Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by SkeeterHawk:
3.68/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
I picked this beer up as part of a Brewmasters Select pack from the Cutten and 1960 Spec's. Let's see what this one has to offer.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow orange color with a small off white head that was only about 1/8" high after a pretty aggressive pour. The head faded to a small ring within about 30 seconds. There was already some pretty decent lace left just from the pour.
Aroma: The aroma was definitely IPA if not DIPA in that it had a pretty oily hop presence like that you find in DFH 90...but not the complexity in the hops...just that it is oily. Lots of citrus fruit in here with grapefruit and a mild tangerine being the most prominent, but there is a bit of an odd floral thing going on in the aroma as well.
Taste: The flavor is very hoppy with only a mild toasty note and some even milder sweet caramel notes coming out from the hops. Otherwise the citrus is the hey player. The hops are in charge of the finish as well, so the bittering is the main thing going on. A little bit of the oily resin feeling is left on the back of the throat after the sip,and I think that this proves that there was some pretty mild water that went into this beer. The carbonation is adequate to maybe a little low, but it is definitely a player giving you even a touch more dryness in the finish.
Opinion: Well,this is a bit like a DIPA-light if there was such a thing that wasn't an IPA. It has more of the character of the DIPA in the hop department, but is "light in the britches" for an IPA...so this big hop thing gets a bit muddled in this beer. It's a decent beer if you are a hop-head, and definitely one of the hoppier ones to come from the BBC. If you love hops, don't miss it while it is here. If you are a malt-guy like myself...it may be good to try this sometime if it is convenient as it isn't a bad beer at all.
Serving type: bottle
02-03-2012 23:06:54 | More by SkeeterHawk
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2.98/5 rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
12 oz bottle poured into A lager glass.
A - Hazy yellow-gold. Two inch white head that keeps retention throughout. Nice lacing.
S - Citrus and pine.
T - Slightly sweet fruit and malt ends in an unpleasant bitterness. Almost like ashes.
M - Medium/full
O - This is how it was after five minutes. The first few sips were tremendously hoppy. Let it sit a few minutes to savor it fully. Didn't care for the bitter aftertaste.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 06:22:25 | More by joe12pk
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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