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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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1,732 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,732
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 12
Gots: 97 | 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 Whiskeydeez


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

02-28-2012 00:45:44 | More by Whiskeydeez
Photo of HarmonMW


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

02-27-2012 20:14:41 | More by HarmonMW
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

02-27-2012 03:15:52 | More by stoutlover1978
Photo of ahq514


3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip.

Pours a hazy golden color with a white, finger and a half head. Appears to have moderate carbonation. Good lacing.

Aroma is mostly of coriander, belgian yeast, and apricots. Some piney hops in the background, but I figured the hops would be more forward in this beer.

Wheat, belgian yeast, and apricots. Next is a dry, spicy, coriander with piney hops. Unfortunately there isn't enough malt to stand up to the bitterness of the hops. Not really detecting other spices or orange peel.

Medium body and fairly low carbonation for what I was expecting. Pretty drinkable though.

I love the concept of white ipas, and loved the boulevard white ipa, but this one fell short. I don't think there was enough element of the belgian wit side of things and wasn't well balanced enough.

02-27-2012 03:05:36 | More by ahq514
Photo of DarthMalt


3.33/5  rDev -4.6%

Oh, Snap! This one will slap you and make you call it Daddy!

Old Darthy had to come out of the woods to review this one. Not much for the Sam mix pack offerings, but, in these days when Hop Devil tastes sweet and yummy, you know BB worked hard to get this one on the radar.

You know you're in trouble when the aromas start attacking your nose as the glass approaches, and then BAM! There it is, that good ol' nail up the nose like back in the day (what was that beer?).

Not much else to say, except -- "What? Oh! You say there's apricots in there? Who the f__k cares!!! My tongue is still writhing on the floor!" Yeah, this aint no Magic Hat #9, let's just leave it at that, okay?

Anyway, it was nice to feel young and naive again drinking a beer.



02-26-2012 23:58:00 | More by DarthMalt
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

02-26-2012 21:30:42 | More by NeutroMan
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3/5  rDev -14%

02-26-2012 21:13:12 | More by TicoCali
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5/5  rDev +43.3%

02-26-2012 20:49:46 | More by MaddDogg84
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

02-26-2012 08:21:55 | More by grubefresh
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +6.9%

Part of the Brewer's Choice Spring mixed twelve pack. This beer pours a pale golden with a surprisingly opaque body. Also great early lace. Nose is grapefruit hops over a bready, malty backbone. Looks like a wheat beer, but doesn't smell like one.

This one is difficult to define and does contain elements from both its lineages. Initial bitterness gives way to mellow wheat smoothness and then back to hops at the finish. It is interesting and ambitious, but far from a flawless transition. Plenty of citrus hops give it flavor but the wheat backbone isn't strong enough to keep the bitterness from becoming acrid and grating. I'd give an "A" for ambition but not something I'll look for until they smooth out the rough edges.

02-26-2012 02:46:45 | More by daliandragon
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

A-Pours a very hazy golden color with a medium sized, creamy, rocky off white head that had good retention and lacing.

S-The aroma is very grapefruit and pine right off the bat with some tropical fruit notes, but I don;t really know how much of the apricots are coming through. There is a strong, herbal/floral hop notes in there as well. And I also can't tell whether the spices are coming through.

T-The flavor is like the aroma, lots of grapefruit and piney hops (which I love) some mild hints of tropical fruits that could be coming from hops as well, it doesn't seem like they used enough apricots here. The hops shine through well, which is how it should be, but to use fruits in an IPA, I think Dogfish did it the best with their Aprihop beer. It's a well done IPA, but not much spices or apricot come through imo.

M-The mouthfeel really gets better as the beer warms. It's very smooth, easy drinking, medium bodied beer with a long, slightly dry and bitter finish.

O-Overall, I like this beer very much. Just don't think they achieved what they wanted it to do. I don't pick up on the spices or the apricots very much.

