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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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1,762 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,762
Reviews: 421
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 109 | 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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Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams' Whitewater IPA has a soft, yellow-orange body, with a good-looking white head that has solid retention and lacing.

The aroma is very fruity, but it's tough to separate actual fruit from the hops. A bready, malted wheat base comes through as well.

Whitewater IPA is one of the better hoppy wheat ales that I have come across. A good dose of hops, with c-hops leading the way with tons of citrus flavors and a good bit of bitterness. The citrus from the hops blend nicely with the additions of orange peel and apricot. It's hard to tell at exactly what point the hop flavors turn into fruit flavors, but I notice that it does happen, and the bitterness dies to give way to a little bit of sweetness. Next comes the malt, which tastes like a mix of pale and wheat, bringing a little twang from the wheat and a variety of light bread flavors, sweetness and a little bit of cracker. Mixed with the wheat is a peppery flavor in the mold of coriander.

Pretty active carbonation, but still a nice smoothness to this this medium bodied beer.

I definitely give Whitewater IPA a thumbs up; my buddy's fridge didn't have anymore left when I had gone.

Hojaminbag, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Acuity
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Acuity, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Nachojon
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Super hazy, great foamy white head. Really coats the glass. Nice amber what color. A looker.

S- Not a lot of aroma here. Some hops come through, a little bit of that apricot.

T- I dislike whats. So this one being a wheat/ IPA hybrid really brings it up a huge notch in enjoyability. Has that smooth sweeter start of a what and then just enough hops to keep the wheat from carrying through to its usual sugar nastys.

M- Nice and crisp. A really drinkable beer. I could put a few of these back. Nice carbonation.

O- I won't be going out and purchasing this one. But damn call this one a wheat and it would be my favorite. Sam Adams makes really drinkable beers overall. This is another.

Nachojon, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of blakelive784
2.73/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a hazy honey golden color with a soapy white 1.5 finger head. Retention is average at best. Looks more like a wit than IPA.

S - Orange, pine, crystal malt, and some other light, tart fruit notes. It's moderate strength, and seems fairly balanced.

T - Though the hops bitterness isn't entirely strong, it's completely imbalanced. The resinous pine note is welcome, but I'm missing the fruits notes I found in the nose. A bit watery, even. Bitter throughout.

M - Thick and almost syrupy. Strange.

D - It's got some really decent flavors going, but the build and balance are really strange. I'll pass on this one in the future.

blakelive784, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color is amber-orange murk with a small white colored head. Good looking this beer is not.

Smell is hoppy with the scent of pine being the strongest. Little bit of spice. Some eucalyptus funk. It smells like a fundamental but not outstanding IPA.

Starts out sweet with a strong wheat cracker malt flavor. Slightly bitter but not a strong IPA flavor. Really tastes more like pale ale than IPA.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall this is just an OK beer, nothing in need ever try again.

Zorro, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle from a Sam Adams mixed pack, picked up in Upstate New York.

Poured into a nonic. Light golden-orange, quite murky. Good sized head of white foam, lots of sticky lacing icicles. Fine looking brew, certainly on the paler end of the IPA spectrum.

Nose is tart resin and citrus hops, apricot.

A nice little IPA, certainly highly approachable. Resin hops and citrus as you take that first sip, but a pleasant sweetness follows with a good taste of apricot. Nice bitterness to the finish. Not the most complex or potent IPA in the mix, but certainly quite drinkable.

Light bodied, good carbonation. Puckery.

Solid IPA. Nothing too fancy, but certainly worth a go. I could drink several of these with reckless abandon.

JohnnyBarman, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Popp24
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Popp24, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of barczar
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden apricot color with a solid 2 finger cream head that lingers and leaves thick lacing.

Orange, apricot, and wheat open the aroma with piney hop and coriander present in the background.

Piney, resiny hops carry the flavor throughout, with grapefruit pith in the background and a nice surprise in the form of slightly sweet apricot leading up to the bitter hop finish.

Body is moderate with medium high carbonation and a touch of astringency.

Overall, a very interesting brew. Kudos to sam adams for stepping out of the box! Really think the apricot makes the beer special.

barczar, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured unto a Sam Adams signature pint.

Appearance: A cloudy gold color with roughly a 1/3" white head. Settling after a sip or two.

Smell: Light hops but before tasting you can taste before even taking a sip.

Taste: Malty and hoppy, you must be stupid if you think I am complaining. This is literally an incredible everyday IPA counting the taste alone.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, smooth to most but not to all.

Overall: Well put together, best to have during gameday or whenever you feel like having a real beer. No it's not strong but iut doesn't need to be it's just that good. Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

nmann08, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a translucent creamy orange, like a melted down creamsicle with a huge pillowy white head leaving great lace.

S: Has that wit orange peel, some peppery spice.

T: Orange, grapefruit, and apricots upfront and then finishes with a bitter pine attack which is just delicious.

M: Medium-bodied, hint of acid, very crisp, refreshing.

O: One of the best Sam Adams beers I've had in a while. Impressive, great taste.

Halcyondays, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with a standard pressure cap served into a transparent hard plastic cup at me friend's gaff in Palo Alto, California. Reviewed from notes. Acquired at a local BevMo as part of a Sam Adams variety box.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a hazy yellow-orange.

Sm: Lemon and a pretty hefty hop aroma. A simple, standard IPA aroma. Clean. Moderate in strength.

T: Hop bitterness comes through, untamed and imbalanced by any other note. Clean malts form the foundation. Simple but pleasant. There's not much to say about it. Some cream is present. Nicely built but in no way ambitious or special.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too heavy on the palate. Suits the flavours in a general sense, but certainly isn't tailored to them.

Dr: Drinkable but pretty boring for the style. There's nothing new or unique here. It's alright, but I wouldn't have it again. IPA fans might do well to give it a spin, but others should ignore it.


kojevergas, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Florida9
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pastel yellow color. Very cloudy. Forms a small white head with good retention and decent lacing. Aroma is a bready mix of wheat and apricot with just a little citrus. Taste starts off with a lot of wheat, then moves to a mix of pine and citrus before the apricot becomes apparent again. Eventually fades into a rather appreciable pine bitterness. Medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Moderate bitterness. A very drinkable IPA with more bitterness and less malts than I would have expected from a Sam Adams brew, but can't say I'm much of a fan of the fruity apricot in this one.

Florida9, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of riversider76
4.23/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden with a fluffy white head. Decent retention and nice lace. Aroma is of piney hops, and citrus. Body is medium, with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is grapefruit up front with a nicely bittered finish. Hints of wheat and spice through out Excellent.

riversider76, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of DrJay
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

DrJay, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of xnapshot
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

xnapshot, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of gungoat
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

gungoat, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of WuAnquo1
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

WuAnquo1, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of BigCheese
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BigCheese, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of GregBlatz
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

GregBlatz, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of PintOHops
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

PintOHops, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of JosiahS
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

JosiahS, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of rangerred
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

rangerred, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of cbutova
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

cbutova, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.23/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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..

CaptJackHarkness, Feb 17, 2012
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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