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Watershed IPA - Oakshire Brewing

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Watershed IPAWatershed IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

105 Reviews
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Reviews: 105
Hads: 301
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 6.51%
Wants: 17
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: RedDiamond on 07-20-2008

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Photo of Beaver13
2.36/5  rDev -38.5%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.79/5  rDev -27.3%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of BabaYagaRIS
2.79/5  rDev -27.3%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.94/5  rDev -23.4%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of SanCarlos
2.97/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

It really hits you with hop aroma and flavors, which seem a blend of citrus and floral, there's some piney astringency in the finish, but not until you get a nice dose of maltiness in the middle. (195 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.15/5  rDev -18%
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. (1,027 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
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. (907 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of Valley_Town_Sipper
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
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. . . (459 characters)

Photo of stevoj
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Growler from Jacksons. At first taste, was bowled over by citrus hops, however that quickly turned into a somewhat metallic, astringent finish. Medium golden body with foamy head. Aroma is grapefruit, malt, yeast. Taste hits up front with hops, and finishes dry and tinny. (272 characters)

Photo of skivtjerry
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (1,056 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: slight haze; golden colored; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: floral;

T: floral up front; floral and bitter through the finish; moderate bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderatee carbonation;

O: OK, but there's not much to it; (267 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (1,005 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.43/5  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. (564 characters)

Photo of scootpolute
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (880 characters)

Photo of Idris
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of Bugs318
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber with a decent white head. Nose is a bit piney with some rind. Taste is similar but resin is light. A touch of cat piss. Decent bitter linger, but not overwhelming. Body is medium light with moderate carbonation. (223 characters)

Photo of alexrichman
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into glassware

A> Pours a clear orange-gold with a fat 3 finger head that does a decent job at sticking around and clinging to the sides. Gorgeous looking beer.

S> Grapefruit, peaches, a little bit of bubble gum. Pretty aromatic, lots of sweet and bitter flavors are present.

T> Starts with a bit of pine and citrus bitter that quickly mellows out into tropical and peachy hop flavors. As the hops mellow the sweetness from the malt creeps in. The malt comes through with a bit of candy-like sweetness. Finishes quite sweet from the malt with a bit of the hops to bring everything back down to earth.

M> Pretty thick but could stand a little more carbonation, the finish is pretty wet.

O> A pretty solid IPA weighing in at nearly 7% that features some nice tropical & peach hop flavors but is just a little too sweet for my taste. (873 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  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. (926 characters)

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Watershed IPA from Oakshire Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.