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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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1,662 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,662
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.71%
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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3.5/5  rDev 0%

04-27-2012 00:34:05 | More by Metal4Breakfast
Photo of metter98

New York

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head consistently covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrus hops in the nose—grapefruit and oranges seem to stand out in particular.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of grapefruit flavors and a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is packed with lots of citrusy hops but is also very easy to drink for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 00:29:18 | More by metter98
Photo of tronester


3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy peach color, with a rocky off-white head. Smell is of freshly cut citrus fruits. Taste is a big apricot burst up front, followed by some piney, lemony hops. The finish is herbal, with a nice tight bitterness. Mouthfeel is average, average carbonation levels as well. Overall a good IPA, the Apricot isn't too overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 22:58:23 | More by tronester
Photo of pvsob


3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy yellow color with a two-finger, fluffy head. Head has killer staying power and leaves great lacing.

S- Wheat, fruity aromas (apricot, lemon), and lots of pine.

T- Starts off with flavors of granny smith apples, apricot, and lemons. Some wheat flavors come through in the middle. Finishes with a nice citrus pith/pine resin bitterness.

M- Light crisp feel with medium/high carbonation.

O- Another well made brew from BBC. There's nothing wrong with it and I'm glad I tried it, but I found myself wishing for more of the wheat characteristics to shine through in the aroma and flavor categories. Personally, I don't think I'll be revising this beer again. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 19:05:34 | More by pvsob
Photo of countchunkula

4/5  rDev +14.3%

04-26-2012 18:58:48 | More by countchunkula
Photo of daniel27

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

04-26-2012 13:25:44 | More by daniel27
Photo of iabeerbaron


3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A really nice effort at a White IPA. Pours a hazed golden color with a medium sized white head. Smell begins with hops, wheat, and some sweet fruit. Flavor is apricot, orange peel with some bitterness, pine and citrus. A wheat beer mixed with a white all added with some nice hop bitterness makes this a pretty solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 17:36:20 | More by iabeerbaron
Photo of chim52chim


3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

04-25-2012 12:20:18 | More by chim52chim
Photo of shockrocker65


4/5  rDev +14.3%

04-25-2012 04:43:44 | More by shockrocker65
Photo of beerme626


4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

04-25-2012 02:18:41 | More by beerme626
Photo of pentasyllabic

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

04-24-2012 22:16:55 | More by pentasyllabic
Photo of Pamola


3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

04-24-2012 15:49:39 | More by Pamola
Photo of FriedGold2112

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

04-24-2012 04:19:47 | More by FriedGold2112
Photo of nickfl


3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - The beer pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Spicy hop notes of pine and citrus with a touch of toffee.

T - Sweet, bready malt up front with a touch of lemon. More citrusy hops in the middle with notes of lemon and orange. Finishes with spicy notes of malt and lemony hops with a little bit of dry toast.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Not bad, but pretty bland by today's IPA standards. The hop character isn't weak, but it is kind of mild with mostly lemon character that isn't unpleasant but is a bit unimpressive for a brewery that we know can do much better.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 03:33:27 | More by nickfl
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3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin white head on a cloudy golden with a slight orange hue body. some lacing

S: very floral and grassy with a subtle citrus note.

T: pale malts with a floral, herbal and mild pine flavor with dominating lemon citrus notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: not too bad. the lemon notes provide but lemon custard sweetness and sour notes. A good one to try.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 03:33:02 | More by kylehay2004
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

04-23-2012 19:03:46 | More by DanMolony
Photo of EgadBananas


3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Almost grabbed a sixer, but saw singles so I opted for a variety. Lets see if I made a good choice...

Well, right of the bat I'm not digging the color. Color is more of a medium to muddy orange color. The lack of clarity is refreshing, but it's just to dark. While the head was nice, spongy and pillowy, a bit too cream colored. It is a good looking IPA, which is the style it's listed as, but I know they were shooting for a "White IPA", so it really should have looked more like a Witbier...like the BLVD Collab 2, for example. There's your bar right there, BBC.

The aroma had a nice little spice note to it, with some breadiness, citrus and some grassy, almost floral hop notes. The nose wasn't in-you-face, but it was overall nice. There were minor hints of pine and caramel.

More of that Wit comes through in the taste, thankfully. It's got a nice wheaty malt presence, with some spices, citrus, lemon peel and an early, grassy hop character.

The feel was a bit medium bodied, with a creaminess. Felt a little heavy. Could have had a tad more carbonation.

In the end, it's really a middle-of-the-road kinda beer; not bad, but I don't think I'd seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 18:18:05 | More by EgadBananas
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

04-23-2012 08:28:36 | More by jesus808
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

04-22-2012 20:27:41 | More by plumcrazyfx
Photo of Bitterbill


3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

August is notched on the label.

Huge and persistent head of foam, the norm for Sam Adams brews, it's a hazy orange colour.

It smells very bitter. Pine and citrus there but if I whiff real hard, there's a bit of a malty sweetness there as well. Low on any spicing that I got in the Chainbreaker.

The taste is of pine, some citrus, hint or 2 of malt, no spice, pretty one dimensional but it tastes pretty good. At least for 1 bottle at 1 sitting. I don't have a desire to go back to back.

The mouthfeel is excellent but again, 1 and done. A good effort by SA but not quite where I had hoped it would go.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 15:52:45 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy plae bronze with some amber. Flecks of ediment float around. Ring of white lacing. Subtle pine smell. Light fruitiness. Grassy citrus pine bitter open with a tart/sweet combo throughout. I read from the label this is the apricots - really contributes to the flavor profile. Overall a very tasty and interestingly blended IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 13:46:04 | More by KTCamm
Photo of Nathanhlind

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

04-21-2012 18:58:15 | More by Nathanhlind
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North Dakota

4/5  rDev +14.3%

04-20-2012 23:50:43 | More by Cramerican
Photo of Alacranlmc


1/5  rDev -71.4%

04-20-2012 09:17:25 | More by Alacranlmc
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- White ale with apricots spices and hops. Enjoy by 8/12, consumed 4/12.

A: Tangerine orange is dense in clarity with a marshmellow head that stands ½ finger high but shows some resilience. Thin skim band of lace.

S: Bright apricots and oranges, are fresh along with a lemony grapefruit zing. Soft sweet pineapple, fruity, sweet and hoppy.

T: Tart, dry wheat base for flavor, dry pine, with a respectable amount of hops. Lemony hops leaves a dry grapefruit pulp zing along with some tart oranges. Lingering dry hop finish. Nice mixture, smooth flow, not overwhelming, but subtle.

M: Nice tingle of carbonation, malty dry medium bodied that turns a frothy wash on long holds.

O: Goes down smooth, tart, dryness of a white with some good hop awareness, but more on level of a pale. Found myself repeatedly reaching for my next sip on this one. Not a big hop bomb, but rather a smooth light and tart summer white-ipa drinker which is what this should be rated and considered as.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 23:00:53 | More by beerthulhu
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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