02-26-2012 01:47:28 | More by hoplover82
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a cloudy golden yellow with a large (2-3 finger) white frothy head that lasted throughout and produced excellent sheeting of sticky lacing.

The aroma was nice and hoppy of citrus hops, grain malts and a soapy yeast with notes of grapefruit, caramel and a bit of spice.

The taste was lightly bitter with a decent note of caramel early on and then became good and hoppy with an awesome bitter citrus flavor and a nice dose of spice at the end. The flavor lingered for a nice long time allowing for full enjoyment of the hoppy citrus brew.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a slightly dry texture and a lively carbonation.

Overall a tasty and refreshing IPA with a nice spicy finish, in fact I think I will have another...

02-25-2012 19:18:49 | More by KajII
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

02-25-2012 19:05:50 | More by pisomojado8
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New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +18.9%

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a cloudy orange color with a huge three fingers of billowing foam. Aroma is redolent of citrus hops and apricot. Smells quite nice.

First sip is quite fruity, with a strong bitter finish. Can certainly taste the wheat malt in the body. This is a very nice, complex brew. Wouldn't really call it an IPA, but the sour hint from the apricot mixes nicely with the wheat malt, all surrounded by a hoppy envelope.

Got this in a mixed 12 pack, but would buy a 6 pack in the future.

02-25-2012 03:01:40 | More by FickleBeast
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3.93/5  rDev +12.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass Pours a hazy darker straw color with a 1.5 finger white head. Smells of sweet hops but not much of an aroma. As the bottle says, it is a wheat IPA, and definitely it has the hints of both. It is quite balanced and still quite hopey and has a little bite. It has the maltiness of a good wheat beer. Carbonation is great and goes down smooth. Overall a good beer and a nice wheat IPA.

02-25-2012 00:34:26 | More by cyclonece09
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Rhode Island

3.08/5  rDev -11.7%

12oz. bottle served in a nonic pint. Best by June 2012 notched on the label. Pours a dull tangerine hue with a hazy clarity and a loose, quarter inch, off-white head the quickly recedes into some dollops and a skim. Some spots and thin swaths of lacing present during the tasting. Nose is somewhat non-existent. A hint of citrus and light malts - it almost reminds me of a witbier. Taste is pretty lackluster - earthy hops, dull citrus and a trace of spice on a light malted backbone. There's also some residual earthy/acrid bitterness that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with a carbonation that falls just short of prickly and a light acidity. Overall, not much of an IPA. Nothing really stands out in the hop profile. Not one of this brewer's better one-offs. Glad the mix pack I bought only has two of these.

02-25-2012 00:27:52 | More by Jwale73
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

02-24-2012 22:15:08 | More by mcorwin
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +14.6%

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours hazy golden-orange with a long lasting, foamy, white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops followed by apricots and caramel malt. Body is medium and tangy. Spicy, citrusy hops dominate the flavor with apricots, orange fruit and malt in the background. Finish is long, dry dominated by grapefruit. I like a lot of hops in this Wit.

02-24-2012 21:29:27 | More by mikeg67
Photo of bootsandbeer


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

02-22-2012 01:02:56 | More by bootsandbeer
Photo of wages


4.75/5  rDev +36.1%

2nd review of this beer from a different batch on 2/21. Poured into standard a pint glass at around 50 to 60 degrees. Fairly warm for me.

appearance - 5/5 - Still has a hazy bright orange color with a big two finger head. Leaves a fair amount of lacing (less than the previous one).

smell - 4.5/5 - I'm picking up a lot of grapefruit and pineapple and extremely subtle wheat.

taste - 5/5 - This time it's very, very much "pineapple" to me which must be from the hops. It's a great balance for the wheat flavors which are a little more prevalent at the high temperature, but welcome in the IPA environment.

mouthfeel - 5/5 - Medium level of carbonation. There's a big hop flavor leftover that's very spicy.

