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Watershed IPA - Oakshire Brewing

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Watershed IPAWatershed IPA

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very good

248 Ratings

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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 16
Gots: 18 | 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 velmalikevelvet
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

velmalikevelvet, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of philbertk
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

philbertk, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

brewandbbq, May 28, 2010
Photo of tpd975
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

tpd975, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of RedBrewer83
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip...

A: Pours a golden amber body, nearly transparent with a nice three finger creamy white head. Falls slowly and leaves nice lacing.

S: Classic NW IPA, lots of pine resin and citrus a little malt in the background. Pretty straightforward but solid.

T: Very crisp and tastes like ruby red grapefruit, a little too fruity, but not sweet surprisingly still very dry finish. Long lingering bitter pine resin hops...a little too bitter and not enough malt to balance things out.

M: Medium light body with very active carbonation, a little too harsh on the palate, but very crisp and clean on the finish. Bittering hops linger a little too much, not quite balanced enough.

D: Drinkable, but needs balance to really make this go down smooth.

RedBrewer83, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of ccrida
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

ccrida, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of Pecorasc
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired as an extra from oregonskibum. Thanks for my first Oakshire Dale! No bottle date. Poured into an imperial pint glass all for myself, not three of my closest friends as the bottle suggests.

A- Poured with 2.5 inches of head above the lip of the glass. Holds a ridiculous cream colored froth with so much retention that you can see rings from my several pours, even when the beer is almost gone. Hazy deep gold in color with tons of beading coming from all over the bottom of the glass. Splashes lacing everywhere. Looks average, but gives amazing head.

S- After the mountain of foam receded, I was able to get a whiff of the actual beer. Bread, carmel and wood aromatics inhibit the hop character. Smells much sweeter than it tastes. Definitely the low point for an otherwise very nice beer.

T- Bready and oaty malt flavor at the outset, followed by a tingle of carbonation and a round-house kick of several hop flavors: pine needle, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and wood. Loooong, drawn-out, bitter finish. Leaves a clinging, bitter hoppiness all over the palate.

M- Medium bodied for a higher alcohol IPA, with a dry, cleansing finish. Looks much more carbonated that it drinks, but still medium to high carbonation.

D- Not sure why the bottle suggests drinking with three friends? This bomber was great all by myself. The 7.1% makes this a beer to be consumed in moderation, but I wouldn't hesitate having more than a couple of pints.

A lot of bigger IPAs over-do it on the carmel, malty, and bready flavors and take away from the crispness of the IPA. This one has those flavors, but they are restrained and allow the bitterness and hop flavors to dominate.

Pecorasc, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of Ek0nomik
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade.

No bottling date listed on the label.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear burn orange and amber color with barely a finger of head. The head doesn't last very long either, it's gone after just a handful of seconds. There also isn't too much lace on the side of the snifter. A few swirls of the beer and I'm left with a few thin streaks and a few small dots on the glass. There is absolutely no effervescence. Perhaps the carbonation will be spot on right away, or it might need a little more. Time to find out.

Smell: The nose on this is quite pleasant. A well put together American IPA. The nose is a mixture of dank, herbal hops and some citrus notes as well. There is some lemon and grapefruit in there as well.

Taste: The palate picks up sweet caramel malt and pale malt. The maltiness lingers for a moment, but then it turns into hops. More herbal hops and citrus notes that end the tasting including a little lemon, some orange peel, and then on the aftertaste there is some grapefruit lingering on my tongue.

Mouthfeel: I wasn't sure at first because the beer was a bit cold, but once it warmed up you could tell that the carbonation was nearly spot on. It could actually use just a little more carbonation, and then it'd be perfect. The beer has a medium body, no doubt about it.

Drinkability: A well put together American IPA. A nice hop profile and the right malt is there to support the hops. As usual, more hop flavoring would be welcomed, but this was good nonetheless. If I were to add more hops it'd be more dry hopping as the bitterness doesn't need to go any higher. An excellent beer for the weekend.

Ek0nomik, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Mora2000, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of HopEnforcer
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden and hazy, a few inches of white head, and a nice amount of lacing.

S: Strong citrusy and piney aroma; probably dry-hopped with Amarillo or Cascade.

T: Citrusy bite of the hops comes through perfectly and is balanced will with a slight sweetness of the malts. You're left with a very pleasant sweet/hoppy aftertaste. Again, this one cries out Amarillo.

M: Medium bodied with an appropriate level of carbonation to complement the hop taste.

D: Very drinkable; a solid IPA all around. Any fan of west-coast IPAs should give this one a try.

HopEnforcer, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of vacax
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber pours out a lightly cloudy goldenish orange and nets close to two fingers of a dense, resilient creamy white head. Quite high retention and a generous amount of lacing. The aroma emanates a good amount of pine and earthy hops with a nice floral balance and a touch of tropical fruit and cider. The flavor brings a controlled rush of pine and sticky resin that finishes intensely floral and moderately bitter. Bottle lists 75 IBUs, which is a good amount of bittering, but very well done here, finishing both bitter and floral. Quite a delicious IPA, I would definitely drink this again if I saw it. Mouthfeel is medium in body, sticky, with prickly mid-high carbonation that works well. Recommended. Thanks to Googzoid10 for the bottle.

vacax, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of velosuds
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Purchased for $3.89 on sale at local health food store.

A-Poured a hazy golden-amber hue with a two finger, foamy off white head that receded into an abundant, sticky lace. Gorgeous appearing.

