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

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1,785 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,785
Reviews: 422
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 124 | 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 +0.6%

lnanthony, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Whitewater IPA from Sammy A is another great creation and defintiely worth a taste. The beer pours a cloudy yelow with creamy white foam. The smell is ripe with citrus and hints of pine. The taste is bitter with citrus and spices. The mouthfeel is medium to light with generous carbonation. Overall it is good.

WoodBrew, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

iL0VEbeer, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of jmcgahran1
4/5  rDev +14.9%

jmcgahran1, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of alwaysintense
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

alwaysintense, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of dcbike
3/5  rDev -13.8%

dcbike, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of rawfish
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow gold with copious amounts of floaties. Forms a nice head, a tight covering, finger high with spots of lacing.

Nice aroma, grapefruit and lemony with a soft peach or apricot note. Not very strong but unique and pleasant. Bready malt bill beneath with a hint of honey sweetness.

Bready grains a little husky with a touch of caramel sweetness. Moderate hops with a good blend of pine, grapefruit and grass. Muted with shockingly low bitterness for an IPA. Residual sweetness across the tongue as opposed to hop flavor. Plain.

Medium bodied that falls rather flat with muted carbonation. Slick mouthcoating.

This isn't a great ipa, the hoppiness would be close to a english pale with painful mouthfeel. Aroma was inviting but nothing else special here. With so many ipas available in the market this isn't going to stand out,

rawfish, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of DavidST
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, best before July 2012. This pours a hazy light golden color with a large foamy off white head which leaves a glass coating lacing. The smells are of hops, pine and grapefruit / citrus, a little apricot. The feel is medium to light. The taste is good enough, nice amount of hop bitterness, some pine and grapefruit but a bunch of sweetness, apricot comes through a bunch in this one.

DavidST, Apr 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

keenanite21, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of bobhall78
2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Orange and cloudy, looks more like grapefruit juice then a beer.

S - Citrus much like a grapefruit smells.

T - Citrus, grapefruit, orange peel, medium body with medium bitterness.

M - Smooth, medium /heavy feel in the mouth, but not to overwhelming.

O - Average beer for an IPA, nothing to great, nothing to bad. It's a good mix when drinking the Samuel Adams Brewer's Choice.

bobhall78, Apr 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

rwilde, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of Fadefury
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber/yellow tint with a 1-2 inch rocky clear white head

S - Mild hops, lots of apricot, and other various citrus

T - The bitterness is lower than expected in an IPA. The Apricot drags it down a bit, but I don't think it blends all that well with it.

M - Medium carbonation, and an overall smooth feel.

O - This isn't something I'd search out on it's own. The bitterness and carbonation is not my preference.

Fadefury, Apr 08, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle notched BB 08/12

A- pours a hazy dark yellow color with a finger fresh white head along with some nice lacing

S-was musty with with fruit and malt and pine

T- starts with citrus and fruit like apricots and pears it has a pine and citrus hop profile with a wheat and malt finish

M- was fruity and also bitter well carbonated

O- a fruit infused white ipa that was pretty drinkable i think i will try this one again soon

gatornation, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a ton of pine and grapefruit notes. Overall, the beer smells very fruity. The flavor is mainly made up of pineapple and other tropical fruit, with some wheat and a little bit of biscuit malt. I also get a light to medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Apr 07, 2012
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1/5  rDev -71.3%

NickCurley, Apr 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Kopfschuss, Apr 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

BourbonDemocrat, Apr 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a cloudy orange color body with a 1" foamy head. The smell is of a little bit of malt with some citrus. The taste has a grapefruit bite upfront. The finish has some maltty sweetness. The mouth feel is good and overall this is a good beer.

chefhatt, Apr 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

boudreaux, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of ujsplace
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

This hazy, orange colored brew has a massive, white meringue like head that leaves lots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smells of hops; earthy, pine and citrus with apricot notes.

Well blended hop flavors - pine and citrus; lemon, grapefruit, oily resinous piney hops which is all held in check by the apricot. This offers a nice (different) take on the traditional IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium/light. Very crisp with a clean finish - lively carbonation.

Another good brew from Sam Adams. This would make a great choice for a summer brew.

ujsplace, Apr 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

chasmandocharles, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into pint-like glass.

Appearance: Cloudy dark yellow with decent white cap and good lacing rings.

Smell: Grapefruit, orange peel, pine and toasted malts. Dry and slightly tart overall, but seems more like a standard low key IPA.

Taste: The taste is more interesting. Very citrusy, both from grapefruity hops and the orange peel, along with a touch of apricot. The malts are more in the background, and the wheat is not too obvious. The finish is somewhat bitter, with pine and coriander.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a medium, somewhat smooth and creamy body and a nice dry finish.

Overall: I had expected a Belgian IPA, and that is not really what this is. This is more of a typical IPA, but with some added subtleties. I like it, and this is easily the best new beer I have had from Sam Adams since Noble Pils. Maybe I shouldn't write off Jim Koch completely.

bsp77, Apr 05, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy yellow orange, lots of sediment for a SA beer, two finger head

S-Citrus hops, some wheat along with orange peel and lemon

T-Blend of citrus, orange peel and lemon. Nice bitterness, could have used a little more.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and smooth.

O-One of the better SA beers. The best in the mix pack.

rlee1390, Apr 04, 2012
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3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat skeptical of this "white" IPA as SA isn't particularly known for either style and I have yet to find a "white" IPA that I've really liked. Let's give this a whirl.

Pours a hazy wheat-beer color with a sticky bright white head. Fairly aggressive pour yielded just over a 2-finger head. Good lacing, a characteristic of both good IPAs and good wheat beers.

Aroma is mixed between the 2 styles, neither overwhelms but neither stands out. A belgian wit with a touch of citrus and pine hops. Reminds me of Southern Tier's HopSun.

Taste is more of the same, but with a taste that doesn't quite work as well as I would have hoped. Hops contribute plenty of bitterness and astringency. Apricots covered in pine needles? No real wit-bier character as the astringent hops cancel out the subtle wheat tones. There is a bit of a malty presence on the way down and in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a good mixture, this is a highly carbonated IPA with a medium body. Reminds me of Vitus in terms of feel, but without the creamy aspect. Bubbly astringency stings the palate.

Overall this is not bad, a nice attempt at a hybrid. This beer is refreshing, both in terms of what you get and that it reflects some experimentation.

nitro0292, Apr 04, 2012
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,785 ratings.