Watershed IPA
Oakshire Brewing

Watershed IPAWatershed IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #4,892
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
86
Ranked #26,003
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 11.58%
Reviews:
115
Ratings:
353
From:
Oakshire Brewing
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  20
Gots
  48
SCORE
86
Very Good
Watershed IPAWatershed IPA
Notes: Presenting hop aroma and flavor of fresh grapefruit and resinous pine, Watershed IPA strikes a balance between bitter and sweet, finishing crisp and clean.
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Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Six pack of cans picked up on sale at Grocery Outlet in Kenmore, Washington.
PKGD AUG 21 2019. Poured in to a pint glass.

Look- Clear golden straw color, decent frothy white head that recedes rather slowly, moderate spotty lacing. Solid carbonation streaming as it sits.

Smell- Citrus (tangerine, grapefruit and lemon), melon, resinous pine, honey/caramel malts. Hints of pineapple and light grassy/floral notes.

Taste- Fairly standard IPA profile. Citrus, pine, earthy hops and sweet malts, a bit of tropical fruit.

Feel- Medium/light bodied. Crisp, semi-dry with a light lingering bitter finish, pretty well balanced. Average carbonation on the tongue.

O- A pretty solid west coast style IPA, really easy drinking, check it out if you spot it.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper and clear filtered, with a little carbonation and a finger of white head.

Smells of citrus and pine, Carmel, and very faint hints of tropical fruit.

It tastes of light tea, malt, and a bit of pill like bitterness.

Light body with little carbonation.

I got this in Medford Oregon, and I’m drinking it in Redding California December 16, 2018.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can stamped "173" which makes it a late June batch if that's a Julian date. Slightly hazy pour, light lacing and low carbonation. Light, bready aroma. Ok, it's an IPA, so expect hop forward and malt to back them up -- and it meets the test. Nice hop bite and a well rounded ale. Pleasant mouthfeel and just the right finish. We find ourselves liking this beer a lot. It might be considered more in the Pale Ale territory by the hop-heads, but we're happy where this one ends up.

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Photo of hreb
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer is pale yellow in color, with mid white head, and crystal clear. Aroma is sweet and citrusy. Flavor is decidedly on the drinkable side of high ABV/IBU (single) IPA. There's considerable sweetness from unfermented sugars to balance out the 70 IBUs. Drinkable, but not that flavorful. More like the flavor profile of an IPA, even an English IPA, superimposed on American Pale Ale, with the volume turned up 10%.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. The appearance is a hazy golden orange colored body with a three foamy lumpy head that lasts at least three minutes before dieing concavely into almost perfect valley. A fair amount of lacing is left in the wake of the fall. The smell has large amounts of hops producing a glorious amount of bitterness yet a faint malty background comes through moreso as it warms. The taste is bittersweet - combined ever so nicely between the hops and the malts. It has a grapefruit aftertaste, and a dry finish. The palate is about a light to medium, and comes across mostly sessionable. She’s carbonated just a tad underneath for the style but very good to me as it gets a bit creamy here and there. Overall, this is a pretty good AIPA that I would have again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brief initial impression from a pull-tab can acquired as part of a six pack for $10.00 USD.

6.70% ABV.

APPEARANCE: Vibrant yellow/pale-copper body. Clear, filtered, clean, inviting.

Head is white, frothy, creamy, and enticing, boasting a good retention (~8-10 minutes).

Looks well-carbonated and is appealing for an IPA. I'm eager to try it.

AROMA: Malt sweetness and hop bitterness keep each other in balance judging by the aroma. Floral hop aromatics, delicate albeit vague fruit, citrus pulp, fruit juice, pale malts. I don't detect the caramel malts advertised on the label (and that's a good thing).

Mild and timid, but attractive.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Citrus fruit, floral hops, zest, and a little hop resin combine to good effect, balanced out by innocuous pale malt sweetness. It's not the most pungent brew hopwise and it doesn't boast the best depth of flavour I've encountered in an IPA, but its balance alone makes it well worth trying and there's enough here to keep discerning drinkers interested.

