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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

(view ratings)
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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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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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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BierJager89

California

4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque orange with a white head.

S: Lots of orange, sweet mango and tangerine in the nose.

T: Starts off with a touch of orange, then orange peel, pine, then sweet nectary tangerine and mango in the finish.

M: Medium bodied and smooth for an IPA.

O: A really good IPA. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 17:10:21 | More by BierJager89
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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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ssteakley

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The excellent smell is almost immediate. The color reminds me of some beefy beers I had in Tourquey England. Cloudy deep color. First few taste had a good bitter aftertaste hanging around After consuming 1/2 glass I raised my initial rating. This one will grow on you.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 01:05:31 | More by ssteakley
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Hendry

Vermont

4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my friend Mike for bringing a selection of bombers to our tasting: I finally made my way to reviewing Watershed IPA.

Cloudy orange-copper pour with a one finger soapy white head,lots of sticky lacing in the Lawson's tulip glass.

Piney hops with some orange and grapefruit tones,hop forward with a slight malt sweetness detected.

Taste is a mirror of the aroma with loads of citrus/pine on the palate, a lingering bitterness at the back.Very slight malt sweetness to balance the hops out, nicely balanced.

Light side of medium mouthfeel, crisp dry finish, brisk carbonation.

Solid example of the style, Watershed is nicely hopped with present but low lying malts. The orange/grapefruit vibe is there, and it is a smooth drinking enjoyable IPA that is recommended.
So far, my favorite Oregon IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 03:36:41 | More by Hendry
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy golden orange colored body with a three foamy lumpy head that lasts at least three minutes before dieing concavely into almost perfect valley, a fair amount of lacing is left in the wake of the fall

S: large amounts of hops producing a glorious amount of bitterness yet a faint malty background comes through moreso as it warms

T: bittersweet - combined ever so nicely between the hops and the malts, grapefruit aftertaste, dry finish

M: light to medium, sessionable, carbonated just a tad underneath for the style but very good to me, gets a bit creamy here and there

O: this is a very good AIPA that I would have again, much impressed

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 05:29:51 | More by BeerKangaroo
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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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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice hop presence in the aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 03:59:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
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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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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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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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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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AshleyKing


4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

OK, here is a new beer in the poor but getting better Alaskan beer selection. Hadn't seen it so I must try.

Nice clear, light amber with nice head. Pity most of the hops fade once they get up here. Not this one: good hop on the nose immediately, and very clear pine on the aroma side with the fading citrus on the bittering side.

Thanks for the hops. Sometimes lower 48 IPAs are just past the aroma gifts by the time we get em.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 02:31:55 | More by AshleyKing
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DenverLogan

Colorado

3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle obtained on the road in Oregon within the past three months (I think)!
Poured in a chalice...medium size bubbles...gold color.
Aroma of citrus hops, pepper, wheat.
Significant carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of hops, but with no malt shortage...rich and bold, challenging and tasty. Let's do 5 minutes...
OK...five minutes have gone by...shared with another good taster...head hangs on nicely, lotsa lace...big aroma of spicy hops, fresh baked bread, dark amber malts, creamy, and a rough and tough finish, but tasty!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 04:58:12 | More by DenverLogan
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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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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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ChugginOil

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy straw color with at least 3 inches of white head. Moderate lace.

The nose has some sharp piney hop notes. There is a bit of pineapple and mango followed by a sweet malty scent to balance things out.

The flavors incorporate the aromas noticed. Pine and pineapple/mango hop flavors are bitter and tasty. There is quite a bit of sweet malt that outdoes the hops by just a bit.

The mouthfeel is clean, crisp and medium bodied. Low carbonation.

That Oregon water is working nicely here. The near balance makes for a pretty solid ipa.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 02:29:34 | More by ChugginOil
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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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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Whole Foods in Tanasbourne. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a bottled on date.

Pouring a clear copper with a dense off-white head with good retention and lacing, this is a nice looking IPA. The nose is decent. Moderately hoppy, this has a blend of pine, weed, herbal character and some nice grapefruit along with some tangerine. A definite crystal malt presence is noted. The hop character is also quite green and grassy, moderately chlorophyll-like. Quite nice.

The palate is better than i was expecting, given the nose. While crystal malt flavors are perceived, sweetness is minimal. Opening modestly hoppy with a blend of fruity hop flavors, a moderate bitterness and a mildly grassy character, this is nice. Quite juicy with a mild caramel sweetness and some crystal malt flavor without the sweetness, this beer is medium light in body and moderately carbonated. The grassy hop notes are distracting, but otherwise, this is a pretty solid ipa, especially at the sub $4 per bomber price point. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 05:35:57 | More by DefenCorps
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Bookseeb

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance of a hazy copper amber color supporting a thin dissipating head that leaves spotty lace. Smell is balanced well with sweet caramel malt, grapefruit and pine. Taste has the scense of aroma that has that nice balance of hops leaving a dry bitter in the end. Mouthfeel is a viscous medium with a good spike of carbonation. Overalll a nice well rounded blend of flavors that bring this IPA together.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 01:35:56 | More by Bookseeb
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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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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a slightly cloudy red orange amber. One finger white head and lacing. Nice appearance. Aroma of aromatic hops, citrus, light fruit and light malt. Sweet citrus and malt, followed by nice hops and a hoppy, light malt finish. Nice flavor progression and pleasant to drink. Somewhat understated, but worth trying again.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 03:24:22 | More by LiquidAmber
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 01:29:12 | More by Rutager
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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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Watershed IPA from Oakshire Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.