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

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPASamuel Adams Whitewater IPA

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1,544 Ratings

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Ratings: 1544
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16%

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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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
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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
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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
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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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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz mug.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow color with a mild orange tint. Medium-sized, thick white head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves behind a thick ring of lace.

Smell: Lots of pine backed up by apricot, orange, and lemon. Maybe just a touch of pepper in the aroma as well.

Taste: Begins with citric and spicy flavors, before rounding out to apricot and orange sweetness backed up by wheat. Finish is woody, earthy, and a bit nutty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with balanced carbonation that stings up front. Finish is very dry.

Overall: I really, really enjoy this beer. It is almost like drinking a typical West Coast IPA, but with a bit more added depth and character than many of them. Lacks the ABV punch as many similar-tasting brews, but doesn't compromise much flavor-wise. Sam Adams brews are generally good representations of their style, but fall short of greatness. I was quite shocked to find this one to be excellent and it will now be known as a new favorite of mine in the Samuel Adams line of beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 01:26:50 | More by Mosstrooper
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy gold with lots of foam and plenty of carbonation.

Smell: Malt, apricot, citrus.

Taste: Malt, floral hops, citrus, apricot.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy, moderate hop bitterness.

The Verdict: I like it. A white IPA with a hint of apricot. Different, well balanced, with plenty of hop character. Not what I expected from SA.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 00:25:04 | More by TheMarkE
Photo of ale1


2.81/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

poured into malt glass, pours a good head afterwards does the the bubble show

swirls a fairly good lacing on the glass.

nose citrusy hop cheap wheat malt

artificial carbo it appears

taste big in your face grapefruit citrus hops? then exit to weiss blaaa after taste like barrel dust or something ths stuff is not good save your shillings

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 03:02:46 | More by ale1
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New Hampshire

3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Expiration date of June 2014. Sampled on January 12, 2014.

The pour is a milky golden to pale yellow with a quick fizzy white head that dissolves.

The nose is quite floral with its hop character but the apricot character is more downplayed than the label suggests. Good graininess too.

Light to medium body.

Like the aroma the floral hop character kicks in on the taste with the apricots way in the background. It seems if they want to brew this with apricots they might have more of a presence. But perhaps it is meant to be subtle. Welcome to Spring already.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 20:01:16 | More by puboflyons
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3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy, dark gold, foamy with a two finger head and great lacing around glass.

S: Intense pineapple and apricot followed by the traditional grapefruit smell of IPAs. The smell of this beer really surprised me because of how pleasant and sweet it is. Not as intense smelling as Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin but very pleasant nonetheless.

T: Nutty, apricot, pineapple, grapefruit and some malts. It really does pack quite a punch of hops which is awesome.

M: Light bodied with a dry finish. No surprises here.

O: Very nice smelling bold IPA. Really surprised to see a nice IPA from Sam Adams that remained memorable in my head. Will definitely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 19:53:12 | More by Weston19
Photo of jucifer1818


3.99/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

appearance: You can clearly see the inspiration for this beer: it has a very present cloudyness to it that at a first glance would make you believe that it is a wit. When poured it had a very small head, but that rapidly disappeared. Despite that, it still looks great in my Scottish glass. 4.255

aroma: This is where the beer really shines. It has a lot of apricot and floral\fruity hop aroma. Not much spice that I can tell, but it really smells amazing. Full points. 55

taste: wow, this one really shoots for the hops. It flavors can be described as being very hoppy neutral bitterness. Very resinous, and an indication of a very long hop boil. Unfortunately, it covers up a lot of the witbier character that the beer might had had. I like it, but its not what I wanted. 3.55

mouthfeel: This beer has a nice smooth mouthfeel, with just the right amount of carbonation. I like it a lot. 4.55

overall: In some ways, this is a great beer...but it really missed the point. The point of a white ipa is to blend the flavors of a wit with that of an IPA. This one pushed the hops too hard, and it just came off as an American IPA instead of a white one. Still, its great American ipa! A good choice that will really surprise people who have no respect for SA. I give this one a 3.755 overall. If your looking for a beer with a unexpectedly large amount of hops, look no further.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 20:04:20 | More by jucifer1818
Photo of tmm313


3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Hazy, yellowish amber color. Poured a creamy half finger that quickly dissipated into ring. Nice sticky lacing.
S- Citrus hops, a little dank, tropical fruits, bread, caramel, and lemon. Really inviting.
T- Really sweet on the front end: orange, lemon, caramel, and pine. From there, flavor goes into a musky type sweet bitterness with accents of pine and grapefruit rind. Kind of souring.
M- Medium body. Oily, slick, and drying. Big lingering pine and lemon bitterness.
O- It made a hell of a first impression with the look and smell, but after that it went downhill. It was pretty good, but nothing I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 23:57:55 | More by tmm313
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
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3.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - it is a hazy deep orange color, with a bubbly head.

