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

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPASamuel Adams Whitewater IPA

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1,538 Ratings

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Ratings: 1538
Reviews: 403
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.71%

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:
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(Beer added by: jsh420 on 12-29-2011)
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Photo of Omnium


4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap
A - Pours a hazy honey color, big two finger marshmallow kinda head, big thick lacing.
S - Wheat, Pine some citrus peel , belgian yeast, a little clover and pepper. Apricot and grapefruit are huge here, as well as some fresh cut grass.
T - This is a great mix of white and ipa flavors. Some nice spice and belgian yeast, that hits with some dried fruit, some apricot, and a good pine finish.
M - Clean and crisp, palatable bitterness, well carbonated, a somewhat creamy texture.
O - This is one of the better beers BBC has brewed, and is an excellent example of the represented style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2013 22:54:38 | More by Omnium
Photo of vette2006c5r


3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whitewater IPA pours a hazy golden color, with a nice lacing head. There is a sweet furity aroma, with a malty backbone. The taste has hidden bits of floral hops, but is well balanced and hints of apricot come through. Nice full flavors, and drinkable. Overall a nice sweeter and fruitier IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2013 04:39:21 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Atlanta Airport at the Samuel Adams Bar. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Cloudy straw yellow. 1/2 finger head quickly dissipates to a thin layer that remains throughout the glass. Good lacing.

A - A floral, fruity bouquet.

T - Grapefruit, bitter in the finish.

MF- Sharp, dry, refreshing.

O- Thought it was a wheat when it arrived in front me at the bar. Like maybe the bartender poured from the wrong tap. , Quaffable. Nice IPA for an airport.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2013 21:12:44 | More by Sludgeman
Photo of Gatch


4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, golden-yellow with a big, frothy, white head.

S: Citrus notes with hints of pine and some malt. Very enjoyable nose.

T: I was pleasantly surprised by the first sip. Big rush of fresh, citrusy, woody hops balanced by a good dose of malt in the finish.

M: The hops are fresh and full of flavor. Oils and resin tend to become cloying after a while. Very dry and bitter.

O: I thought this beer was pretty stellar. SA may not have the best beer in the world but because of their size, I feel they received some unwarranted hatred from BA's. It's like their scores start at a "4" instead of a "5." Recommended!

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2012 00:25:12 | More by Gatch
Photo of SometimesIfart


4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden-orange with a very thin white head. Leaves good lacing.

S - Citrus, medium pine, medium grapefruit.

T - Strong pine, slight citrus, sweet caramel, medium grapefruit. Very nice flavor.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Overall this was a very solid IPA that I would definitely have again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2012 21:22:13 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: Hazy pale gold with orange highlights. Frothy full finger white head.

S: Fresh juicy oranges, lemon zest, pine, pale maltiness with a touch of toast.

T/M: Spicy hops, grapefruits, melon, orange oil, lemon zest, pine sol. Spicy aggressive carbonation in a crisp body. Finish is dry and lingers juicy fruits and pine needles.

O: One good thing came out of my delayed flight at the Atlanta airport. I got to check mouth the Sam Adams bar and try this juicy and crisp IPA. The taste is sweet and complements the citrus an pine bitterness wonderfully. I will definitely be drinking this again. Especially on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2012 02:49:59 | More by Hopswagger
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a tumbler pint glass at the Whiskey Priest in Boston, Mass.

A: Poured a very hazy, cloudy golden yellow color with a frothy, two-finger head of white foam that left some sudsy lace that gripped the glass weakly.

S: Coriander, citrus fruits, spicy & herbal hop aromas rise with mild fruity esters, creating a bitter and almost tart smelling citrusy ale.

T: Fairly thin and grainy up front, the chewy wheat malts and some lactose creep onto the palate before leveling out with a spicy hop and orange rind flavor. The hops settle in quickly and leave some citrusy grapefruit and lemongrass flavors on the palate with some bitter rind to chew on in the finish.

M: Medium bodied ale with some chewiness from the residual yeast and grain. Spicy and mild at times with a grainy and resinous kick.

D: As a hybrid white IPA, this 5.8% ABV brew doesn't really intrigue all that much. The citrus flavors are muted by some agressive hopping which actually doesn't hold up that well in the grainy bitterness of this IPA. Not all that bad but I feel the nuances of the sit didn't shine through this otherwise mediocre IPA all that well.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2012 05:11:00 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of RyanGoodman


4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Doyle's down the street from the brewery.

