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Watershed IPA - Oakshire Brewing

Watershed IPAWatershed IPA

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very good

201 Ratings

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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%

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 AgentZero


3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
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
Photo of ktrillionaire


2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
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
Photo of BarrytheBear


4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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
Photo of ElGordo


4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 05:38:53 | More by ElGordo
Photo of MaltsOfGlory


4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 05:51:52 | More by MaltsOfGlory
Photo of emberain


4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
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!!!

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2011 15:20:21 | More by emberain
Photo of chumba526


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 17:49:52 | More by chumba526
Photo of DamDweller


4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 00:36:50 | More by DamDweller
Photo of Thorpe429


3.63/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 23:38:03 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of djbreezy


3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 04:36:01 | More by djbreezy
Photo of callmemickey


4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 04:08:58 | More by callmemickey
Photo of CooperEllis

New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.


Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 00:37:02 | More by CooperEllis
Photo of blackc5


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 20:25:51 | More by blackc5
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 21:54:48 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of velmalikevelvet


4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 21:23:26 | More by velmalikevelvet
Photo of philbertk


3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 04:53:59 | More by philbertk
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 01:46:42 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of tpd975


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 20:55:42 | More by tpd975
Photo of RedBrewer83


3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 23:48:56 | More by RedBrewer83
Photo of ccrida


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 02:02:52 | More by ccrida
Photo of Pecorasc


4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 19:16:07 | More by Pecorasc
Photo of Ek0nomik


4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 00:47:16 | More by Ek0nomik
Photo of Mora2000


4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 04:01:04 | More by Mora2000
Photo of HopEnforcer


4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 01:36:20 | More by HopEnforcer
Photo of vacax


4.05/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 03:48:49 | More by vacax
Watershed IPA from Oakshire Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.