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

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Ratings: 1,883
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 15
Gots: 202 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jsh420 on 12-29-2011

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Photo of oberon
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of MadScientist
3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of Todd
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Abaskin
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
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

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a ton of pine and grapefruit notes. Overall, the beer smells very fruity. The flavor is mainly made up of pineapple and other tropical fruit, with some wheat and a little bit of biscuit malt. I also get a light to medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle from a Sam Adams mixed pack, picked up in Upstate New York.

Poured into a nonic. Light golden-orange, quite murky. Good sized head of white foam, lots of sticky lacing icicles. Fine looking brew, certainly on the paler end of the IPA spectrum.

Nose is tart resin and citrus hops, apricot.

A nice little IPA, certainly highly approachable. Resin hops and citrus as you take that first sip, but a pleasant sweetness follows with a good taste of apricot. Nice bitterness to the finish. Not the most complex or potent IPA in the mix, but certainly quite drinkable.

Light bodied, good carbonation. Puckery.

Solid IPA. Nothing too fancy, but certainly worth a go. I could drink several of these with reckless abandon.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Cloudy golden color, with about two fingers of white head.

Smell: Sweet smelling of citrus, like grapefruit.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium to light bodied, Bitter up front with a bitter sweet after taste.

Overall: This beer is ok. Not my first choice, but I would not turn it away. I would buy it again if it came in a variety pack.

Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into pint-like glass.

Appearance: Cloudy dark yellow with decent white cap and good lacing rings.

Smell: Grapefruit, orange peel, pine and toasted malts. Dry and slightly tart overall, but seems more like a standard low key IPA.

Taste: The taste is more interesting. Very citrusy, both from grapefruity hops and the orange peel, along with a touch of apricot. The malts are more in the background, and the wheat is not too obvious. The finish is somewhat bitter, with pine and coriander.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a medium, somewhat smooth and creamy body and a nice dry finish.

Overall: I had expected a Belgian IPA, and that is not really what this is. This is more of a typical IPA, but with some added subtleties. I like it, and this is easily the best new beer I have had from Sam Adams since Noble Pils. Maybe I shouldn't write off Jim Koch completely.

Photo of jondeelee
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whitewater IPA opens with a strong lemon zest aroma from the hops, tinged with faint touches of mint, grapefruit rind, and pine. Bready notes rest just below, including floury baguette and toast crust, which when combined with the strong lemony hops, lend the brew a lemon bread overtone. Small peaks of mandarin orange and apricot add a bit of sugary complexity. As a whole, the nose bears a good sampling of aromas, but the heavy emphasis on lemon is slightly too reminiscent of hard lemonade, and creates a sense of imbalance.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a blast of lemon zest, joined quickly by pink grapefruit and grapefruit rind, both of which do help to somewhat contain the lemon. Shades of pine and mint from the hops are also present, and the overall hop flavors make up the larger portion of the beer’s flavor profile. Yeasty baguettes and toast crust are present, as are touches of orange and apricot, but these are only found deep beneath the citrusy hops. The beer does have a good bit of hop bitterness, which when combined with the lemon and grapefruit notes, makes the beverage seem more like a citrus spritzer than a beer—an experience not helped by the weak breads and sugars. The aftertaste is a continuation of the citrus spritzer experience, with some breads and sugars remaining, and lingers in lemon and grapefruit bitterness on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, the beer is simply too heavily weighted towards citrus notes, and it’s difficult to drink it without being reminded of hard lemonade mixed with fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. A greater sampling of fruit esters, as well as breads, would have helped balance things out.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a tulip. Best before JULY 2014.

Pours out quite a hazy bright orange color. Big solid, rocky 2 fingers worth of white head. Great head retention and tons of lacing.

Fairly light aroma. Piney, slightly resinous. Some citrus peel and a bit of apricot.

Starts with a bit of pine and citrus hops which is followed by a tangy wheat grain/ cereal grain flavor. Finishes with quite a bit of citrus, perhaps citrus peel, not necessarily orange peel, more lemon. Some lingering hop bitterness. As it warms there's definatly an apricot flavor that comes in more

Light, slightly bitey carbonation, easy drinking.

