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Watershed IPA - Oakshire Brewing

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Watershed IPAWatershed IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

235 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 15
Gots: 16 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 07-20-2008)
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Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev +5.3%

strongaf, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of doughanson78
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

doughanson78, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of pixieskid
4/5  rDev +5.3%

pixieskid, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

WertMaker, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

CoryR, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

flagmantho, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

twelveinches, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev +5.3%

thewimperoo, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

thanks to MADhombrewer for this one!

a - opened the bottle and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. poured a really murky orange with a steady line of visible carbonation. nice classic 2 finger plus of classic frothy chunky ipa head. lacing clings to the glass in chunks. really attractive.

s - subtle hops. mildly sweaty. orange peel. very subtle. clean.

t - some decent orange peel hopping then a slap in the face of thick piny sticky bitterness.

m - medium bodied. finishes very bitter and really cools my mouth. refreshing zing at the end. the mouth is actually the highlight for me. leaves such a nice feel and glow in my mouth.

o - overall a nice ipa. nothing earth shattering, but if this was available locally i'd probably have it every now and again. mouth is amazing and makes this one worth a try for any fan of ipas.

cosmicevan, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of SRossman
4/5  rDev +5.3%

SRossman, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of ipafool
4/5  rDev +5.3%

ipafool, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of gkunkle
4/5  rDev +5.3%

gkunkle, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Durge
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bomber to the pint glass this brew shows a cloudy amber color with a solid white head and a blanket of lacing. The aroma offers sweet nutty herbal hops with a little banana bread. Real tasty! The flavor declares more peanut butter grassy hops with toffee/caramel sweetness. It’s medium bodied with light and frisky carbonation for a smooth but crispy feel. A very nice entry to the IPA world.

Durge, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Exiled, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of draheim
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (batch 174) poured into a tulip. Golden glowing orange color with a nice dense creamy sticky white head.

Aroma is nice piney citrus, grapefruit, pineapple. Smells great.

Taste is bitter hops, pale malt and clean water. Really refreshing. Nice crisp bitter hop bite on the finish. Great balance, smooth mouthfeel.

Overall a solid IPA.

draheim, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of dgilks
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

dgilks, Oct 09, 2011
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3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 08, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint.

The color is a cloudy orangish golden. Small white bubbles form the head.

Smell is hops with almost a creamy chocolate background. I expected a heavier portion of the nose to be hops.

Taste is the expected bitter hops up front and I'm still getting that chocolate ... not sure what it is from.

Mouth is medium carbonation and medium to light body.

Overall a decent IPA.

vtblackdog, Sep 05, 2011
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2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

womencantsail, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of distantmantra
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a straight pint glass.

A: The beer poured an orange color with a small head of foam that broke down to a thin cap covering the surface. Very heavy lacing clung to the side of the glass, but it quickly vanished.

S: The initial aroma is that of freshly cut grass along with more subtle notes of lemon, orange peel and pine.

T: The first flavor that I can detect is bitter lemongrass, almost like green tea in nature. I also notice some orange peel and pine, but the grassy flavor is very dominant. There's a bit of caramel malt, but it's drown out by the dry grassy wallop.

M: Watershed has a very dry mouth feel with some pleasant bitterness. The alcohol is masked very well.

O: This is my first offering from Oakshire, it's very nice. The grass flavor is noticeable in other IPAs, but this is the first one I've had where it's very front-forward and the dominant flavor.

distantmantra, Aug 21, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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

dirtylou, Aug 21, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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

barleywinefiend, Aug 18, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Body is a hazy amber. Pours readily to a half inch head, with lots of lacing. Eventually dissipates to a thick ring and cap, which is rejuvenated with each taste.

Smells of light, sweet, malt and floral/citruys hops.

Tastes of mildly floral and citrus hops, balanced with a biscuity hop structure and some caramel. Long bitter finish, with bitter grapefruit rind.

Body is medium and carbonation is fine, giving this a mildly spritzy mouthfeel.

Overall, a decent IPA, which is aggressively citrus hopped but well balanced by the malt bill although there is some conflict between the sweet caramel and the bitter citrus. At 7.1% and aggressive hoppiness, this borders between a regular and double or imperial IPA. Extra points for not being highly filtered.

Beerenauslese, May 25, 2011
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3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

AgentZero, May 16, 2011
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2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - It pours an orange-amber hue, and is capped wit a healthy bit of off-white foam which, while persistent, is too slippery to deposit lace.

S - (intentionally left blank. I am not sure where the aroma addition went, but it isn't here.)

T - The taste is lemon-y and caramel-malty and has a bit of astringent-sweet duality going on, as found in, say, lemonade, or pink grapefruit with sugar atop.

M - Sticky and slick.

O - Not a huge fan.

ktrillionaire, May 07, 2011
Watershed IPA from Oakshire Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.