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

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Samuel Adams Whitewater IPASamuel Adams Whitewater IPA

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1,764 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,764
Reviews: 421
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 109 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

DMB, Dec 29, 2012
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2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.

A – Pours a cloudy honey color with a nice one-finger head of thick white bubbles. Clumpy/patchy lacing.

S – Lemon pepper, apricot, and mild grassy hops. Smells nice.

T – Starts off fairly nice with apricot, lemon, coriander, and a little bit of white pepper. Nice spice blend. Middle taste is floral and grassy, much of what you would expect, and then….something happens. The finish of this beer is harshly, astringently bitter. I don’t mean beer bitter, (I LIKE bitter beers) I mean acrid…this tastes more like tonic water. Not good. Poorly balanced.

M – It is here where things go even more downhill. Body lacks a lot of fullness, and instead of “thin”, a better description would be “hollow bodied”. Medium carbonation.

O – I think SA had a decent idea here with the spice blend, but the aftertaste just killed this one for me. As I was drinking it, I couldn’t wait to be done with it. Not far from a drain pour. I don’t know what is up with the newer SA products that are appearing in their variety packs recently, but I feel most of them are really poorly executed. (Not including the “single batch” collection, most of which are good to excellent)

TempeBeerMan, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Mlawrence
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Mlawrence, Apr 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

mcaulifww, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of eorwar
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

eorwar, Feb 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Morockm, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Chevelle66, Mar 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

smb71481, Nov 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Benvarine, Feb 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

PhilMiller, Mar 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

jopezu, Nov 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

mullenite, Dec 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

ChopsMeister, Feb 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

BoRaeCho, Sep 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

RobDB, Dec 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Wally1912, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of blackcompg
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle from their limited release IPA HOP-OLOGY variety pack...

Appearance - A rough pour gave 3-4 fingers of off-white eggshell head, color is a hazy golden yellow, great foamy lacing inthe glass.

Smell - Citrus, lemon, grapefruit, fresh white bread, floral hops.

Taste - A nice complexity of lite citrus, yellow grapefruit, some pith and a touch of lemon, tons of floral hops, light malt sweetness, just a touch of natural comb honey, light malt, and white breadcrust. Finishes with dry citrus pith, meadowy hops and a pinch of white pepper. Finish is also very crisp and dry. Alcohol is completely hidden.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium, medium foaming carb with some bright sharp edges, refreshing and very drinkable.

Overall - A very bright and refreshing APA. This would be a great thirst quencher on a warm summer day. Gorgeous in the glass, MUCH better than the simmer shandies that are out now - nice depth and complexity - makes me think of a "summerfied" version of Bell's Winter White.

blackcompg, Jun 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

EatonHops, Sep 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

sevenshubby, Apr 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Ilovelampandbeer, Jan 28, 2014
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3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Boca-X, Feb 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

BH712, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Josiah2729
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with one finger of white head, lacing throughout.

Smell: Hops! Apricot citrus hops some sweet wheat and spiciness.

Taste: Nice hoppy bitterness with some apricots and wheat, sweet and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice wheat smoothness, medium carbonation.

Overall: Nice apricot IPA, delicious.

Josiah2729, Aug 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Dieck, Aug 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

DonDonLongJohn, Apr 07, 2014
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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