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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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1,663 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,663
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 12
Gots: 63 | 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 +7.4%

08-09-2012 13:51:31 | More by kuestegg
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

08-07-2012 17:17:33 | More by SlaughteredWolf
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

08-06-2012 06:02:07 | More by Dwtucker90
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3/5  rDev -14%

08-05-2012 22:49:25 | More by Hoplomachus
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

08-05-2012 02:12:47 | More by mattparsons
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

08-05-2012 00:10:25 | More by Tpitty23
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

08-05-2012 00:07:44 | More by dubmax
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

08-04-2012 20:37:31 | More by BHep
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

08-04-2012 19:44:14 | More by miggy2tone
Photo of Abaskin

4.33/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this at the local liquor store looking for something "light and refreshing" I have been on a heiferweizen kick as of late, just because its been so hot. This I have to say wasy pleasantly surprising. it is light quite hoppy but not in way where I found it too hoppy (being a guy who doesn't like IPA as much as some do.) It was exactly what I wanted. Its light its extremely drinkable , and goes good with any food I can think to pair it with.

Please try this if you can find it in your area.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 19:23:51 | More by Abaskin
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

08-04-2012 16:08:51 | More by Mikecap
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

08-04-2012 00:26:40 | More by dfillius
Photo of Hematuria

3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great hoppy smell I didn't expect with the combination of a white ale. Floral goodness.

Taste is great. First review and I feel compelled to try to restrain my positive ratings but a 4 almost feels low. Very fond of this beer probably because it has that ipa hoppiness with the creaminess of a white.

The mouthfeel is great, heavy like a white ale. Miss the feel of it as soon as you swallow.

This beer was delightful after a long day, everything I wanted when I saw ipa combined with white ale, but more than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 04:29:44 | More by Hematuria
Photo of Josiah2729


3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 08:05:58 | More by Josiah2729
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District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice fruity IPA, actually with a pretty nice flow...

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Sam Adams branded label in blue notes, twist on the old unattractive and convoluted label with the image of a whitewater stream. Back label notes main style, intent, ingredients, and characteristics. Shows a notched best by date (Oct 2012), and Alc. by Vol. (5.8%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep gold to pale amber pour, nice if moderate frothy head, nice retention, good surface memory, and rich touches of lacing.

S - Nose is rather rich, especially at first, with a provocative fruity peach aroma coated in hops… It feels fresh, even has a spicy insinuation as it settles, and it works...

T - Bitterness switches places with the fruity touch in the palate, it is saying fruity IPA, with a rather punchy feel, it feels nicely grassy, softly resinous over the fruity touch… Bitterness is a bit brash but the peach rescues it.

M - Medium/light body with medium to soft carbonation, and a slightly dry finish after the finishing generic bitterness with a light crisp finish.

O - It actually works rather well...

Notes: …not my thing per se, but I can see why this works as a worthy release. Nothing for the records but another good and pleasing offering in this mixed hoppy release from Boston Beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 03:05:38 | More by Daniellobo
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

07-31-2012 08:07:26 | More by BeerBadger
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5/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Golden, honey color, and hazy, with lots of brown chunks and sediment. It has a finger-width white head, that leaves a tremendous amount of lacing.

Aroma - Very, very sweet. Apricots, the typical IPA sweetness, floral hops, no malt.

Taste - A little sweetness at the beginning, and sort of mild as far as hoppiness goes. The more I drank, the less sweet it was, and the more hoppy it became. A little malt, but mostly just apricot, tart, and floral hops.

Finish - very dry, crisp, refreshing, and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 03:08:12 | More by JoLight
Photo of womencantsail


3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 22:41:27 | More by womencantsail
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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle given to me by my buddy Matt, poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a golden straw color, with a big thick white head on top. Tons and tons of sediment, like nothing I've ever seen before. Big flakes, some of which are floating on top of the head. I've never seen so much sediment in a beer.

I usually enjoy the sediment... but this has me uneasy.

S: Clean nose of pine with a touch of grapefruit. All muted.

T: Wow! Punchy. Surprising flavor for what I expected based on the appearance, the nose, and the label. Big notes of pine, and a touch floral and citrus as well. Delicate malt sweetness enveloped on both sides by great big bitter notes. A nice touch of dry spiciness on the back end adds character to this brew.

Impressive, Sam Adams. Impressive.

M: Light and lively, great carbonation, good dry sticky finish. This beer review has turned the corner. I'm all in on this guy.

D/O: Very drinkable. An excellent, light, refreshing, lower-ABV-but-fully-flavored brew.

I'm not sure BA has this "beer style" correct, though, as the Sam Adams website (and bottle) indicates that their is wheat, apricot and spices in this brew. Perhaps "American Pale Wheat Ale" might be more appropriate? Regardless, a delicious beer, no matter which "bin" you try to sort it into.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 17:50:55 | More by psuKinger
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3/5  rDev -14%

07-28-2012 21:41:52 | More by HFord
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New York

4/5  rDev +14.6%

07-28-2012 19:48:31 | More by virinow
Photo of tastybeerinmybelly


3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have had this one before and was not very impressed, but I love IPA's and wanted to give it another try. It was just as I remembered it... average across the board. I like the idea of using apricots to balance the hops, but it just leaves a strange bitter taste in my mouth. Not a terrible beer by any means, but there are many IPA's I would rather drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 01:20:28 | More by tastybeerinmybelly
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

07-26-2012 20:11:29 | More by OldTime
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3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best by 7/12, which just happens to be right now. Let's see if it's held up as long as the brewery claimed it would.

A: A straight, fairly vigorous pour produces a truly stunning 2" head of creamy, sticky, persistent white foam. It recedes slowly and rockily, leaving a nigh-total covering of lace on all sides of the glass. Unfortunately the body below is less beautiful, with tons of floaties swirling around the cloudy orange liquid - some of the bigger ones drop to the bottom, but there is a constant supply of small dark chunks in suspension. I'd give the head a 5 and the body a 2, so a 3.5 it is.

S: Hop-forward, with a mixture of pleasant citrus notes and less-than-entirely-pleasant, slightly stale earthiness. Some fairly dry, bready maltiness shows up as well. Nice grapefruit.

T: Sweeter here, with the citrus flavors that I pegged as hops in the nose coming through in a more Witbier-esque orange rind kind of way. Bready malts in the middle, and more tart citrus juiciness along with bitter, earthy hops on the finish. Lingering bitter citrus aftertaste. Not bad at all.

M: Soft, creamy medium body with relatively high carbonation. Really nice.

O: Enjoyable, but slightly bizarre. Not a terribly great beer, but hardly a bad one.


Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 22:47:43 | More by woosterbill
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3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Pours hazy orange with a tall white head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving plenty of lacing behind. The aroma is strongly of citrus and piney hops, but some malt comes through. I can't detect the apricot in the nose. The taste brings that apricot that I couldn't detect with the nose, bringing some sweet balance along with the malt. Piney hops dominate the taste, creating an unpleasant lingering aftertaste. The body is medium with light carbonation. The finish is dry and the drinkability is decent. This IPA a slight cut above average.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 01:53:37 | More by acevenom
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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