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Watershed IPA - Oakshire Brewing

Watershed IPAWatershed IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

197 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%


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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Idris

Washington

3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, honey-orange brew with a solid crown of tight white bubbles and very well carbonated. Very nice looking beer! Pleasing aroma, with piney hops dominant, and some honey malt characteristics present in the tail end of the the nose. Malt is more assertive in the beginning of the palate than I anticipated, with an astrigent, biting bitter coming in toward then end. I found the mouthfeel to be odd...a bit thin, yet a slight stickiness.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 06:56:27 | More by Idris
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ChugginOil

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy straw color with at least 3 inches of white head. Moderate lace.

The nose has some sharp piney hop notes. There is a bit of pineapple and mango followed by a sweet malty scent to balance things out.

The flavors incorporate the aromas noticed. Pine and pineapple/mango hop flavors are bitter and tasty. There is quite a bit of sweet malt that outdoes the hops by just a bit.

The mouthfeel is clean, crisp and medium bodied. Low carbonation.

That Oregon water is working nicely here. The near balance makes for a pretty solid ipa.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 02:29:34 | More by ChugginOil
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a shaker glass at Track Town Pizza

A- Poured a very light orange, very clear with some visible carbonation, frothy head left glass coating lace

S- Big astrigent piney, grapefruit, and orange citrus notes. Very powerful and pungent aroma

T- Big piney, orange, and grapefruit notes. Very bitter and pretty astrigent

M- Very dry, prickly carbonation, medium body, a little sticky

O- This is a really nice and bitter IPA, pretty astrigent and very West Coast.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2012 04:03:12 | More by Hoptometrist
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beertunes

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the hated and despised 22oz bottle format. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy orange-amber color with less than 1/2 inch of off-white head that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma had some very nice citrus hops upfront, with some malt in a supporting role, making for a nicely balanced scent. A similar story on the tongue, bright hops upfront, malt smoothing things out in the middle, and a slightly lingering hop finish.

The body was good and clean, it was a bit fuller than than typical for the style, and had a slightly sticky finish. Drinkability was much better than average for the style, I would happily have a few of these. Overall, a better than average example of the style. A must try if you see it and probably worth working a trade.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 21:19:10 | More by beertunes
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Whole Foods in Tanasbourne. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a bottled on date.

Pouring a clear copper with a dense off-white head with good retention and lacing, this is a nice looking IPA. The nose is decent. Moderately hoppy, this has a blend of pine, weed, herbal character and some nice grapefruit along with some tangerine. A definite crystal malt presence is noted. The hop character is also quite green and grassy, moderately chlorophyll-like. Quite nice.

The palate is better than i was expecting, given the nose. While crystal malt flavors are perceived, sweetness is minimal. Opening modestly hoppy with a blend of fruity hop flavors, a moderate bitterness and a mildly grassy character, this is nice. Quite juicy with a mild caramel sweetness and some crystal malt flavor without the sweetness, this beer is medium light in body and moderately carbonated. The grassy hop notes are distracting, but otherwise, this is a pretty solid ipa, especially at the sub $4 per bomber price point. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 05:35:57 | More by DefenCorps
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Bookseeb

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance of a hazy copper amber color supporting a thin dissipating head that leaves spotty lace. Smell is balanced well with sweet caramel malt, grapefruit and pine. Taste has the scense of aroma that has that nice balance of hops leaving a dry bitter in the end. Mouthfeel is a viscous medium with a good spike of carbonation. Overalll a nice well rounded blend of flavors that bring this IPA together.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 01:35:56 | More by Bookseeb
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morimech

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden color with one finger of head that had decent retention before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is a surprising amount of sweet smelling malt. The hops add some citrus, possibly lemon, and herbal aromas.

On the sweeter side of the IPA spectrum, especially for an American IPA. Hops give some citrus and herbal qualities. Bitterness seems moderately high. Alcohol cleanses the palate in the finish.

Has good carbonation for an IPA. Light and fine bubbles that give just enough life to the beer.

I would of liked more hop flavor to accompany the bitterness. Otherwise an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 19:12:56 | More by morimech
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a slightly cloudy red orange amber. One finger white head and lacing. Nice appearance. Aroma of aromatic hops, citrus, light fruit and light malt. Sweet citrus and malt, followed by nice hops and a hoppy, light malt finish. Nice flavor progression and pleasant to drink. Somewhat understated, but worth trying again.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 03:24:22 | More by LiquidAmber
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy amber-gold with a small, bubbly white head.

Smell. Nice toasted light grains, piney hops and a little cedar.

Taste. Good hit of bitter piney hops with those nice toasted light malts I was smelling. Good ballance, slight sweetness, abv well hidden. Pretty nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Nicely surprised by this random grab from a recent Portland beercation.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 01:29:12 | More by Rutager
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scootpolute

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 Pint, 6 FL OZS...brown bottle...

Appearance: Hazy orange/copper beer with a patchy cream off-white foam head that clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Very pronounced grapefruit hop aromas, spicy with background sweet malts and a faint bready grain aroma.

Taste: Hmmm...not exactly what I was expecting from the smell & appearance...Funky soapy flavor, which could be crazy hops?! Then, mellows out to a smooth and creamy with a relatively weak-body. The initial taste is a strange soap/hop mix on the palate! Some spicy, leaf and grass flavours pull-thru, then are followed by an alcohol presence and spiciness. The malt in this beer is faintly present but gets lost in hops/soaps weirdness. Beer finishes with residual hop spice and faint malt sweetness, with the last touch of weird soapy flavor.

Notes: I'm not sure about this beer? I've sure had better. 7.10 % abv.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 00:20:34 | More by scootpolute
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flagmantho

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 22:46:36 | More by flagmantho
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cosmicevan

New York

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 03:46:12 | More by cosmicevan
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Durge

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 04:13:13 | More by Durge
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draheim

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 04:54:04 | More by draheim
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dgilks

Australia

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 01:33:02 | More by dgilks
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.18/5  rDev -17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 16:52:44 | More by ChainGangGuy
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vtblackdog

Vermont

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 19:30:23 | More by vtblackdog
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womencantsail

California

2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 01:10:06 | More by womencantsail
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distantmantra

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 20:18:12 | More by distantmantra
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dirtylou

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 04:21:31 | More by dirtylou
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Serving type: growler

08-18-2011 04:12:20 | More by barleywinefiend
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Beerenauslese

California

4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 02:32:45 | More by Beerenauslese
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 00:20:36 | More by AgentZero
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ktrillionaire

Florida

2.95/5  rDev -23%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 04:52:19 | More by ktrillionaire
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +7%
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?

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 02:06:23 | More by BarrytheBear
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