On par with what I expected from a Sam Adams IPA, nothing really more to say.

Photo of MattyG85
4.09/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy yellowish orange with lots of rising bubbles and lots of sediment. Kind of weird for a fairly fresh beer. Big five fingers of white head with good retention and lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Wheat grains and pale malts with good hints of spicy coriander. Nice zesty aroma of fresh citrus pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, apricot, and orange peel. Also a pretty noticeable presence of pine resin giving a nice dank smell. Really nice hop presence here.

Taste: Upfront is a nice taste of wheat and pale malts with lots of coriander and some white pepper. Midway comes a big taste of ripe citrus fruit. Notes of orange peel, pineapple, lemon zest, grapefruit, and apricot. Also some earthy pine resin. Finishes pretty tart and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a higher level of carbonation. Fairly creamy, tangy, and prickly. Finishes pretty dry.

Overall: A pretty interesting and tasty beer. Very good mix of spices and hops.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came out kind of a dull and hazy dark gold. Had the blue moon look to it, differentiated from the Bitter Monk look which is a brighter almost orange like appearance and a much chunkier haze going on. Aroma was equal parts east coast ipa and witbier, which is to say witbier was the victor v. hops, but enjoyable enough, just would have liked to see the hops shine, but this is a Sam Adams beer after all, and hop liveliness ain't their cup of tea.

Taste, again, the witbier seems to have the upper hand. I guess this is going to be more palatable to people who like their beer not bitter or hoppy, a stepping stone to the regular ipa style maybe. Its still good, don't get me wrong. Having been blown away every time by Bitter Monk, all I kept hoping for was some bretty goodness out of this, but instead, it just delivered the wit part, fell below hopes for hops and well, there's no brett here (nor is their supposed to be).

Overall, a neat attempt at what many insiders say is the "next" big micro style to bubble up. I could see this being a good craft segue though for people who drink shocktop or blue moon, its definitely better than those beers, but I don't see myself buying this unless its in a variety pack like it was for this purchase. Nonetheless, at $1 a beer, I can easily recommend this beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful glazed golden apricot hue with a hazy dark orange center to the body with a bright white clouded rising bread dough head. Lacing is fine intricate and spread evenly, again great looking beer. Aromatics are caught up in the lemon/orange/grapefruit mix of the citrus spectrum, slightly spicy yeast notes coming all I'm really getting is the bitter orange pith with a hints of grapefruit juice. Flavor rolling hop bitterness very green upfront finishes like a spiced perfume clove party in your mouth, kind of a wild mix the next big hybrid. That nose makes you want to jump in big citric West Coast IPA style nose to it with somewhat of a letdown in the flavor with the overbearing spices shining a bit to hard in the finish. The yeast, clove bitterness actually fights with the hops these two elements end up clashing a leaving quite the trainwreck on the palate bitter orange pith is left behind with each sip and hints of did somebody just spray perfume in my mouth. Carbonation level was dead on nice airy visually dead on and the nose was amazing, just the flavor ruining the party of making this one to truly seek out. Go ahead try it there's more White IPA to come jump on the bandwagon kids, we don't have a say in the trends anymore.

Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a snifter

A: Cloudy orange-gold with about a finger of white head. The head is mostly short-lived, but leaves a partial top coat and ring, as well as a good bit of sticky lacing. A thin coat of sediment remained on the bottom of the bottle despite emptying the bottle.

S: A solid hop presence with a mix of earthy/herbal and citrusy hops, yet suggests something sweet. A clear orange note with wheat and hints of coriander.

T: Orange juice, piney hops, with light earthy, herbal and spice notes. Hints of salt and lemon too. A nice lingering orange/grapefruit aftertaste with moderate bitterness.

M - Good carbonation level; medium body; slightly dry and sour finish.

O: a pronounced orange bent in this hoppy but drinkable IPA.

Photo of OStrungT
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy floden yellow color, with a thick and fluffy white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a nice lace coating.

This beer has a nice citrusy hop aroma. I detect some lemon zest, and a slight apricot aroma.

This beer tastes like it smells. Citrus with a nice amount of pine mixing in.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. UIt is carbonated well. I get a citrusy flavor on the way down.

