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

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BA SCORE
79
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1,786 Ratings
THE BROS
75
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Ratings: 1,786
Reviews: 422
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 125 | 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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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Redglimmer, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of Mark5252
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Mark5252, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of leodarko
3/5  rDev -13.8%

leodarko, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Zuidman
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Zuidman, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

redfox405, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of hosehead83
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, hazy, peach/gold in color with a decent head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Piney hops, tropical fruit
Taste-Spicy, tangy hops, fruity, with an underlying grapefruit rind bitterness in the finish. Refreshing and flavorfull. Very nice.

hosehead83, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Well it looks like a witbier and an IPA hazy amber in color with a 1/4 inch of head.

S - Well it smells fairly hoppy with sharp bittering pine, citrus and zest.

T - Man that apricot sure made it even more bitter! I don't know why they added it since I got overly aggressive hops and very little malt balance or even witbier balance. Pity.

M - Medium bodied. Not bad.

Overall not something I would seek out again and not even close to Saranac White IPA. Just bitter and unbalanced to me.

DrDemento456, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of BigTrubble
3/5  rDev -13.8%

BigTrubble, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of minneapolitanjim
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

minneapolitanjim, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, mellow citrus and a minty pine hop. In the taste, minty pine hops, with a small citrus note and a wheaty base. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Quite light for an IPA, interesting with wheat notes and minty hops.

OWSLEY069, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dank, muddy marigold color with a fluffy white top. Snow spatter lace. Judging by their releases Whitewater IPA and Alpine Spring Ale, SA is gettin' outdoorsy.

Wheaty at first whiff but it's all hops from there on out. Initially a sharp pine, mango and apricot blend but as WIPA warm it all turns to juicy grapefruit.

Pine and mango apricot sorbet hops coat the tongue with resin. Long, lingering herbal/pine bitter and uncooked pizza dough than you can take with you to the bathroom. About halfway through each sip WIPA starts to dry out and then really dries up in the end. Nice.

I'm not a fan of the new American Black IPA style but I could get onboard with White IPA. I've ever heard tell of a black IPA with hef yeast called a grey IPA. What wondrous times we live in.

donkeyrunner, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of RKel888
4/5  rDev +14.9%

RKel888, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of LuthersMug
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pleasant, orange hue with specks of wheat floating throughout. Head was off-white and bountiful.

S - Apricot smell was very appealing.

T - Taste was good, the wheat seems to balance the IPA well. Definitely not as hoppy as a typical IPA.

M - Good

O - A good one to try.

LuthersMug, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of NEDmiller
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

NEDmiller, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of JizackFH
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review #603

A - This beer pours a cloudy golden yellow color. there is almost two fingers of white head resting on top. The head has really good retention, and it leaves a nice sheet of sticky lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a good amount of orange and citrus. There are some light malty aromas and some fruitiness. Some nice piney hop aromas are also present.

T - The taste follows the nose. It starts off with a good amount of citrus and orange zest. There is some fruitiness, as well as a medium piney hop bitterness. The finish leaves some lingering citrus, orange zest, and moderate hop bitterness. It tastes sort of like a mix between a witbier and an IPA.

M - This has a medium body and average carbonation. It goes down easy and has a smooth feel to it. There is some sweetness and a moderate hop bitterness. Some orange zest spiciness is also present.

O - This has good drinkability. It goes down easy and I could easily have a few pints of it in an evening. Overall, I think this is a nice and interesting beer. Like I said before, It really is like a wittier and an IPA. It is a unique and interesting flavor that I haven't had before. I recommend trying it out. It is worth a shot, and I would drink it again.

M -

JizackFH, Mar 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Mark4prez20, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Zachtheporter
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Zachtheporter, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of magine
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy light orange with a dense white head. Very nice tight bubbles and good carbonation. Brew leaves a nice island and a lot of lace. Great looks.

Brew smells of apricot, citrusy hops, oily resin. Wheat and bready malts. Good nose.

Brew is spicy and peppers the tongue up front. Good mellow pale malts in the middle and has a slightly dry finish. Brew is filled with lots of fruit hops, wheat and oily resin. Sweetness, hoppiness, creaminess..wow, this is a very good brew.

This is a helluva sessionable brew from SA. Honestly one of the best efforts I have had from SA. This is a case worthy brew that will please hop heads and will introduce non hop heads to hops all while being approachable. The malts do a great job of balancing the brew out. Excellent.

magine, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy silvery-golden color with a nice effervescence and a thick finger of frothy white foam. Looks more than a witbier than an IPA, but I quite like it anyway.

Smell: nice aroma which is nicely fruity, very lightly funky and overall quite fresh. Sweet citrus with a bit of grapefruit round out the fruit notes; I like it.

Taste: flavor isn't bad, but it's not as nice as the aroma might suggest. Basic malt flavor with a bit of sourness; the hop flavors are not fruity as in the aroma, but more on the vegetal side. Bitterness is moderate, which is nice.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a decent IPA but it falls short in the flavor department. I'm all for sour beers, but the acidity in the flavor of this beer is just out of place.

flagmantho, Mar 02, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was hazy caramel orange. Just under a finger of head from my pour. Kind of light on the lacing on the top, some sporadic whiteness. Some light film on the sides, a bit spotty with some bubbles.

A lot more citrusy in the notes than I would have expected with Sam Adams. Seemed to be lemon more than anything else on the citrus side. Light pine as well.

Tasted pretty similar to the nose. More grapefruit than lemon on the citrus side, but surprisingly noticeable. A bit balanced, though, and not too bitter, although you can taste it.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, slightly bitter finish.

This was better than I was expecting. The sharp citrus notes really stand out.

BucannonXC5, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Kinsman
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange fills the glass with a large fluffy and dense white head on top. Some sticky lace lingers briefly on the glass.

A welcoming hoppy aroma greets you with juicy citrus notes a bit of a piney flavor as well.

Hops take over on the palate as well. Lots of orange and grapefruit. Nice bready malt character balances out but really there isn't too much to suggest the wittier presence in this beer. Some hints of spice but the hops, at least while its this fresh, seem to hide a lot of nuances.

Nice crisp light bodied feel. Overall, a nice hop character and rather refreshing. Another winner from SA

Kinsman, Mar 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

snowghetto, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of BigMike
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

BigMike, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of Dope
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A very cloudy orange pour, not far from a witbier. Big effervescent off-white head. Great head retention and a nice wall of lacing.

S: Citrusy, a little bit of wheat and a whole lot of grainy, bready malt.

T: Again, citrusy with a big pine hit. Followed by more of that grainy, bready malt.

M: Medium bodied.

O: Not bad, a pretty plain, malty IPA with a touch of witbier character.

Dope, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of mscudder
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz from variety pack dated best by August 2012.

A - A cloudy golden yellow with a large head. Little lace.

S - I am getting the aroma of apricots and piney hops. Certainly underwhelming for an IPA.

T - Light bitterness with some piney hops and mild apric, following the scent. I feel as if the citrus notes are pleasent, but fairly moderate in quantity. This certainly is a step in the right direction, but I would prefer more pronounced flavor.

M - Very smooth and highly drinkable, which is expected for an "IPA" at this ABV. I enjoy the feel of this one with its medium body and almost creamy composition prior to the bitter finish.

O - One of the better Sam Adams brews I have had, but leaves much room for improvement. If this were one of the only 6-packs on the shelf I may give this another go some time in the future.

mscudder, Feb 29, 2012
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,786 ratings.