Appearance is the straw-like color of the 2 row malt. Smells of whole cone hops, I could have enjoyed that all day. Flavor follows the scent. Bitterness throughout, and sharply at the end of sip. Mouthfeel is poppy and very nice for style. I really enjoyed this beer, and will enjoy again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2012 03:17:08 | More by RyanGoodman
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA

Pours a pale golden color, soapy white froth gives way to an impressive display of lace. Aroma is also quite good and full of floral, citrus, and pine notes, with some sweet bready malts. In the taste, solid oily hop flavor, some spicy notes, grapefruit and pine too. Has a little spice twang to it, which is present in many Samuel Adams beers. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat crisp. Overall, this is a very worthy IPA from Boston Beer Company. Always welcome in my fridge.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 07:34:00 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light herbal hop.

The taste was a bit coarse with a soapy hop and grainy malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a decent IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 03:33:45 | More by plaid75
Photo of shacawgo24


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
Photo of Ohiolager


3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adam's Whitewater IPA 6pk bottles $9.99(OH)

12 oz brown bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. freshness date marked as a notch. i prefer a printed date.

pours a hazy golden almost light orange color. put some air between the bottle and your glass. leaves a three finger thick peach white head that lingers for a while. looks like cream in my cup. leaving spider web lacing all around the bulb of my glass. very appealing appearance. the head stays around at one finger, thicker and higher towards the center of the glass.

smells like an IPA but toned down a tad with the wheat. i smell citrus fruits, like grapefruit. hoppy. wheaty-piney hints. smells good.

it tastes good. the taste mirrors the smell. as most IPA's do. starts hoppy and fruity with a malty wheat backbone. ends bitter and dry like an IPA should.

mouth feel is so so. fairly light bodied for an IPA but than again it is only 5.8%ABV. i don't have any complaints. good carbonation. however nothing real special here.

overall good brew. not a real good IPA. Rebel is much better. but this is a hybrid IPA. wheat being added. the appearance is great. amazing head and lacing, cloudy due to the wheat. the smell is that of an IPA. the taste is good but nothing real special. same with mouth feel. i would buy this again due to it being a hybrid IPA. but for IPA's i will stick to what i know and love.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 05:12:05 | More by Ohiolager
Photo of Caveworm


3.19/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA is my second ever IPA. I hope this goes better than my initial experience with a brew I will not mention as to not slam it. As it pours from the bottle into a stein, I see a beautifully rich off-white head with wonderful lacing properties.

Smell is pine and citrus, what I'd expect. Nothing explosive here, just the right amount. Great job done here to the brewers.

Tastes like grapefruit while still having the apricot chime in that was mentioned on the label. The bitterness does its job for this IPA, but it doesn't push my limits like my first one. This is enough to get the job done without making it hard to exhale, another plus. Also, I can truly feel the hop oils in my mouth that IPA fans speak of.

Mouthfeel is lighter but with a dash of pleasant creaminess. I really like that.

Overall, I give my 2nd ever IPA a 3.5 since it was much better than my first , but not a life-changer either. Might I note that the creamy, bubbly head remains the entire time with ladders also gracing the inner glass.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 03:06:30 | More by Caveworm
Photo of Ozzylizard


3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by Aug 2014 at 40 degrees into Imperial pint
Aroma nicely citrus with some pine
Head large (7 cm), white, creamy, slowly diminishing to a 2 cm layer with valleys
Lacing good, many large chunks with tiny to small bubbles
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor begins with a hint of apricot but quickly subsides leaving a bitter chalky aftertaste; no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, carbonation soft

A not very special wheat-based IPA: aroma and appearance help to overcome an abysmal taste to bring up the overall rating.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 13:50:00 | More by Ozzylizard
Photo of arizcards


3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single in early February from Fry's as part of a mixed sixer for $1.50. Best by June 2014.

Beer poured cloudy orange with a frothy white head that is hanging around.

Nose has hints of citrus.

Taste is grapefruit and pine forward which overcome the modest wheat base.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth for the style.

Overall this is a pretty good smaller ipa, definitely give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 00:57:51 | More by arizcards
Photo of carlborch


3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber gold with a 2-inch creamy off-white head. The head settled rapidly to an 1/8 inch. Looks like a wheat-ale but the nose has a strong hop presence. Some suggestion of citrus and apricot does break through the hop. Medium-light body with significant bitter hops on the palate. The palate suggests neither IPA nor Witbier. My palate is confused, but that may be the intent. It is very short with only a very slight lingering of sweet malt. Very nice Belgian lace does form.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 20:47:22 | More by carlborch
Photo of MarkQ617


3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this poured out of the bottle into a pint glass, my twelfth beer from Sam. Pretty good times, a milder, crisp IPA for spring. Lighter brownish-yellow color. Not as hoppy as most IPAs, as one would expect from the aroma and color. Very hazy in its appearance, different.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 02:39:59 | More by MarkQ617
Photo of Retroman40


3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired as part of a "Spring Brews" assortment.

