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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jsh420 on 12-29-2011

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Photo of bigdog73
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Beejay
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The color is grapefruit peel, very hazy, with a lovely, full, white head.

S: Citrus peel, orange and grapefruit. A bit of sweetness, I would not have guessed apricot, but since I read the label I imagine that's what I smell. Lightly piney with a nice sweet fruit finish.

T: Sweetness comes first, followed by a piney bitterness. The finish is resinous, and earthy. I think the apricots get a little lost in there. There's a touch of sweetness, but not a lot.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation is very fine, and a touch over carbed for my tastes. The finish is somewhat dry.

O: Overall it is tasty, but not amazing. I'd like to see the base beer come through a little more, and the carbonation come through a little less.

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Abaskin
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

Photo of Mikecap
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Hematuria
3.94/5  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.

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.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of BeerBadger
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of JoLight
5/5  rDev +43.7%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of psuKinger
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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