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

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Ratings: 1,865
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 175 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jsh420 on 12-29-2011

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Photo of Todd
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

LOOK: As per the bottle, a hazy brew. Dirty peach, massive creamy white foam head.

SMELL: Powdery spices, pine, citric peel, stone fruit.

TASTE: Medium bodied, crisp, apricot fruitiness, semi-sweet backbone, soft pine, grassy bitterness, citric, wheat husk, dry finish.

White IPAs are trendy at the moment, so this White (wheat) Ale meets India Pale Ale decides to distinguish itself from the rest by also adding apricots to the mix; spices too, but that's from the White Ale. Personally, the apricots and hops don't play together all that well. There's an odd flavor that forms as a result and takes away from the malt profile. Overall, not a bad beer, but it seems a bit too contrived in my opinion.

Photo of pjeezus
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams keeps breaking into the IPA world, but in a "slowly, but surely" way. This is more of an IPA-light and is a bit more on the fruity side than most (big hints of lemon/grapefruit in this one). I wish SA would do a nice over the top, hop heavy IPA but this white ale/IPA hybrid certainly fits the bill for a spring seasonal. Pretty good beer, won't knock your socks off but a nice IPA to introduce to the masses.

Photo of PeteTheBeerDrinker
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Calculat0r
5/5  rDev +43.7%

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.02/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.

A – Pours a cloudy honey color with a nice one-finger head of thick white bubbles. Clumpy/patchy lacing.

S – Lemon pepper, apricot, and mild grassy hops. Smells nice.

T – Starts off fairly nice with apricot, lemon, coriander, and a little bit of white pepper. Nice spice blend. Middle taste is floral and grassy, much of what you would expect, and then….something happens. The finish of this beer is harshly, astringently bitter. I don’t mean beer bitter, (I LIKE bitter beers) I mean acrid…this tastes more like tonic water. Not good. Poorly balanced.

M – It is here where things go even more downhill. Body lacks a lot of fullness, and instead of “thin”, a better description would be “hollow bodied”. Medium carbonation.

O – I think SA had a decent idea here with the spice blend, but the aftertaste just killed this one for me. As I was drinking it, I couldn’t wait to be done with it. Not far from a drain pour. I don’t know what is up with the newer SA products that are appearing in their variety packs recently, but I feel most of them are really poorly executed. (Not including the “single batch” collection, most of which are good to excellent)

Photo of sneth019
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of DirtyPenny
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 12 oz New England Patriots pint glass, the most New Englandy thing I had on hand.

A: Pours with giant frothy white head. Beer is an opaque stoplight orange-yellow. A few bops of lacing here and there, with larger patches the farther down it goes.

S: Faint coriander spice and orange peel scent. Slight hay/grassy notes.

T: Coriander really smacks you on the tongue, followed by a breeze of orange over grassy, earthy hops and slight sourness on the tip of the tongue.

M: Medium, frothy and a little dry.

O: I'm not a huge IPA fan, but this hit the spot tonight. Probably has something to do with the characteristics this shares with witbiers, of which I am a fan. It's getting warm out. Go out on the porch, deck or balcony, open one up and enjoy.

Photo of CMUbrew
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a mug

A: Poured with a two finger rocky white head that faded extremely slowly and never went below one finger until the very end of the beer. Hazy straw/amber color. Some floaties and lots of carbonation rising. Lots of lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Mostly grapefruit with some pine and a little bit of grass.

T: Grapefruit dominates with some pine that becomes slightly more apparent with warming. Some sweetness can be found from the malts and probably the apricots, although I don't get any apricot flavor. Fleeting bitterness in the middle. Tasty, but the grapefruit is extremely dominant.

M: Good carbonation, medium body, and drying finish.

O: This is tasty, but heavy on the grapefruit. This is my first IPA review, so maybe this is a good thing and I just don't know it. Bitterness also seems to be lacking in my opinion.

Photo of SpartanHistory2013
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of wspscott
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass
best by June 2012

A: A very hazy copperish orange color, looks like a darker version of a Wit. A very thin white head leaves a medium amount of lace as it drops.
S: Some citrusy hops with something in the background that would be hard to place if the label did not mention apricot.
T: Sharp hops, mostly on the bitter side with the apricot much more prominent here. No hint of spice. As it warms, the hops take on an orange flavor, makes me wonder if it is a weird hop or an interaction between a standard hops (cascade) and the apricot.
M: Very tingly carbonation, lots of tiny bubbles. On the creamy side for an IPA or a Wit, but not in a bad way.
D: An interesting beer, but it doesn't scratch my IPA itch and is too bitter for my wife who likes Wits but not APA/IPAs. I would like to see this with roughly the same bittering hops, but some more flavor hops. The apricot works here, but I think some late additions of Simcoe or another fruity hops would be nice. Overall, this is an interesting beer that I would happily have again, but I am not sure I would seek it out. Worth trying.

Photo of DMills
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, orange/copper color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of wet hops, slight grass, hint of citrus hops, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight grass, floral hops, strong citrus hops, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good appearance and blend, body is lightly lacking.

Photo of jimmah120
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle best by June 2012

Appearance is cloudy golden yellow, obviously unfiltered (which I like), with some floating chunks. It's mildly scented, mostly lemon zest and bread dough. Very bitter up front, with grassy/floral and citrus hops dominating. There is a malt presence throughout, but it's crushed under the powerful hops. I have to knock it down a bit because of an odd metallic tinge I have tasted at times. The drinkability is great - it's almost like a 'light' IPA.

