Watershed IPA | Oakshire Brewing

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Watershed IPAWatershed IPA

Brewed by:
Oakshire Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Presenting hop aroma and flavor of fresh grapefruit and resinous pine, Watershed IPA strikes a balance between bitter and sweet, finishing crisp and clean.

Added by RedDiamond on 07-20-2008

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Ratings: 349 |  Reviews: 112
Reviews by jsanmarco:
Photo of jsanmarco
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of kingmaxwell
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pine wisdom thorough
back of throat hop lingering
sweet aromatic.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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 HOITINK
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of DamDweller
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of Todd
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Beaver13
2.36/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. Pours clear straw gold with a small frothy white head that goes to a thin film and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued - stinky and metallic hops.

The flavor is subdued - some resiny hops that have decent bitterness. The mouthfeel is light bodied and kind of watery.

Overall, I liked this better on tap. The can is watery and subdued with not a lot of flavor.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of virinow
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of skivtjerry
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can purchased in Waterbury, VT. Served in a Unibroue snifter.

A: Hazy orange color with a sticky medium head... the classic look.

S: Earthy, herbal and citrusy hops with a touch of pine, some crystal malt. A little alcohol as it warms. Aroma is subdued for the style.

T: Grassy, herbal piney hops and sweet malt. Hop flavor is a little weak for the style and the firm hop bitterness just reinforces the relative lack of flavor.

M: Medium carbonation and body. A hint of alcohol. Clean bitter finish.

O: Not bad but nothing special. Could definitely use more flavor and aroma hopping, and maybe a smidgen less crystal malt. This reminds me of the dreaded 'east coast IPA' of 15 years ago, back when there actually was a difference. It's nice to have a decent IPA in cans and I might drink quite a bit of this outdoors if I was local. Given the 3000 mile trip it must take to me and the associated price premium, plus the abundance of good canned IPA's in New England, I probably won't be buying a lot of this but I'm glad for the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Copper and orange colored pour, good near 1" head on it, predominantly white in color, small bubbles. Very bitter aroma, but not dropping a lot of citrus, pine or tropical fruit notes to it. Just bitter. Sweet malt.

Taste, very bitter, but again, easily establishes itself as something far from an elite level ipa. All bitterness, little flavor. Tweekers are looking at this wondering how much copper wire they can strip out of it. Lots of sticky caramel malt to it, thankfully, not heavy, but not really working with the high bitterness that lacked any decent amount of dry hopping, or at least never used any aroma or proprietary hops. They went old school with C hops I suspect, which can make a damn good ipa, but it needs a kick up on the mouthfeel, taste and aroma.

Found this one to be way too bitter and astringent without supplying much in the way of taste. Too many superior options out there.

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Photo of JustinTauscher
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of WaydeRafnel
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of RDW
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mudbug
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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 brother_rebus
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
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 GilGarp
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can served cold into a shaker pint glass.

Watershed IPA is a pale golden color with surprisingly good clarity for the style. It has about an inch of head and settles fairly fast. Some lacing is left behind.

Aroma is pleasantly fresh and hoppy with a nice blend of pacific nw hops and the citrusy west coast varieties.

Flavor is bitter but well judged for an IPA. Malts are there to support the hops with just enough sweetness. Hops provide fresh orange zest and pine notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated with good IPA balance.

Overall a very solid version of the style. Not sure why it doesn't get the love on BA.

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Photo of distantmantra
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of frozen-1984
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First beer from this brewery. It is very drinkable but nothing to seek out . Won't buy again. Like to try others from them for comparison

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Photo of hreb
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
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 ElGordo
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Watershed IPA from Oakshire Brewing
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 349 ratings