overall - 5/5 - Still really digging this beer. I can see this as a goto during the summer if they keep it in production (please!).
1st review from 2/13/2012

appearance - 5/5 - Hazy bright orange color with a big two finger head. Leaves lots of lacing.

smell - 4/5? - I'm having a hard time picking up any substantial aroma. Probably because my nose is a little stopped up.

taste - 5/5 - Bright grapefruit hops slash apricot undertones appear immediately and then a faint wheat flavor follows. I can pick up "spices", but not what kind.

mouthfeel - 4.5/5 - Medium to high level of carbonation but not enough to clear the hop flavor, so it lingers a bit and coats the tongue with malty goodness.

overall - 5/5 - I was curious what the wheat IPA would be like, and I'm surprised to say it doesn't disapoint!

02-21-2012 22:12:36 | More by wages
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Samuel Adams' Whitewater IPA has a soft, yellow-orange body, with a good-looking white head that has solid retention and lacing.

The aroma is very fruity, but it's tough to separate actual fruit from the hops. A bready, malted wheat base comes through as well.

Whitewater IPA is one of the better hoppy wheat ales that I have come across. A good dose of hops, with c-hops leading the way with tons of citrus flavors and a good bit of bitterness. The citrus from the hops blend nicely with the additions of orange peel and apricot. It's hard to tell at exactly what point the hop flavors turn into fruit flavors, but I notice that it does happen, and the bitterness dies to give way to a little bit of sweetness. Next comes the malt, which tastes like a mix of pale and wheat, bringing a little twang from the wheat and a variety of light bread flavors, sweetness and a little bit of cracker. Mixed with the wheat is a peppery flavor in the mold of coriander.

Pretty active carbonation, but still a nice smoothness to this this medium bodied beer.

I definitely give Whitewater IPA a thumbs up; my buddy's fridge didn't have anymore left when I had gone.

02-21-2012 14:45:10 | More by Hojaminbag
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

02-21-2012 03:58:16 | More by Acuity
Photo of Nachojon


3.93/5  rDev +12.6%

A- Super hazy, great foamy white head. Really coats the glass. Nice amber what color. A looker.

S- Not a lot of aroma here. Some hops come through, a little bit of that apricot.

T- I dislike whats. So this one being a wheat/ IPA hybrid really brings it up a huge notch in enjoyability. Has that smooth sweeter start of a what and then just enough hops to keep the wheat from carrying through to its usual sugar nastys.

M- Nice and crisp. A really drinkable beer. I could put a few of these back. Nice carbonation.

O- I won't be going out and purchasing this one. But damn call this one a wheat and it would be my favorite. Sam Adams makes really drinkable beers overall. This is another.

02-21-2012 02:53:36 | More by Nachojon
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2.73/5  rDev -21.8%

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a hazy honey golden color with a soapy white 1.5 finger head. Retention is average at best. Looks more like a wit than IPA.

S - Orange, pine, crystal malt, and some other light, tart fruit notes. It's moderate strength, and seems fairly balanced.

T - Though the hops bitterness isn't entirely strong, it's completely imbalanced. The resinous pine note is welcome, but I'm missing the fruits notes I found in the nose. A bit watery, even. Bitter throughout.

M - Thick and almost syrupy. Strange.

D - It's got some really decent flavors going, but the build and balance are really strange. I'll pass on this one in the future.

02-21-2012 01:04:20 | More by blakelive784
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3.1/5  rDev -11.2%

The color is amber-orange murk with a small white colored head. Good looking this beer is not.

Smell is hoppy with the scent of pine being the strongest. Little bit of spice. Some eucalyptus funk. It smells like a fundamental but not outstanding IPA.

Starts out sweet with a strong wheat cracker malt flavor. Slightly bitter but not a strong IPA flavor. Really tastes more like pale ale than IPA.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall this is just an OK beer, nothing in need ever try again.

02-21-2012 01:03:28 | More by Zorro
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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