Nice hoppy IPA, and reasonably priced.

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I traversed some whitewater with a nonic pint.

Appearance- The body is a hazy and luminous gold with some orange hue present. The head was also an impressive one and a half fingers width with a smooth, bone-white cap. The retention is impressive and leaves behind rings of foam with each sip.

Smell- Pretty impressive for a Sam Adams; where usually noble hops would reign, I get notes of pine, grassiness, and even a little bit of the apricot it is brewed with.

Taste- The flavors are not as strong as what the nose suggested. And I am disappointed at the lack of bitterness. I suppose there is a little bite.

The pine mingles with a malt that is wheaty and grainy. The middle of the drink and the finish loses some of the pine character and gains some grassy notes and even sweetness which must be from the apricot.

Mouth feel- This one goes down easy. A great medium body and it is incredibly creamy. The finish lasts a long time, if only it had more bite.

Overall- This IPA starts to sink a bit when it gets to the palate. The malt is not nearly interesting enough, and there is not enough bitterness to remain interesting. Luckily, this beer is super easy to drink.

Photo of Arborescence
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden, hazy. Pours a fairly thick, dense head of pure whiteness.

Aroma: Fresh and hoppy, with fruity sweetness (apricot).

Taste: Fairly typical IPA hop bitterness, perhaps lighter than usual (because of the wheat?). Not an awful lot of depth, the bitterness dominates.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied.

Overall: Promising attempt to combine a fruity apricot wheat ale with IPA characteristics, but I feel that they went too far with the hop bitterness as it dominates the beer and any other aspects are lost to the background. Pleasant enough though.

Photo of budgood1
4.23/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out a clouded apricot colour with an inch plus, creamy, frothy off white head. much lace to be had. this is a good looking beer in a weizen glass. fruity aroma of both apricot enhanced sweet pale maltiness and a healthy dose of tropical punch smelling hops. smells very inviting. the taste profile has an aggressive effervescent fruitiness, the apricot flavour is very prevalent, and actually melds well with the sweet pale maltiness and grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple hoppiness. this is a very fruit forward wheat IPA. some underlying spiciness is transparent as well, which acts as a lead in to the back end bitterness. lots of flavours going on. this has a big, round body with a soft, supple and creamy mouthfeel. it's very drinkable, and hits the spot again on a very warm St. Patricks day.

overall this unique offering has a lot going for it. i like it. i bet this would be a really great on a hot summer afternoon, although it works quite well on a record breaking warm afternoon in late winter/ early spring. recommended.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.14/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a decent sized white fully head, fades fast at first but then leaves a good sized cap on top, only a little bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell has a surprisingly strong aroma, huge whiff of citrusy hops with a bit of pine thrown in, hint of sweet malt to balance things.

Taste starts out with a flavorful yet mild citrus pine hop front, grapefruit like bitterness in the aftertaste, great carbonation level which provides a nice soft creamy mouthfeel.

Photo of Jim_DemonDeacon
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of mbs11
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of canucklehead
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed some nice ISAs last year which hit the spot as they combined the hops of an IPA with the lighter body and citrus notes of a golden ale. This is a wheat beer. with IPA notes that works well as a warm weather brew with all the hops you sometimes crave. If I ever see this as a sixpack I am grabbing some.

Photo of nrombes
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - somewhat amberish in color, very creamy looking, with about two fingers' worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - very much like what you'd expect after reading the label. It does indeed smell hoppy, but with a subtle sweetness of something citrusy.

Taste - also much like the smell and thus as you'd expect from the label. It's hoppy, but with an edge of citrus and pine. Not much that's distinct in the finish, but the aftertaste is decently bitter.

Mouthfeel - definitely more on the creamier side.

Overall - not a bad brew at all, but not terribly intriguing.

Photo of zhanson88
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with tons of carbonation. About 2" of eggshell white head forms, which has great retention and lacing. Pretty nice looking IPA, albeit a little on the hazy side for me.

Smell: Some pale malts are detected, quite a bit of citrus which is almost Belgian in nature, and some dank bitterness. Not too bad, but a fairly standard IPA nose.

Taste: Some pale malts up front, followed by citrus, grapefruit zest, and just a hint of tropical nature (pineapple?). Back end is actually pretty bitter, and the bitterness lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel/Overall: The body on this is light-medium, with a lot of carbonation. Extremely smooth going down, even close to creamy. Overall, a decent stab at a White IPA. I enjoyed it quite a bit, but not sure I'd buy another six-pack.

Photo of sommersb
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 03-13-2012
Freshness: Best by July 2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Sam Adams perfect pint
Purchased: 12-pack from Kroger

Bought this in the Brewer's Choice variety pack.

A cloudy yellow/orange beer, with a white head standing a couple of fingers. Both lacing and head retention are good.

Aromas are of piney hops and grapefruits.

Taste is dominated by the hops for a pretty bitter experience. There's a slight fruitiness, but I don't get much of an impression of apricots.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with a high amount of carbonation on the tongue. Medium bodied, the aftertaste is prickly, bitter and dry.

Overall an OK IPA, but I couldn't tell this was a wheat beer or that it had apricots if I hadn't read it on the label.

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,865 ratings.