Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.83/5 rDev +9.7%
Picked up bottles from store and poured into a pint glass. Pours hazy golden with a fluffy, off-white head. Aroma of citrusy hops, apricot, spices, and caramel malts. Flavor about the same with a nice blend of apricot and hops, but something doesn’t go well. Average texture. A decent IPA
03-24-2012 15:19:43 | More by redcap45
2.15/5 rDev -38.4%
Appearance: couldn't tell--drank straight from bottle.
Smell: Honest to God, it smelled of feet. Musty foot.
Taste: Floor cleaner. Once that subsided, a very sour citrus taste, mostly at the back of the tongue.
Mouthfeel: This is one area in which this very confusing beer excelled. Mouthfeel was very clean, with a very dry finish.
Overall: A 2. The Whitewater IPA tries too hard to do too many things, and does none of those things well. A bit more in the way of malt might have smoothed out the very heady hop taste of this brew, and might have yielded a warmer taste altogether. Oddly, though it's very hard to drink it's not entirely unpleasant. I'm through a third of the bottle now, and if I don't inhale while I'm drinking it, it's not that bad. A mediocre beer with a very nice finish.
03-24-2012 03:36:21 | More by SamFaninNYC
3.73/5 rDev +6.9%
12oz bottle (best before August 2012) poured into a Bruery tulip.
A - Pours a glowing, well hazed pale orange color, almost grapefruit juice-like. Thick finger of densely foamed white head...excellent staying power, nice lacing on the glass.
S - Fresh citrus...white grapefruit, hints of lemon and some piney notes as well. Pretty much pure hops.
T - Medium hop bitterness, clean and pretty crisp. Nice dose of citrus in the flavor too. Definitely grapefruity, but not quite with the fresh zing of the aroma and has a touch of spicy hops mixed in. Finish is dry with a bit of a dirty, earthy flavor at the tail end.
M - Lightish body with a strong carbonation. Full of citrus from beginning to end...really not much malt to complement the hops tho.
O - Overall, a solid IPA. Citrus aspects are quite good but there really isn't any malt at all to offset this or complement it. I could easily drink more of this and be happy with it. The IPA class is so crowded with great examples that this really doesn't stand out, but solid and I'd be quite happy drinking this for the night.
03-23-2012 23:39:58 | More by portia99
3.35/5 rDev -4%
Pours medium cloudy orange with a thin white head that clings to the edge of the glass. Getting some lace here.
Weird perfume meets spice note (clove?). Some citric rind, but not much.
Citric hops up front, leading to a very lean malt backbone. They threw in apricot, but I have a hard time finding it. Maybe some pit bitterness? The bitterness and sweetness of the grain in the malt play off each other, but in the end, the bitterness dominates. This is pure bitterness, which I'm not digging because it is lingering too much. Brew dries out a bit in the end.
Medium light body. Good carbonation.
Overall, not bad. Structure, appearance, even scent work. Taste is big in the rating for me, and this just fails to appeal to me. I'm ok with it, and the quality of it, but in the end this is a bit of a swing and a miss for SA.
03-23-2012 22:35:24 | More by OtherShoe2
3.58/5 rDev +2.6%
12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.
L - hazed dull yellow color with a creamy white head that left thick globs of lacing.
S - citrus fruit and dried apricot.
T - tart flavors of citrus fruits with a bitter grapefruit twang towards the end.
F - medium bodied with good carbonation.
O - I enjoyed it but I wouldn't buy it on it's own.
03-23-2012 21:26:45 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.2/5 rDev -8.3%
Appearance: Pours out a well-hazed, burnished gold body with a tall, foaming, whitish head.
Smell: Notes of coarse ground pepper, coriander with humble wheat and fairly easy-going notes of citrus, pine, and fancy little soaps.
Taste: Crispy wheat blended with crackery, doughy pale malts as firm citrusy, spicy elements roll in from the hops and spice additions. Slight pine felt. Medium-plus bitterness. There's a faint, faint apricot accent -- you really gotta look for it. Pinch of piquant herbs. Dry, bitterish finish with some creamy wheat hints.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Not great but decent enough.