Smell - You can smell the apricots in this beer, also it has a bit of citrus(grapefruit) / piney smell to it.

Taste - Hoppy bitterness and some wheat flavor and a weird aftertaste(I don't really like apricots that much though).

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied beer.

Overall - I think the first one of these that I tried were bad, since I tried it again and it was better.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 04:38:52 | More by Captain_Komamura
Photo of RoamingGnome


3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Nonick pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Golden amber with a slight haze. Finger of fluffy white head settled to a dusting. Nice lacing...

S) The wheat and spices are light. I pick up the apricots for sure, and also a little canned mandarin orange.

T) Follows the nose... The finish is pretty zesty, thanks to a fair amount of citrus rind. Lingers a bit...

M) A medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Could finish a little smoother...

O) Pretty good... Picked up the hop tour six pack, and this didn't make me regret that decision.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 21:36:13 | More by RoamingGnome
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3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance-3.75/5 Pretty cloudy slightly reddish-gold color. One finger foamy head that lasts a while with some sparse lacing. Lots of suspended sediment.

Smell-3.5/5 Very slight apricot aroma. Slight piney hops aroma as well as well as the aroma of malt.

Taste-3.25/5 Somewhat bitter IPA (only 60 IBUs if I remember reading correctly). Grassy, pine, and citrusy bite. The hops create a bitter finish. There was less of a malt flavor than I expected.

Feel-3.5/5 Nice carbonation, medium bodied. Not too exciting, but not bad.

Overall-3.5/5 Overall, I'm very meh about this beer. It's not bad, but it's also not great.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 21:19:04 | More by JCRGraphix
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3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed October 29, 2013 at 0020. Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Creamy one fingered head. The body is extremely cloudy thick goldenrod body. The lacing is moderately impressive, but time takes away its glory.

S: Smooth piney hops balanced to bring out the sweetness of the malts.

T: Bitter floral grassy bites. The promised malts from the nose is pretty absent here.

Bitter grassy notes stick to different sections of the tongue and remain for quite some time.

M: Creamy intake with a medium carbonated and medium carbonated body.

O: This is a nice introductory IPA. Even the most experienced beer drinker will not turn this drink down.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 05:48:54 | More by TheAlamoWrocker
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North Carolina

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

Bottle -> Wine Glass

A: Unfiltered hazy gold w/ a burnt orange color and slight red hue, 1/2" off white head dissipates quickly but hangs around, spotty lacing, chunky suspended sediment.
S: Apricot, orange, white bread, dough/yeast, clove.
T: Citrus/orange zest, yeast, malts, hop flavor that leaves a bitter finish.
M: Good CO2, medium to full bodied, hefty brew that hangs around for awhile.
O: I feel like the yeastiness overpowers the beer, then it has a heavy hop finish. I pick up on some interesting tastes a smells but ultimately feel that they are masked by that yeasty malt-ball characteristic. I enjoyed the mouthfeel and body of this beer but flavor was just a bit off for me. Sammy typically produces pretty decent beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 02:20:55 | More by I3eck
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Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA has the same colour as the apricots which it was brewed with. It's hardly more transparent either - the beer poured with flakes of yeast sediment, it's something like I'd imagine curdled orange juice to look like. Even its patchy head resembles clumps of fuzzy white mold. Not terribly appetizing.

The aroma doesn't fare much better. Not that there's anything inherently unappealing about it, it's more the fact that it's so terribly inhibited. The apricot is extremely faint and is only noticed once the beer warms some. More importantly, neither spices nor the hops have much aromatics apart from a faint earthy pungency.

The palate is enlivened ever so slightly by a spritz of citrusy zest and what I assume could be either coriander or grains of paradise. The maltiness doesn't extend a shade beyond pale and hence tastes only of plain white bread and interferes little with the hoppiness (which is good because there really isn't much of it).

