Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.63/5 rDev +4%
Cloudy caramel colour with a cap of fine, off-white foam. Tons of thick, sticky lacing, good head retention. Aromas of grapefruit and pine, bit of wheat, spicy. Fruity apricot and a bit of tropical character up front followed by sharp, citrus bitterness. Notes of wheat and pine, spices, lemon as well. Lingering powdery and slightly sour bitterness. Medium body and carbonation, a bit of slickness in the texture. These characters worked better together than I expected. I enjoyed it and would purchase again.
02-19-2012 01:54:46 | More by DrJay
3.95/5 rDev +13.2%
12 oz bottle, pretty fresh, this will be the first white Ipa I try, I'm guessing first of many if I know the trends of craft beer. (I just drank a Union Jack so hop tolerance might be skewed)
A: Pours a very hazy/cloudy dull yellow. Pours a lovely pillow of a head, I've never seen anything that thick from Sam. Leave really beautiful lacing. Surprising.
S: Immedietly get that Belgian barnyard/banana, a tad spicey, and having trouble picking up hops.
T: Definitely that witbier yeasty/banana flavor up front. Then a lemon tart/sweetness, and finishes with some lime/pine hop flavor. I know its apricot but it tastes more lemon-y to me. More Whit than Hop. However hop flavor is what lingers, interesting. What you would expect from a White Ipa. Similiar lemon note from Alpine Spring and Summer ale.
M: Thick/creamy, very un sam like. Heavy carbonation. Light enough to be a session beer.
O: Not what I'm used to from sam. This one has awesome appearance, and a pretty interesting flavor profile. I dont even like it that much but its quite interesting. This would be a great outdoor tailgating/party beer.
02-18-2012 02:11:51 | More by BigCheese
3.93/5 rDev +12.6%
A - Cloudy golden orange in color. Nice fluffy rocky head that holds its shape then laces the glass aggressively.
S - Smell of citrus hops and a fruitiness. Slight metallic note.
T - Very sweet and fruity. Hops are there too but there is a fullness to the flavor that is kind of different. Hops are citrus up front, subdued in the middle and then very bitter in the finish. I'm having a hard time putting my finger on the flavor. I know that there is apricot here but I'm not sure how it adds to the flavor. Whatever it is, I like it. Juicy?
M - Full and somewhat chewy. Carbon bite on the tongue. Slight alcohol warmth.
O - I really liked this. Not a crazy beer but a solid delicious brew. Kind of typical of Sam Adams. Balanced and interesting. Not mind blowing but very solid.
02-18-2012 01:01:34 | More by GregBlatz
4.1/5 rDev +17.5%
Glass - Wheat beer
A - A straight up Wheat Ale appearance. A hazy golden color with a 2-3 finger head that looks dense and hardy. Moderate C02 can be seen through the hazy brew, and it left some very nice lacing on my glass.
S - Upfront is a very fresh grapefruit rind aroma, a bit of pine in there as well. Underneath the fresh hops I get soft grainy and cracker like malt notes. I noticed a touch of banana or bubble gum as it warmed up. Overall it smells fresh and inviting.
T - Upfront I get resinous hop flavors like grapefruit rind, lemon juice and pine. Mingling in between the hops upfront is a nice wheat flavor, as well as a subtle banana like yeast characteristic. It finishes with a high amount of astringency with moderate-high bitterness that lingers a bit.
M - Medium bodied with a smooth and almost creamy feel to it. Moderate-high crispness.
O - Wow, I think this is a great offering from Sam Adams. The appearance and the aroma are very inviting, and the flavor profile is fresh and unusually hop forward for Sam Adams. I really enjoyed this combo of a refreshing Wheat Ale and a bitter and flavorful IPA. I definitely recommend this one.
Great Job Sam Adams. Cheers!
02-17-2012 23:44:30 | More by PintOHops
3.6/5 rDev +3.2%
glass: wheat-ish glass (shorter and a little wider)
a: looks just like a hefe, but with a very white 2-finger head that really sticks around.
s: Up front, lots of pineapple and lemon. Some muskiness and a bit of gym sock yeast.
t: Surprisingly, a bitter finish. It starts with a kiwi-like flavor, moves to pineapple, lemon and papaya, touch of wheat comes next, ends bitter, with wheat and some floral notes.
m: Light medium, medium carbonation.
o: a bit odd. the wheat and hops seem to clash a bit. Other than that, not too bad.