03-23-2012 03:49:14 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.63/5 rDev +4%
Poured this from a 12oz. bottle to a pint glass. Had a good ipa appearance and a half fingernail head. Not bad overall for the appearance. The smell was not the hop blast you normally associate with ipas. The taste was fairly average. A commercial ipa. The mouthfeel was just fine with decent carbonation. Overall, it was a B.
03-22-2012 18:46:35 | More by ChristianBlack
4.08/5 rDev +16.9%
Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a very cloudy yellowish orange with lots of rising bubbles and lots of sediment. Kind of weird for a fairly fresh beer. Big five fingers of white head with good retention and lots of lacing on the glass.
Smell: Wheat grains and pale malts with good hints of spicy coriander. Nice zesty aroma of fresh citrus pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, apricot, and orange peel. Also a pretty noticeable presence of pine resin giving a nice dank smell. Really nice hop presence here.
Taste: Upfront is a nice taste of wheat and pale malts with lots of coriander and some white pepper. Midway comes a big taste of ripe citrus fruit. Notes of orange peel, pineapple, lemon zest, grapefruit, and apricot. Also some earthy pine resin. Finishes pretty tart and bitter.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a higher level of carbonation. Fairly creamy, tangy, and prickly. Finishes pretty dry.
Overall: A pretty interesting and tasty beer. Very good mix of spices and hops.
03-22-2012 03:29:02 | More by MattyG85
4.5/5 rDev +28.9%
This one pours a cloudy white blonde. with a shaving cream think head that takes more than several minutes to settle down leaving behind a thick and hearty bit of lacing on the glass, very nice so far.
The nose is like a pine forest in spring after a rain, sweet and fragrant like the hops that dominate this IPA.
The taste is a dry and complex malt that is subdued nicely by the hops.
The mouth feel is full bodied and well textured.
The Sam Adams folks have outdone themselves on this one. I really like it and will gladly buy it again. I highly recommend this one if you are a hop head.
03-21-2012 21:39:35 | More by AtrumAnimus
3.25/5 rDev -6.9%
LOOK: As per the bottle, a hazy brew. Dirty peach, massive creamy white foam head.
SMELL: Powdery spices, pine, citric peel, stone fruit.
TASTE: Medium bodied, crisp, apricot fruitiness, semi-sweet backbone, soft pine, grassy bitterness, citric, wheat husk, dry finish.
White IPAs are trendy at the moment, so this White (wheat) Ale meets India Pale Ale decides to distinguish itself from the rest by also adding apricots to the mix; spices too, but that's from the White Ale. Personally, the apricots and hops don't play together all that well. There's an odd flavor that forms as a result and takes away from the malt profile. Overall, not a bad beer, but it seems a bit too contrived in my opinion.
03-21-2012 19:39:24 | More by Todd
3.98/5 rDev +14%
Sam Adams keeps breaking into the IPA world, but in a "slowly, but surely" way. This is more of an IPA-light and is a bit more on the fruity side than most (big hints of lemon/grapefruit in this one). I wish SA would do a nice over the top, hop heavy IPA but this white ale/IPA hybrid certainly fits the bill for a spring seasonal. Pretty good beer, won't knock your socks off but a nice IPA to introduce to the masses.
03-21-2012 02:53:03 | More by oriolesfan4
2.95/5 rDev -15.5%
Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.
A – Pours a cloudy honey color with a nice one-finger head of thick white bubbles. Clumpy/patchy lacing.
S – Lemon pepper, apricot, and mild grassy hops. Smells nice.
T – Starts off fairly nice with apricot, lemon, coriander, and a little bit of white pepper. Nice spice blend. Middle taste is floral and grassy, much of what you would expect, and then….something happens. The finish of this beer is harshly, astringently bitter. I don’t mean beer bitter, (I LIKE bitter beers) I mean acrid…this tastes more like tonic water. Not good. Poorly balanced.
M – It is here where things go even more downhill. Body lacks a lot of fullness, and instead of “thin”, a better description would be “hollow bodied”. Medium carbonation.
O – I think SA had a decent idea here with the spice blend, but the aftertaste just killed this one for me. As I was drinking it, I couldn’t wait to be done with it. Not far from a drain pour. I don’t know what is up with the newer SA products that are appearing in their variety packs recently, but I feel most of them are really poorly executed. (Not including the “single batch” collection, most of which are good to excellent)
03-20-2012 03:15:47 | More by TempeBeerMan
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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