This beer would make a good session beer because it isnt too high in alcohol, and the flavor is mild.

Overall: This is a nice, non aggrressive IPA. A good choice for a hot summer day doing yard work, or relaxing at the beach.

Photo of mugsup
4.19/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Liked it a lot. Better than Latitude 48 IPA. Not as good as Double agent IPL.

Photo of gregb13
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying this for the first time tonight out of the "Brewer's Choice" 12-pack. Whitewater IPA looks very nice in the glass, with a thin, sticky head comprised of tight white bubbles. Smell is all apricot and hops. Taste follows the nose. I do not get much of the white beer qualities; the apricot really dominates the palate, but in a good way.

This tastes similar to Magic Hat #9, just hoppier with a touch more apricot. It is a very good offering from Sam Adams.

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, procured at the local grocery concern in Keauhou, Hawai'i.

This beer pours a hazy pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of foamy, rocky off-white head, which leaves a wall of macabre webbed lace around the glass as it subsides at an even pace.

It smells of citrus rind, pine resin, and mild herbal hop esters, some mild sour apricot fruitiness, and a soft grainy, wheaty breadiness. The taste is a bigger showcase for the apricot adjunct, as the fruitiness leads here, with the citrus and pine usual suspects shunted to the background, though the herbal ones don't have that same problem. The malt gains some caramel notes above the steady grainy wheatiness.

The carbonation is pretty average, the body a decent medium weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes hoppy, but in the pithy fruity way, not so much in the bitter, though some leafy essence of that sort lingers and loiters.

A so-so IPA, the ascension of the fruit at the expense of the zingy bitterness the primary culprit, IMHO. Ok for couple, I suppose, but I'd want something more bold thereafter, should I still be craving a Yankee IPA.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very hazy golden color with a large white, foamy head that has some nice retention. Random lines of lacing form all around the glass.

S: Some light grapefruit and a little apricot, very light though. Some non-descript citrus/tropical fruit with a hint of grass and a little bit of caramel.

T: Similar to the aroma, some citrus and I suppose a little apricot, but it is rather hard to discern. There is some wheat and very light bitterness. Slightly resiny finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking with a slightly bittersweet finish.

O: A decent IPA. Would have liked the fruit to a little more forward to make it stand out a bit, but overall not bad.

Photo of tastybeer
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive looking brew... This looks just like a Wit IPA. Bright, glowing, evenly hazy, tangerine-gold colored beer under a bright white head. Head is about two fingers high and fairly quickly turns to an 1/8" layer. Lace is spotty. Aroma comes together well. Sweet bread dough malt, orange, apple, cardamon, light pine woodiness, decomposing leaves, tart lemon, and a touch of black pepper. Taste is darker and danker. More pine, dryly bitter, and full of prickly carbonation. Wheat tanginess, lemon, orange, and wet forest. Resinous texture, medium body, both slick and dry. Fairly easy drinking even with the bitter tangy punch.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a light, hazy blonde. A fine amount of lacing.

Smell - A decent amount of grapefruit, peach and/or apricot. The smell promises a light, unique IPA.

Taste - Peachy, with a light grapefruit that follows through to the finish. This isn't your typical IPA, and I'm fine with that. There's enough of that classic citrus hoppiness to classify it as such.

Mouthfeel - Light, with a good amount of carbonation which tingles the lips.

Overall - By far the best of the brand new 3 Sam Adams beers (found in the Brewmasters variety pack). For anyone intimidated by overtly hoppy beers, this one would be a great start as an introduction into the world of IPA's. This one is unique. I like unique... when it works.

Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle best before October 2012. Served cold into a pint glass.

Whitewater is a hazy straw yellow color with thick white head. It settles slowly, turning rocky, and leaving some great lacing behind.

Aroma is fresh and hoppy with sweet floral and citrus elements.

Flavor is bitter but not overpowering. It has the same lemon citrus as the nose but with added grapefruit and grass.

Mouthfeel is light in body and crisp on the tongue. Nicely carbonated and well balanced for an IPA.

Overall a good white IPA. Not as good as some of the bolder hop-forward beers but a nice lighter version of the style.

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