Doesn't go for too much alcohol content, sitting pretty at a modest 6.70% ABV.

Flavour duration is good. Flavour intensity is average. I love that it isn't trying to beat drinkers about the head with hop bitterness.

Has a nice push-pull between dryness and wetness, but even though it tends towards the dry end of the spectrum it's still refreshing. Medium-bodied, a little coarse, and of apt heft and thickness. Overall presence on the palate is pretty good, but this fails to elevate the beer as whole - dragging a bit on the palate - or to accentuate specific flavours. I'd prefer the mouthfeel more refreshing, light-bodied, soft, and juicy. Carbonation is good but not ideal.

OVERALL: Remarkably drinkable work from a brewery I've frankly never heard of. I nabbed a sixer expecting some nice-but-not-great casual drinking fare, but I got more than I bargained for, an IPA well worth revisiting in spite of its tendencies towards a more dry and coarse mouthfeel than I'm normally a fan of. The packaging may look somewhat generic, but inside the can is an IPA that manages to stand out from the crowd without relying on gimmicky hipster hop marketing or the like. Well-priced fare I'd recommend to anyone who enjoys the style, even if it isn't up there with world class beers in the style - or even more widely available expressions thereof from the likes of Deschutes, Lagunitas, Ballast Point, Bear Republic, or the like.

High B- (3.48) / WORTHY

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of pineapple, orange peel and grapefruit. Nice tropical fruitiness and sweet caramel with a sharp, piney bitterness.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a solid IPA, and one I drink often. Poured 12 oz can into standard pint glass. Clear, golden amber color. Beautiful, foamy head with nice retention. Very nice lacing. The aroma is grain, oats, honey, peach and tropical fruit. The flavor is well balanced, a medium body, and the hops is citrus and dank. The malt is in the finish, leaving a sweet, pleasant aftertaste. Juicy and resinous without going overboard. A fine go to beer.

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Photo of ThroaTHiT
4.74/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my go to when I want a good beer. I know I will never be let down by it. I'm no beer carnasuar or anything, but I know a good beer when I get it, and this is one damn fine brew.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Orangish coppery color, full on inch of head. Aroma yields substantial bittering hops that don't drop a lot of other smells.

Another very bitter ipa. Why is this in a bomber? So much metallic bitterness, lot of crystal malt, caramel etc. . . Oakshire makes some awesome stuff (Galaxy IPA) but this is markedly average. No off flavors, but really not a lot of flavors beyond metal, bitterness and caramel.

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Photo of Bugs318
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber with a decent white head. Nose is a bit piney with some rind. Taste is similar but resin is light. A touch of cat piss. Decent bitter linger, but not overwhelming. Body is medium light with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of ihazabucket7
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Light clear yellow color. Clear and light head.

Smell: Very hop forward beer. Hints of citrus fruits.

Taste: Hop bomb beer. The hops are the show of the beer and has that slight grapefruit, orange taste to keep you drinking more.

Feel: Light, crisp, refreshing, hoppy.

Overall. Not a very balanced IPA but good enough to satisfy hop heads. Decent IPA

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Photo of Celtics17
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice grapefruit bitterness on the first sip, with some malt sweetness at the finish. There is some pine as well. Not my favorite IPA, but very drinkable.

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Photo of silverevo9
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice orange hue...Tastes really earthy and dank with decent head. Nice bitterness with a great exhale from the the finish. I like that. This is good...leaves a sticky flavor in your mouth with good esters and candy like smells up front. Obtained this bomber for 3.99 and very much worth it. A lot of quality here. Carbonation on the high side and not much to knock...Good brew.

