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

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BA SCORE
82
good

427 Reviews
THE BROS
76
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Reviews: 427
Hads: 1,888
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 15
Gots: 214 | 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 Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (686 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
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. (730 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (1,439 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (1,127 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -11%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (704 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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). (609 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aggressive pour yields a light fizzy 1/2 finger head that at least fades slowly, some lacing, hazy Murky carrot orange color, not bad for a wheat based ale.

Nose has tropical fruit, maybe amarillo or simcoe, mango, etc. also apricot fruit and a light wheat, a bit similar to gumballhead but a bit lighter.

Taste is wheat base, hint of grassy wheat malt flavor with light spices. Then hops kick in, big hoppy spicy hops with a tropical fruit again. Again light mango, pineapple, juicy apricot fruit as well. Bitter spicy earthy rind. Finish gets quite biter, long biter spicy earthy hop almost salty and hints at astringent but not quite, chewy hops, and a hint of tropical fruit and pine remnants.

Mouth is med, good carb.

Overall great, best new beer from them in a long time, nice wheat, fruit, and hops all done well. (824 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus fruits and caramel that are quickly followed by a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to pound down for a long time. (765 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very attractive dark gold color in the New Belgium snifter, with a head of rich foam. Well carbonated on the tongue, but has a more prickly than creamy sensation.

The apricot flavor is subtle, but it has a smooth fruity ear, like there was a dose of clear fruit brandy in it. This is definitely more bitter than the Dogfish Head Aprihop. Whitewater is a little lighter and crisper as well, but also a couple notches lower in strength.

On the whole, this is hugely flavorful, richly hopped while staying shy of over-biterness, yet light and drinkable. Another understated win for Sam Adams. Admit it, you'd love this if it was brewed by your favorite five-barrel brewpub. (673 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I appreciate tenderbranson69 sharing this with me. enjoyed chilled from a goblet.

The color is lightly hazed glowing apricot with thick cap of foam and spotty lace pattern. The smell has a nice citrus odor with mild tropical fruit accent and somewhat fruity hop odor with nice yeast ester and slight spice. The feel is good with bitterness that is balanced well by the wheat which is toasted and mildly sweet with tanginess of fruit w/ a semi-dry finish and semi-high carbonation which is refreshing.

The taste is malty up front with nice wheat body and tinges of toast leading up to a tropical fruit and spicy hop flavor with a nice apricot and tangelo element. The hops have bitterness lasting into the mildly juicy finish. Overall a solid IPA, the wheat lightens and allows the hops to shine in this lower abv example of an American Style IPA. I enjoyed the tropical tinges in the hops with nice pine tinge a quaffable ale which holds its own. (951 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams keeps breaking into the IPA world, but in a "slowly, but surely" way. This is more of an IPA-light and is a bit more on the fruity side than most (big hints of lemon/grapefruit in this one). I wish SA would do a nice over the top, hop heavy IPA but this white ale/IPA hybrid certainly fits the bill for a spring seasonal. Pretty good beer, won't knock your socks off but a nice IPA to introduce to the masses. (419 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So this is a wheat ale? With hops? A Belgian IPA? Is that what the goal was here?

Clear hop spices going on with a salty bitterness. Must say that the nose on this one, at first, was just divine. Seems a silly word to use, but hey, with all these reviews, I need to mix it up and all. I kind of like this one, now that it's warmed up. Pretty good showing. (356 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed honey with 3 fingers of pearl colored head, Superior head retention & lacing

S: Orange peel, pine & some grainy notes, Nise stays strong throughout

T: Pineyness, orange peels, a touch of dryness & breadyness up front. Faint apricot fruittyness as this warms, more pineyness, leafy hops & bready notes. Finishes somewhat dry, crisp, slightly fruitty with piney & leafy hop bitterness & just a touch of grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation & good balance

A decent IPA, hops profile isn't really wowing me, but would buy this again if I had limited IPA options (598 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with a standard pressure cap served into a transparent hard plastic cup at me friend's gaff in Palo Alto, California. Reviewed from notes. Acquired at a local BevMo as part of a Sam Adams variety box.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a hazy yellow-orange.

Sm: Lemon and a pretty hefty hop aroma. A simple, standard IPA aroma. Clean. Moderate in strength.

T: Hop bitterness comes through, untamed and imbalanced by any other note. Clean malts form the foundation. Simple but pleasant. There's not much to say about it. Some cream is present. Nicely built but in no way ambitious or special.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too heavy on the palate. Suits the flavours in a general sense, but certainly isn't tailored to them.

Dr: Drinkable but pretty boring for the style. There's nothing new or unique here. It's alright, but I wouldn't have it again. IPA fans might do well to give it a spin, but others should ignore it.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (1,250 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It looks like a wheat--plenty of lace from the long lasting head. The brew is appropriately cloudy with a dark gold color.

Light wheat with a dollop of peppery hop bitterness.

Leans toward the hop bitterness. There's enough wheat for interest, but I would not qualify this that way. I also do not detect any apricot or spices. All that said, I find this to be a very easy beer to drink. (390 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into Sam Adams pint glass. best by 10/2012. Pours hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of lemon, orange zest, herbal, floral, wheat, grass, apricot, grapefruit, and earthy spiciness. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon, apricot, herbal, floral, wheat, earth, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, citrus, floral, herbal, and earthy spiciness for a good bit. Great balance of hop flavors, and nice balance with the bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with slightly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden as expected for 5.8%; with pretty much no warming noticed on the finish. Overall this is a great wheat IPA! Great hop flavor balance and smoothness; and very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one. (988 characters)

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Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.