S-A very fragrant IPA. Piney and citrus hops, especially grapefruit are prominent and inviting.

T-Hoppy bitterness is very citric, especially grapefruit and lemony esters, and full flavored. There is also a pleasant, and welcome, bready malt backbone providing a nice sweet balance.

M-Very smooth and well balanced. Nice carbonation level and complexion. Extremely well crafted for a beer with 75 IBUs.

D-Exceedingly drinkable for an aggressively hoppy IPA. Drinks well cold and warmer. A very good IPA, and one of the best I have had from an Oregon brewer. My favorite IPAs are brewed in California. But this is quite nice. I hope Oakshire plans to bottle this in 12 oz. bottles. Soon.

velosuds, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of gford217
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

gford217, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

Kegatron, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

emerge077, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

MasterSki, Oct 03, 2009
Photo of Docer
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Snagged a bottle of this just to try fro Beaumont Market here in Portland...

- Slight amber/orange color and mostly clear.... fluffy white head down to a nice lather of lacing...

- Nice sticky sweet malt and hop balance in scent... little bit of cane sugar, pine, and floral bitterness all mixed up. Nice and hoppy....

- Not overly sweet at a surprise.... nice caramel malt, clean water, bright bitter hop with pine, pine, and more pine and bitterness... quite good really if you are a hop head, and goes down quite well for an IPA that is the strength that I like.

- Slightly chewy, and more so sticky, and oily.. but overall pleasant.

- Great IPA from a brewer I have heard very little of, and have never tried. Little overcarbonated for my tastes, but the flavor is great and earthy.... a very nice IPA.

Docer, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of bitterthebetter
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ok, so this just came out in bottles in prt, so I finally remembered to snag one tonight, but had to run to catch the bus, so it did get jumbled around, but I let it sit in my fridge for 45 mintues before I cracked it, and it was still a very delicious beer after that, so I can only surmise what it tastes like without the turbulence

poured into a quart mason jar, pours a cloudy, deep golden orange with bubbly, belgian style massive head that formed a mesa on the rim of the jar.

rich, big spicy, resiny, floral, slight dried apricots, and a dash of carmel at the end. super inviting, almost earthy aroma with a dash of pine too

solidly crisp and resiny hops upfront, with numerous hoppy layers floating around such as spicy, somewhat grassy (in a good way) dry pine, and a faint but mellow caramel and biscuity backbone. thick resiny/sticky pine dominates the finish, becoming a little dry, but enduring with solid balance and flavor

smooth upfront, but extremely well balanced hop flavors than really mingle well and create a very durable and enjoyable finish. it really tastes a lot bigger than its 75 IBUs, which is a really good thing at only 7.1 % ABV, it is really pretty meaty with the hops, but there is a solid yet sublte malt body

absolutely delicious after a hectic workday, and even with a 10 block job to the bus, it hit the spot. super enticing aroma with numerous layers to dig though, that all follow through and then some on the palate. finish is long, smooth, and it really sticks with you for quite some time, literally, but in a great way. this beer reminds me why I love IPAs so much, excellent, I will be buying another tomorrow and letting it settle for at least a day, if I can wait that long

bitterthebetter, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of cbros
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a mug. Got this as an extra in a trade madhombrewer.

A- Pours an orange ting with a white finger white lace. There is a small amount of cling after the pour. There is a fair amount of carbonation activity present after the pour.

S- I am getting a strong presence of citrus followed by a hoppy backbone. Behind both of these smells is a subtle alcohol smell.

T- The citrus hoppy flavor continues in the taste. The combination is very well balanced and the taste ends with again a subtle alcohol flavor. The ABV is fairly high for an IPA and you can certainly tell in tasting this beer. Overall a very well balanced and tasty IPA. Just what I would expect from a West Coast IPA.

This was an extra in a trade from Ben. I wanted a 6 pack of Ninkasi Tricerahops and I was lucky enough to have this West Coast IPA thrown in. Even though I have never had anything from Oakshire before I can tell that they make solid beers. This is a very solid IPA, nothing overly mind blowing but a good beer nontheless. I would certainly like to have more options from Oakshire and I would certainly have this IPA again if given the chance.

Thanks Ben.

cbros, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of Reidrover
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. Deep burnt orange in colour, large frothy,thick,creamy off white head. Very hoppy,floral and pine mostly scents Piney,lemony..dried lemon flavours, little candy sugar and a nice balancing maltiness. Very nice on the palate..indeed so easy to quaff..a true summer IPA. Good drinkable IPA.

Reidrover, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber into a pint glass

Poured a mostly clear orange color with a slight haze to it. A one inch off-white head sits atop which fades to a cap and leaves some very nice lacing.

Aroma was dominated by (surprise) juicy citrus hops. A bit of a spicy herbal character and a touch of pine goes along. Very slight sweet malt presence but it's hard for it to break through the hops.

Taste was again dominated by the citrusy hops with some grapefruit and orange rind being most prominent. A hint of some pine with the slightest malt sweetness showing up for a second. Finish is dominated by lingering hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, good carbonation level, though nothing exceedingly amazing. Drinkable if you are a huge fan of IPAs, but like their Espresso Stout, I probably would have done better with a 12 oz. size or someone to split a bottle with.

A very nice IPA, which I had high hopes for seeing that Matt is now the brewer over at Oakshire. It's not as good as his Flossmoor IPAs, but very good nonetheless. Those are hard to top.

roadhouse, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of RedDiamond
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

RedDiamond, Jul 20, 2008
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Watershed IPA from Oakshire Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.