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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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1,842 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,842
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 143 | 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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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of JimKal
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - hazy yellow/gold. I loved the way this looked. Two finger white head.

S - had a light hoppy aroma. Not as pronounced as many other IPAs.

T - This is a very balanced IPA. Not a big hop load with a slight hint of sweetness at the finish.

M - pleasant medium body mouthfeel.

O - If you are looking for a big hop bomb this isn't the beer for you. But, I think it is a very good warmer weather IPA. I got this as part of their Hopology 12 pack and have enjoyed most of their offerings. I will get this one again.

Photo of allstar255
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Brewfocker
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of soonerlight
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of RyanGoodman
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Doyle's down the street from the brewery.

Appearance is the straw-like color of the 2 row malt. Smells of whole cone hops, I could have enjoyed that all day. Flavor follows the scent. Bitterness throughout, and sharply at the end of sip. Mouthfeel is poppy and very nice for style. I really enjoyed this beer, and will enjoy again.

Photo of milkbone_underwear
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Maureen
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of blackcompg
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle from their limited release IPA HOP-OLOGY variety pack...

Appearance - A rough pour gave 3-4 fingers of off-white eggshell head, color is a hazy golden yellow, great foamy lacing inthe glass.

Smell - Citrus, lemon, grapefruit, fresh white bread, floral hops.

Taste - A nice complexity of lite citrus, yellow grapefruit, some pith and a touch of lemon, tons of floral hops, light malt sweetness, just a touch of natural comb honey, light malt, and white breadcrust. Finishes with dry citrus pith, meadowy hops and a pinch of white pepper. Finish is also very crisp and dry. Alcohol is completely hidden.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium, medium foaming carb with some bright sharp edges, refreshing and very drinkable.

Overall - A very bright and refreshing APA. This would be a great thirst quencher on a warm summer day. Gorgeous in the glass, MUCH better than the simmer shandies that are out now - nice depth and complexity - makes me think of a "summerfied" version of Bell's Winter White.

Photo of Mdadvoc
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of ChrisElpers
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of dreis
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus fruits and caramel that are quickly followed by a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to pound down for a long time.

Photo of swinyeju
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of smakawhat
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A dull lemon and brown amber body, quite pale, unfiltered and kind of frozen, but with a nice big fluffy white head, lots of retention and lacing, but not fairly uniform in it's creation.

A nice airy citrus hop, with a sweet malt backbone component to it, hints a little apricot. It's actually quite solid, just faint though.

Taste seems to be somewhat subdued and fleeting. Some mild hop oil presence hits, even finish has a dry pepper like character but it leaves very quickly. Some slight playful carbonation in a nice coating palate, pretty good and solid.

Overall easy drinking but nothing really surprising, things could be worse or a heck of a lot more boring that's for sure.

Photo of kmoore149
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: One inch head, golden-brown in color, cloudy, high carbonation

Smell: light Belgian spice, big citrus and tangerine

Taste: orange, lemon, wheat--almost Orange Julius like, then a strong citrus hoppy end

Mouthfeel: moderate-high carbonation, light bodied, sweet candy like start with a bitter lasting middle

Overall: This is what you get if you take a clean witbier and add bitterness to the end in a big way. As my first white ipa, I find this refreshing, confusing, and different. I believe I would like this better if the two beer styles were a bit more intertwined--maybe a bit less sweetness in the beginning of the drink. I am not sure if I would get a six but would gladly have a couple. This one is good, but I think there are better beers in the hopology mix pack.

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3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of lemon and citrus hops with some apricot, caramel malts, and some coriander and other spices.

T - Starts off with some apricot, coriander, other spices, and citrus hops. Through the middle some floral hops come through with a bit of bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. The finish is a mix of caramel malts, apricot, lemon zest, citrus hops, and some spices.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, lightly bitter, and spicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced spiced IPA. Could have used a touch more body and hop bitterness.

Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of JoshuaGoins
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into Sam Adams pint glass. best by 10/2012. Pours hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of lemon, orange zest, herbal, floral, wheat, grass, apricot, grapefruit, and earthy spiciness. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon, apricot, herbal, floral, wheat, earth, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, citrus, floral, herbal, and earthy spiciness for a good bit. Great balance of hop flavors, and nice balance with the bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with slightly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden as expected for 5.8%; with pretty much no warming noticed on the finish. Overall this is a great wheat IPA! Great hop flavor balance and smoothness; and very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

Photo of maleman
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an SA glass. Poured a medium straw color which was a bit surprising for me with it being an IPA. One finger head with heavy, clingy lacing. Some really nice grass in the nose along with some grapefruit. Like the color, the taste really didn't reach the IPA levels I would have expected. Slight taste of pepper and a sense of biscuit. It was very light-bodied, I thought with some lingering aftertaste. Overall, a bit better than average, but with an IPA being my favorite genre, it really didn't measure up as highly as I'd hoped.

Photo of Mike327
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 1,842 ratings.