Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by Damian:
4.63/5 rDev +32.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-09-2012 07:03:29 | More by Damian
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3.76/5 rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle from the Hopology Mix 24 pack. Pours a cloudy burnt orange color with a half inch of head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is light orange and grapefruit with some bready malts. Not a huge nose. The taste is apricots and orange at first followed by light grapefruit and some toasted malts. Bready near the end with a grapefruit finish. Hints of banana. Mouthfeel is a tiny bit on the heavier side for the normal Sam Adams line up, but not much. Overall, pretty decent brew I may buy a six pack of when summer hits.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2014 01:54:42 | More by PicoPapa
4.23/5 rDev +20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A-Dirty orange body with great gradation scale of color. One-to-two fingers of creamy white head. Light lacing is spotty and falls in a cascading fashion.
S-Hops. Mandarin. Tangerine. Peach. Orange. Pine. Dank. Caramel malt wafts. Could be more aromatic. A bit musty smelling. But fruits and pine make smell the stand-out trait.
T-Mandarin orange. Fresh bitter hops are piney. Light grapefruit. White bread. A lot of pine that's a plus. But evident malt, (not sunken and hidden) should be here. Also benefitting would be fruits that are strong and on-par like the smells' fruits are.
M-Medium body. Fluid and creamy both. Medium-low carbonation. Typical sweet/sours of citrus start the sip, a sweet bready middle leads to a smooth pine finish that leaves a numb peppery hop bite. A medicinal crushed pill bitter is the after-feel.
O-Not getting the witbier taste here. The obvious orange in witbier is tasted but no coriander and wheat. Whitewater IPA is essentially an orange fruit, (orange, tangerine, mandarin, apricot, etc.) IPA in my book. A decent good beer I'd buy in a Sam Seasonal Box or Hopology Mixed Six Pack, not sure if a whole sixer though. More tastes will determine.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2014 10:28:37 | More by shacawgo24
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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