Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by AwYeh:
1.85/5 rDev -47%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5
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).
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2012 07:16:30 | More by AwYeh
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2.85/5 rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
appearance is golden, a bit cloudy. Looks as if there are slight debris floating in dense beer. The smell reminds me of some bad orange juice. Not too appeasing. At least the taste is strong as an IPA should be. Hints of citrus then immediately goes downhill. Old musty OJ is all I think.
I would not recommend to a friend bottom line.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 18:59:56 | More by Gabriel_Vaughn
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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