That being said, the mouthfeel has some floral and grassy elements that manage to resonate at least for a little bit. Even the spice makes a bit more of an impression in the finish (still a very minor one, but an impression nonetheless). Overall, it's a very neutral, temperate IPA and is only about as exciting as picking beans with grandma.

Samuel Adams aims to offer more choices - and more flavourful choices - but typically do so without straying too far from the mainstream. Whitewater IPA, like so many of Sam Adams offerings, is heads and shoulders above other popular commercial brands but doesn't stack up against what most true craft brewers have to offer.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 22:11:13 | More by biegaman
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4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In my first attempt at homebrewing, I tried to make a peach IPA. The result was a disaster but my attempt made me very interested in this "wheat ale brewed with apricots and spice" that is labeled as an IPA.

Slight barely-there aroma of herbs and fruit.

Pours a very pretty bright orange gold with a large white head. Very hazy with some visible yeast sediment (which I personally like).

Flavor was strange at first but got better. The apricots and hops didn't play well together (which does bring back memories of my ill-thought home brewed concoction) but it wasn't terrible either. In fact as the beer had time to sit in the glass for a bit it got better. I could pick up notes of apricot but also pineapple, pine, oranges, grapefruit, and a tiny bit of Belgian-style wheat tangyness. I think there might be a little rye in this one too. And definitely some spices but none stands out as dominant besides the hops.

Mouthfeel is nice, medium-full with some hop oilness on the tongue.

Overall, I would buy it again. It is definitely a different experience for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 18:53:55 | More by jmbranum
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New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big, frothy head up to three fingers, dense but dimples, just off-white color, good stick to the lacing, the retention is above average. Cloudy yellow to orange rust hued liquid with a huge amount of particulate floating about, cloudy but you think it would be clear otherwise. Crisp, hoppy profile to the nose, malty too but it is the grains which rule and create a cutting quality to it, peppery as well with some salinity, the apricot only comes through haphazardly, overall more aggression than complexity. Medium-bodied, has sufficient creaminess in the mouth to take out some of the bite. And the apricot is a much larger presence here. Pepper, pumpernickel bread, pretzel dough, salt, has a noticeable leafy herbaceousness too. Hard to tell if the grapefruit citrus sweetens or adds tartness. Faint hint of cumin or coriander but, again, more salty and peppery than anything. At the very end, more retronasally, gives you banana and bubblegum notes. More malty with cocoa at the end too. Its interesting and a beer worth trying but in the end doesn’t cohere with a single minded nature.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 22:31:58 | More by farrago
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3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy light golden color with a good head and ample lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, bit of pine and fruit sweetness.

T: Taste of grapefruit with some malt sweetness and a bit of fruit and spice. Bitterness seems a bit mild for an IPA and the finish is fairly dry.

F: Medium body, smooth with a comfortable feel.

O: Decent beer for the style without being overly hoppy

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 14:22:26 | More by soju6
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3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Whitewater IPA (hopology)
Sam Adams (Boston beer company)
12oz to Adelbert’s snifter
5.8% ABV
IPA/White IPA/IPA with wheat
Best by Jul 2013, bought ~4/3/2013

A – Poured nicely with head to the edge of the glass (1 finger), but that quickly subsided. Opaque, cloudy, goldish orange (might be the lighting).

S – Lemon, grass, and banana (& white pepper?). Slight buttery smell. Slight wheat smell.

T – Wheaty up front with some slight buttery taste. Fresh wet grass on the back end with lemon.

M – Medium bodied, not dry finish, but not wet either. Slightly cozy, slightly tingly.

D – Has good flavor but is pretty simple. Not great but solidly good. Would be great for weaning people into IPAs or teaching them to pick up scents and flavors due to the simplicity.
3.75, 3.5, 3.5, 3.75, 3.75.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 01:38:19 | More by nsheehan
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy, cloudy dark orange. 1 inch head, significant lacing. Bits of sediment float around suspended in the glass.

Smells very citrusy, lots of oranges, grapefruit, and apricot.

The taste follows. The fruit flavors are so clean and refreshing, tons of oranges and apricots, as if the fruits are actually floating in the glass. Pretty dry, not much malt flavor is picked up.

Lightly carbonated, and very drinkable.

Possibly Sam Adam's best hoppy offering. A really nice twist on the IPA with the apricot additions, but Dogfish Head's Aprihop is better within that small style window.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 23:45:36 | More by GreesyFizeek
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 1,544 ratings.