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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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1,822 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,822
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 140 | 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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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Nate, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

kaelingirl, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of lstokes
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with an off-white head and a very light wheat/citrus smell. I'm pretty impressed by the taste--it starts with wheat malts but then moves into grapefruit and apricot. Finish is drying and bitter. I was expecting something more muddled, but the flavor profile is clear, strong--the apricot really grows on me!--and very drinkable. I have had one very happily every day this week.

lstokes, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pored into a Boulevard chalice.

A: Murky yellow pour with a creamy white head that lasts forever. Lacing is spotty, but prevalent.

S: Bread, wheat, and faint lemon zest, and plenty of apricot. Perfumey and floral hop profile divulges scents of rose petals. Very faint peppery spiciness. Maybe even a hint of clove?

T: Wheaty at the outset with hints of white pepper and spice. Juicy apricots builds as it warms. Hops blast through very shortly with ample bitterness and citric rind tastes. Orange rind and bitter grapefruit dominate. Bready wheat breaks through again mid-palate. Hops get oily. Finishes with faint yeast and a dominant grapefruit bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Foamy. A little oily from the hops. Moderate carbonation is sharp.

O: Different. Not a bad beer, I'd drink a few. Maybe a little too bitter for its own good though. The witbier aspects of it get a little lost amongst all the hops. The taste is a swift departure from the nose. Not much in the smell to clue you in on the bitterness that lies in ambush. Apricot taste seems a little lost. It's just sort of there; it doesn't do much for me, but it isn't offensive either.

Notes: I think I could get into what will probably be a new 'White IPA' fad. I think the key will be balance though. The hops run away with this beer. I'm not looking for tongue-wrenching bitterness, just some flavorful and restrained American hops to complement a nice witbier base.

ryan1788a5, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of Oakasfan
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Oakasfan, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of babaracas
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with one finger of fine white foam, settles to a thin ring leaving a spray of lace on the glass. Smell: pine, soapy, apricot, citrus note. Taste: light dash of pine, lemon rind, apricot; sweet pale malt into wheat cracker and some general yeast notes. Feel is nice, medium bodied with a fluffy feel and a hoppy (leafy) semi-dry finish. Nice offering.

babaracas, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of tedho21
3/5  rDev -13.8%

tedho21, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of greencovesteve
4/5  rDev +14.9%

greencovesteve, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of villanovaadam
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

villanovaadam, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of muletrane
3/5  rDev -13.8%

muletrane, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

strongaf, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of Redglimmer
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
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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
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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
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

BigTrubble, Mar 04, 2012
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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
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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
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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
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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