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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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1,766 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,766
Reviews: 421
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 110 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

AllHailBeercules, Aug 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
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2/5  rDev -42.5%

Hopstronaut, Aug 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

hogrider, Aug 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Mojoman8561, Aug 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Resuin, Aug 25, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Cnorrisl, Aug 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

bsuedekum, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of pburland23
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first review from my iPad!

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a mildly hazy yellow-orange amber. Thick almost oatmeal looking head but only about half a finger of it though the head retention has been pretty nice as has the lacing.

Smell: Lots of citrus hops and not much else. It's a nice smelling beer but it's entirely too one dimensional.

Taste: Hoppy, citrusy and bitter. No hint of any Belgian yeast notes which would make it a White IPA. Again, it's nice tasting but it's not as advertised.

Mouthfeel: Light, easy drinking and refreshing. This works well as a summer IPA which provides a nice dose of hops without being too heavy.

Overall: It doesn't work as a white IPA but it's still an okay beer. I'd like to see Sam flush out the concept a little more in the future. There's some potential.

pburland23, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of Cavanaghty
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Cloudy golden color, with about two fingers of white head.

Smell: Sweet smelling of citrus, like grapefruit.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium to light bodied, Bitter up front with a bitter sweet after taste.

Overall: This beer is ok. Not my first choice, but I would not turn it away. I would buy it again if it came in a variety pack.

Cavanaghty, Aug 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

jslice99, Aug 22, 2012
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3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Super cloudy with a frothy white head that clings to the side of my perfect pint.

I get slick sweet lemon juice on the nose, as well as some soapy off smell. Bit of a leafy hop presence, kind of herbal and medicinal as well.

As a pale ale, this would be phenomenal. Powdery malt sets the stage for leafy, herbal, and medicinal hops to come in. Theres a light, slick orange/lemon feeling. Theres a lingering soapy feeling that I dont approve of.

VncentLIFE, Aug 21, 2012
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2/5  rDev -42.5%

tmars13, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of RickS95
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Normally, I appreciate a beer that's hazy, cloudy and full of things floating in it, but this is extreme with all the sediment. Probably wouldn't be a bad idea to strain it once before bottling. Regardless, it's peach color with the aforementioned particulates everywhere. The head is a finger thick and bright white. Decent retention, leaving a nice lace when it finally cries 'uncle.'

Pine and citrus, with a maltiness in the background. Flowery.

Kind of a strange flavor, but the pine and apricot comes through. Mostly pine with the apricot asserting itself deep in the swallow. Some sort of citrus peel, very bitter orange happens way late.

It's bitter, but I think the fruit peel kills it. There's something there that's a different kind of bitter and it doesn't work. It's like eating a raw root vegetable. I want to say it's a dry carbonation, but I don't think it's the carbonation that makes for the rough mouthfeel.

Another whiff by Sam Adams. It's a strange beer, and not really in a good way. Not an awful beer, just very average.

RickS95, Aug 21, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a tumbler pint glass at the Whiskey Priest in Boston, Mass.

A: Poured a very hazy, cloudy golden yellow color with a frothy, two-finger head of white foam that left some sudsy lace that gripped the glass weakly.

S: Coriander, citrus fruits, spicy & herbal hop aromas rise with mild fruity esters, creating a bitter and almost tart smelling citrusy ale.

T: Fairly thin and grainy up front, the chewy wheat malts and some lactose creep onto the palate before leveling out with a spicy hop and orange rind flavor. The hops settle in quickly and leave some citrusy grapefruit and lemongrass flavors on the palate with some bitter rind to chew on in the finish.

M: Medium bodied ale with some chewiness from the residual yeast and grain. Spicy and mild at times with a grainy and resinous kick.

D: As a hybrid white IPA, this 5.8% ABV brew doesn't really intrigue all that much. The citrus flavors are muted by some agressive hopping which actually doesn't hold up that well in the grainy bitterness of this IPA. Not all that bad but I feel the nuances of the sit didn't shine through this otherwise mediocre IPA all that well.

Gambrinus1184, Aug 20, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a six-pack of Whitewater IPA in a grocery store. $6.79. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy yellow color, resembling pineapple juice, with a foamy white head.

Smell is a pine and citrus scent. Not a string aroma, bu a good one.

Taste is a pine and citrus flavor up front, not a lot od malt character. The label says they used apricots to mellow the bitterness. No perceptible apricot flavor in the brew.

Mouthfeel is medium, it has some body, not real crisp but not cloying either.

Overall a decent beer, especially on a hot August afternoon. Tasty and refreshing.

RJLarse, Aug 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

GaryMarkle84, Aug 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

bicyclesnbeer, Aug 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

PEIhop, Aug 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Nage37, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whitewater IPA opens with a strong lemon zest aroma from the hops, tinged with faint touches of mint, grapefruit rind, and pine. Bready notes rest just below, including floury baguette and toast crust, which when combined with the strong lemony hops, lend the brew a lemon bread overtone. Small peaks of mandarin orange and apricot add a bit of sugary complexity. As a whole, the nose bears a good sampling of aromas, but the heavy emphasis on lemon is slightly too reminiscent of hard lemonade, and creates a sense of imbalance.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a blast of lemon zest, joined quickly by pink grapefruit and grapefruit rind, both of which do help to somewhat contain the lemon. Shades of pine and mint from the hops are also present, and the overall hop flavors make up the larger portion of the beer’s flavor profile. Yeasty baguettes and toast crust are present, as are touches of orange and apricot, but these are only found deep beneath the citrusy hops. The beer does have a good bit of hop bitterness, which when combined with the lemon and grapefruit notes, makes the beverage seem more like a citrus spritzer than a beer—an experience not helped by the weak breads and sugars. The aftertaste is a continuation of the citrus spritzer experience, with some breads and sugars remaining, and lingers in lemon and grapefruit bitterness on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, the beer is simply too heavily weighted towards citrus notes, and it’s difficult to drink it without being reminded of hard lemonade mixed with fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. A greater sampling of fruit esters, as well as breads, would have helped balance things out.

jondeelee, Aug 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Keith_R, Aug 14, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -21%

dbstuart88, Aug 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

MatthewBuchholz, Aug 13, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

bigdog73, Aug 13, 2012
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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