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Watershed IPA - Oakshire Brewing

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Watershed IPAWatershed IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

270 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 17
Gots: 24 | 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 dgilks
4.13/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Photo of vtblackdog
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
2.78/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

Photo of distantmantra
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of AgentZero
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle supplied by the milwaukeeclassic. If and when he makes his way to Portland, I'll be visiting as often as possible.

Light mid orange with thin surface spotting and sporadic lacing

Fruity esters, peach, perfume? and tropical fruits with a light biscuity malt

Tastes follow suit: light mild tropical fruits, peach, cracker malts, and a dry bitter flowery finish

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated

The classic strikes again....but how the hell is he growing taller?

Photo of ElGordo
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a pretty cloudy golden-orange color with lots of suspended hop particles. A half-finger's worth of creamy white head lasts for about a minute before receding to a thin, creamy ring. Aroma of light, biscuity malt and a big, citrusy hop profile that's big on notes of orange juice and grass. with a hint of cannabis.
Palate is well-balanced between mildly sweet biscuit malt and citrusy hops. Notes of grapefruit, cannabis, and a touch of honey sweetness. Finish is surprisingly mellow for such a hoppy beer, but the hop flavor remains, minus the bitterness.
Body is nice and smooth for an IPA, with a very subtle stickiness from the hops. This is a highly drinkable west coast IPA, although not quite as hoppy as many from the region. Still, very nice and a pleasure to drink.

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice frothy one finger white head. Body is a hazy orange color, cannot see through it at all. This almost looks like a wheat beer to me. Smells extremely refreshing, you can smell hops and citrus on the nose. Taste is not what I expected, much more powerful than the smell indicated. You get way more flavor all around than I was expecting. More hops for sure, more citrus and more body than I thought there would be, I thought it was going to be really light bodied and thin in the mouth, but no, this hits you and stays there. Drinkability is actually still pretty high though, while it has a lot of taste, it's not offensive. Great beer.

Photo of emberain
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tried this first in the local pub - loved it so much I went and got a keg of it. Fantastic beer, appearance is near perfection with a light red / orange glow... the Smell had a good balace of citris with a slight resonance of pine. As you drink the mouth feel is crisp and not to heavy. the Finish is also exceptional because it starts citrus and ends pine, with a nice bite from the hops. For an IPA lover - you will most likely love this beer!!!

Photo of chumba526
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It appears a light orange color with a white foamy head.

It smells quite citrusy: I get a strong orange like smell. I get a bit of a grassy floral smell and a bit of a caramel malt smell.

It tastes initially of sweet citrus fruit. I get a mild caramel malt flavor, and a pine like floral flavor. The flavor ends with a nice bit of hoppy bitterness. Though it has some bitterness to it the bitterness is balanced nicely by the sweet malt. This is a very well balanced IPA.

There is a moderate carbonation to the beer. There is also a smooth mouth feel to the ale.

This is a pretty drinkable beer. It goes down fairly smooth.

Overall a solid IPA. Worth grabbing a glass or bottle if you see it around.

Photo of DamDweller
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oakshire Brewing Watershed IPA, 2010

Pour is a nice pale golden color. The head is about a index finger thick and is a nice white color with a creamy consistency. Smell a lot of citrus fruits including oranges, lemons, and also some sweet fruits like mangos and peaches. There is a strong presence of bitter hops on the nose as well. Beer taste is very floral. Not as bitter as expected but the body is very lovely. It hangs on the tongue for quite some time and the back end of each each drink is very impressive. The head remains throughout the drinking process and has very impressive retention. This beer is definitely worth a try.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of djbreezy
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - pours a nice transparent amber with a moderate head, some sticky lacing, okay retention

smell - although there are some pine notes, carmel malts dominate

taste - up front there are some citrus and hop bitter notes, but the malt is a bit in imbalance, caramel is strong in this one

mouthfeel - medium carbonation, medium mouthfeel

drinkability - this is a good brew, could showcase the hops a bit more, but definitely has a close balance to it

Photo of callmemickey
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange/copper/amber body. Two finger creamy white head. Quickly receded but left some decent lacing.

