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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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1,686 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,686
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 12
Gots: 70 | 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 russpowell


3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed honey with 3 fingers of pearl colored head, Superior head retention & lacing

S: Orange peel, pine & some grainy notes, Nise stays strong throughout

T: Pineyness, orange peels, a touch of dryness & breadyness up front. Faint apricot fruittyness as this warms, more pineyness, leafy hops & bready notes. Finishes somewhat dry, crisp, slightly fruitty with piney & leafy hop bitterness & just a touch of grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation & good balance

A decent IPA, hops profile isn't really wowing me, but would buy this again if I had limited IPA options

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 04:52:34 | More by russpowell
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color, dirty, with a tight pure white head that left some sticky lacing as it settled.

The aroma is of lemon and citrus hops; more orange than grapefruit. It is a bright aroma though not very strong.

The taste starts off hoppy. A bit of grapefruit, orange, and grass. Some coriander spice of a Belgian Wit. There is a lemony zwang that adds to the overall citrus profile. Nice crisp wheat malt. A little musty.

Light to moderate feel, crisp carbonation. Nice balance between sweet malt and bitter hop. Quite refreshing.

A different take on an IPA. Nice balance between citrus notes between the hops with the coriander spice.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 02:17:01 | More by Gmann
Photo of Suds


3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a hazy, dark straw color. Soapy white head. The aroma is fresh and hoppy. Citrus and a little spice. Its taste is hoppy, although not overly bitter. Lots of flavor, with some fresh stone fruit and lots of citrus. Clean and long-lasting finish, full of hops. Moderately full in body. I enjoyed this beer more than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 00:05:05 | More by Suds
Photo of oldvines


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

02-04-2012 23:48:50 | More by oldvines
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by June 2012.

Poured into a FFF shaped glass.

I've gotta say, 5.8% is fairly low octane for an IPA, but then again, there is Masala Mama, right?

A: Poured a very hazy, tangerine color, with a finger or so head that clung to the glass and then some. Yep.... looks like an IPA!

S: Pretty intense on the pine side of the house, with a strong hints of grapefruit, pine, and maybe a touch of yeast.

T: This is definitely one of the hoppier SA beers I've ever tasted. Hell, I didn't even know they had it in them. Who knew? Grapefruit, mandarin orange, and lemon zest is what I got.... and it was presented in a very nice way.

M: Carbonated enough, bitter enough, and definitely laced enough! The sweetness was kept in check by the hops for sure.

O: It blows my mind to read some of the reviews on this one. To each his or her own I guess, but as for me, this was much, much different than I expected... and on the good side of that.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 22:12:26 | More by Chaney
Photo of bump8628


3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw gold with a nice cap of white foam. Big herbal notes in the aroma - thyme, grass, and lavender. Palate shows off a wide range of flavors, some interesting and some that clash. Spicing, apricot, and big citric and herbal hop flavors knock heads. Drying finish shows off the little bit of grainy maltiness and wheat cracker flavor. Few Belgian IPAs strike a nice balane between hops and yeast, but when spices and fruit are added its nearly impossible. Whitewater is a fun beer to sip, but 12oz is plenty.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 21:42:28 | More by bump8628
Photo of secondtooth


3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow-gold here, with a thick head. Intense and detailed lace. Impressive!

Nice citrus hops aroma, with a hint of floral tonality. Pleasing!

Taste is deliciously citrus, with a hint of apricot. It's a smooth-drinker, with a medium body. Overall, very tasty, and a nicely innovative twist on the usual IPA blueprint.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 14:33:27 | More by secondtooth
Photo of dmorgan310


4/5  rDev +14.6%

02-04-2012 03:37:11 | More by dmorgan310
Photo of N1CK


4/5  rDev +14.6%

02-04-2012 02:43:04 | More by N1CK
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3/5  rDev -14%

02-04-2012 02:03:03 | More by lackenhauser
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2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

02-04-2012 01:49:17 | More by WhitmansNiece
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

02-04-2012 01:03:25 | More by Bockerdoppel91
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

02-04-2012 00:44:34 | More by richkrull
Photo of SkeeterHawk


3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up as part of a Brewmasters Select pack from the Cutten and 1960 Spec's. Let's see what this one has to offer.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow orange color with a small off white head that was only about 1/8" high after a pretty aggressive pour. The head faded to a small ring within about 30 seconds. There was already some pretty decent lace left just from the pour.

Aroma: The aroma was definitely IPA if not DIPA in that it had a pretty oily hop presence like that you find in DFH 90...but not the complexity in the hops...just that it is oily. Lots of citrus fruit in here with grapefruit and a mild tangerine being the most prominent, but there is a bit of an odd floral thing going on in the aroma as well.

Taste: The flavor is very hoppy with only a mild toasty note and some even milder sweet caramel notes coming out from the hops. Otherwise the citrus is the hey player. The hops are in charge of the finish as well, so the bittering is the main thing going on. A little bit of the oily resin feeling is left on the back of the throat after the sip,and I think that this proves that there was some pretty mild water that went into this beer. The carbonation is adequate to maybe a little low, but it is definitely a player giving you even a touch more dryness in the finish.

