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

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1,867 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,867
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 178 | 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

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Beer added by: jsh420 on 12-29-2011

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of hdofu
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I find it interesting to observe how Samuel Adams went from having no ipas to several experimental ipa brews in the past couple of years. Some have been good others not as good, in particular an intresting thing is the different color versions of the ipas. This one pours clearer then most ipas this day has a bubbly white head. Smell is strong of hops and fruit. Taste is a moderately hoppy ipa with an apricot finish. The mouthfeel is sudsy and crisp. I kind of like the taste, not my favorite apricot infused ipa though, but not bad either.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Mikeynas
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This claims that its brewed with apricot and spice so I was a bit apprehensive but found this to be a very well flavored and enjoyable beer. I would not have thought that apricot fruitiness would offset hoppy bitterness but the two compliment each other quite well. This had a very light yellow cloudy coloring and a significant pine scent but it excels in flavor. I highly recommend this unusual but tasty IPA.

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2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of neliam24
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of mjryan
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honestly, I really like the idea of Wit Beer crossed with IPA. Seems like a good match, but of the few I've tried most were a bit disappointing. Not because they were bad beers, but because they didn't match up to what I envisioned them to be. Too much Wit, not enough IPA. Whitewater delivers where others have failed in that regard. Hazy orange, as I would expect. Zesty citrus aroma. Orange peel, grapefruit and a touch of pine. An almost abrasive, pithy flavour. Piney, slightly dank, slightly fruity. Overall rather dry and quite bitter. While the label states that the beer was brewed with apricots I'm having difficulty picking them out. Perhaps there is a bit of a fruity undercurrent in the middle of the sip, but the citrus flavours from the hops and I'm guessing orange peal must be drowning it out. This is a great beer, I'm enjoying it very much.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Jparker37
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A - Smaller white head that recedes to a ring. Orange in color with a mild fog clarity. Got some spotty lacing.

S - Lemon zest citrus, a touch of piney hops. Getting a small amount of wheat. More pronounced orange when it warms up, probably apricot seeing it mentioned on the bottle.

T - Hops hit with a piney flavor immediately on the palate. Midway through is where I can find a little bit of sweetness to the malt. Hops hold flavor throughout but have sharp bitterness. Finishes rather dry with a lingering piney/spiced feel.

M - Prickly high carbonation, just on the light side of medium bodied. Again, touch of sweetness in the middle with a dry finish.

O - I thought this encompassed many good aspects of a good wit and American IPA like the label says it intends. I personally would like to see less piney hop characters and more yeast coming through to work better together rather than against itself. That being said, Sam Adams seemed to accomplish what they set out to do.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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2/5  rDev -42.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of mckenziac
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from a Samuel Adams "Hop Tour" mixed sixer.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, light amber color. Has a large, fizzy head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind some nice lacing.

Smell: Has a citrusy, piney hop aroma to it backed by a spicy wheat smell.

Taste: Moderately hoppy with Cascade and other West Coast-style hops. Has a light yeasty, wheaty balancing to it. Finishes spicy and slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and medium-bodied.

Overall: An interesting combination of styles. Definitely not my favorite IPA out there but certainly one I don't mind having time and again. Definitely worth a try.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Beastdog75
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'll be making comparisons to Sam Adams Latitude 48 with this one, as I had this one shortly after the Lat 48. I think this is actually more drinkable of the two. Not being much of a hophead I find that while this definitely has a strong hop presence, it isn't as intense as the Lat 48 and there is more of a balance, probably thanks to the sweetness of the apricots in the Whitewater.

Sam Adams Whitewater IPA pours a hazy yellow/gold color with a very nice foam head that measures at least two fingers, and retains extremely well. The aroma is pleasantly hoppy with some grapefruit, citrus, and herbal qualities present along with the light presence of the apricot. The beer has a moderate amount of carbonation. There were some sweet malts noticeable in the first sip, and the apricot was noticeable immediately, but not overpowering. The hops are definitely here, as they would be in any IPA but as stated it isn't as in-your-face as the Latitude 48. The hops contribute a grapefruity, herbal, citrusy, medicinal taste. The finish is quite dry and is a bit bitter, but it isn't too harsh. The medicinal and grapefruit notes linger on for quite some time after the beer is finished, and it concludes with a little alcoholic warmth.

I find that I can't really drink too many IPAs in one sitting. I definitely need to shock my palate a little more with a really hoppy beer every now and then. This was a pretty good experiment by Samuel Adams, and perhaps somewhere down the line I might try this one again.

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,867 ratings.