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Watershed IPA - Oakshire Brewing

Watershed IPAWatershed IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

199 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 85
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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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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Fantastically fuzzy apricot with orange juice along the edges of the glass. The beer looks wonderful... and the expansive crown of lightly toasted marshmallow colored creaminess up top looks even better. Abundant lace is an added bonus.

The nose is everything that an American IPA nose should be. There's very little maltiness and there's a whole lotta hoppiness. Although the hop bill is unpublished, Cascade has to be one of its members. Specifics include tropical fruit (grapefruit and lemon), along with a gentle ganja-like vibe. Very nice.

Oakshire Brewing's Watershed IPA is the real deal. Hopheads will be mighty pleased with the aggressive hoppiness that tastes and feels like every one of the 75 IBUs are present and accounted for. That said, it isn't a complete hop bomb. The majority pale and minority toasted malts provide just the right amount of flavor (not much) and sweetness (also not much). Humulus lupulus are the stars of this show.

Hop-derived flavors include juicy pink grapefruit, orange, lemon and illegal herb. Gotta be Cascade. The mouthfeel is spot-on for the style and the ABV. It's also a perfect trade-off between medium-full smooth creaminess and alpha acid edginess. This beer oozes quality.

Watershed IPA zeros in on every one of my American IPA preferences like a laser-guided missile. This is fantastic beer that I'd love to drink again and again. Prediction: Oakshire's watershed moment as a brewery was when they decided to hire Matt Van Wyk as their brewer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 15:24:55 | More by BuckeyeNation
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womencantsail

California

2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
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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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.18/5  rDev -17%
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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MasterSki

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to d0b for ordering a few bottles of this brew - I've been looking forward to seeing what Matt Van Wyck has been up to.
Served in my Pisgah pint glass.

A - Two fingers of off-white foam that dissolves slowly and leaves behind a nice intricate lace pattern. Transparent golden body. Good looking stuff here.

S - Lots of C hops - big orange citrus flavor and zesty ripe grapefruit with a hint of earthy pine and spice in the background. There's a nice doughy malt backdrop with some light toffee and biscuit flavors.

T - There's a good deal of bitterness that accompanies some strong grapefruit and pine flavors. Again, there's a decent amount of balancing malt with some multi-grain and doughy flavors to it. The finish is actually surprisingly orange-y; it's almost as if the flavors come in the opposite order in this brew. Residual bitterness is moderate but persistent.

M - The feel is a little bit gritty with a slight carbonation tingle. There's tons of oily hop resins with a slightly dry finish and a bit of alcohol heat. I wish the body was a little smoother, because otherwise this is pretty good.

D - I had no problem downing a bomber of this stuff. It's a very solid brew that is eminently drinkable, but not really standout in any particular area. Looking forward to the next Oakshire brew!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2009 00:05:54 | More by MasterSki
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emerge077

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 14:39:24 | More by emerge077
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Mora2000

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 04:01:04 | More by Mora2000
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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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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hazy orange color with lacking carbonation leaving a small white cap

S: Very grassy, hints at citrus too

T: Starts out very grassy, citrus and caramel hits, then it finishes with more grass, light bitterness and a dry feel

M: Light body,balanced but astringent and biting

O: Good IPA and worth a try

Serving type: growler

08-18-2011 04:12:20 | More by barleywinefiend
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 17:06:13 | More by Kegatron
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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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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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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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ccrida

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into my large Duvel tulip, Watershed IPA is a hazy dark orange with a big light sand head that leaves lots of lace.

Smell is big and hoppy, classic PNW profile of resinous citrus, spicy, with some sweet malt, making it a bit gingerbread like. For an IPA it's great, more assertive then plenty of DIPAs, at least ones not from the west coast!

Taste is hoppy for sure, predominantly spicy and bitter. Starts off with some sweet malt, then lots of citrus mid palate before the lingering bitter finish, with some bread notes there as well.

Mouthfeel is slick, a little flabby, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good. Not really my style of PNW IPA though, I prefer more complex hop flavor and less bitterness, but it's still a well done example of the general regional style. Decent price for the bomber too, $4.50.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 02:02:52 | More by ccrida
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dirtylou

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 04:21:31 | More by dirtylou
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beertunes

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -6%
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 +1.8%
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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gford217

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of writerLJBerg.

Pours a bright, slightly hazy golden orange with a massive creamy white head that leaves delicate lacing down the side and hangs on as a cap for ages. The bottom of the head is fed by a crazy amount of bubbles streaming up to the top.

The aroma is full of juicy citrus, mainly lemons and oranges, with hints of floral, almost spicy, hops as well. There is a mild toasted bready malt presence as well.

The taste doesn't seem nearly as citrus and has a more muted flavor overall. There is a slightly astringent bitterness that takes on a fairly grassy character with only hints of the citrus that dominated the nose.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and the flavors overall come across fairly thin on the palate.

This is a decent IPA, but I was expecting something bigger in the flavor. Either way, I'm definitely looking forward to trying more from this new brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 00:27:46 | More by gford217
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flagmantho

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: murky orange hue with plenty of haze and a nice cap of frothy tan foam. Looks like a good West Coast IPA.

Smell: earthy and biscuity. Hops are big but balanced and appealing, mostly earthy with citrus and other fruity notes tucked nicely around the edges. I quite like it.

Taste: biscuity and earthy but bitter and very nicely hoppy. This is probably my favorite beer that I would call "biscuity". The hops start out earthy and then reveal their fruitier characteristics; the bitterness at the end is dank and satisfying. This isn't the hoppiest or most bitter IPA out there, but it appeals to me in a way which is hard for me to articulate. Just fantastic.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Good.

Overall: this might be my favorite Oregon IPA ever; it is certainly in my top 5 Oregon beers. Usually I disdain "biscuity" beers, but the hop combination here is just exactly my cup of tea. Fantastico!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 22:46:36 | More by flagmantho
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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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dgilks

Australia

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden colour with a nice white head. Fair head retention.

Mild, citrussy hops with no malt and yet still slightly balanced.

Really good flavour with lots of fruity hops woith some grapefruit. Plenty of bitterness but not harsh in any way.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation that gives it just enough zip.

A good West Coast style IPA. I really like the smooth bitterness here.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 01:33:02 | More by dgilks
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tpd975

Florida

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to SeaBass for the share.

A: Pours a nice clear orange hue with a nice tall white head. Okay retention with some spotty lace.

S: Aromas of light caramel malt. Hints of fresh resinous pine, citrus, and light candied sugar.

T: Just enough malt to provide a nice sweet backbone. Light caramel, and hints of gooey toffee. Pine leads the way with hints of bright citrus as well.

M: Medium in body, smooth nice carbonation.

D: Good, solid sessionable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 20:55:42 | More by tpd975
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RedDiamond

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Potent aroma and taste, like a whole disco full of hop cones just boogiein' the night away. They're floral and sexy and they sing in harmony. The flavor is a potent hop charm, but it's not so overpowering in any dimension as to compromise drinkability. Orange-citric notes abound from a body of dark, unfiltered pumpkin color showing low suds.

I had a pint of this only an hour after finishing a pint of Ninkasi IPA and it blew that bird out of the sky.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2008 01:14:08 | More by RedDiamond
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
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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Watershed IPA from Oakshire Brewing
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