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

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1,868 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,868
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 178 | 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:
Beer added by: jsh420 on 12-29-2011

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of barleyroad
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of yesyouam
3.89/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of harrymel
2.53/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of BrianSwoyer
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of redcap45
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
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

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of SamFaninNYC
2.14/5  rDev -38.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of portia99
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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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.

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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2/5  rDev -42.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of ChristianBlack
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of MattyG85
4.09/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,868 ratings.