Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Oakshire Watershed IPA

Type: IPA
Origin: Eugene, Oregon
Price: Was in variety 6-pack for $8.99
ABV: 6.7%

The past two weeks at Chucks85th I have decided to toss in a mystery 6-pack just for funzies. The first week there were 4 beers I already had and 2 new ones (one a cider which I let the wifey have, the other this monstrosity). This week its 5 new ones and a  Ballast Calico Amber. I decided to pop this one first because I haven't even heard of the brewery, most likely due to their completely boring can design. It seriously looks like a Miller High Life and is slightly reminiscent of the new Pelican's jerseys. I actually took a picture of the 'interesting' side; the other side is white lettering on light gold. Chris reviewed this about a year and a half ago and noted a spoiled flavor, which I get none. Probably due to the can.

Fortunately for me, Oakshire decided to spend all of their time on the beer because this is damn refreshing. The nose on this is beautiful: a mix of pine and grapefruit, completely overpowering, but in a good way. The taste is a bit more subdued. The pine and grapefruit are there, but it seems rather light and thin. This is not the greatest IPA, but it definitely fills a hole in the sessionable IPA category (even given the 6.7%). Thank you mystery six pack, for if it was not for you, I still wouldn't know this brewery exists.

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