S: Classic pacific northwest bold and big IPA. Lots of dank pine and bright citrus. Mostly grapefruit, but some orange rind and lemon peel as well. The malt is just hanging out in the background.

T: A bit cleaner and more complex than the nose with various shades of pine, forest, and citrus fruits provide a nice burst of flavor. Its skewed towards the hops but its not one dimensional as the soft caramel malts provide a nice base.

M: Medium to heavy body. Assertive carbonation delivers the hops to the tongue. Clean, bitter finish.

D: Quite nice. Got this as an extra and it was quite a nice treat. Just might need to track this down again.

Photo of CooperEllis
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of many generous extras from hopsbreath.

22oz into .3l tulip.

The color of freshbrewed icedtea. With bright white head and sticky lacing.

Aroma: Sweet citrus/tangerine. Floral notes.

Definately the taste I associate with a west coast IPA. Malt sweetness is evident from the start. Good hops bitter bite at the end. The flavor is round, burnt citrus, a bit of pine, slightly roasty. The end is crisp and citrus.

Very nice carbonation. Easy to drink this. The mouthfeel could be better but the carbonation assists the flavor. No trace of any alcohol in this.

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Photo of blackc5
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep copper with a mediocre offwhite head, but with significant lacing. Some floaties ended up in the glass from the bottom of the bottle as I emptied it...

S - Lots and lots of grapefruit and pine. Some caramel malt. Pretty typical for a Northwest IPA but above average in strength.

T - Fit closely with the aromas. A nice fruity grapefruit with some bitter, resiny herbals on the back end. Overall, nicely done.

M - Medium bodied but could have used a bit more carbonation. Somewhat dry finish, and definitely some lingering bitterness that while pleasant while drinking turned a bit too bitter in the aftertaste.

D - Despite a few flaws, a highly drinkable PNW IPA. Alcohol is well hidden, and overall taste profile is quite nice as long as you don't wait too long between sips - which was not a problem...

Photo of donniecuffs
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this at Savor 2010. Poured orange, with little visible carbonation, a thin white head, decent retention, and decent lacing. All citrus in the nose: grapefruit, apricot, and pineapple. The taste was abundantly citrusy as well, with some maltiness midpalate, and a very apricot/pineapple sweet finish. Slightly sour in the finish as well, which always raises the diacetyl question, but I think this one's safe. Smooth and medium-bodied, with little carbonation. This is a nice ipa, but a little too much sweet citrus for me, especially in the finish.

Photo of velmalikevelvet
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a 22oz 2010 bottle into a chilled mug

Half-inch, creamy head left good lacing after quickly deflating, atop a slightly cloudy but lovely apricot-colored brew.

Grapefruit jumps right out of the glass into your nose, very pleasant.

Hops and bitterness in just the right measure; tangy! Good fizz, great round mouthfeel.

Clean, crisp, & begging for a hot summer afternoon BBQ!

Photo of philbertk
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Oakshire Brewing--Watershed IPA--India Pale Ale--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 7.10% ABV. 75 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Thin fizzy off white mild lace head. Clear bright amber red color. Thin tight dark sediment. Mild floral hop front. Slightly flat mild creamy sweet sediment mellowed caramel fruit dough pine earthy body. Flat mild hop spice smooth balanced end. Aged rapidly in Bottle. Sampled 6/25/2010. 2 @ $4.95 Each.

Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy copper with a quarter inch head of off-white that dissapated to a placid surface. A few errant dots and short strings of lacing throughout the glasss.

Aromatics are laced with pine, grapefruit, and peppery resins. Slightly pungent but not blasting out of the glass.

Medium bodied with a crisp, slightly chewy mouthfeel.

Light malt and bitter, citrusy hops lead off the palate. Grapefruit pulp, pine resin, and spicy young bark. Drying but still a lingering malt sweetness persists.

Finishes with sap-rubbed citrus, a bitter chaulkiness, and slightly warming.

Heavy on the pine and grapefruit this one is. Still not bursting with freshness or extremely hoppy as one would expect from a PacNW IPA though.

Watershed IPA from Oakshire Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.