02-17-2012 23:36:00 | More by JosiahS
3.53/5 rDev +1.1%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Pours with a huge two finger billowy head and a hazy light gold body. Great head retention.
Smells quite citrusy with the apricots being quite prominent. Also some orange and pineapple with a touch of pine.
Flavor is quite citrusy as well and sweet. Apricot once again and orange. The pine is not quite as noticeable. Not as much bitterness as I was expecting but it is noticeable and provides a nice drying finish. The mouthfeel, however is quite watery.
Overall I'm torn on this beer. The flavor is wonderful with the citrus but body is severely lacking. It's almost like drinking hopped fruit juice. I'd revisit it, though.
02-17-2012 20:07:52 | More by rangerred
3.9/5 rDev +11.7%
A- A very hazy beer pours into a pint glass with a yellow-orange hue. Creamy white head forms to a nice size and retains decently. Lots of frothy lace rings down the glass.
S- Right after the pour I can smell nice fruit notes from pretty far away. It fades in strength but still has nice citrus fruit hops and a peachy apricot feel later on.
T- Sam Adams makes a little bargain with the West Coast? Interesting. Fruitier and more citrus forward than the usual East Coast IPA (not from Vermont, its a joke). Hops lend notes of lemon zest, peach, pine and general tropical fruit. Finishes with malt and yeast bread. Addition of apricot enhances the sweet fruit flesh feel and adds a pit flavor to the aftertaste.
MF- Creamy body with a silky smooth feel. Finish is not as bitter as many IPAs today, ends more like an APA.
Pretty cool addition to the Spring pack, probably my favorite so far from it. Sam Adams with a pretty nice citrus fruit IPA, cool. Sort of ends up tasting like peach orange juice.
02-17-2012 03:18:25 | More by cbutova
4.23/5 rDev +21.2%
From twelve ounce bottle freshness dated for July 2012.
Scent of grapefruit/citrus. Pours a hazy lemon yellow with large foamy head. Great head retention and laces the glass down to the bottom! Tastes piney and citrusy with a nice hop kick/bite to it.I did not notice the apricots, the hops are still more forward; what I would expect from an I.P.A..
02-17-2012 00:56:44 | More by CaptJackHarkness
3.78/5 rDev +8.3%
Pours a hazy, light brown (dark orange) color from the bottom with a finger of head. Smell is somewhat timid compared to most IPAs... Little citrus from the hops and apricot notes.
Taste is fizzy... and hoppy. Apricot again, mixed with pine. The apricot diffuse the bitterness of the hops, a rather stark change from a big IPA. Nice change.
Overall, a pleasant take on the standard India Pale Ale. Definitely worth trying, and perhaps a good offering for someone a little apprehensive towards hoppy IPAs.
02-17-2012 00:48:03 | More by devinoconnor
4.05/5 rDev +16%
This would no doubt be my first snag when opening up this variety pack. Hopefully this will be a refreshing ipa to kick off the seasonal 12pk
A- whitewater pours a hazy orange color that really exuberates glowing color. The brew is topped off with a good frothy head of foam with speckled lacing
S- nice! A zesty wit scent coupled with piney and citric hop scent. The sweet pineapple scent is sprinkled on top of some bitter scents. This is a good combination of themes to kick out a spring seasonal
T- immediate pine and bitter flavors blast out from the brew. Very sour and enjoyable on the entry and the exit of the brew. In between all that bitterness is a fantastic spicy and citruc profile that I love. Very impressive from BBC
M- coating flavor with great carbonation. The flavor sticks around for quite a while after
O- wow. This is one bitter and zesty ops at the same time. Boston brewing went out and created the ideal session ipa that focuses on a bitter hop hit. Very excited that this came to market
02-17-2012 00:29:49 | More by lovindahops
4/5 rDev +14.6%
Pours hazy orange gold, piney hop nose, taste is bright lime, spice, kind of sour. Crispy and creamy feel. Good overall, an interesting ipa, different from most. Slightly lacks malt balance and the mouth feel falls off just slightly but can't deny an original flavor
02-16-2012 22:06:17 | More by J23hc
3.98/5 rDev +14%
From the Sam Adams spring mix pack
Poured into a standard pint glass
A: Pours a cloudy golden color, moderately frothy head
S: Decent hops aroma, somewhat fruity, light and not too overpowering
T: A definite taste of sour peaches right up front, kind of floral aftertaste with the distinctive hoppy bitterness, small flavors of oranges and apricots towards the end
M: Light, not very thick or sticky like other IPA's
O: This one is a unique offering from Sam Adams, it seems like a good hybrid of a lighter IPA and a sweeter tasting fruit beer or wheat ale. Overall enjoyed this one and would drink again
02-16-2012 05:01:39 | More by wafers
3.83/5 rDev +9.7%
Poured a hazy orange color, frothy head, that reduced to about a thin collar.