A - Hazy straw color with a rich head and great lacing.

S - A burst of pine with some citrus and malt.

T - Pine start with a sweet malt finish.

M - A little on the thin side but acceptable.

O - A decent enough IPA - I drank it at "garage" temperature (58F) and it really allowed the flavors to come out.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 21:56:42 | More by Retroman40
Photo of scotorum


4.01/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best before June 2014.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass.

a: Hazy gold with a two inch tall white head which receded slowly to rocky surface foam

s; Moderate citrus and pine

t: Grapefruit bitterness up front over medium malt/wheat? base. Bitterness lingers all over the mouth.

m: Medium, fine body.

o: A lot of bitterness in this, like sucking a grapefruit. It does mellow out and becomes a good sipper. But a bitter aftertaste lingers even after the last swallow. Most hopheads should be pleased with the near DIPA-level bitterness, especially at the pricepoint.

PS: I am no longer a fan of Sam Adams generally due to their pushing the wrong politics, but this brew, a gift from my IPA-hating daughter, I must admit is outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 19:04:20 | More by scotorum
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 19:59:26 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of kcrosson492


3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Much like many people who rated this beer I purchased it in a variety pack. I was pretty excited with this beer and pulled it out first. Unfortunately, disappointment set it after the second sip.

A-Pours a light yellow that turns into a bronze color. Weak white, foamy head that quickly disappears.

S-The smell is fruity and quite pleasant.

T-The taste is okay initially but quickly fades just like the head did. I rate off of the first couple sips or else this would be substantially lower.

M-Weak and empty.

O-It would not be a beer I would purchase again but have another to get down in the variety pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 02:23:51 | More by kcrosson492
Photo of mrpoizun

South Dakota

2.05/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Came in a twelve pack (bottles) of seasonal varieties. This beer has ittle discernible bitterness or hops taste with a strong grapefruit aftertaste. This is supposed to be an IPA? We all know citrus doesn't go with beer, right? Very unpleasant. Sam Adams seems to be dumbing down their beer for those with more plebeian tastes, but I don't know who the target audience is for this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 19:39:20 | More by mrpoizun
Photo of Boca-X


3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Deep golden cloudy orange. Nice white head, thick sticky lace throughout the entire beer.

Pine and hops on the nose and just like the bottle says "apricots"...actually a pretty heavy apricot perfume, interesting.

A hit of bitter hops up front followed by apricots and orange zest. A hint of sweetness (the orange). Even carbonation, nice balance. Dry, bitter, hoppy finish over runs the sweet character of this beer finishing more like a sour grapefruit...bitterness hangs on the tongue long after you've finished your swallow.

All in all a pretty solid IPA, easy to drink, nicely balanced between the hoppy bitters and the fruit in the middle and nose. Maybe just a little to "dry" on the finish? I'm a fan of SA IPAs and this one isn't their best but still a nice beer in their line up/style.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 20:40:19 | More by Boca-X
Photo of Ohmmygawd


3.19/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Snow Day! I got called off work and wanted a beer. So I stamped up to the local beer store and got a Sam Adams sampler pack.

A- Hazy amber with a very foamy head. Whitewater is a fitting name because it doesn't produce a flat head like a normal beer should. Very interesting.

S- Wheaty with a slight hint of apricot.

T- Bitter front with a slight apricot following and a bitter finish.

M- Smooth and creamy. Leaves a bitter taste on the tongue.

O- Interesting beer, I think the head is worth seeing. The wheat and apricot tastes are hidden amongst a creamy texture and bitter

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 21:54:18 | More by Ohmmygawd
Photo of lochef81


3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Number 2 of the beers in Sam Adams Hop Tour. This ale pours a hazy orange amber hue with a thick but short lasting stark white head. Thus gives way to a thin white foam and nice lacing. The nose on this ale is very bitter. Lots of hops both piney and citrus in note. Followed by a fresh aroma of apricots and peppery spices. The taste follows suit but with the apricots both on the lead of the beer and then more present on the finish. Im not a fan fruit in my beer but this on us subtle and balanced enough to be very enjoyable. This is a very drinkable and refreshing offering from a solid brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 06:00:33 | More by lochef81
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Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 1,538 ratings.