Opinion: Well,this is a bit like a DIPA-light if there was such a thing that wasn't an IPA. It has more of the character of the DIPA in the hop department, but is "light in the britches" for an IPA...so this big hop thing gets a bit muddled in this beer. It's a decent beer if you are a hop-head, and definitely one of the hoppier ones to come from the BBC. If you love hops, don't miss it while it is here. If you are a malt-guy like myself...it may be good to try this sometime if it is convenient as it isn't a bad beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 23:06:54 | More by SkeeterHawk
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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

02-03-2012 22:16:53 | More by DarrellK
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Labeled as a wheat IPA brewed with apricots and spices... WTF?

A: Pours a very hazy straw yellow color with a nice 2 fingers worth of head that leaves some nice lacing

S: Fairly impressive actually... Definite pine and citrus (mostly orange) with a hint of apricot that melds with the citrus well. The only spice I can pick up is a hint of coriander

T: Follows the smell with some additional malt sweetness. Finishes piney and overly bitter

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Certainly more bitter than I expected, especially in the finish. It lasts forever and gets cloying quickly. If you like bitter IPAs, this one will tickle your fancy

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 20:44:56 | More by BEERMILER12
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

02-03-2012 19:58:33 | More by SAxDRC5
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3/5  rDev -14%

02-03-2012 19:51:49 | More by Fakexican
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

02-03-2012 19:23:45 | More by mfigueroa713
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

02-03-2012 16:22:30 | More by Sheepdog
Photo of DovaliHops


4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, straw-orange color that is very murky (like a wheat beer). Medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is very impressive. Immediately I get strong apricot aromas...very fresh fruit. Kinda like I'm walking right by a fresh-fruit stand at a farmer's market. There is also some grapefruit and pine. There are some wheat-like aromas, along with citrus hops. Taste is just like it smells. A wonderful blend of hop bitterness with fresh, ripe apricots and citrus fruits. Nice grapefruit and lemon flavors as well. Slightly tart as well. Bitter hop resin finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth. Drinkability is very high. Overall, I am very impressed by this one. Great blend of fresh apricots and solid IPA. Really glad I picked up a sixer of this.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 08:49:59 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of tbizzle0


4/5  rDev +14.6%

02-03-2012 05:27:33 | More by tbizzle0
Photo of shand


4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Well, here's Sam Adams' new baby, the newest addition to their year-round bottle and draft lineup, Whitewater IPA. It's quite a looker, with a nice hazy goldenrod body and a large head that laces very well. The aroma is nicely citric hoppy, with just a little bit of fruit and wheat lurking beneath the surface. The taste brings a bit more of the fruit and wheat flavors to the forefront, but paired with the perfect amount of hoppy bite to not overtake the more delicate wheat and fruit flavors. The mouthfeel has a lighter body and is well-carbonated, and the drinkability is very good. Another solid brew from Sam Adams that'll be nice to keep around. It's a good choice for adding to the core lineup for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 03:07:11 | More by shand
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3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's the best fruited IPA to come along since... Dogfish Aprihop. Where, here, the appricot flavor is a complimentary note, the moderate IPA hoppy aromatics, taste, and dryness are hallmarks of the style.

Whitewater IPA opens wiht a hazy golden hue that looks much heavier than it acually is. A creamy and sticky head forms and retains very well while leaving islands of pockets of lace behind. This beer fits the IPA appearance very well.

The pulp of white and red grapefruit is very evident in scent. With that backdrop of thin caramel, the aromas set up with a dominant hop profile of citrus, pine, and freshly cut grasses. A non-descript tropical scent can only be attributed to the apricots, but largely become an afterthought.

Taste reveals much the same: early sweetness of caramel malts, appricots, and citrusy sweetness is quickly surplanted with the quick turn toward citrusy bitterness, piney dryness, and herbal components of grass and resin. This fleeting sweet/lingering bitter flavor is what makes IPAs great, and this beer displays the lop-sided balance very, very well.

Medium-dry early and developing into total dryness later makes this beer a noteworthy IPA. The short-lived sweet malty feel of grain and fruit succumbs to the slight warmth of alcohol but also the evaporative dryness of hops that make this beer so drinkable in the end. I really hope that this beer catches on with the growing craft beer community.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 08:13:08 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of silentjay


3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours like an American take on a White Ale. very cloudy golden color with a decent sized head that quickly settles at a finger's height, leaving behind tons of lacing. when held up to the light, there is a plethora of carbonation rising from the nucleation sites on the Perfect Pint glass.

crisp wheat aromas give way to tons of fruity aromas. the citra hops are evident giving tons of citrus aromas. underneath that there is some tropical fruit and subtle spice.

taste starts off more like an American take on a Witbier, with tons of wheat flavors with a bit of coriander and spices. Very similar to Sam's White ale, at first... then it goes bitter, a bit citric, before the crisp wheat again takes over. The hops were great and more evident in the aroma, but fall short in the flavor, unfortunately. the apricot flavors are there if you actively seek it out, but I think it adds more of a subtle sweetness than actual apricot flavor.

lively carbonation with a medium body, but a crisp wheat flavor that lingers ever so slightly along with a bit of citrus.

I think the hops were a bit too overpowered for this to have the IPA moniker. even at 60 IBU (according to Sam's website) the hops sit in the background. The aroma was definitely the high point, the follow through after that lacks a bit. I think this would actually make a decent spring seasonal, better than the Alpine Spring Lager, actually. with some more hop flavor coming to the forefront, this would be a beer I would drink regularly.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 05:17:31 | More by silentjay
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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