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Photo of mudbug
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the freshness dated (Julian) (23 days old) CAN into a perfect pint glass results in a cloudy orange body topped by a solid inch head that recedes into a cap of foam that leaves sticky lacing as the level drops. Nice looking unfiltered IPA
Aroma is not subtle with strong citrus and pine dominating, you can smell this a foot away from the glass, Oh ya!
Taste is grapefruit rind bitter up front, some mid sweetness and ending with a long bittering piney aftertaste, perhaps just a tad too long of an aftertaste but still quite enjoyable
Slightly creamy, maybe a touch on the heavy side, not something you would want to pound a sixer of.
Overall this is a very enjoyable Pacific Northwest IPA That is well worth the price of admission. The CAN is also appreciated.

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Photo of stevoj
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Growler from Jacksons. At first taste, was bowled over by citrus hops, however that quickly turned into a somewhat metallic, astringent finish. Medium golden body with foamy head. Aroma is grapefruit, malt, yeast. Taste hits up front with hops, and finishes dry and tinny.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; medium gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: not very assertive; citrus, a little spice, a little pine;

T: earthy and floral for a moment, then pine kicks in quickly and stays through the finish; moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: really nice flavors; wish the aroma was more assertive;

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Photo of macpapi
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light copper color with a moderate-sized white head. Decent lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma is pretty crisp with strong citrus fruit notes and a bit of a piney finish.

Has a pretty nice malt backbone to go along with a pretty good hop presence. Strong bitter citrus pull at the back of the palate. There is also a nice piney aftertaste. A pretty flavorful and hop-filled taste.

Moderate carbonation with quite a bit of hop/citrus sting.

Overall, this is a pretty nice IPA. A strong hop presence combined with a decent malt backbone makes for a pretty balanced beer. Nothing earth shattering here, but this is a pretty well-crafted and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Harvest06
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale with nice head.
S: Citrus & pine.
T: Slight sweetness, bitter hop bite with a very dry finish.
M: Medium mouthful.
O: Exactly what I want in a dry hopped IPA

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Unfiltered. Hazy pale gold. Hope resin flavor comes on quick. Perfect carbonation. Goes down smooth with a crisp quick finish. Lingers pleasant hints of pine.

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Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a clear golden amber with a modest foam in the Affligem chalice. Floral scent and a light fruity flavor that reminds me of honeysuckle aroma.

Some resiny hops along with a sweet maltiness to start. Tangy and spritzy. Biscuity like a Pale Ale, but the expansive hop flavors take over. It's just not as bitter as many big hop brews. Piney and a little dank but there is a pleasant dry fruity and woody note. Pear skins and and an earthy finish. Plenty of bitterness for my taste.

This is a highly quaffable lighter stule of IPA. The milder, maltier finish adds to the drinkability but won't please acolytes of the bitter hop goddess. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Haggen's Market in Mount Vernon.

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Photo of SanCarlos
2.97/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

It really hits you with hop aroma and flavors, which seem a blend of citrus and floral, there's some piney astringency in the finish, but not until you get a nice dose of maltiness in the middle.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Can: Poured a pale yellow color ale with a nice thick pure white foamy head with good carbonation. Aroma of floral hoppy notes is quite sublime. Taste is also dominated by piney and citrusy hops with nice floral undertones and limited bitterness. Body is light with good carbonation. I really enjoyed the floral grassy notes of this IPA.

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Photo of yarnbomb
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Fresh from the growler, it's very impressive. This is one I'd have passed up if I saw it on shelves but now I'll have to rethink that... or get another growler.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Shared at a 10K review beer tasting; drank from a Hill Farmstead stemmed snifter.
Thanks to Lubiere (RB) for the bottle!

Pours straw in color with 1 finger of white head with a touch of lacing. A nice nose of floral hops with some spice, lemon and hints of caramel malt. On the palate, the toasted grains comes first followed by dry citrus (grapefruit), pine and some floral notes. It has medium body a nice amount of carbonation. Nice and tasty.

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Watershed IPA from Oakshire Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 353 ratings