aroma actually smelled a bit of cat spray...(must be the hops).some malty balance, floral notes as well.
taste was hoppy, some citrusy flavors here...
mouthfeel was pretty dry...but as expected with an IPA..
overall, I think an IPA fan would really like this one, I'm not a big fan, but it is good, and have to say pretty tasty once I got used to it.. CHEERS!
02-15-2012 22:47:42 | More by steinlifter
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.85/5 rDev +10.3%
A - A nice cloudy yellow with a creamy and foamy head that really hangs out.
S - Citrus, clove, pine, yeast, bread, grass, grapefruit
T - Dry malt and bitter hop transitions to a large coriander/wit profile followed by a good hop bitterness predominated by citrus. This profile lingers but eventually gives way to a subtle apricot flavor that enters into the equation but only in the background without overpowering the profile overall. A very unique offering! I gotta say, I don't think I've ever had a beer quite like this. You get the IPA character, the wit character, and the apricot character without the beer fully giving its allegiance to any of these styles in particular. It's like if Hoegaarden and No #9 were sqeezed through the brain of a west-coast hopster.
M - Good carbonation and coating, a little light but pleasant nonetheless
O - Not spectacular, but deserves kudos for the bravery in style. Give it a try if you see the newest BBC Mixer
02-15-2012 08:33:37 | More by doopydoogle
3.05/5 rDev -12.6%
SA whitewater ipa
a 4-4.5 very cloudy yellow brew with a creamy looking nearly white head. looks like a particularly inviting witbier. the head sticks around and leaves some lace.
s 4-4.5 straightforward grapefruit pith nougat, smells about perfect for a sessionable ipa. hopes are very high at this point. the initial boldness of the nose recedes by mid-glass, leaving me leaning toward the lower of the two candidate scores.
t 2.5 a bit of lemony sourness and then a lot of grapefruit pithy bitterness wash over the palate. it stays mostly up there, though, without really giving you a mouth embracing experience. there is some sweetness, but i would prefer more juicy sweetness hugging the tongue and sides. but the grapefruit afterstaste is nice. in fact, this finishes well enough to warrant the higher flavor score, especially as the afterglow illuminates and expands subsequent pulls. ... and yet, after the glass is done, a pepper/coriander spice is unveiled and does not want to leave. less happy. the second glass, had another day, reveals the annoying peppery spicing much sooner and gets poured out before the halway mark.
m 3.5-4 a bit light in the body but there is a good deal of creaminess in the carbonation. if the body were a touch fuller could easily be a 4.5
o 2.5 started out so promising. ah well.
the look, the smell (particularly were it more amplified), the creamy carbonation, and the finish--these are all really good qualities of this beer. the flavor is quite decent too, and although i would wish for a little more juiciness the lack thereof probably aids quaffability. get rid of the spices and make it a regular offering!
02-15-2012 07:03:36 | More by brewmudgeon
3.73/5 rDev +6.9%
A- Pours a hazy light yellow color with a one finger, frothy head. Good lacing and head retention.
S- Normal IPA hops scents, with floral and citrus tones. Prominent sweetness is there with the hops. Definite fruity tones of oranges and apricots/peaches.
T- Not a lot of depth here, but good flavor. Only slight hops bitterness intermingled with sweet fruit notes. Apricots are definitely there and oranges are also somewhat present. Coriander also comes through on the palate. Ends with a slight hops bite.
M- Kind of watery and struggles to support the hops bitterness. Could be a little thicker and smoother. Carbonation is adequate for the flavor profile and they work together well.
Overall, not a bad attempt at a "white IPA." If it weren't for the apricot and coriander flavor, this beer would not be very good at all.
02-15-2012 00:21:46 | More by boilermakerbrew
3.88/5 rDev +11.2%
A: I was surprised to see how hazy and light it looked.
S: Pretty standard hoppy floral. No offputting smells
T: Hops actually are a not as pertinent as in other IPAs. A slight sweetness as to it as well.
m: the lingering spiciness is a little offputting but otherwise it sits well.
Overall a unique IPA. Easy and fun to drink
02-14-2012 23:11:35 | More by Jamesthebrit
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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