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

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BA SCORE
79
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1,785 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle from Premier Gourmet. Some hoppy aroma. Significant apricot finish that diffuses the hop bite. Cloudy yellow with lots of foam and lace. Smooth mouthfeel, decent drinkability. Tasty, not an off note but something different and worth the experiment. Significant IBU.

Sammy, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 2/2013.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Small particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, herbal hops, yeast, and a slight nail polish remover aroma. Taste is much the same with a slight fruitiness on the finish. There is a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and a somewhat medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the nail polish remover scent gives this beer a slightly harsh aroma.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -21%

djrn2, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -13.8%

zestar, May 21, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

spycow, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -13.8%

acurtis, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

nmann08, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head consistently covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrus hops in the nose—grapefruit and oranges seem to stand out in particular.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of grapefruit flavors and a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is packed with lots of citrusy hops but is also very easy to drink for the style.

metter98, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Texasfan549, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's the best fruited IPA to come along since... Dogfish Aprihop. Where, here, the appricot flavor is a complimentary note, the moderate IPA hoppy aromatics, taste, and dryness are hallmarks of the style.

Whitewater IPA opens wiht a hazy golden hue that looks much heavier than it acually is. A creamy and sticky head forms and retains very well while leaving islands of pockets of lace behind. This beer fits the IPA appearance very well.

The pulp of white and red grapefruit is very evident in scent. With that backdrop of thin caramel, the aromas set up with a dominant hop profile of citrus, pine, and freshly cut grasses. A non-descript tropical scent can only be attributed to the apricots, but largely become an afterthought.

Taste reveals much the same: early sweetness of caramel malts, appricots, and citrusy sweetness is quickly surplanted with the quick turn toward citrusy bitterness, piney dryness, and herbal components of grass and resin. This fleeting sweet/lingering bitter flavor is what makes IPAs great, and this beer displays the lop-sided balance very, very well.

Medium-dry early and developing into total dryness later makes this beer a noteworthy IPA. The short-lived sweet malty feel of grain and fruit succumbs to the slight warmth of alcohol but also the evaporative dryness of hops that make this beer so drinkable in the end. I really hope that this beer catches on with the growing craft beer community.

BEERchitect, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy light orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of wheat malt with some notes of very subtle apricot and light fruity hops with light bitterness. Taste is also a mix between some light fruity hops with light bitterness level with some subtle apricot notes and some lightly sweet wheat malt with distant bubblegum notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Easy to drink with nice level of complexity.

Phyl21ca, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

kjkinsey, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -21%

ygtbsm94, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a bit hazy with some soapy white foam and a bit of sticky lacing. A really interesting aroma. The apricot note is there, as are the spices, can’t really pick out anything in particular, though. A nice citrus and floral hoppiness to it as well. The flavor is sweet up front, but a bitter pine note quickly comes through and gives it an IPA feel. Mild wheat flavor with some sweet bread in the background. Not as much hop flavor as I would have liked, but good overall.

womencantsail, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin white head on a cloudy golden with a slight orange hue body. some lacing

S: very floral and grassy with a subtle citrus note.

T: pale malts with a floral, herbal and mild pine flavor with dominating lemon citrus notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: not too bad. the lemon notes provide but lemon custard sweetness and sour notes. A good one to try.

kylehay2004, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4.28/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer really hit the spot for me. I was craving an IPA like you couldn't imagine and I came home and opened this one up. Gave it a good pour and looked over it's hazy golden color and white head. The aroma of this was big on the apricot and hops. Those two aromas blend so well together it made my mouth water. The taste of the beer is about as good as the nose. The flavors of citrusy hops collide with the apricot giving off this really nice refreshing flavor. The spices don't kick in until the finish, but even then they aren't dominant at all. The mouthfeel was light and refreshing. Overall I wished that I had picked up more than just a single bottle of this brew because I would have easily put down a 6 pack of these.

Knapp85, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a well-hazed, burnished gold body with a tall, foaming, whitish head.

Smell: Notes of coarse ground pepper, coriander with humble wheat and fairly easy-going notes of citrus, pine, and fancy little soaps.

Taste: Crispy wheat blended with crackery, doughy pale malts as firm citrusy, spicy elements roll in from the hops and spice additions. Slight pine felt. Medium-plus bitterness. There's a faint, faint apricot accent -- you really gotta look for it. Pinch of piquant herbs. Dry, bitterish finish with some creamy wheat hints.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Not great but decent enough.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 23, 2012
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 TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Swiped this bottle from my brother. Shh! don't tell! Anyway, this stuff pours a cloudy golden straw topped by a bit over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises orange rind, light coriander, light cracked wheat, a twinge of leek, and a bit of pine sap. The taste brings in more of the same, minus the leek and plus a bit of cardamom and black pepper (pinch of each). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a nice Belgian-inspired IPA, one that doesn't overdo it in either direction (always gratifying to see some balance).

TMoney2591, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

SocalKicks, May 17, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and pine with some lemon notes.

T - Mild apricot flavors with some wheat and spicy/piney bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - Reminds me a lot of Latitude 48 with a touch of apricot. Not bad but not something I'll regularly have on hand.

zeff80, Feb 05, 2012
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.

biboergosum, May 14, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - The beer pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Spicy hop notes of pine and citrus with a touch of toffee.

T - Sweet, bready malt up front with a touch of lemon. More citrusy hops in the middle with notes of lemon and orange. Finishes with spicy notes of malt and lemony hops with a little bit of dry toast.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Not bad, but pretty bland by today's IPA standards. The hop character isn't weak, but it is kind of mild with mostly lemon character that isn't unpleasant but is a bit unimpressive for a brewery that we know can do much better.

nickfl, Apr 24, 2012
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Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,785 ratings.