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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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1,755 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,755
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 13
Gots: 105 | 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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Photo of SamFaninNYC
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.

SamFaninNYC, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of szmnnl99
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

szmnnl99, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of portia99
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.

portia99, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of OtherShoe2
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.

OtherShoe2, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Zachb4au
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Zachb4au, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -14%

AWS2111, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of raulazzer
2/5  rDev -42.7%

raulazzer, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of ChristianBlack
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.

ChristianBlack, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of zekeman17
4/5  rDev +14.6%

zekeman17, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
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.

MattyG85, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

JohneHoodlum, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of dgeebs07
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

dgeebs07, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of AtrumAnimus
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.

AtrumAnimus, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Todd
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.

Todd, Mar 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

pjeezus, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of oriolesfan4
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.

oriolesfan4, Mar 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

PeteTheBeerDrinker, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Calculat0r
5/5  rDev +43.3%

Calculat0r, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of TempeBeerMan
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)

TempeBeerMan, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of sneth019
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

sneth019, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of DirtyPenny
3.35/5  rDev -4%

Poured into a 12 oz New England Patriots pint glass, the most New Englandy thing I had on hand.

A: Pours with giant frothy white head. Beer is an opaque stoplight orange-yellow. A few bops of lacing here and there, with larger patches the farther down it goes.

S: Faint coriander spice and orange peel scent. Slight hay/grassy notes.

T: Coriander really smacks you on the tongue, followed by a breeze of orange over grassy, earthy hops and slight sourness on the tip of the tongue.

M: Medium, frothy and a little dry.

O: I'm not a huge IPA fan, but this hit the spot tonight. Probably has something to do with the characteristics this shares with witbiers, of which I am a fan. It's getting warm out. Go out on the porch, deck or balcony, open one up and enjoy.

DirtyPenny, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of CMUbrew
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%

12oz bottle poured into a mug

A: Poured with a two finger rocky white head that faded extremely slowly and never went below one finger until the very end of the beer. Hazy straw/amber color. Some floaties and lots of carbonation rising. Lots of lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Mostly grapefruit with some pine and a little bit of grass.

T: Grapefruit dominates with some pine that becomes slightly more apparent with warming. Some sweetness can be found from the malts and probably the apricots, although I don't get any apricot flavor. Fleeting bitterness in the middle. Tasty, but the grapefruit is extremely dominant.

M: Good carbonation, medium body, and drying finish.

O: This is tasty, but heavy on the grapefruit. This is my first IPA review, so maybe this is a good thing and I just don't know it. Bitterness also seems to be lacking in my opinion.

CMUbrew, Mar 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

SpartanHistory2013, Mar 19, 2012
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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