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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:
Oakshire Brewing visit their website
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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Reviews: 105 | Hads: 301
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 ihazabucket7
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Light clear yellow color. Clear and light head.

Smell: Very hop forward beer. Hints of citrus fruits.

Taste: Hop bomb beer. The hops are the show of the beer and has that slight grapefruit, orange taste to keep you drinking more.

Feel: Light, crisp, refreshing, hoppy.

Overall. Not a very balanced IPA but good enough to satisfy hop heads. Decent IPA (372 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice grapefruit bitterness on the first sip, with some malt sweetness at the finish. There is some pine as well. Not my favorite IPA, but very drinkable. (155 characters)

Photo of silverevo9
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice orange hue...Tastes really earthy and dank with decent head. Nice bitterness with a great exhale from the the finish. I like that. This is good...leaves a sticky flavor in your mouth with good esters and candy like smells up front. Obtained this bomber for 3.99 and very much worth it. A lot of quality here. Carbonation on the high side and not much to knock...Good brew. (377 characters)

Photo of mudbug
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the freshness dated (Julian) (23 days old) CAN into a perfect pint glass results in a cloudy orange body topped by a solid inch head that recedes into a cap of foam that leaves sticky lacing as the level drops. Nice looking unfiltered IPA
Aroma is not subtle with strong citrus and pine dominating, you can smell this a foot away from the glass, Oh ya!
Taste is grapefruit rind bitter up front, some mid sweetness and ending with a long bittering piney aftertaste, perhaps just a tad too long of an aftertaste but still quite enjoyable
Slightly creamy, maybe a touch on the heavy side, not something you would want to pound a sixer of.
Overall this is a very enjoyable Pacific Northwest IPA That is well worth the price of admission. The CAN is also appreciated. (769 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 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 macpapi
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light copper color with a moderate-sized white head. Decent lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma is pretty crisp with strong citrus fruit notes and a bit of a piney finish.

Has a pretty nice malt backbone to go along with a pretty good hop presence. Strong bitter citrus pull at the back of the palate. There is also a nice piney aftertaste. A pretty flavorful and hop-filled taste.

Moderate carbonation with quite a bit of hop/citrus sting.

Overall, this is a pretty nice IPA. A strong hop presence combined with a decent malt backbone makes for a pretty balanced beer. Nothing earth shattering here, but this is a pretty well-crafted and enjoyable brew. (686 characters)

Photo of Harvest06
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale with nice head.
S: Citrus & pine.
T: Slight sweetness, bitter hop bite with a very dry finish.
M: Medium mouthful.
O: Exactly what I want in a dry hopped IPA (166 characters)

Photo of brother_rebus
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Unfiltered. Hazy pale gold. Hope resin flavor comes on quick. Perfect carbonation. Goes down smooth with a crisp quick finish. Lingers pleasant hints of pine. (158 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a clear golden amber with a modest foam in the Affligem chalice. Floral scent and a light fruity flavor that reminds me of honeysuckle aroma.

Some resiny hops along with a sweet maltiness to start. Tangy and spritzy. Biscuity like a Pale Ale, but the expansive hop flavors take over. It's just not as bitter as many big hop brews. Piney and a little dank but there is a pleasant dry fruity and woody note. Pear skins and and an earthy finish. Plenty of bitterness for my taste.

This is a highly quaffable lighter stule of IPA. The milder, maltier finish adds to the drinkability but won't please acolytes of the bitter hop goddess. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Haggen's Market in Mount Vernon. (710 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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Can: Poured a pale yellow color ale with a nice thick pure white foamy head with good carbonation. Aroma of floral hoppy notes is quite sublime. Taste is also dominated by piney and citrusy hops with nice floral undertones and limited bitterness. Body is light with good carbonation. I really enjoyed the floral grassy notes of this IPA. (338 characters)

Photo of yarnbomb
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Fresh from the growler, it's very impressive. This is one I'd have passed up if I saw it on shelves but now I'll have to rethink that... or get another growler. (160 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Shared at a 10K review beer tasting; drank from a Hill Farmstead stemmed snifter.
Thanks to Lubiere (RB) for the bottle!

Pours straw in color with 1 finger of white head with a touch of lacing. A nice nose of floral hops with some spice, lemon and hints of caramel malt. On the palate, the toasted grains comes first followed by dry citrus (grapefruit), pine and some floral notes. It has medium body a nice amount of carbonation. Nice and tasty. (451 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Pours a semi hazy vibrant orange with an inch of frothy head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of grapefruit, dank hops, and malts. The taste is grapefruit, pine and dank hops. Some bready malts as well. Finishes with a fair amount of piney hops and grapefruit. Medium bodied and a bit on the dry side. Minimal alcohol presence and pretty drinkable. Overall, pretty good IPA. (375 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 zhivago373
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

had this one straight from the can and poured into glass.

in the glass, the appearance is a hazy orange with a soapy, thin head. nice lacing on the glass.

on the nose, lots of dank hops and citrus, some orange, pine, slight grapefruit and peach. tinge of cannabis scent, too. this beer smells great.

on the front of the tongue, a nice wallop of dank, piney hops followed by the sweet citrus, some orange and grapefruit follow. a slight malt backbone. dry finish, slight astringency. thinner mouthfeel and subtler flavors when poured into the glass.

i prefer this one from the can for taste. the beer smells amazing and the glass helps open that up, but the can preserves the hops and citrus flavors more. overall, a reall nice IPA. (737 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can served cold into a shaker pint glass.

Watershed IPA is a pale golden color with surprisingly good clarity for the style. It has about an inch of head and settles fairly fast. Some lacing is left behind.

Aroma is pleasantly fresh and hoppy with a nice blend of pacific nw hops and the citrusy west coast varieties.

Flavor is bitter but well judged for an IPA. Malts are there to support the hops with just enough sweetness. Hops provide fresh orange zest and pine notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated with good IPA balance.

Overall a very solid version of the style. Not sure why it doesn't get the love on BA. (643 characters)

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 utopiajane
3.63/5  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. It's a bit peppery in the finish which is so unique for an IPA. (768 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 StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (963 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 Boomblaze
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (681 characters)

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