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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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1,815 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,815
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 138 | 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%

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
Photo of rlee1390
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
Photo of nitro0292
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
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an extremely hazy orange with a lot of floaters. There are numerous streams of carbonation making their way to the surface. The white head is creamy and settles to a thin covering while leaving nice lacing on the sides of the glass. It looks alive.

S- Pine, caramel, flowers, and a slightly noticeable apricot aspect, though I probably wouldn't pick up on it if it wasn't mentioned on the label.

T- Pine, citrus rind, caramel, flowers, and a bit of apricot. There is a distinct Sam Adams breadiness on the finish as well. Bitter, but with the right amount of sweetness on the finish.

M- The body is extraordinarily creamy and the carbonation is spot on. The finish has a bit of lingering bitterness.

O- A nice change of pace for Sam Adams. Drinks really easily.

david131, Apr 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

bigbeers84, Apr 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

grahambo, Apr 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

buckyp, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Extremely hazy, ranging from pale yellow to a more robust golden orange as it goes up my Sam Adams glass. Three fingers of snow white rocky micro bubbly foam. Good stretchy lace.

Wheat, apricots, some additional citrus. Clean and inviting but not super assertive.

Wheat beginning, some juicy fruit, a snap of bitter. More wheat in the afterglow. Lemon also.

Mouthfeel is a bit overly prickly, a bit distracting.

The wheat IPA is an interesting hybrid, I liked it more than I anticipated. Just wish we could take the edge off the mouthfeel. Worthy of a trial.

RonfromJersey, Apr 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

DerwinWentworth, Apr 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

AlphaKing414, Apr 02, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -56.9%

agreenman19, Apr 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

pastafarian, Apr 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy orange/gold body, trace bone head,
solid lacing

S: apricot, lemon peel, pine, and wheat

T: lemon peel, apricot, wheat, mild oily bitter

M: med body, mild oily mouth

O: Nice surprise, nothing spectacular,
but not awful. Hope this offering
becomes a standard for SA.


BeerLover99, Apr 01, 2012
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3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Thanks to my buddy Matt for this one.

A- a cloudy orange color with hint of tangerine color. A frothy mountainous head that leaves a wonderful lacing on my pint.

S- citrus and pine hopes dominate the nose. some faint malts but i cant make out the nose on them.

T- a dry citrus pine hop flavor. Very distinct and a nice IPA flavor.

M- For an IPA is actually somewhat creamy. It goes down smooth and no lingering aftertaste.

O- Not bad but not great, it really does fall somewhere in between. a nice IPA rfom Sam Adams and it wuld be a nice fail-safe at an eatery.

Dodo2step, Apr 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

vfgccp, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy orange amber with a good medium lasting beige head, with good lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt citrus, light yeast, piney hops, grapefruit with some apricot notes fill the senses. Taste is of fruity citrusy notes, some light yeast, followed by some citrusy piney hops, grapefruit and some apricot flavors. A nice medium body with good carbonation and crisp mouth feel on the palate. Finishes with a sweet biscuit malt, fruity citrus and apricot flavors, some light yeast, ending with some good slightly spicy citrusy piney hops for balance. Overall a well done, tasty and nicely balanced IPA.

Samp01, Mar 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Jimbrew, Mar 31, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

animal69, Mar 29, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. brown bottle. Fresh to date.

A: Pours a hazy light straw color. Large white head which retains well. Leaves above average lacing.

S: I am first ambushed by the apricots, this leads to the slightly piney hops. I can almost detect orange or some other citrus.

T/M: A combination of subdued hops and citrus. They work well together and the beer goes down smooth with a creamy texture. Little aftertaste and easy to drink. At one moment I am reminded of Blue Moon.

O: This one is interesting, I think I like it. The combination of hops and apricots work well for me. However The IPA does not come through enough as it needs more of a hop presence.


mnrider, Mar 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

kb2250, Mar 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

haddyhustle302, Mar 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

barleyroad, Mar 28, 2012
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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