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Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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1,785 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,785
Reviews: 422
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 124 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jsh420 on 12-29-2011)
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Reviews by Damian:
Photo of Damian
4.63/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Best before month notched: FEB 13
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to my friend James for saving this bottle for me.

With a careful pour, the beer was a hazy yellow ochre. Some large particles gathered in the bottom of the glass. I later swirled the remaining yeast in the bottle and poured this as well. The resulting liquid was substantially more cloudy and the body was re-capped by an amazingly tight, billowing, two-finger crop of fluffy foam. Outstanding retention. Multiple rings of tight, beaded lacing coated the entire glass.

The nose was amazingly fragrant. Fresh, pureed apricot notes jumped out of the glass. Sweet and vibrant. Lots of coriander and clove. Strong notes of orange peel. Slightly wheaty and tart. There were absolutely no IPA-like characteristics, but with so many other great things going on, I did not miss the hops.

The flavor profile was fantastic as well. Super smooth, easy drinking and refreshing. Again, notes of fresh apricot dominated. Perhaps some peach as well. Fruity and rather sweet on the front end. Wheaty and tart in center. Good dose of clove and orange peel. Touch of lemon. The beer turned much more IPA-like on the back end. There was a mix of fruity, citrusy hops and some earthy, bittering hops. Strong orange and grapefruit peel notes. Nice overall balance. I really liked how the beer transitioned from start to finish.

The mouthfeel was creamy, smooth and pillowy soft. Supple and frothy on the palate. The liquid contained a very fine, above average amount of carbonation.

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA really surprised me. Apparently a hybrid of three beer styles (an IPA, an American wheat ale and a fruit beer), it had a remarkably interesting and enjoyable flavor profile. Try this with an open mind (do not think of it as a typical IPA) and I bet you will really enjoy it too.

Damian, Dec 09, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

oberon, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of MadScientist
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

MadScientist, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of npala86
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

npala86, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of dmheinz57
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

dmheinz57, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of markallmon
4/5  rDev +14.9%

markallmon, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of jonny1138
1/5  rDev -71.3%

jonny1138, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

csmartin6, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Lazaro
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Lazaro, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of WuAnquo1
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

WuAnquo1, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Todd
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Todd, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of 40451
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

40451, May 19, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Beaver13, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of Abaskin
4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Abaskin, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of Kurt1326_
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Kurt1326_, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

TimoP, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of JoeD15
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

JoeD15, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of SAxDRC5
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

SAxDRC5, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of Nversobr
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Nversobr, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Doomcifer, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of lionnusmb
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

lionnusmb, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Billolick, May 30, 2012
Photo of mctizzz
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

mctizzz, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

tigg924, Jun 11, 2012
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Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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