_Sipper

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm not overwhelmed nor underwhelmed by this straight forward IPA. . . Pours light in its color and a little murky while pushing just the slightest of citrus aromas. Beats you up good with a solid bitterness. Other than that though, it is steady she goes. Preaching 70 IBU's and 6.7 ABV, the Watershed IPA trends average right across the line. Better than a fair share IPA's, but I fear it doesn't do enough to stand out and may be in the end forgettable. . .

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 01:33:41 | More by Valley_Town_Sipper
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Brad007

Vermont

3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice mild gold color with a whitish hue at the bottom and a thick, frothy head into my glass.

Light and fluffy with a good balance of citrus and pine in the nose. Label says that it's their take on the PNW IPA.

Tasty with just the right amount of bitterness. A touch of pine and grapefruit. Crisp. Seems fairly fresh too.

Lingering buttery malt with the pine and grapefruit flavors. Carbonation isn't too high, which aids in a seamless transfer to the throat.

I like this. It's very balanced. Though it's not a DIPA, it reminds me a bit of heady topper in a sense.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 01:05:15 | More by Brad007
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skivtjerry

Vermont

3.36/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: can

04-26-2013 22:28:25 | More by skivtjerry
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beagle75

Iowa

3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a shaker pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, brassy golden color with two fingers of persistent white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Juicy grapefruit citrus with a steadfast backbone of grainy pale malt that exhibits light toastiness.

T: Begins slightly off-dry, with unctuous mixed citrus and mild pine hops aromatics. Flavors are out of focus and generally inconsistent, with a flavor akin to airborne dust that is tied to the pale malt. The second half of the flavor profile is more predictable--in an acceptable way--as long-lasting bitterness swells on the palate, leaving a strong herbaceous impression.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly resinous on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: A traditionalist American IPA, this beer has enough Centennial hops qualities to keep the mainstream IPA enthusiast interested. That said, flavors were unable to live up to the assertive and interesting smell, which required the palate some time to become acclimated.

Serving type: can

07-21-2013 14:11:46 | More by beagle75
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned goods.

A: Cloudy orange color with a firm foamy head. Decent legs.

N: Lots of tangerine, mango, and papaya in the nose. Crystallized sugar sweetness. Very, very fruity. Not complex, but very nice.

T: Quite bitter and leafy. Almost murky. Very biscuity. Not a ton of flavor comes through here, however.

M: Very, very dry. Lots of hop resins, but it’s not as clean as I’d wish for.

O: A perfectly adequate and enjoyable IPA. There’s not much to complain about, but at the same time, it’s missing an extra complexity to take it over the edge.

Serving type: can

08-09-2013 22:11:10 | More by writerLJBerg
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scootpolute

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 00:20:34 | More by scootpolute
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Idris

Washington

3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 06:56:27 | More by Idris
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 21:27:20 | More by puboflyons
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morimech

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 19:12:56 | More by morimech
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - mild golden color, fairly clear for this style, and about half a finger's worth of foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - pretty aromatic/floral, but not too strong. There's probably a good mix of hops, but I can't differentiate which ones might be present.

Taste - much like the aroma, but stronger. The floral bouquet of hops is present in the taste as well. The bitterness is slight, but it lasts through the middle and into the finish. It's actually kind of interesting how long the bitter flavor lasts. Again, it's mild, but just ever-present.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced, but maybe a little on the lighter side. Medium-bodied overall.

Overall - not a bad IPA. Interesting, and good-tasting, but not terribly thought-provoking...if that makes any sense. The fervor of the hops' taste is curious, but that's the most fascinating bit about the taste. Good beer though.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 00:14:33 | More by Nerudamann
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RedBrewer83

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip...

A: Pours a golden amber body, nearly transparent with a nice three finger creamy white head. Falls slowly and leaves nice lacing.

S: Classic NW IPA, lots of pine resin and citrus a little malt in the background. Pretty straightforward but solid.

T: Very crisp and tastes like ruby red grapefruit, a little too fruity, but not sweet surprisingly still very dry finish. Long lingering bitter pine resin hops...a little too bitter and not enough malt to balance things out.

M: Medium light body with very active carbonation, a little too harsh on the palate, but very crisp and clean on the finish. Bittering hops linger a little too much, not quite balanced enough.

D: Drinkable, but needs balance to really make this go down smooth.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 23:48:56 | More by RedBrewer83
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beertunes

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the hated and despised 22oz bottle format. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy orange-amber color with less than 1/2 inch of off-white head that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma had some very nice citrus hops upfront, with some malt in a supporting role, making for a nicely balanced scent. A similar story on the tongue, bright hops upfront, malt smoothing things out in the middle, and a slightly lingering hop finish.

The body was good and clean, it was a bit fuller than than typical for the style, and had a slightly sticky finish. Drinkability was much better than average for the style, I would happily have a few of these. Overall, a better than average example of the style. A must try if you see it and probably worth working a trade.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 21:19:10 | More by beertunes
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utopiajane

New York

3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours with plenty of particles floating so hazy and with a fat fluffy head of bone white foam that leaves good lacing. Nose is sweet floral, a bit of citrus, and some tropical fruit like pineapple. Whiff fo alcohol on the nose. The malt promises to be there with a touch of honey and a bit of bread on the nose. Some light sweet herbal and a light sweet earthiness too. taste is very nice. It has a bit of weight to the mouthfeel from malt and some fruity and floral hops. The tropical sweetness meets a bit of earthy grapefruit rind and the hops finish it with a firm bitter. In the drink the malt has a presence and a bit of weight to it. As the beer warms it smells like fruit punch and drinks lovely.

Serving type: can

04-19-2014 23:36:37 | More by utopiajane
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice orange color with a white head and some pretty good lacing. The nose is light orange and grapefruit. The taste is mostly citrus as well but not too strong and there is some faint pale malt in the background. Feel is good with decent bitterness. Pretty good, but not a top of the line West Coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 23:38:03 | More by Thorpe429
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. Deep burnt orange in colour, large frothy,thick,creamy off white head. Very hoppy,floral and pine mostly scents Piney,lemony..dried lemon flavours, little candy sugar and a nice balancing maltiness. Very nice on the palate..indeed so easy to quaff..a true summer IPA. Good drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 19:31:43 | More by Reidrover
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Watershed IPA from Oakshire Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.