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

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1,850 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,850
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 162 | 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

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Beer added by: jsh420 on 12-29-2011

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Photo of Dodo2step
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.

Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

Photo of Jimbrew
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of gleemonger
4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

Photo of animal69
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of mnrider
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.


Photo of kb2250
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of haddyhustle302
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of barleyroad
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of yesyouam
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA is a very cloudy sparkling golden ale. The dense, white foam has great retention and lacing. It has a bright citrus aroma with orange and pine. It's medium bodied and a little starchy throughout. The finish is dry. It's not as hoppy as the aroma led me to believe, but suitably bitter. There are flavors of orange, pine and wheat with a hint of apricot and pine resin at the finish. It's really solid and the flavors pull together really well.

Photo of StoicBeast
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of iskeptopotamus
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of harrymel
2.45/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by Aug, 2012

Pours a solid light copper with some white foam residing atop leaving some lace. Huh, the apricot comes through surprsingly well, but not too strong. There are also some noble hops and herbal notes. Flavor is dry and bitter with a little wheat flavor and mostly bitterness from the hops, not really any of the fruit I smelled and not really good. Dry and full bodied with hi carb - an odd trifecta. Overall, not impressed with the beer. Great idea, poor execution is how I feel about this.

Photo of poogas
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of jlordi12
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of BrianSwoyer
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of redcap45
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of rob99er
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of jsh5771
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of SamFaninNYC
2.15/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of szmnnl99
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of portia99
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,850 ratings.