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

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BA SCORE
80
good

1,841 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,841
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 144 | 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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3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

SA whitewater ipa

a 4-4.5 very cloudy yellow brew with a creamy looking nearly white head. looks like a particularly inviting witbier. the head sticks around and leaves some lace.

s 4-4.5 straightforward grapefruit pith nougat, smells about perfect for a sessionable ipa. hopes are very high at this point. the initial boldness of the nose recedes by mid-glass, leaving me leaning toward the lower of the two candidate scores.

t 2.5 a bit of lemony sourness and then a lot of grapefruit pithy bitterness wash over the palate. it stays mostly up there, though, without really giving you a mouth embracing experience. there is some sweetness, but i would prefer more juicy sweetness hugging the tongue and sides. but the grapefruit afterstaste is nice. in fact, this finishes well enough to warrant the higher flavor score, especially as the afterglow illuminates and expands subsequent pulls. ... and yet, after the glass is done, a pepper/coriander spice is unveiled and does not want to leave. less happy. the second glass, had another day, reveals the annoying peppery spicing much sooner and gets poured out before the halway mark.

m 3.5-4 a bit light in the body but there is a good deal of creaminess in the carbonation. if the body were a touch fuller could easily be a 4.5

o 2.5 started out so promising. ah well.

the look, the smell (particularly were it more amplified), the creamy carbonation, and the finish--these are all really good qualities of this beer. the flavor is quite decent too, and although i would wish for a little more juiciness the lack thereof probably aids quaffability. get rid of the spices and make it a regular offering!

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden-straw color with very heavy lacing and an extreme amount of floaters. Smells of yeast, piney hops, white bread, and citrusy hops. Complex smell that combines the amerianc IPA and belgium IPA but seems a little muted, though.

Tasts starts with piney hops, then lemon and orange, with a piney-bready-yeasty finish. Definitely taste the spices throughout as long with a hint of apricot. Not as much hop aroma or flavor as I would hope for though. Mouthfeel is light with moderate-heavy carbonation. A nice mix of Belguim & American IPA's, this is one of the better BBC beer i've tried so far.

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a cloudy white blonde. with a shaving cream think head that takes more than several minutes to settle down leaving behind a thick and hearty bit of lacing on the glass, very nice so far.

The nose is like a pine forest in spring after a rain, sweet and fragrant like the hops that dominate this IPA.

The taste is a dry and complex malt that is subdued nicely by the hops.

The mouth feel is full bodied and well textured.

The Sam Adams folks have outdone themselves on this one. I really like it and will gladly buy it again. I highly recommend this one if you are a hop head.

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2.65/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours like a hefeweizen, deep orange, extremely cloudy, thick 2 finger head that cuts in half and retains well.

S - Hoppy forefront, little crisp wheat freshness underneath. Not much going on in the smell, fairly weak. Faint notes of fruit beneath.

T - Strong hop character, mild wheat behind. Mostly just a jumble, nothing seems to stand out. Several unidentifiable flavors in this. Supposed to sense apricot, but I really don't sense much besides hops, waxy bitterness and a confused ball of half-flavors. Not very impressed.

M - Thick, creamy, but crisp. If there were a version of this with a good flavor, I'd drink it all day.

O - I probably won't drink this again. I'm finding it hard to see the appeal. None of my favorite wibier characteristics mixed with none of my favore IPA characteristics... the worst of both worlds. It's not a bad beer necessarily, it just seems to be trying to go in several directions at once and never reaches it's destination. I'm hoping if I do drink it again I can get something I missed this time, because the idea of this beer sounds great. The execution just seems a little sloppy

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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2.73/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a hazy honey golden color with a soapy white 1.5 finger head. Retention is average at best. Looks more like a wit than IPA.

S - Orange, pine, crystal malt, and some other light, tart fruit notes. It's moderate strength, and seems fairly balanced.

T - Though the hops bitterness isn't entirely strong, it's completely imbalanced. The resinous pine note is welcome, but I'm missing the fruits notes I found in the nose. A bit watery, even. Bitter throughout.

M - Thick and almost syrupy. Strange.

D - It's got some really decent flavors going, but the build and balance are really strange. I'll pass on this one in the future.

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Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 1,841 ratings.