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Watershed IPA - Oakshire Brewing

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Watershed IPAWatershed IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

234 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 15
Gots: 15 | 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 Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%

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 +8.4%

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 +8.4%

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 +6.3%

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 +17.3%

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 +10.8%

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 04, 2009
Photo of Reidrover
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

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 +7.6%

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 +7.1%

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
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