Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by AwYeh:
1.85/5 rDev -47%
Thanks to Jesse13713 for sending me home with a bottle of this after a tasting session. Best by July 2012 and poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours a cloudy golden-copper color with tons of carbonation bubbles streaming through the beer, among a few pieces of sediment. Two fingers of frothy white head, which leaves behind considerable lacing. Looks like a thin beer as it moves around in the glass.
S: Very faint aroma. I pick up bits of a wheaty, biscuity malt backbone, which is complemented by hints of apricot. It isn't bad, but if I'm rating to style it's a bit below average for an American IPA.
T: A really odd mashup of flavors. The apricot is what really hits me first, followed by wheat and bread flavors– I'm not really enjoying the transition between the two, there's quite a clash going on. Pepper, pine hops, and non-descript herbal and grassy flavors add flavor on the finish. Aftertaste is of bitter apricot. I'm a fan of lots of the flavors here, but this combination just isn't working out. A faint metallic flavor began to show up in the aftertaste late in my glass.
M: Thin-medium body with extremely lively carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Very crisp. It feels like the beer is inflating in my mouth due to the extreme carbonation, which helps the tingly feeling of bitterness hang around on my tongue after the finish.
O: Throughout my glass, I downgraded the taste rating from 2.5 to 2 and finally to 1.5– my enjoyment of the beer just kept decreasing as I went through my pour, before it became difficult (but not impossible) to finish. I almost certainly would have enjoyed this one more if I wasn't thinking too heavily about it for the review. Not particularly recommended– there are much better IPAs out there. I'm willing to try it again if it shows up in a Sam Adams 12-pack and I'm interested to see if I appreciate it more next time. This could be an acquired taste (like the semi-similar Dogfish Head Aprihop has been for me).
06-30-2012 07:16:30 | More by AwYeh
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3.48/5 rDev -0.3%
Poured into a standard pint glass a tagerine color tinged hazy yellow with a nicely formed lacey 1/2 finger white head.Aromas were pretty light with some toasted wheat and lemony notes,I didn' get much grapefruit or pine like many others.Quite dry on the palate with sharp grapefruit rind and lemon pith,the flavors seem to fade with mild toasted wheat in the finish.Not a bad beer,good to drink while out grillin like today.
04-15-2012 21:05:41 | More by oberon
3.83/5 rDev +9.7%
A: A somewhat cloudy golden beer with a persistent, rocky, white head.
S: One of the hoppier smelling beer I've had from S.A. and very good smelling IPA in general. A moderately-strong citrus hops aroma with a fair amount of pineapple notes. There is a moderately-light wheat aroma and light fruity ester.
T: A strong citrus hops flavor with moderate hops bitterness dominate the flavor. Not far behind is some of the orange peel flavor and bitterness with a light bit of malt and wheat sweetness. The balance is moderately bitter with a fairly dry finish. The aftertaste is of a lingering hops and citrus peel bitterness.
M: A fluffy beer with a medium body and moderately-strong carbonation.
O: The mouthfeel and citrus peel let you know that despite the strong hop flavor lets you know this is not an IPA.
03-07-2013 00:25:37 | More by MadScientist
3.25/5 rDev -6.9%
LOOK: As per the bottle, a hazy brew. Dirty peach, massive creamy white foam head.
SMELL: Powdery spices, pine, citric peel, stone fruit.
TASTE: Medium bodied, crisp, apricot fruitiness, semi-sweet backbone, soft pine, grassy bitterness, citric, wheat husk, dry finish.
White IPAs are trendy at the moment, so this White (wheat) Ale meets India Pale Ale decides to distinguish itself from the rest by also adding apricots to the mix; spices too, but that's from the White Ale. Personally, the apricots and hops don't play together all that well. There's an odd flavor that forms as a result and takes away from the malt profile. Overall, not a bad beer, but it seems a bit too contrived in my opinion.
03-21-2012 19:39:24 | More by Todd
3.6/5 rDev +3.2%
12oz bottle. Pours a light hazy golden amber with a medium rocky head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet honey malts and some melon with some grassy hops.
The flavor is sweet wheaty malts, and some tropical fruits with a pretty big harsh bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, an pretty good IPA, one of the better beers from Sam Adams. I like the fruits but the flavors don't all really blend well together.
06-21-2012 23:24:50 | More by Beaver13
4.33/5 rDev +24.1%
Bought this at the local liquor store looking for something "light and refreshing" I have been on a heiferweizen kick as of late, just because its been so hot. This I have to say wasy pleasantly surprising. it is light quite hoppy but not in way where I found it too hoppy (being a guy who doesn't like IPA as much as some do.) It was exactly what I wanted. Its light its extremely drinkable , and goes good with any food I can think to pair it with.
Please try this if you can find it in your area.
08-04-2012 19:23:51 | More by Abaskin
3.68/5 rDev +5.4%
12 ounce bottle, with freshness info notching on the side of the label. Came as part of the hop a licious box set.
Pours clouded washed out pale apricot. Light tan, fine bubble head, stays at the 1/4 inch level and leaves decent strands and bits of lace.
Moderate grapefruit rinds, pine needles and sweet flowery hints picked up by the sniffer.
More dry grapefruit, light pine and fruity IPA goodness on the palate. Not picking up the advertised apricots. Tasty enough, but a bit lacking in density of flavor and bite of hop. Middle of the road mass produced IPA. Drinkable for sure, but not in the class of more intensly flavorful renditions of the style. Good newbie craft brew, perhaps something my BMC drinking kids might try and enjoy. Decent summery IPA
05-30-2012 01:33:51 | More by Billolick
3.53/5 rDev +1.1%
Appearance: One inch head, golden-brown in color, cloudy, high carbonation
Smell: light Belgian spice, big citrus and tangerine
Taste: orange, lemon, wheat--almost Orange Julius like, then a strong citrus hoppy end
Mouthfeel: moderate-high carbonation, light bodied, sweet candy like start with a bitter lasting middle
Overall: This is what you get if you take a clean witbier and add bitterness to the end in a big way. As my first white ipa, I find this refreshing, confusing, and different. I believe I would like this better if the two beer styles were a bit more intertwined--maybe a bit less sweetness in the beginning of the drink. I am not sure if I would get a six but would gladly have a couple. This one is good, but I think there are better beers in the hopology mix pack.
06-11-2012 14:25:50 | More by tigg924
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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