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Watershed IPA - Oakshire Brewing

Watershed IPAWatershed IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

197 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%


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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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not exactly the resin bomb you expect from some of the northwest breweries, but a darn good, and mighty sessionable ipa, even at almost 7% abv, its still a beer i can easily down plenty of. lighter in color than many, i pick up on a bit of pils malt right away, coupled with an aggressive but generic hopping, cascade and some columbus if i had to guess, but its hard to say, some C varietals for sure. watershed is a good name, as this has a mineral laden groundwater or runoff property to the water profile, makes it interesting with all the hops. pine driven, well hoppy, medium bitterness, and a punchy freshness that makes it stick despite a relatively clean finish for the style. what i love about oakshire in general is the honesty of it all. a blue collar approach (from what i gather) that presents high quality beer at reasonable prices. not sure what more we can ask for really. good ipa that wage work can afford, i support that to the highest degree.

Serving type: can

04-04-2014 03:33:49 | More by StonedTrippin
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Boomblaze

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this beer in a can and poured it into my top hops glass. The beer pours a beautiful light amber with a nice one inch head that dissipates quickly. The beer does not leave much if any lacing on the glass. The nose is a nice spicy grass; it’s not super strong but gives you a good idea of what this beer is going to taste like. And the beer tastes exactly like how it smells with those grassy & citrus hops backed up by light bread malts, really a great balance going on here. There is mild carbonation that is smooth on the tongue and goes down nice and easy. Overall this is a very pleasant IPA that is reminiscent of some of the Oregon hoppy beers I’ve had in the past.

Serving type: can

01-23-2014 02:26:07 | More by Boomblaze
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-I will lump the can into appearance. I hate this can. I forgot I put it into my fridge and when I noticed it again I thought someone left a rogue Miller High Life in there. The beers looks fine though. All orange and foamy and such.

S-Very zesty citrus medley. Pungent grapefruit, light lemons maybe even lime? It's got some pop to it, but not much in the way of complexity. Tangy orange juice.

T-Stressed grapefruit to the max, underlying pine. Oranges. After a few sips I get accustomed to its sneakily portly malt bill.

M-A truly bitter cup of 'the creature'. This one lingers in its bitterness. No booze. Relatively easy to drink.

O/D-A solid IPA. This one won't enlighten you with its intricacies but it's got plenty of pop.

Serving type: can

10-15-2013 01:56:43 | More by VelvetExtract
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soccerman7

Vermont

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Harpoon Leviathan. Thanks Josh

A- Nice thick, sticky head. Beautiful appearance.

S - Citrus notes up front. Not as sharp or pronounced as I thought. Rather subdued. Pleasant though.

T - very nice flavor. Just on the side of bitter in terms of balance. Great hop character. Malt is nicely in background. A slight honey note. Deceptive on abv.

M - Slightly thicker mouth than use to for style. Smooth though. Pleasant carbonation.

O - an excellent beer. Well balanced for the style and deceivingly drinkable. Would love this on the shelves here.

Serving type: can

09-22-2013 20:31:36 | More by soccerman7
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oakshire Brewing - Watershed IPA, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a hazy copper amber with a glorious big bubbly soapy head that leaves chunks of lacing behind.

Smell - Only slight on the sweet malt, otherwise spice and resiny hop is at the forefront.

Taste - Subdued sweet caramel malt with a blast of pine and resin hops, terrific!

Mouthfeel - Rests dry and bitter. Slight malt hot boozy but not over the top. Good drinkability.

Overall - I was pleasantly surprised with this brew. Nice clean hop bitter blast AIPA. Well done!

Serving type: can

09-03-2013 12:05:04 | More by JMScowcroft
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

3.41/5  rDev -11%
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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beagle75

Iowa

3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
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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Spikester

Oregon

3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: can

06-29-2013 04:13:36 | More by Spikester
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skivtjerry

Vermont

3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
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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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Random 12 oz. received from a trade. Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No readable freshness date but the sticker on the can put there by the store where purchased says 3/13/2013.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a full two fingers worth of head that retains for a super long time, almost too long, before finally creeping down to a 1/4 inch head with a protruding bump of foam in the center. A chaotic trail of spackled lacing is left behind on the glass. This is exactly how I like my IPAs to look.

S- Grassy, almost metallic aroma of hops that's also slightly musty and sweet.

M- The flavor expands upon the sweetness found in the aroma with a nice caramel malt showing itself pressed up against the mild hop bitterness. It's actually quite complex as it displays both earthy and citric hop characteristics as well as some bready, sugary malt. Also highly drinkable for the ABV (the can says 6.7, BA says 7.1).

M- Very balanced with a slight hop bite, hint of oiliness, moderate body and medium carbonation.

O- Great stuff. It's nice to try a beer from a brewery that's completely foreign to you and be impressed.

Serving type: can

03-28-2013 00:48:45 | More by Immortale25
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 21:27:20 | More by puboflyons
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BierJager89

California

4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
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 -27.4%
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%
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 +15.7%
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 +7.3%
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 -7%
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 +4.4%
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 -20.4%
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 -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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 22:42:19 | More by smakawhat
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Brad007

Vermont

3.35/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Nevada

3.14/5  rDev -18%
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 +13.3%
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 +1.6%
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 -18.8%
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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Watershed IPA from Oakshire Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.