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Watershed IPA - Oakshire Brewing

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Watershed IPAWatershed IPA

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very good

105 Reviews
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Reviews: 105
Hads: 309
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 19.37%
Wants: 17
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oakshire Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedDiamond on 07-20-2008

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Reviews: 105 | Hads: 309
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.

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Photo of SanCarlos
2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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Photo of yarnbomb
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of alexrichman
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of zhivago373
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.36/5  rDev -38.2%
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.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.63/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Valley_Town_Sipper
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. . .

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
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.

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Photo of Boomblaze
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of BierJager89
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of BabaYagaRIS
2.79/5  rDev -27%
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.

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Photo of soccerman7
3.97/5  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.

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Photo of ssteakley
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of Hendry
4.42/5  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.

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Photo of beagle75
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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