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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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1,760 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,760
Reviews: 421
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 108 | 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 J23hc
4/5  rDev +14.9%

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

J23hc, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of birdsellam
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

birdsellam, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of wafers
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%

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

wafers, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of vr6corrado
3/5  rDev -13.8%

vr6corrado, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of steinlifter
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%

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!

steinlifter, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of BMMillsy
3/5  rDev -13.8%

BMMillsy, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of jtd335
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

jtd335, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of doopydoogle
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%

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

doopydoogle, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of eorwar
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

eorwar, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of brewmudgeon
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%

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!

brewmudgeon, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

boilermakerbrew, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%

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

Jamesthebrit, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of dmorley21
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

dmorley21, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of BTFU
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

BTFU, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of Tumble
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Tumble, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of bennway
2.85/5  rDev -18.1%

12oz Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

a: Hazy, golden and unfiltered. A good two fingers of head.

s: Light bittering overtones with a bit of fruit.

t: Immediate bursts of fruits, strawberries and apples, in the amount of which would be found in a sparkling wine. I find it a bit overwhelming but at the last minute it seems to be balanced by a somewhat generous and well balanced hop hit. The apricots poke their head out in the aftertaste.

m: A bit of the dry side but a reasonable amount of body for the style and in spite of the fruitiness.

o: I'm a bit torn with this one, I really want to like it but in the end it disappoints and to me is yet another mediocre brew that might have turned out amazing but in the end I imagine was comprised to have more mass appeal. While it sounds great on paper, we are left with an otherwise creative and exciting beer left in limbo.

bennway, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of mscott1975
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

mscott1975, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA

Pours a pale golden color, soapy white froth gives way to an impressive display of lace. Aroma is also quite good and full of floral, citrus, and pine notes, with some sweet bready malts. In the taste, solid oily hop flavor, some spicy notes, grapefruit and pine too. Has a little spice twang to it, which is present in many Samuel Adams beers. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat crisp. Overall, this is a very worthy IPA from Boston Beer Company. Always welcome in my fridge.

Stinkypuss, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of abgba121
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%

A: pours a hazy olden color just as described by sam adams, about one cm of white head

S: I can smell the faint hops, strong yeast presence, slightly sweet and fruity

T: sweet right at the start, yeasts and fruits are apparent, then the hops come into play powerfully to take over the rest of the taste, piney and resiny with light citrus tones. A great tasting beer

M: average body, good carbonation

O: a great ipa, I like this offering by sam adams, whereas for me their seasonal 12 packs usually disappoint

abgba121, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%

The Resin is wearing off and I am CANtemplating a side-by-side later if my local still has it flowing out of the tap. In the meantime, I am trying to get right and I hope that this will help. Good God, y'all!

From the bottle: "This hazy brew combines the crisp character of a white ale with the intense pine & citrus flavors of an India Pale Ale. We took this unique combination to a new level with the subtle addition of apricots [(!)], which provide a slight sweetness to balance the bitterness of the hops. Cheers! [undersigned] Jim Koch"

I may or may not have done myself a favor by agitating this beer before the pour. When I read any mention of a white ale ahead of time, I find that the agitation helps. In this case, I had two fingers of dense, eggshell-white head with beautiful retention. Color was a cloudy golden-yellow, like fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. Nose was an interesting admixture of everything Mr. Koch mentioned - pine, citrus, a jammy fruitiness and even some black pepper, perhaps from the yeast. It actually caused me to sneeze, so you may not want your schnozz deep in it. Mouthfeel was medium and the blending of flavors worked, but I am not sure that I can do it justice. It was a swirl of flavors on the tongue with the hops leading the way, but then I got that peppery taste and the body label reads: "Wheat Ale Brewed With Apricots & Spices". Spices, eh?!? I get them, but I cannot pinpoint them. I would have otherwise attributed them to the yeast strain. It was on the finish that the apricots really got a chance to shine, offsetting an otherwise intensely dry beer. I liked it, but one was probably plenty, unlike my current addiction to Resin and I am looking to score here real soon. That's about it for this one, my peeps. Hang in!

woodychandler, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of dunix
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

dunix, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Danny1217
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Danny1217, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Brewsed
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Brewsed, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of PossumMunsen31
2.73/5  rDev -21.6%

Here's another offering from Sammy Adams. I have to say that I was disappointed with this beer. YOu defintely can taste the IPA. Very piny hop taste. It pours a nice inch head. Finish is disappointing. They say there is an addition of apricots which you can barely taste and that addition doesn't add anything...Hmmmm...I thought it would be better. Sam Adams doesn't strike often so I will let this one slide...

PossumMunsen31, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of russwbeck
2.58/5  rDev -25.9%

A: Hazy yellow pour into my perfect pint glass with about a finger of frothy white head. Decent retention, but only spotty lacing. Decent amount of bubbles race to the top of the beer from the bottom of the glass well after pouring.

S: The smell is, well like an IPA, but not a very good one. Lemony, nearing soapy with grassy hints.

T: This is pretty average is my first thought. Sort of a weird mix between a pilsner and an IPA. Lemony like the smell, and I'm still getting some soap, but this also has a slight caramel maltiness, which I like.

MF: Slightly bitter finish, light and crisp overall. Not all that drinkable.

O: As part of the brewer's choice mix pack, I think this has a pretty good value. However, as a whole, this mix pack is FAR worse than the Fall or Winter selections.

russwbeck, Feb 09, 2012
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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