Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Watershed IPA | Oakshire Brewing

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Watershed IPAWatershed IPA
BA SCORE
3.78/5
Very Good
342 Ratings
Watershed IPAWatershed IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oakshire Brewing
Oregon, United States
oakbrew.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by RedDiamond on 07-20-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,199
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
342
pDev:
11.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
45
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 342 |  Reviews: 112
Photo of ejane
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of Jameswoody
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of ThroaTHiT
4.74/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

 185 characters

Photo of Naugled
4.69/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A very drinkable and aromatic IPA, well made, I wish we had it locally so I can have more

89 characters

Photo of cjb215
4.68/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent IPA!

14 characters

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.

 158 characters

Photo of emberain
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
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!!!

 447 characters

Photo of OregonGrown7
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of calmond72
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Samuel906
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of hoptitsbrews
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of TheFlern
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of GeoChase90
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of portlandmonk
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastically fuzzy apricot with orange juice along the edges of the glass. The beer looks wonderful... and the expansive crown of lightly toasted marshmallow colored creaminess up top looks even better. Abundant lace is an added bonus.

The nose is everything that an American IPA nose should be. There's very little maltiness and there's a whole lotta hoppiness. Although the hop bill is unpublished, Cascade has to be one of its members. Specifics include tropical fruit (grapefruit and lemon), along with a gentle ganja-like vibe. Very nice.

Oakshire Brewing's Watershed IPA is the real deal. Hopheads will be mighty pleased with the aggressive hoppiness that tastes and feels like every one of the 75 IBUs are present and accounted for. That said, it isn't a complete hop bomb. The majority pale and minority toasted malts provide just the right amount of flavor (not much) and sweetness (also not much). Humulus lupulus are the stars of this show.

Hop-derived flavors include juicy pink grapefruit, orange, lemon and illegal herb. Gotta be Cascade. The mouthfeel is spot-on for the style and the ABV. It's also a perfect trade-off between medium-full smooth creaminess and alpha acid edginess. This beer oozes quality.

Watershed IPA zeros in on every one of my American IPA preferences like a laser-guided missile. This is fantastic beer that I'd love to drink again and again. Prediction: Oakshire's watershed moment as a brewery was when they decided to hire Matt Van Wyk as their brewer.

 1,499 characters

Photo of BierJager89
4.49/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque orange with a white head.

S: Lots of orange, sweet mango and tangerine in the nose.

T: Starts off with a touch of orange, then orange peel, pine, then sweet nectary tangerine and mango in the finish.

M: Medium bodied and smooth for an IPA.

O: A really good IPA. Definitely recommended.

 307 characters

Photo of bitterthebetter
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

 1,726 characters

Photo of Harvest06
4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
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

 166 characters

Photo of Hendry
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my friend Mike for bringing a selection of bombers to our tasting: I finally made my way to reviewing Watershed IPA.

Cloudy orange-copper pour with a one finger soapy white head,lots of sticky lacing in the Lawson's tulip glass.

Piney hops with some orange and grapefruit tones,hop forward with a slight malt sweetness detected.

Taste is a mirror of the aroma with loads of citrus/pine on the palate, a lingering bitterness at the back.Very slight malt sweetness to balance the hops out, nicely balanced.

Light side of medium mouthfeel, crisp dry finish, brisk carbonation.

Solid example of the style, Watershed is nicely hopped with present but low lying malts. The orange/grapefruit vibe is there, and it is a smooth drinking enjoyable IPA that is recommended.
So far, my favorite Oregon IPA.

 810 characters

Photo of Immortale25
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Random 12 oz. received from a trade. Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No readable freshness date but the sticker on the can put there by the store where purchased says 3/13/2013.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a full two fingers worth of head that retains for a super long time, almost too long, before finally creeping down to a 1/4 inch head with a protruding bump of foam in the center. A chaotic trail of spackled lacing is left behind on the glass. This is exactly how I like my IPAs to look.

S- Grassy, almost metallic aroma of hops that's also slightly musty and sweet.

M- The flavor expands upon the sweetness found in the aroma with a nice caramel malt showing itself pressed up against the mild hop bitterness. It's actually quite complex as it displays both earthy and citric hop characteristics as well as some bready, sugary malt. Also highly drinkable for the ABV (the can says 6.7, BA says 7.1).

M- Very balanced with a slight hop bite, hint of oiliness, moderate body and medium carbonation.

O- Great stuff. It's nice to try a beer from a brewery that's completely foreign to you and be impressed.

 1,128 characters

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

 648 characters

Photo of Kegatron
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

 1,784 characters

Photo of AshleyKing
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

OK, here is a new beer in the poor but getting better Alaskan beer selection. Hadn't seen it so I must try.

Nice clear, light amber with nice head. Pity most of the hops fade once they get up here. Not this one: good hop on the nose immediately, and very clear pine on the aroma side with the fading citrus on the bittering side.

Thanks for the hops. Sometimes lower 48 IPAs are just past the aroma gifts by the time we get em.

 431 characters

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.

 512 characters

Photo of HopEnforcer
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

 554 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Watershed IPA from Oakshire Brewing
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 342 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.